Issues to observe this week in Pac-12 Convention basketball:
GAME OF THE WEEK: Oregon State at Southern California, Thursday. What would have been the marquee sport of the week, Oregon at No. 23 UCLA, was postponed because of COVID-19 points within the Geese’ program. The opposite sport between the Pac-12’s different Southern California and Oregon groups must be fairly good, too. The Trojans, coming off an eight-point win over Stanford, are 1.5 video games behind UCLA for the Pac-12 lead at 6-2. The Beavers have been shifting up the standings after profitable three straight, together with rival Oregon. Additionally they beat USC 58-56 final week regardless of going scoreless over the ultimate 3:13.
LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona State, one of many preseason favorites to win the Pac-12, is seeking to get again on monitor this week in opposition to Stanford and Cal. The Solar Devils are coming off consecutive losses to rival Arizona and have misplaced six straight total. … Arizona is 2 again of UCLA for the convention lead and in addition performs the Northern California faculties. … Washington and Washington State have struggled in convention play, however the Apple Cup rivalry normally has some enjoyable video games. They play Sunday in Seattle. … Colorado and Utah play twice this week, Wednesday and Saturday.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: USC’s Evan Mobley averaged 18.5 factors, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a pair of.zero blocks in two video games final week to earn Pac-12 freshman of the week honors. … Arizona leads the Pac-12 with 80.2 factors per sport. … UCLA’s Tyger Campbell leads the convention and is 17th nationally with 6.2 assists per sport.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Jamal Bey, Washington. The junior guard was named the Pac-12 participant of the week after averaging 21.zero factors on 15-of-19 capturing, together with 6 of seven behind the 3-point arc.
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE: No. 6 Stanford will attempt to get again on monitor after shedding two of its previous three video games. The Cardinal, who opened the season with 11 straight wins, play Washington State on Friday and Washington on Sunday. … COVID-19 protocols inside Arizona’s program triggered the 10th-ranked Wildcats to postpone their video games in opposition to No. 5 UCLA and USC this weekend. … UCLA sophomore guard Charisma Osborne was named the convention participant of the week after after ending with 24 factors, 9 rebounds and three steals in a win over Stanford.
Compiled by AP Basketball Author John Marshall in Phoenix.
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