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Amid shifting, West hoops marches on

Originally Published: August 15, 2011
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

The Pac-12 shouldn't define basketball in the West.

Sure, it helps if UCLA is UCLA, Arizona is Arizona and Washington continues to be a consistent presence in the NCAA tournament.

But in case you didn't notice, a pair of Mountain West Conference teams (BYU and San Diego State) finally broke through last season with trips to the Sweet 16. If it slipped under the radar, two of the players (Jimmer Fredette and Kawhi Leonard) from those teams were lottery picks in the latest NBA draft.

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