Pac-12 men's basketball season begins Friday

Carl Solder

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PAC-12 TIPOFF: Following a successful first-of-its-kind event in 2015, Stanford and Harvard will participate in the 2016 Pac-12 China Game at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Nov. 12. The contest will tip at 12 p.m. local Shanghai time and be televised nationally in the U.S. on Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. PT on ESPN2. Last season’s Pac-12 China Game between Washington and Texas - the first regular-season contest by a U.S. sports league, professional or collegiate, in China - was an overwhelming success with more than 7,000 fans at Mercedes-Benz Arena and an ESPN audience in the U.S. witnessing a fast-paced game won by the Pac-12’s Huskies, 77-71.
 
To follow along in China, visit #Pac12ChinaGame.
 
FULL COURT FRIDAY: Eight of the Pac-12’s 10 games on opening night Friday, Nov. 11 will appear on Pac-12 Networks’ third annual Full Court Friday slate - with all eight games airing across seven networks in one night.

 
#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:

3 - Number of preseason First Team All-Americans from the Pac-12 according to the Associated Press, CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated: CALIFORNIA’s Ivan Rabb, OREGON’s Dillon Brooks, and WASHINGTON’s Markelle Fultz.
 

3 - Number of nationally ranked Pac-12 teams in the AP and Coaches preseason polls, featuring No. 5 OREGON with its highest-ever preseason ranking, No. 10 ARIZONA appearing in the AP Top 25 for the 79th straight time (second only to Kansas’ 143), and No. 16 UCLA with its highest preseason AP rank since 2012.
 

3 - The NCAA Conference RPI ranking of the Pac-12 for both all games and non-conference games in 2015-16, trailing only the Big 12 and ACC. It marked the second time in the past three seasons the Pac-12 rated among the nation’s top 3 conferences.

 

3 - Consecutive years with an Elite Eight participant from the Pac-12, the only conference in the country that can claim the feat: OREGON (2016), ARIZONA (2015), ARIZONA (2014).

 

7 - Record number of NCAA Tournament bids earned by the Pac-12 in 2015-16, tied for the most by any conference in the country.

PAC-12 PLAYERS TO WATCH: Along with the preseason recognition for Brooks, Fultz and Rabb, the Pac-12 has some of the nation's top talent across its rosters this season. 

NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME AWARDS
Watch List
nominees by league
ACC - 24 (1.6 per member)
Pac-12 - 15 (1.3 per member)
Big Ten - 15 (1.1 per member)
SEC - 9 (0.6 per member)
Big East - 8 (0.8 per member)
Big 12 - 7 (0.7 per member)

Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year
Lonzo Ball
, UCLA
Jordan McLaughlin, USC
Markelle Fultz, Washington

Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year
Allonzo Trier
, Arizona
Tyler Dorsey, Oregon
Isaac Hamilton, UCLA

Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year 
Dillon Brooks, Oregon
Tres Tinkle, Oregon State

Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year
Lauri Markkanen
, Arizona
Ivan Rabb, California
T.J. Leaf, UCLA
Bennie Boatwright, USC

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year
Chris Boucher
, Oregon
Thomas Welsh, UCLA
Josh Hawkinson, Washington State 


UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Friday, Nov. 11 TV  Time (PT/Local) 
#12 Michigan State vs. #10 ARIZONA  ESPN  4 p.m. PT/ 2 p.m. HT 
Montana State at WASHINGTON STATE P12N 4 p.m. PT
Portland State at ARIZONA STATE  P12N  6 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. MT 
Sacramento State at COLORADO P12N 6 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. MT 
Prairie View A & M at OREGON STATE P12N 6 p.m. PT
Pacific at #16 UCLA P12N 6 p.m. PT
South Dakota State at CALIFORNIA P12N 7 p.m. PT
Army at #5 OREGON  P12N  8 p.m. PT 
Harvard vs. STANFORD ESPN2 8 p.m. PT/ 12 p.m. Nov 12 (China) 
Montana at USC P12N 8 p.m. PT
Saturday, Nov. 12    
Northwest Nazarene at UTAH  P12N  4 p.m. PT/ 5 p.m. MT  
Sunday, Nov. 13    
UTSA at OREGON STATE P12N 2 p.m. PT
Omaha at USC  P12N  4 p.m. PT 
Yale at WASHINGTON P12N 4 p.m. PT
Cal Poly at ARIZONA STATE P12N 6 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. MT 
CSUN at #16 UCLA P12N 6 p.m. PT
Monday, Nov. 14    
Seattle at COLORADO  P12N  6 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. MT  
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