This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball (12/4/00)

Dec. 4, 2000

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After posting a 37-13 record so far in non-league action, Pac-10 teams will play just 10 games this week as schools prepare for final exams. . . Only No. 5 ARIZONA will face a ranked opponent this week, as the Wildcats travel to No. 15 Connecticut. . . 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. 12 AP, No. 15 USA Today/ESPN).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tues., Dec. 5St. Louis at WASHINGTON, 8 p.m. PTWASHINGTON STATE at Portland, 7 p.m. PTCal State Northridge at USC, 7:30 p.m. PTCleveland State at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m. PT

Sat., Dec. 9ARIZONA at Connecticut, 4 p.m. ET (CBS)Hawaii at UCLA, 5:30 p.m. PTUC Riverside at OREGON STATE, 7:05 p.m. PTMaryland-Eastern Shore at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m. PTUSC at UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m. PTColorado at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m. PT (FSN)

Pac-10 Coaches/Media Teleconference CallWed., Dec. 1310:30 a.m. - 12 noon PT(Details on page five of the release)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

LUKE WALTON, ARIZONA

Arizona sophomore forward Luke Walton has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Walton, from San Diego, Calif., averaged 13.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.5 steals last week as the Wildcats won a pair of home games over Gonzaga and Saint Mary's.

Walton collected 10 points and nine rebounds to go with six assists, three steals and a blocked shot against Gonzaga. He posted the second double-double of his career with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Saint Mary's, while adding five assists and six steals. For the week, he played 52 minutes and committed just one turnover.

It is the first weekly award for Walton, the 50th all-time honor for the Wildcats.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., Nov. 28
OREGON 66, Portland 60 (ORE - Jones 16 pts/6 rbs, Ridnour 11 pts, Norwood 11 pts)
WASHINGTON 94, Portland State 63 (WASH - Green 14 pts, Johnson 12 pts, Perkins 11 pts/12 rbs)

Wed., Nov. 29
ARIZONA 101, Gonzaga 87 (ARIZ - Wright 25 pts/8 rbs, Arenas 21 pts, Jefferson 20 pts/8 rbs/7 asts)
STANFORD 84, UC Riverside 41 (STAN - Jas. Collins 19 pts/11 rbs, Jar. Collins 12 pts/12 rbs, MacDonald 11 pts)
UCLA 83, UC Santa Barbara 77 (UCLA - Kapono 24 pts/7 rbs, Gadzuric 21 pts, Young 16 pts/6 asts)
WASHINGTON STATE 74, Idaho 57 (WSU - McNair 24 pts/8-11 3FG, Adams 11 pts, Locklier 9 pts/9 rbs)
St. Louis 88, CALIFORNIA 66 (CAL - Lampley 22 pts/11 rbs, Gates 11 pts)

Thur., Nov. 30
WASHINGTON 69, Wichita State 66 (WASH - Perkins 16 pts, Brown 15 pts, Green 15 pts)

Sat., Dec. 2
ARIZONA 101, St. Mary's 41 (ARIZ - Gardner 17 pts/6 asts, Walton 16 pts/11 rbs, Arenas 16 pts)
ARIZONA STATE 80, Brigham Young 52 (ASU - .252 def. FG%, Prewitt 20 pts/8 rbs, Storey 14 pts/8 rbs)
STANFORD 86, Long Beach State 63 (STAN - Mendez 22 pts, Jar. Collins 20 pts/7 rbs, Jas. Collins 13 pts)
Georgia Tech 72, UCLA 67 (UCLA - Kapono 18 pts/12-12 FT, Gadzuric 17 pts/12 rbs, Watson 16 pts)
San Diego 82, OREGON STATE 71 (OSU - Tanner 20 pts, Heide 14 pts, Jackson 14 pts)
Gonzaga 86, WASHINGTON 74 (Perkins 18 pts/11 rbs, Johnson 18 pts, Clark 11 pts)
USC 65, Utah 60 (USC - 10-20 3FG, Scalabrine 18 pts, Bluthenthal 16 pts/12 rbs, Clancy 12 pts/10 rbs)
UC Irvine 56, CALIFORNIA 52 (Legans 16 pts, Lampley 12 pts/9 rbs)
OREGON 91, Massachusetts 76 (ORE - Bracey 24 pts, Jones 23 pts, Norwood 12 pts)

THE POLLS

USA Today/ESPN (Dec. 3)

1. Duke 2. Michigan State 3. STANFORD 4. Kansas 5. ARIZONA 6. Tennessee 7. Illinois 8. Seton Hall 9. Florida10. Notre Dame11. Wake Forest12. North Carolina13. Connecticut14. Syracuse15. USC16. Oklahoma17. Maryland18. Cincinnati19. Virginia20. Wisconsin21. Arkansas22. Utah23. Temple24. St. John's25. Texas

AP (Dec. 4)

1. Duke 2. Michigan State 3. Kansas 4. STANFORD 5. ARIZONA 6. Tennessee 7. Seton Hall 8. Florida 9. Illinois10. Notre Dame11. Wake Forest12. USC13. Syracuse14. North Carolina15. Connecticut16. Virginia17. Wisconsin18. Cincinnati19. Maryland20. Oklahoma21. Arkansas22. Utah23. Alabama24. St. John's25. Iowa State

PAC-10 NOTES...

ARIZONA - Arizona's 101-point effort on Wednesday vs. Gonzaga was the first time the squad had topped the century mark since Feb. 5, 1998 in a 112-81 win over Washington, a span of 80 games. For good measure, the Cats also topped the century mark in a 101-41 win over St. Mary's. It was the first time UA had scored 100 points in consecutive games since Jan. 20 and Jan. 22, 1977. . . On the year, Arizona is outrebounding the opposition by an average of 44.8-33.3. . . UA held St. Mary's to just .250 FG shooting in Saturday's win, the lowest for an opponent this season. UA has held four of six opponents to less than 40 percent shooting. On the year, UA opponents are shooting a cumulative .387 from the field. . . Junior forward Michael Wright has scored in double-figures in all six games to date), including a season-high 25 vs. Gonzaga. His 1,037 career points rank 29th in Arizona history.

ARIZONA STATE - ASU has held its past two opponents (BYU and Kent State) to just 30-of-114 (.263) from the field. . . ASU held BYU to just 15-of-59 from the field (.254), the second-best defensive effort in Rob Evans' 235 games as a head coach. That came on the heels of the 15-of-55 (.273) effort it posted against Kent State. . . ASU is 5-1 for the first time since the 1994-95 Sweet Sixteen team also went 5-1. . . Due to final exams and it beginning the season on Nov. 10, ASU's next game is not until Dec. 16 at San Diego State. . . Junior forward Chad Prewitt posted a career-high 20 points against BYU. . . ASU is 18-3 (.860) in the past two years at home. . . ASU is holding opponents to just 35.8 percent from the field (113-of-316). . . ASU has five players averaging in double figures and four players have led the team in scoring through six games.

CALIFORNIA - Junior forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly is shooting 7-of-13 (.538) from three-point range this season. His career shooting percentage of .456 (31-of-68) from beyond the arc is a California all-time best.

OREGON - Oregon is 5-0 for just the second time in the last 26 years, it's Oregon's best start under Ernie Kent. Kent is one win away from his 150th career head coaching victory (149-115 in 10 years). . . Senior forward Bryan Bracey scored a career-high 24 points against UMass. . . The Ducks shot 52.9 percent from the field against UMass, it was the second time in five games that Oregon has hit better than 50 percent from the field. With the six-point win over Portland, Oregon is now 17-5 in its last 22 games decided by seven points or less. . . Oregon's freshmen are shooting 29-of-36 (.806) from the free throw line.

OREGON STATE - Senior guard Deaundra Tanner scored 20 points vs. San Diego. It's the second 20+ point performance of the young season for Tanner. He scored 22 points against Long Beach State. . . Sophomore forward Brian Jackson has scored in double figures in each of the last five games for the Beavers. He's averaging 14.6 points per game over the last five games.

STANFORD - Cardinal twins Jason and Jarron Collins celebrated their 22nd birthday by combining for 33 points on 14-of-17 shooting (.824) with 13 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots in the win over Long Beach State. Jason, eight minutes older, scored 13 points, while his younger brother Jarron scored 20 points. . . Long Beach (.429) is the first team to shoot better than 39 percent against the Cardinal this season. . . The victory at Long Beach State was also a homecoming for Stanford coach Mike Montgomery. Montgomery played for the 49ers from 1966-68.

UCLA - Sophomore forward Jason Kapono has not missed from the free throw line this season, connecting on all 28 attempts. . . Junior center Dan Gadzuric is averaging 19 points over the last two games. He posted 21 vs. UC Santa Barbara, then added 17 points and 12 rebounds against Georgia Tech. . . While the Bruins play just one game over the next two weeks, they'll be at home for seven of their next eight games - the lone road trip coming Dec. 30 at Purdue.

USC - The Trojans' 65 points was its lowest winning total since defeating Arkansas State, 64-48, on Dec. 29, 1998. . . USC held Utah to only .367 from the field, the Trojans' best defensive effort since limiting Washington State to .362 last season in Spokane on Jan. 6. . . The Trojans continue to sparkle from long distance. They made 10-of-20 three-pointers, upping their season total to 40-of-80. . . With his three blocks, Brian Scalabrine moved up to 10th on USC's all-time blocked shot chart with 55. In addition, with his two blocks, Sam Clancy is now sixth on the Trojans' career blocked shot chart at 75. . . After making 41 consecutive free throws, David Bluthenthal has now missed three in a row. However, Bluthenthal's four three-pointers marked the third time in his career he has had at least that many in a game.

WASHINGTON - Senior forward Will Perkins has four double-doubles in five games for the Huskies. He's averaging 14.8 points and 9.6 rebounds. . . The Huskies won't play until Dec. 16 at Florida International, followed by the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic (Dec. 20-22).

WASHINGTON STATE - Sophomore guard Jerry McNair shot 8-for-11 (.727) in the Cougars win at Idaho. All 11 attempts were from three-point range. . . Sophomore guard David Adams is the only Cougar to have scored in double digits in each of the three games played this season. He's averaging 13.7 points per game.

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