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The Pac-12 gave us one of the most entertaining conference races in college basketball last season, with Oregon, Arizona and UCLA finishing a combined 47-7 in league play. All three were top 3 seeds in the NCAA tournament.

But the Pac-12 sent only four teams to the tournament (Southern California was the other one), the fewest of any high-major conference. The league was talented. It just lacked depth.

We’ll see if a few more Pac-12 programs can break through this season. Here are five conference games you’ll need to watch.

*Feb. 8: UCLA at Arizona

One of the greatest rivalries in the sport. The Wildcats took two of three from the Bruins last year but, of course, the personnel will be different this season. Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf are gone from UCLA, as is Lauri Markkanen from Arizona.

Still, these will both be Top 25 teams. Rawle Alkins, who just broke his foot, should be back for Arizona by the time these two teams play. The Wildcats return Allonzo Trier, a possible first-team All-American, and add DeAndre Ayton, who has superstar potential. Arizona has the inside track to a Pac-12 title.