This week in Pac-12 men's basketball
By the Pac-12 Conference
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Wed., Mar. 6 Time TV
No. 23 UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE 6:30 p.m. PT P12N
Series: UCLA leads, 102-14. Streak: UCLA 8 (last, 76-62 at UCLA)
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA 8 p.m. PT ESPN2
Series: CAL leads, 145-116. Streak: STAN 1 (last, 69-59 at STAN)
USC at WASHINGTON 8:30 p.m. PT P12N
Series: USC leads, 69-68. Streak: USC 1 (last, 71-60 at USC)
Thurs., Mar. 7
No. 19 OREGON at COLORADO 7 p.m. MST ESPN2
Series: COLO leads, 6-3. Streak: COLO 2 (last, 48-47 at ORE)
OREGON STATE at UTAH 7 p.m. MST ESPNU
Series: UTAH leads, 12-10. Streak: OSU 3 (last, 82-64 at OSU)
Sat., Mar. 9
No. 23 UCLA at WASHINGTON 11 a.m. PT CBS
Series: UCLA leads, 91-42. Streak: UCLA 2 (last, 59-57 at UCLA)
No. 19 OREGON at UTAH 12:30 p.m. MST P12N
Series: ORE leads, 10-8. Streak: ORE 3 (last, 73-64 at ORE)
ARIZONA STATE at No. 18 ARIZONA 2:30 p.m. MST FSN
Series: ARIZ leads, 143-80. Streak: ARIZ 1 (last, 71-54 at ASU)
OREGON STATE at COLORADO 2:30 p.m. MST P12N
Series: COLO leads, 8-3. Streak: COLO 1 (last, 72-68 at OSU)
USC at WASHINGTON STATE 3:30 p.m. PT P12N
Series: USC leads, 68-46. Streak: USC 1 (last, 72-68 at USC)
Rankings listed are AP poll; Game times local to site
AROUND THE PAC-12
• OREGON, UCLA and CALIFORNIA have locked up first round byes in the Pac-12 Tournament, but will need to play out the regular season to determine their respective seeds... ARIZONA can grab the remaining bye with a victory in its final home game. However, should the Cats misstep in their final game, COLORADO and USC are lurking and each have an opportunity to grab that remaining coveted seed. In a potential three-way tie for fourth at 11-7 (Arizona, Colorado and USC), the tiebreaker gives the Buffs the No. 4 seed. In a two-way tie between Arizona and Colorado, the Buffs hold the tie-breaker edge again. In a two-way tie between Arizona and USC, the Trojans earn the No. 4 seed.
• The USBWA named ARIZONA STATE's Jahii Carson and UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad as finalists for Wayman Tisdale Award honoring the nation's top freshman.
• The final Pac-12 Coaches/Media Teleconference is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. MT.
• Pac-12 Tournament Media Credentials: Credential applications for the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament are now being accepted at www.sportssystems.com/pac12basketball
Deadline is Thursday, March 7.
• Pac-12 Tournament Seeding... The tiebreaker formula for seeding purposes at the Pac-12 Tournament is located on page 6 of this release.
In 98 conference games played to date, 54 have been decided by single digits, with 40 of those games decided by five or fewer points.
UCLA coach Ben Howland is two wins shy of reaching 400 career wins. He'll join three other Pac-12 coaches who have amassed over 400 career wins - CALIFORNIA's Mike Montgomery (656), OREGON's Dana Altman (478) and WASHINGTON STATE's Ken Bone (403).
With its next win, COLORADO will post its third straight 20-win season, and seventh overall... With a 20-9 overall record, CALIFORNIA has won at least 20 games in four of five seasons under head coach Mike Montgomery.
CALIFORNIA extended its winning streak to seven games with the two victories this past week. The last time the Bears won seven straight conference games was during the 2002-03 season when they began Pac-10 play, 7-0. During their seven-game winning streak, the Bears are allowing just 56.7 points per game and have held opponents to 138-of-412 from the floor (33.5%). Colorado shot 15-for-65 (23.1%) - a season low for a Cal opponent.
ARIZONA STATE has established a school single-season blocked shots record, currently with 189. The Pac-12 single-season record is 199, set by UCLA in 2010-11. Meanwhile, Sun Devil senior C Jordan Bachynski has climbed the Pac-12 single-season blocked shots list to No. 3 with 110. He trails former Sun Devils Mario Bennett (115 in 1995) and Rodger Farrington (113 in 1997)... CALIFORNIA has posted a single-season record for blocks as well, swatting 138 in 29 games this year. Sophomore F David Kravish has 14 rejections in the last four games, giving him 48 for the season and just 11 shy of Cal's single-season record.
OREGON STATE junior G Roberto Nelson pushed his career scoring totals over 1,000 points for his career following a 31-point effort at Oregon last Thursday. Nelson (1,029) joins teammate Devon Collier (1,056) with 1,000 or more career points. The Beavers are looking to have four players with 1,000 or more career points in the same season as senior C Joe Burton needs six points and junior G Ahmad Starks needs 23 points to reach that milestone.
STANFORD junior F Dwight Powell is averaging 15.9 points/9.0 rebounds in Pac-12 play... Powell joins WASHINGTON STATE senior F Brock Motum (16.4 ppg in Pac-12 play) as the only players to post double digit scoring totals in each conference game this season.
With 227 assists this season, UCLA G Larry Drew II is just nine assists shy of matching the Bruin single-season record of 236, set by Pooh Richardson in 1989. His 227 assists are the most in the Pac-12 since USC's Brandon Granville dished out 248 assists during the 1999-2000 season.
OREGON senior F Arsalan Kazemi has posted 11 or more rebounds in five of the last seven games, including a season-high 18 rebounds vs. California on Feb. 21. Over the last seven games, he's averaging 11.6 rebounds per game.
After hitting just 26.4 percent (14-of-53) from three-point range through the first 14 games of Pac-12 play, WASHINGTON senior G Scott Suggs has been lighting it up from beyond the arc of late. Over the last two games, Suggs has hit 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) from three-point range.
COLORADO junior F André Roberson has 1,019 career rebounds and stands second behind Buffs all-time leader Stephane Pelle (1,054 reb, 1999-03)... His 11.5 rpg average currently leads the nation.
UTAH senior G Jared DuBois was a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line last week, including a 9-of-9 effort at Stanford. He's hit 20 of his last 21 attempts and leads all players in free throw percentage in conference play at 89.9 percent.
HOME SWEET HOME... Pac-12 teams sport a 141-53 (.727) home court record so far this season. In Pac-12 play, the home team holds a slight 58-40 (.592) advantage.