Race for Conference crown, tourney byes heats up in Pac-12 Men's Basketball

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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:

.447 - Pac-12 road teams are 34-42 (.447) through 76 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). The best road win percentage in the Pac-12 era is .398 (43-65) in 2012-13.

+3.0 - WASHINGTON’s current 3.0-game lead in the Pac-12 standings is tied for the second-largest league lead in the nation (SoCon - +3.5, WAC - +3.0).

  • The Huskies can clinch at least a share of the Conference crown this weekend with favorable league results. It would be the 12th regular-season title in program history and first since 2011-12.
  • 3.5-games separate nine teams between second and 10th place in the Pac-12 standings, tied with Conference USA and the Sun Belt for the most teams separated by the fewest games among the 32 leagues.

12.0 - Through 76 league games as of Feb. 17, the average scoring margin is 12.0 points.

  • 32 games have been decided by single digits
  • 9 games have been decided by one possession (3 pts. or less)
  • 5 overtime games (5 total OT periods)
  • 1 game decided on teams final possession (P. Van Dyke - UTAH at UCLA)

18 & 10 - The two longest series win streaks in the Pac-12 will be on the line this week:

  • ARIZONA hosts STANFORD on Sunday having won 18 consecutive meetings dating to 2009.
  • UTAH welcomes WASHINGTON STATE on Saturday with a streak of 10 straight series victories dating to 2014.

289... - WASHINGTON’s Matisse Thybulle enters the week with 289 career steals, the most of any active player in NCAA Division I and third-most in Pac-12 history

  • At 3.36 spg, Thybulle would need 10 more games to reach Gary Payton’s all-time Pac-12 Conference mark and NCAA Division I’s 26th-best total of 321.

PAC-12 TIPOFF:

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 30 nationally in both steals and blocks (3.36 spg - 1st, 2.12 bpg - T-27th) and one of only two in the top 100 (Zion Williamson, Duke).
  • Kelley ranks second in NCAA D-I with 3.46 blocks per game.
  • At 3.36 spg and 289 career steals, Thybulle would need 10 more games to match Gary Payton’s all-time Pac-12 Conference mark of 321.

PAC-12 RECORDS WATCH:
Career Steals List (Min. 2 seasons)

  1. 321 - Gary Payton, OSU, 1986-90
  2. 298 - Brevin Knight, STAN, 1994-97
  3. 289 - MATISSE THYBULLE, WASH, 2016-PRES

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Washington 11-1 20-5
Oregon State 8-4 16-8
Arizona State 8-5 17-8
Utah 8-5 14-11
Colorado 7-6 16-9
Stanford 7-6 14-11
USC 7-6 14-12
Oregon 6-6 15-10
UCLA 6-7 13-13
Arizona 5-8 14-12
Washington State 3-9 10-15
California 0-13 5-20

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)

Wednesday, Feb. 20 TV Time
Stanford at Arizona State* ESPN2 6 p.m.
Colorado at Washington State* PAC12 7 p.m.
Utah at Washington* FS1 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21 TV Time
California at Arizona* FS1 6 p.m.
Oregon at USC* ESPN 6 p.m.
Oregon State at UCLA* FS1 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23 TV Time
Oregon State at USC* PAC12 3 p.m.
Utah at Washington State* PAC12 5 p.m.
Oregon at UCLA* ESPN2 7 p.m.
Colorado at Washington* PAC12 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24 TV Time
California at Arizona State* PAC12 3 p.m.
Stanford at Arizona* ESPNU 5 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
Feb. 4 Tres Tinkle, R-Jr., Oregon State
Feb. 11 Robert Franks, Sr., Washington State
Feb. 18 Josh Sharma, Sr., Stanford

NATIONAL HONORS 

NCAA.com Player of the Week:
Luguentz Dort, Arizona State (Nov. 26)
Robert Franks, Washington State (Feb. 11)

NCAA.com Team of the Week:
Arizona State (Dec. 24)

Naismith 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 NCAA Division I Team of the Week:
Utah (Feb. 12)
 

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