2002-03 Men's Basketball Year in Review

July 9, 2003

The ARIZONA Wildcats led the Conference and the nation for the majority of the 2002-03 season, suffering only one blemish in Conference play, winning a 10th Pac-10 crown with a 17-1 league ledger, and a 28-4 record overall, securing the Wildcats' 16th campaign with 20 or more wins.

The Pac-10 Tournament returned to Los Angeles, where fifth seeded OREGON played valiantly and captured its first Pac-10 Tournament title, defeating seventh seeded USC in the championship game.

The Pac-10 Conference sent five teams into the NCAA Tournament where Arizona marched into the Elite Eight before being turned away by Kansas. The Wildcats have advanced to at least the Sweet 16 six times in eight years, and their current streak of 19 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament leads the nation.

OREGON'S Luke Ridnour became just the second Duck to be named the Pac-10 Player of the Year. He guided the Ducks to a fourth place finish in the Conference race, and a Pac-10 Tournament title, while averaging 19.7 points per game and 6.6 assists per game. Fellow Duck Andre Joseph garnered Newcomer of the Year honors, after averaging 9.3 points per game off the bench in his first season with the Ducks. ARIZONA STATE's Ike Diogu picked up Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors after posting 19.0 points per game, and averaging 7.8 rebounds per game in his first collegiate campaign. Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year honors went to Arizona's Lute Olson and Stanford's Mike Montgomery. Olson's Wildcats won their 10th Pac-10 Championship and were ranked No. 1 in the nation for the majority of the year. Montgomery guided a young Stanford team to a second place Conference finish and a ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

Along with the various league honors, Arizona's Jason Gardner and Luke Walton were recipients of All-America honors for their outstanding play during the 2001-02 season.

2002-03 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL STANDINGS


CONFERENCE OVERALL
W L PCT HOME AWAY W L PCT HOME AWAY NEUT STREAK LAST 10
Arizona* 17 1 .944 8-1 9-0 28 4 .875 14-1 11-1 3-2 Lost 1 8-2
Stanford 14 4 .778 8-1 6-3 24 9 .727 14-3 7-3 3-3 Lost 1 7-3
California 13 5 .722 8-1 5-4 22 9 .710 13-1 7-4 2-4 Lost 1 5-5
Arizona State 11 7 .611 7-2 4-5 20 12 .625 12-3 4-6 4-3 Lost 1 5-5
Oregon 10 8 .556 7-2 3-6 23 10 .697 14-2 5-6 4-2 Lost 1 6-4
Oregon State 6 12 .333 3-6 3-6 13 15 .464 7-7 6-7 0-1 Lost 3 2-8
USC 6 12 .333 4-5 2-7 13 17 .433 8-6 3-9 2-2 Lost 1 3-7
UCLA 6 12 .333 3-6 3-6 10 19 .345 5-10 4-7 1-2 Lost 1 5-5
Washington 5 13 .278 4-5 1-8 10 17 .370 8-7 2-10 0-0 Lost 1 3-7
Washington State 2 16 .111 2-7 0-9 7 20 .259 6-8 0-12 1-0 Lost 4 2-8

* Conference Champion

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

FIRST/SECOND ROUND RESULTS

WEST
Salt Lake City, Utah
ARIZONA 80, Vermont 51
ARIZONA 96, Gonzaga 95 (2OT)

Oklahoma City, Okla.
ARIZONA STATE 84, Memphis 71
Kansas 108, ARIZONA STATE 76

MIDWEST
Nashville, Tenn.
Utah 60, OREGON 58

EAST
Oklahoma City, Okla.
CALIFORNIA 76, North Carolina State 74 (OT)
Oklahoma 74, CALIFORNIA 65

SOUTH
Spokane, Wash.
STANFORD 77, San Diego 69
Connecticut 85, STANFORD 74

WEST REGIONAL
Anaheim, Calif.
ARIZONA 88, Notre Dame 71
Kansas 78, ARIZONA 75

2003 PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

Thursday, March 13
Session 1 (Attendance: 14,441)
No. 8 UCLA 96, No. 1 Arizona 89 (OT)
No. 5 Oregon 83, No. 5 Arizona State 82

Session 2 (Attendance: 15,048)
No. 7 USC 79, No. 2 Stanford 74
No. 3 California 69, No. 6 Oregon State 46

Friday, March 14
Session 3 (Attendance: 16,689)
No. 5 Oregon 75, No. 8 UCLA 74
No. 7 USC 79, No. 3 California 62

Saturday, March 15
Session 4 (Attendance: 17,485)
No. 5 Oregon 74, No. 7 USC 66

All-Tournament Team
Ray Young, UCLA
Desmon Farmer, USC
Rory O'Neil, USC
James Davis, Oregon
Luke Jackson, Oregon
Luke Ridnour, Oregon - Most Outstanding Player

2003 Pac-10 Hall of Honor inductees
Steve Kerr, Arizona
Ned Wulk, Arizona State
Kevin Johnson, California
Howard Hobson, Oregon
Amory 'Slats' Gill, Oregon State
Todd Lichti, Stanford
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA
Fred 'Tex' Winter, USC
Marv Harshman, Washington
Jack Friel, Washington State

2002-03 ALL-PAC-10 CONFERENCE TEAM


Name, School Pos Yr Ht Wt Hometown (Last School)
Julius Barnes, STAN G Sr. 6-1 180 Rowland Heights, Calif.
Ike Diogu, ASU C Fr. 6-8 250 Garland, Texas
Jason Gardner, ARIZ G Sr. 5-10 181 Indianapolis, Ind.
Luke Jackson, ORE F Jr. 6-7 210 Creswell, Ore.
Jason Kapono, UCLA F Sr. 6-8 215 Lakewood, Calif.
Philip Ricci, OSU F Sr. 6-7 253 Galt, Calif.
Luke Ridnour, ORE G Jr. 6-2 165 Blaine, Wash.
Joe Shipp, CAL F Sr. 6-5 220 Los Angeles, Calif.
Amit Tamir, CAL F So. 6-11 260 Jerusalem, Israel
Luke Walton, ARIZ F Sr. 6-8 241 San Diego, Calif.

Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Rick Anderson (ARIZ, Sr., F), Josh Childress (STAN, So., F), Justin Davis (STAN, Jr., F), Desmon Farmer (USC, Jr., G), Channing Frye (ARIZ, So., C), Brian Jackson (OSU, Sr., F), Curtis Millage (ASU, Sr., G), Tommy Smith (ASU, Sr., F), Salim Stoudamire (ARIZ, So., G), Brian Wethers (CAL, Sr., G/F).

2002-03 PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM


Name, School Pos Ht Wt Hometown (High School)
Hassan Adams, ARIZ G/F 6-4 201 Los Angeles, Calif.
Ike Diogu, ASU C 6-8 250 Garland, Texas
Andre Igoudala, ARIZ F 6-6 200 Springfield, Ill.
Richard Midgley, CAL G 6-1 200 Burgess Hill, England
Nate Robinson, WASH G 5-9 170 Seattle, Wash.

Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Ian Crosswhite (ORE, F), Ryan Hollins (UCLA, C), Lamar Hurd (OSU, G), Bobby Jones (WASH, F).

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Luke Ridnour, Oregon

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Ike Diogu, Arizona State

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Andre Joseph, Oregon

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR: Lute Olson, Arizona & Mike Montgomery, Stanford

PAC-10 PLAYERS 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 - S. Stoudamire, ARIZ
Mar. 10 - Tommy Smith, ASU

FINAL NATIONAL RANKINGS

Associated Press
Arizona: 2
Stanford: 18
Oregon: 28
California: 29

USA Today/ESPN
Arizona: 5
Stanford: 20
ARV: California, Oregon, Arizona State

2002-03 PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM


Name, School Yr GPA Major
Justin Allen, ASU Jr. 3.46 Justice Studies
Joe Kirchofer, STAN Jr. 3.30 Urban Studies
Shawn Redhage, ASU Sr. 3.61 Construction Science
Nick Robinson, STAN So. 3.37 Political Science
Amit Tamir, CAL So. 3.18 Undeclared

Honorable Mention: Jay Anderson, Jr., ORE; Erik Bond, RFr., CAL, Rob Little, So., STAN; Rory O'Neil, So., USC.

2002-03 NATIONAL HONORS

John R. Wooden
All-America Team
Jason Gardner, Arizona

Frances Pomeroy Naismith
Player of the Year
Jason Gardner, Arizona

Associated Press
All-America Team

Jason Gardner, Arizona: 2nd
Ike Diogu, Arizona State: HM
Luke Ridnour, Oregon: HM
Joe Shipp, California: HM
Luke Walton, Arizona: HM

USBWA
All-America Team
Jason Gardner, Arizona, 2nd

USBWA
All-District 9
Julius Barnes, Stanford
Ike Diogu, Arizona State
Jason Gardner, Arizona
Luke Ridnour, Oregon
Philip Ricci, Oregon State
Joe Shipp, California

USBWA
District 9 Player of the Year

Jason Gardner, Arizona

USBWA
District 9 Coach of the Year

Mike Montgomery, Stanford

NABC
All-America Team

Jason Gardner, Arizona: 2nd

NABC
All-District 14

Josh Childress, Stanford: 1st
Luke Ridnour, Oregon: 1st
Joe Shipp, California: 1st
Amit Tamir, California: 1st
Julius Barnes, Stanford: 2nd
Luke Jackson, Oregon: 2nd
Philip Ricci, Oregon State: 2nd

NBAC
District 14 Coach of the Year

Mike Montgomery, Stanford

NABC
All-District 15

Ike Diogu, Arizona State: 1st
Jason Gardner, Arizona: 1st
Luke Walton, Arizona: 1st
Errick Craven, USC: 2nd
Jason Kapono, UCLA: 2nd

NABC
District 15 Coach of the Year

Lute Olson, Arizona

Basketball Times
All-District (Rockies)

Ike Diogu, Arizona State
Jason Gardner, Arizona

Basketball Times
All-District (West Coast)

Luke Jackson, Oregon
Luke Ridnour, Oregon
Joe Shipp, California

Basketball Times
District Coach of the Year
(West Coast)

Mike Montgomery, Stanford

Basketball Times
Freshman All-America Team

Ike Diogu, Arizona State

Verizon Academic
All-District VII

Shawn Redhage, Arizona State

NCAA West Regional
All-Tournament

Jason Gardner, Arizona
Luke Walton, Arizona

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