This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Jan. 13, 2003

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In order for ARIZONA and CALIFORNIA to remain undefeated in league play, they'll need to do it on the road...WASHINGTON's Lorenzo Romar needs one win to reach career victory No. 100. While Arizona's Lute Olson's next league win will give him 267 Pac-10 victories and move him into the third spot for league victories behind UCLA's John Wooden (304) and OREGON STATE's Slats Gill (276)...Arizona remains No. 2 in both polls this week, OREGON ranks No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN poll and No. 22 in the Associated Press poll. STANFORD, CALIFORNIA and ARIZONA STATE also received votes in this week's polls.

THIS WEEK'S PAC-10 SCHEDULE:

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

Wed., Jan. 15
Oregon at Portland State, 5:30 p.m.

Thu., Jan. 16
Arizona at USC, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Series: ARIZ leads 46-32. Streak: ARIZ 1
Arizona State at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Series: UCLA leads 47-11. Streak: ASU 1
California at Washington, 7 p.m.
Series: Tied 67-67. Streak: WASH 1
Stanford at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Series: STAN leads 54-52. STAN 13

Sat., Jan. 18
Arizona at UCLA, 3:00 p.m. (ABC)
Series: UCLA leads 37-25. Streak: UCLA 1
Arizona State at USC, 8 p.m.
Series: USC leads 38-26. Streak: USC 4
California at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Series: CAL leads 61-40. Streak: CAL 4
Oregon State at Oregon, 2 p.m. (FSN)
Series: OSU leads 176-140. Streak: ORE 7
Stanford at Washington, 4 p.m. (FSN)
Series: STAN leads 61-53. Streak: STAN 10

PAC-10 RESULTS

Wed., Jan. 8
USC 80, UCLA 75
(USC - Farmer 25 pts, E. Craven 24 pts, Curtis 11 pts/11 rbs. UCLA - Thompson 16 pts, Cummings 13 pts/14 rbs)

Thur., Jan. 9
Arizona 82, Washington State 69
(ARIZ - Gardner 19 pts/6 asts, Anderson 13 pts/10 rbs. WSU - Moore 35 pts/8-12 3FG)
Arizona State 89, Washington 57
(ASU - Millage 16 pts, Smith 13 pts/16 rbs/6 blks. WASH - Conroy 13 pts)
California 88, Oregon 72
(CAL - Tamir 25 pts, Shipp 22 pts/8 rbs, Wethers 16 pts. ORE - Jackson 17 pts/8 asts)
Stanford 57, Oregon State 54
(STAN - Lottich 23 pts/5-9 3FG, Little 12 pts/11 rbs. OSU - Nash 13 pts)

Sat., Jan. 11
Arizona 79, Washington 61
(ARIZ - Stoudamire 23 pts, Gardner 11 pts/9 asts. WASH - Robinson 11 pts)
Arizona State 96, Washington State 55
(ASU - Diogu 17 pts, Smith 14 pts/7 rbs. WSU - Ukeagu 12 pts/5 rbs)
California 78, Oregon State 73
(CAL - Shipp 35 pts/12-16 FG/6 rbs, Wethers 14 pts. OSU - Ricci 23 pts/12 rbs)
Stanford 81, Oregon 57
(STAN - Barnes 17 pts, Robinson 13 pts/11 rbs. ORE - Ridnour 19 pts)
St. John's 80, UCLA 65 (UCLA - Kapono 22 pts/8 rbs, Cummings 17 pts)
Pennsylvania 99, USC 61 (USC - Curtis 15 pts/8 rbs, Farmer 9 pts)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Joe Shipp, California

Senior forward Joe Shipp earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after leading California to a sweep over the Oregon schools. He averaged 28.5 points, shooting 19-of-30 (.633) from the field, 7-of-11 (.636) from three-point range, and pulled down 7.0 rebounds per contest. Shipp scored 22 points with eight rebounds in the Bears' 88-72 upset victory over No. 10 Oregon. He capped off the week with a career-best 35 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range, in the 78-73 win over Oregon State. He also added six rebounds. Shipp has scored 30 or more points three times this season, becoming the first Cal player to accomplish the feat since Ed Gray in 1996-97.

It's the second weekly award for Shipp, the 29th 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. Jan. 13 - Joe Shipp, CAL.

Pac-10 Notes

ARIZONA - The Wildcats earned their second straight weekend conference sweep to move to 4-0 in Pac-10 play. It is the fifth time that Arizona has started league play 4-0 under Lute Olson and the first time since 1999-2000. In each of the previous four occasions (1988, 1993, 1998, 2000), the Cats went on to win the Pac-10 title. Each Arizona team to start league play 4-0 has gone on to win at least 15 conference games...Rebounding has been a key to the Wildcats' 4-0 Pac-10 start, as the team is outrebounding league opponents by a +13.5 margin. No league opponent has collected more than 35 rebounds against Arizona this season...With 266 Pac-10 victories in his 20th season, Olson has tied former Washington coach Marv Harshman for third in career league victories. Ahead of Olson are UCLA's John Wooden (304 wins, 27 years) and Oregon State's Slats Gill (276 wins, 31 years)... Sophomore guard Salim Stoudamire averaged 18.5 points in the sweep of the Washington schools. He connected on 10-of-10 at the line to run his league-leading free throw percentage to 93.5 percent (29-of-31).

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils are 7-1 over their last eight games. With a win on Thursday, the Sun Devils would open league play at 4-1 for the first time since the 1987-88 season... The Sun Devils meet UCLA Thursday in Pauley Pavilion. Last season, ASU defeated UCLA - snapping a 15-game losing streak to the Bruins in Pauley...Freshman Ike Diogu ranks in the top ten in the Pac-10 in scoring and rebounding. The last Pac-10 freshman to finish the season ranked in the top ten in both categories was California's Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1996...Diogu is averaging 19.0 points/7.8 rebounds over the past eight games...The Sun Devils recorded 13 blocked shots against Washington. Senior forward Tommy Smith accounted for six blocked shots. For the season, Smith has a league-leading 39 blocked shots (2.60 bpg). His 137 career blocked shots rank fourth on ASU's career list... ASU has held nine opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting this season... ASU's 63 percent shooting against Washington State is the best in league play for the Devils since shooting 66.7 percent against Oregon State on Mar. 9, 1990.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears are 3-0 in league play for the first time since the 1996 season. A 4-0 start would be the first since 1957 when the Pete Newell-directed squad jumped out to a 10-0 mark in the old Pacific Coast Conference... Senior forward Joe Shipp (20.6 ppg), sophomore forward Amit Tamir (16.8 ppg) and senior forward Brian Wethers (14.3 ppg) combine to average 51.7 points per game, or 68 percent of the team's scoring total. All three are ranked in the top 10 in the league in scoring. Not since 1990 has Cal had three players average at least 14 ppg (Roy Fisher - 14.9 ppg, Brian Hendrick - 14.9 ppg, Keith Smith - 16.6 ppg)...The Bears home court winning streak stands at 13 games. Over the past two seasons, Cal is 24-1 in Haas - the only loss was a 68-58 setback to Arizona - while the Bears' record since the start of the 2000-01 season is a Pac-10 best 38-4.

OREGON - Junior guard Luke Ridnour pushed his career scoring total over 1,000 career points when he scored 19 points at Stanford. His career total stands at 1,014...he is also the only Duck to reach double figures in all 14 games this season... Oregon hosts Oregon State on Saturday. The Ducks have won seven in a row, and 16 of the last 17 over the Beavers. The Ducks have won the last nine games played against the Beavers in Mac Court... Oregon leads the league in free throw percentage (.730), thanks in large part to Ridnour (54-of-69, .783) and junior teammate Luke Jackson (62-of-73, .849).

OREGON STATE - The Beavers have led in every game this season... Senior forward Brian Jackson is now 26th for career scoring at OSU with 1,032 points, and could move to as high as 24th this week... Freshman guard Lamar Hurd leads all Pac-10 freshman by averaging 32.6 minutes per contest, Arizona State's Ike Diogu is second at 29.9 minutes... Sophomore guard J.S. Nash scored a season-high 13 points at California - he started the season 9-for-39 (.231) from the field over the first six games, but has since shot 16-for-36 (.444) from the field...Freshman guard Chris Stephens had a career-high 14 points at California. He entered the game with 29 points for the season, averaging 2.4 per game. He has made 6 of 9 three-point field goal opportunities over the last three games.

STANFORD - The Cardinal hit the northwest this week where they have swept the Washington road swing each of the last five seasons. Currently, the longest streak of sweeping two opponents on the road in Pac-10 play... Junior guard Matt Lottich averaged 19.0 points, shooting 12-of-22 (.545) from the field, 10-of-16 (.625) beyond the three-point line in Stanford's home sweep of the Oregon schools. His career-high of 23 points in the win over Oregon State included 13 points in a three-minute stretch late in the second half that rallied the Cardinal from a double digit deficit... Sophomore forward Nick Robinson started for the first time in his Cardinal career and averaged 9.5 points/9.0 rebounds against the Oregon schools, including his first career double-double with 13 points/11 rebounds against Oregon... The victory over Oregon ran Stanford's winning streak over the Ducks in Maples Pavilion to 17.

UCLA - Senior forward Jason Kapono ran his career scoring total to 1,804 points - sixth on the UCLA career scoring chart (No. 5, Ed O'Bannon, 1,815/1991-95)... Kapono has 281 career three-pointers and with two more will move up to No. 2 all-time in the Pac-10. No. 2 is Orlando Williams, Oregon (282, 1992-95), No. 1 is Stevin Smith, Arizona State (323, 1991-94)...Junior forward T.J. Cummings has scored in double figures in each of the last five games, including his second career double-double with 13 points/career-high 14 rebounds vs. USC... Sophomore forward Dijon Thompson has scored 143 points this season, averaging 14.3 points per game. He scored all of 147 points (4.5 ppg) last season... UCLA hosts Arizona Saturday. The Bruins have won seven of the last nine games against the Wildcats in Pauley Pavilion, including two in overtime. The average score over those last nine games is UCLA 76.89, Arizona 76.00.

USC - With their win at UCLA, the Trojans snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion...USC hosts Arizona Thursday. It has won four of the last six meetings between the two schools in the Sports Arena... Since shooting 1-for-5 and scoring four points against Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 11, sophomore forward Nick Curtis has been hot. Over the last five games, he's posted a pair of double-doubles while averaging 13.8 points on 21-of-37 shooting (.568) and 7.6 rebounds... Junior guard Desmon Farmer ranks 13th on the USC career list with 79 three-pointers (No. 12 is Rodney Chatman with 105, 1990-93)... Sophomore forward Gregg Guenther Jr. has made the transition from football to basketball, making his first appearance of the season in USC's loss to Penn. He scored four points (4-4 FT) and pulled down two rebounds in three minutes.

WASHINGTON - Sophomore forward Jeffrey Day has been reinstated academically and made the trip to Arizona last week... Husky coach Lorenzo Romar needs one more victory to reach 100 for his career... Sophomore guard Will Conroy has scored 192 points this season, averaging 13.7 ppg (14th in the Pac-10). He scored a total of 72 points during the 2001-02 season... Despite playing a total of 44 minutes over nine games this season, sophomore guard David Hudson leads the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage. He's shooting 11-of-19 (.579)... The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in defending the three-pointer (.258).

WASHINGTON STATE - With 1,011 career points, senior guard Marcus Moore became the 24th Cougar all-time to reach 1,000 points. Moore eclipsed the 1,000 point barrier during WSU's game at Arizona in which he scored 35 points, canning 8-of-12 three-point attempts. It's the third time this season he's scored at least 30 points in a game and the sixth 30-plus point game of his career. Only three other Cougars have scored 30 or more points in a game more times that Moore - Isaac Fontaine (8, 1994-97), Don Collins (8, 1977-80), and Larry Beck (7, 1955-57).


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