High-profile wins bolster Pac-12 men's basketball's strong start
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72-20 - The combined record of all Pac-12 programs through Dec. 7. The 20 losses are the third-fewest of any conference in the nation, while the .783 win percentage is second only to the Big 12.
|Conference||Non-Conference Record||Pct.||Wins Per Team||vs. Power 5||vs. AP Top 25||vs. USA Today Top 25|
|Big 12 (10)||56-13||.812||5.6||12-7||3-5||3-3|
|Big East (10)||61-19||.763||6.1||18-13||4-6||4-6|
|Big Ten (14)||88-34||.709||5.9||14-13||4-10||4-10|
|Atlantic 10 (14)||72-32||.692||5.1||11-13||2-8||2-8|
|Mountain West (11)||58-29||.667||5.3||3-14||3-5||3-6|
|The American (11)||52-30||.634||4.7||7-10||1-7||1-8|
17-2 - The Pac-12’s combined record for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6. The 17 victories included three against Top 25 teams (UCLA vs. #1 Kentucky, ARIZONA at #13 Gonzaga, ARIZONA STATE vs. #18 Texas A&M), five road wins and nine victories against 2015 postseason teams. ESPN's Andy Katz singled out UCLA as his Team of the Week, ARIZONA's Gabe York (18 pts vs. Gonzaga) as his Player of the Week, and CALIFORNIA for its win at Wyoming in Monday's 3-Point Shot.
10 - The Pac-12’s 10 teams in the NCAA RPI Top 100 as of Dec. 8 are the second-most of any conference in the nation, trailing only the ACC’s 11.
15 - Number of Pac-12 programs’ wins against 2015 NCAA Tournament teams, with victories over No. 20 Baylor, Belmont, Boise State (twice), San Diego State, Texas, Valparaiso, North Carolina State, No. 20 Wichita State, Arkansas, Texas Southern, BYU, No. 1 Kentucky, No. 13 Gonzaga and Wyoming.
64 - Consecutive weeks with at least one Pac-12 program ranked in the AP Top 25, including 44 straight weeks with at least one Top 15 team. ARIZONA returned to the Top 15 on Monday following its road victory at then No. 13 Gonzaga on Dec. 5.
KEY NON-CONFERENCE WINS TO DATE
POWER 5 OPPONENTS (8-5)
WASHINGTON 77, Texas 71 (Shanghai, China)
No. 25 OREGON 74, No. 20 Baylor 67
COLORADO 91, Auburn 84 (Auburn, Ala.)
No. 16 UTAH 73, Texas Tech 63 (San Juan, P.R.)
ARIZONA STATE 79, N.C. State 76 (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
STANFORD 69, Arkansas 66 (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
UCLA 87, No. 1 Kentucky 77
ARIZONA STATE 67, No. 18 Texas A&M 54
PRESEASON CONFERENCE FAVORITES (9-6)
No. 16 UTAH 81, San Diego State 76
ARIZONA STATE 83, Belmont 74
OREGON STATE 93, Iona 73
WASHINGTON 100, Mount St. Mary’s 67
No. 25 OREGON 73, Valparaiso 67
USC 72, No. 20 Wichita State 69 (Orlando, Fla.)
WASHINGTON STATE 77, Texas Southern 65
No. 19 ARIZONA 68, at No. 13 Gonzaga 63
plus the aforementioned win over Kentucky
2015 NCAA/NIT TOURNAMENT TEAMS (20-14)
STANFORD 93, Green Bay 89
No. 12 ARIZONA 88, Boise State 76
No. 16 UTAH 74, Temple 68 (San Juan, P.R.)
No. 11 ARIZONA 68, Boise State 59 (Anaheim, Calif.)
UTAH 83, BYU 75
CALIFORNIA 78, at Wyoming 72 (OT)
COLORADO 88, at Colorado State 77
plus aforementioned wins over Texas, Baylor, N.C. State, San Diego State, Belmont, Iona, Valparaiso, Wichita State, Arkansas, Texas Southern, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Gonzaga.
PAC-12 QUICK HITS
UPSET BRUIN: When UCLA toppled top-ranked Kentucky 87-77 on Dec. 3, it marked the 35th time a Pac-12 program upset the nation’s AP No. 1 team. The Bruins’ upset marked their 11th all-time versus an AP No. 1 team, second only to North Carolina’s 13.
’CATS RUN WILD IN THE KENNEL: ARIZONA became just the seventh non-conference team and 10th team overall to win at 12-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center when it won at No. 13 Gonzaga on Dec. 5.
L-EVATION: CALIFORNIA ended Wyoming’s 16-game non-conference home win streak with a 78-72 overtime victory in Laramie on Dec. 5. The Bears were the first Power 5 team to win at Wyoming's 7,220-foot Arena-Auditorium in nine tries.
NORTHWEST DEPTH: WASHINGTON STATE is off to its best start since 2010-11 at 5-1. OREGON STATE is enjoying its best start since 2011-12 at 6-1.
TOP 100 CHARTS: Of the Pac-12’s 72 wins through Dec. 7, 21 have come against current NCAA RPI Top 100 teams, led by UTAH (4-1), ARIZONA STATE (3-0), UCLA (3-3) and USC (3-2).
HOME SWEET HOME: ARIZONA owns NCAA Division I’s longest active home win streak at 42 consecutive games. OREGON has won 13 in a row at home, tied for the 15th longest streak in the nation.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Half of the Pac-12’s 18-game schedule this week will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, highlighted by UCLA traveling to No. 20 Gonzaga (7 p.m. PT, ESPN2), ARIZONA STATE visiting No. 5 Kentucky (3:15 p.m. ET, ESPN), No. 25 UTAH at Wichita State (2:30 p.m. CT, ESPN2) and OREGON STATE taking on No. 2 Kansas in Kansas City, Mo. (7 p.m. CT, ESPN2).
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