This week in Pac-12 Men's Basketball - Jan. 13, 2021
#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:
1 or 2 - Three Pac-12 programs currently lead or rank second in NCAA Division I team statistical categories. The nation’s current top two defenses by field goal percentage are slated to meet Saturday when WASHINGTON STATE visits USC.
• Field Goal Percentage Defense: 1. WASHINGTON STATE (35.5%); 2. USC (36.0%)
• Free Throw Percentage: 1. COLORADO (84.5%)
• Blocked Shots Per Game: 2. USC (6.5 bpg)
1st - UCLA and USC swept through Arizona last week to mark the first time both LA schools swept through the desert since expansion to the Pac-10 in 1978-79.
• USC swept through the desert for the first time since the 1984-85 season, first for UCLA since 2016-17.
• It marked only the sixth and seventh times a school has swept the Arizona road trip since expansion to the Pac-12 in 2011-12. The Oregon swing now has the fewest sweeps in the Pac-12 era (six).
5-0 - UCLA is in sole possession of first in the Pac-12 standings at 5-0. It marks the Bruins’ first 5-0 start to league play since their most recent Pac-12 regular-season title in 2012-13 (13-5).
• UCLA is scheduled to put the nation’s 11th-longest home win streak on the line this week when it hosts WASHINGTON STATE and WASHINGTON. The Bruins have won their last 13 games inside Pauley Pavilion.
6 Top 50 - The Pac-12 currently boasts six teams in the top 50 of both the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) and KenPom.com rankings.
• This week’s lone top 50 NET matchup will feature STANFORD (#47 in NET) at COLORADO (#10) in the opening game of Saturday’s Pac-12 Networks quadruple-header.
10.0 - Through 28 league games as of Jan. 12, the average scoring margin is 10.0 points.
• 15 games have been decided by single digits
• 4 games has been decided by one possession (3 pts. or less)
• 2 overtime game (3 OT periods)
• 13 games have been postponed (2 rescheduled and played)
RARIFIED ZIAIRE: STANFORD’s Ziaire Williams became just the fifth freshman to record a triple-double in Pac-12 history with his 12-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist effort against Washington on Jan. 7.
PAC-12 FRESHMAN TRIPLE-DOUBLES
Ziaire Williams, STAN vs. WASH (1/7/21, 12p/12r/10a)
Rylan Jones, UTAH vs. MVSU (11/8/19, 10p/10r/11a)
Brook Lopez, STAN vs. USC (1/25/07, 18p/11r/12b)
Luke Jackson, ORE vs. WASH (2/17/01, 14p/11r/10a)
Jelani McCoy, UCLA vs. MARY (12/9/95, 15p/10r/11b)
IV WOULD BE FIRST: COLORADO senior McKinley Wright IV (1,555p/561r/562a) is quickly approaching what would be a unique benchmark in Conference history. The senior guard is on pace to become the first player in Pac-12 Men’s Basketball history to reach 1,600 points, 600 rebounds and 600 assists in his career.
PAC-12 1,500p/500r/500a CLUB:
Ron Lee, ORE - 2,085p/580r/543a
Payton Pritchard, ORE - 1,938p/550r/659a
*Andre Miller, UTAH - 1,618p/643r/721a (prior to UTAH joining Pac-12)
NON-CONFERENCE: Pac-12 programs have combined to post a .732 win percentage (52-19) in countable NCAA Division I non-conference contests so far in 2020-21.
• The .732 win percentage is the second-best for the Pac-12 over the past five seasons, just behind the .739 posted in 2019-20 when the league was projected to earn as many as six NCAA Tournament bids.
KEY NON-CONFERENCE VICTORIES:
POWER 6 OPPONENTS (5-9)
at Oregon State 71, California 63
Colorado 76, at Kansas State 58
Stanford 82, Alabama 64 (Asheville, N.C.)
#21 Oregon 83, Seton Hall 70 (Omaha, Neb.)
at UCLA 69, Marquette 60
PRESEASON CONFERENCE FAVORITES (5-4)
at Washington State 56, Texas Southern 52
at Washington State 71, Eastern Washington 68
at Arizona 70, Eastern Washington 67
at Oregon 69, Eastern Washington 52
at USC 91, UC Irvine 56
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)
|Teams||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
*Ineligible for Pac-12 & NCAA Tournaments due to self-imposed postseason ban. Remains eligible for Pac-12 regular-season championship.
PAC-12 WEEKLY SCHEDULE (All games, tip times & TV broadcasts are subject to change)
For the most up-to-date schedules, visit Expanded Schedule
|Thursday, January 14||TV||Time (PT)|
|CALIFORNIA at COLORADO*||PAC12||11:00 a.m. PT|
|STANFORD at UTAH*||ESPN2||2:00 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA*||FS1||2:00 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON at USC*||PAC12||6:30 p.m. PT|
|ARIZONA at OREGON STATE*||FS1||8:00 p.m. PT|
|ARIZONA STATE at #22 OREGON*||PPD|
|Saturday, January 16|
|STANFORD at COLORADO*||PAC12||12:00 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON at UCLA*||PAC12||2:00 p.m. PT|
|ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE*||PAC12||4:00 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON STATE at USC*||PAC12||6:30 p.m. PT|
|CALIFORNIA at UTAH*||ESPNU||7:00 p.m. PT|
|ARIZONA at #22 OREGON*||PPD|
PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Nov. 30||McKinley Wright IV, Colorado||Josh Christopher, Arizona State|
|Dec. 7||Eugene Omoruyi, Oregon||Evan Mobley, USC|
|Dec. 14||Jemarl Baker Jr., Arizona||Evan Mobley, USC|
|Dec. 21||Oscar da Silva, Stanford||Ziaire Williams, Stanford|
|Dec. 28||McKinley Wright IV, Colorado||Efe Abogidi, Washington State|
|Jan. 4||Chris Duarte, Oregon||Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona|
|Jan. 11||Oscar da Silva, Stanford||Evan Mobley, USC|