Gear up for the upcoming men's basketball Pac-12 Tournament by looking through our Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado, and Utah products.
The Washington Huskies roared through the conference to a 15-3 record, while compiling an impressive 24-7 overall record. They did most of their damage at home, losing only once. Arizona State finished second in the conference while the Utah Utes surprised many to place 3rd.
In a vote of the 12 Conference coaches, the following individuals were awarded for their significant contributions in the 2018-2019 season.
- Washington's Jaylen Nowell was the player of the year after averaging 16.3 ppg while shooting better than 50% from the field and 40% from deep. He is the third player from Washington to be named the conference MVP after Brandon Roy (2005-06) and Chris Welp (1985-86).
- Arizona State's Luguentz Dort was voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year after doing a little bit of everything: 16.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, and 1.6 steals per game.
- Washington’s Matisse Thybulle was selected as repeat Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year after winning the award last season as well. Per the Pac-12's website, "The 6-5 senior closed the regular season with an NCAA-leading 110 steals to equal Jason Kidd’s single-season Conference record set in 1992-93 while also ranking second in the league with 72 blocked shots – becoming the only collegiate player in the last quarter century to record 110 steals and 70 blocks in a season according to College Basketball Reference."
- Washington's Mike Hopkins was named the coach of the year, for the second straight season.
Conference Tournament Outlook
Washington is the most gifted team, but others lurk as darkhouses to take home the conference hardware. According to Sports Illustrated, Colorado is the hottest team as of late winning eight of ten. However, it is Oregon that Sports Illustrated predicts will win the tournament thanks to their turnover-creating defense and the pressure they place on opponents who shoot the three. Per Sports Illustrated, "The Ducks also are strong at defending the perimeter, as opponents have shot 31.6% from beyond the arc in Pac-12 play (best three-point defense in the conference)."
For a more thorough read on the quest to the conference championship, follow this link. The tournament schedule is courtesy of that link.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)
|Wednesday, March 13||TV||Time|
|Pac-12 Tournament – First Round – #8 USC vs. #9 Arizona||PAC12||12 p.m.|
|Pac-12 Tournament – First Round – #5 Colorado vs. #12 California||PAC12||2:30 p.m.|
|Pac-12 Tournament – First Round – #7 UCLA vs. #10 Stanford||PAC12||6 p.m.|
|Pac-12 Tournament – First Round – #6 Oregon vs. #11 Washington State||PAC12||8:30 p.m.|
|Thursday, March 14||TV||Time|
|Pac-12 Tournament – Quarterfinals – #1 Washington vs. #8/#9||PAC12||12 p.m.|
|Pac-12 Tournament – Quarterfinals – #4 Oregon State vs. #5/#12||PAC12||2:30 p.m.|
|Pac-12 Tournament – Quarterfinals – #2 Arizona State vs. #7/#10||PAC12||6 p.m.|
|Pac-12 Tournament – Quarterfinals – #3 Utah vs. #6/#11||ESPN||8:30 p.m.|
|Friday, March 15||TV||Time|
|Pac-12 Tournament – Semifinals||PAC12||6 p.m.|
|Pac-12 Tournament – Semifinals||ESPN||8:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 16||TV||Time|
|Pac-12 Tournament – Championship||ESPN||7:30 p.m.|