Oregon, Colorado still alive in postseason for Pac-12 Men's Basketball

Samuel Marshall

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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:

2 - Two Pac-12 teams remain alive in the 2019 postseason:

  • OREGON: The No. 12 seed in NCAA Tournament South Regional advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last four seasons, fourth time under coach Dana Altman (2013, 2016, 2017, 2019) and ninth time in program history. The Ducks are seeking their seventh Elite 8 appearance, third Final Four (1939, 2017) trip and second NCAA Championship (1939).
  • COLORADO: The No. 4 seed making its 11th all-time NIT appearance advanced to the round of 8 for the third time in program history (1991, 2011, 2019). The Buffaloes are seeking their fifth-ever NIT trip to Madison Square Garden (1938, 1940, 1991, 2011) and second NIT title (1940).

6 - The Pac-12 has advanced a team to the Sweet 16 in six of the past seven seasons. The ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and SEC are the only leagues to have a Sweet 16 team each of the last seven seasons. 

  • Should Oregon advance to the Elite 8, it would mark the fifth time in the last six seasons the Pac-12 advanced a team to the Regional Final. Only the ACC could match that total.

6-2 - Four Pac-12 postseason teams have combined for a 6-2 record (.750) through two rounds of tourney play.

  • Among the 11 leagues with multiple NCAA Tournament participants, the Pac-12 is second in terms of 6-2 combined (NCAA, NIT, CBI) postseason win percentage trailing only the ACC (13-3, .813).

10 - OREGON is tied with Auburn for the nation’s longest active win streak at 10 consecutive games after the Ducks halted what was the longest stretch in the country by ending UC Irvine’s 17-game win streak.

  • Oregon is allowing just 54.2 points, 34.9% FG and 23.0% 3FG during its 10-game win streak, lowering its season scoring defense from 65.5 to a league-leading and NCAA 12th-best 62.5 in the process.

331 - WASHINGTON’s Matisse Thybulle, among four finalists for Naismith Trophy Defensive Player of the Year, concluded his career with 331 steals, the most in Pac-12 history and 17th-most in NCAA Division I history.

  • Thybulle recorded 126 steals this season, the most in a season in Conference history and 10th-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, 3.50) and blocks (19th, 2.28).
  • Since 1992-93, Thybulle is the only NCAA Division I player with multiple 100-steal/40-block seasons and the only player with 120+ steals and 80+ blocks in a season and 300+ steals and 150+ blocks in a career.

PAC-12 TIPOFF:

FOUR TO 23 WINS: With COLORADO’s NIT second-round victory, the Pac-12 now has four teams to reach the 23-win plateau for the sixth consecutive season and seventh time since expanding to 12 teams eight season ago in 2011-12.

  • Prior to expansion, the league had four teams reach 23 wins only twice (2000-01, 2006-07).
  • The league-high for 23-win teams came in 2011-12 with six.
  • Should Colorado advance to the NIT Championship game, the Pac12 would have three 25-win teams for just the eighth time in Conference history.

SIDELINE REPORT: Pac-12 sidelines will have a different look in 2019-20 as three head coach positions are currently vacant across the league - CALIFORNIA, UCLA and WASHINGTON STATE.

  • It marks the first time since 2014- 15 that the Conference will have three new head coaches.
  • Two Pac-12 coaches recently signed contract extensions in OREGON’s Dana Altman (through 2025- 26) and WASHINGTON’s Mike Hopkins (through 2024-25).

1, 2, 3 in 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.

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

1. 331 - MATISSE THYBULLE, WASH, 2016-PRES 
2. 321 - Gary Payton, OSU, 1986-90
3. 298 - Brevin Knight, STAN, 1994-97 

Single-Season Steals List

1. 126 - 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
Washington 15-3 27-9
Arizona State 12-6 23-11
Utah 11-7 17-14
Oregon 10-8 25-12
Colorado 10-8 23-12
Oregon State 10-8 18-13
UCLA 9-9 17-16
Arizona 8-10 17-15
USC 8-10 16-17
Stanford 8-10 15-16
Washington State 4-14 11-21
California 3-15 8-23

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)

Wednesday, March 27 Site TV Time
NIT: 4-COLORADO at 2-Texas Austin, Texas ESPN2 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 28 Site TV Time
NCAA Tournament: 12-OREGON vs. 1-#2 Virginia Louisville, Ky. TBS approx. 6:59 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 Site TV Time
*NCAA Tournament: 12-OREGON vs. 2-#6 Tennessee/3-#13 Purdue Louisville, Ky. TBD TBD
Tuesday, April 2 Site TV Time
*NIT: 4-COLORADO vs. 1-TCU/2-Creighton New York City, N.Y. TBD TBD

* - if team advances


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
March 4 Jaylen Hands, So., UCLA
March 11 Tyler Bey, So., Colorado

2018-19 PAC-12 AWARDS

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


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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