Jon Rothstein, basketball guy for CBS Sports, mentioned last night he has his doubts that we'll see a PAC team make it to the second weekend in March. In other words, he doesn't see a team from the PAC being in that final/top group of 32 teams.
Here's where their story about their decline becomes cloudy. We've been told for years one of the main disadvantages football teams in the PAC have is their location: TV times and exposure from one coast to another. The lack of viewers has led to lower rankings which in turn has led to a 'product' that's below the P5 conferences.
Now, I'm seeing the same in basketball? There's two of the three major revenue sports on decline, conference wide. Are we going to see the same excuses for this sport?
I have a very hard time even considering their basketball woes are the lack of exposure. I see as many references to Walton calling west coast games as I've seen references to officiating.
Pac-12 average attendance is 46k and those numbers are probably on the high side - enrollment numbers really aren't that different from an SEC school (ignoring Texas A&M). And you'd think with the attendance and product, the tickets have to be cheap...
Stadium capacity is significantly smaller than the SEC.
@planomateo found this image this morning ... just a symptom of the lack of awareness the PAC has with their scheduling. I wouldn't be watching either one...but a lot would have been tuned in to see the tribute to Kobe.