Pac-12 Men's Basketball - nation's tightest title race - enters penultimate week

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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:
1 - The Pac-12 continues to be the closest Conference race in the country as only one game currently separates the top five teams in the Pac-12 standings as of Feb. 25.
• The next closest Division I races among a league’s top five teams are the Big Ten and MEAC at 2 games.
• ARIZONA STATE is in sole possession of first place - the first time the Sun Devils have led the league this late in a season since joining the Conference in 1978-79.
• ASU is the sixth team to hold at least a share of the Pac-12 lead through eight weeks this season.
 
6 x NET 50 - As of Feb. 25, the Pac-12 boasts six teams ranked inside the top 50 of the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) - tied for the third-most in the nation.
• With eight in the top 75, Pac-12 programs currently have a combined 20 Quadrant 1 and 10 Quadrant 2 opportunities in the final two weeks of the regular season, including 10 Q1 and five Q2 chances this week.
 
7 & 5 -  Two of the hottest teams in college basketball will meet Thursday night as ARIZONA STATE puts its seven-game win streak on the line at UCLA, winner of its last five contests.
• Among major conferences as of Feb. 25, only Kansas (13) has a longer current win streak than ASU.
• UCLA’s five-game streak trails only KU, ASU and Kentucky (six) among major conference programs.
 
9 OT - There have been nine overtime games contested through 88 Pac-12 league games, the sixth-most in a season in the Conference’s 18-game era (1978-79) and the most since a record-tying 13 in 2013-14.
• OREGON has played six overtime games in total this season to tie Arizona State’s 1985-86 team for the most in a season among current Conference members. The Ducks are 5-1 in those contests.
 
4,019 - The 354th playing of the Civil War - the most contested series in NCAA Division I - on Thursday will feature a matchup of two of the top 30 scorers in Conference history between OREGON STATE’s Tres Tinkle (8th all-time, 2,153 points) and OREGON’s Payton Pritchard (27th, 1,866).
• Tinkle is just 20 points shy of passing Gary Payton (2,172, 1987-90) for the OSU career record.
 

PAC-12 TIPOFF
CALL IT A COMEBACK: 18 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)
Colorado vs. USC (14)
California vs. Washington State (14)
Oregon vs. Colorado (14)
Arizona State vs. USC (13)
Oregon State at Colorado (12)
Stanford vs. Washington (12)
UCLA vs. Washington (12)
UCLA vs. Washington State (12)
Utah vs. Washington (12)
California vs. Stanford (11)
Oregon vs. Arizona (11)
Washington State vs. UCLA (11)
Oregon State vs. Oregon (10)
USC vs. Utah (10)

TRACKING LEAGUE PLAY: Through 88 league games as of Feb. 25, the average scoring margin is 11.2 points.
• 46 games have been decided by single digits
• 14 games has been decided by one possession (3 pts. or less)
• 9 overtime games (10 total OT periods)
• 5 games decided on a team’s final possession
• 0 games decided on game’s final possession

ROAD SWEEPS: They have proven difficult - only five so far in 2019-20 and just 57 in total in 424 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 leads the league with a pair of road sweeps this season (Bay Area & Washington). UCLA (Mountains), ARIZONA STATE (Bay Area) and STANFORD (Washington) have one each, including the first ever in the Pac-12 era for the Sun Devils and the second ever for the Cardinal.
• A school-by-school total of road sweeps in the Pac-12 era:
ARIZ - 15
ORE - 10
UTAH - 7
CAL - 6
UCLA - 5
WASH - 4
USC - 3
COLO, STAN - 2
ASU, OSU, WSU - 1

CAREER/SEASON RECORDS WATCH: Several Pac-12 standouts are climbing in all-time stats lists:
• OREGON’s Payton Pritchard (642) is 10 assists shy of moving into ninth in league history, and four 3-pointers shy of moving into the career top 10.
• OREGON STATE’s Kylor Kelley is 10th in both career (199) and single-season (95) blocks.
• USC’s Onyeka Okongwu (70) and WASHINGTON’s Isaiah Stewart (61) rank fifth and 11th on the league’s single-season freshman blocks list.
• OSU’s Tres Tinkle is ninth and 10th in league history in free throws (547) and free throws attempted (696).


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings) 

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona State 10-4 19-8
Colorado 10-5 21-7
Oregon 10-5 21-7
UCLA 10-5 17-11
Arizona 9-5 19-8
USC 8-7 19-9
Stanford 7-7 18-9
Utah 6-9 15-12
California 5-9 11-16
Oregon State 5-10 15-12
Washington State 5-10 14-14
Washington 3-12 13-15

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Time Pacific - Expanded Schedule)

Wednesday, Feb. 26 TV Time
Utah at Stanford PAC12 7:00 p.m. PT
Thursday, Feb. 27    
#21 Colorado at California PAC12 6:00 p.m. PT
Arizona at USC ESPN 7:00 p.m. PT
Oregon State at #14 Oregon ESPN2 8:00 p.m. PT
Arizona State at UCLA PAC12 8:00 p.m. PT
Friday, Feb. 28    
Washington State at Washington FS1 6:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Feb. 29    
Utah at California PAC12 3:00 p.m. PT
Arizona State at USC ESPNU 5:00 p.m. PT
Arizona at UCLA ESPN 7:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 1    
#21 Colorado at Stanford ESPNU 3:00 p.m. PT

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
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
Feb. 17 Remy Martin, Jr., Arizona State Zeke Nnaji, Arizona
Feb. 24 Payton Pritchard, Sr., Oregon Tyger Campbell, UCLA

NATIONAL HONORS

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 NCAA.com 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
Feb. 18 USBWA National Player of the Week - Remy Martin, ASU
Feb. 18 Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week - Payton Pritchard, ORE
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