Which teams are better at scoring on the defensive end?

Washington State and Oregon State are tied for the Pac-12 lead in points per game at 25.5, and the Cougars and Beavers are the top scoring teams in the country at 24.7.

The Pac-10 is in the middle of the pack at 23.4 points per contest, but the conference’s teams are not as dominant.

Stanford and UCLA are tied with 24.4, while Washington and Arizona State are third and fourth at 23 and 22.7, respectively.

The nation’s top-ranked defense is led by UCLA’s Malik Newman, who ranks No. 1 nationally in points allowed per game with 2.6.

He is the Pac 12’s leader in defensive rebounds and steals per game, which is second only to Washington’s Tyrell Nelson.

Newman has allowed only five turnovers this season, which ranks sixth nationally, and he ranks second in the conference in blocks per game (1.4).

Oregon State is tied for second in points off turnovers with 10.8.

The Cougars have held the Ducks to 32.1 points per half, the third-fewest allowed by the Ducks this season.

Oregon State’s defense has been the best of any Pac-13 team this season with a team-high 27.4 steals per contest.

The Beavers have held Oregon State to 20.7 points per possession, which ties for the third fewest in the Pac 10.

Washington State is also tied for third in points scored (30.8) with the Ducks and Oregon.

The Cardinal has allowed just five offensive rebounds in the last five minutes of games, the most of any team.

Oregon and Washington have played just five times this season and each have a loss.

Washington and Oregon have played in eight games, while Oregon State and Stanford have played nine.

Washington is 6-0 all-time in games decided by seven points or fewer, but Oregon is 5-1 since.

Oregon has played the last two meetings with Washington State, and Washington has won four straight meetings.

Oregon leads the Pac 8 with a 17-5 record and 11-5 conference mark since a 2-9 start.

Washington leads the league with 24 wins, with Stanford, Arizona State and Washington tied for seventh.

Oregon’s lone loss came in the Rose Bowl against Stanford, which was the first of two straight Pac-11 championships for the Cougs.

The Ducks are 3-1 against Pac-15 opponents.

Oregon is 1-1 vs. teams from the SEC, which has five teams tied for first in the division.

Washington has been 2-2 against teams from that conference.

The top two teams from each conference will square off in a playoff, which begins March 23.

Washington will face the No. 4 ranked Georgia Bulldogs in a Pac-16 championship game on Jan. 11 in Tempe, Ariz.

Washington returns seven starters from last year’s squad, including senior guard Tre Mason.