Honors roll in as big Conference games await
• The second half of league play kicks off with big games on the schedule this week as No. 3/3 OREGON and No. 7/10 OREGON STATE travel to the Bay Area. The Ducks and Beavers in the Pac-12 lead in first and second place, respectively, but head to No. 11/11 STANFORD, where the Cardinal have won 21 in a row at home, and to CALIFORNIA, where the Bears posted a top-10 win last week. Sunday’s game between the Ducks and Cardinal will be televised on ESPN2, while the other three will be on Pac-12 Network.
• Five teams are ranked again in the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll marking all but two weeks there have been five teams in the top 25 this season. In addition to UO, OSU and Stanford, UTAH is coming in at No. 17/20 and ARIZONA STATE is No. 20/18. The Utes, who host UCLA (winners of four in a row) and USC (two-game winning streak), have equaled its overall win total from all of last season and needs one victory to equal its league win total from all of last season. The Sun Devils take their two-game win streak on the road.
• California’s Kristine Anigwe was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after posting back-to-back 20-point, 20-rebound games last week, leading the Bears to an upset of Stanford. She is the only player in the country to post back-to-back 20-20 games.
• USC’s Shalexxus Aaron was tabbed Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after helping the Trojans to a pair of wins last week, including a 28-point performance with the help of six threes.
• Five Pac-12 women’s basketball players were named to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, leading all conferences. Oregon leads with multiple players named - Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard. Cal’s Kristine Anigwe, Oregon State’s Destiny Slocum and Stanford’s Alanna Smith were also named to the national player of the year watch list.
• Oregon’s Satou Sabally and OSU’s Slocum were added to the 41-member WBCA Wade Watch List. In its 42nd year, the Wade Trophy is the oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award in college women’s basketball. Cal’s Anigwe, UO’s Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard, and Stanford’s Alanna Smith were already on the list. The Ducks one of three teams to have at least three players on the watch list.
PAC-12 IN THE POLLS
Five Pac-12 teams have been ranked in the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches polls in all but two weeks of the season, including the preseason polls. Three league teams earned top-10 rankings in the preseason polls, a first in the league’s history. On Dec. 17, six Pac-12 teams were ranked in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll for just the third time in league history and second time in two years. The last time six teams were in the national coaches poll was the preseason ranking released prior to the 2017-18 and 2006-07 campaigns.
SEVEN PAC-12 TEAMS IN LATEST BRACKETOLOGY
ESPNW’s Charlie Creme latest bracketology projects seven Pac-12 teams in the NCAA Tournament teams based on results as of Feb. 3. He has moved Oregon up to the No. 1 line, Stanford is a No. 2 seed and Oregon State a No. 3 seed, which would give them all the right to host first- and second-round games. Arizona State, California, UCLA and Utah are all in his field of 64 this week.
NO EASY ROAD FOR PAC-12 TEAMS
Pac-12 teams have faced some of the toughest schedules in the country with nine of the 12 rankings among the top 56-toughest in the country (based on NCAA metrics, as of Feb. 4), including five in the top 21. Arizona State has faced the fourth-toughest in the country, while Washington State and Stanford’s slates are ranked No. 8 and No. 9.
It does not get much easier in the second half of league play with four of the top-six toughest future schedules belonging to Pac-12 teams, including Oregon State (second-toughest), UCLA (4th), Oregon (5th) and USC (6th). 10 of the 12 future Pac-12 schedules are ranked among the top 43.
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)
|Teams||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
|Thursday, Feb. 7|
|#20/18 Arizona State at Washington State||Live Stream||7 p.m. PT|
|Arizona at Washington||Live Stream||7 p.m. PT|
|Friday, Feb. 8|
|#7/10 Oregon State at #11/11 Stanford||P12N||6 p.m. PT|
|UCLA at Colorado||P12LA||6 p.m. PT|
|USC at #17/20 Utah||P12M||6 p.m. PT|
|#3/3 Oregon at California||P12N||8 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, Feb. 9|
|Arizona at Washington State||P12N||12 p.m. PT|
|#20/18 Arizona State at Washington||Live Stream||2 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Feb 10|
|UCLA at #17/20 Utah||P12N||11 a.m. PT|
|USC at Colorado||Live Stream||12 p.m. PT|
|#7/10 Oregon State at California||P12N||1 p.m. PT|
|#3/3 Oregon at #11/11 Stanford||ESPN2||1 p.m. PT|
2018-19 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ROAD TO TAMPA
Teams across the country will be focused on getting to Tampa this season, the site of the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four on April 5 and 7. To get to Tampa, Fla., teams will have to go through regional sites in Albany, N.Y., Chicago, Greensboro, N.C., and Portland, Ore., where the Oregon State Beavers are hosts Regional play takes place from March 29-April 1, with specific dates to be announced. The first and second round of the tournament will take place on 16 campus sites with the top-16 seeds hosting, March 22-25, 2019. The top 64 teams will learn their fates in the broadcast of the annual selection show on Monday, March 18, 2019.
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