Packed standings, Apple Cup and Civil War headline this week in Pac-12 Men's Basketball
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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:
.454 - Pac-12 road teams went 8-4 last week and are 30-36 (.454) through 66 league games.
- The Conference’s best single-season win percentage for road teams under the 18-game format came in 2007-08 at 42-48 (.467).
+3.0 - WASHINGTON’s current 3.0-game lead in the Pac-12 standings is tied as the largest league lead in the nation (Southland).
- Two games separate nine teams between second and 10th place in the Pac-12 standings, which marks the most teams separated by the fewest games of any conference in the country.
3 & 1 - A Pac-12 student-athlete and team combined for four national weekly awards stemming from last week’s performances:
- Robert Franks, WASHINGTON STATE - NCAA.com, Naismith Trophy & USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week.
- UTAH - NABC Division I Team of the Week
4 - Four Pac-12 standouts were named final 10 candidates for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Starting 5:
- Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year: Jaylen Nowell, WASHINGTON
- Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year: Tres Tinkle, OREGON STATE; KZ Okpala, STANFORD
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year: Moses Brown, UCLA
12.3 - Through 66 league games as of Feb. 10, the average scoring margin is 12.3 points.
- 26 games have been decided by single digits
- 7 games have been decided by one possession (3 pts. or less)
- 4 overtime games (4 total OT periods)
- 1 game decided on teams final possession (P. Van Dyke - UTAH at UCLA)
ROAD SWEEPS: They’ve been difficult to come by - just 51 in total - since the Pac-12 expanded prior to the 2011-12 season. There have been eight road sweeps accomplished in the Pac-12 so far this season, two shy of the record of 10 set in 2016-17:
- ARIZ at CAL/STAN
- COLO at UCLA/USC
- OSU at COLO/UTAH
- UTAH at CAL/STAN & UCLA/USC
- WASH at ORE/OSU & COLO/UTAH
- WSU at ARIZ/ASU
UTAH and WASHINGTON are now seeking to join Arizona in 2014-15 and 2016-17, and UCLA in 2016-17 to post three road sweeps in a Pac-12 season.
A school-by-school total of road sweeps in the Pac-12 era:
- ARIZ - 13
- ORE - 9
- UTAH - 7
- CAL - 6
- UCLA, WASH - 4
- USC - 3
- COLO - 2
- OSU, STAN, WSU - 1
- ASU - 0
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 the only NCAA Division I player ranked in the top 25 nationally in both steals and blocks (3.29 spg - 1st, 2.21 bpg - T-25th) and one of only two in the top 100 (Zion Williamson, Duke).
- Kelley ranks second in NCAA D-I with 3.48 blocks per game.
PAC-12 RECORDS WATCH:
Career Steals List (Min. 2 seasons)
- 321 - Gary Payton, OSU, 1986-90
- 298 - Brevin Knight, STAN, 1994-97
- 284 - 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. 13||TV||Time|
|UCLA at California*||PAC12||7 p.m.|
|Arizona State at Colorado*||FS1||7:30 p.m.|
|USC at Stanford*||ESPNU||8 p.m.|
|Thursday, Feb. 14||TV||Time|
|Arizona at Utah*||ESPNU||6 p.m.|
|Saturday, Feb. 16||TV||Time|
|USC at California*||PAC12||5 p.m.|
|Washington at Washington State*||ESPNU||5 p.m.|
|Arizona State at Utah*||FS1||7 p.m.|
|UCLA at Stanford*||ESPN2||7 p.m.|
|Oregon at Oregon State*||PAC12||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, Feb. 17||TV||Time|
|Arizona at Colorado*||ESPNU||5 p.m.|
* Pac-12 Game
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
NCAA.com Team of the Week:
Arizona State (Dec. 24)
Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week:
Robert Franks, Washington State (Feb. 11)
USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week:
Robert Franks, Washington State (Feb. 12)
NABC Division I Team of the Week:
Utah (Feb. 12)
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