Built on a firm foundation of academic excellence and superior athletic performance, the Pac-12 Conference renewed its undisputed claim as the “Conference of Champions” in 2016-17, becoming the first conference to win 500 NCAA Championships.
Spanning over a century of outstanding athletic achievements, the Pac-12 has claimed 501 NCAA titles (297 men's, 174 women's, 30 combined), outdistancing the nearest conference by almost more than 200 titles. Individually, the Pac-12 has produced 2,292 individual NCAA Champions, also pacing all conferences in that category.
The conference won 13 NCAA Championships in 2016-17, marking the ninth time overall and the third time in the last four years the Conference claimed double-digit titles. It was also 16th time in the last 17 years the Pac-12 led all conferences in NCAA titles won. (CUT HERE) Since the start of women's sports sponsorship in 1981-82, the Pac-12 has claimed 300 NCAA Championships for an average of over nine per year.
Pac-12 teams have won championships in 29 of the 37 Division I sports the NCAA sponsors and has reached double digits in 20 of those sports. All three of the institutions that have won at least 100 NCAA titles all-time are Pac-12 members: Stanford (113), UCLA (113) and USC (104).
In 2016-17, the Pac-12 claimed a record 10 NCAA titles in women's sports, two in men's and one combined championship. The 13 titles were one shy of the record the conference claimed in 1996-97. No other conference has reached double digits in an academic year. The Pac-12 more than doubled up on the next league's title count in 2016-17, with Big 12 schools claiming six NCAA titles.
In addition to the 13 NCAA crowns, Pac-12 teams recorded nine runner-up finishes and at least one team placed in the top four in 24 championships. In eight sports, there were at least two teams among the final four.
The Pac-12's excellence is further proven in the annual NCAA Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup competition, the prestigious award that honors the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country. Stanford continued its remarkable run by winning a 23rd-consecutive Directors' Cup in 2016-17. Five Pac-12 member institutions ranked among the top-15 Division I programs—the most of any conference: No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 USC, No. 9 Oregon, No. 11 UCLA and No. 14 California.
Pac-12 schools have captured 501 NCAA team championships, the most of any conference.
The Pac-12's success is as evident in men's basketball as any sport, where league teams have captured a record 16 NCAA Championships. The Pac-12 also lays claim to 39 NCAA Final Four appearances, 93 consensus All-Americans and 17 National Players of the Year.
The Pac-12 has sent at least half of its teams on to postseason play 26 times in the last 28 years, with four teams making the NCAA Tournament in 2017. During that time, 13 league players have garnered National Player of the Year or National Freshman of the Year honors.
In 2016-17, a record three teams had 30 wins and four reached 25 wins for just the second time ever. Three teams finished in the AP top 10, with Oregon at No. 3, Arizona No. 4 and UCLA No. 9.
Over the last five years, the Pac-12 Conference has produced 42 NBA Draft picks, including 23 first-round selections. Those totals are second only to the ACC, which has had 52 players selected overall and 30 in the first round. Fourteen Pac-12 players were taken in the 2017 NBA Draft, including six in the first round. That number set a league record and tied for first among all conferences.
Utah has had three players earn All-Pac-12 First Team honors over the last four seasons. Delon Wright was a first team selection in both 2014 and 2015, while Jakob Poeltl was named a first team selection in 2016. Kyle Kuzma was a first team All-Pac-12 pick in 2017.
Poeltl was also earned 2015-16 Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year honors while Brandon Taylor was named the 2015-16 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball.
The 2016-17 Pac-12 Conference men's basketball television package features 222 contests telecast to national and regional audiences. Pac-12 Conference controlled games include 151 games to be aired on the Pac-12 Networks (including eight Pac-12 Tournament games), 47 on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU (including three Pac-12 Tournament games), 20 games on FS1 and two each nationally on FOX and CBS broadcast networks. Additional appearances will be made through other conference television agreements and various in-season tournaments.
All 30 of Utah's regular season games will be televised this year with eight contests on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU), four games on FOX/FS1, and 18 telecasts on the Pac-12 Networks. All of Utah's games will also be streamed online via WatchESPN, FoxSportsGo, and Pac-12.com/live or the Pac-12 Now app.