This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Feb. 25, 2002
Six teams are still in contention for the Pac-10 title as we head into the final week of the regular season. And with the way the Pac-10 season has played out so far, the possibility exists for a six-way tie for first place (check out the tiebreaker procedure on the last page of notes in this week's release). . . OREGON could secure a share of the Pac-10 title with one more win, but need to do so at USC or UCLA where both teams are a combined 20-4 at home this season. . . It will be the fifth time in 24 Pac-10 seasons that the Pac-10 champion will have at least four losses in Conference play (ARIZONA - 1986, '87, '91, '94). Only one time has a 13-5 league record (WASHINGTON/USC - 1985) claimed the Pac-10 crown. . . This marks the fourth time in 24 Pac-10 seasons that six teams will have finished league play with 10 wins (1994, '95, '97 and 2002). Never has Conference play finished with six teams having at least 11 victories.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Tues., Feb. 26Pac-10 Coaches/Media Teleconference Call, 10:30 a.m. PT
Wed., Feb. 27Washington State at Washington, 7:30 p.m. Series: WASH leads 161-90, Streak: WSU 1
Thur., Feb. 28Stanford at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. (FSN) Series: ARIZ leads 41-20, Streak: ARIZ 2California at Arizona State, 6:30 p.m. Series: ASU leads 29-23, Streak: CAL 3Oregon at USC, 7:30 p.m. Series: USC leads 53-33, Streak: ORE 1Oregon State at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. Series: UCLA leads 71-30, Streak: UCLA 6
Sat., Mar. 2California at Arizona, 12 noon (CBS) Series: ARIZ leads 38-23, Streak: ARIZ 5Stanford at Arizona State, 4 p.m. (FSN) Series: STAN leads 27-24, Streak: STAN 8Oregon at UCLA, 1 p.m. (CBS) Series: UCLA leads 71-19, Streak: ORE 1Oregon State at USC, 5 p.m. (FSN) Series: USC leads 53-51, Streak: USC 1Centenary at Washington State, 3 p.m.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Mon., Feb. 18Oregon State 74, Portland 60 (OSU - Payton 21 pts/8-12 FG, Masten 15 pts)
Wed., Feb. 20Arizona 83, Arizona State 75 (ARIZ - Stoudamire 24 pts, Anderson 17 pts/9 rbs, Gardner 16 pts/6 asts) (ASU - Millage 27 pts, Prewitt 15 pts/8 rbs, Braxton 10 pts/5 asts)
Thur., Feb. 21California 69, UCLA 51 (CAL - Tamir 18 pts, Wethers 15 pts/6 rbs/6 asts, Hughes 12 pts) (UCLA - Gadzuric 18 pts/10 rbs, Kapono 10 pts, Barnes 8 pts/4 asts)Oregon 115, Washington State 77 (ORE - Ridnour 25 pts/5 stls, Jones 18 pts/5 rbs, Jackson 17 pts/6 asts) (WSU - Moore 34 pts/6 asts, Locklier 12 pts/7 rbs, McNair 10 pts)Washington 68, Oregon State 63 (WASH - Allen 15 pts, Wrenn 14 pts/5 rbs, Dixon 12 pts/7 rbs) (OSU - Ricci 24 pts/6 rbs, Payton 19 pts, Nash 13 pts/5 stls)USC 77, Stanford 58 (USC - Bluthenthal 22 pts, Clancy 17 pts/11 rbs, O'Neil 12 pts) (STAN - Jacobsen 23 pts, Borchardt 10 pts/6 rbs, Johnson 9 pts/6 rbs)
Sat., Feb. 23California 83, USC 64 (CAL - Gates 17 pts/5 rbs/4 asts, Forehan-Kelly 14 pts, Diggs 12 pts/4 asts) (USC - Granville 12 pts/8 asts, E. Craven 12 pts/7 rbs, Clancy 11 pts)Oregon 90, Washington at Oregon 84 (ORE - Jones 33 pts/5-7 3FG/7 rbs/5 stls, Jackson 23 pts, Ridnour 10 asts/5 stls) (WASH - Wrenn 27 pts/8 rbs, Allen 18 pts/6 rbs, Dixon 7 pts/9 rbs)Oregon State 91, Washington State 55 (OSU - Payton 21 pts, Ricci 14 pts/8 rbs/5 asts, Nash 14 pts) (WSU - Kelati 17 pts/8 rbs, Moore 14 pts, Locklier 11 pts/5 rbs)UCLA 95, Stanford 92 (UCLA - Kapono 22 pts/5 asts, Knight 17 pts, Gadzuric 12 pts/15 rbs) (STAN - Jacobsen 24 pts, Borchardt 17 pts/14 rbs, Hernandez 14 pts/4-5 3FG)
USA Today/ESPN (Feb. 25)
1. Kansas 2. Maryland 3. Duke 4. Cincinnati 5. Oklahoma 6. Alabama 7. Gonzaga 8. Pittsburgh 9. Marquette10. Florida11. Kentucky12. Oklahoma State13. OREGON14. ARIZONA15. Georgia16. Illinois17. Ohio State18. Miami, Fla.19. STANFORD20. USC21. Indiana22. Wake Forest23. Western Kentucky24. Xavier25. CALIFORNIAARV UCLA
AP (Feb. 25)
1. Kansas 2. Maryland 3. Duke 4. Cincinnati 5. Oklahoma 6. Alabama 7. Gonzaga 8. Florida 9. Marquette10. Pittsburgh11. Kentucky12. Oklahoma State13. OREGON14. ARIZONA15. Illinois16. Georgia17. STANFORD18. Ohio State19. USC20. Western Kentucky21. CALIFORNIA22. Miami, Fla.23. Connecticut24. Wake Forest25. IndianaARV UCLA
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS FREDERICK JONES (OREGON)
Senior guard Frederick Jones (Portland, Ore.) averaged 25.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals as the Ducks swept the Washington schools to secure their first perfect record in Mac Court since the 1937-38 season. In the win over Washington State, he scored 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, while adding five rebounds and four assists. In the win over Washington, he scored 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting (.600) from the field, 5-of-7 (.714) from three-point range, while picking up five steals. For the week, he shot 19-of-34 (.559) from the field, 7-of-12 (.583) from three-point range and 6-of-7 (.857) from the free throw line.
It's the first weekly honor for Jones, Oregon's 21st 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. Feb. 25 - Frederick Jones, ORE.
ARIZONA - To help combat UA recent rebounding woes, freshman center Isaiah Fox was inserted into the starting lineup vs. Arizona State. He responded with eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the contest. It was Fox's first start since Dec. 15 and his seventh of the season. All told, Arizona is 5-2 with Fox in the starting five. . . Sometimes it's best to lead by example. Junior forward Luke Walton (10) and junior guard Jason Gardner (6) combined to tally all 16 of the team's assists Wednesday night. For Walton, it was his fourth double-figure assist game of the season. He continues to lead the Pac-10 at 6.2 assists per game and enters next Thursday's game with Stanford eight assists shy of 400 for his career. . . Freshman Salim Stoudamire has connected on 80-of-157 (.510) field goal attempts in his last 19 games, including 44-of-87 (.506) from three-point range. He's averaging 13.0 points per game through 26 games this season.
ARIZONA STATE - ASU is in a stretch of games that when the regular season concludes it will be the first time in school history it will have played five straight games against ranked teams. ASU's 1974-75 team came close as it played four straight games against ranked teams, also to finish the season. ASU beat No. 19 Arizona 107-92 to conclude the regular season that year and then went on to the NCAA Tournament where it beat No. 10 Alabama 97-94 in Tempe. ASU then played in Portland where it beat No. 16 UNLV 84-81 before losing to top-ranked UCLA 89-75. ASU will probably play a sixth straight ranked team in the Pac-10 Tournament next week, as the Sun Devils will be the No. 7 seed and take on the No. 2 seed. . . Senior center Chad Prewitt is 19-of-35 (.543) from beyond the three-point arc in the past 10 games. On the year, he is 29-of-67 (.433), ninth in the Pac-10, after shooting 19-of-54 (.352) in his first three seasons.
CALIFORNIA - The Bears posted a 17-1 record in Haas Pavilion this season. It's the second-highest victory total in Berkeley. The Bears were 24-2 in old Harmon Gym during the 1945-46 season. Cal is also 34-4 in its last 38 games on Pete Newell Court. . . Cal has held 13 opponents to 60 points or less this season, including eight teams in Pac-10 play. The Bears continue to lead the conference in scoring defense (63.9 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.405) and turnover margin (+4.88). . . Freshman Jamal Sampson has moved into fourth place on Cal's season blocked shots list with 48. He has 12 blocks over his past four games, including four at Washington State and four vs. USC. . . Sophomore guard A.J. Diggs, starting for the injured Shantay Legans (concussion), tied career highs with 12 points and four assists vs. USC. . . Cal is ranked for the first time since Jan. 4, 1998 and, at No. 21 by AP, has its highest AP ranking since the Bears were 20th on Jan. 9, 1995.
OREGON - The Ducks finished the year with a 16-0 home record, equaling the school record set by the 1937-38 squad. It's also the fourth perfect home season in school history. . . Oregon has posted it's ninth 20-win season in school history (and second in the last three seasons). . . The Ducks need 49 points to break the school record for points in a season. Oregon enters Thursday's game with 2,367 points thus far in 2001-02. The school record for points for points in a season is 2,415 in 1998-99. . . Entering the weekend, the Ducks lead the Pac-10 and ranked third nationally in scoring offense (87.7). . . Senior guard Frederick Jones needs four points to become the fourth Pac-10 player this season to reach 1,500 career points.
OREGON STATE - With 12 victories this season, the Beavers have passed last year's total of 10 victories. . . The 91 points scored in the win over Washington State are the most by the Beavers since a 91-23 win over Southern Colorado on Nov. 20, 2000. It's also the first time OSU has scored 90 points in a Pac-10 game since a 90-71 victory over 20th-ranked Stanford on March 2, 1995 - a string of 126 Pac-10 games. . . Senior guard Brandon Payton is averaging 20.3 points over the last three games, shooting 23-of-39 (.590) from the field, 9-of-16 (.563) from three-point range and 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
STANFORD - Junior guard Casey Jacobsen is averaging 26.6 points over the last 11 games. With 1,630 career points, Jacobsen ranks fifth on the school's all-time scoring list. He needs six points to pass Dion Cross and move into the fourth spot. . . Jacobsen is second on the school's list for career three-pointers with 218. Cross holds the school record with 241. . . At 22.6 ppg, Jacobsen is looking to become Stanford's first Pac-10 scoring champion since 1983-84 when Keith Jones averaged a league-leading 20.0 ppg. . . Coming off a sweep by the Los Angeles schools, it was the first time the Cardinal were swept at home by USC and UCLA since the 1991-92 season. . . With 129 rebounds, Josh Childress ranks eighth on the Stanford freshman record list.
UCLA - Senior center Dan Gadzuric posted back-to-back double-doubles on the trip to the Bay Area, averaging 15.0 points and 12.5 rebounds. Gadzuric has led the Bruins in eight of the last 10 games. . . With 840 career rebounds, Gadzuric ranks ninth on the UCLA all-time list (No. 8 is Sidney Wicks, 894, 1969-71), 37th all-time on the Pac-10 chart. . . With the win at Stanford on Saturday, UCLA has beaten the Cardinal three years in a row on their home floor (in 2001 and 2000, Stanford was ranked No. 1 when UCLA won in Palo Alto). . . With his 79 three pointers this season, Jason Kapono needs six to break his school single-season mark of 84 set last year. . . In UCLA's loss at California, the Bruins had a season-low in halftime points (18), total points (51) and tied a season-high in turnovers (22), but in the win at Stanford, UCLA scored its second-highest point total of the season (95), shot 58.2 (32-55, third-highest percentage season total) from the field, a season-high 70.0 (7-10) from three-point range and 82.8 (24-29) from the foul line. . . Vs. the Oregon schools in Pauley, UCLA has beaten OSU 13 consecutive times in Pauley (last OSU win in Pauley, 65-64, 1988) and overall the Bruins have beaten the Beavers 17 of the last 18 games (OSU's only win in the last 18 games was 65-63 in 1999 at Corvallis). . . Vs. Oregon in Pauley, the Bruins have won the last 17 games in a row, last losing to the Ducks in Pauley in 1984 (87-83 OT).
USC - Senior center Sam Clancy saw his string of consecutive double-doubles end at 11 when he posted 11 points and six rebounds at California. Clancy has scored in double figures in 22 consecutive games and in 25 of 26 games played this season. . . With 1,538 career points, Clancy has climbed to third on the USC career scoring list. . . Senior guard Brandon Granville needs to play in only one more game to become USC's all-time leader in games played. His next game will be his 119th as a Trojan. . . Freshman guard Errick Craven has scored in double figures in four consecutive games, averaging 12.8 points over the last four games. He also has 11 steals during that span, averaging 2.8 steals over the last four games.
WASHINGTON - The Huskies look to pick up one more victory to pass their win total of 10 in each of the previous two seasons. . . Washington will close the regular season against Washington State. It is currently riding a seven-game winning streak over the Cougars in Seattle. . . With 520 points this season, sophomore guard Doug Wrenn became the 16th different Husky to post 500 or more points in a season.
WASHINGTON STATE - Sophomore guard Marcus Moore scored 34 points in the loss to Oregon. It was the third time this season that Moore has scored 30 or more in a game. The last Cougar to score 30 or more three times in a season was Isaac Fontaine during the 1996-97 season. . . With 125 assists this season, Moore ranks eighth on the WSU single-season list, his 52 steals this year place him 10th on that single-season list at WSU.