This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball (11/27/00)

Nov. 27, 2000

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After posting a 25-8 record so far in non-league action, Pac-10 teams will play just 17 games this week. Only seven of those contests will be played on home courts. . . Only USC will face a ranked opponent this week, as the Trojans take on No. 18 Utah in the Wooden Classic at the Anaheim Pond. . . Three Pac-10 teams find themselves in the polls this week - STANFORD (No. 4 AP, No. 3 USA Today/ESPN), ARIZONA (No. 5 AP, No. 5 USA Today/ESPN), and USC (No. 15 AP, No. 18 USA Today/ESPN).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tues., Nov. 28Portland at OREGON, 7 p.m. PTPortland State at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. PT

Wed., Nov. 29Gonzaga at ARIZONA, 8 p.m. MT (FSN)UC Riverside at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m. PTUC Santa Barbara at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. PTWASHINGTON STATE at Idaho, 7:05 p.m. PTCALIFORNIA at St. Louis, 7 p.m. CT

Thur., Nov. 30WASHINGTON at Wichita State, 5 p.m. CT

Sat., Dec. 2St. Mary's at ARIZONA, 6 p.m. MTBrigham Young at ARIZONA STATE, 4 p.m. MTSTANFORD at Long Beach State, 7:30 p.m. PTUCLA vs. Georgia Tech, 12 noon ET (1)OREGON STATE at San Diego, 7:30 p.m. PTWASHINGTON at Gonzaga, 5 p.m. PTUSC vs. Utah, 2:30 p.m. PT (1)CALIFORNIA at UC Irvine, 7:30 p.m. PTOREGON vs. Massachusetts, 8:30 p.m. PT (2)

Neutral sites:(1) Wooden Classic, Anaheim, Calif.(2) Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MICHAEL WRIGHT, ARIZONA

Arizona junior forward Michael Wright has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 20-26 , Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Wright, from Chicago, Ill., averaged 16.8 points and 12.5 rebounds last week as the Wildcats captured the Maui Invitational championship.

In earning Maui Invitational MVP honors, Wright collected 15 points and an Invitational single-game record 19 rebounds against Chaminade. He posted the 27th double-double of his career with 18 points and 13 rebounds against Dayton, then capped off his Maui performance with 16 points and nine rebounds against Illinois. Following the Maui Invitational, Arizona traveled to Indianapolis for the Wooden Tradition where Wright scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a losing effort against Purdue. For the week, he shot 23-of-44 (.523) from the field and 21-of-25 (.840) from the free throw line.

It is the second weekly award for Wright, the 49th all-time honor for the Wildcats.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Mon., Nov. 20
ARIZONA 97, Chaminade 57 (this game included in standings and all other records in release) (ARIZ - Jefferson 16 pts, Wright 15 pts/19 rbs, Arenas 15 pts/6 rbs)
OREGON STATE 91, Southern Colorado 23 (OSU - Masten 19 pts/5 rbs, Tanner 16 pts/7 rbs, Heide 16 pts/9 rbs)
WASHINGTON STATE 83, Portland State 55 (WSU - Adams 19 pts, McNair 12 pts, Little 8 pts/10 rbs)

Tues., Nov. 21
ARIZONA 76, Dayton 59 (ARIZ - Wright 18 pts/13 rbs, Arenas 18 pts, Jefferson 13 pts)
ARIZONA STATE 64, Colgate 50 (ASU - Prewitt 15 pts/9 rbs, Knight 11 pts/8 rbs, Mason 11 pts)
Cal State Northridge 78, UCLA 74 (UCLA - Watson 15 pts/6 asts, Young 15 pts, Barnes 11 pts/10 rbs)
Texas-El Paso 73, WASHINGTON 61 (WASH - Perkins 15 pts/10 rbs, Clark 9 pts, Shelton 10 rbs)
USC 78, San Diego 67 (USC - Clancy 22 pts, Granville 18 pts/6 asts, Bluthenthal 10 pts)
OREGON 99, Denver 90 (ORE - Norwood career-high 25 pts/7 asts, Bracey 20 pts, Jones 15 pts/6 rbs)

Wed., Nov. 22
ARIZONA 79, Illinois 76 (ARIZ - Gardner 25 pts/5-10 3FG, Jefferson 18 pts, Wright 16 pts/9 rbs)

Thur., Nov. 23
STANFORD 84, Old Dominion 60 (STAN - Mendez 18 pts, Jacobsen 16 pts, Jas. Collins 10 pts/10 rbs)

Fri., Nov. 24
STANFORD 83, Memphis 60 (STAN - Jacobsen 22 pts, Jas. Collins 19 pts/8 rbs, Jar. Collins 14 pts/10 rbs)
OREGON STATE 60, Appalachian State 37 (OSU - Heide 14 pts/7 rbs, Jackson 14 pts, Haywood 10 pts)

Sat., Nov. 25
Purdue 72, ARIZONA 69 (ARIZ - Wright 18 pts/9 rbs, Arenas 18 pts, Gardner 14 pts)
ARIZONA STATE 76, Kent State 61 (Storey 21 pts/12 rbs, Knight 18 pts, Prewitt 15 pts/11 rbs)
STANFORD 71, Georgia 58 (STAN - Jacobsen 22 pts, Mendez 17 pts, Jar. Collins 10 pts)
OREGON STATE 78, Long Beach State 66 (OSU - Tanner 22 pts/9-14 FG, Jackson 18 pts/8 rbs, Masten 14 pts)
WASHINGTON 81, New Mexico State 77 (WASH - Green 17 pts/7 rbs, Johnson 15 pts, Perkins 14 pts/10 rbs)
WASHINGTON STATE 78, Colorado State 64 (WSU - Miller 17 pts/6 rbs, Moore 14 pts, Adams 11 pts)
USC 91, Loyola Marymount 68 (USC - Scalabrine 22 pts, Granville 19 pts/9 asts, Farmer 14 pts/7 rbs)
OREGON 84, Portland State 66 (ORE - L. Jackson 13 pts, Ridnour 12 pts/9 asts, Bracey 12 pts/8 rbs)

Sun., Nov. 26
Oklahoma 78, OREGON STATE 60 (OSU - Tanner 14 pts/5 rbs, Jackson 12 pts, Heide 11 pts)

THE POLLS

USA Today/ESPN (Nov. 26)

1. Duke 2. Michigan State 3. STANFORD 4. Kansas 5. ARIZONA 6. North Carolina 7. Tennessee 8. Illinois 9. Seton Hall10. Florida11. Notre Dame12. Wake Forest13. Oklahoma14. Maryland15. Temple16. Connecticut17. Cincinnati18. USC19. Syracuse20. Utah21. St. John's22. Virginia23. Wisconsin24. Arkansas25. DePaul

AP (Nov. 27)

1. Duke 2. Kansas 3. Michigan State 4. STANFORD 5. ARIZONA 6. North Carolina 7. Tennessee 8. Seton Hall 9. Illinois10. Florida11. Notre Dame12. Wake Forest13. Maryland14. Oklahoma15. USC16. Connecticut17. Temple18. Utah19. St. John's20. Syracuse21. Virginia22. Cincinnati23. Wisconsin24. Dayton25. Arkansas

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Third times a charm - After two previous runner-up finishes in Maui, the Wildcats claimed the Maui Invitational championship with a victory over Illinois. . . Arizona is posting a +10.8 rebound margin through four games. The Cats have outrebounded three of four opponents this season, including a +28 margin vs. Chaminade. . . Arizona has hit on 73 percent of its free throw attempts. Arizona has made almost as many charity attempts (65) as the opposition has attempted (73). . . Arizona has held the opposition to less than 40% FG shooting in the three wins. . . Senior forward Eugene Edgerson is averaging 8.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in his four games back after redshirting last season. He is shooting 68.8 percent from the floor and ranks second on the squad in rebounding. . . Sophomore Jason Gardner leads the team with 13 treys and a 44.8 3-point FG percentage. . . Junior forward Michael Wright needs three points to become the 29th player in Arizona history to score 1,000 points.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils have outrebounded all five of their opponents this year and is averaging 16 offensive boards per game. . . The Sun Devils held Kent State, a 23-game winner the past two seasons, to just 15-of-55 (.273) from the field on Saturday. The 27.3 percentage is the fourth-best defensive effort by a Rob Evans coached team, a span of 234 games going back to when his head coaching career started in 1992-93 at Ole Miss. . . ASU is holding its opponents to just 38.1 percent from the field (98-of-257). . . Five Sun Devils are averaging in double digits. . . Junior forward Chad Prewitt has seven blocks on the year through five games. He had 20 in his first two seasons (62 games). Prewitt has started in 37 straight games.

CALIFORNIA - This is a basketball, this is a basket. The object is to put the ball in the basket - you can't blame Cal if it forgot the basics, after all, it hasn't played a game in two weeks. The layoff comes to an end this Wed., Nov. 29 at St. Louis. The Bears last game was two weeks ago (Wed., Nov. 15), where they lost at Texas in the Preseason NIT. . . Senior forward Sean Lampley pushed his career rebound total to 680, good for 10th on the Cal all-time list. His 1,196 career points rank 14th on the Cal career charts.

OREGON - Senior forward Bryan Bracey paces the Ducks in scoring (18.0 ppg) and rebounds (8.0 rpg). Bracey knocked down three three-pointers vs. Denver last week. He hit just two three-pointers all of last season. Junior guard Anthony Norwood is second on the team in scoring (15.3 pg), thanks in large part to a career-high 25 points at Denver last week. . . Luke Ridnour became the first true freshman to start at point guard since Kenya Wilkins in 1993-94. Ridnour leads the Ducks in assists with 14 (4.7 apg).

OREGON STATE - Senior guard Deaundra Tanner and sophomore forward Brian Jackson were named to the Big Island Invitational All Tournament squad. Tanner averaged 13.3 ppg on 17-of-32 (.531) shooting, while Jackson posted 14.7 ppg on 17-of-34 (.500) shooting. . . Senior center Jason Heide has posted double figures in the scoring column in four of five games this season. He's averaging 11.8 points per game.

STANFORD - Sophomore guard Casey Jacobsen was named MVP of the Puerto Rico Shootout after averaging 20.0 ppg, while shooting 16-of-29 (.552) from the field, 8-for-15 (.533) from three-point range. . . Twins Jarron and Jason Collins have each posted a double-double this season. Jarron tallied 14 pts/10 rbs vs. Memphis, while Jason added 10 pts/10 rbs vs. Old Dominion. . . Senior Ryan Mendez averaged 15.0 points in three games in Puerto Rico.

UCLA - Junior forward Matt Barnes posted his first career double-double with 11 points/10 rebounds in the Bruins loss to Cal State Northridge. . . Senior guard Earl Watson has 100 career three-pointers - 5th on the UCLA career list, while sophomore forward Jason Kapono has 95 career treys - 7th on the UCLA career chart. . . The Bruins play nine of their next 10 games in the Los Angeles area. That includes eight home games, one game at the Anaheim Pond (Wooden Classic) and the lone road game at Purdue (Dec. 30).

USC - By hitting his first four free throw attempts against San Diego, junior forward David Bluthenthal set a Pac-10 record by connecting on 41 consecutive free throw attempts, passing the mark of 40 set by Stanford's Todd Lichti and Oregon's John Greig. The streak quickly ended as he missed his next attempt. His Conference string of 33 is still intact and needs nine successful free throws for that record (41 - Todd Lichti, Stanford). . . posted his ninth career double-double with 23 points/13 rebounds against the Braves. . . Senior forward Brian Scalabrine needs 23 points to reach 1,000 points for his career, while senior teammate Jeff Trepagnier needs 61 points to reach the 1,000 point plateau. . . Junior guard Brandon Granville has 24 assists and just five turnovers in three games.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies christened the renovated Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion with a 81-77 victory over New Mexico State. . . Senior forward Thalo Green scored 17 points in the victory. Senior forward Will Perkins added his second double-double of the season with 14 points/10 rebounds in the win over New Mexico State. No Washington player recorded a double-double last year. . . Bob Bender coached his 200th game at Washington on Nov. 21. Only Hec Edmundson (683), Marv Harshman (392) and Tippy Dye (247) coached more games at UW.

WASHINGTON STATE - With its win over Portland State on Nov. 20, Washington State won its season opener for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. . . The Cougars grabbed 14 steals in their win over Portland State. They only had one game last season with more thefts, and that too was against Portland State where the Cougars set a school record with 17 steals. . . Sophomore guard David Adams is averaging 15.0 points in two games for the Cougars.

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