This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Jan. 21, 2002

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RANKED TEAMS BATTLE IN LOS ANGELES

Three of the five Pac-10 teams ranked in this week's Associated Press poll will battle in Los Angeles asCALIFORNIA and No. 17 STANFORD visit No. 13 UCLA and No. 23 USC. . . No. 10 ARIZONA has a showdownwith rival ARIZONA STATE in Tempe before meeting No. 25 Connecticut in Tucson. It'll be the ninth game against ranked opponent this season for the Wildcats. . . No. 19 OREGON looks to hold on to a share of first place as the Ducks and OREGON STATE travel to Washington. . . The Pac-10 has a 71-25 (.740) record against non-league foes.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Wed., Jan. 23
Arizona at Arizona State, 8:30 p.m. MT (FSN)
Series: ARIZ leads 126-72, Streak: ARIZ 12

Thur., Jan. 24
California at USC, 7:30 p.m. PT
Series: CAL leads 116-109, Streak: USC 2

Oregon at Washington, 7 p.m. PT
Series: WASH leads 171-95, Streak: ORE 1

Oregon State at Washington State, 7 p.m. PT
Series: OSU leads 152-110, Streak: WSU 1

Stanford at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. PT (FSN)
Series: UCLA leads 122-81, Streak: STAN 1

Sat., Jan. 26
Connecticut at Arizona, 11 a.m. MT (CBS)

California at UCLA, 5 p.m. (FSN)
Series: UCLA leads 117-88, Streak: UCLA 1

Oregon at Washington State, 3 p.m. PT
Series: ORE leads 141-116, Streak: WSU 1

Oregon State at Washington, 7 p.m. PT
Series: WASH leads 137-130, Streak: OSU 4

Stanford at USC, 3 p.m. PT (ABC)
Series: USC leads 113-103, Streaks: STAN 4

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tues., Jan. 15
Oregon 71, Willamette 48 (ORE - Jones 19 pts, Ridnour 14 pts)

Thur., Jan. 17
Arizona 97, USC 80
(ARIZ - Walton 27 pts/11 rbs/10 asts, Stoudamire 18 pts, Bynum 17 pts)
(USC - Clancy 30 pts/11 rbs, Farmer 13 pts, Busterna 10 pts)

UCLA 82, Arizona State 79
(UCLA - Knight 21 pts/7 rbs, Kapono 20 pts, Barnes 19 pts/9 rbs)
(ASU - Prewitt 22 pts/8 rbs, Millage 15 pts/7 rbs, Smith 13 pts)

California 62, Washington 50
(CAL - Shipp 18 pts, Sampson 15 pts/17 rbs/5 blks, Wethers 9 pts)
(WASH - Wrenn 19 pts/12 rbs, Allen 11 pts, Dixon 11 rbs)

Stanford 83, Washington State 50
(STAN - Borchardt 15 pts/7 rbs, Jacobsen 15 pts/6 asts, Barnes 12 pts)
(WSU - Locklier 12 pts/6 rbs, McNair 10 pts, Moore 8 pts)

Sat., Jan. 19
Arizona 96, UCLA 86
(ARIZ - Frye 19 pts/8 rbs, Gardner 19 pts/6 asts, Walton 18 pts/7 rbs/7 asts)
(UCLA - Kapono 25 pts/8 rbs/6 asts, Barnes 20 pts/7 rbs/6 asts, Knight 15 pts)

USC 81, Arizona State 73
(USC - Granville 21 pts/11-11 FT, Clancy 20 pts/12 rbs, Bluthenthal 13 pts)
(ASU - Prewitt 21 pts/12 rbs, Smith 18 pts, Crandall 12 pts)

California 90, Washington State 57
(CAL - Tamir 17 pts, Sampson 12 pts/9 rbs, Diggs 12 pts)
(WSU - Moore 13 pts/5 asts, Gill 12 pts, Lyman 12 pts)

Oregon 63, Oregon State 51
(ORE - Jones 16 pts, Jackson 15 pts, Johnson 12 pts/11 rbs)
OSU - Ricci 12 pts/7 rbs, Masten 8 pts)

Stanford 105, Washington 60
(STAN - Jacobsen 21 pts/6 rbs, Borchardt 19 pts, Barnes 15 pts/5 asts)
(WASH - Wrenn 16 pts, Allen 13 pts, Dixon 13 pts/16 rbs)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

LUKE WALTON, ARIZ
Junior forward Luke Walton (San Diego, Calif.) averaged 22.5 points, 9.0rebounds, 8.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 steals in two games. In Arizona's 97-80win over No. 18 USC, Walton recorded the sixth triple-double in schoolhistory, the 15th in Pac-10 history, with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assiststo go with four blocked shots and four steals. In the 96-86 win over No. 9UCLA, Walton tallied 14 of his 18 points in the second half as Arizonaovercame a 20-point deficit with 13 minutes remaining in the game. Inaddition to his 18 points, he added seven rebounds and seven assists. For theweek, Walton shot 13-of-22 (.571) from the field, 2-of-4 (.500) from three-pointrange and 17-of-23 (.739) from the free throw line.

It's the second weekly honor for Walton, Arizona's 55th 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. Jan. 21 - LukeWalton, ARIZ.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Saturday's comeback win (20-point deficit) vs. UCLA was thesecond-largest of the Lute Olson era, topped only by UA's 21-point erasure vs.Oregon State on Jan. 6. . . The Arizona offense has picked up the pace of late,scoring 90 or more points in four of its last five games. After averaging 75.5 pointsin its first nine games, the Wildcats are averaging 87.5 points in its last eightoutings. Since the start of the 1997-98 season, Arizona is 37-2 (.949) when toppingthe 90-point plateau. . . By going 6-of-6 from the line vs. USC, freshman guardSalim Stoudamire set a UA record for consecutive free throws at 35, breaking therecord set by Dylan Rigdon during the 1993-94 season. On the year, Stoudamire is45-of-46 (.978) from the free throw line, a figure that leads the nation. . .Freshman center Channing Frye has hit his last 15 consecutive field goalattempts in his last three games. Over his last four games, Frye has made 21-of-22attempts. He is shooting .633 (62-of-98) from the field for the year, andimproves to .702 (40-of-57) in Pac-10 play.

ARIZONA STATE - Senior center Chad Prewitt is averaging 20.9 points and 8.3boards in the past nine games. Prewitt has nine 20-point games on the year (17games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games) and has ledASU in scoring in eight of the past nine games. Prewitt is the first four-yearplayer under Evans at ASU, as he is just the fifth four-year player since 1992-93.The others were Eddie House (1996-2000), Jeremy Veal (1994-98), Ron Riley(1992-96) and Quincy Brewer (1992-97). . . Prewitt also has 981 career points andhas averaged 9.3 points per game in his career. . . ASU is 10-1 this year when itleads at the half, 0-6 when it trails. . . No team has scored 100 points vs. ASU inTempe in the past 229 games. The last team to do so was third-ranked Arizona onFeb. 27, 1988 (101-73). . . Kyle Dodd has 46 assists and 10 turnovers on the year. Inthe past nine games, he has 24 assists and just four turnovers (190 minutes).

CALIFORNIA - Cal's next three games are against ranked opponents (at USC, atUCLA, vs. Arizona). . . At 13-3, Cal is off to its best start through 16 games sincethe 1959-60 season when the Bears opened 15-1 under coach Pete Newell en routeto a 28-2 final mark and an NCAA runner-up finish. . . Nine opponents have beenheld to 60 points or less. The last time that happened was during the 1985-86when 10 schools failed to break 60 points and a 45-second clock was in use. . . In 12home games this season, the Bears are allowing 56.9 points per game. . .Freshman center Jamal Sampson pulled down 17 rebounds vs. Washington. Hisperformance was one rebound short of the school freshman record of 18 set byShareef Abdur-Rahim in 1996 at Washington State.

OREGON - The Ducks are off to a 6-1 start in league play for just the second timein last 63 years. . . Junior forward Robert Johnson's third double-double of theseason helped the Ducks defeat Oregon State for the 16th time in the last 17meetings. . . Senior guard Frederick Jones entered the school's top 10 in careerscoring with 1,280 points. . . In posting a 11-0 record in Mac Court this season, theDucks have outscored their opponents by an average margin of 26.9 points pergame. . . The Ducks lead the league in free throw percentage (.773), thanks inlarge part to sophomore forward Luke Jackson (2nd in the Pac-10, .896),sophomore guard Luke Ridnour (5th, .855) and Jones (8th, .845). The Pac-10 single-seasonfree throw percentage record is .760 (Washington State, 1991-92).

OREGON STATE - Five of its next seven are on the road. . . Junior forward PhilipRicci tied for 10th at OSU for blocked shots in one season with 30. His 1.88blocked shots per game rank fourth in the Pac-10. Ricci's 16.4 points per gameaverage is the highest at OSU since Corey Benjamin averaged 19.8 in 1999. . .OSU is shooting just .374 from the field over the last three games. . . The team isshooting .726 from the free throw line -- OSU has shot 72% or better from the linefor the season just 10 times since 1954.

STANFORD - The Jacobsen family could break a national record this week.Casey Jacobsen has made 191 three-pointers in his career at Stanford. Combinethat figure with 311 three-pointers by Adam Jacobsen (Pacific, 1993-98) and 92three-pointers by Brock Jacobsen (San Diego, 1995-99) and that adds up to 594three-pointers, three short of the national mark set by the McCarthy brothers.Brendan (300 at St. Anselm College, 1993-96) and Kevin McCarthy (297 at NewHampshire, 1989-92). . . Since 1997-98 season, Stanford has chalked up a 42-7record on the road. This season, it is 2-2 on the road. . . The Cardinal head to LosAngeles this weekend where they have won four straight games at PauleyPavilion and three straight at USC.

UCLA - Junior forward Jason Kapono tied the school record for three-pointerswith seven at Arizona (Matt Barnes tied it vs. USC at The Forum). . . The Bruinsset a single-game three-point team record at Arizona, making 17, breaking theold mark of 14 vs. Maryland, Mar. 18, 2000, in an NCAA second-round MidwestRegional game in Minneapolis . . . UCLA is hosting the Bay Area schools inPauley this week and the home court advantage in these series' has not been thatmuch of a factor-Stanford has won at Pauley the last four years (UCLA's last winover Stanford in Pauley was 87-68, 1997) and UCLA has a 3-2 record vs. Cal inPauley in the last five years (Cal beat UCLA in Pauley 73-70, 2000 and and 71-68in 1997), since 1997 when UCLA travels to the Bay area, the Bruins are 2-3 atStanford, beating the Cardinal the last two years in a row at Maples whenStanford was ranked No. 1 in the nation and 3-2 at Cal. . . Because of thelingering effects of a concussion suffered at practice on Jan. 8, senior Rico Hinesmissed the games at ASU and UA. When Hines was in the Bruin starting lineup,UCLA was 10-1, including a nine game winning streak.

USC - Senior guard Brandon Granville is one of five Pac-10 players to haveattempted at least 10 free throws in a game this season and make each attempt.He was a perfect 11-of-11 from the line in USC's win at Arizona State. . . Seniorcenter Sam Clancy's double-double at ASU was his third in a row and ninth ofthe season. It is the second time this year he has had three double-doubles in arow. Clancy moved him into eighth on USC's career scoring chart (1,347) whilehis five blocks makes him eighth on the Pac-10 career chart (173). Clancy's 30points at Arizona give him 30 or more points for the third time of his career,becoming one of only 10 Trojans ever to do it at least three times. . . Senior forwardDavid Bluthenthal moved up to No. 20 on USC's career scoring chart (1,112). . .Granville is now only four steals short of the USC career record, now owned byStais Boseman at 208. . . The Trojans have committed fewer turnovers than theiropponents in each of the last 11 games.

WASHINGTON - Sophomore forward Doug Wrenn has led the Huskies inscoring in each of the last five games, averaging 22.4 points per game during thatspan. . . Senior center David Dixon has tallied 11 or more rebounds in each of thelast three games. He ranks third in the Pac-10 in rebounding with 8.3 reboundsper game. His 149 rebounds in 18 games this season exceed the 135 rebounds hepulled down in the previous two seasons (51 games) combined. . . Dixon leads thePac-10 with 42 blocked shots, while his 2.33 blocks per game rank second in theleague.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars 10-game skid is a little deceiving. Duringit's 10-game losing streak, WSU has faced eight different opponents (UCLA andUSC twice each). Those eight opponents have a combined record of 103-32 (.763),while six of those eight opponents are currently ranked in the Associated PressTop 25. . . Senior guard Mike Bush has 985 career points and needs 15 points tobecome the 23rd player in WSU history to reach 1,000 points.

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