This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

April 5, 2002

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The Pac-10 Conference sent a record six teams into the NCAA Tournament where OREGON, ARIZONA and UCLA advanced to the Sweet 16. 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. . . Oregon's appearance in the Elite Eight capped a banner season for the Ducks. Oregon captured the Pac-10 championship, its first since sharing the title in 1945, and produced the third most wins in school history with 26 victories this season. 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. . . Arizona reached the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in seven years, and its current streak of 18 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament leads the nation. . . UCLA reached the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in six years, making coach Steve Lavin one of two coaches to guide his team to the Sweet 16 in five of the last six Tournaments. . . One of the most competitive Conference races in Pac-10 history came down to the last weekend in order to determine the league champion. It was the first time in league history that six teams posted 11 or more league wins in Conference play. . . Individual accolades were awarded to several individuals as All-America honors were achieved by USC's Sam Clancy (Pac-10 Player of the Year), STANFORD's Casey Jacobsen, OREGON's Frederick Jones, and ARIZONA's Jason Gardner and Luke Walton.

PAC-10 NCAA RESULTS

Thur., Mar. 14 (First Round)Arizona 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. 15 (First Round)California 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. 16 (Second Round)Arizona 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. 17 (Second Round)UCLA 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)

Thur., Mar. 21 (Regional Semifinals)Oklahoma 88, Arizona 67 (ARIZ - Gardner 14 pts, Bynum 10 pts)Missouri 82, UCLA 73 (UCLA - Barnes 23 pts/11 rbs, Knight 16 pts)

Fri., Mar. 22 (Regional Semifinal)Oregon 72, Texas 70 (ORE - Jackson 25 pts/8 asts, Ridnour 20 pts)

Sun., Mar. 23 (Regional Final)Kansas 104, Oregon 86 (ORE - Jones 32 pts, Jackson 10 pts/10 rbs)

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT RECAP

Thur., Mar. 7Oregon 86, Washington 64 (ORE - Jackson 27 pts/8 rbs, Jones 15 pts, Ridnour 11 pts/6 asts) (WASH - Wrenn 14 pts/7 rbs, Dixon 12 pts, Knight 10 pts)USC 103, Stanford 78 (USC - Clancy 25 pts/9 rbs, Granville 20 pts/11 asts, Farmer 19 pts) (STAN - Borchardt 17 pts/14 rbs, Jacobsen 17 pts, Childress 12 pts)Arizona 73, Arizona State 56 (ARIZ - Walton 25 pts/8 rbs, Gardner 22 pts/12-12 FT, Anderson 14 rbs) (ASU - Braxton 12 pts, Prewitt 9 pts/12 rbs, Millage 9 pts)California 67, UCLA 61 (CAL - R. Forehan-Kelly 20 pts/6-9 3FG, Shipp 18 pts, Wethers 11 pts) (UCLA - Barnes 15 pts, Kapono 10 pts, Walcott 10 pts/6 asts)

Fri., Mar. 8USC 89, Oregon 78 (USC - Granville 17 pts/9 asts, Farmer 17 pts/6 rbs, Clancy 16 pts/8 rbs) (ORE - Jones 20 pts/8 rbs, Ridnour 18 pts/8 asts, Jackson 16 pts)Arizona 90, California 78 (ARIZ - Gardner 25 pts, Walton 20 pts/6 asts/4 stls, Bynum 10 pts) (CAL - Shipp 25 pts, Wethers 22 pts/7 rbs, Legans 13 pts)

Sat., Mar. 9 (Pac-10 Tournament Championship)Arizona 81, USC 71 (ARIZ - Stoudamire 29 pts, Walton 23 pts/8 asts, Anderson 12 pts/9 rbs) (USC - Bluthenthal 16 pts/8 rbs, Farmer 15 pts, Granville 13 pts)

THE POLLS

USA Today/ESPN (Apr. 2)

1. Maryland 2. Kansas 3. Indiana 4. Oklahoma 5. Duke 6. Connecticut OREGON 8. Cincinnati 9. Pittsburgh10. ARIZONA11. Illinois12. Kent State13. Kentucky14. Alabama15. Missouri16. Gonzaga17. Ohio State18. Marquette Texas20. UCLA21. Mississippi State22. Southern Illinois23. Florida24. Xavier25. N.C. StateARV USC, CAL, STANFORD

AP (Mar. 11-Final)

1. Duke 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma 4. Maryland 5. Cincinnati 6. Gonzaga 7. ARIZONA 8. Alabama 9. Pittsburgh10. Connecticut11. OREGON12. Marquette13. Illinois14. Ohio State15. Florida16. Kentucky17. Mississippi State18. USC19. Western Kentucky20. Oklahoma State21. Miami, Fla.22. Xavier23. Georgia24. STANFORD25. HawaiiARV UCLA

TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA - Arizona won its fourth Pac-10 Tournament title in five tries. . . 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. . . Guard Jason Gardner will enter his senior year with 1,512 career points - 10th on the all-time UA scoring list. Gardner has 106 three-pointers this season, placing him fourth on the Pac-10 single-season list. . . 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.

ARIZONA STATE - All-Pac-10 center Chad Prewitt closed out his ASU career with 1,177 points, ranking 18th on the school's career list. Prewitt led the Sun Devils in scoring in 14 of the last 20 games. . . This season ASU topped Arizona and UCLA in the same season for the first time since 1985-86. . . ASU's six-game stretch to finish the regular season was the first time in school history it played six straight ranked teams. In fact, excluding their NIT game, the Sun Devils finished the season by playing 11 of its final 13 games against NCAA Tournament teams.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears posted a 17-1 record at Haas Pavilion this year. It's the second-highest victory total in Berkeley. Cal is 34-4 in its last 38 games on Pete Newell Court. . . The Bears posted their fourth 20-win season in six years under coach Ben Braun and made their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance all-time. . . Junior forward Joe Shipp became the 31st player in school history to top 1,000 career points, finishing the year at 1,034 career points. . . The Bears had the stingiest defense, allowing a league-low .418 shooting percentage. Their 66.6 points allowed per game ranked second in the league.

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. . . At 26-9, it's the ninth 20-win season in school history. The 26 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. . . Frederick Jones capped off his career ranked fifth on UO's career scoring list with 1,644 points. He ranks in the top five in five different career categories at Oregon - scoring, assists (365/3rd), blocks (74/t3rd), steals (147/t2nd) and three-pointers (149/5th). . . For the first time in school history, three players have each scored at least 500 points in a season. Jones leads the way with 650 points, followed by sophomores Luke Jackson (583) and Luke Ridnour (542). . . The Ducks set a Pac-10 record for three-pointers in a season with 304, passing the previous mark of 279 (Arizona in 1994). . . Oregon also eclipsed the league record for free throw percentage, shooting .769 (662-of-861) to outdistanced the mark of .760 (Washington State in 1992).

OREGON STATE - The Beavers will begin the 2002-03 season with a new head coach TBA to replace Ritchie McKay. . . The Beavers held the opposition to a scoring average below 70 points for the fifth consecutive season - currently, the longest streak in the Pac-10. . . Junior forward Philip Ricci led the Beavers in scoring at 16.2 ppg and rebounds at 7.1 rpg - both figures rank 10th in the Pac-10. Ricci posted double digit scoring totals in 27 of 28 games played this season.

STANFORD - The Cardinal posted its eighth consecutive 20-win season. . . Guard Casey Jacobsen ranks third on the school's career scoring list with 1,723 points. he's the first Stanford player to lead the Pac-10 in scoring (21.9 ppg) since 1983-84 when Keith Jones averaged 20.0 ppg. . . Center Curtis Borchardt lead the league in rebounding (11.4 rpg). he's only the seventh Pac-10 player to average double digit rebounds in the last 19 seasons. . . It's the first time in Pac-10 history that two different players from the same school led the league in scoring and rebounding.

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 1,608 career points, Kapono ranks 15th on the UCLA all-time scoring list. . . Senior center Dan Gadzuric pulled down 896 rebounds during his career, placing him 8th on UCLA's all-time list, 26th on the Pac-10's all-time list. . . With 1,066 points, senior forward Matt Barnes became the 43rd Bruin to top 1,000 career points.

USC - The Trojans made their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance. . . Center Sam Clancy, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, closes out a stellar career finishing third on the school's career scoring list with 1,657 points and second on USC's career list with 839 rebounds. . . Guard Brandon Granville, USC's career leader in games played with 124, owns the school record and is fifth all-time in the Pac-10 record books with 779 career assists.

WASHINGTON - The Lorenzo Romar era begins in Seattle. The former St. Louis coach was named the 18th head coach of Washington basketball on Wednesday, April 3. Romar played two seasons at Washington under Marv Harshman from 1978-80. . . Sophomore forward Doug Wrenn, the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, became the 16th different Husky to record 500 or more points in a season as he topped out at 546 points this year.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars closed out the season on a winning note for the first time since the 1992-93 season and for just the third time in the last 22 years. . . Mike Bush closed out his career with 1,061 points - 20th on the WSU all-time scoring list. . . Guard Marcus Moore finished with 53 steals this season and has 93 thefts for his career. Both numbers rank 10th on the respective WSU lists.

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