This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball (3/19/01)
March 20, 2001
The Pac-10 rolled to an 8-1 record during the First and Second rounds and will advance four teams to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in five years. The Pac-10 also had four teams advance in 1997 and 1998. . . STANFORD remains in the West to face Cincinnati in Anaheim, ARIZONA will face Mississippi in San Antonio, while UCLA meets Duke and USC takes on Kentucky in Philadelphia. . . With CALIFORNIA also appearing in the NCAA Tournament this year, the Pac-10 has sent five teams to the Tournament for the third time. The previous two times produced national champions - UCLA in 1995, Arizona in 1997. . . Over the past five years, the Pac-10 has produced a 37-17 (.685) record in NCAA Tournament play.
THIS WEEK'S PAC-10 NCAA REGIONAL ACTION:
REGION SEMIFINALSThur., Mar. 22East Region - Philadelphia, Pa. No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 6 USC Game time: 7:38 p.m. ET/4:38 p.m. PT No. 1 Duke vs. No. 4 UCLA Game time: Approx. 9:55 p.m. ET/6:55 p.m. PTWest Region - Anaheim, Calif. No. 1 STANFORD vs. No. 5 Cincinnati Game time: Approx. 10:15 p.m. ET/7:15 p.m. PT
Fri., Mar. 23Midwest Region - San Antonio, Texas No. 2 ARIZONA vs. No. 3 Mississippi Game time: 7:55 p.m. ET/4:55 p.m. PT
REGION FINALSSat., Mar. 24East Region - Philadelphia, Pa. Duke/UCLA vs. Kentucky/USC Game time: TBAWest Region - Anaheim, Calif. STANFORD/Cincinnati vs. Maryland/Georgetown Game time: TBA
Sun., Mar. 25Midwest Region - San Antonio, Texas ARIZONA/Mississippi vs. Illinois/Kansas Game time: TBA
* For the first time since 1939, the Pac-10 had five teams each finish the regular season with 20 wins. . . Each Pac-10 team recorded 10 or more wins for the second time in three seasons. . . The six-game difference between the league's fifth place team and sixth place team is the largest margin in league history.
* Three Pac-10 sophomores have scored more than 1,000 points in their short careers - Arizona's Gilbert Arenas (1,039), Stanford's Casey Jacobsen (1,024), and UCLA's Jason Kapono (1,058).
* The Pac-10 sent five teams to the NCAA Tournament for just the third time in Conference history. The other two times were in 1995 and 1997. Coincidentally, UCLA won the national title in 1995, Arizona in 1997. . . The Pac-10 had four teams advance to the Sweet Sixteen for third time in five years.
* Pac-10 teams all-time records vs. the field in their respective regions:
ARIZ STAN 0-1 vs. Mississippi 0-2 vs. Cincinnati 4-5 vs. Illinois 0-2 vs. Maryland 1-4 vs. Kansas 0-1 vs. Georgetown
UCLA USC 6-8 vs. Duke 2-0 vs. Kentucky 3-5 vs. Kentucky 2-3 vs. Duke 118-93 vs. USC 93-118 vs. UCLA
* NCAA First/Second Round Pac-10 highlights:
UCLA's Dan Gadzuric and USC's Sam Clancy each posted a pair of double-doubles during the first and second rounds. Gadzuric averaged 15.0 points/13.5 rebounds, Clancy averaged 18.0 points/12.5 rebounds.
UCLA reaches Sweet Sixteen for the fourth time in the last five years.
USC won two Tournament games for just the second time in school history. The Trojans were 2-2 during the 1954 NCAA Tournament.
Stanford shot 59-of-71 (.831) from the free throw line in its two tournament victories. The Cardinal also shot 14-of-30 (.467) from three-point range.
Arizona shot 67-of-120 (.558) from the field, UCLA was 56-of-109 (.514), USC was 47-of-94 (.500), and Stanford was 53-of-109 (.486).
Defensively, UCLA held its opponents to 32-of-102 (.314) shooting from the field, while USC held its opponents to 46-of-133 (.345), Arizona held its opponents to 48-of-127 (.378), and Stanford held its opponent to 52-of-103 (.505).
Arizona outrebounded Eastern Illinois and Butler by an average margin of +15.5 rebounds.
The four Pac-10 teams that have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen won a total of eight games by an average of 17.25 points.
Should UCLA and USC advance to the East Region final, it would mark the first time two Pac-10 teams faced each other in the NCAA Tournament.
PAC-10 TEAMS IN SWEET SIXTEEN
ARIZONA - Arizona has won at least 20 games for the 14th consecutive season and 23rd time in school history. . . The Wildcats are making their 17th consecutive NCAA appearance - second longest active streak in the nation, trailing only North Carolina (27), and 20th appearance overall. . . Arizona's tournament record is 29-18 (.617), with a national title in 1997 and Final Four appearances in 1988 and 1994. . . Junior forward Michael Wright (1,440 points) and sophomore guard Gilbert Arenas (1,039) passed the 1,000-point plateau in career scoring during the course of the season. . . The Wildcats have won 17 of their last 19 games. . . The Cats are 21-3 this season when outrebounding the opposition and have outrebounded nine consecutive opponents and 10 of the last 11. UA has posted a rebound margin of +10 or better in 13 games this season. . . Arizona is 13-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor. Combined with a solid field goal percentage defense figure (.396), the Wildcats have outshot the opposition in 11 of the last 12 games. This season Arizona is 21-1 when outshooting the opposition.
STANFORD - Stanford won its third consecutive Pac-10 title. . . The Cardinal are making their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, their 10th overall with a 15-8 record (.652). . . Stanford posted its seventh consecutive 20-win season. Its 30 wins tie a school record set in 1998 (30-5). . . Senior forward Ryan Mendez connected on a Pac-10 record 49 consecutive free throw attempts. Mendez also connected on a Conference record 46 consecutive free throws in Pac-10 play. . . Stanford is on the verge of having three players with career scoring totals over 1,000 points - Jarron Collins (1,058), Casey Jacobsen (1,024) and Ryan Mendez (998). . . Stanford is shooting .511 for the season, the highest percentage since the 1988-89 season when the team hit a school record .522. . . Stanford has hosted 50 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. . . Stanford won the 1942 NCAA title. After expenses, Stanford's share of the NCAA pot was $93.75.
UCLA - The Bruins are making their 13th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, 37th overall, posting an NCAA Tournament record of 83-29 (.741). . . UCLA has won 19 of its last 23 games. . . UCLA won 20 games for the 13th consecutive season and 40th in school history. . . Senior guard Earl Watson tops the UCLA career charts with 234 steals. Watson is 17th on the UCLA career scoring list with 1,432 career points. Watson has started every game (128) during his Bruin career. . . Sophomore forward Jason Kapono passed the 1,000 point-plateau for his career, he now has 1,058 career points. . . Junior center Dan Gadzuric has averaged 10.2 rebounds over the last 12 games of the season. . . Coach Steve Lavin is one of just three coaches in the nation to lead his school to four Sweet 16's in the last five years. The others are Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.
USC - USC is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997. It's the Trojans 11th appearance overall with a 8-12 (.400) record. . . USC won 20 games in a season for the first time since 1992 (24-6). . . The Trojans have four players with 1,000 or more career points - senior forward Brian Scalabrine (1,415), senior guard Jeff Trepagnier (1,099), junior guard Brandon Granville (1,022), and junior center Sam Clancy (1,010). . . With 139 career blocked shots, Clancy is USC's career leader. . . Granville holds the school record with 580 career assists, and is third all-time at USC with 158 career three-pointers. . . With 206 steals, Trepagnier needs three thefts to become the schools all-time steals leader. . . 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.