Hoops action heats up at halfway point
• ARIZONA CONTINUES TO HOLD TOP SPOT IN POLLS: Arizona holds the top spot for the sixth week in a row in the weekly polls. For the Wildcats, it’s the 35th time they’ve been ranked No. 1. . . COLORADO is at No. 21 (AP)/No. 22 (Coaches), with UCLA at No. 25/No. 25.
• HOME COURT: After posting a 94-6 (.940) home record in non-league play this season, Pac-12 teams are finding it tough to protect the home court in league play. After two weeks of league action, the home team is just 12-10 (.545).
• THE UNDEFEATED: ARIZONA is one of four remaining undefeated NCAA I teams (Syracuse, Wisconsin, Wichita State). Arizona’s 17-0 start to the season is its best in school history.
• CALIFORNIA coach Mike Montgomery needs one victory to reach 276 league wins and match Slats Gill (OSU, 1929-64) for third on the Pac-12 career list for league victories. The top four:
Coach, School (years), W-L
1. Lute Olson, ARIZ (1984-07), 327-101
2. John Wooden, UCLA (1949-75), 304-74
3. Slats Gill, OSU (1929-1964), 276-241
4. Mike Montgomery, STAN/CAL (1986-04/09-), 275-142
• UCLA sophomore G Kyle Anderson is averaging an impressive 15.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 6.6 apg. No other player in the nation can boast a better set of stats.
• USC’s junior G Byron Wesley has scored 20 or more points in four of last five games and has averaged 21.0 ppg in that span.
• WASHINGTON senior G C.J. Wilcox has hit 17-of-34 from three-point range in four Conference games.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Tues., Jan. 14, Time, Network
Pac-12 Coaches/Media Teleconference, 10:30 am PT
Wed., Jan. 15
WASHINGTON STATE at STANFORD, 7 p.m. PT, P12N
Series: STAN leads, 70-59. Streak: STAN 1
WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA, 8 p.m. PT, ESPNU
Series: Tied, 78-78. Streak: WASH 1
Thurs., Jan. 16
No. 25 UCLA at No. 21 COLORADO, 6 p.m. MT, P12N
Series: UCLA leads, 6-1. Streak: UCLA 3
ARIZONA STATE at No. 1 ARIZONA, 7 p.m. MT, FS1
Series: ARIZ leads, 144-80. Streak: ARIZ 2
USC at UTAH, 8 p.m. MT, P12N
Series: USC leads, 17-15. Streak: UTAH 1
Sat., Jan. 18
USC at No. 21 COLORADO, 12 noon MT, FS1
Series: COLO leads, 4-3. Streak: COLO 1
No. 25 UCLA at UTAH, 2 p.m. MT, FS1
Series: UCLA leads, 6-4. Streak: UCLA 2
WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m. PT, P12N
Series: CAL leads, 74-47. Streak: CAL 1
WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 8 p.m. PT, ESPNU
Series: STAN leads, 70-68. Streak: WASH 3
Sun., Jan. 19
OREGON at OREGON STATE, 5 p.m. PT, ESPNU
Series: OSU leads, 184-55. Streak: ORE 3
Rankings listed are AP poll; Game times local to site.