This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Nov. 22, 2004

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Mon., Nov. 22
New Mexico at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Stanford vs. Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2) (1)
UC Irvine at USC, 7:30 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 23
Delaware State at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Southern at California, 7 p.m.
Stanford vs. BYU or North Carolina, 11 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. (1)
Western Illinois at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 24
Arizona vs. Michigan, 9:30 p.m. (2) (ESPN)
Stanford at Maui Invitational, TBD (1)
Georgia Southern at Washington State, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 25
Washington vs. Utah, 6 p.m. (ESPN2) (3)

Fri., Nov. 26
Arizona vs. Wake Forest/Providence, TBD (2) (ESPN)
Arizona State vs. UTEP, 8 p.m. (4)
Oregon State at UNLV, 7:30 p.m.
Washington vs. High Point or Oklahoma, 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. (3)

Sat., Nov. 27
Arizona State vs. Vanderbilt/Southern Illinois, TBD (4)
California at BYU, 7 p.m.
Oregon vs. Marshall, 7 p.m. (5)
UC Irvine at UCLA, 5 p.m.
Washington at Great Alaska Shootout, TBD (3)
Washington State at Kansas State, 12 noon

Sun., Nov. 28
USC at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Stanford at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.

Tournaments/Neutral Sites
(1) Maui Invitational, Lahaina, Maui
(2) Preseason NIT, N.Y, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
(3) Great Alaska Shootout, Anchorage, Alaska
(4) Las Vegas Invitational, Las Vegas, Nev.
(5) Charleston, W.V.

Game times local to site.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tue., Nov. 16
Arizona 80, San Diego 69

Wed., Nov. 17
Oregon State 69, Siena 67

Thurs., Nov. 18
Arizona 83, Wright State 66
East Carolina 64, Oregon State 62

Fri., Nov. 19
Oregon 77, Idaho State 51
Oregon State 65, Elon 55
Stanford 93, San Francisco 83 (OT)
Washington 89, Seattle Pacific 71
Washington State 59, Montana State 42

Sat., Nov. 20
UCLA 64, Chicago State 53

Sun., Nov. 21
Virgina 78, Arizona 60
Arizona State 79, Jackson State 48

ARIZONA PICKED AS 2004-05 PAC-10 CHAMPIONS

The ARIZONA Wildcats are picked to finish first in the 2004-05 Pacific-10 Conference Men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball.

The poll shows Arizona, with four returning starters, gathered 19 first-place votes and are picked the favorite this season. WASHINGTON, which returns all five starters, picked up the other seven first-place votes and is tabbed for second place. STANFORD is slotted for third place. OREGON is picked for fourth, followed by UCLA and USC. CALIFORNIA narrowly edges out OREGON STATE for seventh place. WASHINGTON STATE and ARIZONA STATE round out the preseason poll.

THE 2004-05 PAC-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLL

Team Pts.
1. Arizona (19) 253
2. Washington (7) 237
3. Stanford 194
4. Oregon 167
5. UCLA 156
6. USC 116
7. California 87
8. Oregon State 86
9. Washington State 73
10. Arizona State 64
First place votes in parentheses

PAC-10 NOTES

• Keep the experimental rule! Pac-10 teams that are using the experimental rules in games in certified events are shooting 42-of-100 (.420) from beyond the extended three-point arc. As a league, the Pac-10 averaged 34.8 percent from three-point field goal range last season, with no team shooting better than 39.5 percent from three-point range.

• ARIZONA is making its fourth appearance in the Preseason N.I.T. and has a cumulative 14-1 (.933) record in the event. The Cats won the event in 1990, 1995 and 1999... Over the past 21 years under coach Lute Olson, Arizona is 48-9 (.842) in the month of November... Senior C Channing Frye has 717 career rebounds and needs 21 rebounds to appear on the school's all-time top ten list.

• ARIZONA STATE junior F Ike Diogu opened the season with 24 points and seven rebounds in the Sun Devils' win over Jackson State. Diogu has scored in double digits in every game during his ASU career - a string of 60 consecutive games.

• Sophomore F Marquise Kately matched his career-high with 24 points in CALIFORNIA's 61-52 loss to Saint Mary's in the Coaches vs. Cancer regional championship game.

• In OREGON's season-opening win over Idaho State, 13 different Ducks saw game action with 11 players contributing points... Freshman F Malik Hairston scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in his Oregon debut.

• OREGON STATE opened the season with a pair of neutral court victories over Siena and Elon. The Beavers won just one game away from Gill Coliseum all of last season... Freshman F Sasa Cuic has made an impact in just three games. He's averaging 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, shooting 17-of-36 (.472) from the field, 5-of-12 (.417) from three-point range and 23-of-24 (.958) from the free throw line. In the season-opener, he converted a three-point play with four seconds remaining to provide the winning margin in a 69-67 victory over Siena.

• Junior G Chris Hernandez scored nine of his career-high 30 points in overtime in STANFORD's win over USF. He downed a career-high 17 free throws on 18 attempts... It was the Cardinal's 17th straight win in their season opener... Junior G/F Dan Grunfeld also recorded a pair of career highs, scoring 23 while pulling in 11 rebounds... Stanford's first round opponent in the Maui Invitational is Tennessee, which boasts Grunfeld's father, Ernie, as its all-time leading scorer.

• Freshmen guards Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar combined for 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in UCLA's initial offering, and became the first freshman backcourt tandem to start since Baron Davis and Earl Watson did it in the 1997-98 season... The pair of frosh to start previous to those two? Michael Holton and Rod Foster in 1979-80, a good five years before either Afflalo or Farmar were born... Senior F Dijon Thompson led the Bruins with 17 points against Chicago State. He needs 41 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

• USC is the last Pac-10 team to get the regular season underway... The Trojans will open against UC Irvine, who they are 3-1 against all-time. The Anteaters' only win came in the first meeting between the two schools in 1984... USC will benefit from a wealth of experience in 2004-05, with six seniors and four juniors on the roster... Sophomore G Lodrick Stewart blossomed in the preseason, collecting 29 points, eight steals and six assists in the Trojans' pair of preseason games.

• WASHINGTON junior F Mike Jensen recorded a career-high 13 rebounds to go along with 14 points in the season opener, good for his second career double-double... The Huskies improved to 83-19 in home openers despite playing without six players suspended for participation in an unauthorized game over the summer... The increased playing time for bench players afforded freshman G Joel Smith 27 minutes of on-court action, allowing him to score 15 points in his purple and gold debut... Next up: Washington heads even further north and west for the Great Alaska Shootout.

• WASHINGTON STATE overcame an extended second-half shooting slump to take its 16th straight opener in Pullman... Washington State missed its first nine shots in the second half, and 16 of 17 in the first 14 minutes of the final stanza... Senior G Thomas Kelati led the Cougars with 12 points, but nine of that came on three 3-pointers in the first 4:05 of the game... Head coach Dick Bennett's trademark defense was well executed - despite registering a 39 percent mark from the field, the Cougars outshot Montana State, which hit just 36 percent of its shots.


NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT EARLY SIGNING PERIOD


Arizona
Fendi Onobun F 6-7 215 Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor HS)
J.P. Prince G 6-6 183 Memphis, Tenn. (White Station HS)
Marcus Williams F 6-6 190 Seattle, Wash. (Roosevelt HS)

Arizona State
Seketoure Henry G 6-3 190 Lynwood, Calif. (Lynwood HS)
Jeff Pendergraph F 6-9 225 Etiwanda, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Sylvester Seay F 6-9 200 San Bernardino, Calif. (The Winchendon School, Mass.)

California
Jordan Wilkes C 6-10 210 Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola HS)

Oregon - no scholarships available

Oregon State
Josh Tarver G 6-3 165 Portland, Ore. (Jesuit HS)
Calvin Hampton F 6-9 245 Fort Washington, Md. (New Hampton Prep, N.H.)
Wesley Washington G 6-3 180 Santa Ana, Calif. (Compton CC)

Stanford
Anthony Goods G 6-4 170 Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS)
Lawrence Hill F 6-8 205 Glendale, Ariz. (Deer Valley HS)
Mitch Johnson G 6-1 185 Seattle, Wash. (O'Dea HS)

UCLA
Alfred Aboya C 6-8 242 Cameroon (Tilton Prep Academy, N.H.)
Dareen Collison G 6-0 165 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Luc Richard Mbaha Moute F 6-7 215 Cameroon (Motverde Academy, Fla.)
Michael Roll G/F 6-5 195 Aliso Niguel, Calif. (Aliso Viejo HS)
Ryan Wright C/F 6-9 225 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (Loyola Catholic HS)

USC
Mike Freeman F 6-8 210 Alexandria, Va. (Hayfield HS)
Sead Odzic G 6-3 185 Skokie, Ill. (Niles West HS)

Washington
Jon Brockman F 6-7 245 Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS)
Justin Dentmon G 6-0 180 Carbondale, Ill. (The Winchendon School, Mass.)
Harvey Perry G 6-5 195 Henderson, Nev. (Brewster Academy, N.H.)
Roburt Sallie G 6-5 190 Sacramento, Calif. (Laurinburg Prep, N.C.)
Artem Wallace C 6-8 230 Toledo, Wash. (Toledo HS)
Martell Webster F 6-6 225 Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep)
Joe Wolfinger C 7-0 225 Beaverton, Ore. (Mount Hermon, Mass.)

Washington State
Antonio Chavers G 6-3 190 Tyler, Texas (Tyler JC)
Caleb Forrest F 6-8 215 Pagosa Springs, Colo. (Pagosa Springs HS)

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