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Pac-12 herd is thinned in a hurry as five of its seven teams lose in first round of NCAA tournament

Pac-12 herd is thinned in a hurry as five of its seven teams lose in first round of NCAA tournament

Say this for the Pac-12 Conference, things can't get much worse from here on in the NCAA tournament.

The Pac-12 was all proud of its quality depth this season, and then a record seven of its teams were selected for the tournament, tied for most of any conference. If that caused pause in areas east, the Pac-12 privately had to be all giddy.

Then the games began.

And down they started to fall, until by the first round's end the Pac-12 was staring blankly at a 2-5 record.

Now only Oregon and Utah remain to carry the conference banner, and neither is exactly a lock to advance to the Sweet 16.

Utah, the No. 3 seed in the Midwest, has to meet Gonzaga in the...

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