Jockeying for tourney byes, seeds on tap in tight Pac-12 Men's Basketball race
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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:
.409 - Pac-12 road teams are 36-52 (.409) through 88 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.
+3.5 - WASHINGTON’s current 3.5-game lead in the Pac-12 standings is the second-largest league lead in the nation (WCC - +4.0).
- UW has clinched at least a share of the Conference crown and a Pac-12 Tournament first-round bye, and can now win the title outright and secure the No. 1 seed with any victory in its final four league games, or any losses by both Arizona State and Oregon State.
- The largest league margin in the 18-game format is five games (1988, 1993, 2004), while the 1984 title was won by four games.
9 - Nine teams are still in contention for three remaining first-round byes in the Pac-12 Tournament.
- 11-of-12 seeds are still to be determined over the final two weeks of the regular season.
11.9 - Through 88 league games as of Feb. 24, the average scoring margin is 11.9 points.
- 37 games have been decided by single digits
- 11 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)
301... - WASHINGTON’s Matisse Thybulle, among 10 semifinalists for Naismith Trophy Defensive Player of the Year, has 301 career steals, the most of any active player in NCAA Division I and second-most in Pac-12 history.
- At 3.56 spg, Thybulle would need six more games to reach Gary Payton’s all-time Pac-12 Conference mark and NCAA Division I’s 26th-best total of 321.
- Thybulle also has 96 steals this season, which is the fourth-most in a season in Conference history. He would need four games at his current pace to reach Jason Kidd’s single-season mark of 110 set in 1992-93.
- Thybulle is the only D-I player in the top 50 nationally in both steals (1st, 3.56) and blocks (20th, 2.30).
- Since 1992-93, Thybulle is 1-of-2 players with multiple 90-steal/40-block seasons (Zakee Wadood, ETSU), and the only player with 300+ steals and 150+ blocks in a career.
DAWG DOUBLE: By securing at least a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title, Washington has entered rare company in terms of dual success on the hardwood and gridiron. Below are the 17 programs to capture both Pac-12 football (regular season 1916-2010, FCG 2011-pres.) and men’s basketball (regular season 1916-pres.) titles in the same season:
- 2018-19 - Washington (MBB share)
- 2001-02 - Oregon
- 1999-00 - Stanford (shared MBB)
- 1993-94 - Arizona (shared FB)
- 1984-85 - USC (shared MBB)
- 1982-83 - UCLA
- 1975-76 - UCLA (shared MBB)
- 1961-62 - UCLA
- 1958-59 - California
- 1957-58 - Oregon State (shared both)
- 1955-56 - UCLA
- 1939-40 - USC
- 1935-36 - Stanford (shared FB)
- 1929-30 - USC
- 1927-28 - USC (shared FB)
- 1923-24 - California
- 1920-21 - California (shared MBB)
UW is now seeking to become just the ninth team to capture outright crowns in both sports in the same season.
PAC-12 RECORDS WATCH:
Career Steals List (Min. 2 seasons)
- 321 - Gary Payton, OSU, 1986-90
- 301 - MATISSE THYBULLE, WASH, 2016-PRES
- 298 - Brevin Knight, STAN, 1994-97
Single-Season Steals List
- 110 - Jason Kidd, CAL 1993
- 101 - Matisse Thybulle, WASH, 2018
- 100 - Gary Payton, OSU, 1990
- 96 - MATISSE THYBULLE, WASH, 2019
- 95 - Jordan Adams, UCLA, 2014; Gary Payton II, OSU, 2015
Single-Seaon FG Pct. (3 FGM/GM)
- .756 - Jelani McCoy, UCLA, 1997
- .746 - Steve Johnson, OSU, 1981
- .710 - Steve Johnson, OSU, 1980
- .702 - Mark McNamara, CAL, 1982
- .701 - JOSH SHARMA, STAN, 2019
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)
|Teams||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)
|Thursday, Feb. 28||TV||Time|
|Arizona at Oregon State*||FS1||6 p.m.|
|USC at UCLA*||ESPN||6 p.m.|
|Washington State at Stanford*||PAC12||6 p.m.|
|Arizona State at Oregon*||PAC12||8 p.m.|
|#25 Washington at California*||FS1||8 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 2||TV||Time|
|Utah at Colorado*||ESPNU||3 p.m.|
|Washington State at California*||PAC12||4 p.m.|
|Arizona at Oregon*||ESPN2||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, March 3||TV||Time|
|#25 Washington at Stanford*||ESPN2||1 p.m.|
|Arizona State at Oregon State*||ESPNU||5 p.m.|
* Pac-12 Game
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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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