This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Jan. 14, 2002

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Five Pac-10 teams (No. 9 UCLA, No. 15 ARIZONA, No. 18 USC, No. 19 STANFORD, No. 23 OREGON) are listed among the Top 25 in the Associated Press poll. It's the first time since Feb. 13, 1995 that the Pac-10 has placed five teams in the poll. In fact, it occurred six times in 1995 (Jan. 9 - Feb. 13). . . USC remains the lone unbeaten in Conference play, but will get tested this week as the Los Angeles schools head to Arizona. . . OREGON celebrates Mac Court's 75th birthday with a non-conference contest against Willamette on Tuesday. The Ducks defeated Willamette (38-10) in the first game played in Mac Court on Jan. 14, 1927. . . of The Pac-10 has a 70-25 (.737) record against non-league foes.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tues., Jan. 15Willamette at Oregon, 7 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 17USC at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. (FSN) Series: ARIZ leads 44-31, Streak: ARIZ 3UCLA at Arizona State, 6:30 p.m. Series: UCLA leads 46-10, Streak UCLA 2Washington at California, 7:30 p.m. Series: Tied 66-66, Streak: CAL 3Washington State at Stanford, 7 p.m. Series: Tied 52-52, Streak: STAN 11

Sat., Jan. 19UCLA at Arizona, 12 noon (CBS) Series: UCLA leads 36-24, Streak: UCLA 1USC at Arizona State, 4 p.m. (ABC) Series: USC leads 36-26, Streak: USC 2Washington State at California, 5 p.m. (FSN) Series: CAL leads 59-40, Streak: CAL 2Oregon at Oregon State, 7:05 p.m. Series: OSU leads 176-138, Streak: ORE 5Washington at Stanford, 7 p.m. Series: STAN leads 59-53, Streak: STAN 8

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:

Thur., Jan. 10Arizona 92, Washington State 85 (ARIZ - Gardner 23 pts/7-7 FT, Walton 15 pts/11 asts, Stoudamire 13 pts) (WSU - Locklier 27 pts/11 rbs, Bush 17 pts/11 rbs, Moore 12 pts)Washington 81, Arizona State 68 (WASH - Wrenn 23 pts, Knight 19 pts/8 rbs, Leep 17 pts, Allen 15 asts) (ASU - Prewitt 24 pts/8 rbs, Millage 15 pts, Dodd 10 pts)Oregon 76, California 72 (ORE - Jones 22 pts/9 rbs, Lever 12 pts, Ridnour 11 pts) (CAL - Shipp 24 pts/9-13 FG/7 rbs, Tamir 19 pts/3-4 3FG)Stanford 67, Oregon State 50 (STAN - Childress 19 pts/9 rbs, Borchardt 17 pts/18 rbs, Jacobsen 15 pts) (OSU - Ricci 14 pts, Jackson 12 pts)USC 81, UCLA 77 (USC - Clancy 19 pts/12 rbs, Granville 18 pts, Bluthenthal 16 pts/18 rbs) ( UCLA - Barnes 34 pts/7-11 3FG, Knight 17 pts, Gadzuric 16 rbs)

Sat., Jan. 12Arizona at Washington (ARIZ - Gardner 21 pts/6 asts, Stoudamire 16 pts, Anderson 14 pts/11 rbs) (WASH - Wrenn 25 pts, Allen 16 pts, Dixon 11 pts/14 rbs)Arizona State 81, Washington State 71 (ASU - Millage 24 pts/8-11 FG, Smith 19 pts/9 rbs, Prewitt 13 pts/7 asts) (WSU - Moore 23 pts/16-16 FT/8 rbs, Bush 10 pts, Locklier 10 pts)California 61, Oregon State 53 (CAL - Shipp 14 pts, Wethers 10 pts/7 rbs, Gates 10 pts) (OSU - Jackson 16 pts, Haywood 13 pts/9 rbs, Ricci 9 pts/9 rbs)Oregon 87, Stanford 79 (ORE - Jackson 27 pts/5 rbs, Christoffersen 16 pts/6 rbs, Jones 12 pts) (STAN - Jacobsen 32 pts/12-19 FG, Borchardt 29 pts/9 rbs)UCLA 87, Kansas 77 (UCLA - Barnes 27 pts/10-14 FG, Knight 20 pts, Gadzuric 13 pts)

THE POLLS

USA Today/ESPN (Jan. 14) 1. Duke 2. Florida 3. Maryland 4. Kansas 5. Oklahoma 6. Oklahoma State 7. Syracuse 8. Cincinnati 9. Virginia10. Illinois11. UCLA12. Kentucky13. Wake Forest14. Gonzaga15. Iowa16. STANFORD17. Alabama18. ARIZONA19. Missouri20. Miami, Fla.21. Boston College22. OREGON23. USC Georgia25. ButlerARV ARIZONA STATE

AP (Jan. 14) 1. Duke 2. Florida 3. Maryland 4. Kansas 5. Oklahoma 6. Oklahoma State 7. Cincinnati 8. Syracuse 9. UCLA10. Virginia11. Illinois12. Kentucky13. Gonzaga14. Wake Forest15. ARIZONA16. Alabama17. Iowa18. USC19. STANFORD20. Georgia21. Missouri22. Boston College23. OREGON24. Miami, Fla.25. IndianaARV CALIFORNIA

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS MATT BARNES (UCLA)

Senior forward Matt Barnes (Fair Oaks, Calif.) averaged 30.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games. In UCLA's 87-77 win over No. 1 Kansas in Pauley on Saturday, Barnes had a game-high 27 points, shooting 10-of-14 (.714) from the field and 3-of-4 (.750) from three-point range, with five rebounds, two assists and one steal. In UCLA's 81-77 loss to USC on Thursday at The Forum, Barnes had a career-high 34 points on 12-of-17 (.706) shooting from the field and 7-of-11 (.636) from three-point range. The seven-three pointers ties the school record. He also added five rebounds and two assists. For the week, he shot 22-of-31 (.710) from the field, 10-of-15 (.667) from three-point range and 7-of-10 (.700) from the foul line. Barnes' 61 points in back-to-back games is the most for a Bruin since the 1994-95 season.

It's the first weekly honor for Barnes, UCLA's 37th 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. Jan. 14 - Matt Barnes, UCLA

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Saturday's win at Washington was coach Lute Olson's 650th career victory. Now in his 29th season as a collegiate head coach, Olson carries a career record of 650-229 (.739). His 650 victories rank eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches, 26th all-time. . . Arizona upped its record this year to 8-2 in games decided by 10 points or less. The Cats are 6-0 this season in games decided by five points or less. . . By going 10-of-10 from the line this weekend, freshman Salim Stoudamire tied the UA record for consecutive free throws at 29. Dylan Rigdon originally set the record during the 1993-94 season. On the year, Stoudamire is 39-of-40 (.975) from the free throw line. Stoudamire has quietly become one of Arizona's most consistent performers. He ranks fourth on the squad in scoring (11.6 ppg), and has scored in double figures in eight straight games and leads all UA freshmen in minutes played at 27.9 mpg. . . In his last three games, Jason Gardner has scored 56 of his 78 points in the second half. He has played 118 of a possible 120 minutes in those three contests.

ARIZONA STATE - With its 54.4 percent effort from the field at Washington State on Saturday, Arizona State is 23-3 (.885) under coach Rob Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent and 13-1 (.929) in the past two seasons. . . ASU has won nine of its past 12 after starting the season 1-2. . . Senior center Chad Prewitt is averaging 20.7 points and 7.9 rebounds in the past seven games. He also dealt seven assists at Washington State on Saturday, the most by a Sun Devil this year. Prewitt also has seven 20 point games on the year. . . ASU is 5-1 with freshman point guard Jason Braxton in the starting lineup. . . Junior guard Kyle Dodd has 41 assists and just nine turnovers on the year. In the past seven games, he has 19 assists and just three turnovers (151 minutes). . . Junior college transfer Curtis Millage had a career-high 24 points at Washington State Saturday. He is averaging 14.9 points in the past nine games. . . ASU is 10-1 (.909) this year when it leads at the half.

CALIFORNIA - Senior center Solomon Hughes, who leads the Pac-10 in field goal shooting at 69.6 percent, has missed the last four games with a strained right knee. He was expected to return to practice Monday afternoon and could see his first action since Dec. 29 when the Bears battle the Huskies. . . Cal leads the Pac-10 in four categories - scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, steals and turnover margin. . . Surrendering just 61.9 ppg overall, Cal has been even stingier at home where opponents score only 57.6 ppg and have topped 63 points twice in 10 tries. . . The Bears have already equaled their blocked shot total from last year with 66 so far, and they have also picked off at least 10 steals in nine of their past 10 contests. . . Seven players are averaging at least 7.1 ppg, led by junior forward Joe Shipp (15.1 ppg). Shipp had 24 points at Oregon last week and has paced the Bears in scoring on eight occasions. Freshman forward Amit Tamir joins Hughes (11.4 ppg) as the only other player in double figures at 10.2 ppg.

OREGON - Tuesday's game against Willamette marks the 75th birthday of McArthur Court. Now the oldest Division I basketball facility in the country, the Oregon 'Webfoots' and Willamette Bearcats played the first contest at Mac on Jan. 14, 1927. . . Against Willamette, Oregon looks to go 11-0 at home for the first time in 64 years. The 1937-38 team was a perfect 16-0 at Mac Court. . . Oregon is in the national top 25 this week for the first time in two years. The Ducks are No. 23 in the Associated Press poll. Oregon last appeared in the AP poll at No. 24 on Feb. 8, 2000, the No. 23 ranking is Oregon's highest since being No. 23 in the Feb. 1, 2000 poll. . . Oregon is 3-0 against ranked teams this season: Arizona, ranked 11th and 15th at the time of Oregon's wins, and No. 14 Stanford. . . Frederick Jones needs 19 points to pass Terrell Brandon and enter Oregon's top 10 in career scoring, he'll also pass Brandon for third in career steals with two more.

OREGON STATE - Oregon State has led in every game this season, and in the second half in 15 of its 16. . . Senior guard Adam Masten is sixth at OSU for career three-point field goals with 102, while junior guard Jimmie Haywood is tied for 9th with 78. . . Junior forward Brian Jackson has scored in double figures in five consecutive Pac-10 games, matching his longest streak -- during the stretch he has averaged 14.6 points, and shot .581 from the field (25-43). . . Junior forward Philip Ricci is on pace to become the seventh leading all-time scorer at OSU for juniors -- his pace is for 467 regular season points. Ricci's scoring average is the highest at OSU since Corey Benjamin averaged 19.8 in 1999. Ricci has 27 blocked shots for the season, three short of breaking into the single season top-10 at OSU.

STANFORD - Junior forward Casey Jacobsen scored a career high 32 points at Oregon. His 1,324 career points place him 16th on the Stanford career scoring list. . . Junior center Curtis Borchardt leads the Pac-10 in rebounding at 10.9 rpg. In the 24 previous seasons, only 12 other Pac-10 players have averaged 10 or more rebounds per game. . . Stanford owns the second longest current streak of being ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 with 86 weeks. Duke owns the longest with 102 straight weeks.

UCLA - UCLA head coach Steve Lavin is 3-3 vs. No. 1 ranked teams and has beaten the nation's No. 1 ranked team the last three years in a row-Kansas on Saturday, and at Stanford in both 2001 and 2000. . . UCLA snapped Kansas' 13 game winning streak. . . It was Lavin's first win over Roy Williams (he's now 1-2 overall). . . UCLA has now beaten the No. 1 ranked team nine times in school history, tying Notre Dame for the most times that has happened in collegiate history. . . The Bruins shot 52.6 from the field vs. KU, the first Kansas opponent to shoot over 50% this season and the first time in 24 games, spanning two seasons. . . The Bruins are 10-1 with Rico Hines in the starting lineup. . . Vs. Kansas, the Bruins forced 21 turnovers, the second-highest by an opponent this season. . . Under Lavin, the Bruins are 108-4 when leading at the five-minute mark.

USC - At 13-2, the Trojans are off to their best start through 15 games since 1975. USC also started 13-2 that season on the way to an 18-8 record. USC's 5-0 start in league play equals its best start in Pac-10 play. Coach Henry Bibby's 2000 squad also started 5-0. . . Freshman guard Errick Craven leads all Pac-10 freshmen in scoring, averaging 12.3 points per game. . . Senior guard Brandon Granville has a career total of 203 steals. He needs six more to establish a USC career record.

WASHINGTON - Add Charles Frederick to the list of football players turned basketball players this season. Frederick made his debut against USC, playing eight minutes and scoring two points. . . Sophomore forward Doug Wrenn has scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games. Over the last three games, he is averaging 25.7 points and shooting 31-of-54 (.574) from the field. . . Sophomore guard Curtis Allen dished out 15 assists last Thursday against Arizona State. It equaled the second best single-game performance in Washington history, matching Chester Dorsey's 15 assists vs. UCLA in 1975.

WASHINGTON STATE - Sophomore guard Marcus Moore established a Cougar record when he successfully converted all 16 free throw attempts vs. Arizona State. Entering the game, he had converted on 41-of-59 attempts (.695) this season. . . Moore's league-leading 37 steals this season are three short of equaling his total of 40 from last season. . . Senior center J Locklier posted his first double-double of the season, and second of his career, when he tallied a career-high 27 points and added 11 rebounds against Arizona.

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