This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

March 18, 2002

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The Pac-10 Conference posted an 8-3 record after the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament with ARIZONA, OREGON and UCLA each advancing to the Sweet 16. . . Oregon picked up its first NCAA Tournament win since 1960. Arizona is making its fifth Sweet 16 appearance in seven years, while UCLA is making it's fifth Sweet 16 appearance in the last six years. . . It's the second consecutive year in which the Pac-10 advanced three or more teams to the Sweet 16. In fact, seven appearances in the Sweet 16 the last two seasons is more than any other conference. . . Over the last six years, the Pac-10 has been represented in the Sweet 16 by seven of its 10 member institutions, and has produced a 50-24 (.676) record in the NCAA Tournament.


Thur., Mar. 21

San Jose, Calif. (West Region)No. 3 ARIZONA vs. No. 2 Oklahoma, 4:55 p.m. PTNo. 8 UCLA vs. No. 12 Missouri, 25 minutes following the Arizona/Oklahoma game

Fri., Mar. 22

Madison, Wis. (Midwest Region)No. 3 OREGON vs. No. 6 Texas, 6:55 p.m. CT


Sat., Mar. 23

San Jose, Calif.Arizona/Oklahoma vs. UCLA/Missouri, game time TBA

Sun., Mar. 24

Madison, Wis.Oregon/Texas vs. Kansas/Illinois, game time TBA

All games televised by CBS.


Thur., Mar. 14Arizona 86, UC Santa Barbara 81 (ARIZ - Gardner 28 pts, Anderson 19 pts/9 rbs)Oregon 81, Montana 62 (ORE - Jackson 18 pts, Ridnour 18 pts, Jones 16 pts)Stanford 84, Western Kentucky 68 (STAN - Borchardt 19 pts/12 rbs, Jacobsen 17 pts)UNC Wilmington 93, USC 89/OT (USC - Clancy 21 pts/7 asts, Bluthenthal 19 pts)

Fri., Mar. 15California 82, Pennsylvania 75 (CAL - Shipp 20 pts, Wethers 19 pts)UCLA 80, Mississippi 58 (UCLA - Knight 21 pts/7 rbs, Thompson 16 pts)

Sat., Mar. 16Arizona 68, Wyoming 60 (ARIZ - Walton 21 pts/9 rbs, Frye 18 pts/11 rbs)Oregon 92, Wake Forest 87 (ORE - Jackson 29 pts, Ridnour 28 pts, Jones 24 pts)Kansas 86, Stanford 63 (STAN - Jacobsen 24 pts, Borchardt 13 pts/11 rbs)

Sun., Mar. 17UCLA 105, Cincinnati 101 /2OT (UCLA - Gadzuric 26 pts/13 rbs, Kapono 19 pts)Pittsburgh 63, California 50 (CAL - Legans 13 pts, Shipp 11 pts/8 rbs)


ARIZONA - Arizona won its fourth Pac-10 Tournament title in five tries and is making its 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament, 21st appearance overall. Arizona has a 34-19 (.642) NCAA Tournament record. This marks the fifth Sweet 16 appearance in the last seven years for the Wildcats. . Sixteen of Arizona's 31 regular season opponents (52 percent) were nationally ranked at the time of the game, and the Cats were 10-6 in those contests. . . Arizona has been ranked in 253 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season only. . . Coach Lute Olson has led UA to 15 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 24 overall in his career, making him one of only seven head coaches in NCAA history to record 24 or more 20-win seasons. . . Junior guard Jason Gardner enters the Sweet 16 with 1,498 career points, which places him 10th on the all-time UA scoring list. Incidentally, Gardner has 75 double-figure scoring games in his 103-game career. Gardner has 105 three-pointers this season, placing him third on the Pac-10 single-season list. . . UA finished the Pac-10 slate with a 12-6 record, marking the 16th time in the last 17 seasons that the Cats have won at least 12 conference games, a feat matched by no other league foe. Dating back to the 1984-85 campaign, Arizona has averaged 15 league wins per season. The only time in that span that Arizona failed to win at least 12 league games was 1996-97, the year the Cats won the national championship. . . Arizona set a school record for average attendance this season, averaging 14,544 fans per game, which broke last season's record of 14,533.

OREGON - The Ducks captured their first Pac-10 crown since a tie for the 1945 title. It's the first outright title since the 1939 season when they went on to win the NCAA's first postseason championship. . . The Ducks also captured the Pac-10 football title this past season, marking the 16th time in Conference history that one school has won league championships (or co-championships) in football and men's basketball. . . It's the seventh NCAA Tournament appearance for the Ducks, their second in three years. . . With the win over Montana, Oregon picked up its first NCAA Tournament win since 1960 and is now 8-5 all-time in six Tournament appearances. . . At 25-8, it's the ninth 20-win season in school history. The 25 victories are the most since the 1945 season (30). . . It's 16-0 home record equaled the school record set by the 1937-38 squad. . . Senior guard Frederick Jones ranks sixth on UO's career scoring list with 1,608 points. He ranks in the top six in five different career categories at Oregon - scoring, assists (356/3rd), blocks (73/4th), steals (141/3rd) and three-pointers (146/5th). . . For the first time in school history, three players have each scored at least 500 points in a season. Jones leads the way with 614 points, followed by sophomores Luke Jackson (548) and Luke Ridnour (513). . . The Ducks have set a Pac-10 record for three-pointers in a season with 287, passing the previous mark of 279 (Arizona in 1994). . . Oregon should also eclipse the league record for free throw percentage. The Ducks are shooting .774 (651-of-841) and will outdistance the mark of .760 (Washington State in 1992).

UCLA - The Bruins are making their NCAA-record 38th NCAA Tournament appearance and have compiled a record of 85-30 (.739) in the NCAA Tournament. . . The Bruins have posted their 14th consecutive 20-win season. . . UCLA has reached the Sweet 16 in five of the last six NCAA Tournaments. . . Junior forward Jason Kapono's 87 three-pointers is a UCLA single-season mark. With 1,601 career points, Kapono ranks 15th on the UCLA all-time scoring list. . . Senior center Dan Gadzuric has pulled down 888 rebounds during his career, placing him 9th on UCLA's all-time list, 29th on the Pac-10's all-time list. In eight career postseason games, Gadzuric is averaging 13.0 points and 9.5 rebounds with four double-doubles. . . With 1,043 points, senior forward Matt Barnes became the 43rd Bruin to top 1,000 career points. . . Freshman forward Dijon Thompson scored in double figures just three times in UCLA's 30 games prior to the NCAA Tournament. However, Thompson posted back-to-back double figures games last week with 16 points vs. Mississippi and 10 points vs. Cincinnati.

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