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Ranked matchup tips off Week 7 of crowded Pac-12 Men's Basketball race

Feb 11, 2020


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9 x NET 75 - As of Feb. 11, the Pac-12 boasts nine teams ranked inside the top 75 of the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) - tied for the second-most in the nation.
• With nine in the top 75, Pac-12 programs currently have a combined 49 Quadrant 1 and 23 Quadrant 2 opportunities remaining in the regular season, including 12 Q1 and eight Q2 chances this week.
7 - Seven Pac-12 standouts were named to the Naismith Starting Five Top 10 Watch Lists last week, a total which ties for the most of any conference in the country.
• Bob Cousy Award: Payton Pritchard, OREGON; McKinley Wright IV, COLORAD
• Julius Erving Award: Tres Tinkle, OREGON STATE
• Karl Malone Award: Tyler Bey, COLORADO; Zeke Nnaji, ARIZONA
• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award: Onyeka Okongwu, USC; Isaiah Stewart, WASHINGTON
#16 vs. #17 - For the second time this Pac-12 regular season, two AP Top 25 teams will meet as No. 16 COLORADO visits No. 17 OREGON on Thursday in the marquee matchup of this week’s 12-game slate.
• For CU, the No. 16 ranking is its highest of the season, first appearance in the top 20 since Jan. 2014 (#15) and just its third top-20 weekly ranking in the past 23 seasons.
• At No. 17, Oregon appeared in the AP poll for the 15th week this season, which is now the second-most in a season in program history (19 - 2016-17).
51 - COLORADO enters the week alone atop the Pac-12 standings at 8-3. The only other time that has occured in Pac-12 play was the week of Jan. 9, 2012 when the Buffaloes opened league action 3-0 and led by a half game.
• It marks the first time that CU has been in sole possession of first place in league play this late in a season in 51 years. The last time it happened came when Colorado won the 1969 Big 8 Conference title outright - the program’s most recent regular-season league crown.
2,097 - OREGON STATE senior and Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Watch List member Tres Tinkle enters the week with 2,097 career points, which ranks 8th all-time in Conference history. At No. 7 on the list is OSU all-time leading scorer Gary Payton (2,172; 1987-90).

CALL IT A COMEBACK: 14 times in Pac-12 play this season has a team overcome a double-digit deficit to win.

Winning Team - Opponent (Largest Deficit)
Arizona State vs. Arizona (22)
USC vs. Stanford (21)
Colorado vs. Stanford (16)
Oregon at Washington (16)
California vs. Washington State (14)
Arizona State vs. USC (13)
Oregon State at Colorado (12)
Stanford vs. Washington (12)
Utah vs. Washington (12)
California vs. Stanford (11)
Oregon vs. Arizona (11)
Washington State vs. UCLA (11)
Oregon State vs. Oregon (10)
USC at Utah (10)

TRACKING LEAGUE PLAY: Through 64 league games as of Feb. 9, the average scoring margin is 11.1 points.
• 33 games have been decided by single digits
• 11 games has been decided by one possession (3 pts. or less)
• 7 overtime games (8 total OT periods)
• 4 games decided on a team’s final possession (Verge Jr., ASU vs. ARIZ; Austin, CAL vs. STAN; Elleby, WSU vs. ASU; Martin, ASU vs. USC)

ROAD SWEEPS: They have proven difficult - only one so far in 2019-20 and just 53 in total in 412 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.
• The single-season league low for road sweeps is four in the inaugural 2011-12 campaign. Only ARIZONA has secured a sweep so far in 2019-20.
• Road teams are 18-46 so far in Pac-12 play, the third-most difficult league to win on the road to date (Big Ten - 22-65, Missouri Valley - 16-44).

COACHING MILESTONES: Two of the Pac-12’s longest-tenured coaches recently reached or will reach noteworthy career milestones.
• At 663 career victories, OREGON’s Dana Altman is one victory shy of tying the legendary John Wooden’s 664 wins. Among coaches with multiple years experience at league programs, only Lute Olson (781) and Mike Montgomery (677) have more career wins.
• ARIZONA’s Sean Miller recorded his 400th career victory in last week’s win over USC. He reached the marker in just 543 games, the 23rd-fastest in Division I history to reach 400 career wins. Only the late former UTAH coach Rick Majerus (538 games) reached the milestone faster among coaches with experience at current Conference programs.

ASSISTS, BLOCKS & FTM WATCH: Several Pac-12 standouts are climbing in all-time stats lists:
• OREGON’s Payton Pritchard (630) is six assists shy of moving into the league’s top 10.
• OREGON STATE’s Kylor Kelley (189) is six blocks shy of moving into the league’s top 10.
• USC’s Onyeka Okongwu (69) is four blocks shy of moving into solo fifth on the league’s single-season freshman blocks list.
• OSU’s Tres Tinkle (532) is one made free throw shy of moving into the league’s top 10.

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings) 

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Colorado 8-3 19-5
Oregon 7-4 18-6
Arizona 6-4 16-7
Arizona State 6-4 15-8
USC 6-5 17-7
UCLA 6-5 13-11
Stanford 5-5 16-7
Utah 5-6 14-9
Washington State 5-6 14-10
California 4-6 10-13
Oregon State 4-7 14-9
Washington 2-9 12-12

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Time Pacific - Expanded Schedule)

Thursday, Feb. 13 TV Time
#16 Colorado at #17 Oregon ESPN 6:00 p.m. PT
Utah at Oregon State PAC12 6:00 p.m. PT
Washington at USC ESPN2 6:00 p.m. PT
Arizona at California FS1 7:30 p.m. PT
Arizona State at Stanford ESPN2 8:00 p.m. PT
Washington State at UCLA PAC12 8:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Feb. 15    
Washington State at USC PAC12 5:00 p.m. PT
#16 Colorado at Oregon State
(FOX College Hoops All-Access)
FS1 7:00 p.m. PT
Washington at UCLA ESPN2 7:00 p.m. PT
Arizona at Stanford PAC12 7:30 p.m. PT
Sunday. Feb. 16    
Arizona State at California ESPNU 3:00 p.m. PT
Utah at #17 Oregon FS1 6:00 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
Feb. 3 Oscar da Silva, Jr., Stanford Jaime Jaquez, UCLA
Feb. 10 CJ Elleby, So., Washington State Branden Carlson, 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