Freshmen leading the way early in Pac-12 men's basketball season

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5 - Number of Pac-12 freshmen in the top 14 in the league in scoring as of Nov. 22, including the top-4 scorers in the conference: WASHINGTON’s Markelle Fultz (27.0 ppg), CALIFORNIA’s Charlie Moore (20.3 ppg), UCLA’s TJ Leaf (20.3 ppg), ARIZONA’s Lauri Markkanen (19.5 ppg). Freshmen also lead the league in assists (UCLA’s Lonzo Ball - 9.0 apg) and steals (USC’s De’Anthony Melton - 2.7 spg).

5.6 - Average total blocked shots per game by Pac-12 teams, the highest rate in the country. Four teams are ranked inside the national top 10: OREGON (3rd, 9.3 bpg), WASHINGTON (4th, 8.7 bpg), OREGON STATE (9th, 7.3 bpg), CALIFORNIA (T-10th, 7.0 bpg).

12 - Number of key Pac-12 players, including several starters, who have missed games early in non-conference play: ARIZONA (A. Trier, K. Allen), CALIFORNIA (J. Bird, G. Mullins, I. Rabb), COLORADO (D. Collier, B. Peters), OREGON (D. Brooks, M.J. Cage), OREGON STATE (S. Thompson Jr.), UCLA (A. Olesinski, I. Anigbogu).

35 - Announced NLI signees from Pac-12 members during the early signing period, including 18 ESPN Top 100 recruits - the most by any conference in the nation. ESPN ranks the classes of UCLA, ARIZONA and WASHINGTON as Nos. 2, 3 and 4 in the country, respectively.

105.8 - NCAA Division I leading scoring average for UCLA as of Nov. 22. Paced by the Bruins as well as WASHINGTON (13th, 95.3 ppg) and UTAH (25th, 90.3 ppg), Pac-12 teams are averaging 80.1 points per game, the fourth-most of any conference in the country.

KEY NON-CONFERENCE WINS (thru 11/21)
POWER 6 OPPONENTS (2-4)
#10 ARIZONA 65, #12 Michigan State 63 (Honolulu, HI)
USC 65, at Texas A&M 63

PRESEASON CONFERENCE FAVORITES (3-1)
at STANFORD 67, Weber State 49
at OREGON 76, Valparaiso 54
at UCLA 114, Long Beach State 77

2016 NCAA/NIT TOURNAMENT TEAMS (7-7)
#10 ARIZONA 65, #12 Michigan State 63 (Honolulu, HI)
at CALIFORNIA 82, South Dakota State 53
at ARIZONA 78, CSU Bakersfield 66
at STANFORD 67, Weber State 49
at OREGON 76, Valparaiso 54
USC 65, at Texas A&M 63
at UCLA 114, Long Beach State 77

PAC-12 FRESHMAN GAME SCORING (1972-73 to Present)
Two of the top-10 freshman scoring performances in Conference history occurred last week.

1. 41 Don MacLean, UCLA vs. North Texas, Dec. 30, 1988
2. 39 Jerryd Bayless, Arizona vs. Arizona State, Feb. 10, 2008
    39 Cliff Robinson, USC vs. California, Feb. 2, 1978
4. 38 Charlie Moore, California vs. UC Irvine, Nov. 16, 2016
    38 Tajuan Porter, Oregon vs. Portland State, Nov. 12, 2006
6. 37 O.J. Mayo, USC at Arizona State, March 1, 2008
    37 Harold Miner, USC vs. Oregon State, Jan. 25, 1990
    37 Harold Miner, USC vs. Central Connecticut State, Dec. 28, 1989
9. 35 Markelle Fultz, Washington vs. Cal State Fullerton, Nov. 17, 2016
    35 Mario Bennett, Arizona State vs. Arizona, Feb. 20, 1992
    35 Clifford Robinson, USC vs. Portland State, Jan. 20, 1978

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