Postseason play for eight Pac-12 Men's Basketball teams tips Tuesday
#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE
3 - Three Pac-12 teams earned bids to the 2018 NCAA Tournament:
>> ARIZONA: No. 4 seed in South Regional, 35th all-time appearance, NCAA champions in 1997
>> ARIZONA STATE: No. 11 seed in Midwest Regional, 15th all-time appearance
>> UCLA: No. 11 seed in East Regional, 49th all-time appearance, 11-time NCAA champions
5 - Five Pac-12 teams earned bids to the 2018 National Invitation Tournament, the most-ever for the Conference:
>> USC: No. 1 seed, fifth all-time appearance
>> UTAH: No. 2 seed, 14th all-time appearance, event champions in 1947
>> OREGON: No. 3 seed, 11th all-time appearance
>> STANFORD: No. 3 seed, ninth all-time appearance, event champions in 1991, 2012 and 2015
>> WASHINGTON: No. 5 seed, ninth all-time appearance
6 - Six Conference teams enter postseason play with at least 20 victories, with two still-competing teams approaching the benchmark (UTAH - 19, STANFORD - 18).
>> The Conference record for 20-win teams in one season is seven set in 2009, 2012 and 2014.
8 - The Pac-12’s eight combined NCAA Tournament and NIT bids match the most-ever for the Conference:
>> The Conference also sent eight combined members to the NCAA and NIT in 2008 (6 NCAA/2 NIT), 2013 (5 NCAA/3 NIT), 2014 (6 NCAA/2 NIT) and 2016 (7 NCAA/1 NIT).
8 x4, 16 x5 - The Pac-12 is the only conference to advance a team to the Elite Eight in each of the last four seasons.
>> OREGON reached the Final Four in 2017 and regional final in 2016, while ARIZONA advanced to Elite Eights in 2015 and 2014.
>> The Pac-12 has also had a Sweet 16 participant each of the last five years.
SITES & SEEDS: During Arizona’s run to the national championship in 1997, the Wildcats were awarded the No. 4 seed in the Southeast Regional. This year, the Wildcats are the No. 4 seed in the South Regional.
>> UCLA was also a No. 11 seed in 2015 when it reached the Sweet 16.
ALL-AMERICAN AYTON: ARIZONA’s Deandre Ayton has been named a First Team All-American by the USBWA and Sporting News.
>> It marks the fifth consecutive year that a Pac-12 player made either the USBWA’s First- or Second-Team list. Only the ACC matches that streak.
>> Ayton is also among four finalists for the Naismith Trophy national player of the year. Beginning March 19 and running through March 30, fans will be able to cast their vote for their favorite player by visiting naismithtrophy.com/vote to help determine the winner. The fan component makes up five percent of the overall vote.
BIGS LOVE: The 23 double-doubles posted by ARIZONA freshman Deandre Ayton are the second-most nationally and most in the nation by a freshman.
>> Ayton has tied the league’s freshman record of 23 shared by UCLA’s Kevin Love (2007-08). The NCAA rookie mark is 28 by Kansas State’s Michael Beasley in 2007-08.
HOLIDAY SEASON: UCLA’s Aaron Holiday (20.3p/5.8a), a Third Team All-American by Sporting News, is on pace to become only the sixth player in Conference history to average 20.0+ points and 5.0+ assists for a season:
Gary Payton, OSU (1988-89 & 1989-90)
Terrell Brandon, ORE (1990-91)
Damon Stoudamire, ARIZ (1994-95)
Jason Terry, ARIZ (1998-99)
Markelle Fultz, WASH (2016-17)
RARE FEAT: ARIZONA’s Deandre Ayton (20.3p/11.5r) is on pace to become the sixth player, and first freshman, in Conference history to lead the league in scoring and rebounding in a season:
Lew Alcindor, UCLA (1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69)
Bill Walton, UCLA (1971-72)
Mark McNamara, CAL (1981-82)
Ike Diogu, ASU (2004-05)
Leon Powe, CAL (2005-06)
RECORDS WATCH: Several Pac-12 players have set marks or are climbing/on pace for game, season or career records lists:
Deandre Ayton, ARIZONA
>> 20.3 ppg, on pace for Pac-12 freshman season top 5
>> 11.5 rpg, on pace to break Pac-12 freshman season record (10.6, Kevin Love, UCLA 2008)
>> 392 rebounds, second on Pac-12 freshman season list
Tra Holder, ARIZONA STATE
>> 533-of-695 FT, 10th on Pac-12 career FTM list, T-10th on Pac-12 FTA list
>> 1,786 points, 43rd all-time in Pac-12
Thomas Welsh, UCLA
>> 1,020 career rebounds, 11th all-time in Pac-12, one of 14 with 1,000+ in league history
Jordan McLaughlin, USC
>> 711 career assists, sixth on Pac-12 career list
Kenny Wooten, OREGON
>> 88 blocks, 3rd on Pac-12 freshman season list, 10th on Pac-12 season list
Matisse Thybulle, WASHINGTON
>> 93 steals, 6th on Pac-12 season list, on pace to approach Pac-12 season record (110, Jason Kidd, CAL 1993)
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)
* If team advances
|Tuesday, March 13||TV||TIME (PT)|
|NCAA: #11 UCLA vs. #11 St. Bonaventure (Dayton, Ohio)||truTV||6:10 p.m.|
|NIT: #3 OREGON vs. #6 Rider (Eugene, Ore.)||ESPN3||7:00 p.m.|
|NIT: #1 USC vs. #8 UNC Asheville (Los Angeles, Calif.)||ESPN2||8:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, March 14|
|NCAA: #11 ARIZONA STATE vs. #11 Syracuse (Dayton, Ohio)||truTV||6:10 p.m.|
|NIT: #2 UTAH vs. #7 UC Davis (Salt Lake City, Utah)||ESPN3||6:00 p.m.|
|NIT: #3 STANFORD vs. #6 BYU (Palo Alto, Calif.)||ESPNU||7:00 p.m.|
|NIT: #5 WASHINGTON vs. #4 Boise State (Seattle, Wash.)||ESPN3||7:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, March 15|
|NCAA: #4 ARIZONA vs. #13 Buffalo (Boise, Idaho)||CBS||6:40 p.m.|
|*NCAA: #11 UCLA vs. #6 Florida (Dallas, Texas)||truTV||6:57 p.m.|
|Friday, March 16|
|*NCAA: #11 ARIZONA STATE vs. #6 TCU (Detroit, Mich.)||CBS||6:40 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 17|
|*NCAA: #4 ARIZONA vs. #5 Kentucky/#12 Davidson (Boise, Idaho)||TBD||TBD|
|*NIT: #1 USC vs. #4 Western Kentucky/#5 Boston College (Los Angeles, Calif.)||TBD||TBD|
|*NIT: #2 UTAH vs. #3 LSU/#6 Louisiana (Salt Lake City, Utah)||TBD||TBD|
|*NIT: #3 STANFORD vs. #2 Oklahoma State/#7 FGCU||TBD||TBD|
|*NIT: #3 OREGON vs. #2 Marquette/#7 Harvard||TBD||TBD|
|*NIT: #5 WASHINGTON vs. #1 St. Mary's (Calif.)/#8 Southeastern Louisiana||TBD||TBD|
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)
|Teams||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
|Arizona State (NCAA)||8-10||20-11|
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