Huskies seek history as Pac-12 Men's Basketball season hits midpoint this week

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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:

3 - Three Pac-12 NLI signees were selected to participate in the 2019 McDonald’s All-America Game (March 27, Atlanta) - Josh Green & Nico Mannion, ARIZONA; Isaiah Mobley, USC - with potential for additional verbal commitments and undecided recruits. The spring NLI signing period begins April 17.

  • The Conference record for McDonald’s All-Americans is five in 2006 and 2012.

6 - The fifth-longest series win streak in the Pac-12 will be on the line Thursday as ARIZONA visits ARIZONA STATE.

  • 18 - ARIZONA vs. STANFORD (dating to 2009); 13 - ARIZONA vs. WASHINGTON STATE (2010); 10 - UTAH vs. WASHINGTON STATE (2014); 7 - USC vs. OREGON STATE (2016); 6 - ARIZONA vs. ARIZONA STATE (2016), ARIZONA vs. CALIFORNIA (2016) & CALIFORNIA vs. OREGON STATE (2016).

7-0 - WASHINGTON is the only remaining Pac-12 team to make it through the opening month of Conference play unscathed at 7-0:

  • WASHINGTON is 7-0 for the first time since 1952-53 when it began PCC play 14-0 en route to a Final Four appearance.
  • The Huskies’ current nine-game win streak is tied as the fourth-longest in NCAA Division I and is the program’s longest since an 11-0 start in 2014-15.

9 - With two wins this week, WASHINGTON would become only the ninth team to reach 9-0 in the Conference’s 18-game format (dating to 1978-79).

  • 1980 - Oregon State; 1981 - Oregon State; 1983 - UCLA; 1988 - Arizona; 1993 - Arizona; 1998 - Arizona; 2004 - Stanford; 2017 - Arizona. All eight of those teams went on to win at least a share of the Conference’s regular-season title.

+147  - UTAH and USC enter the fifth week of Pac-12 play tied for second in the league standings thanks to four- and three-game win streaks, respectively.

  • USC has won seven of its last nine games, improving 83 spots (159 to 76) in the NET over that span
  • Utah has won seven of its last 10 games, improving 64 spots (153 to 89) in the NET over that span

PAC-12 TIPOFF:

TWO EFFICIENT HUSKIES: WASHINGTON’s Jaylen Nowell (16.9p/5.2r/3.3a/51.8% FG/43.9% 3FG) is one of two NCAA Division I players (Ian Dubose, Houston Baptist) - and the only Jerry West Award candidate - averaging at least 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists along with 50% shooting and 40% behind the arc.

UNO TINKLE: OREGON STATE’s Julius Erving Award candidate Tres Tinkle (20.3p/8.2r/4.2a/1.8s) is the lone NCAA Division I player averaging at least 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals.

POINTZ, REBOUNDZ, ASSISTZ: ARIZONA STATE’s Zylan Cheatham is the lone Pac-12 player and among 18 NCAA Division I players averaging a double-double this season (11.8 points, 10.4 rebounds - T-12th nationally).

  • Cheatham is one of two players in NCAA Division I (Ethan Happ, Wisconsin - 18.9p/10.4r/5.2a) averaging a double-double and at least three assists.

DPOY?: WASHINGTON’s Matisse Thybulle and OREGON STATE’s Kylor Kelley are among 15 players on the Naismith Trophy Defensive Player of the Year watch list.

  • Thybulle is one of two NCAA Division I players ranked in the top 100 nationally (Zion Williamson, Duke) in both steals and blocks (2.9 spg - 5th, 2.15 bpg - 31st).
  • Kelley ranks second in NCAA D-I with 3.7 blocks per game.

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Washington 7-0 16-4
USC 5-2 12-8
Utah 5-2 11-8
Arizona State 5-3 14-6
Arizona 5-3 14-7
Oregon State 4-3 12-7
UCLA 4-3 11-9
Oregon 3-4 12-8
Stanford 3-5 10-10
Colorado 2-5 11-8
Washington State 1-6 8-12
California 0-8 5-15

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)

Wednesday, Jan. 30 TV Time
UCLA at Washington State* PAC12 7 p.m.
USC at Washington* FS1 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 31 TV Time
Arizona at Arizona State* ESPN2 6 p.m.
Oregon State at Colorado* PAC12 6 p.m.
Oregon at Utah* FS1 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2 TV Time
UCLA at Washington* ESPN2 1 p.m.
Oregon State at Utah* PAC12 2 p.m.
USC at Washington State* PAC12 4 p.m.
Oregon at Colorado* PAC12 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 3 TV Time
Stanford at California* ESPNU 1 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
Jan. 21 Nick Rakocevic, Jr., USC
Jan. 28 Jaylen Nowell, So., Washington

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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