Pac-12 men's basketball looks to continue hot streak
• ARIZONA HOLDS TOP SPOT IN POLLS: Arizona holds the top spot again in the weekly polls. For the Wildcats, it’s the 31st time they’ve been ranked No. 1. . . OREGON moves up to No. 13 (AP)/No. 11 (Coaches), with COLORADO at No. 20/No. 24. UCLA is No. 22 in the Coaches poll.
• DYNAMIC DUO: OREGON STATE’s senior G Roberto Nelson (24.7 ppg) and senior F Devon Collier (22.7 ppg) are the nation’s top scoring tandem at 47.4 ppg.
• THE BLOCK: ARIZONA STATE senior C Jordan Bachynski leads the league with 50 blocked shots (4.5 per game). He has more blocks than eight other Pac-12 teams. Bachynski is fourth in conference history with 231 career blocks. Here’s where he ranks...
Pac-12 Career Blocked Shots
1. 278, Anthony Cook (ARIZ), ’86-89
2. 258, Channing Frye (ARIZ), ’02-05
3. 253, Taj Gibson (USC), ’07-09
4. 231, Jordan Bachynski (ASU), ’11-present
• THE UNDEFEATED: ARIZONA is off to its best start since, well, last year when the Wildcats opened the season at 14-0... OREGON’s 9-0 start is its best since going 13-0 to begin 2006-07 season. The Wildcats and Ducks are two of 14 NCAA I teams that remain undefeated this season.
• PERFECTION: The Pac-12 was a perfect 16-0 last week against non-conference foes, has won 18 straight, and 28 of the last 31 games against outside competition. The Pac-12 has posted a 94-23 (.803) record in non-conference action this season.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Tues., Dec. 17, , Time, Network
UC Irvine at No. 13 OREGON, 7:30 p.m. PT, P12N
WASHINGTON at Tulane, 7 p.m. CT
Wed., Dec. 18
Towson at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. PT, P12N
STANFORD at No. 10 Connecticut, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2
WASHINGTON STATE vs. San Francisco State (1), 7 p.m. PT, P12N
Thurs., Dec. 19
Southern at No. 1 ARIZONA, 7 p.m. PT, P12N
UCLA vs. No. 8 Duke (2), 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
USC at Long Beach State, 7 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket
Texas State at UTAH, 7 p.m. MT, P12N
Sat., Dec. 21
Texas Tech at ARIZONA STATE, 4:30 p.m. MT, P12N
STANFORD vs. Michigan (3), 8 p.m. ET, FS1
UTEP at WASHINGTON STATE, 5:30 p.m. PT, P12N
Brigham Young at No. 13 OREGON, 7:30 p.m. PT, P12N
No. 20 COLORADO vs. No. 7 Oklahoma State (4), 8:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2
Sun., Dec. 22
CALIFORNIA at Creighton, 6 p.m. CT, FS1
Weber State at UCLA, 4 p.m. PT, P12N
USC at Dayton, 2 p.m. ET, SNY/TWC
No. 10 Connecticut at WASHINGTON, 12:30 p.m. PT, ESPNU
OREGON STATE vs. Akron (5), 1:30 p.m. HT, ESPNU
Rankings listed are AP poll; Game times local to site.
This Week’s Neutral Sites & Tournaments
(1) Kennewick, Wash. (Toyota Center)
(2) New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
(3) Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)
(4) Las Vegas, Nev. (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
(5) Honolulu, Hawai’i (Diamond Head Classic - Stan Sherif Center)