Pac-12 Men's Basketball seeks to repeat history with this week's key matchups

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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:

1 (of 11) - ARIZONA STATE (7-0) is one of 11 remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I and is currently riding a 20-game regular season non-conference win streak dating back to the 2016-17 season.

  • The Sun Devils’ current regular-season OOC streak is the longest of any team in the nation:
    ASU - 20; Michigan/Texas Tech - 13; Virginia - 12; Iowa - 11; Kansas/St. John’s - 10.

10-1 - With a victory at Connecticut on Sunday, ARIZONA improved to 10-1 in true non-conference road games over the past seven seasons including a streak of five straight victories.

  • The Wildcats put the mark on the line again this Sunday at Alabama in their final OOC road test.

16 - This week’s 16-game Pac-12 schedule features eight opponents to appear in the 2018 NCAA or NIT fields, seven road/neutral contests, three power league opponents, three preseason favorites, and two top-6 matchups including WASHINGTON visiting No. 1 Gonzaga and a ranked showdown between No. 20 ARIZONA STATE and No. 6 Nevada.

  • This week a year ago, the Pac-12 scored a trio of top-10 upsets with ARIZONA beating No. 7 Texas A&M (12/5/17) and WASHINGTON (12/6/17) and ARIZONA STATE (12/10/17) both upsetting No. 2 Kansas. It equaled the most top-10 non-league victories in one week for a league dating back to the 1996-97 season according to STATS, Inc.

#20 - ARIZONA STATE checked into the AP Top 25 this week at No. 20 following a 7-0 non-conference start for the second consecutive season. The Sun Devils have now been ranked in the AP poll in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

  • ASU also has ranked programs in women’s basketball (#17), men’s ice hockey (#15) and wrestling (#15) - the only school in the country to be ranked in those four NCAA Division I winter sports.

37 - OREGON STATE has equaled its best start in 37 seasons - since the 1980-81 campaign in which the Beavers opened 26-0 - and is 6-1 for just the eighth time over that span.

  • OSU will look to start 7-1 for only the third time since 1980-81 (1984-85, 1986-87) when it visits Saint Louis on Sunday.

PAC-12 TIPOFF:

SULTANS OF STEAL: NCAA Division I’s career steals leaders both hail from the Pac-12 as OREGON’s Ehab Amin (227) and WASHINGTON’s Matisse Thybulle (227) are currently tied for first.

  • Thybulle currently ranks 10th in Conference history with his 227 thefts, 94 shy of Gary Payton’s league record. Thybulle totaled 101 thefts in 2017-18.
  • 218 of Amin’s career steals came in three seasons at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, including an NCAA-leading 105 in 2016-17.

TRES’ TOP 5 TRIO: OREGON STATE’s Tres Tinkle enters the week as the lone Pac-12 player to rank in the top 5 in the league in scoring (20.7 ppg, 4th), rebounding (9.7 rpg, 3rd) and assists (4.6, T-4th). He’s one of two nationally (Justin James, Wyoming) currently hitting those marks.

According to College Basketball Reference, only one player has averaged 20-9-4 for a full season dating back to 1992-93 - Ohio State’s Evan Turner in 2009-10.


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona State 0-0 7-0
Oregon State 0-0 6-1
Colorado 0-0 5-1
Arizona 0-0 6-2
UCLA 0-0 6-2
Washington 0-0 6-2
Washington State 0-0 4-2
USC 0-0 5-3
Oregon 0-0 4-3
Utah 0-0 4-3
Stanford 0-0 4-4
California 0-0 2-4

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)

Tuesday, Dec. 4 TV Time
South Dakota at COLORADO PAC12 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 5 TV Time
Idaho at WASHINGTON STATE PAC12 6 p.m.
San Francisco at CALIFORNIA PAC12 8 p.m.
WASHINGTON at #1 Gonzaga ESPN2 8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6 TV Time
Utah Valley at ARIZONA PAC12 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 7 TV Time
TCU vs. USC (1) FS1 6:30 p.m.
#6 Nevada vs. #20 ARIZONA STATE (1) ESPN2 9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8 TV Time
BYU vs. UTAH (2) ESPNU 11 a.m.
UIC at COLORADO PAC12 3 p.m.
Nebraska-Omaha at OREGON PAC12 5 p.m.
San Diego State at CALIFORNIA PAC12 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame at UCLA ESPN2 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9 TV Time
ARIZONA at Alabama ESPN 10 a.m.
Oregon State at Saint Louis ESPNU 12:30 p.m.
Montana State vs. WASHINGTON STATE (3) PAC12 4 p.m.
Seattle at WASHINGTON PAC12 6 p.m.

1 - Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, Los Angeles, Calif. (STAPLES Center); 2 - Beehive Classic, Salt Lake City, Utah (Vivint Smart Home Arena); 3 - Kennewick, Wash. (Toyota Center)


PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 

Date

Player

Nov. 12 KZ Okpala, So., Stanford
Nov. 19 Jaylen Nowell, So., Washington
Nov. 26 Luguentz Dort, Fr., Arizona State
Dec. 3 Zylan Cheatham, R-Sr., Arizona State

NATIONAL HONORS 

NCAA.com Player of the Week:
Luguentz Dort, Arizona State (Nov. 26)

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