This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball (12/18/00)

Dec. 18, 2000

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Holiday tournaments grace the schedule the next two weeks as teams start preparing for the Conference opener (Thurs., Jan. 4). . . A showdown between No. 3 STANFORD and No. 1 Duke takes place this week at the Pete Newell Challenge. . . Three Pac-10 teams find themselves in the polls this week - STANFORD (No. 3 AP, No. 3 USA Today/ESPN), ARIZONA (No. 10 AP, No. 8 USA Today/ESPN), and USC (No. 13 AP, No. 13 USA Today/ESPN).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Mon., Dec. 18Sacred Heart at STANFORD, 6:30 PT (1)OREGON at Northern Arizona, 7 p.m. MT

Tues., Dec. 19STANFORD hosts Stanford Invitational, 6 p.m./8:30 p.m. PT (1)Eastern Washington at OREGON STATE, 7:37 p.m. PT

Wed., Dec. 20Louisiana State at ARIZONA, 8:30 p.m. MT (FSN)Mercer at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m. MTWASHINGTON at American Univ. Puerto Rico, 3:30 p.m. ET (4)

Thur., Dec. 21STANFORD vs. Duke, 6 p.m. PT (2)WASHINGTON vs. Alabama/Northern Iowa, TBA (4)USC at BYU-Hawai'i, 8 p.m. HT (3)CALIFORNIA vs. Georgia, 8:30 p.m. PT (2)

Fri., Dec. 22Belmont at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m. MTWASHINGTON at Puerto Rico Holiday Classic (4)USC vs. Southern Illinois/Mississippi, 3 p.m./8 p.m. HT (3)

Sat., Dec. 23North Carolina at UCLA, 1 p.m. PT (CBS)South Carolina State at OREGON STATE 12:05 p.m. PTCal-State Sacramento at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m. PTUSC at Pearl Harbor Invitational, TBA (3)Coppin State at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. PT

Tournaments/Neutral Sites:(1) Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif.(2) Pete Newell Challenge, Oakland, Calif.(3) Yahoo! Sports Invitational, Hawaii(4) Puerto Rico Holiday Classic, San Juan, Puerto Rico

NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tues., Dec. 26South Carolina State at OREGON, 7 p.m. PT

Wed., Dec. 27USC at Northwestern, 7 p.m. CT

Thu., Dec. 28Butler at ARIZONA, 6:30 p.m. MT (4)OREGON STATE vs. Louisiana State, 9:30 p.m. CT (14)UC Irvine at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. PT

Fri., Dec. 29Ohio at ARIZONA STATE, 8:30 p.m. MT (6)STANFORD at Cable Car Classic, 6 p.m./8 p.m. PT (17)Yale at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m. (9)

Sat., Dec. 30Louisiana-Lafayette/Mississippi St. at ARIZONA, 4:15 p.m./6:30 p.m. MT (4)Pepperdine or UNC Charlotte at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. MT (6)STANFORD at Cable Car Classic, 6 p.m./8 p.m. PT (17)UCLA at Purdue, 11 a.m. CTSan Diego at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m. PTNevada at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m. PTLong Beach State at USC, 5:30 p.m. PTLafayette or LaSalle vs. CALIFORNIA, 5 p.m./7:30 p.m. PT (9)OREGON at Louisville, 7 p.m. ET

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (BRYAN BRACEY, OREGON)

OREGON senior forward Bryan Bracey has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 11-17, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Bracey, from Chicago, Ill., averaged 25.5 points and 9.0 rebounds last week as the Ducks defeated Illinois-Chicago and dropped an overtime game to Auburn.

Bracey scored 20 points on 7-of-9 (.778) shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in the 110-87 victory over Illinois-Chicago. He posted a career-high 31 points on 9-of-19 (.474) shooting, 12-of-14 (.857) from the line, and added 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season in the 101-97 overtime loss to Auburn. For the week, Bracey shot 16-of-28 (.571) from the field, 17-of-20 (.850) from the free throw line.

It is the first weekly award for Bracey, the 20th all-time honor for the Ducks.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Mon., Dec. 11
CALIFORNIA 95, Albany 61 (CAL - Lampley 16 pts/6 rbs, Forehan-Kelly 16 pts, Vander Laan 12 pts/7 rbs)

Tue., Dec. 12
WASHINGTON STATE 67, Montana 54 (WSU - Moore 25 pts/6 stls, Miller 12 pts/6 rbs)
OREGON 110, Illinois-Chicago 87 (ORE - Bracey 20 pts/7-9 FG/7 rbs, Jones 20 pts, L. Jackson 16 pts)

Wed., Dec. 13
Denver 54, OREGON STATE 53 (OSU - Heide 18 pts/7 rbs, Tanner 10 pts/5 asts, Haywood 10 pts)

Thur., Dec. 14
USC 76, Pepperdine 73 (USC - Scalabrine 22 pts, Bluthenthal 19 pts/10 rbs, Granville 17 pts/6 asts)

Sat., Dec. 16
Illinois 81, ARIZONA 73 (ARIZ - Wright 21 pts/7 rbs, Woods 15 pts/5 asts, Gardner 13 pts)
San Diego State 64, ARIZONA STATE 62 (ASU - Storey 21 pts/11 rbs, Knight 12 pts/7 rbs, Redhage 10 pts/8 rbs)
Auburn 101, OREGON 97 (OT) (ORE - Bracey 31 pts/11 rbs, Norwood 16 pts/6 asts, Hicks 14 pts/7 rbs)
Wyoming 65, OREGON STATE 53 (OSU - Tanner 13 pts/5 rbs, Steinthal 12 pts, Heide 10 pts)
UCLA 65, UC Irvine 60 (UCLA - Kapono 19 pts/7 rbs, Barnes 16 pts/10 rbs)
WASHINGTON 63, Florida International 61 (WASH - Green 15 pts/6 rbs, Brown 14 pts, Perkins 10 pts/7 rbs)
Utah 87, WASHINGTON STATE 63 (WSU - Miller 17 pts, Moore 14 pts)

THE POLLS

USA Today/ESPN (Dec. 17)

1. Duke 2. Michigan State 3. STANFORD 4. Tennessee 5. Illinois 6. Wake Forest 7. Florida 8. ARIZONA 9. Kansas10. Syracuse11. Seton Hall12. Connecticut13. USC14. Virginia15. Wisconsin16. North Carolina17. Oklahoma18. Alabama19. Maryland20. Cincinnati21. Iowa22. Georgetown23. Arkansas24. Notre Dame25. Mississippi

AP (Dec. 18)

1. Duke 2. Michigan State 3. STANFORD 4. Tennessee 5. Illinois 6. Wake Forest 7. Florida 8. Seton Hall 9. Kansas10. ARIZONA11. Connecticut12. Syracuse13. USC14. Virginia15. North Carolina16. Wisconsin17. Alabama18. Oklahoma19. Iowa20. Maryland21. Notre Dame22. Cincinnati23. Georgetown24. Mississippi25. Arkansas

PAC-10 NOTES...

ARIZONA - Saturday's loss to Illinois marked the first time the program has lost consecutive non-conference games since the 1989-90 season. The last time Arizona lost two straight non-conference games (it actually lost three straight that season) happened in a 100-92 loss at Pittsburgh on Jan. 27, 1990, a 95-87 loss at UNLV on Feb. 18, 1990, and a 78-76 loss at Duke on Feb. 25, 1990... After traveling 16,502 miles in November and December, the Cats will spend most of the next six weeks at home. All told, nine of the team's next 11 games are in McKale Center, where the team has won 189 of its last 200 (.945) home games... Jason Gardner continues to lead the squad with 24 treys and a 42.9 three-point FG percentage. He has made at least two treys in each of the Wildcats' eight games this season.

ARIZONA STATE - Senior forward Awvee Storey has pulled down 31 rebounds (10.3 rpg) over the last three games. Storey also has three 20-point games - that equals his total for all of last season... Sophomore guard Tanner Shell has a bulging disc in his back, has not played since the first game of the year... Over the last four games, the Sun Devils have combined to shoot 43-of-108 (.398) in the first half. In the second half of those same four contests, ASU has combined to shoot 58-of-110 (.527)... ASU's next four games are at home, where it is 18-3 (.857) over the past two seasons.

CALIFORNIA - Senior forward Sean Lampley has led the Bears in scoring in five of seven games this season, averaging 16.0 points per game for the season... In their victory over Albany, the Bears had six players score in double figures... The Bears will meet Georgia in the Fourth annual Pete Newell Challenge. Cal has won each of its previous three games in the Challenge, defeating Brigham Young, North Carolina and Gonzaga.

OREGON - Oregon shot a season-high 59.3 percent from the field in Tuesday's 110-87 victory over Illinois-Chicago. The 110 points scored by the Ducks was the school's most in more than five years... Three Ducks set or tied career highs in the overtime loss to Auburn, including Bryan Bracey (31 points), Julius Hicks (14, all in the first half) and Ben Lindquist (13, tie). . . With 63 three-pointers thus far into the 2000-01 season, Oregon is on pace to threaten the school record of 263 set in 1998-99. Anthony Norwood, with 20, has been responsible for nearly a third of the Ducks' total three-point baskets.

OREGON STATE - Sophomore guard Emonte Jernigan made his first appearance of the season last week. He missed the first seven games with a broken toe. The Beavers are looking to shake the black cloud from overhead. Not only are they in the midst of a five-game losing streak with numerous players missing action due to injuries, but three players have had their apartments broken into during recent road trips, and a manager was knocked unconscious at a recent practice when an errant pass hit him in the face. To top it off, returning from Saturday's game with Wyoming, the team's plane had to circle Denver for two hours before making an emergency landing due to faulty landing gear.

STANFORD - The Cardinal are 10-2 all-time has hosts of the Stanford Invitational. Stanford has won the last six games to capture three Invitational crowns... With 140 three-point field goals, senior forward Ryan Mendez ranks sixth on the Cardinal career charts. He needs nine more three-pointers to move into the school's top five... After playing just one game during the first 17 days of December, the Cardinal will now play five games over the next 13 days.

UCLA - Junior forward Matt Barnes came off the bench to play 29 minutes and finished with his second double-double of the season (and career) with 16 points and 10 rebounds in UCLA's win over UC Irvine. With the score UCLA 59 - UCI 58, Barnes scored on a short jumper to give the Bruins a 61-58 advantage. In the final 18 seconds, he hit three of four free throws to secure UCLA's victory.

USC - Off to a 7-0 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... Junior forward David Bluthenthal has now posted four consecutive double-doubles for the first time in his career (he had three in a row last year). The last time a Trojan did it four times in a row was when Brandon Granville did it against Washington, UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona in the first part of conference play last year... Brian Scalabrine's 22 points vs. Pepperdine marked the 20th time in his career he's had at least 20 points in a game.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies hold a 46-31 record during in-season tournament play. This will be Washington's first trip to Puerto Rico... With Greg Clark hitting the last second jumper to beat Florida International (63-61), the Huskies are 3-0 this season in games decided by four points or less. They were 2-3 in similar games all of last season.

WASHINGTON STATE - Freshman guard Marcus Moore averaged 19.5 points and four steals last week in the Cougars win over Montana and loss to Utah. His season-high 25 points against Montana were the most by a WSU freshman since Isaac Fontaine had 33 against Michigan State back on November 27, 1993. His six steals against the Grizzlies set a Cougars freshman record. Moore currently leads the Cougars with 12.3 points per game... The Cougars yielded 18 points in the second half of their win over Montana last week marking the second time WSU has held an opponent under 20 points in a half. The 24-point loss at Utah was the worst non-conference loss for the Cougars since a 91-67 defeat at Idaho State December 17, 1983.

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