This year in Pac-12 men's basketball
By the Pac-12 Conference
2012-13 SEASON IN REVIEW
• The Pac-12 placed five teams in the NCAA Tournament, with another three teams playing in the NIT. The five teams in the NCAA Tournament represented the most by the Pac-12 since six participated in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. With ARIZONA and OREGON advancing to the Sweet 16, it marked the first time the league placed two teams in the regional semifinals since 2008.
• In one of the closest league races in years, 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 under the 18-game league schedule in 35 seasons of Pac-10/Pac-12 competition... The one-game separation between the top four teams was the closest since 1985 when Washington and USC tied for the title with 13-5 records, while Oregon State, Arizona and UCLA tied for third with 12-6 records.
• After 11 years in Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center, the Pac-12 moved its championship to Las Vegas where the MGM Grand Garden Arena played host to the league's postseason tournament... Similar to the regular season where 57 of 108 league games were decided by single digits, the 11-game Pac-12 Tournament provided eight games decided by single digits, including a tournament record three overtime games... Fans made their presence felt in Las Vegas as games were played before 80 percent of capacity at the Grand Garden Arena, with the semifinal session played before a capacity crowd of 13,151 fans.
• OREGON won its third Pac-12 Tournament title, and first since 2007. The Ducks were the fifth different league school to capture the postseason crown over the last six years.
• Earning All-America recognition for their efforts during the 2012-13 season were CALIFORNIA junior G Allen Crabbe (NABC Third Team), and UCLA freshman G/F Shabazz Muhammad (Sporting News Second Team, USBWA All-Freshman First Team). Crabbe (18.4 ppg/6.1 rpg) was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, becoming the third California player in the last four years to earn the honor... Muhammad (17.9 ppg) and ARIZONA STATE freshman G Jahii Carson (18.5 ppg/5.1 apg) shared Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year honors. Carson was the nation's top freshman scorer... COLORADO junior F André Roberson was tabbed the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 11.2 rebounds per game (second in the nation). He also added 2.2 steals per game (2nd in Pac-12) and 1.3 blocked shots per game (8th in Pac-12)... STANFORD junior F Dwight Powell was named the Pac-12's Most Improved Player. During the 2012 season, he averaged 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds. He boosted those numbers during the 2013 season to 14.9 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game... OREGON coach Dana Altman was tabbed as the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, as well as picking up NABC District 20 Coach of the Year honors, as he guided the Ducks to their third consecutive 20-win season, a Pac-12 Tournament title and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 where they lost to eventual NCAA champion Louisville... ARIZONA STATE senior G/F Carrick Fellix, who earned All-Pac-12 Second Team honors, was named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Felix graduated with a B.S. in Communications in the spring of 2012 and was accepted into the Masters of Liberal Studies program where he is studying for his masters degree.
ARIZONA: Arizona made its 30th NCAA Tournament appearance... It's the 24th 20-win season in the last 26 seasons, and 34th overall... Senior F Solomon Hill finished 20th on Arizona's career scoring list with 1,430 points. Senior G Mark Lyons scored 1,750 points in his career (1,194 points at Xavier, 546 points at Arizona)... Despite losing three starters, the Wildcats welcome a solid recruiting class and appear to be one of the league favorites next season. Returning is guard Nick Johnson (11./5 ppg/3.6 rpg) and the front line trio of Kaleb Tarczewski (6.6 ppg/6.1 rpg), Grant Jerrett (5.2 ppg/3.6 rpg) and Brandon Ashley (7.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg).
ARIZONA STATE: Posted its fourth 20-win season in the last six years. ASU had just four 20-win seasons in the previous 26 years prior to coach Herb Sendek's arrival in Tempe... All-Pac-12 guard Jahii Carson (18.5 ppg/5.1 apg), the league's Co-Freshman of the Year, was the nation's top scoring freshman. His season scoring total was the sixth best by a league freshman, while his 177 assists rank sixth all-time by a Pac-12 freshman... Junior C Jordan Bachynski (9.8 ppg/5.9 rpg) set a Pac-12 record with 120 blocked shots (3.4 bpg)... ASU returns two other starters in junior G Evan Gordon (10.1 ppg/2.9 rpg) and sophomore F Jonathan Gilling (9.7 ppg/6.1 rpg).
CALIFORNIA: Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe (18.4 ppg) led California to its fourth NCAA Tournament in the last five seasons. It's also the Bears fourth 20-win season in five years... Coach Mike Montgomery posted career win No. 650 during the 2013 season. His 657 career wins rank ninth among active coaches... The Bears return four starters for next season and will be led by junior G Justin Cobbs (15.1 ppg/4.8 apg). Sophomore G Tyrone Wallace (7.2 ppg/4.4 rpg) will complement Cobbs in the Cal backcourt, while front line play will depend on junior F Richard Solomon (8.9 ppg/6.8 rpg) and sophomore F David Kravish (7.9 ppg/6.9 rpg).
COLORADO: Posted its third consecutive 20-win season under coach Tad Boyle in his third season at Colorado. Prior to his arrival, Colorado had posted just four 20-win seasons in 107 seasons... All-Pac-12 junior F André Roberson led the Pac-12 in rebounding (11.2 rpg) for the second straight season, and now has 1,045 career rebounds... Colorado returns five starters for next season including All-Pac-12 sophomore G Spencer Dinwiddie (15.3 ppg) and sophomore G Askia Booker (12.4 ppg). Roberson (10.9 ppg) anchors a solid front line with freshman F Josh Scott (10.2 ppg/5.7 rpg) and sophomore F Xavier Johnson (8.9 ppg/4.8 rpg).
OREGON: The Ducks posted their third consecutive 20-win season, the second-best run in school history (1936-39 Oregon squads posted four straight 20-win seasons)... Oregon won its third Pac-12 Tournament crown... Senior F E.J. Singler played in 142 games during his career (4,165 minutes) and won 89 games, the most ever in a career by an Oregon player. His 1,546 points scored rank 11th all-time... The Ducks lose three starters for next season, but return a solid backcourt in freshmen Damyean Dotson (11.4 ppg) and Dominic Artis (8.5 ppg/3.2 apg), and junior Johnathan Loyd (5.0 ppg/2.9 apg), the Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
OREGON STATE: The Beavers lose just one starter for next season - senior F Joe Burton (11.0 ppg/6.4 rpg)... Sophomore F Eric Moreland (9.4 ppg/10.6 rpg), junior Devon Collier (12.6 ppg/6.0 rpg) form a solid nucleus in the paint and expect a healthy Angus Brandt (11.3 ppg/8.5 rpg) to return from a knee injury and provide OSU with one of the more talented front courts in the league... The backcourt of junior G Roberto Nelson (17.8 ppg) and junior Ahmad Starks (10.4 ppg) round out the returning starters. Nelson topped the league in scoring in conference-only games with 19.1 ppg.
STANFORD: The Cardinal made its 23rd appearance in the postseason over the last 26 seasons... Stanford returns four starters for next season, including All-Pac-12 junior F Dwight Powell (14.9 ppg/8.4 rpg), who scored in double figures in all 18 league games. Powell combined with junior F Josh Huestis (10.5 ppg/9.0 rpg/2.1 bpg) to form the league's top rebounding tandem (17.4 rpg)... The backcourt is solid with Chasson Randle (13.6 ppg) and Aaron Bright (9.3 ppg). The duo combined for 106 three-pointers and shot a collective 80 percent from the free throw line.
UCLA: The Bruins won their 31st Pac-12 regular season title. UCLA welcomes new coach Steve Alford to replace Ben Howland. Alford led New Mexico to a 29-6 record last season. His career record is 463-225 in 22 seasons as a collegiate head coach... The Bruins lose leading scorer Shabazz Muhammad (17.9 ppg) and the league's top assist man in Larry Drew II (UCLA single-season record 256 assist/7.8 apg)... Returning starters include freshman G Kyle Anderson (9.7 ppg/8.6 rpg), freshman F Jordan Adams (15.3 ppg/3.8 rpg), and junior F Travis Wear (10.9 ppg/5.2 rpg)... With just six returning scholarship players, Alford will rely on the experience of junior F David Wear (7.1 ppg/5.0 rpg), sophomore G Norman Powell (6.1 ppg/2.2 rpg), and freshman C Tony Parker (2.4 ppg/1.2 rpg)
USC: The Trojans hired Andy Enfield as head coach after he led Florida Gulf Coast University to the NCAA Sweet 16. Enfield has a 41-28 career record in two seasons... Enfield will have three returning starters in junior G J.T. Terrell (11.7 ppg/2.1 rpg), sophomore G Byron Wesley (10.2 ppg/4.3 rpg) and junior F Dewayne Dedmon (6.7 ppg/7.0 rpg/2.1 bpg)... USC had one of nation's toughest schedules last season as 10 opponents went on to appear in the NCAA Tournament.
UTAH: The Utes rolled off four straight wins at the end of the season, including wins over NCAA Tournament-bound California and Oregon, and reached the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals... The Utes return two starters for next season in junior G Glen Dean (5.5 ppg/2.1 rpg) and freshman Jordan Loveridge (12.1 pg/7.0 rpg), with freshman Brandon Taylor (6.9 ppg/1.6 rpg) providing back court depth.
WASHINGTON: Senior G Abdul Gaddy posted 469 career assists, which ranks second all-time in the Husky record book... 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)... The Huskies lose three starters for next season, but will have a solid backcourt in Wilcox and freshman G Andrew Andrews (7.8 ppg/3.0 rpg/2.3 apg). In addition, the front line will consist of part-time starting sophomore forwards Desmond Simmons (4.9 ppg/6.5 rpg), Shaw Kemp Jr. (6.3 ppg/3.0 rpg), as well as freshman Jernard Jarreau (3.2 ppg/2.6 rpg).
WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars lose senior F Brock Motum (18.7 ppg) who paced the league in scoring in each of the past two seasons. In fact, he's just the second player in the last 42 years to win the league's scoring title in back-to-back seasons (also ASU's Ike Diogu in 2004-05). Motum scored 1,530 points in his Cougar career, finishing fifth on the school's career scoring list. He was the only Pac-12 player to score in double digits in each game this season... Despite posting a 4-14 league record, the Cougars hung around in most conference games as 11 of 18 contests were decided by single digits... Coach Ken Bone will look to sophomore G Royce Woolridge (11.0 ppg/2.8 rpg), sophomore G DeVonté Lacy (10.5 ppg/2.9 rpg), and junior D.J. Shelton (6.2 ppg/6.0 rpg) to be the cornerstones of the 2013-14 Cougars. In addition, freshman G Que Johnson should help provide scoring punch to offset the departure of Motum.