Pac-12 men's basketball seeks strong finish to non-conference play

Karl Maasdam/Oregon State Athletics

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#3 & #18 - Associated Press national rankings for ARIZONA STATE, which has equaled its highest ranking in program history (1981, 1963), and ARIZONA, which climbed back into the top 20 after a three-week absence.
>> It marks the best combined AP ranking for the two Arizona programs since December 1994 (ARIZ #7, ASU #13).

6 --> 7? - Currently tied for the second-longest win streak in the Pac-12 (behind ARIZONA STATE’s 10-0 start) is OREGON STATE at six consecutive games, the longest for the program since 2004-05.
>> With a victory Thursday, the Beavers’ seven-game win streak would match their longest in 25 years (1992-93).

8 - The Pac-12’s final week of non-conference play will feature 20 games, including at least eight against opponents which reached postseason play in 2016-17.
>> USC, which will vie for the Pac-12’s record fourth multi-team event title of the season at the Diamond Head Classic, will face at least three, and potentially four, 2017 postseason opponents this week.

10-0 - ARIZONA STATE is one of four unbeaten teams remaining in NCAA Division I (Miami (Fla.), TCU, Villanova) and is off to its best start in program history.
>> Since the formation of the Pac-12, ASU is the eighth team to start at least 10-0. Six of the seven teams to reach that mark went on to play in the NCAA Tournament.

16 & 10 - The states of Arizona and Oregon are enjoying the lengthiest streaks in the Pac-12 entering the week.
>> ARIZONA STATE (10) and ARIZONA (six) have combined for 16 consecutive victories. Only the state of Texas has two teams with a longer combined win streak (TCU 15, Stephen F. Austin 6)
>> OREGON STATE (six) and OREGON (four) have combined for 10 straight victories.

PAC-12 TIPOFF

MTE CHAMPS x3: The three multi-team event (MTE) titles won by Pac-12 programs so far this season equal the most in league history (2012-13), with USC still to compete in the Diamond Head Classic this week.

MTE Champions
ARIZONA STATE - Las Vegas Invitational
COLORADO - Paradise Jam
WASHINGTON STATE - Wooden Legacy

GET BUCKETS: Seven of the nation’s top 100 scorers (as of Dec. 18) compete in the Pac-12, the most in the nation:
16. Reid Travis, STAN (22.2 ppg)
21. Allonzo Trier, ARIZ (21.7)
23. Tra Holder, ASU (21.6)
31. Don Coleman, CAL (21.1)
44. Deandre Ayton, ARIZ (20.3)
87. Shannon Evans II, ASU (18.6)
100. Robert Franks, WSU (18.3)

AY-TON OF DOUBLE-DOUBLES: ARIZONA’s Deandre Ayton has recorded nine double-doubles in his first 12 games as a collegian, tied for third-most in NCAA Division I. He’s currently ahead of the pace set by Conference freshman-record holder Kevin Love, who registered six double-doubles in his first 12 games at UCLA before finishing with 23 in 2007-08.
>> The NCAA record for double-doubles by a freshman is Kansas State’s Michael Beasley with 28 in 2007-08. He recorded 12 in his first 12 collegiate outings.

NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS: Below is a list of national honors secured by Pac-12 players and teams during the 2017-18 season.
Dick Vitale Player of the Week (POW) - Allonzo Trier, Arizona (Nov. 13)
NBCSports.com POW - Allonzo Trier, Arizona (Nov. 13)
Dick Vitale Freshman of the Week (FOW) - Jaylen Nowell, Washington (Nov. 13)
NBCSports.com Team of the Week (TOW) - Washington State (Nov. 27)
Dick Vitale FOW - Deandre Ayton, Arizona (Dec. 4)
NCAA.com TOW - Arizona State (Dec. 11)
NBCSports.com TOW - Arizona State (Dec. 11)
Dick Vitale TOW - Arizona State (Dec. 11)
Dick Vitale FOW - Deandre Ayton, Arizona (Dec. 11)
Dick Vitale Coach of the Week (COW) - Bobby Hurley, Arizona State (Dec. 11)
NABC Team of Week (TOW) - Arizona State (Dec. 12)
USBWA POW - Shannon Evans II, Arizona State (Dec. 12)
USBWA FOW - Deandre Ayton, Arizona (Dec. 12)


KEY NON-CONFERENCE WINS

POWER 6 OPPONENTS (14-15)
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)
Arizona 67, #7 Texas A&M 64 (Phoenix)
Washington 74, #2 Kansas 65 (Kansas City, Mo.)
#16 Arizona State 82, St. John’s 70 (Los Angeles)
at Arizona 88, Alabama 82
#16 Arizona State 95, at Kansas 85
at #5 Arizona State 76, Vanderbilt 64

PRESEASON CONFERENCE FAVORITES (10-3)
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
Washington 74, #2 Kansas 65 (Kansas City, Mo.)
#16 Arizona State 95, at Kansas 85
at Oregon 74, Texas Southern 68
at Colorado 112, South Dakota State 103 (2OT)

2017 NCAA/NIT TOURNAMENT TEAMS (23-19)
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
at UCLA 75, CS Bakersfield 66
Washington 74, #2 Kansas 65 (Kansas City, Mo.)
at Oregon 95, Colorado State 65
at Arizona 88, Alabama 82
#16 Arizona State 95, at Kansas 85
at Oregon 74, Texas Southern 68
at Oregon State 70, Jacksonville State 69
at Colorado 112, South Dakota State 103 (2OT)
Oregon 68, at Fresno State 61
at #5 Arizona State 76, Vanderbilt 64


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)

Tuesday, Dec. 19    
Longwood at #3 ARIZONA STATE P12N 6 p.m.
South Dakota at UCLA P12LA 6 p.m.
Bethune-Cookman at WASHINGTON  P12W 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Seattle U WACDN 7 p.m.
Princeton at USC P12N 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 20    
Northwestern State at UTAH  P12N 6 p.m.
Central Arkansas at OREGON  P12N 8 p.m.
Kansas State vs. WASHINGTON STATE (Spokane, Wash.) ESPN2 8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 21    
OREGON STATE at Kent State ESPN3 4 p.m.
Connecticut at #18 ARIZONA  ESPN2  6 p.m.
#14 Kansas vs. STANFORD (Sacramento, Calif.) ESPN2 8 p.m.
Portland State at CALIFORNIA  P12N 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 22    
Pacific at #3 ARIZONA STATE P12N 12 p.m. 
Akron vs. USC (Diamond Head Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii) ESPNU 5:30 p.m.
Bethune-Cookman vs. WASHINGTON STATE P12N 6 p.m.
Iowa vs. COLORADO (Sioux Falls, S.D.)  BTN 6 p.m.
Montana at WASHINGTON  P12N 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23    
#7 Kentucky vs UCLA (CBS Sports Classic, New Orleans, La.) CBS  12:30 p.m.
Middle Tennessee/Princeton vs. USC (Diamond Head Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii) ESPN2/3 1:30/4 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 25    
TBD vs USC (Diamond Head Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii) ESPN2/U TBD
 

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona State 0-0 10-0
Arizona  0-0 9-3
Oregon  0-0 9-3
Colorado 0-0 8-3
Oregon State 0-0 8-3
Washington  0-0 8-3
UCLA  0-0 7-3
Utah  0-0 7-3
Washington State 0-0 7-3
USC 0-0 6-3
Stanford 0-0 6-6
California 0-0 5-6
 
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