INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – The U.S.
Basketball Writers Association has selected Oregon
guard Payton Pritchard as its Oscar Robertson National
Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday,
the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week, Pritchard was nominated
for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the
USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players
of the week. Once again, the USBWA will select a Division I men's
National Player of the Week each Tuesday throughout the season.
The USBWA has named Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
since the 2009-10 season.
Pritchard, a 6-2 senior from West Linn, Ore., scored 15 of
Oregon's final 17 points to lead the Ducks to a 71-70 overtime
win Saturday at Michigan. Pritchard led all scorers with 23
points, including 19 after halftime.
On the afternoon, he
went 6-of-8 from the floor to score 13 points in the second half
and 3-of-4 for six points in overtime to will the Ducks to
victory after they led by as many as 16 points in the first
The win was Oregon's third top-15 victory this
season, all of which have come away from home. The win over
then-No. 5 Michigan marked the program's first regular season
non-conference win over a top-five opponent; the previous best
was an 86-73 win against No. 10 Providence on Jan. 4, 1975, in
Eugene. It was also the program's first road win over a top-5
team since defeating No. 5 UCLA 65-45 on Feb. 21, 1976, in
Pauley Pavilion, a win that snapped UCLA's 98-game home winning
streak, the third-longest home winning streak in NCAA history.
Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player
of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University
of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year
Oscar Robertson. It is the nation's oldest award and the only
one named after a former player.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name
finalists for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America
team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA
and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, contact executive director Malcolm
Moran at 814-574-1485.
2019-20 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week ending Nov. 17: Myles Powell, Seton Hall (Big East Conference)
Week ending Nov. 24: Vernon Carey Jr., Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week ending Dec. 1: Jon Teske, Michigan (Big Ten Conference)
Week ending Dec. 8: Luka Garza, Iowa (Big Ten Conference)
Week ending Dec. 15: Payton Pritchard, Oregon (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Dec. 22: Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA (Conference USA)
Week ending Dec. 29: Nick Richards, Kentucky (Southeastern Conference)
Week ending Jan. 5: Cassius Winston, Michigan State (Big Ten Conference)
Week ending Jan. 12: Jared Butler, Baylor (Big 12 Conference)
Week ending Jan. 19: Markus Howard, Marquette (Big East Conference)
Week ending Jan. 26: Chris Duarte, Oregon (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Feb. 2: Tommy Funk, Army West Point (Patriot League)
Week ending Feb. 9: Jalen Harris, Nevada (Mountain West Conference)
Week ending Feb. 16: Remy Martin, Arizona State (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Feb. 23: Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton (Big East Conference)
Week ending March 1: Taveion Hollingsworth, WKU (Conference USA)