#Pac12Hoops in prime position as conference race gears up

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As non-conference play draws to a close, #Pac12Hoops has shown the nation that there is Strength in the Pac this winter. The data positions the league among the deepest and strongest in college basketball in 2015-16:

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116-33 - The combined record of all Pac-12 programs through Dec. 28 games. The .779 win percentage is the second-best nationally, behind the Big 12, and 33 losses are the third-fewest, trailing the Big 12 and Big East.

2 - The Pac-12’s ranking in the latest CBSSports.com Conference RPI compiled by Jerry Palm on Dec. 28, behind only the Big 12. The last time the Pac-12 ranked second in the official NCAA Conference RPI at the conclusion of non-conference play was during the 2004-05 campaign.

9.7 - The average number of victories for Pac-12 teams through Dec. 28 games, the highest of any conference in the nation.

10 - The Pac-12’s 10 teams in the NCAA RPI Top 100 as of Dec. 28 are tied with the Big Ten and ACC for the most of any conference in the nation, with all 10 teams currently inside the top 70.

12 - Every Pac-12 program has a winning record through Dec. 28 games, a feat matched only by the Big 12. Seven Pac-12 teams have double-digit wins, tied with the ACC for the most nationally.

Conference Non-Conference Record Pct. Wins Per Team vs. Power 5 Pct. vs. AP Top 25 vs. USA Today Top 25
Big 12 (10) 91-19 .827 9.1 18-12 .600 5-8 5-6
Pac-12 (12) 116-33 .779 9.7 13-11 .542 7-12 7-11
ACC (15) 136-41 .768 9.1 25-22 .532 9-10 8-10
Big East (10) 94-29 .764 9.4 26-18 .591 7-8 7-8
Big Ten (14) 130-49 .726 9.3 19-16 .543 5-13 5-12
SEC (14) 104-49 .680 7.4 13-27 .325 6-10 6-9
Atlantic 10 (14) 105-52 .669 7.5 15-19 .441 3-12 3-11
The American (11)  84-45 .651 7.6 11-16 .407 1-11 1-12
Mountain West (11)  82-53 .607 7.5 4-22 .154 4-8 4-9

PAC-12 IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
91-8 - AT HOME
11-7 - ON THE ROAD
14-18 - AT NEUTRAL SITE
36-29 - vs. NCAA RPI TOP 100 OPPONENTS
13-11 - vs. POWER 5 OPPONENTS
14-11 - vs. PRESEASON CONFERENCE FAVORITES
30-24 - vs. 2015 NCAA/NIT TOURNAMENT TEAMS

#PAC12HOOPS QUICK HITS

TOPPLING THE TOP 25: Pac-12 teams have a combined seven wins against Top 25 teams as of Dec. 28, tied for the second-most in the nation behind the ACC. Five of those upsets have come since Nov. 30.

HOME SWEET HOME: ARIZONA owns NCAA Division I’s longest active home win streak at 47 consecutive games. OREGON has won 15 in a row at home, tied for the 14th longest streak in the nation.

TOP 100 CHARTS: Of the Pac-12’s 116 wins through Dec. 28, 36 have come against NCAA RPI Top 100 teams, led by ARIZONA (5-1), ARIZONA STATE (4-1), CALIFORNIA (5-2), COLORADO (3-2), OREGON (5-2), UCLA (4-4), USC (3-2) and UTAH (4-2).

AGAINST THE POSTSEASON: Of the Pac-12’s 116 wins through Dec. 28, 48 have come against opponents who participated in the 2015 NCAA, NIT, CBI and CIT postseason tournaments (48-27 - 21-21 NCAA, 9-3 NIT, 8-1 CBI, 10-2 CIT).

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME?: In four of the past nine seasons, the Pac-12 has sent six teams into the NCAA Tournament. In each of those four instances, the league won more than 75 percent of its non-conference games. So far in 2015-16, the Pac-12 has a .779 non-league win percentage.

POLLING WELL: At least one Pac-12 program has been in the AP Top 25 for 67 consecutive weeks, including 47 straight with a Top 15 team. ARIZONA remained at No. 8 on Monday, UTAH moved to No. 21 and UCLA rejoined at No. 25.

A FIGHT-ON START: At 11-2, USC is off to its best start since beginning the 2001-02 season 13-2 en route to an NCAA Tournament bid.

WAYNE’S WORLD: OREGON STATE posted a 9-2 mark in non-conference play, its best since 2011-12, with its only losses coming to Kansas and Horizon League favorite Valparaiso.

ROAD DEVILS: ARIZONA STATE has two of the Pac-12’s 11 road victories with wins at Creighton and UNLV. More impressive is the fact that the Sun Devils erased halftime deficits of eight and 12, respectively, in those triumphs.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Pac-12 non-conference play concludes on Tuesday, Dec. 28 with Oregon hosting Western Oregon at 6 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks. What promises to be one of the deepest and most competitive Pac-12 races in recent history tips off with four games on Friday, Jan. 1 and a full six-game slate on Sunday, Jan. 3, with all 10 contests televised on either Pac-12 Networks, FS1 or ESPNU.

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