Muddled league standings mark midpoint of Pac-12 Men's Basketball play
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4 x NET 25 - As of Feb. 4, the Pac-12 boasts four teams ranked inside the top 25 - ARIZONA, COLORADO, OREGON, STANFORD - of the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) - the third-most in the nation.
• Based on current NET rankings, Pac-12 programs have a combined 51 Quadrant 1 and 30 Quadrant 2 opportunities remaining in the regular season, including nine Q1 and seven Q2 chances this week.
• Pritchard currently leads the Pac-12 in both scoring (19.6 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg), one of only three players nationally accomplishing the feat and the only one from a major conference.
• Tinkle is also tied for 61st on the Conference’s career rebounds list (820) and is attempting 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).
• Currently, the top eight teams in the league standings are separated by just two games, the fewest games separting the top eight teams in any NCAA Division I conference.
• Five games separate first from 12th place - only the Big West (4 gms, 9 tms), Ivy League (4/8) and MAAC (4/11) are closer from top-to-bottom.
• It marks the earliest point in a season in a decade that all league teams have at least three Conference losses (1/31/10).
TRACKING LEAGUE PLAY: Through 54 league games as of Feb. 4, the average scoring margin is 11.4 points.
• 28 games have been decided by single digits
• 10 games has been decided by one possession (3 pts. or less)
• 6 overtime games (7 total OT periods)
• 3 games decided on a team’s final possession (Verge Jr., ASU vs. ARIZ; Austin, CAL vs. STAN; Elleby, WSU vs. ASU)
ROAD SWEEPS: They have proven difficult - only one so far in 2019-20 and just 53 in total in 408 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.
• Arizona secured the first sweep in league play this season last week, its league-leading 14th in the Pac-12 era.
A school-by-school total of road sweeps in the Pac-12 era:
ARIZ - 14
ORE - 10
UTAH - 7
CAL - 6
UCLA, WASH - 4
USC - 3
COLO - 2
OSU, STAN, WSU - 1
ASU - 0
COLORADO CANDIDATES: COLORADO boasts one of the league’s top award nominee combos as junior guard McKinley Wright IV was among this week’s 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award, and junior forward Tyler Bey is a midseason top 15 finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year honor.
• Wright is top 20 in the league in scoring (16th, 13.4 ppg), rebounds (20th, 5.3 rpg) and assists (3rd, 5.3 apg), while Bey is top 20 in scoring (17th, 13.3 ppg), rebounds (3rd, 8.9 rpg), blocks (5th, 1.3 bpg) and steals (4th, 1.7 spg).
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)
|Teams||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Time Pacific - Expanded Schedule)
|Thursday, Feb. 6||TV||Time|
|California at #24 Colorado||PAC12||5:00 p.m. PT|
|USC at #23 Arizona||ESPN2||6:00 p.m. PT|
|Stanford at Utah||PAC12||7:00 p.m. PT|
|UCLA at Arizona State||ESPN2||8:00 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, Feb. 8|
|Stanford at #24 Colorado||PAC12||3:00 p.m. PT|
|California at Utah||PAC12||5:00 p.m. PT|
|UCLA at #23 Arizona||ESPN2||7:00 p.m. PT|
|USC at Arizona State||FS1||7:00 p.m. PT|
|#14 Oregon at Oregon State||PAC12||7:30 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Feb. 9|
|Washington at Washington State||ESPNU||3:00 p.m. PT|
PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
- Arizona Men's Basketball
- Arizona State Men's Basketball
- California Men's Basketball
- Colorado Men's Basketball
- Oregon Men's Basketball
- Oregon State Men's Basketball
- Stanford Men's Basketball
- UCLA Men's Basketball
- USC Men's Basketball
- Utah Men's Basketball
- Washington Men's Basketball
- Washington State Men's Basketball
- Arizona State
- Oregon State
- Washington State
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