Unbeaten ASU, Colorado, WSU leading way early in Pac-12 men's hoops

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6-0 x3 - Three Pac-12 teams are off to undefeated 6-0 starts and coming off holiday tournament championships in ARIZONA STATE (Las Vegas Invitational), COLORADO (Paradise Jam) and WASHINGTON STATE (Wooden Legacy).
>> It’s the first time three Pac-12 teams started 6-0 since 2013-14 when five programs opened 6-0.
>> The three multi-team event (MTE) titles equal the most in league history (2012-13), with USC still to compete in the Diamond Head Classic in December.

MVP x3 - Three Pac-12 players earned holiday tournament MVP honors:
Tra Holder, ARIZONA STATE - 25.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.5 spg at Las Vegas Invite.
McKinley Wright IV, COLORADO - 16.3 ppg, 5.0 apg, 4.3 rpg at Paradise Jam.
Malachi Flynn, WASHINGTON STATE - 19.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 apg at Wooden Legacy.
Additional All-Tournament honors: Kodi Justice & Shannon Evans II, ASU; George King, COLO; Aaron Holiday, UCLA; Jaylen Nowell, WASH; Robert Franks, WSU.

9 - 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 (2x); Don Coleman, CAL (3x); Jordan McLaughlin, USC; Jaylen Nowell, WASH.

#20 - Associated Press national ranking for ARIZONA STATE, which makes its first appearance in the AP Top 25 since finishing the 2008-09 season at No. 19. No. 14 USC remains in the poll, while ARIZONA, UCLA and WASHINGTON STATE are receiving votes.

40 - Tra Holder’s 40-point performance in ARIZONA STATE’s upset of #15 Xavier to win the Las Vegas Invitational is just the fourth 40-point effort in NCAA Division I this season. It was the first 40-point performance by a Pac-12 player versus a non-conference opponent since ASU’s Jahii Carson scored 40 at UNLV on Nov. 19, 2013.

PAC-12 TIPOFF

HOT STARTS, TEAM EDITION: Victories this week by the Pac-12’s unbeatens would build upon some top starts in program history.
>> ASU - 6-0 is best start since 2013-14, 7-0 would mark best start since 1980-81.
>> COLORADO - 6-0 is best start since 2012-13, 7-0 would mark best start since 1982-83.
>> WSU - 6-0 is best start since 2009-10, 7-0 would mark best start since 2007-08.

HOT STARTS, FRESHMAN EDITION: ARIZONA freshman Deandre Ayton (20.3 ppg/12.0 rpg) is one of two Pac-12 players currently averaging a double-double (UCLA’s Thomas Welsh). He is one of only five freshmen in NCAA Division I averaging a double-double: Marvin Bagley III, Duke; Mo Bamba, Texas; Brandon McCoy, UNLV; Tywhon Pickford, UNI.

HOME SWEET HOME: OREGON owns the nation’s longest home-court winning streak at 46 consecutive games. Cincinnati is the next closest at 30 straight home wins.

RANKED WINS: ARIZONA STATE’s upset of #15 Xavier marked its best non-conference victory since Nov. 1994 when the Sun Devils knocked off #9 Maryland to win the Maui Invitational. WASHINGTON STATE’s upset of #21 St. Mary’s (Calif.) marked its best non-conference victory since Dec. 2010 when the Cougars knocked off #15 Baylor.

ONE AND ONLY: As of Nov. 27, Arizona State’s Tra Holder (23.3/6.0/5.5/2.0) is the only player in NCAA Division I averaging at least 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals according to College Basketball Reference.

WORKING OVERTIME: The Pac-12 is 4-0 in overtime games so far in 2017-18, highlighted by #10 USC’s 93-89 win at Vanderbilt on Nov. 19.


KEY NON-CONFERENCE WINS

POWER 6 OPPONENTS (8-12)
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.)
UCLA 72, Wisconsin 70 (Kansas City, Mo.)
Arizona State 92, Kansas State 90 (Las Vegas)
Arizona State 102, #15 Xavier 86 (Las Vegas)
Oregon 89, DePaul 79 (OT) (Portland)

PRESEASON CONFERENCE FAVORITES (6-0)
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.)
Washington State 84, Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 79 (Fullerton, Calif.)
at UCLA 87, UC Irvine 63

2017 NCAA/NIT TOURNAMENT TEAMS (13-8)
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.)
UCLA 72, Wisconsin 70 (Kansas City, Mo.)
Arizona State 92, Kansas State 90 (Las Vegas)
Arizona State 102, #15 Xavier 86 (Las Vegas)
Washington State 84, Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 79 (Fullerton, Calif.)
at UCLA 87, UC Irvine 63
at Washington 77, UC Davis 70


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)

Tuesday, Nov. 28    
Kennesaw State at WASHINGTON P12N 6 p.m. PT
CSUN at CALIFORNIA P12N 8 p.m. PT
Wednesday, Nov. 29    
Long Beach State at ARIZONA P12N 5 p.m. PT
Montana at STANFORD  P12B 7 p.m. PT
CSU Bakersfield at UCLA P12N 7 p.m. PT
Friday, Dec. 1    
Boise State at OREGON P12N 6:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, Dec. 2    
COLORADO at Colorado State ATTSN 10 a.m. PT
UC Davis at WASHINGTON STATE  P12N 12 p.m. PT
Loyola Marymount at OREGON STATE P12N 2 p.m. PT
Hawaii at UTAH P12N 4 p.m. PT
San Francisco at #20 ARIZONA STATE P12N 6 p.m. PT
ARIZONA at UNLV CBSSN 7 p.m. PT
#14 USC at SMU ESPNU 7 p.m. PT
St. Mary's (Calif.) at CALIFORNIA P12N 8 p.m. PT
Sunday, Dec. 3    
STANFORD at Long Beach State   2 p.m. PT
Nebraska Omaha at WASHINGTON P12N 4 p.m. PT
Detroit Mercy at UCLA P12N 6 p.m. PT
 

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona State 0-0 6-0
Colorado  0-0 6-0
Washington State 0-0 6-0
UCLA 0-0 5-1
Utah 0-0 5-1
USC 0-0 4-1
Oregon  0-0 5-2
Washington  0-0 4-2
Arizona  0-0 3-3
Oregon State 0-0 3-3
Stanford  0-0 3-5
California  0-0 2-4
 
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