Pac-10 Achieves Rare Football/Basketball Double
April 5, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--The Pacific-10 Conference became just the second conference in history to have three teams ranked in the Top 10 in the final Associated Press football poll and three teams reach the 'Elite Eight' of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in the same academic year.
Arizona, Stanford and USC reached the Elite Eight of the recently concluded NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Washington was ranked third, Oregon State fourth and Oregon seventh in the final AP football poll following the 2000 season.
The only previous time this rare double has been accomplished was 1986 when the Southeastern Conference had Auburn, Kentucky and LSU reach the basketball Elite Eight and had Auburn (6th), Alabama (9th) and LSU (10th) ranked in the Top 10 of the final Associated Press football poll.