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.

PAC-12 TIPOFF:

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)

  1. 321 - Gary Payton, OSU, 1986-90
  2. 301 - MATISSE THYBULLE, WASH, 2016-PRES
  3. 298 - Brevin Knight, STAN, 1994-97 

Single-Season Steals List

  1. 110 - Jason Kidd, CAL 1993
  2. 101 - Matisse Thybulle, WASH, 2018
  3. 100 - Gary Payton, OSU, 1990
  4. 96 - MATISSE THYBULLE, WASH, 2019
  5. 95 - Jordan Adams, UCLA, 2014; Gary Payton II, OSU, 2015

Single-Seaon FG Pct. (3 FGM/GM)

  1.   .756 - Jelani McCoy, UCLA, 1997
  2.   .746  - Steve Johnson, OSU, 1981
  3.   .710 - Steve Johnson, OSU, 1980
  4.   .702 - Mark McNamara, CAL, 1982
  5.   .701 - JOSH SHARMA, STAN, 2019

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Washington 13-1 22-5
Arizona State 10-5 19-8
Oregon State 9-5 17-9
Utah 9-6 15-12
UCLA 8-7 15-13
USC 8-7 15-13
Colorado 7-8 16-11
Arizona 7-8 16-12
Stanford 7-8 14-13
Oregon 6-8 15-12
Washington State 4-10 11-16
California 0-15 5-22

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

 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
Feb. 25 Matisse Thybulle, Sr., Washington

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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