This week in Pac-12 men's basketball

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AROUND THE PAC-12

• Two Pac-12 teams advance to the Sweet 16 in the same NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008 when Stanford, UCLA and Washington State reached the regional semifinals.

• OREGON is making its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2007, while ARIZONA is making its first regional semifinal appearance since 2011.

• It's the 14th time ARIZONA has won multiple games in NCAA tournament play, the fifth time OREGON has won multiple games.

• The five Pac-12 teams in the NCAA Tournament represent the most by the Conference since six participated in the 2009 Tournament.

• OREGON won its third Pac-12 Tournament title, and first since 2007.

• UCLA captured its 31st regular season 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.

NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Thurs., Mar. 28
NCAA West Region - Los Angeles (Staples Center)
6-ARIZONA vs. 2-Ohio State 4:47 p.m. PT TBS

Fri., Mar. 29
NCAA Midwest Region - Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium)
1-Louisville vs. 12-OREGON 7:15 p.m. ET CBS

Sat., Mar. 30
Should Arizona advance
ARIZONA vs. 9-Wichita State/13-La Salle winner TBD TBD

Sun., Mar. 31
Should Oregon advance
OREGON vs. 3-Michigan State/2-Duke winner TBD TBD

NCAA FINAL FOUR
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Dome)
Sat., April 6
Midwest vs. West 6 p.m. ET CBS
South vs. East  TBD CBS

Mon., April 8
NCAA Championship Game 9 p.m. ET CBS

Game times local to site

PAC-12 SWEET 16 PARTICIPANTS

ARIZONA: The Wildcats advance to the West Region semifinals after dispatching Belmont (81-64) and Harvard (74-51) in the Salt Lake City pod... Senior G Mark Lyons led Arizona in Salt Lake City averaging 25.0 points while shooting 20-of-32 (.625) from the field, and 6-of-13 (.462) from three-point range... Defensively, the Wildcats limited Belmont and Harvard to a combined 36-of-109 (.331) from the field, and outrebounded the opposition 83-51... Arizona is making its 30th NCAA Tournament appearance. Arizona has posted a 48-28 record in Tournament play, including a national title in 1997... 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 7.7 made treys per game, and connect on 37.2 percent (263-of-707) of their shots from long range... Senior F Solomon Hill sits 20th on Arizona's career scoring list with 1,414 points. Senior G Mark Lyons has scored 1,727 points in his career (1,194 points at Xavier, 523 points at Arizona)... Though 34 games, Arizona carries a +6.6 rebound margin and has outrebounded 25 of 34 opponents this season, including 14 of 20 conference foes (counting the postseason tournament).  On the season, Arizona is 22-3 when outrebounding the opposition.

OREGON: The Ducks advance to the Midwest Region semifinals in Indianapolis after defeating Oklahoma State (68-55) and Saint Louis (74-57) in the San Jose pod... Freshman G Damyean Dotson averaged 20.0 points in the two wins, shooting 8-of-15 (.533) from three-point range... Senior F Arsalan Kazemi averaged 16.5 rebounds, including an Oregon NCAA Tournament record 17 rebounds in the win over Saint Louis... This marks head coach Dana Altman's first Sweet Sixteen berth in nine NCAA Tournament appearances... The Ducks are making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance, and first since 2008... Senior F E.J. Singler has piled up some impressive numbers during his career in Eugene. He's played in 141 games during his career (4,126 minutes) and won 89 games, the most ever in a career by an Oregon player. His 1,531 points scored rank 11th all-time... Kazemi is third in the league, averaging 9.9 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. Kazemi's 1,264 career rebounds are the most among NCAA active players.

AROUND THE PAC-12

ARIZONA STATE established a Pac-12 single-season blocked shots record with 211. Senior C Jordan Bachynski provided a single-season record with 120 blocked shots. Freshman G Jahii Carson, the Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year, led the Pac-12 in minutes played (37.2 mpg). His 18.5 ppg average currently leads all freshmen in the nation, and is the seventh best all-time by a freshman in the Pac-12, while his 177 assists rank sixth all-time among Pac-12 freshmen... CALIFORNIA posted a single-season record with 152 blocks. Junior guards Allen Crabbe (18.7 ppg/leads Pac-12) and Justin Cobbs (15.4 ppg/8th) combined for 1,091 points, which was 50.6 percent of Cal's scoring total for the year. The duo also averaged 36.2 minutes and 35.8 minutes per game respectively, which ranks second and third in the league... COLORADO junior F André Roberson has 1,045 career rebounds and stands second behind Buffs all-time leader Stephane Pelle (1,054 reb, 1999-03). His 11.2 rpg average is currently second in the nation...  OREGON STATE had three players reach 1,000 points for their careers during the season: Devon Collier (1,086), Roberto Nelson (1,082), Joe Burton (1,009). Junior G Ahmad Starks nearly made it four players as he finished the season with 991 career points... STANFORD junior F Dwight Powell scored in double figures in each Pac-12 game this season, averaging 15.6 points per league contest. Junior F Josh Huestis (9.1 rpg) teamed with Powell (8.4 rpg) to provide a solid one-two punch on the boards... UCLA senior G Larry Drew II set a Bruin single-season record with 256 assists. His 256 assists are the most in the Pac-12 since 1998 (ASU's Ahlon Lewis, 294). Freshman G Shabazz Muhammad (17.9 ppg/5.2 rpg) and fellow freshman teammates Jordan Adams (15.3 ppg/3.8 rpg) and Kyle Anderson (9.7 ppg/8.6 rpg) combined to account for 54.3 percent of the team's scoring and 46.7 percent of the team's rebound totals... UTAH ended the season on an upswing, winning four of its last five games, which included victories over NCAA Tournament bound California and Oregon... WASHINGTON senior G Abdul Gaddy posted 469 career assists, which ranks second all-time in the Husky record book, trailing Will Conroy (515, 2002-05). Junior G C.J. Wilcox (16.7 ppg) has 211 career three-pointers, which is third on the school's all-time list (Ryan Appleby - 231; Deon Luton - 212)... WASHINGTON STATE senior F Brock Motum finished his career fifth on WSU's career scoring list with 1,530 points. He was the only Pac-12 player to post double digit scoring totals in each game this season.

ODDS & ENDS... In 108 conference games played this season, 57 were decided by single digits, with 40 of those games decided by five or fewer points... Pac-12 teams sported a 150-56 (.728) home court record this season. In Pac-12 play, the home team held a slight 65-43 (.602) advantage.

 

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