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4 - Four Pac-12 players were named to the John R. Wooden Award National Player of the Year Midseason Top 25 list, tied for the third-most nationally. ARIZONA is one of four programs (Duke, North Carolina, Villanova) with two nominees.
>> Deandre Ayton & Allonzo Trier, ARIZONA
>> Tra Holder, ARIZONA STATE
>> Aaron Holiday, UCLA

9 - Nine Pac-12 teams are in the NCAA RPI Top 100 through Jan. 15, tied for the third-most nationally.
>> STANFORD has climbed more than 100 spots - No. 209 on Jan. 2 to No. 100 on Jan. 16 - during its four-game Conference win streak, its longest in league play since 2007-08.

10.6 - Through 32 league games as of Jan. 15, the average scoring margin is 10.6 points.
>> 17 games have been decided by single digits
>> 6 have been decided by one possession (3 pts. or less)
>> 2 have gone into overtime (3 total OT periods)
>> 1 decided on final play (Daejon Davis, STANFORD - 1/7 vs. USC)

11 - The Pac-12 Player of the Week honor has been awarded to a freshman 11 times in the 27 weeks since the start of the 2016-17 season, including four times so far in 2017-18.
>> In the 137 weeks between the 2008-09 and 2015-16 seasons, a freshman won POW eight times.
>> The POW award has gone to a freshman for three consecutive weeks for just the second time since its creation in 1983-84. It also occured in 2016-17.

15 & 14 - The two longest Pac-12 series win streaks will be on the line this week as ARIZONA visits STANFORD and OREGON hosts USC.
>> 15 - Arizona vs. Stanford (2009)
>> 14 - Oregon vs. USC (2010)
>> 12 - Arizona vs. Washington State (2011)
>> 8 - Arizona vs. Washington (2013) & Colorado vs. Stanford (2013)

PAC-12 TIPOFF

RECORDS WATCH: Several Pac-12 players have set marks or are climbing game, season or career records lists:

Jordan McLaughlin, USC
>> Pac-12 game record-tying 19 assists vs. UC Santa Barbara (12/17/17)
>> 602 career assists, 20 shy of Pac-12 career top 10
>> 180 career steals, 45 shy of Pac-12 career top 10

>> USC’s Jordan McLaughlin has entered an exclusive list of Pac-12 players with at least 1,400 points and 600 assists in their careers:
Gary Payton, Oregon State (2172p/938a)
Jason Gardner, Arizona (1984p/622a)
Damon Stoudamire, Arizona (1849p/663a)
Brevin Knight, Stanford (1714p/780a)
Tyus Edney, UCLA (1515p/652a)
Kenya Wilkins, Oregon (1488p/614a)
Pooh Richardson, UCLA (1461p/833a)
Earl Watson, UCLA (1449p/607a)
Jordan McLaughlin, USC (1438p/602a)
Brandon Granville, USC (1430p/779a)
Andre Miller, Utah (1618p/721a)*
*Utah not member of Pac-12 at time

Tra Holder, ARIZONA STATE
>> 473-of-624 FT, 59 FTM and 71 FTA shy of Pac-12 career top 10

Thomas Welsh, UCLA
>> 869 career rebounds, 41st all-time in Pac-12

Kingsley Okoroh, CALIFORNIA
>> 174 career blocks, 17 shy of Pac-12 career top 10

Robert Franks, WASHINGTON STATE
>> Pac-12 game record-tying 10 3FGM vs. California (1/13/18)

Deandre Ayton, ARIZONA
>> 20.2 ppg, on pace for Pac-12 freshman season top 5
>> 11.2 rpg, on pace to break Pac-12 freshman season record (10.6, Kevin Love, UCLA 2008)

Kenny Wooten, OREGON
>> 51 blocks, three shy of Pac-12 freshman season top 10

ROAD SWEEPS: They’ve come at a premium since the Pac-12 expanded prior to the 2011-12 season. Below is a list of the number of road sweeps through each region and the most recent team to accomplish the feat:
ARIZ/ASU - 4 times, most recently by UCLA in 2016-17.
ORE/OSU - 4 times, most recently by Utah in 2017-18.
COLO/UTAH - 4 times, most recently by UCLA in 2016-17.
CAL/STAN - 6 times, most recently by Oregon in 2016-17.
UCLA/USC - 7 times, most recently by Arizona in 2016-17.
WASH/WSU - 14 times, most recently by Stanford in 2017-18.

A school-by-school total of road sweeps in the Pac-12 era:
ARIZONA - 11
OREGON - 9
CALIFORNIA - 6
UCLA, UTAH - 4
WASHINGTON - 2
COLORADO, STANFORD, USC - 1
ASU, OSU, WSU - 0

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)
NBCSports.com TOW - UCLA (Dec. 25)
NCAA.com POW - Deandre Ayton, Arizona (Jan. 1)
NBCSports.com POW - Deandre Ayton, Arizona (Jan. 1)
NCAA.com TOW - Colorado (Jan. 8)
USBWA TOW - Colorado (Jan. 8)
Dick Vitale TOW - Colorado (Jan. 8)
Dick Vitale FOW - McKinley Wright IV, Colorado (Jan. 8)
USBWA FOW - McKinley Wright IV, Colorado (Jan. 8


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)

Wednesday, Jan. 17    
#14 ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA  P12N 6 p.m.
#16 ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD  P12N 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 18    
WASHINGTON STATE at COLORADO  P12N  5 p.m.
USC at OREGON  ESPN2 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at UTAH  P12N 7 p.m.
UCLA at OREGON STATE  FS1 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 20    
#14 ARIZONA at STANFORD  CBS 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at COLORADO  P12N 3 p.m.
USC at OREGON STATE P12N 5 p.m.
UCLA at OREGON  ESPN 7:15 p.m.
#16 ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA  P12N 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 21    
WASHINGTON STATE at UTAH  ESPNU 5 p.m.
 

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona  4-1 14-4
Stanford 4-1 10-8
UCLA  4-2 13-5
USC 4-2 13-6
Washington  3-2 13-5
Colorado  3-3 11-7
Arizona State 2-3 14-3
Oregon  2-3 12-6
Oregon State 2-3 10-7
Utah  2-4 10-7
Washington State 1-4 9-8
California  1-4 7-11
 
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