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Pac-12 Men's Basketball Weekly Release - Feb. 22, 2022

Feb 22, 2022

COMPLETE RELEASE

#PAC12MBB STARTING FIVE:

+2.5 - Entering this week, ARIZONA owns a 2.5-game lead - currently the largest among any major conference - in the Pac-12 standings and is off to the league’s best start since the Wildcats opened 2016-17 at 15-1.

  • The last Pac-12 team to start better than 15-1 was STANFORD in 2003-04 (17-0).
  • ARIZONA has already secured a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament and can clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title this week with two wins, OR any win AND any loss by both UCLA and USC. It would be the Wildcats’ 17th all-time Conference crown, first since 2017-18.

1 & 4 - Two Pac-12 programs were among the top 16 teams revealed by the NCAA Selection Committee in its annual Bracket Preview Show on Feb. 19. The Pac-12 last had multiple top-4 seeds in 2016-17 (#2 ARIZ, #3 ORE, #3 UCLA).

  • ARIZONA was chosen a No. 1 seed (No. 3 overall) with placement in the NCAA South Regional in San Antonio; a No. 1 seed would be league’s first since 2016 (OREGON) and 17th since seeding began in 1979. The Wildcats have been a No. 1 seed six times previously (1988, 1989, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2014).
  • UCLA was voted a No. 4 seed (No. 14 overall) and placed in the NCAA Midwest Regional in Chicago.

5th - Should rankings hold, next Tuesday’s meeting between No. 2 ARIZONA and No. 16 USC will mark the fifth ranked matchup of this Conference season, the most in the league since the 2016-17 season (eight).

  • Since expansion to the Pac-10 in 1978-79, this marks just the eighth season in which the trio of ARIZONA, UCLA and USC all reached the 20-win plateau in the same season (1991-92, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2021-22).

24 & 14 - ARIZONA’s Naismith Trophy National Coach of the Year candidate Tommy Lloyd is closing in on Conference records for coaches who have made their collegiate head coaching debuts in the Pac-12:

Overall Wins

  • John A. Warren, ORE - 30 (1944-45)
  • Tony Bennett, WSU - 26 (2006-07)
  • Gary Cunningham, UCLA - 25 (1977-78)
  • Tommy Lloyd, ARIZ - 24 (2021-22)
  • Steve Lavin, UCLA - 24 (1996-97)

Conference Wins

  • Steve Lavin, UCLA - 15 (1996-97)
  • Jim Anderson, OSU - 15 (1989-90)
  • Tommy Lloyd, ARIZ - 14 (2021-22)
  • Larry Farmer, UCLA - 14 (1981-82)
  • Gary Cunningham, UCLA - 14 (1977-78)

11.9 - Through 96 league games as of Feb. 21, the average scoring margin is 11.9 points.

  • 44 games have been decided by single digits
  • 20 games have been decided by one possession (3 pts. or less)
  • 4 overtime games (7 OT periods)
  • 5 decided on team’s final possession (ASU at ORE; STAN vs. ORE; ASU vs. UTAH; STAN vs. ASU; USC vs. WSU)
  • 17 games have been postponed (13 rescheduled and played, 4 rescheduled)

PAC-12 TIPOFF

IT’S TOUGH TO WIN ON THE ROAD?: There have been nine sweeps of road swings so far this Conference season, which is tied for the second-most in the Pac-12 era (also nine in 2018-19).

  • The current Pac-12-era high is 10 road sweeps during the 2016-17 season.
  • 2021-22 road sweeps to date: Arizona (Bay Areas), California (Oregons), Colorado (Bay Areas), Oregon (Mountains, LAs), UCLA (Mountains), USC (Mountains), Utah (Bay Areas), Washington State (Bay Areas)
  • Since expansion to the Pac-10 in 1978-79, the 2021-22 season is currently on pace to be the fourth-easiest on the road:

Best road win pct (1979-pres.)
1. 2007-08 (42-48, .467)
2. 1980-81 (41-49, .456)
3. 1999-00 (40-50, .444)
4. 2021-22 (41-55, .427)

NATIONAL AWARDS CANDIDATES

NAISMITH TROPHY NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Late Season Top 15 Watch List
Tommy Lloyd, Arizona

NABC NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Watch List

Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA
Johnny Juzang, UCLA

NAISMITH TROPHY NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Midseason Top 30
Johnny Juzang, UCLA
Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona
Isaiah Mobley, USC

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

WOODEN AWARD NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Late Season Top 20

Johnny Juzang, UCLA
Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona
Isaiah Mobley, USC

Midseason Top 25
Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA
Johnny Juzang, UCLA
Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona
Isaiah Mobley, USC

Watch List
Tyger Campbell, UCLA
Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA
Johnny Juzang, UCLA
Isaiah Mobley, USC
Will Richardson, Oregon

LUTE OLSON NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Midseason Watch List

Johnny Juzang, UCLA
Christian Koloko, Arizona
Isaiah Mobley, USC

NAISMITH DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Watch List

Christian Koloko, Arizona

NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME AWARDS
Watch Lists

Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year
Tyger Campbell, UCLA (Late Season Top 10)
Will Richardson, Oregon (Late Season Top 10)

Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year
De’Vion Harmon, Oregon
Johnny Juzang, UCLA (Late Season Top 10)
Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona (Late Season Top 10)

Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year
Marcus Bagley, Arizona State
Harrison Ingram, Stanford (Late Season Top 10)
Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA (Late Season Top 10)
Jabari Walker, Colorado

Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year
Quincy Guerrier, Oregon
Isaiah Mobley, USC (Late Season Top 10)
Azuolas Tubelis, Arizona (Late Season Top 10)

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

SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Finalist
Evan Battey, Colorado

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
#2 Arizona 14-1 24-2
#16 USC 12-4 23-4
#12 UCLA 12-4 20-5
Oregon 10-6 17-10
Colorado 10-7 18-9
Washington 8-7 13-12
Stanford 8-9 15-12
Washington State 7-8 14-12
Arizona State 6-10 10-16
Utah 4-13 11-16
California 4-13 11-17
Oregon State 1-14 3-22

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

Wednesday, Feb. 23 TV Time (PT)
WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE* ESPNU 8:00 p.m. PT
Thursday, Feb. 24 TV Time (PT)
ARIZONA STATE at COLORADO* PAC12 6:00 p.m. PT
#12 UCLA at OREGON* ESPN 6:30 p.m. PT
#16 USC at OREGON STATE* ESPN2 8:00 p.m. PT
#2 ARIZONA at UTAH* FS1 8:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Feb. 26 TV Time (PT)
#12 UCLA at OREGON STATE* CBS 1:00 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON* PAC12 3:00 p.m. PT
#2 ARIZONA at COLORADO* ESPN2 5:00 p.m. PT
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA* PAC12 5:30 p.m. PT
#16 USC at OREGON* ESPN2 7:00 p.m. PT
ARIZONA STATE at UTAH* ESPNU 7:00 p.m. PT
Monday, Feb. 28 TV Time (PT)
WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE* ESPNU 8:00 p.m. PT
#12 UCLA at WASHINGTON* ESPN2 8:00 p.m. PT
Tuesday, March 1 TV Time (PT)
#2 ARIZONA at #16 USC* ESPN 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
Dec. 20 Chevez Goodwin, R-Sr., USC Harrison Ingram, Stanford
Dec. 27 Grant Anticevich, 5th, California Harrison Ingram, Stanford
Jan. 3 Will Richardson, Sr., Oregon Glenn Taylor Jr., Oregon State
Jan. 10 Tyger Campbell, Jr., UCLA Julian Hammond III, Colorado
Jan. 17  Will Richardson, Sr., Oregon Mouhamed Gueye, Washington State
Jan. 24 Johnny Juzang, Jr., UCLA Lazar Stefanovic, Utah
Jan. 31 Terrell Brown Jr., Sr., Washington Harrison Ingram, Stanford
Feb. 7 Ąžuolas Tubelis, So., Arizona Mouhamed Gueye, Washington State
Feb. 14 Drew Peterson, Sr., USC Harrison Ingram, Stanford
Feb. 21 Bennedict Mathurin, So., Arizona K.J. Simpson, Colorado
Feb. 28    
March 7    

NATIONAL WEEKLY 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