Pac-10 Men's Basketball Season Wrap-Up
April 26, 2004
The STANFORD Cardinal captured both the Pac-10 title and the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament crown, becoming just the third team to win both crowns outright in the seven-year history of the Pac-10 Tournament (Arizona won both in 1988 and 1989). The Cardinal posted a 26-game winning streak, before dropping the final game of the Pac-10 season at Washington. While no team has run the Pac-10 schedule undefeated, Stanford becomes just one of seven teams to finish league play at 17-1. It was the fourth title in last six years for the Cardinal... WASHINGTON opened league play at 0-5 and were sitting in last place. However, the Huskies fought back from a 16-point deficit in the final minutes at Oregon State, finally winning in overtime, to avoid an 0-6 start. Little did they know, but that win would start the Huskies on a streak in which they would win 12 of their final 13 league games. Finishing in second place at 12-6, the Huskies posted their best finish in Pac-10 play since 1986... The ARIZONA Wildcats joined both Stanford and Washington as the league's representatives in the NCAA Tournament. For the Wildcats, it was their 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Finishing at 20-10 overall, Arizona reached the 20-win mark for the 17th consecutive season... While OREGON was left out of the NCAA Tournament, it did make an impressive run behind the play of Luke Jackson in the postseason NIT and reached the semifinals at Madison Square Garden... Pac-10 basketball was a popular draw this season as an average of 8,157 fans attended games around the league this season. That's the second highest average in Pac-10 history... Stanford's Josh Childress was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, while CALIFORNIA's Leon Powe was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Stanford's Mike Montgomery was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and was recipient of the John R. Wooden 'Legends of Coaching' honor.
Wed., Apr. 14 - Wed., May 19
National Letter of Intent signing dates
Sat., Oct. 16
First official practice date
Thurs., Nov. 4
Pac-10 Basketball Media Day
Los Angeles Airport Hotel, TBD
Thur., March 10 - Sat., March 12
2005 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament
Staples Center - Los Angeles, Calif.
PAC-10 IN POSTSEASON ACTION
Three Pac-10 teams participated in the NCAA Tournament - the fewest in NCAA postseason play for the Pac-10 since three teams participated in the 1993 championships. However, in the 10 years following the 1993 championships, the Pac-10 has posted a record of 74-47 (.612) in NCAA Tournament play. That includes national titles by UCLA (1995) and Arizona (1997), and Final Four appearances by Arizona (1994, 2001) and Stanford (1998) . . . Oregon was the lone Pac-10 rep in the NIT, but made the most of its postseason appearance by reaching the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
ARIZONA - The Wildcats made their 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance - the longest active streak in the NCAA ... Posted its 17th consecutive 20-win season ... Its's the 20th consecutive season in which Arizona has posted a winning record in Pac-10 play ... During the season, coach Lute Olson posted his 700th career win (Jan. 3 at ASU) and became Arizona's all-time victory leaders (510) on Jan. 17 at UCLA ... The Wildcats have a pair of 1,000-point career scorers in JR guard Salim Stoudamire (1,298) and JR center Channing Frye (1,205) ... Arizona set a Pac-10 record for free throw percentage, shooting 78.6 percent ... SO forward Andre Iguodala became the first Arizona player to lead the team in rebounds (253/8.4 rpg), assists (147/4.9 apg) and steals (48/1.6 spg) in the same season ...
ARIZONA STATE - SO forward Ike Diogu has scored in double digits in all 59 career games, the best active streak in the nation. Diogu established a Pac-10 single-season record with 243 made free throws, eclipsing the mark of 237 set by Oregon State's Mel Counts in 1964 ... His 423 career made free throws is an ASU record ... Diogu is the first player in school history to post back-to-back seasons with 600 or more points ... The Sun Devils used 13 different lineups during the season ... ASU is 17-0 over the past two seasons when shooting 50 percent or better from the field ... FR guard Kevin Kruger averaged 12.4 points, shooting 27-of-59 (.458) from three-point range over the final nine games of the season.
CALIFORNIA - The Bears started a lineup that consisted of three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior ... The freshman and sophomore class accounted for 76.4 percent of the team's scoring and 72.9 percent of its rebounds this season ... Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Leon Powe became the first freshman to lead the Pac-10 in rebounding (9.5 rpg). His 256 rebounds set a Cal freshman record. He also posted a league-leading 14 double-doubles ... SR guard A.J. Diggs finished his Cal career with 158 steals - third most in school history ... SR center Amit Tamir became the 33rd Cal player to reach 1,000 career points, concluding his career with 1,055 points.
OREGON - SR forward Luke Jackson became the first player in school history with three consecutive 500-point seasons. He also became the second player in Pac-10 history, joining former Arizona All-American Sean Elliott, to record 1,900 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists in a career ... Jackson finished his career with 1,970 points - second on the UO career list, 18th on the Pac-10's all-time scoring list ... SR guard James Davis nailed 86 three-pointers this season - tied for fourth best single-season total in school history. His 242 career three-pointers rank second all-time on the school's list ... Oregon has led the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage each of the last three seasons ... Oregon played its 1,000th game at McArthur Court, a 68-54 win over George Mason in the NIT. The Ducks are 644-356 all-time at Mac. McArthur Court opened in 1927 and is the second-oldest Division I facility in the nation; Fordham's Rose Hill Gym is the only one that is older.
OREGON STATE - SO guard Chris Stephens finished the season with 76 three-pointers - second best single-season total in school history. Only Gary Payton connected for more with 82 in 1989 ... All-Pac-10 JR forward David Lucas led the Beavers in scoring with 17.2 ppg. He and Stephens (15.8 ppg) are the first pair of OSU players to average better than 15.0 ppg in the same season since 1995 ... Guard Angelo Tsagarakis set an OSU freshman record with 45 three-pointers.
STANFORD - Stanford made its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and won its first round game for the 10th consecutive year ... Stanford is one of seven teams to finish Pac-10 play at 17-1. It's the 11th Pac-10 crown for Stanford, and its fourth in six years ... Stanford has finished no lower than second in each of the last eight seasons of Pac-10 play ... The Cardinal ran off a school record 26-game winning streak ... Ten players averaged 10 or more minutes per game ... A pair of 1,000-point career scorers in SR guard Matt Lottich (1,081) and JR forward Josh Childress (1,061) ... SO guard Chris Hernandez led the league in free throw percentage (.914) and three-point field goal percentage (.460).
UCLA - SR forward T. J. Cummings became the 44th player in UCLA history to record 1,000 points in a career, finishing with 1,062 points ... FR forward Trevor Ariza was second among all Pac-10 freshmen, averaging 6.5 rebounds per game ... JR guard Cedric Bozeman led the league in assists (5.54 apg) ... Posted back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1941 and 1942 ... For the first time since 1960, no UCLA player was named to the All-Conference team.
USC - All-Pac-10 SR guard Desmon Farmer concluded his career with 1,606 points (fourth on USC's career list) and his 203 career three-pointers rank second all-time at USC ... JR forward Jeff McMillan, the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, set a USC single-season record for field goal accuracy, shooting a league-leading 119-of-189 (.630) from the field ... JR guard Errick Craven led the league in steals for the third consecutive season. Former Oregon State All-American Gary Payton is the only other player in Pac-10 history to lead the league in steals three straight seasons.
WASHINGTON - The Huskies made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999 ... At 12-6 in league play, the Huskies recorded their most wins in Pac-10 play since posting a 13-5 record in 1986 ... The Huskies received balanced scoring down the stretch as five players each scored in double digits in seven of the last eight games, while four players reached double figures in each of the final 12 games ... Washington was the only Pac-10 team to have five players average in double figures ... SO guard Nate Robinson earned Pac-10 All-Tournament honors by averaging 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.3 steals in three Tournament games ... Washington averaged 88.1 points in its 19 wins, 73.9 points in its 12 losses during the season ... The 100 points scored by the Huskies in the NCAA first round loss to UAB was the first time Washington reached the century mark in defeat.
WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars tallied seven Pac-10 wins after winning just six of its last 44 Pac-10 games entering the 2003-04 season ... WSU was 4-5 in Pac-10 road games. Prior to the season, it had won just four league road games in its previous 64 Pac-10 road contests ... SR guard Marcus Moore concluded his WSU career fifth in scoring (1,458 points) and assists (421) ... JR guard Thomas Kelati collected 71 three-pointers on the year - the seventh best single-season total in WSU history. His 151 career three-pointers rank fifth on the school's all-time list ... The Cougars led the league in scoring defense at 59.65 points per game. It's the lowest average by a Pac-10 team since Oregon State held the opposition to 57.7 points per game during the 1985 season.