This week in Pac-12 Men's Basketball - Jan. 19, 2021
#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:
4 x 10+ - Four Pac-12 programs (ARIZONA, COLORADO, UCLA, USC) have reached double-digit overall victories so far this season, with three (OREGON, STANFORD, WASHINGTON STATE) able to reach the mark this week.
• The four 10-win programs is tied for the second-most in the nation behind only the Big Ten’s six (Big 12, Conference USA, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC).
7-0/5-1 - UCLA is in sole possession of first in the Pac-12 standings at 7-0. It marks the Bruins’ first 7-0 start to league play since 1993-94 (13-5, T-2nd in Pac-10).
• Meanwhile, crosstown rival USC is in second at 5-1 which marks the Trojans’ best start to league play since opening 6-1 in 2001-02 (12-6, T-2nd in Pac-10).
11.9 - Through 38 league games as of Jan. 18, the average scoring margin is 11.9 points.
• 19 games have been decided by single digits
• 5 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)
28 - OREGON has won 28 consecutive games at Matthew Knight Arena, the fourth-longest home win streak in NCAA Division I, including the longest among major conference programs (Gonzaga 46, Liberty 31, Prairie View A&M 29, Oregon 28).
• OREGON will host OREGON STATE on Saturday in the 355th all-time meeting between the programs, the most played rivalry in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.
• UCLA is 10th nationally - and second among major conference programs behind the Ducks - with 15 consecutive victories at Pauley Pavilion.
84.6% - COLORADO is currently shooting 84.6 percent (208-246) from the free throw line as a team, which ranks first in NCAA Division I.
• Not only is Colorado’s free throw rate the best in the country so far, it is currently ahead of ARIZONA’s Conference-record rate of 78.6 percent (511-650) set in 2003-04 as well as the NCAA Division I record of 82.2 percent (535-651) set by Harvard in 1983-84.
MILLER INTO PAC-12 TOP 10: ARIZONA head coach Sean Miller, the longest tenured coach in Pac-12 men’s basketball now in his 12th season with the Wildcats, is currently tied with former WASHINGTON mentor Lorenzo Romar for 10th on the Conference’s career victories list with 143.
• OREGON’s Dana Altman, in his 11th season with the Ducks, has 122 career Conference victories which ranks 17th in league history.
• UCLA’s Mick Cronin is 19-6 through his first 25 games as Bruins’ boss for a .760 win percentage that slots eighth in Conference annals.
IV WOULD BE FIRST: COLORADO senior McKinley Wright IV (1,582p/568r/582a) 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:
• McKinley Wright IV, COLO - 1,582p/568r/582a
• 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
|Tuesday, January 19||TV||Time (PT)|
|USC at OREGON STATE*||ESPN2||4:00 p.m. PT|
|Wednesday, January 20|
|COLORADO at WASHINGTON*||ESPN2||6:00 p.m. PT|
|Thursday, January 21|
|USC at STANFORD*||FS1||2:00 p.m. PT|
|ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE*||ESPN||6:00 p.m. PT|
|#24 UCLA at CALIFORNIA*||ESPNU||6:00 p.m. PT|
|UTAH at WASHINGTON STATE*||PAC12||7:00 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, January 23|
|#24 UCLA at STANFORD*||FOX||2:00 p.m. PT|
|COLORADO at WASHINGTON STATE*||ESPN2||5:00 p.m. PT|
|USC at CALIFORNIA*||PAC12||5:00 p.m. PT|
|OREGON STATE at #21 OREGON*||PAC12||7:30 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, January 24|
|UTAH at WASHINGTON*||ESPNU||1:00 p.m. PT|
|Monday, January 25|
|ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA*||ESPN2||8:00 p.m. PT|
PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK