Five Pac-12 Teams in NCAA Top-16
• With 50 days before Selection Monday, the NCAA Selection Committee announced its top-16 seeds on Monday night which featured five Pac-12 teams, the most for any league. The Pac-12 boasts the No. 1 league RPI in the country as five squads are in the top 17 and 11 have a RPI better than 100.
• WASHINGTON received the highest seeding of the five Pac-12 teams at No. 6. OREGON STATE was No. 8, STANFORD is No. 12, UCLA is No. 14 and ARIZONA STATE is No. 16. This announcement does not have any bearing on the final bracket announcement that will be released on Monday, March 13 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Top-16 seeds earn the right to host a first- and second-round tournament game if the facility is available.
• Five teams have nearly identical rankings in the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll. WASHINGTON leads the way with a No. 7 ranking, followed by No. 10 STANFORD, No. 11 OREGON STATE and No. 16 ARIZONA STATE. UCLA is 13th in the writers’ polling and 12th in the coaches’.
• This week’s schedule will showcase a pair of matchups with national interest. No. 16/16 ASU travels to No. 13/12 UCLA on Friday where the Bruins boast an active home winning streak of 23-straight games. Sunday’s Showdown on Pac-12 Networks pits the No. 10/10 Cardinal against the No. 7/7 Huskies in Seattle. Both teams sit atop the Pac-12 standings heading into the week.
• Also sitting at the top of the standings with UW and Stanford is No. 11 Oregon State who battles the Ducks in the rivalry series. Friday’s game is on the Conference’s Network and Sunday’s clash in Corvallis is on ESPNU.
• Twelve Pac-12 individual or team records have been broken or tied so far this season, including significant records as career scoring, single-game scoring, single-game rebounding, and more. For a complete list of new records, check out page seven.
• Some notables from last week include Washington’s Chantel Osahor setting a Pac-12 single-game record with 30 rebounds, becoming just the 11th player in NCAA history to record a 30-rebound game. OREGON’s Sabrina Ionescu recorded her third triple-double of the season, tying the Pac-12 record, which was set by current UO assistant and former Stanford standout Nicole Powell in 2001 and 2002.
• The Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer, Washington’s Kelsey Plum, is seventh all-time in NCAA history, passing players such as USC’s Cheryl Miller, Connecticut’s Maya Moore and Delaware’s Elena Della Donne. She is just 23 points away from moving into sixth.
• STANFORD’s Tara VanDerveer needs just three more victories to reach 1,000 for her career, which would make her just the second women’s basketball coach in NCAA history to achieve the milestone, and just the fourth among men’s and women’s coaches across all divisions.
|Wednesday, January 25|
|Utah at Colorado||P12N||6 p.m.|
|Friday, January 27|
|Arizona at USC||Live Stream||7 p.m.|
|#16/16 Arizona State at #13/12 UCLA||P12N||8 p.m.|
|#11/11 Oregon State at Oregon||P12N||8 p.m.|
|California at #7/7 Washington||P12N||6 p.m.|
|#10/10 Stanford at Washington State||P12N||8 p.m.|
|Saturday, January 28|
|Colorado at Utah||P12N||11:30 a.m.|
|Sunday, January 29|
|#16/16 Arizona State at USC||P12N||3 p.m.|
|Arizona at #13/12 UCLA||Live Stream||2 p.m.|
|Oregon at #11/11 Oregon State||ESPNU||11 a.m.|
|#10/10 Stanford at #7/7 Washington||P12N||5 p.m.|
|California at Washington State||Live Stream||1 p.m.|
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