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UCLA Basketball: PAC-12 Hoops by the Numbers

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Next week, the BN staff will give you it's PAC-12 predictions and an assessment of UCLA compared to the season previews. Let's set that up with the stats.

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After the Alabama game, BN will post its' PAC-12 and UCLA forecasts, and I'll, gulp, do a self-assessment on the Bruins compared to my previews (help me out Alabama; let me live to pontificate another day - even though my preseason preview had you beating the Bruins).

In the meantime, let me set it up for you with the stats. Thanks to Sports-reference.com, here are the standings. You can check out the individual leaders from this page.

And here are the teams ranked by to Net SRS.

These are the team stats according to CBS Sports.

SCORING STATS
TEAM CONF GP PPG FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PTM 3PTA 3PT%
Oregon PAC12 12 80.3 355 777 45.7 154 208 74 99 281 35.2
UCLA PAC12 12 77.8 324 736 44 204 311 65.6 81 220 36.8
Arizona PAC12 13 76.3 343 685 50.1 233 359 64.9 73 195 37.4
Utah PAC12 11 75.3 280 568 49.3 195 294 66.3 73 193 37.8
Arizona State PAC12 12 74.9 299 633 47.2 203 303 67 98 249 39.4
Stanford PAC12 10 72.9 259 587 44.1 152 204 74.5 59 162 36.4
Washington PAC12 11 72.1 285 625 45.6 156 243 64.2 67 207 32.4
Washington State PAC12 11 70.1 266 628 42.4 160 218 73.4 79 244 32.4
California PAC12 12 69.6 314 680 46.2 143 220 65 64 174 36.8
Southern California PAC12 11 68.5 272 639 42.6 153 249 61.4 57 176 32.4
Colorado PAC12 12 68.3 276 611 45.2 205 279 73.5 63 178 35.4
Oregon State PAC12 11 67.4 263 588 44.7 154 225 68.4 61 176 34.7

Of interest at the player statistics level:

  • Bryce Alford is the leader in minutes played.
  • Joseph Young is the leader in points per game.
  • Delon Wright is the FG% leader.
  • Bryce Alford is the 3P% leader.
  • Stanley Johnson is the leader in Free Throw Attempts (Kevon Looney is #2).
  • Kevon Looney is the total and offensive rebounding leader.
  • Robert Upshaw is the shot-blocking leader.

Below I give you my synopsis for each team and my first free associations by team.

School Record Best Wins Worse Loss/Bad Win Free Association
Arizona 12-1 Gonzaga, 66-63 UNLV, 67-71 Not so dominant. Lacking offense. Stanley Johnson still one-and-done but not fitting into team concept.
Utah 9-2 Wichita St 69-68 SDSU 49-53, Delon Wright POY leader. PAC-12 biggest surprise is Jakob Poeltl, FOY leader; also national leader in futile screen setting.
Colorado 7-5 Auburn 90-59 Wyoming, 33-56 Surprisingly bad. Winnable game for UCLA.
UCLA 8-4 Coastal Carolina, 84-71 Kentucky, 44-83 Where are their heads at? Identity crisis on offense. Unprepared/too nervous to play big games.
Stanford 7-3 Texas 74-71 DePaul 59-70 Big marquis win over Texas on the road. Coming together slowly.
Washington 12-0 Oklahoma, 69-67 None Secret weapon is shot-blocking by Robert Upshaw.
California 10-2 Syracuse, 73-59 Win, Montana 78-76 2OT Tyrone Wallace darkhorse POY candidate. Cuonzo Marting paying off.
Oregon 9-3 Illinois 77-70 Michigan 63-70 Seem to be making due with nothing.
Arizona State 7-5 UNLV 77-55 Lehigh,81-84 Par for the course
USC 7-4 Boston College 75-71 Portland, 68-76 Jordan McLaughlin is the real dealat point guard.
Washington State 5-6 Missouri St 89-84 Idaho, 71-77 Par for the course
Oregon State 8-3 Mississippi St. 59-49 Quinnipiac, 52-60 No noteworthy wins, but surprising. Wayne Tinkle real deal as coach, and has a good class coming in next year.

My general observations are:

  • There are not so many of those bad cupcake losses this year.
  • Not so many great wins either. Arizona over Gonzaga is the marquis win.
  • Is the PAC-12 really Arizona then everyone else? I think Utah gives them a run for their money. Washington is next up. They beat Oklahoma and San Diego State, but those teams ultimately did not have marquis wins either (Oklahoma beat Weber State who, in turn, has not beaten anybody).
  • Stanford seems to be coming together. Chasson Randle is playing as advertised, Anthony Brown is surprisingly good and even freshman point guard Robert Cartwright is moving up in the rotation -- when he's in, it allows Randle to go off the ball. Stanford was in the UCLA position -- lost lots of experience, and has to integrate new players, but they've made more progress than the Bruins.