This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball (12/11/00)

Dec. 11, 2000

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After posting a 43-17 record so far in non-league action, Pac-10 teams will play just 12 games this week as schools work through final exams. . . Games involving ranked teams this week will include No. 7 ARIZONA vs. No. 5 Illinois. . . Three Pac-10 teams find themselves in the polls this week - STANFORD (No. 3 AP, No. 3 USA Today/ESPN), ARIZONA (No. 7 AP, No. 6 USA Today/ESPN), and USC (No. 13 AP, No. 13 USA Today/ESPN).


Mon., Dec. 11Albany at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m. PT

Tue., Dec. 12Montana at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m. PTIllinois-Chicago at OREGON, 7 p.m. PT

Wed., Dec. 13OREGON STATE at Denver, 7 p.m. MT

Thur., Dec. 14Pepperdine at USC, 7:30 p.m. PT

Sat., Dec. 16ARIZONA at Illinois, 11 a.m. CT (1) (ESPN)ARIZONA STATE at San Diego State, 7:05 p.m. PTUC Irvine at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. PTOREGON STATE at Wyoming, 8:07 p.m. MT (2)WASHINGTON at Florida International, 4:30 p.m. ETWASHINGTON STATE at Utah, 7 p.m. MTOREGON vs. Auburn, 6:30 p.m. MT (3) (ESPN2)

Neutral Sites:(1) United Center, Chicago, Ill.(2) Casper, Wyo.(3) Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.


USC junior forward David Bluthenthal has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 4-10, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Bluthenthal, from Los Angeles, Calif., averaged 27.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists last week as the Trojans defeated Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara.

Bluthenthal scored 29 points on 11-of-18 (.611) shooting with 11 rebounds and four assists in the victory over Northridge. He posted his second double-double of the week, and fourth of the season, with 25 points on 10-of-17 (.588) shooting and 12 rebounds at Santa Barbara. His basket with 5.4 seconds remaining was the difference in a 75-73 victory. For the week, Bluthenthal shot 21-of-35 (.600) from the field, 7-of-15 (.467) from three-point range.

It is the second weekly award for Bluthenthal, the 21st all-time honor for the Trojans.


Tues., Dec. 5
CALIFORNIA 62, Cleveland State 54 (CAL - Lampley 22 pts/8 rbs, Hughes 10 pts)
USC 99, Cal State Northridge 90 (USC - Bluthenthal 29 pts/11 rbs, Farmer 21 pts/9 rbs, Scalabrine 19 pts/10 rbs)

Saint Louis 69, WASHINGTON 61 (WASH - Perkins 15 pts/6 rbs, Clark 11 pts)
Portland 70, WASHINGTON STATE 66 (WSU - Locklier 18 pts/8 rbs, Moore 12 pts, Little 11 pts/9 rbs)

Sat., Dec. 2
Connecticut 71, ARIZONA 69 (ARIZ - Wright 18 pts/10 rbs, Arenas 14 pts, Gardner 10 pts/6 asts)
CALIFORNIA 75, Colorado 63 (CAL - Legans 15 pts/6 rbs/6 asts, Lampley 15 pts/5 asts, Hughes 13 pts)
UC Riverside 67, OREGON STATE 63 (OSU - Steinthal 15 pts, Heide 14 pts/6 rbs, Tanner 14 pts)
UCLA 84, Hawaii 64 (UCLA - Kapono 21 pts/12 rbs/6 asts, Watson 13 pts/5 asts, Young 13 pts)
USC 75, UC Santa Barbara 73 (USC - Bluthenthal 25 pts/12 rbs, Clancy 19 pts, Granville 18 pts/6 asts)
WASHINGTON STATE 80, Md.-Eastern Shore 54 (WSU - Miller 15 pts, Riley 13 pts, McNair 12 pts/5 rbs)


USA Today/ESPN (Dec. 10)

1. Duke 2. Michigan State 3. STANFORD 4. Tennessee 5. Illinois 6. ARIZONA 7. Wake Forest 8. Kansas 9. Florida10. Seton Hall11. Connecticut12. Syracuse13. USC14. Virginia15. North Carolina16. Oklahoma17. Wisconsin18. Cincinnati19. Maryland20. Notre Dame21. Arkansas22. Alabama23. Georgetown24. Charlotte25. Iowa

AP (Dec. 11) 1. Duke 2. Michigan State 3. STANFORD 4. Tennessee 5. Illinois 6. Wake Forest 7. ARIZONA 8. Florida 9. Seton Hall10. Kansas11. Connecticut12. Syracuse13. USC14. Virginia15. North Carolina16. Wisconsin17. Cincinnati18. Alabama19. Oklahoma20. Maryland21. Notre Dame22. Iowa23. Mississippi24. Georgetown25. Arkansas


ARIZONA - With senior Loren Woods and junior Richard Jefferson back in action, the Arizona roster is back at full strength for the first time since Jan. 6, 2000. The team posted a 20-6 record while shorthanded. . . Led by junior Michael Wright's 10 rebounds, Arizona was able to outrebound Connecticut, 33-32, on Saturday. The Cats have outrebounded five of seven opponents this season. Only Gonzaga and UA's next opponent, Illinois, have held an advantage on the glass against Arizona. . . Sophomore Jason Gardner matched a season-high with six assists (with only one turnover) against UConn, marking the fourth time this season he has tallied at least five assists in a game. In his career, UA is 15-4 when Gardner has at least five assists in a game. . . With Saturday's game in Chicago being UA's last non-conference road game, Arizona will have traveled a total of 16,502 in its first six games away from Tucson. The itinerary has included trips to Maui, Indianapolis, and Storrs, Conn., prior to its arrival in Chicago.

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. . . 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 - The Bears snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Cleveland State. Only a four-game losing streak to open the 1997-98 season have the Bears had a longer losing streak under Ben Braun.

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). . . 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 - With 1,179 career points, senior guard Deaundra Tanner has moved up to 16th on the OSU career scoring list. He needs 126 points to crack the school's top ten list. With 380 career assists, Tanner ranks seventh on the Beaver career assists chart.

STANFORD - For the second consecutive week, the Cardinal will not have a game scheduled. Their next game is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 18 vs. Sacred Heart in the Stanford Invitational.

UCLA - Sophomore forward Jason Kapono scored a team-high 21 points, pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds, and added a career-high tying six assists in UCLA's win over Hawaii. Kapono entered the game making 28 consecutive free throws this season, was 0-0 in the first half, missed his first two in the second half and ended the game 3-6 from the foul line.

USC - Off to a 6-0 start this season, the Trojans have matched their best start in 26 years. Henry Bibby's squad also started the 1999 season at 6-0. Prior to the 1999 season, the best start by a Trojan team came under Bob Boyd in 1975 when USC started the year 8-0. . . .

WASHINGTON - Some advance planning by the Huskies - they'll play at Florida International Saturday before heading to San Juan for the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic, Dec. 20-22. The last time the Huskies played in Florida was during the 1993 season when they won 78-65 at Jacksonville.

WASHINGTON STATE - In the win over Maryland-Eastern Shore, five players scored in double figures. That is the first time WSU has accomplished the feat since a 91-78 win over Central Washington to open the 1998-99 campaign. . . Seven Cougars are playing their first season for WSU. Those seven players have accounted for 58.3 percent of the Cougars scoring and 55.3 percent of the team's rebounding this season.


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