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)

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). 

Career Steals List (Min. 2 seasons)

  1. 321 - Gary Payton, OSU, 1986-90
  2. 298 - Brevin Knight, STAN, 1994-97


Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Washington 9-0 18-4
Arizona State 6-3 15-6
Oregon State 6-3 14-7
USC 6-3 13-9
Arizona 5-4 14-8
UCLA 5-4 12-10
Utah 5-4 11-10
Oregon 4-5 13-9
Stanford 4-5 11-10
Colorado 3-6 12-9
Washington State 1-8 8-14
California 0-9 5-16

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


 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
Feb. 4 Tres Tinkle, R-Jr., Oregon State


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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