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Pac-12 Men's Basketball Weekly Release - March 15, 2022

Mar 15, 2022
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COMPLETE RELEASE

#PAC12MBB STARTING FIVE:

1 - ARIZONA completed a sweep of Pac-12 titles by adding the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament crown on Saturday to its record regular-season title in which it became the first team in Conference history to reach 18 league victories.

  • As their reward, the Wildcats were awarded the No. 2 overall seed and No. 1 seed in the South Region (San Antonio) for the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
  • It marks the 17th all-time No. 1 seed for Pac-12 programs since seeding began in 1979, first since Oregon in 2016. Of Arizona’s now 36 all-time NCAA Tournament bids, seven have come as a No. 1 seed (1988, 1989, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2014, 2022).

3 - Pac-12 Men’s Basketball secured three bids to the 2022 NCAA Tournament with No. 4 seed UCLA and No. 7 seed USC selected as at-large teams along with the automatic bid recipient and top-seeded Wildcats in the 68-team field.

  • It marks the first NCAA Tournament since 2017 that the Pac-12 had multiple top-4 seeds and three top-7 seeds (#2 ARIZ, #3 ORE, #3 UCLA).

3 - Three additional Pac-12 Men’s Basketball programs will continue with postseason play as COLORADO, OREGON and WASHINGTON STATE each received at-large berths in the 2022 National Invitation Tournament.

  • For the Cougars, it marks their first postseason bid since finishing runner-up in the 2012 CBI, and first NCAA/NIT berth since 2011.

6 - It marks the first time since 2018 that the Pac-12 sent at least half its teams to postseason NCAA or NIT play.

  • Since expansion to the Pac-12 in 2011-12, the Conference has sent at least half its teams to the NCAA or NIT postseason in eight seasons (2012-18, 2022).

31... - ARIZONA’s Naismith Trophy National Coach of the Year candidate Tommy Lloyd set the Pac-12 record for both overall and Conference wins by a first-year head coach, and is now within reach of the all-time NCAA Division I record:

34 - Bill Guthridge, North Carolina (1997-98)
33 - Bill Hodges, Indiana State (1978-79)
32 - Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin (2013-14)
31 - Tommy Lloyd, ARIZONA (2021-22)
31 - Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh (2003-04)
31 - Steve Prohm, Murray State (2011-12)

  • Lloyd became only the second coach to win the Pac-12 Tournament in his debut season with a program (Steve Alford, UCLA - 2014), and the seventh to sweep the outright Pac-12 regular-season and tourney titles and win Conference Coach of the Year (2015-16 - Dana Altman, ORE; 2005-06 - Ben Howland, UCLA; 2003-04 - Mike Montgomery, STAN; 1987-88 & 1988-89 - Lute Olson, ARIZ; 1986-87 - Walt Hazzard, UCLA.).

PAC-12 TIPOFF

MOP-PING UP: ARIZONA’s Bennedict Mathurin became the fifth player (sixth time) to earn both the Pac-12’s Player of the Year and tournament Most Outstanding Player honors in the same season.

Sean Elliott, ARIZ (1988 & 1989)
Luke Ridnour, ORE (2003)
Josh Childress, STAN (2004)
Deandre Ayton, ARIZ (2018)
Bennedict Mathurin, ARIZ (2022)

2022 Pac-12 All-Tournament Team
Spencer Jones, STANFORD
Boogie Ellis, USC
Jules Bernard, UCLA
Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA
Christian Koloko, ARIZONA
Bennedict Mathurin, ARIZONA (MOP)

NATIONAL AWARDS CANDIDATES

ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICAN
Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona (Second Team)
Johnny Juzang, UCLA (Honorable Mention)

SPORTING NEWS ALL-AMERICAN
Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona (Second Team)

NAISMITH TROPHY NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Top 10 Semifinalists
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
Top 10 Semifinalists
Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

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
Top 10 Finalist

Christian Koloko, Arizona

NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME AWARDS
Watch Lists

Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year
Tyger Campbell, UCLA (Top 5 Finalist)
Will Richardson, Oregon (Late Season Top 10)

Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year
De’Vion Harmon, Oregon
Johnny Juzang, UCLA (Top 5 Finalist)
Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona (Top 5 Finalist)

Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year
Marcus Bagley, Arizona State
Harrison Ingram, Stanford (Late Season Top 10)
Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA (Top 5 Finalist)
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 18-2 31-3
#13 UCLA 15-5 25-7
#21 USC 14-6 26-7
Colorado 12-8 21-11
Oregon 11-9 19-14
Washington State 11-9 19-14
Washington 11-9 17-15
Arizona State 10-10 14-17
Stanford 8-12 16-16
California 5-15 12-20
Utah 4-16 11-20
Oregon State 1-19 3-28

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

Tuesday, March 15 TV Time (PT)
OREGON at 4-Utah State (NIT) ESPN 6:00 p.m. PT
St. Bonaventure at 4-COLORADO (NIT) ESPN2 8:00 p.m. PT
Santa Clara at 4-WASHINGTON STATE (NIT) ESPNU 8:00 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 17 TV Time (PT)
4-#11 UCLA vs. 13-Akron (Portland, Ore.) (NCAA) TBS 6:50 p.m. PT
Friday, March 18 TV Time (PT)
7-#22 USC vs. 10-Miami (Fla.) (Greenville, S.C.) (NCAA) truTV 12:10 p.m. PT
1-#2 ARIZONA vs. 16-Bryant/Wright State (San Diego, Calif.) (NCAA) truTV 4:27 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 19 TV Time (PT)
*4-#11 UCLA vs. 5-#18 Saint Mary's/12-Wyoming/Indiana (Portland, Ore.) (NCAA) TBD TBD
Sunday, March 20 TV Time (PT)
*7-#22 USC vs. 2-#8 Auburn/15-Jacksonville State (Greenville, S.C.) (NCAA) TBD TBD
*1-#2 ARIZONA vs. 8-Seton Hall/9-TCU (San Diego, Calif.) (NCAA) TBD TBD
Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20 TV Time (PT)
*4-COLORADO vs. 1-Oklahoma/Missouri State (NIT) TBD TBD
*OREGON vs. 1-Texas A&M/Alcorn State (NIT) TBD TBD
*4-WASHINGTON STATE vs. 1-SMU/Nicholls (NIT) TBD TBD

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 Drew Peterson, Sr., USC Mouhamed Gueye, Washington State
March 7 Jaime Jaquez Jr., Jr., UCLA Mouhamed Gueye, Washington State

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
March 8 USBWA National Player of the Week - Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA