This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball (3/5/01)

March 5, 2001

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With its victory Saturday over UCLA, STANFORD clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 title. With one more win in its last two games, Stanford would capture the Pac-10 crown outright and receive the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. . . ARIZONA and UCLA still have hopes of sharing the Pac-10 title, but only Arizona has a chance of getting the league's automatic berth for the NCAA Tournament. . . One more win each by USC and CALIFORNIA and the Pac-10 will have five 20-game winners this season. It would be the first time since 1939 that five Conference teams have finished the regular season with 20 victories. In that 1939, one of Washington's 20 wins came courtesy of Alpine Dairy, while one of USC's 20 victories came against Bank of America. . . The polls this week - STANFORD (No. 1 AP, No. 1 USA Today/ESPN), ARIZONA (No. 8 AP, No. 7 USA Today/ESPN), UCLA (No. 13 AP, No. 17 USA Today/ESPN). . . CBS-TV will air the NCAA Tournament selection show announcing the NCAA 65-team Tournament bracket on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Thur., Mar. 8ARIZONA at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m. PT (FSN) Series: ARIZ leads 39-20. Streak - STAN 1ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m. PT Series: ASU leads 29-21. Streak - CAL 1UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m. PT Series: UCLA leads 79-12. Streak - UCLA 16USC at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. PT Series: USC leads 58-55. Streak - USC 4

Sat., Mar. 10ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA, 5 p.m. PT Series: ARIZ leads 36-23. Streak - ARIZ 3ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, 1 p.m. PT Series: STAN leads 25-24. Streak - STAN 6UCLA at WASHINGTON, 3 p.m. PT (FSN) Series: UCLA leads 78-30. Streak - UCLA 2USC at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m. PT Series: USC leads 57-32. Streak - USC 4OREGON at OREGON STATE, 7:05 p.m. PT Series: OSU leads 176-137. Streak - ORE 1

Final Pac-10 Coaches/Media Teleconference CallTuesday, Mar. 6, 10:30 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. PT

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:

Thurs., Mar. 1
ARIZONA 65, OREGON STATE 54 (ARIZ - Walton 16 pts, Wright 13 pts, Jefferson 9 pts/10 rbs, OSU - Tanner 15 pts, Haywood 15 pts, Heide 12 pts)
ARIZONA STATE 86, OREGON 74 (ASU - Mason 25 pts/17-19 FT, Smith 17 pts, Prewitt 9 rbs/8 asts, ORE - Jones 36 pts/11-19 FG, Bracey 21 pts)
STANFORD 70, USC 68 (STAN - Jacobsen 22 pts/4-6 3FG, Mendez 16 pts, Jar. Collins 13 pts, USC - Clancy 16 pts/7 rbs, Scalabrine 13 pts)
UCLA 79, CALIFORNIA 75 (UCLA - Watson 20 pts, Kapono 14 pts, Gadzuric 11 pts/11 rbs, CAL - Lampley 19 pts/13 rbs, Legans 16 pts)

Sat., Mar. 3
ARIZONA 104, OREGON 65 (ARIZ - Wright 18 pts/6 rbs, Woods 17 pts/7 rbs, Gardner 11 pts/10 asts, ORE - L. Jackson 15 pts, Anderson 7 pts)
ARIZONA STATE 61, OREGON STATE 59 (ASU - Smith 12 pts/8 rbs, Mason 12 pts/7 rbs, Nahra 11 pts, OSU - Heide 16 pts, Masten 14 pts/10 rbs)
USC 74, CALIFORNIA 69 (USC - Granville 22 pts/6 asts, Clancy 16 pts/7 rbs, Scalabrine 10 pts/7 rbs, CAL - Wethers 18 pts, Gates 13 pts)
STANFORD 85, UCLA 79 (STAN - Jar. Collins, Jas. Collins, Mendez, Jacobsen each with 16 pts, UCLA - Barnes 32 pts/8 rbs, Watson 19 pts)
WASHINGTON STATE 79, WASHINGTON 61 (WSU - Moore 18 pts/10 rbs, Locklier 16 pts/12 rbs, McNair 16 pts, WASH - Johnson 18 pts, Perkins 14 pts/12 rbs)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - CASEY JACOBSEN, STANFORD

STANFORD sophomore forward Casey Jacobsen has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 26 - Mar. 4, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Jacobsen, from Glendora, Calif., averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in road wins over USC and UCLA, enabling Stanford to clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title.

He opened the week with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting form the field, 4-of-6 from three-point range, with four rebounds in the win at USC. In the win at UCLA, Jacobsen was one of four Stanford starters to score 16 points as he hit 5-of-11 shots, 1-of-3 from three-point range, and added four rebounds and four assists. His performance on defense helped limit Jason Kapono, UCLA's leading scorer at 17.0 points per game, to eight points on 2-of-7 shooting. For the week, he shot 13-of-24 (.542) from the field, 5-of-9 (.556) from three-point range.

It is the first weekly award for Jacobsen, the 27th all-time honor for the Cardinal.

2000-01 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Nov. 27 - Michael Wright, ARIZ. Dec. 4 - Luke Walton, ARIZ. Dec. 11 - David Bluthenthal, USC. Dec. 18 - Bryan Bracey, ORE. Jan. 3 - Sam Clancy, USC. Jan. 8 - Jarron and Jason Collins, STAN. Jan. 16 - Jason Kapono, UCLA. Jan. 22 - Gilbert Arenas, ARIZ. Jan. 28 - Sean Lampley, CAL. Feb. 5 - Awvee Storey, ASU. Feb. 12 - Sean Lampley, CAL. Feb. 19 - Gilbert Arenas, ARIZ. Feb. 26 - Sean Lampley, CAL.

THE POLLS

USA Today/ESPN (Mar. 5)

1. STANFORD 2. Duke 3. Michigan State 4. Illinois 5. North Carolina 6. Florida 7. ARIZONA 8. Iowa State 9. Boston College 10. Kansas 11. Mississippi 12. Virginia 13. Maryland 14. Syracuse 15. Kentucky 16. Oklahoma 17. UCLA 18. Notre Dame 19. Georgetown 20. Wake Forest 21. Wisconsin 22. Texas 23. St. Joseph's 24. Tennessee25t. Fresno State25t. Alabama

AP (Mar. 5)

1. STANFORD 2. Michigan State 3. Duke 4. Illinois 5. Florida 6. North Carolina 7. Iowa State 8. ARIZONA 9. Kansas 10. Boston College 11. Maryland 12. Virginia 13. UCLA 14. Mississippi 15. Kentucky 16. Oklahoma 17. Syracuse 18. Georgetown 19. Notre Dame 20. Texas 21. St. Joseph's 22. Wake Forest 23. Wisconsin 24. Ohio State 25. Fresno State

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - With two wins this week, Arizona has now won at least 20 games for the 14th consecutive season and 23rd time in school history. . . Arizona closed the week with a 39-point win over Oregon to close the home portion of the Wildcats' schedule. The Wildcats average margin of victory in Arizona's last seven Saturday games is 31.9 points. No opponent has scored more than 65 points in those contests. . . Sophomore guard Jason Gardner posted his second career double-double with 11 points and 10 assists vs. Oregon. The double-double came in just 28 minutes and included just one turnover. He leads the team with 127 assists and has a 2.49 assist:turnover ratio. Arizona is 24-5 in Gardner's career when he registers at least five assists in a game. . . Sophomore guard Gilbert Arenas needs 22 points to reach 1,000 points for his career.

ARIZONA STATE - ASU won all four games against the Oregon schools for just the second time in its 23 Pac-10 seasons. The other time was in 1992-93. . . Prior to the Arizona game (Feb. 21), junior guard Brad Nahra had scored a total of 21 points in 20 games played this season. In the last three games, Nahra is averaging 10.0 points on 10-of-18 (.556) from the field, 5-of-9 (.556) from three point range and 5-of-6 (.833) from the free throw line. . . With 153 steals, senior guard Alton Mason places sixth on the ASU career charts. . . Sophomore forward Shawn Redhage is shooting 135-of-163 (.828) from the free throw line for his career. . . After starting the season 0-7 in Pac-10 play, ASU has gone 5-4. . . ASU has outrebounded 20 of its 27 opponents. . . ASU is 1-3 all-time vs. No. 1 ranked teams.

CALIFORNIA - With 1,723 career points, senior forward Sean Lampley ranks as the school's all-time leading scorer. . . Lampley's 865 career rebounds place him fourth on the Cal career chart and 29th on the Pac-10 career list. . . Lampley is the only player in Cal history to be listed in the career top 10 in points, rebounds and assists. . . Cal has posted 10 wins in league play for the first time since 1997 when it finished tied for second with a 12-6 record in Pac-10 play. . . Since re-entering the starting lineup four games ago, junior center Solomon Hughes has averaged 10.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg and made 18-of-27 (.667) shots from the floor. On the year, he tops the Pac-10 in field goal shooting at 63.4 percent.

OREGON - With 503 points this year, senior forward Bryan Bracey became the 11th different Oregon player to score 500 points in a season. . . Junior guard Frederick Jones needs 20 points against Oregon State to become the 22nd member of Oregon's 1,000-point club. He also ranks in Oregon's career top eight in assists, steals, blocked shots and three-point field goals. . . Jones' 36 points against Arizona State was the most by a Duck since Orlando Williams scored 40 at Washington State Feb. 19, 1994. . . Oregon's freshmen -- Luke Jackson (15), Jay Anderson (7), James Davis (6) and Luke Ridnour (5) -- accounted for more than half (33) of the team's 65 points against Arizona. . . The Ducks have won 14 of the last 15 meetings with the Beavers.

OREGON STATE - With 16 points against Arizona State, senior center Jason Heide passed the 1,000 career-point plateau, becoming the 29th player in school history to score 1,000 points. His total stands at 1,004 points. Heide has scored in double figures in each of the last 10 games, averaging 16.4 points on 62-of-122 (.508) shooting and pulling down 5.7 rebounds per game. . . The Beavers are holding the opposition to 61.7 points per game during the last six games. They are also holding the opposition to 131-of-318 (.412) shooting in that span. . . Over the last eight games, sophomore guard Jimmie Haywood is averaging 13.5 points per game.

STANFORD - After recording a perfect 10-of-10 from the line at UCLA, senior forward Ryan Mendez has now connected on 41 consecutive free throw attempts, equaling the Pac-10 record of 41 straight set earlier this season by USC's David Bluthenthal. Mendez has connected on 38 consecutive free throws in Pac-10 play. Todd Lichti holds the school mark in league games with 41 straight during the 1988-89 season. Bluthenthal currently holds the Pac-10 record for Conference-only games with 42 consecutive free throws. Mendez's league-leading .946 from the free throw line is a school record. A Stanford player has won the Pac-10 free throw percentage title six of the last seven years. . . Stanford is shooting .514 for the season, the highest percentage since the 1988-89 season when the team hit a school record .522. . . Senior forward Jarron Collins tallied 29 points in the Los Angeles trip, putting his career point total at 1,008. He's the 29th player in Stanford history to reach that plateau. . . Mendez (958 career points) or sophomore guard Casey Jacobsen (948 career points) should be the next Cardinal to reach 1,000 points for their career. . . Stanford is shooting .566 from the floor in the last six games. . . Stanford has hosted 48 consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion. . . Stanford is the first team to go undefeated on the road in league play since Oregon State turned the feat during the 1980-81 season.

UCLA - The Bruins have won 16 of their last 19 games. . . Junior forward Matt Barnes scored a career-high 32 points on 14-of-19 shooting in the Bruins' loss to Stanford. His 32 points is the most by a Bruin since 1997-98, when Kris Johnson scored 33 vs. ASU (Mar. 5, `98), Toby Bailey 32 (Mar. 1, `98) and J. R. Henderson 32 (Jan. 25, `98). . . Senior guard Earl Watson picked up three steals against Stanford, giving him 226 for his career, passing Tyus Edney (224, 1992-95). Watson ranks 21st on the UCLA career scoring list with 1,377 career points. . . With its win over Cal, UCLA won 20 games for the 13th consecutive season and 40th in school history. . . Sophomore forward Jason Kapono needs 21 points to reach 1,000 points for his career.

USC - USC swept the season series with California for the first time since 1992. . . With a career-high seven blocked shots against Cal, Junior center Sam Clancy became USC's career leader with 129 blocks, overtaking Lorenzo Orr's total of 128 from 1992-95. . . Junior guard Brandon Granville needs 25 points to reach the 1,000 point total for his career, while Clancy needs 69 points to reach 1,000 points for his career. . . Granville has 155 career three-pointers, one shy of third place on the USC career chart (Phil Glenn is in third with 156). . . The Trojans posted 12 regular season victories at home this season for the first time since posting 14 victories in the Sports Arena during the 1992 season.

WASHINGTON - Senior guard Michael Johnson has 79 career three-pointers, ranking him fifth on the Husky career charts. He needs four more three-pointers to move into third on the list. . . The Huskies have defeated USC in three of their last four meetings in Seattle. They also have defeated a ranked UCLA team in Seattle in each of the last three seasons.

WASHINGTON STATE - At 12-14, the Cougars doubled their win total from last season when they finished 6-22. At 5-11 in Pac-10 play, the Cougars equaled their best win total since finishing league play at 5-13 during the 1997 season. . . In the victory over Washington, a pair of first time double-doubles were posted by freshman guard Marcus Moore (18 points/10 rebounds) and J Locklier (16 points/12 rebounds). . . Sophomore forward Milton Riley is averaging 7.3 rebounds in his last three games. . . Sophomore guard Jerry McNair is averaging 20.0 points in his last three games.

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