This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Dec. 2, 2002

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While ARIZONA, OREGON and CALIFORNIA remain undefeated, it's ARIZONA STATE and STANFORD making the news ... The Sun Devils are off to a 4-1 start for just the second time under coach Rob Evans. The Cardinal, despite being picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 race, have knocked off then-No. 11 Xavier and then-No. 7 Florida en route to a runner up finish in the Preseason NIT ... Stanford appears in this week's top 25 (No. 17 AP/No. 22 USA Today/ESPN). However, Arizona continues to hold the top spot in both polls with Oregon moving into the top 10 (No. 7 AP/No. 6 USA Today/ESPN).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Mon., Dec. 2
Cal Poly at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Washington at Gonzaga, 7 p.m.

Tue., Dec. 3
St. Louis at Arizona, 7 p.m.
USC at UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.
Howard at California, 7 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 4
Brigham Young at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Portland at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Washington State at Idaho, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 5
Wyoming at Washington, 7 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 7
Arizona at San Diego State, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Arizona State at Utah, 7 p.m.
California vs. Georgia, 1:30 p.m. (1)
USC vs. Missouri, 4 p.m. (1)
Oregon vs. Kansas, 12:30 p.m. (2) (CBS)
Oregon State at Portland, 7 p.m.
Washington at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.
Gonzaga at Washington State, 7 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 8
Long Beach State at UCLA, 1 p.m.


Game times are local to site
(1) Wooden Classic, Anaheim, Calif.
(2) Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.

PAC-10 RESULTS
Mon., Nov. 25

Oregon 86, CS Northridge 77 (ORE - Jackson 23 pts, Ridnour 19 pts/9 asts)
Kentucky 82, Arizona State 65 (ASU - Hill 16 pts, Diogu 13 pts/8 rbs)
Washington State 72, Southern Utah 66 (WSU - Moore 28 pts/10 rbs, Lyman 15 pts)

Tues., Nov. 26
Arizona State 101, Chaminade 72 (ASU - Diogu 19 pts, Hill 17 pts)
Oregon State 81, Seattle 38 (OSU - Jackson 16 pts/7 rbs, Ricci 14 pts/12 rbs)
San Diego 86, UCLA 81 (OT) (UCLA - Thompson 21 pts, Kapono 17 pts/8 rbs)
Rhode Island 73, USC 71 (OT) (USC - Hutchinson 17 pts/6 asts, Curtis 14 pts/7 rbs)

Wed., Nov. 27
Arizona 101, Northe rn Arizona 66 (ARIZ - Gardner 24 pts/5-6 3FG, Adams 21 pts)
Arizona State 83, Utah 79 (OT) (ASU - Millage 26 pts, Diogu 22 pts/8 rbs)
Stanford 69, Florida 65 (STAN - Little 18 pts/9 rbs, Davis 14 pts/10 rbs)

Fri., Nov. 29
North Carolina 74, Stanford 57 (STAN - Childress 17 pts/7 rbs, Barnes 17 pts/6 rbs)

Sat., Nov. 30
Arizona State 85, Lafayette 62 (ASU - Diogu 27 pts/7 rbs, Smith 12 pts/5 asts/4 blks)
Oregon 88, Pacific 69 (ORE - Ridnour 24 pts/7 asts, Joseph 14 pts, Jackson 12 rbs)
Duke 84, UCLA 73 (UCLA - Kapono 19 pts/7 rbs, Thompson 15 pts, Young 13 pts)
USC 93, Morris Brown 54 (USC - Farmer 23 pts/7 rbs, Oliver 19 pts/7 rbs)
UNLV 82, Washington 61 (WASH - Conroy 19 pts, Wrenn 13 pts/5 rbs/5 asts)
California 73, Cleveland State 64 (OT) (CAL - Shipp 30 pts/12-18 FG, Wethers 18 pts)
Texas Christian 86, Washington State 83 (WSU - Moore 21 pts, Riley 12 rbs)


PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LUKE RIDNOUR, OREGON

Junior point guard Luke Ridnour (Blaine, Wash.) was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts in leading Oregon to a 3-0 start this season.

Ridnour averaged 21.3 points on 23-of-44 (.523) shooting and 8.3 assists per game. He was named MVP of the John Thompson Foundation Challenge in leading the Ducks to wins over Grambling State (21 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 5 steals) and Cal State Northridge (19 points, 9 assists). He then added 24 points and seven assists in Saturday's win over Pacific.

With 25 assists last week, Ridnour pushed his career total to 307 - sixth on Oregon's career list.

It's the first honor for Ridnour and 22nd all-time for the Ducks.

2002-03 Pac-10 Player of the Week: Dec. 2 - Luke Ridnour, ORE.

Notes from Around the Pac-10ARIZONA - Senior forward Luke Walton played just four minutes against Northern Arizona before spraining his ankle. However, sophomore center Channing Frye expects Walton to return quickly. According to Frye, 'Luke is tough. He's got that old man's strength. He's a competitor so he'll be back really soon.' ... Sophomore guard Salim Stoudamire has been hampered by a high ankle sprain and has not appeared in the first two contests, but has practiced at full speed this week and will be ready for the Saint Louis game ... The Cats have posted back-to-back 100 point games for the first time since Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2000.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils are off to a 4-1 start for just the second time under coach Rob Evans ... ASU welcomed the return of Curtis Millage. Millage sat out due to academic issues. He was cleared to play on Tuesday, Nov. 26 and proceeded to hop on airplane and arrived in Maui in time to join the team for its win over Utah. In fact, Millage started, scored a game-high 26 points in 36 minutes ... Freshman forward Ike Diogu averaged 20.3 points and 6.8 rebounds in four games last week. With 22 points vs. Utah, then 27 points in the win over Lafayette, Diogu became the first ASU freshman since Mario Bennett in 1991-92 to post back-to-back 20-point games.

CALIFORNIA - Junior guard A.J. Diggs tied the Cal record for steals in a game with 8 at Cleveland State; Jason Kidd set the mark against Washington in 1993 ... Following his 30-point effort in the overtime win at Cleveland State, senior forward Joe Shipp has moved up to 23rd on Cal's career scoring list with 1,078 points ... Sophomore forward Amit Tamir had the first double-double of his career with 20 points and 12 rebounds at New Mexico ... With Tuesday's (Dec. 3) contest against Howard, Cal is making its latest home debut since 1990 ... Head coach Ben Braun has passed Pete Newell for third place on Cal's coaching victory list; Braun is 120-70, while Newell was 119-44 from 1955-60.

OREGON - The Ducks have won 19 straight at McArthur Court. The school record is 23, set from 1937-39 ... Oregon looks to play before the largest crowd in state history to watch a basketball game when the Ducks take on Kansas in Portland on Saturday. The record is 15,431 fans for last year's Duke/Portland game at the Rose Garden. So far 16,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday's game ... Junior guard Luke Ridnour has 307 career assists, ranking sixth on Oregon's all-time list.

OREGON STATE - Freshman guard Lamar Hurd is averaging 7.0 assists per game, which is overly impressive considering the team is shooting just .409 from the field for the season. He has a credited assist on over 25 percent of OSU's converted field goal attempts. At his current pace he would conclude the regular season with 189 assists -- fifth at OSU for a single season, and the most by any Beaver other than Gary Payton ... Seniors Brian Jackson (15-of-28, .536) and Philip Ricci (12-of-17, .706) have combined to average 38.5 points on 27-of-45 (.600) shooting. The rest of the team is shooting just .305 (25-82).

STANFORD - The Cardinal has allowed the opposition only a .388 shooting percentage, and .279 from three-point territory ... Stanford has forced the opposition into 70 turnovers (14 by Boston University, 14 by Xavier, 13 by Rice, 16 by Florida and 13 by North Carolina) ... Already 2-1 against teams ranked in the top 25, Stanford was 5-6 against top 25 foes last season. The win over No. 7 Florida was the first win for the Cardinal over a top 10 team since defeating No. 1 Duke 84-83 on Dec. 21, 2000.

UCLA - The Bruins look to avoid an 0-3 start for the first time since the 1940-41 season when UCLA began the season 0-8. The last time UCLA started 0-2 was in 1961-62 ... With 1,644 career points, senior forward Jason Kapono needs 56 points to become the 12th player in UCLA history to reach 1,700 career points.

USC - Junior guard Desmon Farmer scored 23 points in the win over Morris Brown. It was the fifth time he's scored at least 20 points in his career and most since scoring 24 points as a freshman vs. Washington State .... Farmer's 62 three-pointers rank him 15th on the USC career charts ... USC's 41-point margin of victory was its largest since beating Northwestern by 41 points in 2000 ... Brandon who? Senior guard Robert Hutchinson is averaging 9.7 points and a 12-to-5 assist-to-turnover ratio. He's also shooting 46.7% from three-point range.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies look to avoid an 0-3 start for the first time since 1994 when Washington opened the season 0-5 ... Sophomore guard Will Conroy scored a career-high 19 points in the loss at UNLV. Through two games, he's scored 26 points (13.0 ppg) - over a third of his entire total of 72 points he scored all of last season in 29 games.

WASHINGTON STATE - Junior Marcus Moore needs just 178 points for 1,000, 56 assists for 300 and 23 steals for 125 in his career...if he reaches all three milestones, he will become the third player in WSU history to accomplish the feat...Keith Morrison (1983-86) and Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) are the other two ... Senior Milton Riley added three blocks in the loss at TCU and leads the team with nine this season...he ranks eighth on the WSU career list with 66 and recorded a career-high five in the season opener against San Jose State.


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