This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Jan. 6, 2003

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The Pac-10 race is off and running as both Arizona and UCLA pulled off a pair of road sweeps in Oregon and Washington respectively...CALIFORNIA looks to extend its 11-game home court winning streak against OREGON. The Ducks saw their Mac Court 23-game streak come to an end at the hands of Arizona last Thursday...Arizona comes in at No. 2 in both polls this week, Oregon ranks No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN poll and No. 12 in the Associated Press poll.

THIS WEEK'S PAC-10 SCHEDULE:

Tues., Jan. 7
Coaches/Media Teleconference Call, 10:30 a.m. PT

Wed., Jan. 8
USC at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Series: UCLA leads 119-94. Streak: UCLA 1

Thur., Jan. 9
Washington State at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. (FSN)
Series: ARIZ leads 41-10: Streak: ARIZ 34
Washington at Arizona State, 6:30 p.m. (FSAZ)
Series: ASU leads 31-20. Streak: ASU 1
Oregon at California, 7 p.m.
Series: CAL leads 63-48. Streak: CAL 1
Oregon State at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Series: OSU leads 65-47. Streak: STAN 6

Sat., Jan. 11
Washington at Arizona, 5 p.m.
Series: ARIZ leads 34-15. Streak: ARIZ 6
Washington State at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Series: ASU leads 28-23. Streak: ASU 2
Oregon State at California, 7 p.m.
Series: CAL leads 63-54. Streak: CAL 8
Oregon at Stanford, 2 p.m. (FSN)
Series: STAN leads 75-40. Streak: STAN 1
St. John's at UCLA, 12 noon (FSN)
Pennsylvania at USC, 7:30 p.m. (1)

Neutral Sites/Tournaments:
(1) The Forum, Los Angeles, Calif.

PAC-10 RESULTS

Thur., Jan. 2
Arizona 81, Oregon 72
(ARIZ - Gardner 21 pts, Anderson 15 pts/8 rbs; ORE - Jackson 20 pts, Ridnour 16 pts)
Arizona State 67, Oregon State 47
(ASU - Millage 16 pts, Diogu 14 pts/10 rbs. OSU - Haywood 14 pts/9 rbs)
UCLA 77, Washington 67
(UCLA -Cummings 16 pts, Kapono 15 pts, Patterson 12 rbs. WASH - Allen 17 pts)
USC 97, Washington State 90
(USC -Farmer 35 pts/7-9 3FG, E. Craven 16 pts/9 rbs. WSU - Moore 20 pts/7 asts)

Sat., Jan. 4
Arizona 80, Oregon State 65
(ARIZ - Adams 14 pts, Fox 10 rbs. OSU - Ricci 24 pts, Lucas 12 pts)
Oregon 94, Arizona State 73
(ORE -Ridnour 24 pts/7 asts, Jackson 18 pts/11 rbs. ASU - Diogu 27 pts/8 rbs)
California 72, Stanford 59
(CAL -Shipp 18 pts/10 rbs, Wethers 16 pts. STAN - Childress 15 pts, Barnes 15 pts)
UCLA 98, Washington State 83
(UCLA - Kapono 44 pts/9-10 3FG, Cummings 16 pts. WSU - Moore 22 pts/6 asts)
Washington 76, USC 72
(WASH - Wrenn 24 pts/11 rbs, Conroy 19 pts. USC - Curtis 17 pts/15 rbs)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jason Kapono, UCLA

Senior forward Jason Kapono earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after leading UCLA to road sweep over the Washington schools. He averaged 29.5 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds. Kapono scored 15 points with five assists, two rebounds and one steal in the 77-67 win at Washington. He capped off the week with one of the Pac-10's most impressive performances as he scored 44 points in the 98-83 win over Washington State. The point total tied for fifth-best single game total in UCLA history (Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) has the top four efforts). Kapono shot 14-of-19 (.737) from the field, including a school record 9-of-10 (.900) from three-point range, and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the line. He also dished out a career-best six assists.

It's the second weekly award for Kapono, the 38th all-time honor for the Bruins.

2002-03 Pac-10 Player of the Week: Dec. 2 - Luke Ridnour, ORE. Dec. 9 - Luke Jackson, ORE. Dec. 16 - Jason Gardner, ARIZ. Jan. 6 - Jason Kapono, UCLA

Pac-10 Notes


ARIZONA - Arizona picked up a road sweep of the Oregon schools for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign. The Wildcats start 2-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time since 1999-2000, when the club won its last conference championship...With the win over No. 9 Oregon, Arizona improved its record to 3-0 against ranked opponents and 2-0 against the top 10. Over the last three seasons, Arizona is 21-12 (.636) against ranked teams.... Rebounding proved to be a key for the Wildcats in the weekend road wins, as UA outrebounded the Oregon schools by a combined 99-61, or a +19 rebound margin per game. Included in the effort was a 40-20 advantage on the offensive glass. Arizona dominated Oregon on the glass, posting a 50-28 rebound advantage, including a 23-10 mark on the offensive glass...Nearly every Arizona player contributed to the team's stellar effort on the glass this weekend, as six of the 11 players to see any action this weekend averaged at least 6.0 rebounds per game...Freshman guard Hassan Adams was named Fiesta Bowl Classic Most Valuable Player honors, becoming the first freshman to garner MVP honors in the 18-year history of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.


ARIZONA STATE - ASU held Oregon State to just 47 points on Jan. 2 (including just 18 in the second half). The 47 points is the fewest allowed by ASU in a road game since a 58-47 win at Stanford on Jan. 27, 1991. It also matched the fifth-lowest opponent point total in ASU's 25 years of Pac-10 play...The win at Oregon State was ASU's first Pac-10 road opening win since 1991-92, which snapped a 10-game Pac-10 road opening skid...Ike Diogu's double-double against Oregon State was only the second double-double by an ASU freshman in the past 12 seasons (319 games) and the first since Chad Prewitt posted a double-double in December of 1998...ASU is averaging just 11.8 turnovers in the past six games...Diogu leads the team at 18.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The Garland, Texas, native already has been to the line 111 times and is shooting .766 percent from the charity stripe (85-of-111). He is the only Sun Devil to reach double digits in scoring in all 13 contests. In his past seven games, he is 51-of-60 (.850) from the free throw line. He has five 20-point games and is averaging eight boards in his past six games...Sophomore guard Jason Braxton played turnover-free hoops on the Oregon road trip in 47 minutes.

CALIFORNIA - Senior forward Joe Shipp posted his first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Stanford... Shipp, who leads the Bears with 19.0 points per game (3rd in the Pac-10), is 14th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,224 points... Oregon, Cal's next opponent, had its 23-game home court winning streak snapped last week. Now it's Cal that holds the league's longest home court winning streak, currently at 11 games...Freshman guard Richard Midgley has earned a spot in the starting lineup for the Bears. Over the last five games, Midgley is shooting 18-of-28 (.643) from the field and averaging 10.8 points per game.

OREGON - Senior forward Robert Johnson continues to lead the league in field goal percentage (.719)...Junior forward Luke Jackson scored 20 points against Arizona, then added 18 against Arizona State, pushing his career scoring total to 1,011 points...Junior guard Luke Ridnour needs 18 points to reach 1,000 points for his career. With 363 career assists, Ridnour needs five assists to move into third on Oregon's career list.

OREGON STATE - Senior forward Philip Ricci matched his career-high with 24 points against Arizona, shooting 11-of-15 (.733). He has posted 20 or more points in a game four times this season ...Sophomore forward David Lucas, who had played only three minutes all season, scored 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 19 minutes against Arizona...Senior forward Brian Jackson is questionable this week after aggravating his abdominal strain injury (1st half vs. UA) - he played most of the conference season last year with the injury and all of this season. Jackson is now 29th for career scoring at OSU with 1,012 points...Senior guard Jimmie Haywood is tied for sixth at OSU for career three-point field goals with 115.

STANFORD - The Cardinal are the only team in the Pac-10 to stick with the same lineup in each game. Coach Mike Montgomery has used the starting lineup of Josh Childress, Justin Davis, Rob Little, Julius Barnes and Matt Lottich in all 13 contests this season. However, that could change this week as Justin Davis is questionable for Thursday's game against Oregon State after he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee Saturday against California. Davis leads the Pac-10 in rebounding at 9.4 per game...The Cardinal host Oregon State and Oregon this weekend and are riding a nine-game winning streak over the Beavers in Maples Pavilion and a 16-game streak over the Ducks.

UCLA - Senior Jason Kapono tallied a career-high 44 points at Washington State. It was the fifth best single-game effort by a Bruin (Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) owns the top four scoring marks). Kapono was 9-of-10 from three-point range, bringing his career three-point field goal total to 277. With six more treys, he'll move into the number two spot on the Pac-10 career list...Sophomore forward Andre Patterson posted the first double-double of his career with 12 points and 12 rebounds at Washington...The Bruins host USC Wednesday. UCLA has won 14 of the last 16 meetings and have won nine straight over the Trojans in Pauley Pavilion.

USC - Junior guard Desmon Farmer scored a career-high 35 points in the win at Washington State. The last time a USC player scored more points was Rodney Chatman (37 vs. California, Feb. 18, 1993)... Sophomore forward Nick Curtis grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and collected his second double-double when he added 17 points at Washington...Over the last three games, USC is shooting 65-of-88 (.739) from the free throw line. The Trojans rank second in the Pac-10 from the charity stripe, shooting .707 for the season.

WASHINGTON - The next Husky victory will be career victory No. 100 for coach Lorenzo Romar...After opening the season with three losses, the Huskies have won six of their last eight games...After averaging 10.4 points through the first eight games of the season, junior forward Doug Wrenn has averaged 19.0 points over the last three games...On Dec. 27, sophomore forward Jeffrey Day was ruled academically ineligible by coach Lorenzo Romar and is out indefinitely. He started six games, averaging 6.5 points and 5.0 rebounds.

WASHINGTON STATE - Washington State is 4-4 this season in games decided by eight points or less. Last season, the Cougars were 2-6 in games decided by eight points or less...Junior guard Marcus Moore joins Philip Ricci (OSU), Ike Diogu (ASU), Luke Jackson (UO), and Amit Tamir (Cal) as individuals who rank in the top-10 for scoring and rebounding in the Pac-10...Moore needs just 30 points for 1,000, 15 assists for 300 and 10 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 forward Milton Riley leads the league in blocked shots with 2.44 blocks per game. His season total of 22 blocked shots is three more than he posted all of last season.

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