This year in Pac-12 men's basketball
• STANFORD’s run to the NIT title capped a successful postseason for the Pac-12 as it was 15-6 (.714) in the postseason (8-4 in the NCAA, 6-1 in the NIT, 1-1 in the CBI).
• The Pac-12 had three teams in the NCAA Sweet 16 in back-to-back years for the first time since 2007 and 2008, and the eighth time overall with three Sweet 16 teams. Pac-12 champion ARIZONA reached the Elite Eight in consecutive years and for the third time in five years.
• Stanford captured its third NIT crown, while league members have totaled seven NIT Championships from five Conference members - Colorado (1940), Utah (1947), UCLA (1985), Stanford (1991, 2012 and 2015) and California (1999).
• Pac-12 teams are now 7-2 when they reach the NIT Championship Game. However, the Conference is 5-0 when the teams competing in the championship game were members of the league at the time of the game. Colorado (1938) and Utah (1974) were runner-up when neither team was a member of the Pac-12.
• Stanford senior guard Chasson Randle became the ninth player from the Pac-12 to earn NIT MVP honors. Randle capped his career among the Pac-12’s best with a pair of school career records in scoring 2,375 points (3rd all-time in the Pac-12), and 304 three-point field goals (6th all-time in the Pac-12). Randle was a First Team Academic All-America selection.
• UTAH senior guard Delon Wright was honored with the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard, while ARIZONA freshman forward Stanley Johnson was tabbed the winner of the inaugural Julius Erving Award honoring the nation’s top small forward ... All-America honors were bestowed upon Wright who was recognized by each of the major selectors with either first or second team honors. He become the first Ute since Andrew Bogut in 2005 to earn first or second team honors ... Johnson was tabbed a first team freshman All-America by the USBWA.
• ARIZONA has 147 victories since the start of the 2010-11 season, the fourth-best total nationally ... Has won 30 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history ... Has been ranked in 58-straight AP polls, including 38-straight weeks in the top 10 ... Won its 14th regular season Pac-12 title and then captured its fifth Pac-12 Tournament title, its first since 2002 ... Arizona is 11-4 (.688) under Miller in the NCAA Tournament, reaching four Sweet 16s and three Elite Eights. Miller is one of four coaches nationally to reach at least six Sweet 16s since 2008 (also Calipari, Izzo, Krzyzewski) ... Arizona did not have a player ranked among the top 10 in the Pac-12 in scoring as freshman Stanley Johnson was ranked 14th (13.8 ppg). That’s rare for the outright champion not to have its leading scorer ranked among the league’s top 10. It’s occurred just three times in the previous 36 seasons (starting with the first Pac-10 season in 1978-79) - 2003 (Arizona), 1999 (Stanford) and 1991 (Arizona).
• ARIZONA STATE senior forward Jon Gilling played in a Sun Devil record 132 games during his career ... Freshman guard Tra Holder’s 115 assists rank second on ASU’s single-season freshman list behind Jahii Carson (177/2012-13) ... On March 24, Herb Sendek was relieved as head coach. He was 159-137 in nine seasons at ASU ... On April 10, Arizona State hired Bobby Hurley to lead the Sun Devil program.
• CALIFORNIA senior forward David Kravish concluded his career with 1,266 points, 917 rebounds and 226 blocked shots. His rebound totals rank third in school history and 26th on the Pac-12 career list, while his blocked shots total are a school record and are 5th all-time in the Pac-12 record book.
• COLORADO junior forward Josh Scott (14.5 ppg/8.4 rpg) concluded the season with four double-doubles over the final five games. During that stretch, he averaged 20.8 ppg/11.8 rpg ... Senior guard Askia Booker (17.2 ppg) completed his career with 1,740 points and ranks sixth on CU’s all-time scoring list. Booker played in 134 games during his career, ranking second on CU’s all-time list. Booker also is one of three players in school history to reach 1600 points, 400 rebounds, 300 assists, 140 steals in a career.
• OREGON won 20 games for a fifth consecutive season, all under coach Dana Altman, a program first ... It won a school-record 123 games the past five years ... Senior guard Joseph Young set a Pac-12 career record, shooting 90.0 percent (279-of-310) from the free throw line ... Young’s 1,388 points at Oregon are the most by a Duck over a two-year period, while his 745 points this year tied the school record for most in a season ... Freshman Jordan Bell set a school record with 94 blocked shots, which ranks eighth on the league’s all-time list and second all-time among Pac-12 freshmen.
• OREGON STATE junior guard Gary Payton II led the league with 95 steals and tied for third for most in a single-season in Pac-12 history. On the school charts, he only trails his father’s 100 thefts set in 1990 ... Thanks to a league-best 7.8 steals per game, the Beavers paced the Pac-12 in turnover margin at +2.9. They were second in the league in both field goal percentage defense (.386) and scoring defense (59.2 ppg). The field goal percentage defense ranked 10th in the nation.
• STANFORD senior tri-captains Anthony Brown, Stefan Nastic and Chasson Randle are currently completing coursework toward their master’s degrees - Brown (communication major, 3.26 GPA), a fifth-year senior, is working toward a coterminal M.A. in the media studies program. Fellow fifth-year senior Nastic (psychology major, 3.10 GPA) is progressing toward a coterminal M.A. in the communication program. Randle (African and African-American studies major, 3.34 GPA) is set to complete both his undergraduate degree and master’s degree in four years. Randle has been accepted into the department of psychology’s master’s program. Stanford is averaging a Pac-12 best 10.7 turnovers per game. The Cardinal committed 10 miscues or fewer in 19 games ... Stanford is 18-5 all-time in NIT play, with three titles (1991, 2012 and 2015). Stanford is 43-22 all-time in 25 postseason appearances overall ... The Cardinal are 15-4 at the famed Madison Square Garden ... Randle moved to the top of the school’s all-time scoring list with 2,375 points, which is third on the Pac-12’s all-time scoring list behind UCLA’s Don MacLean (2,608) and Arizona’s Sean Elliott (2,555).
• UCLA made its second straight trip to the Sweet 16, and fifth trip in 10 years ... The Bruins have posted a 20-win season for the 32nd time in the last 40 seasons (dating back to when the late coach John Wooden retired in 1975) ... Senior guard Norman Powell (16.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg) has played in all 141 games for UCLA the past four seasons ... Freshman forward Kevon Looney (11.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 15 double-doubles) ranked second among all freshmen in the nation with 9.2 rebounds per game. His 15 double-doubles are tops in the country among freshmen.
• USC became the first No. 12 seed to upset a higher seed in the Pac-12 Tournament with its 67-64 win over No. 5 seed Arizona State ... The Trojans were one of just 15 teams in the country without a senior on the roster. USC ranked as the fourth-youngest team in the country among Power 5 conferences ... The freshman and sophomore classes combined to score 2,009 points (93.7 percent of team total), grab 964 rebounds (97.2 percent), and dish out 376 assists (94.7 percent) ... Sophomore guard Julian Jacobs closed out the last nine games averaging 11.0 points (99), 6.4 rebounds (58) and 6.8 assists (61).
• UTAH reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005 ... The Utes joined North Carolina Central as the only NCAA Division I teams to rank in the top 15 in both field goal percentage (15th/48.7%) and defensive field goal percentage (9th/38.4%) ... Senior guard Delon Wright, a John Wooden All-America Team member, earned First Team All-America honors by The Sporting News and Second Team honors by AP, NABC, USBWA, Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com. He concluded his two seasons at Utah with 995 points, 350 assists and 154 steals.
• WASHINGTON junior guard Andrew Andrews was one of three Pac-12 players to post double-digit scoring in at least 17 of 18 Pac-12 games. He’s also the first Husky to score 14 or more points in 10 straight Pac-12 games since Brandon Roy in 2008 ... Sophomore guard Nigel Williams-Goss (15.6 ppg/5.9 apg) is the first Husky to earn Academic All-America honors. He boasts a 3.74 GPA in pre-social science and is set to double major in communications and psychology.
• WASHINGTON STATE sophomore forward Josh Hawkinson posted a school-record 20 double-doubles. Hawkinson finished the year fourth nationally in double-doubles ... He has the best rebound improvement and second-best scoring improvement in the nation compared to last year. His rebounding numbers went from 1.6 rpg to a Pac-12 leading 10.8 rpg, while his scoring numbers improved from 1.2 ppg to 14.7 ppg ... Senior guard DaVonté Lacy finished his WSU career with 1,548 points, which ranks fifth on the school’s all-time list.
• Arizona is riding a 38-game winning streak at McKale Center, it currently stands as the longest active streak in the nation, and the fifth-longest in program history. Since 2010-11, the Wildcats lead the Pac-12 in home court winning percentage and is 80-6 (.930)... In the Huntsman Center, UTAH is 34-3 (.919) over the last two seasons ... Colorado is 72-14 (.837) at the Coors Events Center under coach Tad Boyle... Oregon State was 15-2 at Gill Coliseum, their most home wins in a season in program history ... In Pac-12 play, the home team is 77-39 (.664), which are the most combined wins by the home team ever in Pac-12 play. The best winning percentage by the home teams in Conference play came in 1991 when the hosts were victorious 72.7 percent of the time (64-26) ... Overall, Pac-12 teams have racked up a 162-49 (.768) home court record this season.
• The Pac-12 had three teams that allowed under 60 points per game - Utah (57.1 ppg), Oregon State (59.2 ppg) and Arizona (59.7 ppg). It marks the first time in the shot clock era (started with the 1985-86 season) that three league teams held opponents under 60 points per game. That last time it occurred was during the 1983-84 season when Oregon State (55.8 ppg), Washington (58.7 ppg) and California (58.7 ppg) accomplished the feat.
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