This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

March 3, 2003

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ARIZONA captured its 10th Pac-10 title and becomes just the third team in Pac-10 history to post a perfect 9-0 league mark on the road...CALIFORNIA and STANFORD battle Saturday for the No. 2 seed in next week's Pac-10 Tournament...The final two spots in the Pac-10 Tournament are up for grabs as WASHINGTON, USC and UCLA square off in Los Angeles...ARIZONA continues to top both polls, followed by STANFORD at No. 17 in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls. CALIFORNIA comes in at No. 20 (ESPN/USA Today)/No. 22 (AP).

THIS WEEK'S PAC-10 SCHEDULE:

Tues., Mar. 4
Coaches/Media Teleconference Call, 10:30 a.m. PT

Thurs., Mar. 6
Oregon State at Arizona, 6:30 p.m.
Series record: ARIZ leads 38-15. Streak: ARIZ 5

Oregon at Arizona State, 8:30 p.m. (FSN)
Series record: ASU leads 30-24. Streak: ORE 1

Washington State at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Series record: UCLA leads 83-12. Streak: UCLA 20

Washington at USC, 7:30 p.m.
Series record: USC leads 61-56. Streak: WASH 1

Sat., Mar. 8
Oregon at Arizona, 2 p.m. (CBS)
Series record: ARIZ leads 32-18. Streak: ARIZ 1

Oregon State at Arizona State, 4 p.m. (FSN)
Series record: OSU leads 35-24. Streak: ASU 2

California at Stanford, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Series record: CAL leads 137-103. Streak: CAL 2

Washington at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Series record: UCLA leads 81-31. Streak: UCLA 3

Washington State at USC, 5 p.m.
Series record: USC leads 61-32. Streak: USC 8

PAC-10 RESULTS

Thurs., Feb. 27
Arizona 88, California 75
(ARIZ - Stoudamire 20 pts, Walton 20 pts. CAL - Wethers 18 pts, Shipp 17 pts)
Stanford 88, Arizona State 77
(STAN - Barnes 29 pts/13-13 FT, Childress 19 pts. ASU - Diogu 26 pts, Millage 21 pts)
Oregon 79, USC 66
(ORE - Ridnour 23 pts, Jackson 22 pts. USC - Farmer 15 pts, Guenther 12 pts/11 rbs)
UCLA 69, Oregon State 66
(UCLA - Kapono 20 pts/13 rbs, Young 19 pts/9 rbs. OSU - Ricci 15 pts, Haywood 14 pts)

Sat., Mar. 1
Arizona 72, Stanford 69
(ARIZ - Stoudamire 18 pts, Walton 10 pts/11 rbs. STAN - Childress 20 pts/10 rbs, Davis 12 pts/11 rbs)
Oregon 79, UCLA 48
(ORE - Ridnour 21 pts/8 asts, Jackson 16 pts/7 rbs. UCLA - Young 10 pts)
Oregon State 61, USC 60
(OSU - Ricci 15 pts, Jackson 12 pts. USC - E. Craven 15 pts, Guenther 12 pts/10 rbs)
Washington State 98, Washington 76
(WSU - Moore 23 pts, Green 15 pts. WASH - Roy 17 pts/7 rbs, Robinson 15 pts)


Sun., Mar. 2

California 80, Arizona State 72
(CAL - Shipp 21 pts, Tamir 20 pts/8 rbs. ASU - Millage 20 pts, Diogu 18 pts/9 rbs)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Salim Stoudamire, Arizona

Arizona sophomore guard Salim Stoudamire earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after leading Arizona to a road sweep of the Bay Area schools for the fourth consecutive season by averaging a team-best 19 points and two rebounds in two wins last week. He connected on 14-of-24 field goal attempts (.583), including 7-of-12 (.583) from three-point land, along with a pair of assists. In Thursday's win at California, Stoudamire scored a game-high 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-8 from behind the arc, in 29 minutes of action. He followed that up with a team-high 18 points in a win at Stanford, in which he scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half to go with three rebounds and an assist in 38 minutes.

It is the first weekly award for Stoudamire, the 59th all-time honor for the Wildcats.

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. Jan. 20 - Joe Shipp, CAL. Jan. 27 - Jason Gardner, ARIZ. Feb. 3 - Brian Jackson, OSU. Feb. 10 - Brian Wethers, CAL. Feb. 17 - Ike Diogu, ASU. Feb. 24 - Channing Frye, ARIZ. Mar. 3 - Salim Stoudamire, ARIZ.

Pac-10 NotesARIZONA - Arizona clinched its 10th Pacific-10 Conference championship. It was the Wildcats' first league title since 1999-2000 and its first outright title since 1997-98. Over the last 20 seasons, Lute Olson has guided his Wildcats to 10 conference championships, more than any other program in the nation's top six conferences (Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and Southeastern). On a national scale, Duke and Kansas each have nine league titles since 1983-84 pending this season's league outcome...The Wildcats became just the third Pac-10 team, joining Oregon State (1980-81) and Stanford (2000-01), to finish undefeated on the road in league play since the conference expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79...Arizona also became the first Pac-10 team to sweep the Bay Area road trip in four consecutive seasons since the 1978-79 campaign...Arizona's win at Stanford on Saturday was Lute Olson's 277th career Pac-10 Conference win, which moved him into sole possession of second place on the league's all-time conference wins list. Olson has a 277-77 (.782) record in Pac-10 games and now trails only UCLA's John Wooden who amassed 304 conference victories from 1949-75...Over the last five games, Arizona is shooting 51.0 percent (158-of-310) from the floor and has shot 50 percent or better in three of those games. Over the last five games, opponents are shooting just 38.0 percent.

ARIZONA STATE - Senior guard Kyle Dodd continues to lead the league with a 4.78 assist/turnover ratio. The next closest player is Stanford's Matt Lottich at a 2.09 ratio. Dodd has 22 assists and just two turnovers in the last four games (107 minutes played)...The Sun Devils will prepare to face Oregon twice over the next three games. While Pac-10 Tournament seedings have yet to be determined, ASU and Oregon are locked into the No. 4 vs. No. 5 game to be played on Thursday, March 13 at approximately 3:50 p.m...With 510 points this season, freshman Ike Diogu needs 27 points to move into ASU's top 20 list for points in a season. Should he maintain his .609 field goal percentage for the remainder of the season, he would tie Kurt Nimphius (1980) for the school's second best shooting percentage in a season. Diogu has scored while being fouled 36 times this season, he has converted the following free throw 26 times (.722)...Senior guard Curtis Millage is averaging 16.8 points per game in Pac-10 play.

CALIFORNIA - For the first time in school history, the Bears have posted their third consecutive 20-win season. It's the fourth 20-win season in the last five years..Senior guard Donte Smith got the starting nod Saturday in his home finale against Arizona State and responded with seven points, all in the first half. It was the highest point total for Smith since scoring seven points two years ago against Washington State (Feb. 24, 2001)...Senior forward Joe Shipp's 545 points this season ties him for 10th on California's single-season scoring list. Shipp has 1,579 career points and needs 30 points to pass Leonard Taylor (1,608 points, 1985-89) for fifth on the Bears' career scoring chart...While the trio of Shipp, Amit Tamir and Brian Wethers have accounted for 70 percent of Cal's offense, Saturday's win over Arizona State marked the first time this season that all three players each scored at least 20 points in the same game. Shipp tallied 21 points, while Tamir and Wethers added 20 points each.

OREGON - The Ducks have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since posting four consecutive 20-win seasons from 1936-39...It's the third time in the last four years that Oregon has won 20 games in a season... Junior guard Luke Ridnour has accumulated 176 assists this season, equaling his total from last season. He needs nine assists to set the Oregon single-season record, currently held by Ron Lee (184 assists, 1976)...Ridnour sits 11th on the Oregon career scoring list with 1,277 career points. He needs 25 points to crack the top 10 list...The Ducks continue to sizzle at the free throw line, hitting on 177 of their last 205 attempts (.863) over the last 12 games.

OREGON STATE - The Beavers have reached six wins in league play for the first time since posting a 7-11 record during the 1999 season...After opening the conference season at 0-5, the Beavers have won six of their last 11 Pac-10 games...The Beavers finished their home schedule by averaging 6,209 fans. Their best home attendance average since averaging 6,539 patrons during the 1999 season...Over the last nine games, senior forward Brian Jackson is shooting 46-of-53 (.868) from the free throw line...Should Philip Ricci maintain his spot among the top five scorers in the Pac-10, he would be the first Beaver to finish among the top five since Corey Benjamin finished second averaging 19.8 points during the 1998 season.

STANFORD - It's the sixth time in the last seven seasons that Stanford has won at least 22 games...Cardinal players continue to rack up the double-doubles. Stanford leads the league with 22 double-doubles, paced by Josh Childress and Justin Davis with a league-leading nine each...Junior forward Justin Davis is averaging 10.0 rebounds over the past five games...In the win over Arizona State, senior guard Julius Barnes was a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line. It was the second time this season that Barnes was 13-of-13 from the charity stripe, also accomplishing the feat against USC on Jan. 25...Barnes has established a Cardinal single-season record with 193 three-point field goal attempts this year.

UCLA - Senior forward Jason Kapono is a semi-finalist for the Collegiate Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year Award. In it's first year, this award recognizes student-athletes for their athletic and academic achievement as well as community involvement. It's given by the Albuquerque Convention and Visitor's Bureau and sponsored by Creamland Dairies...Senior guard Ray Young has started the last four games at point guard for the Bruins. He has scored in double figures in all four games, averaging 17.3 points, while shooting 23-of-47 (.489) from the field. Young's 84 career three-pointers rank 10th all-time on the UCLA career list...Kapono enters this week as the school's No. 4 all-time scorer with 2,022 points, trailing Reggie Miller's, 2,095 point total (1984-87). His 307 career three-pointers top the Bruins' career chart and rank second on the Pac-10's all-time list.

USC - The Trojans assure themselves of a spot in the Pac-10 Tournament with a victory this week...USC has swept the Washington schools at home each of the last four seasons...Sophomore guard Errick Craven picked up five more steals last week, giving him 60 thefts for the season. That's eight short of his total for all of last season...Sophomore forward Gregg Guenther Jr. has four double-doubles in the last five games, averaging 10.2 points and 10.0 rebounds over that span...Junior forward Jerry Dupree grabbed a career-high nine rebounds at Oregon State...The Trojans grabbed 15 steals at Oregon State, equaling a season-high for the team. USC leads the Pac-10 in steals with 8.8 steals per game.

WASHINGTON - Freshman guard Brandon Roy scored a career-high 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting against Washington State. Over the last two games, Roy is averaging 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds...Freshman guard Nate Robinson has scored 268 points this season, sixth most by a freshman in Washington history. His 12.8 points per game average ranks fourth among all-time among UW freshmen...A road sweep in Los Angeles and the Huskies reach the Pac-10 Tournament.

WASHINGTON STATE - Junior guard Marcus Moore returned to action Saturday in the win over Washington. Moore, who had been sidelined five weeks after having bone spurs removed from his ankle, responded with 23 points...Washington State has won back-to-back Pac-10 games for the first time since defeating Oregon and Oregon State at home during the 2001 season...The 22-point victory was the largest for the Cougars in the series against Washington since 1994 when WSU defeated the Huskies at Friel court by 24 points. The 98 points scored by the Cougars is the most in the series (253 games) against Washington...With Moore in the lineup, the Cougars are averaging 76.1 points per game. During his nine game absence, the Cougars averaged 61.0 points per game.

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