Saturday, June 8, 2019

Pac-12: Zags Dominant Start, with TJ McConnell, Kawhi Leonard and Jordan Bell Battling for 2nd

TJ McConnell put up another big outing to take the lead in the Pac-12 in scoring at 20.5 points per game, and San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard (19.5 ppg for second and 10.0 rebounds per game for first) and Oregon's Jordan Bell (19.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 2.0 blocks for game all top 5) left the three teams within points of each other for second place in the Pac-12 of our Value Add Basketball Game.

Based on the tie-breaker of average point differential after the three teams 1-1 starts, Arizona 2015 (+5) is now second, a basket a game ahead of Oregon 2017 (+3) and then San Diego State 2011 (+1).

Pac 12 (WCC, MVC, CUSA)WLPtsPtsAllPt Dif
Gonzaga 201720734825.0
Arizona 20151169645.0
Oregon 20171174713.0
San Diego St.20111173721.0
Wichita St. 20131169690.0
Memphis 2008116068-8.0
UCLA 2006115971-12.0
Loyola-Chicago 2018025873-15.0

While the second place team makes the tournament, they must win two tournament games to make the Elite 8. Gonzaga's domination of UCLA and Memphis gives them not only the only 2-0 mark in our Pac-12, but also a +25 that would almost certainly leave them in 1st with the tiebreaker even if they drop to 2-1. However, there is plenty of time as the conference season is seven games. Here are the top five in each category. The second tie-breaker is points allowed, leaving Gonzaga in even better shape.

Points Per GamePtsRebStlsBlocks
1McConnell, Arizona 201520.5310
2Leonard, San Diego St. 201119.51010.5
3Bell, Oregon 2017198.512
3White, San Diego St. 20111960.50.5
5Williams-Goss, Gonzaga 201718.5510.5
Rebounds Per GamePtsRebStlsBlocks
1Leonard, San Diego St. 201119.51010.5
2Dorsey, Memphis 20088.5900
3Bell, Oregon 2017198.512
4Williams, Gonzaga 201718810.5
4Ingram, Loyola 201813800
Steals Per GamePtsRebStlsBlocks
1Williams, Wichita St. 2013702.50
2Johnson, Arizona 201511321.5
2Collison, UCLA 200691.520.5
2Mbaha Mouta, UCLA 200610720
2Douglas-Roberts, Memphis 200814.54.520
2Gay, San Diego St. 20116.5220
Blocks Per GamePtsRebStlsBlocks
1Collins, Gonzaga 20178.54.502.5
2Bell, Oregon 2017198.512
4Johnson, Arizona 201511321.5
4Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona 2015144.50.51.5
517 with 1.0 blocks per game1


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