This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Feb. 11, 2002

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One game in the loss column continues to separate the top six teams in the standings. . . There have been 19 30-plus point performances this season in the Pac-10, six of those came last weekend - Stanford's Casey Jacobsen (41 vs. Oregon), California's Amit Tamir (39 vs. Oregon), Oregon's Frederick Jones (36 vs. Stanford), Washington's Doug Wrenn (35 vs. Arizona, 30 vs. Arizona State) and Arizona State's Chad Prewitt (33 vs. Washington). . . ARIZONA STATE, sitting in seventh place has defeated both Arizona and Oregon. It is believed that no other major conference's seventh-place team has defeated both the first and second place team in their respective conferences to this point of the season. . . Five Pac-10 teams remain ranked in the Top-25 this week.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Thur., Feb. 14Arizona at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. (FSN) Series: UCLA leads 36-25, Streak: ARIZ 1Arizona State at USC, 7:30 p.m. Series: USC leads 37-26, Streak: USC 3California at Washington State, 7 p.m. Series: CAL leads 60-40, Streak: CAL 3Stanford at Washington, 7 p.m. Series: STAN leads 60-53, Streak: STAN 9

Sat., Feb. 16Arizona at USC, 3 p.m. (ABC) Series: ARIZ leads 45-31, Streak: ARIZ 4Arizona State at UCLA, 12:30 p.m. (ABC) Series: UCLA leads 47-10, Streak: UCLA 3California at Washington, 5 p.m. (FSN) Series: CAL leads 67-66, Streak: CAL 4Oregon State at Oregon, 7 p.m. Series: OSU leads 176-139, Streak: ORE 6Stanford at Washington State, 3 p.m. Series: STAN leads 53-52, Streak: 12

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Feb. 6UCLA 67, USC 65 (UCLA - Kapono 26 pts/8 rbs, Knight 14 pts, Gadzuric 11 pts/10 rbs) (USC - Clancy 24 pts/14 rbs, Busterna 12 pts, Granville 11 pts/6 asts)

Thur., Feb. 7Arizona 91, Washington 82 (ARIZ - Walton 21 pts, Soudamire 17 pts, Frye 16 pts/10 rbs) (WASH - Wrenn 35 pts/15-23 FG/9 rbs, Dixon 11 pts/7 rbs)Arizona State 96, Washington State 45 (ASU - Prewitt 16 pts, Knight 14 pts/10 rbs, Millage 13 pts/8 rbs) (WSU - Locklier 14 pts/10-10 FT, Moore 11 pts)California 73, Oregon State 58 (CAL - Shipp 18 pts, Tamir 14 pts/5 asts, Wethers 12 pts) (OSU - Ricci 23 pts/8-14 FG, See 15 pts/5-6 3FG)Stanford 90, Oregon 87 (OT) (STAN - Jacobsen 41 pts/14-25 FG, Borchardt 24 pts/10-18 FG/15 rbs/5 blks) (ORE - Jones 36 pts/12-19 FG/10 rbs, Ridnour 18 pts, Jackson 17 pts)

Sat., Feb. 9Arizona 85, Washington State 68 (ARIZ - Walton 26 pts/10 rbs, Stoudamire 17 pts, Frye 9 pts/10 rbs) (WSU - Bush 23 pts, Locklier 13 pts/12 rbs, Moore 12 pts/8 asts)Arizona State 86, Washington 74 (ASU - Prewitt 33 pts/13-20 FG/9 rbs, Millage 17 pts, Smith 14 pts/6 rbs) (WASH - Wrenn 30 pts/7 rbs, Massingale 11 pts/7 rbs, Dixon 11 pts)California 107, Oregon 103 (2OT) (CAL - Tamir 39 pts/14-19 FG/5-6 3FG, Legans 22 pts/6 asts, Shipp 13 pts) (ORE - Jackson 29 pts/10-14 FG, Jones 23 pts/8 asts/7 rbs, Ridnour 15 pts/6 asts)Stanford 77, Oregon State 55 (STAN - Borchardt 20 pts/7-12 FG/12 rbs, Johnson 15 pts, Jacobsen 13 pts) (OSU - Nash 12 pts, Haywood 10 pts, Ricci 10 pts)Villanova 58, UCLA 57 (UCLA - Barnes 17 pts/6 rbs, Knight 17 pts)

THE POLLS

USA Today/ESPN (Feb. 11)

1. Duke 2. Kansas 3. Maryland 4. Oklahoma 5. Cincinnati 6. Florida 7. Alabama 8. Gonzaga 9. Kentucky10. ARIZONA11. Miami, Fla.12. Marquette13. Virginia14. STANFORD15. Oklahoma State16. Pittsburgh17. Wake Forest18. OREGON19. Illinois20. Ohio State21. Syracuse22. Georgia23. UCLA24. Indiana25. USCARV CALIFORNIA

AP (Feb. 11)

1. Duke 2. Kansas 3. Maryland 4. Oklahoma 5. Cincinnati 6. Florida 7. Alabama 8. Gonzaga 9. ARIZONA10. Kentucky11. Marquette12. STANFORD13. Miami, Fla.14. Pittsburgh15. Virginia16. Oklahoma State17. OREGON18. Illinois19. Wake Forest20. UCLA21. Georgia22. Indiana23. Ohio State24. North Carolina State25. USCARV CALIFORNIA

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS AMIT TAMIR (CALIFORNIA)

Freshman forward Amit Tamir (Jerusalem, Israel) averaged 26.5 points and 4.0 rebounds as California swept the Oregon schools. In California's 73-58 win over Oregon State, Tamir played just 21 minutes to collect 14 points on 6-of-9 (.667) shooting, while adding five assists and three rebounds. In the 107-103 double-overtime victory over No. 13 Oregon, Tamir scored a career-high 39 points - the fifth best single-game performance in Cal history. He shot 14-of-19 (.737) from the field, 5-of-6 (.833) from three-point range and added five rebounds. For the week, he shot 20-of-28 (.714) from the field, 6-of-7 (.857) from three-point range and 7-of-9 (.778) from the free throw line.

It's the first weekly honor for Tamir, California's 28th 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. Feb. 4. - Casey Jacobsen, STAN. Feb. 11 - Amit Tamir, CAL.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - The Wildcats have secured a winning record in Pac-10 play for the 18th consecutive season. . . Freshman guard Will Bynum missed Saturday's game with an upper respiratory-type infection. He will be re-evaluated early this week. . . Junior guard Jason Gardner moved himself onto three more of Arizona's career top-10 lists with his efforts last week. He is now tied for 10th place with 92 career starts, and ranks 10th in both assists (421) and free throws (341). . . Junior forward Luke Walton has scored at least 20 points in each of his last three games. Prior to the start of the streak on Jan. 31, Walton had topped the 20-point plateau just four times in the first 87 games of his collegiate career. This season, Walton (6) ranks second on the squad behind Jason Gardner's 11 20-point games.

ARIZONA STATE - Senior forward Awvee Storey has joined Kenny Crandall (right foot ligament sprain) on the Arizona State men's basketball injury list. Storey was poked in the eye on Saturday against Washington and has a swollen left retina and a laceration of the lower left eyelid. Medication to help stop bleeding beneath the retina and the healing process will have Storey out of action for at least two weeks. . . Junior guard Curtis Millage, who leads the team in minutes played at 29.7 per game, became the first Sun Devil to play 40 minutes when he went the distance against Washington on Saturday. . . Senior center Chad Prewitt's 33-point game vs. Washington on Stanford is the most points by a Sun Devil since Eddie House posted 40 vs. UCLA on Feb. 17, 2000, a span of 59 games. Prewitt has made 12-of-26 (.461) from the three-point stripe in the past seven games. . . ASU posted its biggest victory margin in its 24 Pac-10 seasons with its 51-point win (96-45) over Washington State on Thursday. The mark was just four points off the Pac-10 record set by Arizona, when it defeated Washington 116-61 on Dec. 20, 1988. . . Prewitt is averaging 20.5 points in his past 13 games and has 11 20-point games. . . Millage is averaging 14.2 points in Pac-10 play and has led ASU in rebounding in three of the past five games. He is averaging 7.1 rebounds in the past seven games.

CALIFORNIA - Senior forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly has connected on seven of his last 12 three-point attempts over the last five games. . . Junior forward Joe Shipp has hit 34 of his last 36 free throw attempts (.944) and 50 of his last 54 attempts (.925). . . Despite ranking last in the league in free throw percentage (.667), the Bears have hit 75 percent or better from the charity stripe in four of their last five games. . . In the 107-103 double-overtime victory over Oregon, Cal hit the century mark for the first time since a 111-108 double-overtime loss to Arizona State (Jan. 8, 2000). The 107 points are the most points in victory for Cal since a 112-73 win at Texas Southern (Nov. 29, 1995). . . Freshman forward Amit Tamir's 39-point performance against Oregon was the highest scoring output by a Bear since Ed Gray posted 48 points at Washington State on Feb. 22, 1997.

OREGON - The Ducks play their next three games at Mac Court, where they are currently riding a 13-game winning streak. . . Over the last four games, senior guard Frederick Jones is averaging 25.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists. Jones tied his career-best with a 36 point outburst on 12-of-19 shooting (.632) vs. Stanford. He also added 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. . . Sophomore forward Luke Jackson scored a career-high 29 points at California. . . Junior forward Robert Johnson got his fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds at Stanford

OREGON STATE - Junior forward Philip Ricci has scored at least 20 points six times this season. Ricci has scored in double figures in 21 of 22 games played this year. . . Freshman guard J.S. Nash has connected on eight of his last 15 three-point attempts. . . Senior guard Adam Masten leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin with +2.32 ratio. Over the last five games (145 minutes), he's tallied 17 assists with just one turnover.

STANFORD - For the second consecutive Thursday, junior guard Casey Jacobsen produced another 40-point plus performance, collecting 41 points vs. Oregon. He's the second Stanford player to score at least 40 points in a game twice in a season, matching former Cardinal Hank Luisetti. . . Junior center Curtis Borchardt collected seven blocked shots over the weekend, giving him a Stanford single-season record 54 blocked shots this year. . . Borchardt has posted four consecutive double-doubles, averaging 19.8 points and 14.8 rebounds during the streak.

UCLA - Junior forward Jason Kapono, who was on the Naismith Preseason list for Player of the Year, on Monday was named to the Naismith end-of-the-season Top 20 list. . . Senior forward Matt Barnes is a late season addition to the Wooden Award list. . . Kapono has 497 career three-point attempts, the school record is 501, Toby Bailey, 1995-98. Kapono is already the school record holder for three pointers (231) and three-point percentage (46.5, 231-497). . . Senior guard Billy Knight is moving up the career school three-point charts (No. 3 in three-pointers, 122, No. 6 in attempts, 292, No. 4 in percentage, 41.8). . . Since 1997, coach Steve Lavin's first season as the Bruin head coach, UCLA is 3-2 vs. Arizona in Pauley, including two overtime victories (79-77, 2001, 84-78, 1997). . . Lavin is 5-0 vs. ASU in Pauley and 10-1 overall . . . In the series vs. ASU, UCLA has won 25 of the last 26 games, losing only 104-75 in Tempe during the 2000 Pac-10 season.

USC - Senior center Sam Clancy has posted eight consecutive double-doubles, averaging 23.1 points and 11.8 rebounds the past eight games. Clancy has scored in double figures in 18 consecutive games and in 21 of 22 games played this season. . . With 14 rebounds at UCLA, Clancy pushed his career total to 755 rebounds, becoming the 68th player in Pac-10 history to grab at least 750 career rebounds. . . With 1,463 career points, Clancy has climbed to sixth on the USC career scoring list. He needs 22 points to vault into the fourth spot. . . Senior guard Brandon Granville needs to play in only five more games to become USC's all-time leader in games played. His next game will be his 115th as a Trojan, tying him with Mark Boyd and Rich Grande for fifth. Wayne Carlander, Ronnie Coleman and Rodney Chatman are tied for second with 116. Duane Cooper currently holds the record with 118. . . The Trojans are averaging only 12.6 turnovers a game, their lowest average since the 1985 team averaged only 11.9 per game.

WASHINGTON - Sophomore forward Doug Wrenn has led the Huskies in scoring in each of the last 10 games, averaging 26.2 points per game during that span. Wrenn has produced a 30-plus point performances in four of the last five games, averaging 30.0 points over the last five games. . . Wrenn reached the 30-point plateau in each of his last three games, the third player in Husky history to accomplish that feat. The last Husky with three consecutive 30-point outings was Louie Nelson in 1973 (Feb. 24-March 5). Bob Houbregs strung together three 30 point games in 1953 (Mar. 7-14). No UW player has ever registered four straight 30-point performances. . . Wrenn's 20.4-point scoring average is the highest for a Husky since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1996-97. . . Senior center David Dixon has 56 blocked shots this season placing him third on the Huskies' all-time single-season list, while his 87 career blocked shots also place him third all-time at Washington. . . Sophomore guard Curtis Allen has 105 assists and is the 21st player in Washington history to reach the 100-assist plateau in a season.

WASHINGTON STATE - Senior center J Locklier has posted two double-doubles this season - both coming against Arizona. . . Senior guard Mike Bush scored 23 points at Arizona to move into 21st on the WSU all-time scoring list with 1,038 points. . . With 110 assists this season, sophomore guard Marcus Moore needs eight assists to crack the WSU single-season top ten list. With 50 steals this year, he needs two thefts to punch into the school's single-season list in that category.

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