Pac-12 Men's Basketball seeks to maintain momentum from strong opening week

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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:

.947 - Pac-12 Men’s Basketball’s .947 non-conference winning percentage (18-1) through the opening week of the 2019-20 season is the second-best of any league in the country, trailing only the Big East (18-0). 
• Includes the Pac-12 China Game non-conference matchup between Colorado and Arizona State.

2 - UTAH’s Both Gach (12p/10r/10a) and Rylan Jones (10p/10r/11a) became the first teammates in Pac-12 history to record triple-doubles in the same game Nov. 8 versus Mississippi Valley. They are the first NCAA Division I duo to accomplish  the feat in Stats Perform’s database dating to 1996-97.
• Jones became just the second freshman in Pac-12 history to record a triple-double (Jelani McCoy, UCLA vs. Maryland, 12/9/95 - 15p/10r/11b)

3-0 - The Pac-12 posted a 3-0 mark versus opponents from other major conferences on opening week as WASHINGTON upset then #16 Baylor, OREGON STATE topped Iowa State and ARIZONA rolled past Illinois. The league totaled seven  such victories during the 2018-19 regular season.

4 - The Pac-12 boasts four AP Top 25 teams this week, tied for the most of any conference in the country. 
• The four ranked programs are the most for the league since Jan. 9, 2017 - a span of 50 polls.
• Colorado appears in the AP poll for the first time since Jan. 13, 2014.

94 - UTAH’s 94-point margin of victory against Mississippi Valley (143-49) on Nov. 8 marked the largest against a Division I opponent in NCAA history. 
• The Utes’ 143 points established a new program record for points in a game.

PAC-12 TIPOFF: 

WOODEN WATCH: The Pac-12 leads all conferences with eight standouts on the preseason top-50 watch list for the John R. Wooden Award:
Nico Mannion, Arizona
McKinley Wright IV, Colorado
Payton Pritchard, Oregon
Tres Tinkle, Oregon State
Nick Rakocevic, USC
Jaden McDaniels, Washington
Isaiah Stewart, Washington
CJ Elleby, Washington State

TOP DUCK: With a victory over Fresno State in OREGON’s season opener, Dana Altman became the winningest coach in program history with 236 wins with the Ducks (now 237).
• Altman ranks 17th all-time in Conference history (237 wins), while ARIZONA’s Sean Miller ranks 12th (266).

NEW SLATE FILLED WITH TOUGH GAMES: 
Pac-12 teams in non-conference play in 2018-19:
• Will play at least 60 games against teams that participated in the postseason in 2019, including at least 35 against opponents from the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
• 34 home games against teams in the 2019 postseason, including 16 against teams from the 2019 NCAA Tournament field highlighted by visits from Gonzaga, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota, Saint Mary’s and Temple.
• The Pac-12 will also be heavily tested away from home during non-conference play with 26 scheduled road or neutral contests against 2019 postseason teams, including five true road matchups versus 2019 NCAA Tournament teams with trips to Baylor, Kansas, Michigan and Nevada.
• Will play at least 23 opponents that won a conference title (regular season or tournament) in 2018-19.


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona 0-0 2-0
Oregon 0-0 2-0
Oregon State 0-0 2-0
Stanford 0-0 2-0
UCLA 0-0 2-0
USC 0-0 2-0
Utah 0-0 2-0
California 0-0 1-0
Colorado 0-0 1-0
Washington 0-0 1-0
Washington State 0-0 1-0
Arizona State 0-0 0-1

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)

Tuesday, Nov. 12 TV Time
Memphis vs. #14 OREGON (1) ESPN 6:00 p.m. PT
Long Beach State at STANFORD PAC12 6:00 p.m. PT
Mount St. Mary's at #20 WASHINGTON PAC12 6:00 p.m. PT
South Dakota State at USC PAC12 7:00 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON STATE at Santa Clara TBD 7:00 p.m. PT
UNLV at CALIFORNIA PAC12 8:00 p.m. PT
Oklahoma vs. OREGON STATE (1) ESPN2 8:00 p.m. PT
Thursday, Nov. 14    
San Jose State at #19 ARIZONA PAC12 5:00 p.m. PT
Central Connecticut State at ARIZONA STATE PAC12 7:00 p.m. PT
Friday, Nov. 15    
Minnesota at UTAH PAC12 6:00 p.m. PT
Cal Baptist at CALIFORNIA PAC12 7:00 p.m. PT
UNLV at UCLA PAC12 8:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Nov. 16    
#14 OREGON STATE at Wyoming Stadium/Facebook 6:00 p.m. PT
USC at Nevada CBSSN 8:00 p.m. PT
Tennessee vs. #20 WASHINGTON (2) ESPN+/TSN 2:00 p.m. PT
San Diego at #25 COLORADO PAC12 7:00 p.m. PT
Santa Clara at STANFORD PAC12 7:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, Nov. 17    
New Mexico State at #19 ARIZONA PAC12 11:00 a.m. PT
Idaho State at WASHINGTON STATE PAC12 1:00 p.m. PT
Rider at ARIZONA STATE PAC12 3:00 p.m. PT
UT Arlington at #14 OREGON PAC12 5:00 p.m. PT
UC Irvine at #25 COLORADO PAC12 6:00 p.m. PT
Prairie View A&M at CALIFORNIA PAC12 7:00 p.m. PT
Southern Utah at UCLA PAC12 8:00 p.m. PT
Monday, Nov. 18    
UC Irvine at #25 COLORADO PAC12 6:00 p.m. PT
Prairie View A&M at CALIFORNIA PAC12 7:00 p.m. PT
Southern Utah at UCLA PAC12 8:00 p.m. PT

1- Phil Knight Invitational, Portland, Ore.; 2 - James Naismith Classic, Toronto, Canada 

PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Week of Player Freshman
Nov. 11 Tres Tinkle, Sr., Oregon State Zeke Nnaji, Fr., Arizona
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