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Pac-12 Men's Basketball Weekly Release - Dec. 29, 2021

Dec 29, 2021
Nick Grace

COMPLETE RELEASE

#PAC12MBB STARTING FIVE:

1-of-5 - USC is 1-of-5 undefeated teams remaining in NCAA Division I through Dec. 28 games.

  • At 12-0, the Trojans are off to their best start since 2016-17 (14-0) and tied for the fifth-best start in program history (1909-10 - 17-0; 1970-71 - 16-0; 2016-17 - 14-0; 1939-40 - 13-0; 2021-22 & 1924-25 - 12-0).
  • USC’s start is the best for a Pac-12 program since 2017-18 (Arizona State 12-0).

3 - For a seventh consecutive week, three Pac-12 Men's Basketball programs appear in the Associated Press Top 25 with No. 5 UCLA, No. 7 USC and No. 9 ARIZONA.

  • It’s the third straight week with three AP top 10 teams; the 2016-17 season featured three AP top 10 teams for a total of seven weeks, including a late-season stretch of six straight weeks; prior to 2016-17, the most recent poll with three AP top 10 teams was Feb. 2, 1999.
  • It is the highest AP ranking for USC since appearing at No. 6 in the Jan. 27, 1975 poll. The Trojans were last ranked better than No. 6 in the AP poll on Dec. 30, 1974 (No. 5).

6 - Pac-12 Conference play is set to resume this week, though significantly altered as just 2-of-10 originally scheduled contests for the week remain along with four rescheduled contests, including the league’s non-conference finale.

  • Monday, Jan. 3 has turned into a reschedule tripleheader including a pair of Conference contests - WASHINGTON at ARIZONA (originally Dec. 2 & Jan. 25), and COLORADO at OREGON (originally Dec. 30).
  • The postponement of ARIZONA’s visits to UCLA and USC has prevented, at least temporarily, the league’s first meeting of AP top 10 programs since the 2017 Pac-12 Tournament championship game.

7 + 1 - On Dec. 22, the Pac-12 announced adjusted policies for men’s basketball administration for the remainder of the 2021-22 season. For complete details, visit pac12.me/BKB-updates-122221.

  • Key among the updates is the reestablishment of the 2020-21 season’s minimum available roster count of seven scholarship players and one countable coach, minimum two days of full practice before resuming competition, and minimum games count for regular-season championship qualification.
  • Additionally, the updates have been applied retroactively and prior contests deemed forfeits (UCLA at Washington) are now available to be rescheduled or declared no contest.

18 - Since the start of December, Pac-12 programs have had a combined 18 scheduled contests impacted by postponement (10) or cancellation (8).

  • The Conference will work with impacted schools to attempt to reschedule postponed league contests.
  • Among the non-conference games canceled were #7 Kansas at COLORADO, STANFORD vs. Vanderbilt in the Diamond Head Classic title game, UCLA vs. North Carolina, USC vs. Oklahoma State, and WASHINGTON at #5 Gonzaga.
  • The cancellation of STANFORD’s Diamond Head Classic title game prevented the Pac-12 from potentially matching its league record of a fourth multi-team event (MTE) title of the season.

KEY NON-CONFERENCE WINS

AP TOP 25 OPPONENTS (2-11)
at #2 UCLA 86, #4 Villanova 77 (OT)
ARIZONA 80, #4 Michigan 62 (Las Vegas, Nev.)

POWER 6 OPPONENTS (7-15)
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
ARIZONA STATE 58, at Creighton 57
#10 USC 67, Georgia Tech 53 (Phoenix, Ariz.)

ROAD OPPONENTS (6-7)
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
ARIZONA STATE 58, at Creighton 57

KENPOM.COM TOP 100 OPPONENTS (14-27)
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 #11 ARIZONA 94, Wyoming 65
at CALIFORNIA 72, Santa Clara 60
#11 ARIZONA 83, at Illinois 79
#4 UCLA 67, at Marquette 56
ARIZONA STATE 58, at Creighton 57
at UTAH 55, Fresno State 50
STANFORD 66, Wyoming 63 (Honolulu, Hawai’i)

PRESEASON CONFERENCE FAVORITES (8-4)
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.)
at OREGON STATE 83, Nicholls 61

2021 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS (14-17)
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
ARIZONA STATE 58, at Creighton 57
#10 USC 67, Georgia Tech 53 (Phoenix, Ariz.)

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
Watch List

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 launched 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 - #17 Texas 60, STANFORD 53 (men) - ABC
2:30 p.m. PT -  #11 Texas 74, San Diego 58 (women) - ESPN2 (ARIZONA DNP due to COVID protocols)

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
#7 USC 2-0 12-0
#9 Arizona 1-0 11-1
#5 UCLA 1-0 8-1
Colorado 1-1 9-3
Stanford 1-1 8-4
Utah 1-1 8-4
California 1-1 8-5
Washington State 1-1 8-5
Arizona State 1-1 5-7
Washington 0-0 5-5
Oregon 0-2 7-6
Oregon State 0-2 2-10

WEEKLY SCHEDULE (All games, tip times & TV broadcasts are subject to change)
For the most up-to-date schedules, visit Expanded Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 30 TV Time (PT)
UTAH at OREGON STATE* PAC12 6:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Jan. 1 TV Time (PT)
UTAH at OREGON* PAC12 7:30 p.m. PT
Sunday, Jan. 2 TV Time (PT)
ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA* PAC12 4:00 p.m. PT
Monday, Jan. 3 TV Time (PT)
Sacramento State at OREGON STATE   3:00 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON at #9 ARIZONA* PAC12 5:00 p.m. PT
COLORADO at OREGON* PAC12 7:00 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
Dec. 20 Chevez Goodwin, R-Sr., USC Harrison Ingram, Stanford
Dec. 27 Grant Anticevich, 5th, California Harrison Ingram, Stanford
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NATIONAL HONORS

Week of Award - Recipient
Dec. 13 NCAA.com National Player of the Week - Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona
Dec. 14 USBWA National Player of the Week - Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona