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Oregon’s Altman gets most out of team while counterpart Robinson of Oregon State fails to post wins with his talent





Oregon's Dana Altman has his team at the top of the Pac-12 despite having the fourth-best productivity rating

Oregon’s Dana Altman has his team at the top of the Pac-12 despite having the fourth-best productivity rating

With only three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Pac-12 is taking shape for which head coach is getting the most out of his talent.

Based on a team’s winning percentage compared to its productivity rating (for definition, see glossary), the coach who is clearly at the top of the list is Oregon’s Dana Altman. The Ducks lead the conference with a 10-3 record (.769 winning percentage) but have the No. 4 productivity rating of .488, largely because starting point guard Dominic Artis has missed seven games with a foot injury.

That’s a plus-.281 difference between the winning percentage and productivity rating.

Next on the list is Arizona’s Sean Miller (9-4 record, .692 winning precentage, .500 productivity rating, plus-.192 difference) and UCLA’s Ben Howland (9-4, .692 winning percentage, with league-leading .532 productivity rating, plus-.160 difference).

The coach at the bottom is Oregon State’s Craig Robinson, whose team has a .486 productivity rating in Pac-12 games, which falls right below Oregon’s .488 mark. The Beavers, however, are 3-10 with a winning percentage of .231. That’s a minus-.255 difference between the winning percentage and productivity rating.

What it all means: Altman, with his team’s overall productivity affected because of a significant injury in his lineup, is pushing the right buttons to get victories out of the Ducks. Robinson, with some decent talent that is producing statistically, is not coaching his team to victories the Beavers should be achieving based on their overall productivity.

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Cal's Allen Crabbe was selected the Pac-12's conference player of the week but his teammate David Kravish was more deserving

Cal’s Allen Crabbe was selected the Pac-12’s conference player of the week but his teammate David Kravish was more deserving

Cal junior forward Allen Crabbe was the Pac-12’s sexy pick for the conference player of the week, but the Golden Bear who truly deserved the honor was sophomore post player David Kravish. Crabbe tallied 54 productivity points in 79 minutes in victories over UCLA and USC, while Kravish posted 62 productivity points in 73 minutes.

Kravish had a career-high 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Cal’s dominating 76-63 win over UCLA. Crabbe had 16 points but he shot only 6-of-16 from the field and had five turnovers to go with his five assists.

Against USC, Crabbe awoke in the last five minutes — thanks to a shove from coach Mike Montgomery — and scored 10 of his 23 points in Cal’s 76-68 win. Crabbe also committed five turnovers and took 16 shots to get his 23 points. Kravish had a solid game with 10 points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots and a 4-of-4 performance at the free-throw line.

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WSU's Royce Wooldridge posted the league's most productive game of the season against Oregon

WSU’s Royce Wooldridge posted the league’s most productive game of the season against Oregon

Lost in Washington State’s 2-11 conference season will be the 36-point performance by starting point guard Royce Woolridge in Saturday’s overtime loss against visiting Oregon.

Woolridge, a sophomore transfer from Kansas who played at Phoenix Sunnyslope, tallied the league’s season-best mark of 54 productivity points in 41 minutes against the Ducks. The mark passes the 53 productivity points posted by Utah center Jason Washburn in the Utes’ upset win over Arizona State last week.

Woolridge’s performance against Oregon boosted his conference productivity rating to .505. The league’s top point guards, in terms of productivity rating, are Arizona’s Mark Lyons (.606), ASU’s Jahii Carson (.568), Cal’s Justin Cobbs (.518) and Woolridge.

Lyons had a team-high 41 productivity points in 36 minutes in the UA’s 73-66 win over Stanford on Feb. 6.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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PAC-12’s TOP TEN
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This Week (Tucson times):
Today
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE 8 p.m. P12N
WASHINGTON at No. 12 ARIZONA 9 p.m. ESPN2
Series: ARIZ leads, 45-28. Streak: ARIZ 1 (last, 57-53 at WASH)
Tomorrow
CALIFORNIA at No. 23 OREGON 7 p.m. ESPNU
UTAH at COLORADO 8 p.m. P12N
STANFORD at OREGON STATE 9 p.m. ESPNU
Saturday
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 12 ARIZONA 1 p.m. FSN
Series: ARIZ leads, 56-16. Streak: ARIZ 5 (last, 79-65 at WSU)
CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE 4 p.m. P12N
STANFORD at No. 23 OREGON 6 p.m. P12N
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE 9 p.m. ESPNU
Sunday
UCLA at USC 1:30 p.m. FSN

PRODUCTIVITY LEADERS
Players listed are top six in minutes played in Pac-12 games
GLOSSARY:
S: Number of starts.
PP: Productivity Points (Points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocked shots, FGs made, FTs made added together and then subtracted by missed FGs, missed FTs, personal fouls and turnovers)
MIN: Minutes played
PR: Productivity rating per minute played (Productivity points divided by minutes played)


ARIZONA (9-4)
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ARIZONA STATE (8-5)
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COLORADO (7-6)
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UTAH (3-10)
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (7-6)
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UCLA (9-4)
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CALIFORNIA (8-5)
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STANFORD (6-7)
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OREGON (10-3)
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OREGON STATE (3-10)
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WASHINGTON (6-7)
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WASHINGTON STATE (2-11)
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