PAC-12 CONFERENCE

The Conference of Champions

Known as the “Conference of Champions,” the 488 NCAA team championships captured by Pac-12 schools exceeds the next conference by almost 200 titles. Since the 1999-2000 academic year, Pac-12 schools have claimed an incredible 150 NCAA team titles—an average of nearly nine a year.

Utah became a member of the Pac-12 Conference on July 1, 2011. Having earned the nickname “Conference of Champions,” the Pac-12 celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015-16. The 488 NCAA team championships captured by Pac-12 schools exceed the next conference by almost 200 titles. Since the 1999-2000 academic year, Pac-12 schools have claimed an incredible 150 NCAA team titles—an average of nearly nine a year.

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 38 NCAA Final Four appearances, 92 consensus All-Americans, 17 National Players of the Year and 25 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame members.

The Pac-12 has sent at least half of its teams on to postseason play 25 times in the last 27 years, with seven teams making the NCAA Tournament in 2016. During that time, 12 league players have garnered National Player of the Year or National Freshman of the Year honors.

The Next Level

Over the last nine years, 37 players from Pac-12 teams have gone one to become first round NBA Draft picks—including four in 2016. A total of 79 players have been selected since 2005. Below is a breakdown of how the Pac-12 compared to other conferences in producing NBA talent in recent years. In 2016, five Pac-12 players were taken in the NBA Draft, including three in the top 10 to lead all conferences.

NBA Draft Picks By Conference Since 2005

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.

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All-Pac-12

Jakob Poeltl was named 2015-16 Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year and Brandon Taylor was named the 2015-16 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball. Also garnering All-Pac-12 honors was Jordan Loveridge, who earned honorable mention.

Poeltl earned a spot on the 10-person All-Pac-12 First Team, giving Utah a first-team selection three consecutive years following Delon Wright in 2014 and 2015. Poeltl led the conference with a .660 field goal shooting percentage, ranked second with 17.6 points per game and was third in the league with 9.1 rebounds per game.

Taylor, a Pac-12 All-Academic Team selection in both 2013-14 and 2014-15, Taylor maintained a 3.40 grade-point average as a psychology major at Utah. His senior year, Taylor earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Team and honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors while averaging 9.6 points and team-highs of 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals.

Number of times in the last 16 years the Pac-12 has claimed the most NCAA team titles of any conference.

Individual NCAA titles won by Pac-12 athletes, the most of any conference.

NCAA Team Titles By Conference

Pac-12 schools have captured 488 NCAA team championships, the most of any conference.

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Television Exposure

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.