Conference Preview: Pac-12

Conference Preview: Pac-12

This article is part of our Conference Preview series.

The Pac-12 is coming off one of their its impressive postseasons in recent memory, as each of the five teams in last season's NCAA Tournament were able to win at least one game – with USC and Oregon St. making it to the Elite Eight, and UCLA advancing to the Final Four. That's a far cry from the previous two editions of March Madness when only three teams made the dance and just one team made it to the Sweet 16. It won't be an easy task for the conference to duplicate last season's success, however, with the Pac-12's top-12 scorers nowhere to be found. The Bruins will look to lead the conference as one of the preseason favorites to win the national championship with their starting lineup remaining intact. Depth doesn't appear to be much of an issue either, as they'll have formidable options off the bench in Rutgers transfer Myles Johnson – a talented center who is one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in the country, and five-star freshman wing Peyton Watson.

One of the teams that will look to challenge UCLA is Oregon, albeit in a different way with only two returning starters. As is with the landscape of much of the NCAA this season, the Ducks will rely on a trio of impact transfers that have all started at Power-5 basketball schools in De'Vion Harmon (Oklahoma), Jacob Young (Rutgers) and Quincy Guerrier (Syracuse). Five-star freshman center Nate Bittle rounds out a group of

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