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Pac-12 has three teams headed to men’s Elite Eight for first time since 2001

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Dare we say it, the Pac-12 looks like the “Conference of Champions.”

After No. 11 UCLA upset No. 2 Alabama 88-78 to keep dancing in the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-12 now has three men's teams in the Elite Eight for the second time in conference history.

UCLA scored 23 points in overtime against the country’s No. 3 ranked defense to advance in the tournament and the Pac-12 will now have a trio (OSU, UCLA, USC) headed to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2001 (ARIZ, STAN, USC). 

The conference is also the first to have two double-digital teams in the Elite Eight. The Pac-12 is 11-2 the tournament after Oregon-USC. 

It’s an astounding moment for the conference who made up just 7.3 percent of the NCAA Tournament Field (5/68) and now make up approximately 37.5 percent of the Elite Eight group.

We all predicted this… right?

Here’s some social media reactions to the Pac-12's elite moment: 

 

It’s about time the rest of the nation started giving the Pac-12 some respect.

The Elite Eight begins Monday, at 4:15 p.m. with No. 12 seeded Oregon State taking on No. 2 seeded Houston. No. 11 UCLA will battle against No. 1 seeded Michigan on Tuesday, March 30, time TBD.

No. 6 USC and No. 7 Oregon tipped off Sunday night in the Sweet 16, but only one Pac-12 team could prevail. The Trojans are moving on after a 82-68 win over the Ducks. USC will now advance to the Elite Eight to play No. 1 seeded Gonzaga on Tuesday, March 30 at 4:15 p.m.