This week in Pac-12 men's basketball
By the Pac-12 Conference
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
MGM Grand Garden Arena (13,151) - Las Vegas, Nev.
Wed., Mar. 13 Time TV
No. 8 STANFORD vs. No. 9 ARIZONA STATE 12:06 p.m. PT P12N
Series: STAN leads, 44-30. Streak: STAN 6
Season results: Feb. 9 - STAN, 62-59.
No. 5 COLORADO vs. No. 12 OREGON STATE TBD P12N
Series: COLO leads, 8-4. Streak: OSU 1
Season results: Feb. 10 - COLO, 72-68. Mar. 9 - OSU, 64-58.
No. 7 USC vs. No. 10 UTAH 6:06 p.m. PT P12N
Series: USC leads, 17-14. Streak: USC 3
Season results: Jan. 12 - USC, 76-59
No. 6 WASHINGTON vs. No. 11 WASHINGTON STATE TBD P12N
Series: WASH leads, 176-100. Streak: WASH 5
Season results: Jan. 5 - WASH, 68-63. Mar. 3 - WASH, 72-68
Thurs., Mar. 14
No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 8/9 winner 12:06 p.m. PT P12N
No. 4 ARIZONA vs. No. 5/12 winner TBD P12N
No. 2 CALIFORNIA vs. No. 7/10 winner 6:06 p.m. PT P12N
No. 3 OREGON vs. No. 6/11 winner TBD ESPNU
Fri., Mar. 15
Semifinal 1 6:06 p.m. PT P12N
Semifinal 2 TBD ESPN
Sat., Mar. 16
Pac-12 Championship Game 8:02 p.m. PT ESPN
Game times local to site
AROUND THE PAC-12
• UCLA captured its 31st Conference title, and first since the 2008 season. The Bruins are just the third Conference champion to post a 13-5 league record in 35 seasons of Pac-10/Pac-12 competition.
• Pac-12 Honors announced:
Player of the Year
Allen Crabbe, California
Co-Freshman of the Year
Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
Defensive Player of the Year
André Roberson, Colorado
Most Improved Player of the Year
Dwight Powell, Stanford
John Wooden Coach of the Year
Dana Altman, Oregon
ARIZONA: It's the third consecutive 20-win season, 24th in the last 26 seasons, and 34th overall... The Wildcats lead the Pac-12 with an average of 7.6 made treys per game, and connect on 36.3 percent (229-of-631) of their shots from long range. Senior Kevin Parrom currently leads the team with a .409 (38-of-93) three-point field goal percentage... More Parrom - he responded with 13 points, seven rebounds and two assists in his McKale Center finale. Since he moved into the starting lineup six games ago, Parrom is averaging 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from three-point range... Senior F Solomon Hill sits 21st on Arizona's career scoring list with 1,369 points. Senior G Mark Lyons as scored 1,640 points in his career (1,194 points at Xavier, 446 points at Arizona)
ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils have posted their fourth 20-win season in the last six years and 13th overall... Has established a school single-season blocked shots record, currently with 195. 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. 2 with 113. He trails former Sun Devils Mario Bennett (115 in 1995)... Freshman G Jahii Carson leads the Pac-12 in minutes played (37.0 mpg). His 17.7 ppg average is the 10th best all-time by a freshman in the Pac-12, while his 154 assists also rank 10th all-time among Pac-12 freshmen.
CALIFORNIA: has won at least 20 games in four of five seasons under head coach Mike Montgomery... Has posted a single-season record for blocks with 143 in 30 games this year. Sophomore F David Kravish has 50 blocked shots for the season and just nine shy of Cal single-season record... Junior guards Allen Crabbe (18.6 ppg/leads Pac-12) and Justin Cobbs (15.1 ppg/10th) have combined for 1,012 points, which is 50 percent of Cal's scoring total for the year.
COLORADO: Third straight 20-win season for the Buffaloes... 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... Sophomore G Spence Dinwiddie paces the Colorado scoring attack with 15.4 points per game (7th in the Pac-12). He's shooting 176-of-214 from the free throw line (.822). His 176 made free throws are more than all but two Pac-12 players have attempted all season (Oregon State's Nelson 149-of-195; Arrizona State's Carson 127-of-177)
OREGON: Senior F E.J. Singler has piled up some impressive numbers during his career in Eugene. He's played in 136 games during his career (3,964 minutes) and won 84 games, the most ever in a career by an Oregon player. His 1,471 points scored rank 13th all-time... Senior F Arsalan Kazemi is third in the league, averaging 9.6 rebounds per game. Should he maintain that average for the remainder of the season, it would be the best average by a Duck since Jerry Adams averaged 10.3 rebounds in 1986.
OREGON STATE: Three Beavers have reached the 1,000-point plateau for their careers - junior F Devon Collier (1,073), junior G Roberto Nelson (1,062), senior F/C Joe Burton (1,005). With 983 career points, junior G Ahmad Starks is 17 points shy of making that four players... Nelson led the Pac-12 in scoring in league games only with 19.1 points per game. He's the first Beaver since Gary Payton in 1990 to lead the league in scoring in conference games only... Burton is fifth all-time in the OSU record books with 728 rebounds. His next game played (130) will tie him with Josh Tarver (2006-10) for most played in school history.
STANFORD: Junior F Dwight Powell scored in double figures in each Pac-12 game this season, averaging 15.6 points per league contest. Of all the other Pac-12 players, only Washington State's Brock Motum reached double figures in each conference game... Junior F Josh Huestis has teamed with Powell to provide a solid one-two punch on the boards. Huestis is averaging 9.3 rebounds per game, while Powell averages 8.2 rebounds per game.
UCLA: Captured its 35th Conference title... UCLA has posted its sixth 20-win season over the last eight years, 47th overall... Senior G Larry Drew II set a Bruin single-season record with 239 assists, moving ahead of Pooh Richardson (236 in 1989). His 239 assists are the most in the Pac-12 since USC's Brandon Granville dished out 248 assists during the 1999-2000 season, and sixth most in the Pac-12 single-season annals... Freshman G Shabazz Muhammad is averaging 18.3 ppg. It's the eighth best scoring average all-time by a Pac-12 Freshman... UCLA coach Ben Howland is one win shy of reaching 400 career wins.
USC: Coach Bob Cantu has posted a 7-7 record in league play, since taking on the interim duties. Under Cantu, the Trojans are averaging 67.9 points. Prior to Cantu assuming the interim role, USC was averaging 63.8 points per game... Junior G J.T. Terrell has scored in double digits in each of the last 10 games, averaging 14.4 points per game in that span. He was averaging 10.2 ppg over the first 20 games of the season.
UTAH: Senior C Jason Washburn finished the regular season with a flurry. Entering the final weekend of play, Washburn was averaging 11.4 ppg/6.5 rpg, but averaged 17.5 ppg/10.5 rpg in a home sweep of the Oregon schools and pushed his career point total to 1,033... The sweep of the Oregon schools marked the first time the Utes won back-to-back games in Pac-12 play... Senior G Jared DuBois hit 22 of his last 23 attempts and led all players in free throw percentage in conference play at 90.1 percent.
WASHINGTON: Senior G Abdul Gaddy has piled up 444 career assists, which ranks third all-time in the Husky record book... Junior G C.J. Wilcox leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.8 points per game. WIth 202 career three-point field goals, Wilcox sits third on the school's all-time list (Ryan Appleby -231; Deon Luton - 212).
WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars snapped a nine-game losing streak with a pair of wins the last week of the regular season, including an upset victory over Pac-12 regular season champion UCLA. It was the first win over UCLA in Pullman since 1993... Senior F Brock Motum has moved into fifth on WSU's career scoring list with 1,502 points... Motum as the only Pac-12 player to post double digit scoring totals in each game this season.
ODDS & ENDS... In 108 conference games played to date, 57 have been decided by single digits, with 40 of those games decided by five or fewer points... Pac-12 teams sport a 148-56 (.725) home court record so far this season. In Pac-12 play, the home team holds a slight 65-43 (.602) advantage.
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