UA, OSU, UW seize early control of Pac-12 Men's Basketball race

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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:

.469/.393 - OREGON STATE currently leads the Pac-12 in both field goal percentage (.469) and field goal percentage defense (.393).

  • Only four teams have led the Conference in both categories dating to 1982-83: 1986-87 UCLA, 1987-88 Arizona, 1989-90 Arizona, 1991-92 Arizona, 1995-96 UCLA.

3-0/4-0 - Three Pac-12 teams have made it through the opening two weeks of Conference play unscathed:

  • ARIZONA is 4-0 in the league for the third time in both the Pac-12 and Sean Miller eras following a sweep of the Bay Area, its league-leading 13th road sweep in the Pac-12 era. The Wildcats opened 10-0 in 2016-17.
  • OREGON STATE is 3-0 in league play for the first time since 1992-93, the same year it most recently started 5-0 in Conference play.
  • WASHINGTON is 3-0 for the first time since 2015-16 and coming off its first Pac-12 road sweep since 2013. The Huskies last started 4-0 in 2012-13 and 5-0 in 1983-84 (started 6-0).

4.20 - OREGON STATE’s Kylor Kelley ranks second nationally with 4.20 blocks per game.

  • Kelley is on pace to break the Conference’s record block rate held by ARIZONA STATE’s Jordan Bachynski, who led NCAA Division I and set the league-record with 133 blocks (4.03 bpg) in 2013-14.

8 - The fifth-longest series win streak in the Pac-12 will be on the line this week as OREGON visits ARIZONA STATE with Pac-12 Networks’ “Pac-12 Basketball Pregame Show” live from Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.

  • 18 - ARIZONA vs. STANFORD (dating to 2009)
  • 13 - ARIZONA vs. WASHINGTON STATE (2010)
  • 10 - UTAH vs. WASHINGTON STATE (2014)
  • 9 - COLORADO vs. STANFORD (2012)
  • 8 - OREGON vs. ARIZONA STATE (2014)

13.3 - Through 22 league games as of Jan. 14, the average scoring margin is 13.3 points.

  • 8 games have been decided by single digits
  • 2 games have been decided by one possession (3 pts. or less)
  • 3 overtime games (3 total OT periods)

PAC-12 TIPOFF:

ROAD SWEEPS: They’ve been difficult to come by - just 45 in total - since the Pac-12 expanded prior to the 2011-12 season. Below is 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 - 5 times, most recently by USC in 2017-18.
  • COLO/UTAH - 6 times, most recently by Washington in 2018- 19.
  • UCLA/USC - 7 times, most recently by Arizona in 2016-17.
  • CAL/STAN - 8 times, most recently by Arizona in 2018-19.
  • WASH/WSU - 15 times, most recently by Utah in 2017-18.

A school-by-school total of road sweeps in the Pac-12 era:

  • ARIZONA - 13 
  • OREGON - 9
  • CALIFORNIA - 6
  • UTAH - 5
  • UCLA - 5
  • USC, WASHINGTON - 3
  • COLORADO, STANFORD - 1
  • ASU, OSU, WSU - 0

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona 4-0 13-4
Washington 3-0 12-4
Oregon State 3-0 11-4
UCLA 3-1 10-7
Arizona State 2-2 11-5
USC 2-2 9-8
Utah 2-2 8-8
Oregon 1-2 10-6
Colorado 1-3 10-6
Stanford 1-3 8-8
Washington State 0-3 7-9
California 0-4 5-11

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)

Thursday, Jan. 17 TV Time
Oregon at Arizona* ESPN 6 p.m.
Stanford at Washington* ESPN2 6 p.m.
California at Washington State* PAC12 7 p.m.
Oregon State at Arizona State* FS1 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19 TV Time
Stanford at Washington State* PAC12 12 p.m.
UCLA at USC* CBS 1 p.m.
California at Washington* PAC12 2 p.m.
Oregon State at Arizona* PAC12 4 p.m.
Oregon at Arizona State* PAC12 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 20 TV Time
Colorado at Utah* ESPNU 3 p.m.

* Pac-12 Game


PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 Week of 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
Dec. 10 Jaylen Nowell, So., Washington
Dec. 17 Remy Martin, So., Arizona State
Dec. 24 Rob Edwards, R-Jr., Arizona State
Dec. 31 Josh Sharma, Sr., Stanford
Jan. 7 Nick Rakocevic, Jr., USC
Jan. 14 Stephen Thompson Jr., Sr., Oregon 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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