This week in Pac-12 men's basketball
By the Pac-12 Conference
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Wed., Feb. 27 Time TV
No. 11 ARIZONA at USC 6:30 p.m. PT P12N
Series: ARIZ leads, 61-40. Streak: ARIZ 4 (last, 74-50 at ARIZ)
COLORADO at STANFORD 8 p.m. PT ESPN2
Series: STAN leads, 9-4. Streak: COLO 1 (last, 75-54 at COLO)
ARIZONA STATE at UCLA 8:30 p.m. PT P12N
Series: UCLA leads, 61-18. Streak: ASU 1 (last, 78-60 at ASU)
Thurs., Feb. 28
UTAH at CALIFORNIA 6 p.m. PT ESPNU
Series: CAL leads, 12-8. Streak: CAL 3 (last, 62-57 at UTAH)
OREGON STATE at No. 24 OREGON 8 p.m. PT ESPNU
Series: OSU leads, 184-154. Streak: ORE 2 (last, 79-66 at OSU)
Sat., Mar. 2
ARIZONA STATE at USC 12 noon PT FSN
Series: USC leads, 49-38. Streak: ASU 3 (last, 98-93 OT at ASU)
COLORADO at CALIFORNIA 2 p.m. PT ESPNU
Series: COLO leads, 11-10. Streak: COLO 3 (last, 81-71 at COLO)
No. 11 ARIZONA at UCLA 6 p.m. PT ESPN
Series: UCLA leads, 50-37. Streak: UCLA 1 (last, 84-73 at ARIZ)
Sun., Mar. 3
WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON 12:30 p.m. PT FSN
Series: WASH leads, 175-100. Streak: WASH 4 (last, 68-63 at WSU)
UTAH at STANFORD 2 p.m. PT P12N
Series: UTAH leads, 15-9. Streak: STAN 1 (last, 87-56 at UTAH)
Rankings listed are AP poll; Game times local to site
AROUND THE PAC-12
• Two weeks remain in the regular season and teams are not only battling for the conference title, but favorable seeds for the Pac-12 Tournament as well... With two weeks to go, ARIZONA and OREGON are tied atop the standings with UCLA a half game back, followed by a streaking CALIFORNIA squad which is one game back.
• With a 10-5 record in Pac-12 play, California is the only school to win at least 10 games in conference play each of the last five years, achieving the feat all five years under head coach Mike Montgomery. Coach Lorenzo Romar and the WASHINGTON Huskies can match that feat should they close out the regular season victorious.
• The next Pac-12 Coaches/Media Teleconference is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. MT. Complete teleconference schedule is listed on page 6.
• Pac-12 Tournament Media Credentials: Credential applications for the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament are now being accepted at www.sportssystems.com/pac12basketball
Deadline is Thursday, March 7.
• Pac-12 Tournament Seeding... The tiebreaker formula for seeding purposes at the Pac-12 Tournament is located on page 6 of this release.
In 88 conference games played to date, 49 have been decided by single digits, with 35 of those games decided by five or fewer points. However, in 10 games played last week, eight were decided by 10 or more points.
Freshmen Facts... There have been 23 freshmen to earn at least one start this season... Ten of 12 Pac-12 teams have had at least one freshman start at least seven games... Thirteen freshmen have started 10 or more games... ARIZONA's Kaleb Tarczewski and ARIZONA STATE's Jahii Carson have started each of their team's games this season... Seven freshmen are averaging better than 10.0 points per game - UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad (18.2 ppg), ASU's Carson (17.5 ppg), UCLA's Jordan Adams (15.1 ppg), UTAH's Jordan Loveridge (11.7 ppg), OREGON's Damyean Dotson (11.3 ppg), COLORADO's Josh Scott (11.4 ppg) and OREGON's Dominic Artis (10.2 ppg)... Five freshmen are averaging better than 5.0 rebounds per game - UCLA's Kyle Anderson (8.9 rpg), UTAH's Loveridge (6.6 rpg), ARIZONA's Tarczewski (5.6 rpg) and Brandon Ashley (5.5 rpg), UCLA's Muhammad (5.1 rpg) and COLORADO's Scott (5.0 rpg)... Carson leads all Pac-12 players, averaging 36.6 minutes played per game.
ARIZONA shot 55.6 percent in its win over Washington. This season the Wildcats are 5-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field and 31-1 all-time under Sean Miller when topping the 50-percent plateau... Freshman Kaleb Tarczewski finished in double figures in wins over the Washington schools, averaging 11.0 ppg, while also pulling down 14 rebounds. In his last three outings, the 7-foot center is averaging 10.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from the floor. On the season, he is averaging 6.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.0 percent (64-of-123).
ARIZONA STATE has established a school single-season blocked shots record, currently with 180. The Pac-12 single-season record is 199, set by UCLA in 2010-11. Meanwhile, Sun Devil senior C Jordan Bachynski has climbed the Pac-12 single-season blocked shots list to No. 3 with 104. He trails former Sun Devils Mario Bennett (115 in t 1995) and Rodger Farrington (113 in 1997).
In his final regular season games at Gill Coliseum last week, OREGON STATE senior C Joe Burton shot 14-of-29 (.483) to average 15.5 points. He also averaged 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals... Burton needs 14 points to reach 1,000 points for his career, while teammate Ahmad Starks is 27 points shy of reaching 1,000 points for his career.
The STANFORD tandem of junior forwards Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell have been on a tear. Over the last eight games, Huestis has posted seven double-doubles and is averaging 14.8 points/11.3 rebounds, while Powell has posted five double-doubles during that span and is averaging 17.6 points/9.9 rebounds... Powell joins WASHINGTON STATE senior F Brock Motum as the only players to post double digit scoring totals in each conference game this season.
With 205 assists this season, UCLA G Larry Drew II became the first Bruin since 1995 to post 200 assists in a season - current UCLA Director of Basketball Operations Tyus Edney dished out 216 assists in 1995. The Bruin single-season record is 236, set by Pooh Richardson in 1989.
COLORADO junior F André Roberson has 1,006 career rebounds and stands second behind Buffs all-time leader Stephane Pelle (1,054 reb, 1999-03)... His 11.8 rpg average currently leads the nation.
COLORADO sophomore G Spencer Dinwiddie had his consecutive free throw streak snapped at 33 (school record is 45 by Cory Higgins in 2010-11)... Over the final two minutes of game action (including overtime play), Dinwiddie is shooting 86.9 percent (73-of-84) from the free throw line... Dinwiddie has made more free throws (149) than all but two other Pac-12 player have attempted (Oregon State's Roberto Nelson is 134-of-172, and Arizona State's Jahii Carson is 120-of-167)
HOME SWEET HOME... Pac-12 teams sport a 132-52 (.717) home court record so far this season. In Pac-12 play, the home team holds a slight 49-39 (.557) advantage.