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Improved 2019-20 Pac-12 Men's Basketball campaign cut short

Apr 9, 2020

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#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:
3/12/20 - The 2019-20 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball (and NCAA Division I) season officially ended on March 12, 2020, prior to the start of the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals, due to national and global concerns stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
• It marked the first time since 1944 that a Pac-12 program did not participate in NCAA Tournament competition.
 
1 - Based on Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Sport Regulation 2-1-d, top-seeded OREGON would have claimed the Conference’s automatic bid to the 2020 NCAA Tournament by virtue of being the highest seeded team remaining in the Conference tournament at the time of cancellation in an event that had begun but could not be played to completion.
• The tournament was canceled and therefore no champion will be declared.
 
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 Pac-12 was one of four leagues to finish with at least six 20-win teams (ACC, Big Ten, WCC).
 
11 - In the opening game of the 2020 Pac-12 Tournament, UTAH’s Alfonso Plummer set a Conference record with 11 made three pointers against Oregon State. It matched the high in NCAA Division I in 2019-20.
• The 11 triples eclipsed the previous all-time mark of 10 (accomplished five times, first in 1993) and also broke the previous tournament record of eight set by Klay Thompson in 2011.
 
20.5/5.6 - OREGON’s Payton Pritchard - consensus First Team All-American & Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year - became the fourth player to lead the Conference in both scoring (20.5 ppg) and assists (5.6 apg), joining Gary Payton (OSU, 1989-90), Damon Stoudamire (ARIZ, 1994-95) and Jason Terry (ARIZ, 1998-99).
• Pritchard also led the league with 88 threes (2.8 3FGM), joining Stoudamire (112 3FG) as the only players to top all three categories in the same season
• Pritchard (4.3 rpg, 41.5% 3FG) is just the fourth major conference player in the last 29 seasons to post averages of at least 20.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 40% 3FG per CBB Reference (Damon Stoudamire, ARIZ 1994-95; Markelle Fultz, WASH 2016-17; Frank Mason, Kansas 2016-17).
 
PAC-12 TIPOFF
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN?: BracketMatrix.com, an aggregator of 97 bracketologies, predicted six Pac-12 berths for the 2020 NCAA Tournament with a seventh among First Four Out. 

TRES TERRIFIC: Tres Tinkle became the 43rd three-time All-Conference performer in league history - the first since Washington’s Isaiah Thomas in 2010-11.  He finished his career in the Conference’s all-time top 10  in scoring (overall and Conference-only), field goal attempts, and free throws made and attempted.

POINT GODS: Two of the Pac-12’s top point guards joined the Conference’s short list of players to accumulate 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in a career:
OREGON’s Payton Pritchard - 1,938p/659a/550r
COLORADO’s McKinley Wright IV - 1,370p/501a/505r

Only three other players - all point guards - in league history reached those marks: Ron Lee (ORE), Pooh Richardson (UCLA) and Andre Miller (UTAH, prior to joining Pac-12).

In the case of Pritchard, he is the only player in Conference history to reach 1,900 points, 600 assists and 500 rebounds.


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
Arizona 10-8 21-11
Colorado 10-8 21-11
Stanford 9-9 20-12
Oregon State 7-11 18-13
Utah 7-11 16-15
California 7-11 14-18
Washington State 6-12 16-16
Washington 5-13 15-17

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 NATIONAL AWARDS

ALL-AMERICA

Consensus
Payton Pritchard, Oregon (First Team)

Associated Press
Payton Pritchard, Oregon (First Team)

The Sporting News
Payton Pritchard, Oregon (First Team)

NABC
Payton Pritchard, Oregon (First Team)

USBWA
Payton Pritchard, Oregon (Second Team)

Kyle Macy Freshman All-America
Nico Mannion, Arizona
Zeke Nnaji, Arizona
Tyrell Terry, Stanford
Onyeka Okongwu, USC
Isaiah Stewart, Washington

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Lute Olson Award
Payton Pritchard, Oregon

John R. Wooden Award
Payton Pritchard, Oregon (Top 10 All-Americans)
Tres Tinkle, Oregon State (Midseason Top 25)
Isaiah Stewart, Washington (Midseason Top 25)

Citizen Naismith Trophy
Payton Pritchard, Oregon (Final 5 Finalists)
Isaiah Stewart, Washington (Midseason Top 30)

Naismith Trophy Defensive Player of the Year
Tyler Bey, Colorado (Midseason Top 15)
Kylor Kelley, Oregon State (Midseason Top 15)

Oscar Robertson Trophy
Payton Pritchard, Oregon (Late Season Top 12)
Zeke Nnaji, Arizona (Watch List)
McKinley Wright IV, Colorado (Watch List)
Tres Tinkle, Oregon State (Watch List)
Nick Rakocevic, USC (Watch List)

NABC Player of the Year
Isaiah Stewart, Washington (Watch List)

NAISMITH MEMORIAL HALL OF FAME AWARDS
WINNER

Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year
Payton Pritchard, Oregon

NAISMITH MEMORIAL HALL OF FAME AWARDS
TOP 10 WATCH LISTS

Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year
Payton Pritchard, Oregon
McKinley Wright IV, Colorado

Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year
Tres Tinkle, Oregon State

Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year
Tyler Bey, Colorado
Zeke Nnaji, Arizona

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year
Onyeka Okongwu, USC
Isaiah Stewart, Washington

USBWA ALL-DISTRICT
Zeke Nnaji, Arizona (District IX)
Remy Martin, Arizona State (District IX)
McKinley Wright IV, Colorado (District VIII)
Payton Pritchard, Oregon (District IX Player of the Year)
Tres Tinkle, Oregon State (District IX)
Onyeka Okongwu, USC (District IX)
Timmy Allen, Utah (District VIII)
Isaiah Stewart, Washington (District IX)

NABC All-District 19
First Team
McKinley Wright IV, Colorado
Payton Pritchard, Oregon
Zeke Nnaji, Arizona
Remy Martin, Arizona State
Tres Tinkle, Oregon State

Second Team
Tyler Bey, Colorado
Onyeka Okongwu, USC
Isaiah Stewart, Washington
CJ Elleby, Washington State
Oscar da Silva, Stanford

Coach of the Year
Mick Cronin, UCLA


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. 3 Matt Bradley, So., California Tyrell Terry, Stanford

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