Payton Pritchard has done it again.
For the second time this season, the Oregon men’s basketball guard has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week. The news comes just one week after Pritchard received Naismith Men’s Player of the Week honors for a third time this season.
Congrats to the latest #Pac12Hoops weekly award winners!— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) February 24, 2020
Player: @OregonMBB's Payton Pritchard (@WoodenAward, @NaismithTrophy, @TheBigOTrophy, #CousyAward)
Freshman: @UCLAMBB's Tyger Campbell
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Pritchard continued to build upon his National Player of the Year campaign this week, averaging 28 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists as Oregon split its road trip in the desert at Arizona State and Arizona.
The Ducks fell to ASU 77-72 in Tempe earlier in the week. Pritchard fouled out after scoring 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting and 4-of-10 from behind the arc.
The Oregon senior point guard bounced back with a career-high 38 points in the Ducks 73-72 overtime victory over Arizona on Saturday. It was a statement win for the Ducks, who remain in the hunt for the Pac-12 Championship crown. For Pritchard, it may have solidified his Pac-12 Player of the Year nod.
Arizona coach Sean Miller was astounded by Pritchard’s standout performance, calling him Pac-12 Player of the Year, and he might just be right.
Pritchard currently leads the Pac-12 in scoring and assists with 20.1 points per game and 5.5 assists. The Ducks have now won five overtime games this season...could another clutch performance from Pritchard be on the horizon? The Ducks head back to Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday for a Civil War matchup vs. rivals Oregon State. Tip off is set for 8:00 p.m. in Eugene.