This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Jan. 29, 2002
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Thur., Jan. 31Arizona at California, 7 p.m. Series: ARIZ leads 37-23, Streak: ARIZ 4Arizona State at Stanford, 7:30 p.m. Series: STAN leads 26-24, Streak: STAN 7UCLA at Oregon, 7:30 p.m. (FSN) Series: UCLA leads 71-18, Streak: UCLA 3USC at Oregon State, 7:05 p.m. Series: USC leads 52-51, Streak: OSU 1Washington at Washington State, 7 p.m. Series: WASH leads 161-89, Streak: WSU 1
Sat., Feb. 2Arizona at Stanford, 5 p.m. (FSN) Series: ARIZ leads 40-20, Streak: ARIZ 1Arizona State at California, 7 p.m. Series: ASU leads 29-22, Streak: CAL 2USC at Oregon, 3 p.m. (FSN) Series: USC leads 53-32, Streak: USC 2UCLA at Oregon State, 7:05 p.m. Series: UCLA leads 70-30, Streak: UCLA 5
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Wed., Jan. 23Arizona State 88, Arizona 72 (ASU - Prewitt 22 pts/6 rbs/6 asts, Millage 19 pts/8 rbs, Smith 16 pts/5 rbs) (ARIZ - Walton 26 pts/10 rbs/6 asts, Gardner 16 pts/4 asts)
Thur., Jan. 24California 92, USC 91 (OT) (CAL - Wethers 24 pts, Shipp 20 pts/9 rbs, Sampson 11 pts/10 rbs) (USC - Clancy 26 pts/11 rbs, Bluthenthal 20 pts, Granville 19 pts/6 asts)Washington 97, Oregon 92 (WASH - Wrenn 32 pts/7 rbs, Allen 18 pts/12-12 FT, Massingale 11 pts/7 rbs) (ORE - Jones 27 pts, Ridnour 23 pts/7 asts, Jackson 18 pts)Oregon State 74, Washington State 72 (OSU - Haywood 23 pts, Jackson 16 pts/10 rbs, Ricci 16 pts) (WSU - Moore 17 pts/6 rbs, McNair 14 pts, Locklier 12 pts)Stanford 86, UCLA 76 (STAN - J. Barnes 23 pts, Jacobsen 20 pts, Childress 14 pts/12 rbs) (UCLA - M. Barnes 20 pts/6 asts, Gadzuric 19 pts/7 rbs, Kapono 16 pts)
Sat., Jan. 26Connecticut 100, Arizona 98 (OT) (ARIZ - Gardner 30 pts, Stoudamire 20 pts)UCLA 64, California 57 (UCLA - Kapono 17 pts, Knight 16 pts, Gadzuric 13 pts/11 rbs) (CAL - Shipp 15 pts, Gates 11 pts)Oregon 94, Washington State 86 (ORE - Ridnour 24 pts/7-8 FG, Davis 21 pts, Jones 14 pts/9 rbs) (WSU - Moore 35 pts/7 asts, McNair 11 pts)Oregon State 68, Washington 53 (OSU - Ricci 21 pts/9 rbs, Haywood 11 pts) (WASH - Wrenn 19 pts/8 rbs, Dixon 10 pts/10 rbs)USC 90, Stanford 82 (USC - Clancy 24 pts/13 rbs, E. Craven 18 pts, Farmer 15 pts) (STAN - Jacobsen 21 pts/7 rbs, Giovacchini 11 pts, Kirchofer 10 pts)
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS PHILIP RICCI (OREGON STATE)
Junior forward Philip Ricci (Galt, Calif.) averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals as Oregon State won a pair of road games. In the Beaver's 74-72 win at Washington State, Ricci scored 16 points with six rebounds and five assists to go with two blocked shots. In the 68-53 win at Washington, he tallied 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds to go with four steals. For the week, Ricci shot 14-of-27 (.519) from the field and was 8-of-9 (.857) from the free throw line. His 33 blocked shots this season already rank eighth on the OSU single-season list.
It's the first weekly honor for Ricci, Oregon State's 33rd 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 - Luke Walton, ARIZ. Jan. 28 - Philip Ricci, OSU.
ARIZONA - Arizona lost two games last week, marking the first time it has lost two consecutive games this season. With a difficult conference game at California next on the schedule, it bears mentioning that the last time the Wildcats lost three consecutive games came 10 years ago. Arizona lost the final three games of the 1991-92 season (at UCLA/at USC/vs. East Tennessee State). . . Thursday's game at California will be Lute Olson's 600th as the Arizona head coach. Now in his 19th year in Tucson, Olson has a record of 460-139 (.768) at Arizona. . . Bolstered by freshman center Channing Frye's 17 point effort on Saturday, Arizona now boasts five players with scoring averages in double figures. Jason Gardner leads the team at 21.3 ppg and is followed by Luke Walton (14.4), Rick Anderson (12.8), Salim Stoudamire (12.3) and Channing Frye (10.1). It is the first time this year that five players have scoring averages of 10.0 or more. . . Stoudamire has proven to be quite the long-range marksman. On the year, he is shooting .423 (41-of-97) from behind the arc and has made 28-of-58 (.483) of his long-range attempts in his last 10 games.
ARIZONA STATE - Senior center Chad Prewitt is averaging 21.0 points and 8.1 boards in the past 10 games. Prewitt has 10 20-point games on the year (18 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games) and has led ASU in scoring in nine of the past 10 games. With his 22 points against Arizona, Prewitt pushed his career scoring total to 1,003 points - the 27th Sun Devil all-time to reach 1,000 career points. . . ASU's win over Arizona marked the first time an unranked Sun Devil squad beat a ranked team in Tempe since March 12, 1994, when ASU beat seventh-ranked Arizona 94-87. . . ASU is shooting 34.5 percent (50-of-145) from the three-point stripe in Pac-10 play and is holding opponents to just 29.2 percent (38-of-130) from beyond the arc. Last year, the Sun Devils shot just 26.3 percent from beyond the arc in Pac-10 play (61-of-232) and its opponents shot 37.6 percent (109-of-290). . . ASU is 11-1 when it leads at the half and 0-6 when it trails.
CALIFORNIA - In their overtime win at USC, the Bears set a single-game school record with 15 three-point field goals, surpassing the old mark of 13 last set vs. San Francisco on Dec. 3, 1991. . . In that game, five different Cal players connected on at least two three-pointers. . . The Bears have won their last four games that headed into overtime and are 6-4 in overtime games under coach Ben Braun. . . California will play four in a row, and six of its next eight, at Haas Pavilion. The Bears are a perfect 12-0 at home this season.
OREGON - Sophomore guard Luke Ridnour averaged 23.5 points in two games last week,scoring a career-high 24 points at Washington State. . . Ridnour is shooting 10-of-20 (.500) from three-point range over the last four games. . . The Ducks are at home for five of their next seven games. Like Cal, the Ducks are also undefeated at home this season with a 11-0 record in Mac Court.
OREGON STATE - Oregon State is attempting for its third consecutive conference victory Thursday -- the program hasn't won three straight league games since 1999, and hasn't won four in a row since 1993. . . OSU's freshmen are averaging 73.8 minutes per game, second to Arizona's 110.8. . . OSU made 18-of-36 from three-point range on the Washington swing, including 9-of-14 at UW. . . Junior guard Jimmie Haywood is 15-for-23 (.652) from three-point range over the last seven games. . . Freshman guard J.S. Nash has two turnovers in his last 97 minutes. . . Junior forward Brian Jackson recorded a double-double (16 pts, 10 reb) at Washington State, his first since his freshman season. . . Junior forward Philip Ricci currently ranks eighth at OSU for blocked shots in one season with 33. . . OSU has lost 11 straight to nationally ranked opponents.
STANFORD - The Jacobsen family broke a national record this week. Casey Jacobsen has made 196 three-pointers in his career at Stanford. Combine that figure with 311 three-pointers by Adam Jacobsen (Pacific, 1993-98) and 92 three-pointers by Brock Jacobsen (San Diego, 1995-99) and that adds up to 599 three-pointers. The previous mark of 597 was set by the McCarthy brothers. Brendan (300 at St. Anselm College, 1993-96) and Kevin (297 at New Hampshire, 1989-92). . . With its win at UCLA, Stanford became the first opponent ever to win five consecutive games in Pauley Pavilion. . . Although he played 34 minutes at UCLA, junior center Curtis Borchardt suffered a right hip pointer on the opening tip. He did not play at USC and his status is questionable for this week.
UCLA - The Bruins swept the Oregon schools (home and away) last year for the first time since 1996. Lavin has won two of the last three years in Eugene (losing in 2000) and 4-1 in Corvallis, including last season's 68-65 OT win. UCLA has a three-game winning streak vs. Oregon and a five-game streak vs. Oregon State. . . Rico Hines returned to action vs. California (playing five minutes) after missing three games (at the Arizona schools and Stanford in Pauley) because of lingering effects from a concussion suffered on Jan. 8. . . UCLA has outshot 14 of 19 opponents from the field this season and the Bruins are 13-1 in those contests (losing only to USC at The Forum). . . The Bruins are 13-0 when leading at the five minute mark, 0-5 when trailing and 1-0 when the game is tied.
USC - Senior center Sam Clancy has posted five consecutive double-doubles, averaging 23.8 points and 11.8 rebounds the past five games. . . Senior guard Brandon Granville picked up two steals in the win over Stanford, giving him a USC career steals record total of 209. With five more thefts, he'll enter the Pac-10's top ten career list. . . The Trojans have committed fewer turnovers than their opponents in each of the last 13 games. USC currently leads the league with a 1.27 assist/turnover ratio.
WASHINGTON - Sophomore forward Doug Wrenn has led the Huskies in scoring in each of the last seven games, averaging 23.3 points per game during that span. . . Sophomore guard Curtis Allen was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line against Oregon. The school record is 14-of-14 by Bill Hanson vs. Idaho on Mar. 10, 1961. The feat of making 12 or more free throws without a miss has been accomplished five other times, most recently by Donald Watts (13-of-13 vs. Arizona, Jan. 10, 1998). . . Senior center David Dixon's 45 blocked shots this season ranks fourth on the Washington single-season chart. He needs three more to move into the third spot on the list. . . Freshman forward Jeffrey Day has 26 blocked shots - just six blocks shy of equaling the UW freshman record of 32 set by Todd MacCulloch in 1996.
WASHINGTON STATE - Senior guard Mike Bush picked up 20 points last weekend, giving him 1,005 career points - he's the 23rd player in WSU history to reach 1,000 points. . . Sophomore guard Marcus Moore scored a career-high 35 points in the loss to Oregon. It was the most points scored by a Cougar in a Pac-10 game since Isaac Fontaine scored 38 against Arizona in an overtime game on Mar. 2, 1995.