Pac-12 Men's Basketball to cap bounce-back season this week in Las Vegas

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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:
1 - OREGON secured the Pac-12 regular-season title outright and claimed the No. 1 seed for this week’s Pac-12 Tournament. UO became the first school in Conference history to win league titles in football, women’s basketball and men’s basketball in the same academic year, doing so in part by going 39-0 in Eugene across the three sports this season.
• Las Vegas has been kind to the No. 1 seed as the top team has advanced to the title game every year since the event moved to the city in 2013. In fact, the Ducks’ remarkable run to the title as the No. 6 seed last year marked the first time the championship game in Las Vegas did not feature the top two seeds
 
+6 - Picked eighth in the preseason media poll, UCLA finished second in the league standings just a game behind predicted favorite Oregon.
• The Bruins’ six-spot betterment tied for the fourth-best since the league began conducting preseason polls in 1984-85 (WSU +8 2006-07, ASU +7 1992-93, ARIZ +7 1985-86).
 
6+1 - According to BracketMatrix.com, an aggregator of 141 bracketologies, the Pac-12 is currently slated for six NCAA Tournament bids with a seventh among the First Five Out.
• Seven bids would match the league record set in 2015-16. It would mark the sixth time the league secured six berths (2001-02, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2013-14).
 
6 x 20 - The Pac-12 had six teams reach the 20-win plateau during the 2019-20 regular season, equaling the most ever for the Conference (2012-13, 2013-14, 2015-16, 2017-18).
• The only other league with more 20-win teams in the 2019-20 regular season was the Big Ten (eight)
 
23 - This week will mark the 23rd staging of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament including the 19th consecutive year the event has been held dating to 2002.
• It is the tourney’s eighth year in Las Vegas and fourth in T-Mobile Arena.
 

PAC-12 TIPOFF
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.

CALL IT A COMEBACK: 21 times in Pac-12 play this season did a team overcome a double-digit deficit to win. Below are the number of times a team accomplished the feat:

Three times: ORE, UCLA
Twice: ASU, CAL, COLO, OSU, USC, UTAH
Once: STAN, WASH, WSU

TRACKING LEAGUE PLAY: Over the course of 108 league games, the average scoring margin was 11.1 points.
• 59 games have been decided by single digits. 
• 18 games has been decided by one possession (3 pts. or less). 
• 11 overtime games (12 total OT periods).
• 8 games decided on a team’s final possession
• 2 games decided on game’s final possession


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings) 

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Oregon 13-5 24-7
UCLA 12-6 19-12
USC 11-7 22-9
Arizona State 11-7 20-11
Colorado 10-8 21-10
Arizona 10-8 20-11
Stanford 9-9 20-11
Oregon State 7-11 17-13
Utah 7-11 16-14
California 7-11 13-18
Washington State 6-12 15-16
Washington 5-13 15-16

2020 PAC-12 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule)

Wednesday, March 11 TV Time
No. 8 OREGON STATE vs. No. 9 UTAH P12N 12:00 p.m. PT
No. 5 ARIZONA vs. No. 12 WASHINGTON P12N 2:30 p.m. PT
No. 7 STANFORD vs. No. 10 CALIFORNIA P12N 6:00 p.m. PT
No. 6 COLORADO vs. No. 11 WASHINGTON STATE P12N 8:30 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 12    
No. 8/9 winner vs. No. 1 OREGON P12N 12:00 p.m. PT
No. 5/12 winner vs. No. 4 USC P12N 2:30 p.m. PT
No. 7/10 winner No. 2 UCLA P12N 6:00 p.m. PT
No. 6/11 winner vs. No. 3 ARIZONA STATE FS1 8:30 p.m. PT
Friday, March 13    
Semifinal 1 P12N 6:00 p.m. PT
Semifinal 2 FS1 8:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 14    
Pac-12 Championship FS1 7:30 p.m PT

PAC-12 POSTSEASON AWARDS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Payton Pritchard, Sr., G, OREGON
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Zeke Nnaji, F, ARIZONA
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tyler Bey, Jr., G/F, COLORADO
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Chris Smith, Jr., G, UCLA
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR: Alonzo Verge Jr., Jr., G, ARIZONA STATE
JOHN R. WOODEN COACH OF THE YEAR: Mick Cronin, UCLA

Click here for the full 2019-20 All-Conference Teams and annual awards release. 


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
Mar. 10 Both Gach,So., Utah Jaden McDaniels, Washington

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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