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Tough road to date as Pac-12 Men's Basketball hits midpoint this week

Jan 28, 2020


The Inside Pac-12 Men's Basketball Podcast hosted by Mike Yam provides a new level of detail and nuanced insight into all things Pac-12 hoops, deep-diving into current conference play, Pac-12 alumni in the NBA, professional potential of current Pac-12 student-athletes, and much more. All-time Pac-12 scoring leader Don MacLean offers a unique perspective on the collegiate and professional basketball landscapes, stories from his career, and projections on student-athletes around the conference.
4 x NET 25 - As of Jan. 28, the Pac-12 boasts four teams ranked inside the top 25 - ARIZONA, OREGON,  COLORADO, STANFORD - of the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) - tied for the second-most in the nation.
• The Pac-12 also has six top-50 NET teams, the third-most nationally, and eight top-75 NET teams.
• Based on current NET rankings, Pac-12 programs have a combined 68 Quadrant 1 and 37 Quadrant 2 opportunities remaining in the regular season, including 12 Q1 and eight Q2 chances this week.
5 - According to the Jan. 28 Bracket Matrix, five Pac-12 teams are currently projected for 2020 NCAA Tournament berths along with two others receiving votes.
9 x Top 25 - COLORADO climbed to a season-high tying No. 20 in this week’s AP Top 25, setting a new program record with its ninth weekly appearance this season. The Buffaloes’ previous mark of eight weeks occurred in the 1996-97 season.
• No. 11 OREGON has appeared in all 13 polls this season, one shy of the second-most in program history (14 - 2006-07; 19 - 2016-17).
31-11 - Pac-12 home teams have compiled a 31-11 record so far in Conference play. It is currently the third-most difficult league to win on the road (Summit - 26-8 home record; Big Ten - 48-15).
• There have been six overtime games (seven total OT periods) through 42-of-108 league contests. The league’s single-season record is 13 OT games.
2,050 - OREGON STATE senior and Wooden Award Midseason Watch List member Tres Tinkle enters the week with 2,050 career points, which ranks 12th all-time in Conference history. Within striking distance this week are #11 Chris Welp (2,073; WASH, 1984-87), #10 Ron Lee (2,085; ORE, 1973-76), and #8 Reggie Miller (2,095; UCLA, 1984-87) and Jason Kapono (2,095; UCLA, 2000-03).
• Tinkle is also tied for 66th on the Conference’s career rebounds list (808) and 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).

ALL 12 WITH 2: It marks the earliest point in a season in a decade that all league teams have at least two Conference wins (1/14/10). This after the league saw all 12 teams secure a Conference win at the earliest point since expansion to an 18-game schedule in 1978-79 (1/9/20).

DISHING DUCK: OREGON senior and Wooden Award Midseason Watch List member Payton Pritchard enters the week with 609 career assists, 13th-most in Conference history and 27 shy of entering the league’s all-time top 10.
• Pritchard is the first player in Pac-12 men’s basketball history to reach 1,500 points (1,717), 600 assists and 500 rebounds (507) in a career.

REMY MARTIN 20: ARIZONA STATE’s Remy Martin is tied for the nation’s longest streak of 20-point games at seven, most recently 24 in the Sun Devils’ 22-point  comeback victory over ARIZONA last week.
• Martin is the first Conference player to open league play with six 20-point games since at least 1996-97.

A TROJAN ODYSSEY: USC opened league play 5-2 with five of its opening seven games on the road. Since Christmas, the Trojans have climbed 36 spots to No. 40 in the latest NET rankings.
• USC is 1-of-4 major conference teams with 5-or-more true road victories (Baylor, Kansas, Seton Hall) and subsequently ranks highly in results-based metrics ESPN Strength of Record (21) and KPI (22).

GETTING DEFENSIVE: As of Jan. 28, the Pac-12 has six teams ranked inside the top 50 in KenPom’s Adjusted Defensive Efficiency, tied for the second-most of any conference.
• In the KenPom Era dating back to 2001-02, the league has only once finished a season with six top-50 teams in AdjD (2013-14).

ROAD SWEEPS: As the opening weeks of Conference play have illustrated, road sweeps have proven difficult - none so far in 2019-20 and just 52 in total in 402 tries since the Pac-12 expanded for 2011-12.
• For the first time since expansion to the Pac-12, there were no January road sweeps in league play.

TRACKING LEAGUE PLAY: Through 42 league games as of Jan. 28, the average scoring margin is 12.4 points.
• 20 games have been decided by single digits
• 7 games has been decided by one possession (3 pts. or less)
• 6 overtime games (7 total OT periods)

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings) 

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Oregon 6-2 17-4
Colorado 5-2 16-4
USC 5-2 16-4
Stanford 4-2 15-4
Arizona 3-3 13-6
Arizona State 3-3 12-7
California 3-3 9-10
Utah 3-4 12-7
UCLA 3-4 10-10
Washington State 3-5 12-9
Oregon State 2-6 12-8
Washington 2-6 12-9

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Time Pacific - Expanded Schedule)

Wednesday, Jan. 29    
Arizona State at Washington State ESPNU 8:00 p.m. PT
Thursday, Jan. 30    
#11 Oregon at California PAC12 6:00 p.m. PT
Arizona at Washington ESPN2 6:00 p.m. PT
Utah at USC FS1 6:30 p.m. PT
Oregon State at Stanford PAC12 8:00 p.m. PT
#20 Colorado at UCLA ESPN2 8:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Feb. 1    
Oregon State at California PAC12 1:00 p.m. PT
#11 Oregon at Stanford PAC12 3:00 p.m. PT
Arizona at Washington State PAC12 5:00 p.m. PT
#20 Colorado at USC FS1 7:30 p.m. PT
Arizona State at Washington PAC12 7:30 p.m. PT
Sunday, Feb. 2    
Utah at UCLA FS1 12:00 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
Jan. 13  Matt Bradley, So., California Tyrell Terry, Stanford
Jan. 20 CJ Elleby, So., Washington State Zeke Nnaji, Arizona
Jan. 27 Chris Duarte, Jr., Oregon Rylan Jones, Utah


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
Jan. 13 National Player of the Week - Payton Pritchard, ORE
Jan. 27 Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week - Chris Duarte, ORE
Jan. 28 USBWA National Player of the Week - Chris Duarte, ORE
Jan. 28 CBS Sports/USBWA National Freshman of the Week - Rylan Jones, UTAH