Washington's perfect Pac-12 Men's Basketball start to be tested in Arizona this week
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1 of 10 - WASHINGTON’s Jaylen Nowell is among 10 finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award.
- Nowell is the lone NCAA Division I player - and the only Jerry West Award candidate - averaging at least 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 50% shooting and 40% behind the arc.
+3.0 - WASHINGTON’s 3.0-game lead at the midpoint of Conference play is the second-largest in the Conference’s 18-game schedule format (since 1978-79).
- Arizona, 1997-98 - +4.0; Washington, 2018-19/Stanford, 2003-04/Arizona, 1992-93 - +3.0.
- Each of the three prior teams all went on to finish 17-1 & win the league title by +5.0 games.
6-3 - ARIZONA STATE and OREGON STATE enter this week’s matchups tied for second in the Pac-12 at 6-3.
- ASU is off to its best league start since 2012-13, with a pair of wins this week would equal its best since 1994-95.
- OSU is off to its best league start since 1992-93, with a pair of wins this week would match its best since 1989-90.
9-0 - WASHINGTON is the only remaining unbeaten Pac-12 team at 9-0:
- WASHINGTON is 9-0 for the first time since 1952-53 when it began PCC play 14-0.
- The Huskies’ current 11-game win streak is the third-longest in NCAA Division I and is the program’s longest since an 11-0 start in 2014-15.
- UW’s nine-game Conference win streak is its longest since 1958-59 when it won 10 straight PCC contests.
9th to 9-0 - WASHINGTON is only the ninth team to reach 9-0 in the Conference’s 18-game format (dating to 1978-79)
- 2004 - Stanford (17-0); 1981 - Oregon State (17-0); 1998 - Arizona (16-0); 1993 - Arizona (14-0); 2017 - Arizona (10-0); 2019 - WASHINGTON (9-0); 1988 - Arizona (9-0); 1983 - UCLA (9-0); 1980 - Oregon State (9-0).
- All eight of the previous teams went on to win at least a share of the Conference’s regular-season title.
STREAKS: The second- and fifthlongest series win streaks in the Pac-12 will be on the line this week.
- 18 - ARIZONA vs. STANFORD (2009)
- 13 - ARIZONA vs. WASHINGTON STATE (2010)
- 10 - UTAH vs. WASHINGTON STATE (2014)
- 7 - USC vs. OREGON STATE (2016)
- 6 - ARIZONA vs. CALIFORNIA (2016) & CALIFORNIA vs. OREGON STATE (2016).
UNO TINKLE: OREGON STATE’s Julius Erving Award candidate Tres Tinkle (20.8p/8.1r/4.1a) is the lone NCAA Division I player averaging at least 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
POINTZ, REBOUNDZ, ASSISTZ: ARIZONA STATE’s Zylan Cheatham is the lone Pac-12 player and among 17 in NCAA Division I averaging a double-double (11.8p, 10.9r - 10th in NCAA, 3.6a).
- Cheatham is one of two players in NCAA Division I (Ethan Happ, Wisconsin - 18.5p/10.3r/5.1a) averaging a double-double and at least three assists.
- Cheatham is also 1-of-3 Conference players (Todd MacCulloch, WASH; Andre Roberson, COLO) with multiple 20+-rebound games in the past 22 seasons.
NATIONAL 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 (3.23 spg - 2nd, 2.09 bpg - 34th).
- Kelley ranks first in NCAA D-I with 3.67 blocks per game.
A C-NOTE: OREGON head coach Dana Altman is one victory shy of his 100th career Pac-12 Conference win.
- Altman would be the 22nd coach in league history to reach that plateau, while his .649 league win percentage (100-54 with a win versus California) would place him eighth among those 22 coaches with 100 Conference wins. (Wooden, Olson, Harrick, S. Miller, Howland, R. Miller, Montgomery).
PAC-12 RECORDS WATCH:
Career Steals List (Min. 2 seasons)
- 321 - Gary Payton, OSU, 1986-90
- 298 - Brevin Knight, STAN, 1994-97
- 276 - MATISSE THYBULLE, WASH, 2016-PRES
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)
|Teams||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)
|Wednesday, Feb. 6||TV||Time|
|Colorado at UCLA*||PAC12||6 p.m.|
|California at Oregon*||FS1||6:30 p.m.|
|Utah at USC*||PAC12||8 p.m.|
|Thursday, Feb. 7||TV||Time|
|Washington State at Arizona State*||PAC12||5 p.m.|
|Washington at Arizona*||ESPN2||6 p.m.|
|Stanford at Oregon State*||PAC12||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, Feb. 9||TV||Time|
|Utah at UCLA*||FOX||2 p.m.|
|California at Oregon State*||PAC12||2:30 p.m.|
|Washington State at Arizona*||PAC12||4:30 p.m.|
|Colorado at USC*||ESPNU||7 p.m.|
|Washington at Arizona State*||ESPN||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, Feb. 10||TV||Time|
|Stanford at Oregon*||ESPNU||5 p.m.|
* Pac-12 Game
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
NCAA.com Player of the Week:
Luguentz Dort, Arizona State (Nov. 26)
NCAA.com Team of the Week:
Arizona State (Dec. 24)