This week in Pac-12 Men's Basketball - Feb. 3, 2021
#PAC12HOOPS STARTING FIVE:
3 - USC freshman Evan Mobley was named a late season finalist for three national awards last week - Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Top 15, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Top 10.
• Mobley is 1-of-2 players, and the lone freshman, in NCAA Division I averaging 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks (Charles Bassey, WKU) according to College Basketball Reference.
4 x 13 - Four Pac-12 programs (ARIZONA, COLORADO, UCLA, USC) have reached 13 overall victories so far this season, 1-of-2 conferences in the country (Big Ten) with as many teams with 13-or-more wins.
• Saturday’s four-game slate will finish with a flurry with two matchups between such teams as ARIZONA travels to COLORADO, and USC hosts rival UCLA in a battle for the top of the Pac-12 standings.
IV > 1st - COLORADO senior McKinley Wright IV (1,637p/584r/604a) 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; last week, he became only the second in Conference history to reach 1,600 points and 600 assists.
• McKinley Wright IV, COLO - 1,637p/584r/604a
• Payton Pritchard, ORE - 1,938p/550r/659a
• *Andre Miller, UTAH - 1,618p/643r/721a (prior to UTAH joining Pac-12)
5 - Five Pac-12 standouts have been named Top 10 candidates for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Starting Five positional awards.
• Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year: McKinley Wright IV, COLORADO
• Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year: Chris Duarte, OREGON
• Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year: Ziaire Williams, STANFORD
• Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year: Oscar da Silva, STANFORD
• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year: Evan Mobley, USC
84.1% - COLORADO is currently shooting 84.1 percent (260-309) 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.
BRACKETOLOGY: According to BracketMatrix.com, an aggregator of bracketologies, the Pac-12 is currently slated for five NCAA Tournament bids (6-UCLA; 7-COLORADO; 7-USC; 9-OREGON; 12-STANFORD).
• Five bids would be the most for the Pac-12 since a record seven in 2015-16 (Bracket Matrix predicted six postseason teams prior to the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament).
TRACKING LEAGUE PLAY: Through 59 league games as of Feb. 2, the average scoring margin is 10.5 points.
• 32 games have been decided by single digits
• 9 games has been decided by one possession (3 pts. or less)
• 3 overtime game (4 OT periods)
• 3 decided on team's final possession
• 20 games have been postponed (3 rescheduled and played)
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, February 4|
|ARIZONA STATE at COLORADO*||PPD|
|ARIZONA at UTAH*||FS1||4:00 p.m. PT|
|STANFORD at CALIFORNIA*||ESPN2||6:00 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE*||PAC12||6:00 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON*||FS1||8:00 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, February 6|
|WASHINGTON at OREGON*||CBS||1:00 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE*||PAC12||3:00 p.m. PT|
|ARIZONA at COLORADO*||FS1||5:00 p.m. PT|
|#21 UCLA at USC*||ESPN/2||7:00 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, February 7|
|ARIZONA STATE at UTAH*||PPD|
|CALIFORNIA at STANFORD*||FS1||7:00 p.m. PT|
|Monday, February 8|
|OREGON STATE at COLORADO*||PAC12||4:00 p.m. PT|
PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK