1917 Washington State
1941 Washington State
1998 Utah *
Final Fours by school
2 Oregon State
1 Washington State
0 Arizona State
* Utah's came before they joined the PAC 12
National Titles: 18
1 title was retroactively given (WSU 1917)
1 title was not as a Pac-12 Member (Utah 1944)
First Title: 1917 Washington State
Last Title: 1997 Arizona
Arizona State Sun Devils
Wells Fargo Arena
California Golden Bears
Los Angeles, California
Coors Events Center
Matthew Knight Arena
Oregon State Beavers
Los Angeles, California
Salt Lake City, Utah
Jon M. Huntsman Center
Hec Edmundson Pavilion
Washington State Cougars
The Pac 12 conference is one of the most success conferences in basketball history. The conference schools lay claim to 18 Nation titles and 5 National Finals runner-up appearances, as well as 39 final four appearances since 1939. UCLA has the most titles of any school in college basketball with 11, and is tied for 2nd most final four appearances with 17. Utah and Arizona are next with 4 final four appearances, though none of Utah's have come as a member of the Pac-12. 11 of the 12 members have made at least 1 final four appearance, the lone team not to make the final four is Arizona State. 7 of the 12 member schools have also won national titles with the last one coming in 1997 with Arizona.
The Pac-12 began in 1915 as the Pacific Coast Conference with Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and California. Two years after its inception, in 1917, it expanded again to add Washington State and the next year it added Stanford. In 1922 the PCC added Idaho and Southern California(USC) but USC was suspended for a season 2 years after it joined and was replaced with Montana. USC rejoined the next season and three years later cross town rival University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) joined as well brining the total membership to 10 school.
The PCC prided itself on high academic standard and good moral character of its member schools and staff, but this high level brought a lot of animosity and ultimately lead to the conference unraveling. The California schools looked unfavorable on the Northwest schools, especially the two Oregon schools, because they felt like they were not keeping up with the conferences goals of academic superiority. Several times through out the 1930s and 40s the California schools threatened to leave and start a new conference, though they never followed through with this threat.
In the early 1950s the conference was rocked by scandal. in 1951 Oregon's football coach was caught violating the conference code for financial aid and athletic subsidies and forced to resign, and the conference began looking at other schools as well.
in 1956 the scandal began public and several schools were implicated in the financial subsidies scandal as well as other academic scandals and the conference began to fall apart. First, UCLA and California left the conference. By 1959 the conference had dissolved and 3 former members, USC, Stanford, and Washington, joined with Cal and UCLA to form the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU). in 1962 the AAWU allowed in Washington and in 1964 allowed in both the Oregon schools. Idaho did not seek membership and became an independent. Montana had left the conference in 1950 and was not involved in the scandal.
Following the scandal the conference settled down and by the 1960s the animosity between the schools had died down. in 1968 the AAWU renamed itself the Pacific 8 Conference (PAC 8) and had cemented itself as the premier athletic conference in the western United States.
The conference expanded again in 1978 by adding Arizona and Arizona state and changing its name to the PAC 10 conference. The conference would go another 33 years before it expanded again when in 2011 it brought in Colorado and Utah and became the PAC 12 conference.