This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Jan. 26, 2004

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The first half of league play comes to a close this week as STANFORD attempts to become the seventh team in league history to hit the halfway point undefeated. The other schools to reach the break at 9-0 are ARIZONA (1988, 1993, 1998), OREGON STATE (1980, 1981) and UCLA (1983). . . . It'll be a tall test for Stanford and CALIFORNIA as the Bay Area teams travel to Oregon where OREGON and OREGON STATE are a combined 13-3 at home this season. . . . The Arizona schools travel to WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE, while USC heads crosstown to UCLA. . . . The John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-30 list includes four Pac-10 players - Arizona State's Ike Diogu, Arizona's Andre Iguodala, Oregon's Luke Jackson and Stanford's Matt Lottich.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Wed., Jan. 28
USC at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Series: UCLA leads 119-96. Streak: USC 2

Thur., Jan. 29
California at Oregon, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Series: CAL leads 65-48. Streak: CAL 3

Stanford at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Series: OSU leads 65-49. Streak: STAN 8

Arizona at Washington, 7 p.m.
Series: ARIZ leads 36-15. Streak: ARIZ 8

Arizona State at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Series: ASU leads 30-23. Streak: ASU 4

Sat., Jan. 31
Stanford at Oregon, 3 p.m. (FSN)
Series: STAN leads 76-41. Streak: ORE 1

California at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Series: CAL leads 65-54. Streak: CAL 11

Arizona State at Washington, 5 p.m.
Series: ASU leads 33-20. Streak: ASU 3

Arizona at Washington State, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Series: ARIZ leads 43-10. Streak: ARIZ 36

UCLA at St. John's 1:30 p.m. (CBS)

Times listed are local to site.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thur., Jan. 22
Oregon 83, Arizona State 76
(ORE - Jackson 21 pts/12 asts, Davis 15 pts, Joseph 14 pts.
ASU - Diogu 24 pts/9 reb, Moore 17 pts)

Arizona 109, Oregon State 75
(ARIZ - Adams 20 pts/10 reb, Stoudamire 20 pts
. OSU - Stephens 16 pts, Hanchett 12 pts/10 reb)

California 63, USC 62
(CAL - Midgley 22 pts/7 reb/5 asts, Powe 14 pts/8 reb.
USC - Farmer 17 pts, McMillan 17 pts/11 reb)

Stanford 67, UCLA 52
(STAN - Davis 21 pts/10-11 FG, Childress 14 pts/6 asts, Lottich 10 pts.
UCLA - Thompson 15 pts)

Sat., Jan. 24
Arizona State 83, Oregon State 79
(ASU - Diogu 24 pts/15 reb, Hill 17 pts.
OSU - Lucas 27 pts/10-16 FG, Stephens 11 pts)

California 76, UCLA 62
(CAL - Powe 19 pts/14 reb, Tamir 19 pts.
UCLA - Thompson 17 pts, Bozeman 10 asts)

Stanford 77, USC 67
(STAN - Hernandez 17 pts/7 asts, Robinson 13 pts.
USC - Farmer 19 pts, L. Stewart 13 pts)

Washington 75, Washington State 62
(WASH - Robinson 17 pts, Roy 9 pts/12 reb. WSU - Varem 14 pts, Kelati 13 pts)

Sun., Jan. 25
Arizona 90, Oregon 66
(ARIZ - Adams 20 pts, Frye 18 pts/11 reb, Radenovic 19 pts/8 reb.
ORE - Jackson 20 pts/6 reb/6 asts)

LEON POWE, CALIFORNIA PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Freshman forward Leon Powe has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his performance in California's home sweep of USC and UCLA. Powe, from Oakland, Calif., averaged 16.5 points and 11.0 rebounds. In the 63-62 win over USC, he scored 14 points on 6-of-11 (.545) shooting and added eight rebounds. In the 76-62 win over UCLA, Powe recorded his league-leading eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Against UCLA, he tallied 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in the final 6:16 to secure the win. For the week, he shot 12-of-25 (.480) from the field. It's the 20th time in league history that a freshman has earned Player of the Week. It's the 32nd weekly honor all-time for California.

Pac-10 Player of the Week: Dec. 1 - Chris Hernandez , STAN. Dec. 8 - Matt Lottich , STAN. Dec. 15 - Hassan Adams , ARIZ. Dec. 22 - Matt Lottich , STAN. Jan. 5 - Janou Rubin , UCLA. Jan. 12 - Josh Childress , STAN. Jan. 19 - Desmon Farmer, USC. Jan. 26 - Leon Powe , CAL.

PAC-10 NOTES. . .

ARIZONA - For the fourth time during the Lute Olson era, the Wildcats will play four straight league road games, but the first since the 1993-94 season. Arizona closed out the 1984 season, Olson's first in Tucson, with four straight Pac-10 road games, going 2-2 in those contests. Arizona also went 2-2 in 1985-86, and were 3-1 during the 1993-94 season. . . . Arizona has now scored 90 or more points in four consecutive games. In that span, the Wildcats are averaging 96.5 points per game. The last time Arizona scored 90 or more points in four straight games came during the 1997-98 season (Feb. 28-March 12). Interestingly, UA was also 3-1 in those four games as well. Arizona ran off six straight 90-point games during the 1993-94 season (Dec. 23-Jan. 13), posting a 4-2 record in those six contests. With this current scoring binge, Arizona became the nation's top-scoring team at 88.8 points per game. . . . Arizona is 11-1 this season when scoring at least 80 points, and is 120-12 (.909) since the start of the 1997-98 season. . . . All five UA starters are shooting 50 percent or better from the floor in league action. . . . SO guard Hassan Adams has scored 20 or more points in three straight games, including a 20-point/10-rebound effort against Oregon State for his fourth double-double of the season.

ARIZONA STATE - ASU has used eight starting lineups in 16 games and 10 players have started at least one game. . . . SO forward Ike Diogu has scored in double digits in all 48 games of his career, the best active streak in the nation. Diogu has 12 career double-doubles (five this year), and has nine other games with nine rebounds. He also has 35 blocks after posting 31 last year. . . . Diogu had 22 free throw attempts against Oregon State, one shy of matching the school record of 23 set by Mario Bennett vs. Washington State on Feb. 5, 1995. . . . Diogu needs 22 points to reach 1,000 for his career. . . . ASU has posted a better percentage from the free throw line than the opponent in all but two games this year. ASU is currently shooting 72.5 percent this year, which currently is the seventh-best team mark in ASU history. . . . JR guard Jason Braxton has posted double digits in scoring in the past four games, is shooting 19-of-32 (.594) from the field and is averaging 12.5 points and six assists in that time. . . . ASU is 16-0 in the past two seasons when it shoots 50 percent. . . . ASU has won 10 of the past 12 against Washington State, including the past four. Its average margin of victory in the past three games against the Cougars is 42 points. . . . ASU has won three straight against Washington.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears have won three of their last four. In those three victories, Cal has allowed each opponent to score 62 points with a combined defensive field goal percentage of 38.2 percent (65-of-170). . . . FR forward Leon Powe posted his league-leading eighth double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds in Cal's win over UCLA. Powe is averaging 9.8 rebounds in six Pac-10 games. . . . SO guard Richard Midgely has connected on 9-of-19 (.474) from three-point range over the last three Pac-10 games. He had only hit 3-of-11 from beyond the arc in the first four league games. . . . The Bears have won five of the last six against Oregon, including two of the last three played at Mac Court. Cal has won 11 straight against Oregon State, and 16 of the last 17. . . With 142 steals, SR guard A.J. Diggs ranks fourth on Cal's career list. . . . FR guard Ayinde Ubaka is shooting 6-of-10 from three-point range over the last three games

OREGON - The Ducks have won the last two over Stanford at Mac Court. . . . Not only does Oregon shoot the three-pointer effectively at a league-leading 42.1 percent, it also leads the Pac-10 defending the three ball, allowing opponents to shoot 29.4 percent from beyond the arc. . . . With one more three-point basket, SR guard James Davis will become the fourth player in Oregon history with 200 career three-pointers. . . . FR forward Mitch Platt had a productive road trip in the desert, shooting 11-of-13 (.846) from the field, averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. . . . SR forward Luke Jackson dished out a career-high 12 assists to go with 21 points at Arizona State, recording his second double-double of the season. Jackson is one of four Pac-10 players all-time to record 1,500 pointsts, 600 rebounds and 300 assists. Here are the four Pac-10 players:

Player, Team	Points	Rebounds	AssistsSean Elliott, Arizona (1985-89)	2,555	808	451Todd Lichti, Stanford (1985-89)	2,336	697	304Toby Bailey, UCLA (1995-98)	1,846	670	458Luke Jackson, Oregon (2001-04)	1,626	626	354 

OREGON STATE - SO guard Lamar Hurd has posted 40 assists over the last six games (6.67 apg) with just seven turnovers -that works out to a 5.7-1 ratio. . . . JR forward David Lucas continues to have the hot hand for the Beavers as he posted a career-high 27 points at Arizona State. He has hit 49-of-75 (.653) from the field over the last seven games. Overall, Lucas is shooting 113-of-206 (.549) from the field to rank fourth in the league. . . . JR forward Jim Hanchett averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds off the bench over the last two games. . . . SO guard Chris Stephens has made at least three treys in four of the last five games.

STANFORD - The Cardinal join Saint Joseph's as the only undefeated teams remaining this season. With the 16-0 start, the Cardinal are four wins shy of matching their best start in school history. . . . The Cardinal are riding an 11-game homecourt winning streak, currently the longest streak in the Pac-10. Stanford has won 20 of its last 21 home games. The only setback was a 72-69 loss to No. 1 Arizona on Mar. 1, 2003. . . . With the exception of matching Kansas on the boards, the Cardinal have outrebounded every other opponent this season. Eight times the Cardinal have posted a double-digit margin in rebounds. . . . SR forward Justin Davis shot 10-of-11 from the field to score 21 points in the win over UCLA. . . . SO guard Chris Hernandez shot 4-of-7 (.571) from three-point range last week, which actually lowered his three-point field goal percentage in Pac-10 play. He's shooting 13-of-21 (.619) from beyond the arc in seven league contests.

UCLA - The Bruins enter Wednesday night's game vs. USC in Pauley Pauley looking to snap a three-game losing streak. . . . Since 1995, UCLA holds a 14-4 advantage over USC, including six series sweeps. USC swept the Bruin-Trojan series last year for the first time since 1992 and for only the third time in the series history since 1942. . . . On Saturday, the Bruins return to nonconference action, playing Big East foe St. John's at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Last season, St. John's beat UCLA 80-65 in Pauley Pavilion. . . . JR guard Brian Morrison, who has missed the last nine games since suffering a left hamstring injury vs. Michigan State on Dec. 20, may play this week (his status will be determined this week, based on his ability to practice without getting reinjured).

USC - USC has won three of the last four meetings with UCLA and will be looking to win two straight in Pauley Pavilion for the first time since the 1992 and 1993 seasons. . . . JR guard Errick Craven collected six steals at California. It was the 13th time in his career that he had five or more steals in a game. His 180 thefts rank fourth all-time on the USC career list. . . . SR guard Desmon Farmer shot 5-of-19 (.263) from three-point range in the first three games of Pac-10 play. Over the last five league contests, he is shooting 23-of-44 (.523) from beyond the arc, averaging 4.6 three-point baskets per game in that span. His 173 three-pointers rank third on USC's career list. He needs four three-pointers to move up to second. . . . Over the last four games, USC is forcing the opponent into an average of 17.5 turnovers per game.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies have won back-to-back Pac-10 games for the first time since the 2001-02 season when they defeated California (Feb. 15) and Oregon State (Feb. 21). The first back-to-back road wins in league play since the 1999-2000 season when the Huskies won at California (Jan. 29) and at Washington State (Feb. 5). . . . SO guard Nate Robinson has scored in double figures in each of the last seven games, all Pac-10 games, averaging 16.4 points. . . . The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in bench points, averaging 25.6 points per league contest. USC ranks second at 22.4 points per Pac-10 game. . . . Despite an overtime loss to Arizona State last season, the Huskies have won six of the last seven games played on campus against the Sun Devils.

WASHINGTON STATE - SR guard Marcus Moore ranks fourth on WSU's all-time list for assists (382) and steals (156). . . . The 6,409 fans in attendance for Saturday's game with Washington was the most at Friel Court since 6,493 fans turned out to see the Cougars take on Stanford on Jan. 27, 2001. It was the highest turnout to see the rivalry in Pullman since 8,373 fans attended the Jan. 18, 1997 contest with the Huskies. . . . The Cougars have turned the ball over just eight times in each of the last two games. WSU leads the league with a low of 12.5 turnovers per game.

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