Pac-12 Hoops: Why Arizona-UCLA Is West Coast’s Version of Duke-North Carolina

Posted by Javier Morales on January-7-2014 Add Comments

When the Arizona Wildcats hired Lute Olson as coach in 1983, UCLA's dominance in the West Coast came to an end. That sentence is overwhelming considering the Bruins' place in the history of college basketball.

The reality of it signifies why Arizona and UCLA comprise one of the best rivalries in college basketball. In the 1960s and most of the 1970s no program could dream to challenge the UCLA dominance that John Wooden achieved in Westwood, Calif.

Could one program actually look UCLA in the eye without flinching after the Bruins won 10 national titles and advanced to 10 consecutive Final Fours under Wooden?

Three years after Wooden retired in 1975, Arizona and ASU joined the conference to make it the Pac-10. Fi...

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