This week in Pac-12 men's basketball
By the Pac-12 Conference
AROUND THE PAC-12
• For the second time this season, three Pac-12 teams appear in this week's AP Top 25 - No. 7 ARIZONA, No. 21 OREGON and No. 24 UCLA. Back on Nov. 19, the AP poll included No. 10 Arizona, No. 23 COLORADO and No. 11 UCLA.
• Saturday's matchup between No. 21 Oregon at No. 24 UCLA will be the first game between two AP Top 25 Pac-12 teams since March 13, 2009 (No. 23 Arizona State defeated No. 13 Washington, 75-65 in the Pac-10 Tournament).
• UCLA, which has won nine straight, OREGON, winners of its last five games, and WASHINGTON each remain undefeated in league play. For the Bruins, they look to start league play with five straight wins for the first time since the 2003-04 season - Coach Ben Howland's first season in Westwood. Oregon and Washington are both 3-0. The Ducks look to go 4-0 for first time since 1974, while a sweep for the Huskies this weekend would give them their best start in league play since they started 6-0 in 1984.
• Wednesday's P12N televised showdown between COLORADO and WASHINGTON features the defending Pac-12 Tournament Champion Buffaloes and the defending Pac-12 Champion Huskies.
• The next Pac-12 Coaches/Media Teleconference is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. MT. Complete teleconference schedule is listed on page 6.
• SIZE 14... Four Pac-12 teams have posted 14 or more wins. The only conference that has more teams with 14 or more wins is the Big Ten Conference with five teams.
• STREAKING... With a nine-game winning streak, the UCLA Bruins are on their longest run of consecutive wins since taking 10 in a row during the 2008-09 season. UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 games.
• SWEEPERS... For the second straight week, three Pac-12 teams posted sweeps. The first week, the sweeps were accomplished by home teams. In week two, ORGON pulled off the sweep at home, while UCLA and WASHINGTON went on road to accomplish the feat. For the Huskies, it was the first sweep of the Bay Area schools (California and Stanford) since 1985. In addition, the Huskies have started league play with three consecutive road wins for the first time since 1912.
• HOUDINI OF THE HARDWOOD... The 20 Bob Cousy Award finalists have been tabbed and two players from the Pac-12 were among those listed. Those individuals are (with current statistics):
- Mark Lyons, Sr., ARIZ (14.6 ppg/3.3 apg)
Over the last eight games, Lyons is averaging 15.8 ppg and 4.1 apg. He's knocked down 27 of his last 30 free throw attempts (.900). In his three seasons at Xavier and the current season at Arizona, Lyons has scored 1,428 points (12.5 ppg career average)
- Jahii Carson, Fr., ASU (17.1 ppg/5.2 apg)
After posting 20 points at Oregon State and following it up with 20 points at Oregon, Carson is the first ASU freshman to get back-to-back 20-point games on a Pac-12 road trip since Steve Beck in the Bay Area (1984). Carson is the first freshman in the nation to average better than 17.0 assists and 5.0 assists since Seton Hall's Shaheen Holloway in 1996-97 (17.3 ppg/6.3 apg)
• HOUDINI OF THE HARDWOOD, PART II... UCLA senior guard Larry Drew II was not among those Pac-12 players on the finalist list for the Bob Cousy Award, but his distribution numbers are certainly deserving of mention. Drew II leads nation with a 4.89 assist-to-turnover ratio. His 8.1 assists per game average leads the Pac-12 and is fourth nationally. His 137 assists this season are more than what all but three Pac-12 players recorded last season.
• REJECTION NOTICE...ASU junior C Jordan Bachynski now has 76 blocks/4.5 bpg on the year are more than last year's Pac-12 leader had all season (OREGON STATE's Eric Moreland - 69 blocks/1.9 bpg).
• HOME SWEET HOME... Pac-12 teams sport a 95-24 (.798) home court record so far this season. ARIZONA and OREGON are perfect at home this season. The Ducks have run off 12 straight home court victories this season for their best home start since the 2001-02 season. Dating back to last season, the Ducks have extended their home-court winning streak to 18 games, which currently ranks tied for sixth in the nation.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Wed., Jan. 16 Time TV
UTAH at WASHINGTON STATE 6:30 p.m. PT P12N
Series: UTAH leads 14-2. Streak: UTAH 1 (last - 62-60 OT at Utah)
COLORADO at WASHINGTON 8:30 p.m. PT P12N
Series: Tied 7-7. Streak: COLO 1 (last - 87-69 at Colorado)
Thurs., Jan. 17
OREGON STATE at No. 24 UCLA 6 p.m. PT ESPNU
Series: UCLA leads 87-34. Streak: OSU 1 (last - 87-84 at Oregon State)
No. 21 OREGON at USC 8 p.m. PT ESPNU
Series: USC leads 62-47. Streak: ORE 5 (last - 65-62 at Oregon)
Sat., Jan. 19
No. 7 ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE 12:30 p.m. MST FSN
Series: ARIZ leads 142-80. Streak: ASU 1 (last - 87-80 at Arizona State)
No. 21 OREGON at No. 24 UCLA 1 p.m. PT CBS
Series: UCLA leads 83-29. Streak: ORE 2 (last - 75-68 at Oregon)
CALIFORNIA at STANFORD 1:30 p.m. PT FSN
Series: CAL leads 145-115. Streak: CAL 1 (last - 77-71 at Pac-12 Tournament)
OREGON STATE at USC 5 p.m. PT P12N
Series: USC leads 65-59. Streak: OSU 1 (last - 78-59 at Oregon State)
COLORADO at WASHINGTON STATE 7 p.m. PT P12N
Series: COLO leads 2-1. Streak: COLO 1 (last - 71-60 at Colorado)
UTAH at WASHINGTON 6 or 8 p.m. PT ESPNU
Series: WASH leads 7-5. Streak: WASH 1 (last - 57-53 at Utah)
Rankings listed are AP poll; Game times local to site
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