Pac-12 Men's basketball closes out non-conference play this week

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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:

1 - ARIZONA STATE handed then-No. 1 Kansas its first loss of the season, 80-76, behind a thrilling second half rally with five players scoring in double digits. The Sun Devils  collected its fourth victory over a top 15 ranked squad in the last two seasons.

  • This marked the first time ASU defeated a No. 1 team on its home court. The last time the Sun Devils defeated a No. 1 team was against OREGON STATE on the road in 1981. 

4.09 - OREGON STATE’s big man Kylor Kelley has been a blocking machine this season, currently leading the country with 4.09 blocks per game. His nine blocks against Pepperdine on on Dec. 17 set a school record and is tied for the second-most swatted shots by a player this year. 

  • OREGON’s Bol Bol leads all freshmen and ranks 15th nationally in the same category, averaging 2.67 blocked shots per game. 

14 - UTAH has won 14 consecutive non-conference home games, dating back to Nov. 25, 2016. This year, the Utes are undefeated in the Huntsman Center (5-0). 

  • The Utes put their home win streak to the test in their final non-conference game against No. 6 Nevada this Saturday. The last time Utah defeated a top 10 non-conference opponent was on Dec. 3, 2014 when the Utes downed No. 8 Wichita State at home in overtime.

57 - There have been 57 double-doubles recorded by 25 Pac-12 players through non-conference play. Every league team has seen at least one player record a double-double this year. 

  • UCLA’s Moses Brown had the third-most double doubles among freshmen with four on the year. ARIZONA STATE’s Zylan Cheatham is just one of 16 players in the country to record a triple-double.

89-4 - With a 70-68 win over UC Davis last week, ARIZONA improved to 89-4 at the McKale Center since the start of the 2013-14 season, the best home mark in the country in that stretch. 

  • The Wildcats also have the fifth-highest cumulative attendance of any team in the country and the best in the league.

PAC-12 TIPOFF:

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Based on opponents’ win percentage through Dec. 25 games, four Pac-12 programs have faced top 25 schedules:

  • 6. WASHINGTON - .714
  • 14. UCLA - .700
  • 23. ARIZONA - .663
  • 25. CALIFORNIA - .662

FRESHMEN COLLECTORS: The Pac-12 boasts two of the most proficient rebounders on both sides of the glass. 

  • OREGON’s Bol Bol leads all freshmen in defensive rebounds per game with 7.44 and ranks 19th nationally.
  • UCLA’s Moses Brown leads all freshmen in offensive rebounds per game with 3.75 and ranks 11th nationally.

MEN OF STEAL: NCAA Division I’s career steals leaders both hail from the Pac-12 as WASHINGTON’s Matisse Thybulle (243) and OREGON’s Ehab Amin (234) rank first and second, respectively


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona State 0-0 9-2
Colorado 0-0 9-3
Arizona 0-0 9-4
Oregon 0-0 8-4
Washington 0-0 8-4
Oregon State 0-0 7-4
Washington State 0-0 7-5
UCLA 0-0 7-5
Utah 0-0 6-5
Stanford 0-0 6-5
USC 0-0 6-6
California 0-0 5-6

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)

Saturday, Dec. 29 TV Time
#6 Nevada at UTAH PAC12 11 a.m. 
Santa Clara at WASHINGTON STATE (1) PAC12 11 a.m.
Princeton at #17 ARIZONA STATE PAC12 1 p.m.
Liberty at UCLA PAC12 3 p.m.
OREGON at Boise State ESPN2 4:30 p.m.
Seattle at CALIFORNIA PAC12 5 p.m.
Central Connecticut at OREGON STATE PAC12 5 p.m.
Long Beach State at STANFORD PAC12 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 30 TV Time
UC Davis at USC PAC12 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1 TV Time
Cal State Fullerton at WASHINGTON PAC12 7 p.m. 

1 - Spokane, Wash. (Spokane Arena)


PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Date

Player

Nov. 12 KZ Opala, So., Stanford
Nov. 19 Jaylen Nowell, So., Washington
Nov. 26 Luguentz Dort, Fr., Arizona State
Dec. 3 Zylan Cheatham, R-Sr., Arizona State
Dec. 10 Jaylen Nowell, So., Washington
Dec. 17 Remy Martin, So., Arizona State
Dec. 24 Rob Edwards, R-Jr., Arizona State

NATIONAL HONORS 

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

NCAA.com Team of the Week:
Arizona State (Dec. 24)
 

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