Oregon, UCLA climb in top 25 to open Pac-12 Men's Basketball play

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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:

2 - Two Pac-12 teams are nationally ranked in the latest AP poll, featuring No. 13 OREGON and No. 20 UCLA. The Ducks and Bruins each climbed one spot following identical 2-0 starts.

  • It marks the highest AP rankings for the programs since both concluded the 2016-17 campaign in the top 10 (Oregon #9, UCLA #8).

4 - Four separate Pac-12 standouts were named to the John R. Wooden Award and Citizen Naismith Trophy National Player of the Year watch lists, three for each honor.

  • UCLA’s Kris Wilkes and USC’s Bennie Boatwright were selected to both lists, while OREGON’s Payton Pritchard and Bol Bol were named to the Wooden and Naismith lists, respectively.

18-5 - The Pac-12 opened the 2018-19 campaign with an 18-5 record, with four of its five losses coming against major conference opponents, three of which took place in true road contests.

  • The Pac-12 is 2-2 vs. 2018 NCAA/NIT postseason teams and 1-0 vs. preseason league favorites.

27 - Pac-12 men’s basketball teams will play a combined 27 true road games during non-conference play, the most of any major conference in the country.

55 - Not including potential MTE opponents, Pac-12 men’s basketball will play a combined 55 non-conference opponents who participated in the 2018 postseason - 28 at home and 27 at road or neutral sites.

PAC-12 TIPOFF:

Double-Double Debuts: Three Pac-12 players have opened the season with double-doubles in their first two games, including a pair of standout freshmen:

  • Bol Bol, OREGON
    12p/12r vs. Portland State
    23p/12r vs. Eastern Washington
  • Moses Brown, UCLA
    19p/17r vs. Purdue Fort Wayne
    17p/10r vs. Long Beach State
  • Nick Rakocevic, USC
    18p/16r vs. Robert Morris
    19p/18r vs. Vanderbilt

PAC-12 ROADSHOW: The Pac-12 will test itself away from home this season to the tune of a combined 27 true road games, or 2.3 true road games per league member - the most among the power conferences. 

TRUE ROAD GAME TOTALS/AVG. AMONG POWER LEAGUES

Pac-12 27 2.3
SEC 25 1.8
Big Ten 22 1.6
ACC 22 1.5
Big East 19 1.9
Big 12 19 1.9

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona State 0-0 3-0
Arizona 0-0 2-0
Oregon 0-0 2-0
Oregon State 0-0 2-0
UCLA 0-0 2-0
Washington State 0-0 1-0
Stanford 0-0 2-1
Washington 0-0 2-1
USC 0-0 1-1
Utah 0-0 1-1
Colorado 0-0 0-0
California 0-0 0-1

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)

Tuesday, Nov. 13 TV Time
Drake at COLORADO PAC12 5 p.m. 
Hampton at CALIFORNIA (1) PAC12 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14 TV Time
UTEP at ARIZONA (2) PAC12 5 p.m.
Stetson at USC (3) PAC12 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Seattle WACDN 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15 TV Time
Mississippi Valley State at UTAH PAC12 5 p.m.
Iowa vs. #13 OREGON (4) ESPN2 6 p.m.
Detroit Mercy at CALIFORNIA (1) PAC12 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16 TV Time
Old Dominion vs. OREGON STATE (5) FloHoops 10 a.m.
Connecticut/Syracuse vs. #13 OREGON (4) ESPN2 1:30/3:30 p.m.
Nebraska-Omaha at COLORADO PAC12 6 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at San Francisco PAC12 6 p.m.
Wofford at STANFORD PAC12 7 p.m.
Saint Francis U at #20 UCLA (6) PAC12 8 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 17/18 TV Time
Missouri/Kennesaw State vs. OREGON STATE (5) FloHoops 12/2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18 TV Time
Santa Clara vs. WASHINGTON (7) ESPN3 5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19 TV Time
TBD vs. OREGON STATE (5) TBD TBD
St. John's vs. CALIFORNIA (8) ESPN2 4 p.m.
Iowa State vs. ARIZONA (9) ESPNU 6 p.m.
Cal Poly at WASHINGTON STATE PAC12 6 p.m.
Texas Tech vs. USC (10) ESPN2 6:30 p.m.
Presbyterian at #20 UCLA (6) PAC12  8 p.m.
Mississippi State vs. ARIZONA STATE  ESPNU 8 p.m.
 
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