Arizona Basketball

There he goes again – Mathurin named Pac-12 Player of the Week; AZ ranked No. 8 in latest poll

Bennedict Mathurin did it again – he’s been named the Pac-12 men’s basketball player of the week.

It comes on the heels of Arizona being ranked in the top 10 for the first time in three years, coming in at No. 8 after beating Illinois on Saturday.

Mathurin became the first Pac-12 player since ASU’s Tre Holder in 2017-18.

Ben Mathurin

The last Arizona player to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks was Hassan Adams in 2005-06.

In wins against Wyoming and at Illinois last week, Mathurin averaged 27.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He shot 60.6% (20-33) from the floor overall and 50.0% (7-14) from the 3-point line.

Against Wyoming, who entered the game with the Wildcats ranked 11th in the NCAA’s NET rankings, Mathurin had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds to with five assists. Then at Illinois, the Montreal native exploded for 30 points, including a 5 of 8 effort from long distance and the clinching free throws in the closing seconds.

Mathurin’s honor this week makes it 104 times that an Arizona player has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week, a total that is easily the most among conference schools. UCLA is next with 80 selections.

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