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Top-10 showdown highlights loaded weekend for Pac-12 Men's Basketball

Dec 10, 2019

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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:
.766 - Pac-12 Men’s Basketball’s .766 Division I non-conference win percentage (82-25) through Dec. 9 games is third-best nationally, and remains on pace with the 2015-16 season (82-25) when the Conference sent a record seven teams to the NCAA Tournament.
• Pac-12 Men’s Basketball programs have combined to average 6.8 non-conference wins so far through Dec. 9 games, the second-most in the nation (Big East - 7.2).

7-1/8-1 - A pair of Pac-12 programs will put their notable season starts on the line this week:
• OREGON STATE - First 7-1 start since 1986-87, seeking first 8-1 start since 1984-85
• STANFORD - First 8-1 start since team opened 10-1 in 2011-12

5 - Five Pac-12 standouts were named to the USBWA’s Oscar Robertson Trophy National Player of the Year watch list on Dec. 5: ARIZONA’s Zeke Nnaji, COLORADO’s McKinley Wright IV, OREGON’s Payton Pritchard, OREGON STATE’s Tres Tinkle, and USC’s Nick Rakocevic.
• Wright IV, Pritchard and Tinkle have been named to all major NPOY watch lists (Wooden, Naismith, Robertson)

#10 vs. #5 - No. 10 OREGON travels to No. 5 Michigan on Saturday in the first regular season non-conference top-10 ranked showdown for a Pac-12 program since No. 4 ARIZONA beat No. 6 Duke, 72-66, on Nov. 29, 2013.
• The Ducks are the first Pac-12 team to appear in the AP top 10 since ARIZONA checked in at No. 9 in the Jan. 29, 2018 poll - a span of 32 polls.
• It will mark Oregon’s national-best fifth top 25 opponent so far this season (2-2).

17, 11, 9 - Pac-12 programs have combined to amass the following victory totals so far in 2019-20, already more than  - and in some cases double - the 2018-19 regular season:
• 17-12 vs. 2019 NCAA Tournament teams (8-25 vs. 2018 NCAA Tourney teams in 2018-19)
• 11-13 vs. Power 6 opponents (7-26 in 2018-19)
• 9-6 vs. Preseason league favorites (5-11 in 2018-19)

PAC-12 TIPOFF:
FOUR FACTORS: Pac-12 programs have combined to rank highly in NCAA Division I in the four efficiency factors. Below are the league’s national and Power 6 Conference ranks through Dec. 9 games:

Shooting - 2nd in NCAA, 1st among Power 6 (46% FG); 6th in NCAA, 2nd among Power 6 (35% 3FG)
Turnovers - 4th in NCAA, 2nd among Power 6 (12.9/gm)
Rebounding - 7th in NCAA, 4th among Power 6 (37.4 rebs/gm)
Free Throws - 2nd in NCAA, 1st among Power 6 (15.3 FTM/gm); 8th in NCAA, 2nd among Power 6 (70.9% FT)

BEAVER DAM: OREGON STATE senior Kylor Kelley leads NCAA Division I with 4.50 blocked shots per game through Dec. 9 games.
• In his 39 career games over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, Kelley leads Division I with 140 total blocks.
• Kelley led the Conference and finished second nationally with 3.35 blocks per game in 2018-19.

KEY NON-CONFERENCE WINS:
POWER 6 OPPONENTS (11-13)
at OREGON STATE 80, Iowa State 74
WASHINGTON 67, #16 Baylor 64 (Anchorage, Alaska)
COLORADO 81, ARIZONA STATE 71 (Shanghai, China)
at #19 ARIZONA 90, Illinois 69
at UTAH 73, Minnesota 69
ARIZONA STATE 80, St. John’s 67 (Uncasville, Conn.)
STANFORD 73, Oklahoma 54 (Kansas City, Mo.)
#21 COLORADO 71, Clemson 67 (Las Vegas, Nev.)
#11 OREGON 71, #13 Seton Hall 69 (Nassau, Bahamas)
#14 ARIZONA 73, Wake Forest 66 (Anaheim, Calif.)
USC 80, TCU 78 (Fort Worth, Texas)

PRESEASON CONFERENCE FAVORITES (9-6)
#14 OREGON 82, #13 Memphis 74 (Portland, Ore.)
at #23 COLORADO 69, UC Irvine 53
at CALIFORNIA 54, Prairie View A&M 50
at #19 ARIZONA 83, New Mexico State 53
at #11 OREGON 78, Houston 66
#11 OREGON 71, Seton Hall 69 (Nassau, Bahamas)
USC 77, Harvard 62 (Orlando, Fla.)
at WASHINGTON 90, Eastern Washington 80
WASHINGTON STATE 63, New Mexico State 54 (Spokane, Wash.)

2019 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS (17-12)
at OREGON STATE 80, Iowa State 74
WASHINGTON 67, #16 Baylor 64 (Anchorage, Alaska)
UTAH 79, at Nevada 74
COLORADO 81, ARIZONA STATE 71 (Shanghai, China)
at STANFORD 73, Montana 62
at CALIFORNIA 54, Prairie View A&M 50
at #19 ARIZONA 83, New Mexico State 53
at #23 COLORADO 69, UC Irvine 53
USC 76, at Nevada 66
at UTAH 73, Minnesota 69
at #25 WASHINGTON 73, Montana 56
ARIZONA STATE 80, St. John’s 67 (Uncasville, Conn.)
at #11 OREGON 78, Houston 66
STANFORD 73, Oklahoma 54 (Kansas City, Mo.)
WASHINGTON STATE 66, Old Dominion 50 (George Town, Cayman Islands)
#11 OREGON 71, #13 Seton Hall 69 (Nassau, Bahamas)
WASHINGTON STATE 63, New Mexico State 54 (Spokane, Wash.)


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona 0-0 9-1
Stanford 0-0 8-1
Colorado 0-0 7-1
Oregon State 0-0 7-1
USC 0-0 8-2
Oregon 0-0 7-2
Utah 0-0 7-2
Washington 0-0 7-2
Arizona State 0-0 6-2
UCLA 0-0 7-3
California 0-0 5-4
Washington State 0-0 5-4

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Time Pacific - Expanded Schedule)

Tuesday, Dec. 10 TV Time
Northern Iowa at #24 COLORADO PAC12 6:00 p.m. PT
Wednesday, Dec. 11    
Nebraska Omaha at #15 ARIZONA PAC12 5:00 p.m. PT
Prairie View A&M at ARIZONA STATE PAC12 7:00 p.m. PT
Fresno State at CALIFORNIA PAC12 7:00 p.m. PT
Friday, Dec. 13    
#24 COLORADO at Colorado State CBSSN 5:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Dec. 14    
#10 OREGON at #5 Michigan CBS 9:00 a.m. PT
UCLA at Notre Dame ABC 12:00 p.m. PT
Weber State vs. UTAH (1) PAC12 1:00 p.m. PT
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at OREGON STATE PAC12 3:00 p.m. PT
STANFORD at San Jose State CBSSN 4:00 p.m. PT
Georgia at ARIZONA STATE PAC12 5:00 p.m. PT
#6 Gonzaga at #15 ARIZONA ESPN2 7:00 p.m. PT
Saint Mary's at CALIFORNIA PAC12 7:30 p.m. PT
Sunday, Dec. 15    
UC Riverside at WASHINGTON STATE PAC12 1:30 p.m. PT
Long Beach State at USC PAC12 3:30 p.m. PT

1 - Beehive Classic, Salt Lake City, Utah


PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Week of Player Freshman
Nov. 11 Tres Tinkle, Sr., Oregon State Zeke Nnaji, Arizona
Nov. 18 Nick Rakocevic, Sr., USC Zeke Nnaji, Arizona
Nov. 25 Onyeka Okongwu, Fr., USC Onyeka Okongwu, USC
Dec. 2 Remy Martin, Jr., Arizona State Nico Mannion, Arizona
Dec. 9 Timmy Allen, So., Utah Isaiah Stewart, Washington