Postseason play begins this week for Pac-12 Men's Basketball quartet
#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:
3 - Three Pac-12 teams earned bids to the 2019 NCAA Tournament:
- ARIZONA STATE: No. 11 seed in West Regional, 16th all-time appearance
- OREGON: No. 12 seed in South Regional, 16th all-time appearance, 1939 NCAA champions, 2017 Final Four
- WASHINGTON: No. 9 seed in Midwest Regional, 17th all-time appearance, 1953 Final Four
4 - Four Pac-12 teams earned postseason berths in total as COLORADO was an at-large selection for the 2019 National Invitation Tournament.
- It marks the 11th NIT appearance for Colorado, which won the 1940 NIT and is 12-9 overall in the event.
1, 2, 3, 4 - OREGON became only the second team in Pac-12 Tournament history to win four games in four days on its way to the Conference tournament title, joining Colorado in 2012.
- The Ducks are the first program to knock off the tournament’s top three seeds - No. 1 seed Washington (68-48), No. 2 seed Arizona State (79-75 OT), No. 3 seed Utah (66-54) - en route to the Conference’s tourney title and automatic bid.
1-of-6 - OREGON’s Payton Pritchard became the sixth player to earn Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player accolades after not making a postseason All-Conference team.
- Pritchard averaged 16.3 points, 5.5 assists (22 assts/4 to), 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and was a tournament-best +60 when on the floor.
- Pritchard joined Brandon Ashley, ARIZ (2015); Johnathan Loyd, ORE (2013); DeMar DeRozan, USC (2009); Tajuan Porter, ORE (2007); Matt Muehlebach, ARIZ (1990).
322... - WASHINGTON’s Matisse Thybulle, among four finalists for Naismith Trophy Defensive Player of the Year, has 322 career steals, the most in Pac-12 history and 26th-most in NCAA Division I history.
- Thybulle has 117 steals this season, the most in a season in Conference history and 19th-most in a season in NCAA Division I history.
- Thybulle is the only D-I player in the top 50 nationally in both steals (1st, 3.44) and blocks (20th, 2.26).
- Since 1992-93, Thybulle is the only NCAA Division I player with multiple 100-steal/40-block seasons and the only player with 300+ steals and 150+ blocks in a career.
HUSKIES HISTORY: Pac-12 regular-season champion WASHINGTON became the first team to sweep the Conference’s Player (Jaylen Nowell), Defensive Player (Matisse Thybulle) and Coach (Mike Hopkins) of the Year awards in the same season.
- Thybulle became just the second player to repeat as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year along with OREGON STATE’s Gary Payton II (2015, 2016).
- Hopkins became the first in Conference history to garner Coach of the Year honors in each of his first two years with a school.
DEVILS DANCING BACK-TO-BACK: ARIZONA STATE snapped a 38-year drought of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with a second straight at-large berth. ASU last repeated in 1980- 81.
- It snapped the fifth-longest streak among major conference programs without consecutive appearances (Northwestern, TCU, Penn State, Rutgers).
DEFENSIVE DUCKS: OREGON enters the NCAA Tournament on an eight-game win streak, tied as the longest of any major conference program in the country along with SEC champion Auburn.
- During their eight-game win streak, the Ducks are allowing just 54.3 points per game.
- During the Pac-12 Tournament, the Ducks allowed just 57.0 points per game including a Championship game record-low 48 against Washington.
PAC-12 RECORDS WATCH:
Career Steals List (Min. 2 seasons)
1. 322 - MATISSE THYBULLE, WASH, 2016-PRES
2. 321 - Gary Payton, OSU, 1986-90
3. 298 - Brevin Knight, STAN, 1994-97
Single-Season Steals List
1. 117 - MATISSE THYBULLE, WASH, 2019
2. 110 - Jason Kidd, CAL 1993
3. 101 - Matisse Thybulle, WASH, 2018
4. 100 - Gary Payton, OSU, 1990
Single-Season 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. .681 - Jakob Poeltl, UTAH, 2015
6. .676 - Todd MacCulloch, WASH, 1997
.676 - Jelani McCoy, UCLA, 1996
8. .673 - JOSH SHARMA, STAN, 2019
Single-Season Blocked Shots List
1. 133 - Jordan Bachynski, ASU, 2014
2. 120 - Jordan Bachynski, ASU, 2013
3. 115 - Mario Bennett, ASU, 1995
4. 113 - Rodger Farrington, ASU, 1997
5. 110 - Chris Boucher, ORE, 2016
6. 104 - KYLOR KELLEY, OSU, 2019
7. 102 - Jelani McCoy, UCLA, 1996
102 Loren Woods, ARIZ, 2000
Single-Season Blocked Shots List (Freshman)
1. 102 - Jelani McCoy, UCLA, 1996
2. 94 - Jordan Bell, ORE, 2015
3. 92 - Kenny Wooten, ORE, 2018
4. 73 - Robin Lopez, STAN, 2007
5. 69 - Taj Gibson, USC, 2007
69 - Eric Moreland, OSU, 2012
7. 66 - Deandre Ayton, ARIZ, 2018
8. 63 - Jakob Poeltl, UTAH, 2015
9. 62 - MOSES BROWN, UCLA, 2019
10. 59 - Michael Stewart, CAL, 1994
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)
|Teams||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)
|Tuesday, March 19||Site||TV||Time|
|NIT - #4 COLORADO vs. #5 Dayton||Boulder, Colo.||ESPN2||8 p.m.|
|Wednesday, March 20||Site||TV||Time|
|NCAA Tournament - #11 ARIZONA STATE vs. #11 St. John’s||Dayton, Ohio||truTV||6:10 p.m.|
|Friday, March 22||Site||TV||Time|
|*NCAA Tournament - #11 ARIZONA STATE vs. #6 Buffalo||Tulsa, Okla.||TNT||approx. 1 p.m.|
|NCAA Tournament - #12 OREGON vs. #5 Wisconsin||San Jose, Calif.||TBS||approx. 1:30 p.m.|
|NCAA Tournament - #9 WASHINGTON vs. #8 Utah State||Columbus, Ohio||TNT||3:50 p.m.|
|Sunday, March 24||Site||TV||Time|
|*NCAA Tournament - #9 WASHINGTON vs. #1 North Carolina/#16 Iona||Columbus, Ohio||TBD||TBD|
|*NCAA Tournament - #11 ARIZONA STATE vs. #3 Texas Tech/#14 Northern Kentucky||Tulsa, Okla.||TBD||TBD|
|*NCAA Tournament - #12 OREGON vs. #4 Kansas State/#13 UC Irvine||San Jose, Calif.||TBD||TBD|
|Tuesday, March 19||Site||TV||Time|
|*NIT - #4 COLORADO vs. #1 Alabama/#8 Norfolk State||TBD||TBD||TBD|
* - if team advances
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jaylen Nowell, WASHINGTON
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Luguentz Dort, ARIZONA STATE
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Matisse Thybulle, WASHINGTON
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Tyler Bey, COLORADO
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR: Donnie Tillman, UTAH
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Stephen Thompson Jr., OREGON STATE
COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Hopkins, WASHINGTON
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)