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Ranked showdown tips off Week 2 of Pac-12 Men's Basketball league play

Jan 7, 2020


3 x NPOY - Several national media outlets have revealed their National Player of the Year midseason watch lists, with three Pac-12 standouts in contention highlighted by OREGON's Payton Pritchard among the top-3 (Stadium - 2nd; The Athletic - 3rd).
• WASHINGTON’s Isaiah Stewart (The Athletic - T-10th; Stadium - 12th) and OREGON STATE’s Tres Tinkle (Stadium - 19th) are also among Pac-12 players receiving NPOY consideration.
• All three appeared on 3-of-4 major preseason NPOY watch lists (Wooden, Naismith, Robertson, NABC).

6 x Top 50 - As of Jan. 7, the Pac-12 boasts six teams ranked inside the top 50 of the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) - tied for the second-most in the nation.
• The Pac-12 also has nine top-75 NET teams, tied for the second-most nationally.

9 x 10 - The Pac-12 is 1-of-3 conferences in the country with a national-best nine teams with double-digit victories (Big East, Big Ten).
• It equals the earliest point in a season the Conference had nine teams reach double-digit victories, along with the conclusion of the first league week of the 2015-16 campaign.

#9 vs. #24 - The second week of Pac-12 Conference play again will feature 10 games, again highlighted by a marquee Thursday night matchup as #9 OREGON hosts #24 ARIZONA on ESPN.
• It will mark the first Conference clash of AP Top 25 teams since Feb. 15, 2018 (#17 Arizona 77, #25 Arizona State 70).
• It’s also the first ranked matchup in the series since the seventh-ranked Wildcats edged the fifth-ranked Ducks, 83-80, in the 2017 Pac-12 Tournament title game.

13.1 - Through 10 league games as of Jan. 7, the average scoring margin is 13.1 points.
• 5 games have been decided by single digits
• 1 game has been decided by one possession (3 pts. or less)
• 1 overtime game (1 total OT period)

ROAD SWEEPS: As the opening week of Conference play illustrated, road sweeps have been difficult to come by - just 52 in total in 388 tries - since the Pac-12 expanded prior to the 2011-12 season.

ARIZ/ASU - swept 5 times, most recently by WSU in 2018-19.
ORE/OSU - swept 6 times, most recently by WASH in 2018-19.
COLO/UTAH - swept 7 times, most recently by OSU in 2018-19.
UCLA/USC - swept 9 times, most recently by COLO in 2018-19.
CAL/STAN - swept 9 times, most recently by UTAH in 2018-19.
WASH/WSU - swept 16 times, most recently by ORE in 2018-19.

A school-by-school total of road sweeps in the Pac-12 era:
ARIZ - 1
ORE - 10
UTAH - 7
CAL - 6
USC - 3
COLO - 2
ASU - 0

NON-CONFERENCE REBOUND: The Pac-12 enjoyed one of its best non-conference seasons in recent history in 2019-20.
• .739 Division I non-conference win percentage, best for the league since 2015-16.
• Seven teams with 10+ non-conference wins, tied for the most nationally (Big East)
• 11-8 non-conference record (.579) in true road games, the best mark by percentage among major conferences.

PAYTON’S PLACE: OREGON senior guard Payton Pritchard is the only player in the country averaging at least 18 points (18.7 ppg) on 50 percent  (50% FG) shooting along with five assists (5.9 apg) and four rebounds (4.4 rpg).
• Pritchard is 24 assists and 18 rebounds shy of becoming the first player in Conference history with 1,500 points, 600 assists and 500 rebounds in a career.

TRES’ RACE TO 2,000: OREGON STATE senior forward Tres Tinkle (1,937 points, 23rd) is 63 points shy of becoming the 16th member of the Conference’s 2,000-point club. Tinkle is also tied for 81st on the Conference’s career rebounds list (767).
• Tinkle is on pace to become only the fifth member of the league’s 2,000-point, 900-rebound club (Lew Alcindor-UCLA, Don MacLean-UCLA, Adam Keefe-STAN, Chris Welp-WASH).

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings) 

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Stanford 1-0 12-2
Arizona 1-0 11-3
Colorado 1-1 12-3
Oregon 1-1 12-3
USC 1-1 12-3
Oregon State 1-1 11-3
Washington 1-1 11-4
Utah 1-1 10-4
Washington State 1-1 10-5
UCLA 1-1 8-7
Arizona State 0-1 9-5
California 0-1 6-8

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Time Pacific - Expanded Schedule)

Thursday, Jan. 9 TV Time
#24 Arizona at #9 Oregon ESPN 6:00 p.m. PT
Washington at Stanford FS1 6:00 p.m. PT
Washington State at California PAC12 7:30 p.m. PT
Arizona State at Oregon State ESPNU 8:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Jan. 11    
Washington State at Stanford PAC12 3:00 p.m. PT
Washington at California PAC12 5:00 p.m. PT
USC at UCLA ESPN2 7:00 p.m. PT
Arizona State at #9 Oregon PAC12 7:30 p.m. PT
Sunday, Jan. 12    
Utah at #25 Colorado ESPNU 3:00 p.m. PT
#24 Arizona at Oregon State FS1 7:00 p.m. PT


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
Dec. 16 Payton Pritchard, Sr., Oregon Onyeka Okongwu, USC
Dec. 23 Timmy Allen, So., Utah Isaiah Stewart, Washington
Dec. 30 Chris Duarte, Jr., Oregon Isaiah Stewart, Washington
Jan. 6 McKinley Wright IV, Jr., Colorado Isaiah Stewart, Washington


Week of Award - Recipient
Dec. 17 NABC Team of the Week - Oregon
Dec. 17 USBWA National Player of the Week - Payton Pritchard, ORE
Dec. 17 CBS Sports/USBWA National Freshman of the Week - Onyeka Okongwu, USC
Dec. 24 CBS Sports/USBWA National Freshman of the Week - Isaiah Stewart, WASH