This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Jan. 7, 2002
Only two teams remain unbeaten after four league contests, but that will change on Thursday as UCLA takes on USC. . . Not only are the Bruins (nine game winning streak) and Trojans (eight game winning streak) on a roll, but so is ARIZONA STATE. The Sun Devils have won four in a row . . . The Pac-10 has a 69-25 (.734) record against non-league foes.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Thur., Jan. 10Arizona at Washington State, 7 p.m. Series: ARIZ leads 39-10, Streak: ARIZ 32Arizona State at Washington, 7 p.m. Series: ASU leads 30-19, Streak: ASU 1California at Oregon, 7 p.m. Series: CAL leads 62-47, Streak: CAL 2Stanford at Oregon State, 7:05 p.m. Series: OSU leads 65-45, Streak: STAN 4UCLA at USC, 7:30 p.m. (FSN) (1) Series: UCLA leads 118-93, Streak: UCLA 3
Sat., Jan. 12Arizona at Washington, 7 p.m. Series: ARIZ leads 32-15, Streak: ARIZ 4Arizona State at Washington State, 3 p.m. Series: ASU leads 26-23, Streak: WSU 2California at Oregon State, 5 p.m. (FSN) Series: CAL leads 61-54, Streak: CAL 6Stanford at Oregon, 3 p.m. (FSN) Series: STAN leads 74-39, Streak: STAN 11Kansas at UCLA, 12 noon (CBS)
(1) The Forum, Los Angeles, Calif.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Jan. 4Oregon 90, Arizona 80Arizona State 67, Oregon State 58Stanford 82, California 62UCLA 74, Washington 62USC 85, Washington State 64
Sun., Jan. 6Arizona 93, Oregon State 87Arizona State 95, Oregon 88California 68, Stanford 54UCLA 81, Washington State 69USC 94, Washington 74
USA Today/ESPN (Jan. 6) 1. Duke 2. Florida 3. Kansas 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Oklahoma State 7. Oklahoma 8. Syracuse 9. Kentucky10. Illinois11. STANFORD12. Cincinnati13. Iowa14. UCLA15. Alabama16. Boston College17. Missouri18. Gonzaga19. Wake Forest20. Miami, Fla.21. ARIZONA22. Michigan State23. Butler24. Mississippi State25. PittsburghARV ORE, ASU
AP (Jan. 7) 1. Kansas 2. Duke 3. Florida 4. Maryland 5. Oklahoma 6. Oklahoma State 7. Virginia 8. Kentucky 9. Illinois10. Cincinnati11. UCLA12. Syracuse13. Iowa14. Alabama STANFORD16. Boston College17. Missouri18. Gonzaga19. Wake Forest20. ARIZONA21. Miami, Fla.22. Mississippi State23. Pittsburgh24. Butler25. Michigan StateARV ORE, USC, CAL
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS CHAD PREWITT (ARIZONA STATE)
Senior center Chad Prewitt (Phoenix, Ariz.) averaged 26.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in a home sweep of the Oregon schools. In the 67-58 win over Oregon State, Prewitt scored a career high 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field and pulled down eight rebounds. Two nights later, Prewitt better his career-high with 27 points in the win over Oregon. He also added 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. For the week, he shot 17-of-29 (.586) form the field, 2-of-5 (.400) from three-point range and was 16-of-19 (.842) from the foul line.
It's the first weekly honor for Prewitt, ASU's 18th all-time.
Previous Pac-10 Player of the Week: Nov. 26 - Jason Gardner, ARIZ. Dec. 3 - Curtis Allen, WASH. Dec. 10 - Marcus Moore, WSU. Dec. 17 - Joe Shipp, CAL. Jan. 7 - Chad Prewitt, ASU.
ARIZONA - The Wildcats trailed by 21 points (55-34) with 1:21 remaining in the first half and by 19 (57-38) with 19:33 to go before coming from behind to defeat Oregon State, 93-87, Sunday night. It was Arizona's second double-figure, second half comeback of the year (12 at Texas) and was the largest UA comeback in the Lute Olson era. . . Freshman center Channing Frye averaged 18.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in two games vs. Oregon State. Since moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 20 (six games), Frye is averaging 14.0 points and 10.7 rebounds to go with a .547 FG percentage (29-of-53) in his last five games. He also has four double-figure rebounding games and three double-doubles to his credit. . . Junior Luke Walton has missed the last three games due to a strained right Achilles' tendon. The injury, which occurred late in the first half of the Pepperdine game (Dec. 28), has forced him to miss games for the first time in his UA career. . . Arizona did manage to post a +10 rebound advantage in Sunday's win (31-21) to improve to 8-0 this year when outrebounding the opposition.
ARIZONA STATE - Senior center Chad Prewitt scored more points over the weekend (52 points) than he did his whole Pac-10 season in his freshman year (46 points in 18 games). . . Prewitt is averaging 21.6 points and 8.2 rebounds in the past five games and is 35-of-41 (.854) from the free throw line in that time. . . Prewitt has six 20-point games on the year after posting just two in his first three seasons. . . ASU had just seven turnovers vs. Oregon State, the second fewest in Rob Evans' 104 games as head coach at ASU. . . Junior guard Kyle Dodd has 36 assists and just seven turnovers on the year. In the past four games, he has 14 assists and just one turnover (101 minutes) coming off the bench. . . Sophomore Kenny Crandall is 23-of-48 (.479) from the three-point stripe on the year.
CALIFORNIA - With its win over Stanford Sunday, Cal snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Cardinal. . . Senior center Solomon Hughes missed the last two games with a strained right knee. He suffered the injury last week in practice and hopes to return for the Oregon road trip this week. . . The Bears have won 10 straight at Haas Pavilion and 13 of their last 14 at home. The Bears have allowed 60 or fewer points six times in 10 home games. . . Cal has 60 blocked shots this year, compared to 66 for all of last season.
OREGON - The Ducks are averaging 96.5 points per game in four Pac-10 contests. Oregon has scored 86 or more points in each of its last seven games, posting a 6-1 record during that span. . . Sophomore guard Luke Ridnour posted the first double-double of his career with 23 points and 10 assists in Oregon's win at Arizona. It was the first win for the Ducks in Tucson since 1985. . . Senior guard Anthony Lever has been a solid performer coming off the bench. He's shooting 20-of-38 (.526) from three-point range. . . As a team, the Ducks are leading the league in three-point field goal percentage (.430). In their 10 wins, the Ducks are shooting 93-of-189 (.492) from beyond the arc. While in their four losses, the Ducks are 20-of-74 (.270) from long distance.
OREGON STATE - Over the last seven games, junior forward Philip Ricci is shooting .633 (50-79) from the field and averaging 18.4 points per game. With 21 blocked shots this season, Ricci needs just nine more to crack the OSU single-season top 10 list. . . The Beavers are home for five of their next seven games. They have won six of their seven home games. . . In its loss at Arizona, OSU shot 19-of-25 (.760) from the field in the first half and was 31-of-51 (.608) for the game.
STANFORD - Junior center Curtis Borchardt has tallied 30 blocked shots on the season. That mark is already 11th on the Stanford single-season blocked shots list. He has three or more blocked shots in five games this season. . . Junior guard Julius Barnes posted career-high scoring totals in back-to-back games. He scored 19 points against Michigan State in the Newell Challenge, then followed that with a career-high 27 points in Stanford's Pac-10 opener against California. After shooting 2-of-10 in a loss to Brigham Young, Barnes has bounced back to shoot 18-of-29 (.621) over the last three games.
UCLA - UCLA won all six games over the holiday break and has a nine-game winning streak going into Thursday's game with USC. During the break, junior forward Jason Kapono became the school's all-time leader in three-pointers, now with 205 (the old mark was 197, Tracy Murray, 1990-92). . . Freshman guard Cedric Bozeman returned for the Washington games in Pauley, the first contests since his Dec. 3 right knee arthroscope. He played 7 minutes against Washington and 13 minutes vs. Washington State. . . Coach Steve Lavin's 4-0 league start matches his best conference beginning (4-0 last year, lost fifth league game at AZ). The 11-2 start matches his best overall beginning while at UCLA (in 1997-98, UCLA was 11-2, won its next 2 games before losing at Stanford). . . The Bruins lead the USC series 118-93. The Bruins have won 13 of the last 14 games, last losing to USC in 2000, 91-79 at the Sports Arena. Lavin is 9-1 vs. USC. . . UCLA's only games in The Forum were at the 1989 Pac-10 Postseason Tournament (beat UW 64-54, lost to Stanford, 95-86). . . Under Lavin, the Bruins have won 24 of their last 28 Pac-10 games (the final six of 1999-00, 14-4 last year and 4-0 this year). . Under Lavin, the Bruins are 107-4 when leading at the five minute mark.
USC - Senior guard Brandon Granville picked up a pair of double-doubles against the Washington schools last weekend. He had 15 points/12 assists vs. Washington State and 17 points/10 assists against Washington. His 674 career assists have moved him into fifth all-time on the Pac-10 career list. . . The Trojans tallied 21 steals in their win over Washington. Granville led the way with six thefts, giving him a career total of 201 steals. He needs eight more to establish a USC career record. . . The Trojans have won their four Pac-10 games by an average of 19.5 points. . . With 1,278 career points, senior center Sam Clancy has climbed into the 10th spot on the USC career scoring list.
WASHINGTON - The Huskies look to snap a six-game losing skid when they entertain the Arizona schools this week. . . Sophomore forward Doug Wrenn's 29-point scoring outburst against USC was the team's top single-game performance this year. . . Senior center David Dixon has pulled down 107 rebounds this season and is fourth in the league with 7.6 rebounds per game. He grabbed just 97 rebounds in 30 games last season.
WASHINGTON STATE - Currently, sophomore guard Marcus Moore ranks first in the league in assists (6.42 apg) and steals (2.50 spg). . . Senior guard Mike Bush is making the transition from football to basketball with ease. He has scored in double figures in six of the 10 games he has played this season, including the last three games. In a two week span, Bush scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds vs. UCLA. Then caught a 46-yard touchdown pass in the Cougars' Sun Bowl victory over Purdue. He returned to the court this past week to score 10 points at USC and 18 points at UCLA.