This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Feb. 18, 2002

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One game continues to separate the top six teams in the standings. . . The Pac-10 champion will have at least four losses in Conference play. In 23 previous Pac-10 seasons, four times the Pac-10 champion posted a 14-4 league record (ARIZONA - 1986, '87, '91, '94) and once with a 13-5 league record (WASHINGTON/USC - 1985). . . During the last 23 years, only three times have six teams finished Pac-10 play with 10 victories (1994, '95, '97). Never has Conference play finished with six teams having at least 11 victories.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Mon., Feb. 18Portland at Oregon State, 7:05 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 20Arizona State at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. Series: ARIZ leads 126-73, Streak: ASU 1

Thur., Feb. 21UCLA at California, 7 p.m. Series: UCLA leads 118-88, Streak: UCLA 2Washington State at Oregon, 7 p.m. Series: ORE leads 142-116, Streak: ORE 1Washington at Oregon State, 7:05 p.m. Series: WASH leads 137-131, Streak: OSU 5USC at Stanford, 7:30 p.m. (FSN) Series: USC leads 114--103, Streak: USC 1

Sat., Feb. 23USC at California, 3 p.m. (FSN) Series: CAL leads 117-109, Streak: CAL 1Washington at Oregon, 7 p.m. Series: WASH leads 172-95, Streak: WASH 1Washington State at Oregon State, 5 p.m. (FSN) Series: OSU leads 153-110, Streak: OSU 1UCLA at Stanford, 1 p.m. (CBS) Series: UCLA leads 122-82, Streak: STAN 2

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thur., Feb. 14UCLA 77, Arizona 76 (UCLA - Gadzuric 22 pts/16 rbs, Kapono 20 pts, Barnes 13 pts/15 rbs) (ARIZ - Gardner 25 pts/7-10 3FG, Walton 17 pts/8 asts, Anderson 15 pts/10 rbs)USC 83, Arizona State 61 (USC - Bluthenthal 21 pts/10 rbs, Clancy 19 pts/10 rbs, E. Craven 14 pts) (ASU - Braxton 12 pts, Prewitt 11 rbs, Nahra 8 pts)California 77, Washington State 56 (CAL - Sampson 11 pts/10 rbs, Forehan-Kelly 11 pts, Hughes 10 pts) (WSU - Bush 14 pts, Moore 10 pts/8 rbs, McNair 10 pts)Stanford 91, Washington 65 (STAN - Jacobsen 31 pts, Borchardt 15 pts/16 rbs/5 blks, Johnson 9 pts/7 rbs) (WASH - Wrenn 24 pts/11 rbs, Knight 9 pts, Allen 9 pts)

Sat., Feb. 16USC 94, Arizona 89 (USC - Bluthenthal 31 pts/9 rbs, Clancy 28 pts/11 rbs, Granville 12 pts/11 asts) (ARIZ - Gardner 27 pts/7-12 3FG, Walton 19 pts/10 asts, Anderson 18 pts/11 rbs)Arizona State 69, UCLA 68 (ASU - Prewitt 22 pts/8 rbs, Millage 11 pts, Redhage 8 pts/6 rbs) (UCLA - Gadzuric 17 pts/5 rbs, Kapono 13 pts, Bozeman 13 pts)Washington 75, California 60 (WASH - Massingale 25 pts/7 rbs, Allen 12 pts/7 asts, Leep 12 pts/7 rbs) (CAL - Shipp 15 pts, Forehan-Kelly 12 pts/9 rbs, Hughes 11 pts)Oregon 91, Oregon 62 (ORE - Jones 23 pts/5 rbs/4 stls, Ridnour 20 pts, L. Jackson 19 pts/7 rbs) (OSU - Ricci 20 pts/9 rbs, North III 11 pts/5 rbs, B. Jackson 8 pts)Stanford 76, Washington State 63 (STAN - Jacobsen 24 pts, Borchardt 19 pts/11 rbs/5 blks, Barnes 16 pts) (WSU - Moore 29 pts/8 rbs, McNair 15 pts, Kelati 9 pts)

THE POLLS

USA Today/ESPN (Feb. 18)

1. Kansas 2. Maryland 3. Duke 4. Cincinnati 5. Oklahoma 6. Alabama 7. Gonzaga 8. Florida 9. Marquette10. Pittsburgh11. STANFORD12. Kentucky13. Miami, Fla.14. Oklahoma State15. Virginia16. ARIZONA17. OREGON18. Ohio State19. Illinois20. Georgia21. Wake Forest22. USC23. Indiana24. Xavier25. SyracuseARV UCLA, ASU, CAL

AP (Feb. 18)

1. Kansas 2. Maryland 3. Duke 4. Cincinnati 5. Alabama 6. Oklahoma 7. Gonzaga 8. Florida 9. Marquette10. STANFORD11. Pittsburgh12. Kentucky13. Oklahoma State14. ARIZONA15. OREGON16. Illinois17. Miami, Fla.18. Georgia19. Ohio State20. USC Wake Forest22. Virginia23. Indiana24. Western Kentucky25. UCLAARV CALIFORNIA

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS DAVID BLUTHENTHAL (USC)

Senior forward David Bluthenthal (Los Angeles, Calif.) averaged 26.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in a sweep of the Arizona schools. In the win over Arizona State, he came off the bench to post 21 points on 7-of-12 (.583) shooting from the field, 3-of-5 (.600) from three-point range and a perfect 4-of-4 from the line, while adding a team-high 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. In the win over Arizona, he scored a career-high 31 points on 12-of-19 (.632) shooting from the field, including 7-of-12 (.583) from three-point range, with nine rebounds, three assists and a steal. For the week, he shot 19-of-31 (.613) from the field and 10-of-17 (.588) from three-point range.

It's the third weekly honor for Bluthenthal, USC's 23rd 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. Feb. 18 - David Bluthenthal, USC.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - In the Lute Olson era, Arizona has suffered just seven sweeps in 72 Pac-10 road trips. UA has not lost three consecutive games since the 1991-92 season. . . Senior guard Jason Gardner hit 14-of-22 (.636) from three-point range in the two losses in Los Angeles last weekend. He connected on seven three-pointers in each game. His league-leading 84 three-pointers this season rank fifth on the UA single-season list. . . Arizona set a new school record Saturday vs. USC with 16 three-point field goals (in 29 attempts), breaking the old mark of 15 set at Oregon on Jan. 30, 1992. . . Arizona is allowing 80.2 points per game this season, the highest opponent scoring average since 1976-77 (82.5 ppg). No Lute Olson coached team has allowed more than 75.8 points per game (1994-95). . . Gardner (38.0 mpg) and junior forward Luke Walton (36.8 mpg) rank first and third respectively in minutes played this season. USC's Sam Clancy ranks second with 37.5 minutes per game.

ARIZONA STATE - ASU's win at UCLA snapped a 15-game losing streak at Pauley Pavilion that dated to Feb. 16, 1987. The win over No. 20 UCLA was ASU's first road win over a ranked opponent since Jan. 31, 1998, when it beat fourth-ranked Stanford 90-87 in overtime. . . After fouling out 20 times in his first three seasons (89 games), senior center Chad Prewitt has yet to foul out of a game this year. Prewitt has made 17-of-31 (.548) from the three-point stripe in the past nine games. On the year, he is 27-of-63 (.429) after shooting 19-of-54 (.352) in his first three seasons. He hit 5-of-7 at Stanford on Jan. 31 and was 5-of-5 at UCLA on Feb. 16. Prewitt has led ASU in scoring in 13 of the past 16 games and had a career-high 33 points vs. Washington on Feb. 9. . . ASU is 13-2 (.867) when it leads at the half. . . In the absence of Kenny Crandall and Awvee Storey, senior Brad Nahra played a career-high 32 minutes at UCLA. . . Junior reserve point guard Kyle Dodd has 60 assists and just 16 turnovers on the year, a ratio of 3.75-to-1. . . After shooting a league-worst 61-of-232 (.263) from beyond the three-point stripe in Pac-10 play last year, ASU is 79-of-222 (.356) this season. . . ASU has topped Arizona and UCLA in the same season for the first time since 1985-86.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears have two home games remaining at Haas Pavilion where they are 15-1 this season. The last time Cal posted 15 home victories came during the 1953-54 season (15-1). . . Cal is the only Pac-10 team to have five players with at least 20 steals each. With his next steal, junior forward Joe Shipp can make that six players. Cal leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+4.92). . . For his career, junior guard Shantay Legans is fourth all-time at Cal with 124 three-pointers, ninth with 122 steals and fifth with 362 assists.

OREGON - Oregon's 29-point win against Oregon State Saturday night (91-62) matched the Ducks' largest margin of victory in the 316-game series. Oregon defeated Oregon State 42-13 on Feb. 11, 1921. . . Ducks are 14-0 at home this season and can equal the school record of 16-0 (set by 1937-38 squad) with two wins this weekend. Two wins would give Oregon only its fourth perfect home season in school history and it would be the first one since 1937-38. Two wins this weekend would also give Oregon it's ninth 20-win season in school history (and second in the last three seasons). With 86 victories in four-plus years at Oregon, Ernie Kent is one win behind John Warren for sixth on the school's all-time coaching victories list. . . Just a sophomore, guard Luke Ridnour has now moved into the UO career top 10 in assists (231) and three-pointers (89). . . Over the last five games, senior guard Frederick Jones is averaging 24.8 points.

OREGON STATE - Junior forward Philip Ricci has scored at least 20 points seven times this season. Ricci has scored in double figures in 22 of 23 games played this year. . . Junior forward Brian Jackson is playing with an abdominal strain -- in the last three games, he has missed one because of the injury, and did not start the other two. . . According to the Sagarin Rankings, OSU's schedule is ranked 13th in the nation.

STANFORD - Junior guard Casey Jacobsen is averaging 27.2 points over the last nine games. He's averaging 40.3 points over the last three Thursday night games. . . With 1,583 career points, Jacobsen ranks eighth on the school's all-time scoring list. He needs 33 points to move into the fifth spot. . . Junior center Curtis Borchardt has posted six consecutive double-doubles, averaging 18.8 points and 14.3 rebounds during the streak. . . Borchardt has 21 blocked shots over the last five games (4.2 bpg). . . Sophomore forward Teyo Johnson has scored 35 points over the last three games (11.7 ppg). That's 35 percent of his season total of 101 points in 18 games (5.6 ppg).

UCLA - Junior forward Jason Kapono became one of 72 players to reach 1,500 career points as he scored 33 points last weekend to push his career total to 1,520 career points. . . On UCLA's career charts, Kapono is now the school's No. 16 all-time scorer (No. 15, Shon Tarver, 1,575, 1991-94) and senior center Dan Gadzuric needs four rebounds (he has 815) to become No. 10 on the all-time rebounding list (No. 10, 818, J.R. Henderson, 1995-98). . . In UCLA's 77-76 win over Arizona on Feb. 14, Gadzuric had 22 points (one shy of his career-high) and 16 rebounds, equaling his season-best (his fifth double-double of the year). . . Also in the Bruin win over the Wildcats, senior forward Matt Barnes had his second double-double of the season (13 points, career-high 15 rebounds) and Kapono scored nine of the Bruins' final 10 points, all on three-pointers (Kapono finished with 20 points, including 6-11 from three-point range). . . UCLA has beaten Stanford in Palo Alto the past two years and on both occasions the Cardinal was ranked No. 1 in the nation . . . The Bruins have won three of the last five years vs. Cal in the Bay Area (2000, 83-62 in Berkeley, 1998, 74-73, New Arena in Oakland, 1997, 64-56, Cow Palace).

USC - Senior center Sam Clancy has posted 10 consecutive double-doubles, averaging 23.2 points and 11.5 rebounds the past 10 games. Clancy has scored in double figures in 20 consecutive games and in 23 of 24 games played this season. . . With 1,510 career points, Clancy has climbed to fourth on the USC career scoring list. He needs 15 points to vault into the third spot. He also became one of 72 player in Pac-10 history to reach 1,500 points. . . Senior guard Brandon Granville needs to play in only three more games to become USC's all-time leader in games played. His next game will be his 117th as a Trojan, tying him with Wayne Carlander, Ronnie Coleman and Rodney Chatman. Duane Cooper currently holds the record with 118. . . With the win over Arizona, USC coach Henry Bibby picked up career win No. 100.

WASHINGTON - Sophomore guard C.J. Massingale matched his career-high with 25 points in the win over California. He also equaled his career-best with seven rebounds, accomplished two other times this season. . . Sophomore forward Doug Wrenn is averaging 20.0 points per game. Should he continue that pace, he'd become the first Husky since Chris Welp (20.8 ppg, 1987) to average better than 20 points per game. . . The Huskies picked up six blocked shots in the win over California, pushing their season total to 122 blocked shots - a school record, surpassing the 118 blocked shots accumulated during the 1993 season. . . With 30 blocked shots, freshman forward Jeffery Day needs three more to establish a Washington freshman single-season record.

WASHINGTON STATE - Sophomore guard Marcus Moore is averaging 20.8 points over the last six games. He's led the Cougars in scoring in six of the last 10 games. . . Moore has 51 thefts on the year and needs one more to crack the top ten single-season list at WSU. . . Junior forward Milton Riley picked up two blocked shots vs. Stanford and has moved into eighth on the WSU career list with 57 blocked shots. . . Injuries have sidelined a couple of Cougars - Senior center J Locklier injured his left shoulder in the Arizona State contest, played against Arizona, but has then missed the last two games. Senior Mike Bush suffered a sprain of the mid-right foot in the second half against California and missed the Stanford game.TURNING 20. . . Players scoring 20 points or more this season:

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