This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Dec. 3, 2001

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At 5-1, the WASHINGTON Huskies are off to their best start since the 1997-98 season when it rolled to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. The Huskies will look to add to their three-game winning streak with difficult road games at Texas-El Paso and New Mexico State. . . ARIZONA is set to play three consecutive games against Big Ten foes Illinois, Purdue and Michigan State - none of those games will be played in the cozy confines of McKale Center. . . The Pac-10 sports a 33-15 (.688) record against non-league foes.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue., Dec. 4Arizona vs. Illinois, 6 p.m. (FSN) (2)Arizona State vs. Utah, 8:30 p.m. (FSN) (2)Idaho at Washington State, 7 p.m.Rhode Island at USC, 7:30 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 5UC Riverside at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.

Thur., Dec. 6Saint Louis at California, 7 p.m.Washington at Texas-El Paso, 7 p.m.USC vs. Pepperdine, 9 p.m. (19)

Fri., Dec. 7Texas Pan American at Washington State, 7 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 8Arizona vs. Purdue, 1:30 p.m. (3)UCLA vs. Alabama, 3:30 p.m. (3)Washington at New Mexico State, 7 p.m.

Tournaments and Neutral Sites
(2) America West Arena, Phoenix, Ariz.(3) Wooden Classic, The Pond, Anaheim, Calif.(19) The Forum, Los Angeles, Calif.

THE POLLS

USA Today/ESPN (Dec. 3) 1. Duke 2. Maryland 3. Missouri 4. Florida 5. Kansas 6. Illinois 7. Virginia 8. ARIZONA 9. Syracuse10. Oklahoma11. Iowa12. Kentucky13. Boston College14. STANFORD15. Georgetown16. Fresno State Michigan State18. UCLA19. Alabama20. Ball State21. Marquette22. Wake Forest23. Memphis24. Saint Joseph's25. Western KentuckyARV USC, ORE

AP (Nov. 25) 1. Duke 2. Illinois 3. Missouri 4. ARIZONA 5. Maryland 6. Florida 7. Iowa 8. Kansas 9. Virginia10. UCLA11. STANFORD12. Syracuse13. Kentucky14. Oklahoma State15. Boston College16. Ball State17. Western Kentucky18. Georgetown19. Saint Joseph's20. Memphis21. Alabama22. Michigan State23. Marquette24. Fresno State25. Wake ForestARV USC, ORE, CAL

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Mon., Nov. 26
Oregon State 65, San Diego 56(OSU - Haywood 20 pts, Ricci 17 pts/11 rbs, Jackson 15 pts)
USC 73, UC Santa Barbara 62(USC - Bluthenthal 19 pts, Clancy 18 pts/11 rbs, Granville 12 pts/10 asts)Tue., Nov. 27
Arizona State 73, UC Riverside 64(ASU - Storey 16 pts/10 rbs, Millage 9 pts)
Massachusetts 62, Oregon 58(ORE - Jones 13 pts, Christoffersen 12 pts/11 rbs, Johnson 12 pts/9 rbs)Wed., Nov. 28
California 71, New Mexico 62(CAL - S. Hughes 17 pts/6 rbs, Gates 16 pts/4 stls, Forehan-Kelly 11 pts)
Pepperdine 85, UCLA 78(UCLA - Kapono 28 pts/7 rbs, Knight 21 pts)
Washington 77, UNLV 64(WASH - Wrenn 21 pts/6 rbs, Allen 21 pts/8 asts, Leep 10 pts)
Montana 75, Washington State 71(WSU - Bush 24 pts/7 rbs, Locklier 19 pts/7 rbs)Fri., Nov. 30
Oregon State 73, Southern Utah 63(OSU - See 16 pts/8 asts, Masten 15 pts/4-4 3FG, Ricci 10 pts)Sat., Dec. 1
Kansas 105, Arizona 97(ARIZ - Gardner 34 pts/8-16 3FG, Walton 20 pts/11 rbs/9 asts)Arizona State 100, Prairie View A&M 62(ASU - Crandall 22 pts/5-7 3FG, Smith 15 pts, Prewitt 13 pts/11 rbs)South Florida 79, California 59(CAL - Shipp 15 pts/6 rbs, Forehan-Kelly 14 pts/6 rbs)
Texas 83, Stanford 75 (OT)(STAN - Childress 15 pts, Barnes 13 pts, Borchardt 11 rbs)
USC 60, Bradley 50(USC - Bluthenthal 14 pts/8 rbs, E. Craven 14 pts/7 rbs, Granville 10 pts)
Washington 98 San Diego 94(WASH - Allen 25 pts/11-12 FT, Massingale 19 pts, Dixon 14 pts/9 rbs)
Washington State 91, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 75(WSU - Moore 26 pts/10 asts, Locklier 19 pts/9 rbs, Lyman 14 pts)Sun., Dec. 2
Portland 79, Oregon 78(ORE - Jackson 28 pts, Ridnour 17 pts/7 asts)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS CURTIS ALLEN (WASHINGTON)

Sophomore guard Curtis Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) averaged 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky victories. He scored 21 points and distributed a career-high eight assists in the 77-64 win over UNLV. In the 98-94 victory at San Diego, Allen tallied a career-high 27 points and added four assists. He was 11-of-12 from the line, including two conversions with 0:34 left in the game. For the week, he shot 11-of-18 (.611) from the field, 7-of-11 (.636) from three-point range and was 17-of-18 (.944) from the free throw line. For the season, Allen has converted 32-of-34 (.941) from the charity stripe.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Arizona's loss to Kansas was just the team's fifth loss at home since the start of the 1996-97 season. In that span, the Cats are 71-5 (.934) in its last 76 home games. Under Olson, UA is 271-27 (.909) in 19 years at McKale Center. . . In allowing 105 points to the Jayhawks, an Arizona opponent topped the 100-point plateau for the first time since March 11, 1995, in a 103-98 2OT home loss to Arizona State. It is just the fourth time a UA team coached by Lute Olson has allowed 100 points and the first time the Cats have allowed 100 in regulation at home since Feb. 17, 1973, in a 110-105 loss to Arizona State. Incidentally, it was just UA's fourth loss in its last 50 games when scoring at least 80 points, dating back to the start of the 1998-99 season. . . Junior guard Jason Gardner scored a career-high 34 points vs. Kansas and set an Arizona single-game record with eight three-pointers.

ARIZONA STATE - Junior forward Tommy Smith had a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Portland State and is ASU's top scorer at 13.2 points per game. . . Shawn Redhage has made all 10 of his free throws on the year and is shooting 149-of-179 (.832) for his career. . .Senior center Chad Prewitt had 21 points vs. Stephen F. Austin and 20 vs. BYU, his third and fourth 20-point games of his career. His career high is 23 vs. Charlotte last year. . . Sophomore guard Kenny Crandall is 9-of-17 (.529) from the three-point stripe on the year and had 19 points vs. Prairie View A & M in the first half. He ended with a career-high 22 points. . . ASU has 49 steals on the year, an average of 9.8 per game. . . ASU is 19-2 (.905) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent, including an 8-0 mark last year.

CALIFORNIA - Junior guard Shantay Legans hit his 100th career three-pointer at South Florida and now has 101 in 2+ seasons. . . Junior center Solomon Hughes and freshman forward Jamal Sampson have combined for 22 blocks in 5 games. . . Reserve junior forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly leads seven players averaging at least 7.0 ppg with 10.8 ppg. . . Senior guard Dennis Gates came off the bench for a career-high 16 points (6-10 FG, 2-5 3P, 2-2 FT) in a win over New Mexico.

OREGON - Sophomore forward Luke Jackson scored a career-high 28 points in loss at Portland. . . Senior center Chris Christoffersen had his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds at Massachusetts. . . Oregon had a 20-game win streak snapped in the series with Portland. The Ducks last loss to Portland came during the 1964 season.

OREGON STATE - Junior forward Philip Ricci has posted two double-doubles this season, no Beaver has had more than two since Mustapha Hoff had seven in 1995. . . OSU's six games in the month of December equals its fewest games in the 12th month in modern history. On the other hand, the six games played in November is a school record. . . OSU is shooting .486 from the field, if that continues it would be the highest field goal percentage for the year since 1992 (.486). . . Senior guard Adam Masten and junior forward Brian Jackson have started 36 consecutive games.

STANFORD - Junior center Curtis Borchardt ranks fifth on the Stanford career list with 73 blocked shots. Borchardt has 10 or more rebounds in each game this season. . . Junior Casey Jacobsen had a string of 32-games scoring in double figures snapped when he tallied nine points in the loss to Texas.

UCLA - Junior forward Jason Kapono continues to raise his three-point field goal percentage. He's hit 15-of-23 (.652) this season, lifting his career totals to 181-of-380 (.476). Kapono's currently averaging 22.2 points per game. The last Bruin to finish the season with a scoring average better than 20 points a game was Ed O'Bannon (20.4 ppg in 1995).

USC - USC has held its first four opponents to 65 or less points for the first time since the 1967-68 season. That season, Bob Boyd's Trojans held their opponents to 65 or fewer points in their first six games, which was good enough for a 5-1 start. That team finished 18-8. . . The Trojans' 60 points in their 60-50 win at Bradley was their lowest winning total since defeating Washington, 53-46, in Seattle in 1994. . . With 621 career assists, senior guard Brandon Granville ranks eighth on the Pac-10 career list. He needs 16 assists to pass UCLA's Darrick Martin for the seventh spot.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies' 98-point outburst at San Diego (Dec. 1) was their highest scoring output in 109 games, dating back to a 101-86 win at USC on Jan. 29, 1998. . . At 5-1, Washington is off to its best start since the 1997-98 team had a similar 5-1 record en route to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. That 1998 squad won its seventh game to improve to 6-1 before losing game No. 8. The last time a UW team had a better record was in 1990-91 when the team opened with a 7-0 record. . . The Huskies have blocked at least five shots in all six games this season after reaching the five-block plateau in only five games all last season. Washington has 41 blocked shots this season, an average of 6.83 blocks per game. The 1993 Husky squad average 4.37 blocks en route to the school's single-season record of 118. . . The Huskies are shooting 75.4 percent from the free throw line (132-175), a drastic improvement from last season's 57.5-percent figure (355-617) that ranked last in the Pac-10. Sophomore Curtis Allen has made 32-of-34 free throws (.944).

WASHINGTON STATE - Senior guard Mike Bush continues to excel for the Cougars. In two games last week, Bush averaged 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. Through four games, the Cougars are averaging 11.0 steals per game. . . WSU is averaging 85.0 points per game. It never scored more than 83 points in a game last season.

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