And it would look pretty damn good. Imagine: 1. San Diego State We grab the 3rd largest city in California (28th largest US media market). Viejas Arena seats over 12k, is regularly packed, and has been an NCAA tournament site. Aztecs have been in the Dance each of the past 6 seasons with 2 Sweet 16s in that period. 2. UNLV We eliminate Nevada as a flyover state and add the nation's #41 media market with Las Vegas. Thomas & Mack Center seats almost 19k, games are an EVENT, and has been an NBA All-Star game site. Runnin' Rebels have been to 4 Final Fours and have won a national championship. 3. New Mexico We eliminate another flyover state and add the nation's #47 media market with Albuquerque-Santa Fe. Buffs get a destination we can drive to. The Pit is a mad house, holds over 15k fans, and has been a regular host of the NCAA tournament, including a Final Four. Lobos have 4 trips to the Dance since 2010 along with 3 MWC tourney titles. 4. BYU (I'm going to ignore everything about politics, academics and Sunday games here.) The PACN does a lot to bolster its plans for international expansion with BYU. Marriott Center is amazing, seating almost 21k fans... and they get a great crowd. Cougars have been to the Dance in 8 of the last 9 seasons with a Sweet 16 in that time. This would be a ridiculously good basketball conference as a Pac-16. Also, it would nearly fill the western map and fully represent western culture. Scheduling? Probably have to go with a North/South alignment here with 22 instead of 18 Pac games. Pac-16 North Cal, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Utah, BYU Pac-16 South UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, SDSU, UNLV, Colorado, New Mexico 2 games against your division rivals and 1 against the other division (22 conference games). Then you schedule 9 or 10 non-conference games. I find myself rooting for UNM and UNLV to get their sh!t together in football... SDSU, UNLV and UNM to get football stadium questions solved... and all of them to improve academic rankings... because this would be my ideal Pac-16 some day. P.S. Above alignment also works well for football, with 7 games against division and 2 against other division (rotating over 8-year period so that you play everyone within each 4-year period and then flip home/road for the next 4-year period) & division champs play in Pac-16 title game.