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Pac-12 basketball has eight teams in top 50 RPI

Pretty impressive year for the conference.

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The combined record of all Pac-12 programs in non-conference play is 117-33. The .780 win percentage was the second-best nationally, behind the Big 12, and 33 losses were the third-fewest, trailing the Big 12 and Big East.

The Pac-12’s eight teams in the NCAA RPI Top 50 as of Jan. 5 are the most in the nation. Eleven Pac-12 teams are currently in the top 100, the second-most nationally behind only the ACC.

The Pac-12 is second nationally in scoring at 78.6 points per game. League-wide scoring is +6.9 points compared through the first weekend of Pac-12 play last season (78.6 to 71.7) with 10 teams averaging at least 75.0 ppg so far in 2015-16 versus just three in 2014-15.

Through Jan. 4, the Pac-12 has 46 wins against NCAA RPI Top 100 teams, led by ARIZONA (6-1), ARIZONA STATE (5-2), CALIFORNIA (5-1), COLORADO (4-3), OREGON (5-3), UCLA (4-5), USC (4-3) and UTAH (5-4). CALIFORNIA leads the nation with five RPI Top 50 wins (5-1), while the Pac-12 has 22 Top 50 victories overall.

Pac-12 teams posted a combined seven wins against Top 25 teams in non-conference play, tied for the second-most in the nation behind the ACC. Five of those upsets came in a span of 20 days (11/30-12/19). In total, Pac-12 teams have combined for 11 Top 25 wins with road sweeps of UCLA and UTAH in the opening weekend of league play.

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