High-scoring backcourts drive Pac-12 Men's Basketball into Feast Week

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IV -  As in COLORADO’s McKinley Wright IV, who was named Most Valuable Player of the Paradise Jam after leading the Buffs to the tourney title. CU beat three teams (Quinnipiac, Drake, Mercer) in three days, with Wright IV averaging 16.3 points, 5.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds, including a game-winning, buzzer-beating three versus Quinnipiac. The Buffs are 5-0 for the first time since 2012-13.

38-8 - Pac-12’s combined record through Nov. 20. The Conference owns a trio of victories versus the SEC (UTAH over Missouri and Ole Miss, USC at Vanderbilt) and one against the ACC (UCLA over Georgia Tech).

3 -  Number of nationally ranked Pac-12 teams in the Associated Press poll, featuring No. 2 ARIZONA appearing in the AP Top 25 for the 100th straight time (second nationally only to Kansas’ 164), No. 10 USC with its highest AP preseason ranking (#10) since 1974-75, and No. 23 UCLA. 

8 - Number of 30-point performances from five different Pac-12 players already this season, all of them from the backcourt: Allonzo Trier, ARIZ (2x); Tra Holder, ASU; Don Coleman, CAL (3x); Jordan McLaughlin, USC; Jaylen Nowell, WASH. There have been just 11 such efforts across the other Power 6 leagues, and the three by Cal’s Coleman are the most for any NCAA Division I player.
 
27 -  With Oregon's signing of top-5 recruit Bol Bol to take control of the nation's #1 recruiting class according to 247 Sports, there are 27 National Letter of Intent (NLI) signees across 10 Conference members during the early signing period as of Nov. 20. The current list includes 10 247 Sports Top 100 and nine ESPN 100 signees, as well as four classes in the Top 25 nationally.
 
PAC-12 TIPOFF

GETTIN’ BUCKETS: As of Nov. 20, half of the nation’s top 4 scorers come from the Pac-12 as ARIZONA’s Allonzo Trier is tied for first nationally at 30.0 ppg and CALIFORNIA’s Don Coleman is tied for third at 28.0 ppg.

ONE AND ONLY: As of Nov. 20, ARIZONA STATE’s Tra Holder (22.3/7.0/6.3) is the only player in NCAA Division I averaging at least 22.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

ELITE COMPANY: OREGON head coach Dana Altman reached the 600 career victories milestone on Nov. 17, joining an exclusive Conference list.

Coaches with 600+ career victories and at least five years tenure at Conference member
Lute Olson - 781
Mike Montgomery - 677
John Wooden - 664
Ralph Miller - 657
Marv Harshman - 637
Ben Braun - 615
Dana Altman - 601 


KEY NON-CONFERENCE WINS

POWER 6 OPPONENTS (4-5)
UCLA 63, Georgia Tech 60 (Shanghai, China)
at Utah 77, Missouri 59
USC 93, at Vanderbilt 89 (OT)
Utah 83, Ole Miss 74 (Las Vegas, Nev.)

PRESEASON CONFERENCE FAVORITES (4-0)
at Washington 86, Belmont 82
at Washington State 86, Texas Southern 84 (OT)
at Arizona State 99, UC Irvine 78
Colorado 79, Mercer 70 (Lynchburg, Va.)

2017 NCAA/NIT TOURNAMENT TEAMS (7-5)
at Arizona 91, CS Bakersfield 59
at Arizona State 99, UC Irvine 78
UCLA 63, Georgia Tech 60 (Shanghai, China)
USC 93, at Vanderbilt 89 (OT)
at Washington 86, Belmont 82
at Washington State 86, Texas Southern 84 (OT)
Utah 83, Ole Miss 74 (Las Vegas, Nev.)


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)

Tuesday, Nov. 21    
VCU vs. CALIFORNIA ESPN2 1 p.m. PT
Wisconsin vs. #23 UCLA ESPN3 4:30 p.m. PT
Wednesday, Nov. 22    
Chaminade/Michigan vs. CALIFORNIA ESPN2/U 11:30 a.m./2 p.m. PT
North Carolina State vs. #2 ARIZONA  ESPN3 4 p.m. PT
Lehigh at #10 USC P12N 7 p.m. PT
UNLV vs. UTAH ESPN2 9:30 p.m. PT
Thursday, Nov. 23    
St. John's vs. OREGON STATE ESPNU 11 a.m. PT
Northern Iowa/SMU vs. #2 ARIZONA ESPN2/3 12/6:30 p.m. PT
Saint Joseph's vs. WASHINGTON STATE ESPN3 3 p.m. PT
Kansas State vs. ARIZONA STATE FS1 4:30 p.m. PT
Connecticut vs. OREON ESPNU 6 p.m. PT
#7 Florida vs. STANFORD ESPN2 7 p.m. PT
Friday, Nov. 24    
TBD vs. #2 ARIZONA ESPN2/3 TBD
Long Beach St./Missouri vs. OREGON STATE  ESPNEWS/3 8/10:30 a.m. PT
Harvard/#21 Saint Mary's vs. WASHINGTON STATE ESPNEWS/3 10:30 a.m./1 p.m. PT
Seattle at WASHINGTON P12N 12 p.m. PT
#15 Xavier/George Washington vs. ARIZONA STATE FS1 2:30/5 p.m. PT
Eastern Washington at UTAH P12N 5 p.m. PT
#17 Gonzaga/Ohio State vs. STANFORD ESPN2 6/8 p.m. PT
DePaul/#4 Michigan State vs. OREGON TBD 6:30/9 p.m. PT
Sunday, Nov. 26    
TBD vs. OREGON STATE ESPN2/U/3 TBD
TBD vs. WASHINGTON STATE ESPN2/U/3 TBD
TBD vs. STANFORD TBD TBD
TBD vs. OREGON TBD TBD
Air Force at COLORADO P12N 1 p.m. PT
UC Irvine at UCLA P12N 3 p.m. PT
UC Davis at WASHINGTON  P12N 5 p.m. PT
#16 Texas A&M at #10 USC P12N 7 p.m. PT
 

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Colorado  0-0 5-0
Arizona State 0-0 4-0
Oregon  0-0 4-0
Utah 0-0 4-0
Arizona  0-0 3-0
USC 0-0 3-0
Washington State 0-0 3-0
UCLA 0-0 3-1
Stanford  0-0 3-2
Oregon State 0-0 2-1
California  0-0 2-2
Washington  0-0 2-2
 

PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

2017-18 Player, Year, School
Nov. 13 Allonzo Trier, Jr., Arizona
Nov. 20 Tra Holder, Sr., Arizona State
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