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Pac-12 Men's Basketball Weekly Release - Dec. 14, 2021

Dec 14, 2021

COMPLETE RELEASE

#PAC12MBB STARTING FIVE:

1 - ARIZONA has climbed to No. 1 nationally in the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET), the first time a Pac-12 program has topped the metric since its debut for the 2018-19 season.

  • The Pac-12 boasts three top-25 teams along with USC (#14) and UCLA (#22), with WASHINGTON STATE (#43) in the top 50.

2-of-7 - ARIZONA and USC are 2-of-7 undefeated teams remaining in NCAA Division I through Dec. 13 games.

  • The Wildcats are 9-0 for the second time in the past three seasons (started 9-0 in 2019-20), while the Trojans (10-0) are off to their best start since 2016-17 (14-0).
  • The Pac-12 is 1-of-2 conferences with two remaining unbeaten teams (Big 12 - Baylor, Iowa State).

3 - For a fifth consecutive week, three Pac-12 Men's Basketball programs appear in the Associated Press Top 25 with No. 4 UCLA, No. 8 ARIZONA and No. 10 USC.

  • It marks the first week with three Pac-12 teams in the AP top 10 since the final poll of 2016-17.
  • They are the highest rankings for both Arizona and USC since checking in at No. 2 and No. 10, respectively, in the Nov. 20, 2017 poll. The Trojans were last ranked better than No. 10 in the final poll of the 1991-92 season (No. 8).

9-0 - With a win Wednesday versus Northern Colorado, ARIZONA’s Tommy Lloyd will have won his first 10 games as Wildcats’ coach.

  • The only other coach in Arizona program history to win his first 10 games was J.F. ‘Pop’ McKale, who won his first 21 games as coach across three seasons from 1914-17. McKale has been the namesake of Arizona’s storied McKale Memorial Center since its opening in 1973.
  • Lloyd would also be the first Pac-12 Conference coach to win his first 10 games with a program since Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins in 2008-09.
  • With wins vs. Northern Colorado and Saturday against Cal Baptist, Lloyd can become the first Conference coach in over a century to win his first 11 games with a program. (Stanford’s Walter Powell, 1920-21).

27 - It will be one of the busiest and most challenging weeks of the Pac-12 season with 27 games on this week’s schedule:

  • Nine matchups against Power Conference opponents, three versus ranked Big 12 foes including OREGON hosting #1 Baylor and STANFORD facing #17 Texas in the inaugural Pac-12 US LBM Coast-to-Coast Challenge in Las Vegas.
  • #4 UCLA will face North Carolina and #10 USC will take on Georgia Tech in the league’s final Alliance contests.
  • Nine western opponents with a combined 66-19 record, including ARIZONA STATE hosting unbeaten San Francisco on Sunday.

PAC-12 TIPOFF

NATIONAL POW TOO: Along with being named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, ARIZONA’s Bennedict Mathurin was also selected the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, as well as National Player of the Week by NCAA.com and ESPN.com.

KEY NON-CONFERENCE WINS

AP TOP 25 OPPONENTS (2-8)
at #2 UCLA 86, #4 Villanova 77 (OT)
ARIZONA 80, #4 Michigan 62 (Las Vegas, Nev.)

POWER 6 OPPONENTS (5-10)
at #2 UCLA 86, #4 Villanova 77 (OT)
UTAH 68, Boston College 61 (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
ARIZONA 80, #4 Michigan 62 (Las Vegas, Nev.)
#11 ARIZONA 83, at Illinois 79
#4 UCLA 67, at Marquette 56

ROAD OPPONENTS (5-6)
USC 76, at Temple 71
USC 78, at Florida Gulf Coast 61
#2 UCLA 73, at UNLV 51
#11 ARIZONA 83, at Illinois 79
#4 UCLA 67, at Marquette 56

KENPOM.COM TOP 100 OPPONENTS (10-20)
at #2 UCLA 86, #4 Villanova 77 (OT)
at #13 OREGON 86, SMU 63
ARIZONA 82, Wichita State 78 (OT) (Las Vegas, Nev.)
ARIZONA 80, #4 Michigan 62 (Las Vegas, Nev.)
WASHINGTON 87, South Dakota State 76 (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
#24 USC 58, San Diego State 43 (Anaheim, Calif.)
at CALIFORNIA 65, Fresno State 57
at CALIFORNIA 72, Santa Clara 60
#11 ARIZONA 83, at Illinois 79
#4 UCLA 67, at Marquette 56

PRESEASON CONFERENCE FAVORITES (7-3)
at #13 OREGON 83, Texas Southern 66
at #2 UCLA 86, #4 Villanova 77 (OT)
at WASHINGTON 72, Texas Southern 65
at WASHINGTON STATE 73, UC Santa Barbara 65
at CALIFORNIA 75, Southern Utah 68 (2OT)
at WASHINGTON STATE 92, Winthrop 86
WASHINGTON 87, South Dakota State 76 (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

2021 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS (12-13)
at #13 OREGON 83, Texas Southern 66
at UTAH 70, Abilene Christian 56
at #2 UCLA 86, #4 Villanova 77 (OT)
at WASHINGTON 72, Texas Southern 65
at WASHINGTON STATE 73, UC Santa Barbara 65
ARIZONA 82, Wichita State 78 (OT) (Las Vegas, Nev.)
ARIZONA 80, #4 Michigan 62 (Las Vegas, Nev.)
at WASHINGTON STATE 92, Winthrop 86
#24 USC 58, San Diego State 43 (Anaheim, Calif.)
at Colorado 60, Eastern Washington 57
#11 Arizona 83, at Illinois 79
at Arizona State 67, Grand Canyon 62

PRESEASON NATIONAL AWARDS

AP PRESEASON FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Johnny Juzang, UCLA

NABC NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Watch List

Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA
Johnny Juzang, UCLA

NAISMITH TROPHY NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Watch List

Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA
Johnny Juzang, UCLA
Isaiah Mobley, USC
Will Richardson, Oregon

WOODEN AWARD NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
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Tyger Campbell, UCLA
Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA
Johnny Juzang, UCLA
Isaiah Mobley, USC
Will Richardson, Oregon

NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME AWARDS
Watch Lists

Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year
Tyger Campbell, UCLA
Will Richardson, Oregon

Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year
De’Vion Harmon, Oregon
Johnny Juzang, UCLA
Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year
Marcus Bagley, Arizona State
Harrison Ingram, Stanford
Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA
Jabari Walker, Colorado

Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year
Quincy Guerrier, Oregon
Isaiah Mobley, USC
Azuolas Tubelis, Arizona

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year
Myles Johnson, UCLA

SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Top 30 Candidates

Evan Battey, Colorado
Jules Bernard, UCLA
Myles Johnson, UCLA

PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL INITIATIVES

YEAR 2 of 20-GAME SCHEDULE IN 2021-22; NEW 10-YEAR ANNUAL ROTATION

  • The Pac-12 transitioned to a 20-game league schedule in 2020-21 in an effort to add more competitive and higher quality regional games to schedules and to elevate the national branding of Pac-12 men’s basketball. In addition to the second season of 20 league games, the Pac-12 unveiled in May 2021 a new 10-year annual opponent rotation for 2021-31. More details at pac12.me/21-22MBBsched.

NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE STANDARDS

  • The Pac-12 implemented non-conference scheduling standards beginning with the 2020-21 season with goals of improving out-of-league schedule strength and increasing the number of NCAA Tournament selections. The standards include: (i) a non-Conference five-year trailing average of opponents’ NET ranking must be 175 or less, (ii) no participation in road buy games, (iii) no regular season games against non-Division I opponents and (iv) no road games versus a non-conference opponent with a five-year trailing average of 200 NET.

THE ALLIANCE

  • On Aug. 24, the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 announced an historic alliance that will bring 41 world-class institutions together on a collaborative approach surrounding the future evolution of college athletics and scheduling. The alliance – which was unanimously supported by the presidents, chancellors and athletics directors at all 41 institutions – will be guided in all cases by a commitment to, and prioritization of, supporting student-athlete well-being, academic and athletic opportunities, experiences and diverse educational programming. More details at pac12.me/Alliance.

PAC-12 TITLE GAME MOVES TO FOX

  • The 2022 Pac-12 Tournament Championship Game on Saturday, March 12 will be broadcast by FOX for the first time. The title contest will tip off at 6 p.m. PT with a lead-in from the BIG EAST Championship. It will mark the title game’s first airing on a broadcast network since 2012 (CBS).

PAC-12 US LBM COAST-TO-COAST CHALLENGE

  • After having the planned 2020 quadrupleheader canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conference will launch the Pac-12 US LBM Coast-to-Coast Challenge in 2021 – a unique non-conference scheduling event designed to provide opportunities for its programs against quality opponents in marquee markets around the country. More details at pac12.me/C2CChallenge21.

2021 Pac-12 US LBM Coast-to-Coast Challenge
Sunday, Dec. 19 - T-Mobile Arena - Las Vegas
12:00 p.m. PT - STANFORD vs. Texas (men) - ABC
2:30 p.m. PT - ARIZONA vs. Texas (women) - ESPN2

PAC-12, SWAC CREATE PARTNERSHIP

  • In 2022-23, the Pac-12 and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) will launch an educational and scheduling agreement featuring first-of-its-kind home-and-home series. The men’s and women’s basketball partnership is aimed at creating both a forum for competition, as well as promotion and education around issues of anti-racism and social justice. The partnership is set to begin in Nov. 2022, with six matchups for the initial men’s cycle determined. More details at pac12.me/Pac-12-SWAC.

MCLENDON MINORITY LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

  • In July 2020, every head men’s basketball coach from the Pac-12 Conference pledged his support to participate in the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative to provide minorities a jump-start to their careers through practical experiences, opportunities to build their network, and instilling the values of John McLendon: Integrity, Education, Leadership, and Mentorship.

PAC-12, CHASE CENTER TO HOST NCAA WEST REGIONAL IN 2022 & 2025

  • The Pac-12 Conference, Chase Center and the Golden State Warriors will serve as hosts for this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship West Regional March 24 & 26, 2022. The groups also will serve as West Regional hosts in 2025.
  • It will mark the first time the NCAA Tournament will be played within the city of San Francisco since the West Regional was staged at the California Coliseum on Treasure Island in March 1939. Daly City’s Cow Palace (1955, 1958-60), Oakland’s Oracle Arena (1990, 1995, 2006) and San Jose’s SAP Center (1997, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019) are among the other Bay Area venues to host the tourney.
  • Additionally, ARIZONA STATE will serve as host of the 2024 NCAA Final Four at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
#10 USC 2-0 10-0
#4 UCLA 2-0 8-1
#8 Arizona 1-0 9-0
Colorado 1-1 8-3
Utah 1-1 7-3
Washington State 1-1 7-3
Stanford 1-1 5-3
California 1-1 6-5
Arizona State 1-1 4-6
Washington 0-1 4-4
Oregon 0-2 5-5
Oregon State 0-2 1-8

*UCLA forfeit win over Washington reflected in Conference standings per Pac-12 policy, not overall records per NCAA policy.


WEEKLY SCHEDULE (Full Schedule)

Tuesday, Dec. 14 TV Time (PT)
ARIZONA STATE at Creighton FS1 5:00 p.m. PT
UC Davis at OREGON STATE PAC12 7:00 p.m. PT
Wednesday, Dec. 15 TV Time (PT)
Northern Colorado at #8 ARIZONA PAC12 6:00 p.m. PT
Portland at OREGON PAC12OR 6:00 p.m. PT
UC Irvine at #10 USC PAC12LA 6:00 p.m. PT
New Mexico State at WASHINGTON STATE PAC12WA 7:00 p.m. PT
Alabama State at #4 UCLA PAC12 8:00 p.m. PT
Thursday, Dec. 16 TV Time (PT)
Dartmouth at STANFORD PAC12 7:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Dec. 18 TV Time (PT)
CSU Bakersfield at COLORADO PAC12 11:00 a.m. PT
#4 UCLA vs. North Carolina (Las Vegas, Nev.) CBS 12:00 p.m. PT
#10 USC vs. Georgia Tech (Phoenix, Ariz.) PAC12 1:00 p.m. PT
Northern Colorado at WASHINGTON STATE PAC12WA 1:00 p.m. PT
UTAH at Missouri SECN 1:30 p.m. PT
Cal Baptist at #8 ARIZONA PAC12 3:00 p.m. PT
Texas A&M at OREGON STATE PAC12 5:00 p.m. PT
#1 Baylor at OREGON ESPN2 7:00 p.m. PT
Seattle U at WASHINGTON PAC12 7:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, Dec. 19 TV Time (PT)
#17 Texas vs. STANFORD (Las Vegas, Nev.) ABC 12:00 p.m. PT
Dartmouth at CALIFORNIA PAC12 1:00 p.m. PT
San Francisco at ARIZONA STATE PAC12 3:00 p.m. PT
Tuesday, Dec. 21 TV Time (PT)
Florida A&M at ARIZONA STATE PAC12 2:00 p.m. PT
Fresno State at UTAH PAC12 4:00 p.m. PT
#7 Kansas at COLORADO ESPN2 6:00 p.m. PT
Pepperdine at OREGON PAC12 6:00 p.m. PT
Oklahoma State vs. #10 USC (Oklahoma City, Okla.) ESPNU 6:00 p.m. PT
Utah Valley at WASHINGTON PAC12WA 6:00 p.m. PT
Nicholls State at OREGON STATE PAC12 8:00 p.m. PT

PAC-12 PERFORMANCE AWARDS PRESENTED BY NEXTIVA

Week of Player of the Week Freshman of the Week
Nov. 15 Johnny Juzang, Jr., UCLA Harrison Ingram, Stanford
Nov. 22 Christian Koloko, Jr., Arizona Mouhamed Gueye, Washington State
Nov. 29 Terrell Brown Jr., Sr., Washington K.J. Simpson, Colorado
Dec. 6 Bennedict Mathurin, So., Arizona Lazar Stefanovic, Utah
Dec. 13 Bennedict Mathurin, So., Arizona Harrison Ingram, Stanford
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