This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Nov. 18, 2003
This Week's Schedule
Tues., Nov. 18
Southern California All-Stars at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. (X)
Thurs., Nov. 20
Team Nike at Arizona, 7 p.m. (X)
Washington State vs. VMI, 8:30 p.m. (1)
Fri., Nov. 21
Cal Poly at California, 8 p.m.
Fresno State at Oregon, 7 p.m.
USC at Western Michigan, 7 p.m.
Portland State at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 22
Arkansas-Little Rock at Arizona State, 1 p.m.
Prairie View at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Sacramento State at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Washington State vs. Texas-San Antonio or Alaska Fairbanks, 12 noon or 5:30 p.m. (1)
Sun., Nov. 23
Washington State at Top of World Classic, TBA (1)
(X) - Exhibition
(1) - Top of the World Classic, Fairbanks, Alaska
Last Week's Exhibition Results
Tues., Nov. 11
EA Sports SW All-Stars 93, Oregon State 83 (OT)
(Nash 19 pts, Lucas 18 pts/15 rbs, Jeffers 12 pts/11 rbs)
Wed., Nov. 12
Arizona 109, Sydney Comets 66
(Adams 22 pts, Iguodala 19 pts/15 rbs, Frye 14 pts/7 rbs)
Arizona State 80, EA Sports SW All-Stars 65
(Moore 21 pts/8 rbs, Smith 17 pts, Braxton 8 asts/8 rbs)
UCLA 74, EA Sports All-Stars 67
(Ariza 17 pts/12 rbs, Thompson 16 pts, Morrison 14 pts)
Washington 85, Athletes-in-Action 76
(Conroy 14 pts, Simmons 13 pts, Roy 12 pts/8 rbs)
Fri., Nov. 14
California 86, EA Sports 49
(Tamir 18 pts/11 rbs, Powe 16 pts, Midgley 11 pts)
Sat., Nov. 15
Washington State 64, EA Sports 53
(Moore 15 pts/4 stls, Kelati 13 pts/5 asts, Gill 11 pts)
Sun., Nov. 16
Oregon State 73, Sydney 57
(Lucas 14 pts, Nash 12 pts, Field 12 pts, Jeffers 14 rbs)
Stanford 117, Team Nike 78
(Lottich 16 pts/6 asts, Little 14 pts, Haryasz 13 pts/7 rbs)
USC 94, Long Island All-Stars 87
(McMillan 20 pts/8 rbs, L. Stewart 17 pts, O'Neil 13 pts)
Mon., Nov. 17
Arizona State 94, Ratiopharm ULM 74
(Diogu 28 pts/10 rbs, Morill 12 pts, Wooden 11 pts)
Oregon 76, EA Sports 74
(Jackson 17 pts, Crosswhite 12 pts, Brooks 11 pts/7 asts)
THE MEDIA PICKS. . .
The Wildcats were picked to defend their Pac-10 title, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 basketball. Here's a look at how the media sees the 2003-04 Pac-10 race (first place votes in parentheses):
1. Arizona (26) 339 2. Stanford (7) 321 3. California (1) 238 4. Oregon 215 5. USC (1) 207 6. UCLA 188 7. Arizona State 185 8. Washington 108 9. Washington State69 10. Oregon State 55
SEASON OPENERS. . .
Here's how Pac-10 teams have fared in recent season openers:
ArizonaThe Wildcats have won eight straight season openers, and 17 of 20 during coach Lute Olson's UA career.
Arizona StateThe Sun Devils have won their last two season openers, and four of the last five under coach Rob Evans.
CaliforniaThe Golden Bears have won five straight openers.
OregonThe Ducks have run off 11 consecutive season-opening victories.
Oregon StateThe Beavers have won six of their last seven season openers.
StanfordThe Cardinal own the league's longest season-opening win streak at 15 games. Coach Mike Montgomery is 15-2 at the helm of the Cardinal in season openers.
UCLAThe Bruins look to start a season-opening win streak under coach Ben Howland. While UCLA is 3-5 in season-openers over the last eight years, those five defeats have come against opponents that combined for a 122-42 (.744) record and each opponent went on to appear in the NCAA Tournament that same season.
USCThe Trojans have won five straight openers, and six of seven under coach Henry Bibby.
Washington The Huskies have won seven of their last nine season openers.
Washington State The Cougars look to make it two straight season-opening victories when they take on VMI at the Top of the World Classic. WSU has won 12 of its last 14 openers.
AROUND THE LEAGUE. . .
ARIZONA won't get the season underway until next week when it takes on Northern Arizona on Mon., Nov. 24. . . . Sophomore forward Ike Diogu is ARIZONA STATE's first ever Associated Press Preseason All-American. Diogu sat out the Sun Devil's first exhibition game with a strained muscle in his right hip. . . . Former Sun Devil coach Ned Wulk passed away last week. Wulk guided the Sun Devils from1958-1982, posting a career record of 406-272 (.599). . . . CALIFORNIA freshman forward Leon Powe made an impressive debut for the Bears, scoring 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting in the win over Athletes-in-Action. He's averaged 21.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in two exhibitions. . . . OREGON freshman point guard Aaron Brooks has been impressive in filling the shoes of Luke Ridnour. In a pair of exhibitions, Brooks averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals. He's also connected on 4-of-7 from three-point range. . . . Up the road in Corvallis, OREGON STATE freshman forward Kyle Jeffers looks to crack the Beaver lineup with his ability to rebound. He's posted double digit rebounds in each exhibition, averaging 12.5 boards. . . . Seven STANFORD players scored in double figures in its lone exhibition game, a 117-78 win over Team Nike. The Cardinal shot 66 percent (44-of-67) for the game. . . . UCLA will be the last Pac-10 team to open the season this year, facing Vermont on Sat., Nov. 29. . . .USC senior guard Desmon Farmer injured his right hip late in the first half of USC's exhibition game with the Long Island All-Stars. Precautionary X-rays were to be taken to determine his status for Friday's opener at Western Michigan. . . . Also tending to injuries are senior guard Roy Smiley (left ankle) and junior forward Nick Curtis (left knee tendinitis). . . . WASHINGTON opens the season with four straight home games in Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies enter their 76th season of competition in the Pavilion and have posted 765 victories under its roof - more than any other team in the nation has won in its current arena. . . . WASHINGTON STATE will be the only Pac-10 team to experience the extended three-point arc (20-6 1/4) and trapezoid free throw lane in regular season games when it plays in the Top of the World Classic.
SIGNED, SEALED, AND DELIVERED. . .
Here's a look at who signed with Pac-10 schools during the early signing period. The National Letter of Intent early signing period ends Wednesday, Nov. 19.
*Daniel Dillon G, 6-4 190, Hampton, Victoriea, Australia (North Laurel HS, London, Ky.)
*Jawann McClellan--G, 6-5 202 Houston, Texas (Charles H. Milby HS)
*Mohamed Tangara--F, 6-9 230 Mali, West Africa (Mt. Zion Christian Academy, Durham, N.C.)
*Craig Austin--C, 6-10 San Diego, Calif. (El Camino HS)
*Tim Pierce--F, 6-7 190 Oakland, Calif. (Hercules HS)
*Eric Vierneisel--F, 6-7 190 Algonquin, Ill. (Jacobs HS)
*Sam Rayburn--C, 6-10 230 Portland, Ore. (Sunset HS)
*Maarty Leunen--F, 6-9 210 Redmond, Ore. (Redmond HS)
*Chamberlain Oguchi-- G 6-5 190 Richmond, Texas (George W. Bush HS)
*Bryce Taylor--G, 6-5 180 North Hollywood, Calif. (Harvard-Westlake HS)
*Marcel Jones--G 6-7 Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)
*Arron Afflalo--G, 6-5 190 Compton, Calif. (Centennial HS)
*Jordan Farmar--G, 6-2 170 Woodland Hills, Calif. (Taft HS)
*Lorenzo Mata--C, 6-9 220 South Gate, Calif. (South Gate HS)
*Josh Shipp--F, 6-5 200 Los Angeles, Calif. (Fairfax HS)
*Gabriel Pruitt--G, 6-3 160 Westchester, Calif. (Westchester HS)
*Robert Swift--C, 7-0 230 Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield HS)
*Emanuel Lewis--F, 6-8 220 Mendenhall, Miss. (Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Va.)
*Joel Smith--F, 6-5 190 Lompoc, Calif. (Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, N.H.)
*Robbie Cowgill --C/F, 6-9 190 Austin, Texas (Westwood HS)
*Daven Harmeling--F, 6-7 190 Fruita, Colo. (Fruita Monument HS)
*Chris Henry--C, 6-10 257 Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)
*Derrick Low--G, 6-1 175 Honolulu, Hawaii (Iolani HS)
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