This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Jan. 17, 2005
Four Pac-10 teams remain perfect at home this season, while five of the other six Pac-10 teams post winning records on their home floor... WASHINGTON looks to extend its home court winning streak to 18 when WASHINGTON STATE visits Bank of America Arena... UCLA and USC, fresh off its first Pac-10 win of the season, return home to face CALIFORNIA and STANFORD... ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE hit the road for games at OREGON and OREGON STATE... Washington (No. 10 AP/No. 10 ESPN/USA Today) and Arizona (No. 13 AP/No. 12 ESPN/USA Today) move up in the polls, with the Huskies cracking the Associated Press Top 10 for the first time since also being ranked No. 10 on March 2, 1976.
SALIM STOUDAMIRE, ARIZONA
U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Stoudamire, a senior from Portland, Ore., averaged 26.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in leading the Wildcats to a home sweep over the Los Angeles schools. In the 77-68 win over USC, Stoudamire scored 21 points, pulled down a pair of rebounds and dished out three assists. He capped off his week with a season-high 32 points in the win over UCLA. He scored 24 points in the second half, including 21 of Arizona's final 27 points. His game-winning three-pointer with 2.5 seconds was the difference in the 76-73 victory over the Bruins.
For the week, he shot 19-of-33 (.576) from the field, 9-of-16 (.563) from three-point range, and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
It's the third weekly honor for Stoudamire, Arizona's 62nd honor all-time.
Pac-10 Player of the Week: Nov. 29 - Nate Robinson, WASH. Dec. 6 - Ike Diogu, ASU. Dec. 13 - Jordan Farmar, UCLA. Dec. 20 - Dijon Thompson, UCLA. Jan. 3 - David Lucas, OSU. Jan. 10 - Ike Diogu, ASU. Jan. 17 - Salim Stoudamire, ARIZ.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tues., Jan. 18
Coaches/Media Teleconference Call, 10:30 a.m. PT
Thur., Jan. 20
No. 13 Arizona at Oregon, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Series: ARIZ leads 35-18. Streak: ARIZ 4
Arizona State at Oregon State, 5:30 p.m.
Series: OSU leads 36-26. Streak: OSU 1
California at USC, 7:30 p.m.
Series: CAL leads 121-111. Streak: USC 1
Stanford at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Series: UCLA leads 123-86. Streak: STAN 4
Sat., Jan. 22
No. 13 Arizona at Oregon State, 5 p.m. (FSN)
Series: ARIZ leads 40-16. Streak: OSU 1
Arizona State at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Series: ASU leads 32-26. Streak: ASU 1
California at UCLA, 12:45 p.m. (CBS)
Series: UCLA leads 120-92. Streak: UCLA 1
Stanford at USC, 3 p.m. (ABC)
Series: USC leads 117-107. Streak: STAN 2
Sun., Jan. 23
Washington State at No. 10 Washington, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Series: WASH leads 165-91. Streak: WASH 2
Game times local to site.
Associated Press rankings.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Thur., Jan. 13
Washington 77, Oregon 56
WASH: Simmons 15 pts/12 reb, Jones 15 pts, Robinson 14 pts
ORE: Taylor 16 pts, Brooks 9 pts, Leunen 7 pts/10 reb
Washington State 63, Oregon State 45
WSU: Varem 14 pts/13 reb, Weaver 12 pts, Kelati 11 pts/5 asts
OSU: Lucas 12 pts/6 reb, Stephens 8 pts, Fontenet 6 pts
UCLA 86, Arizona State 82
UCLA: Farmar 20 pts/6 reb, Thompson 19 pts, Afflalo 17 pts
ASU: Kruger 18 pts/6 asts, Krueger 16 pts, Diogu 13 pts/11 reb
Arizona 77, USC 68
ARIZ: Rodgers 22 pts, Stoudamire 21 pts, Adams 15 pts/4 stls
USC: Young 18 pts/5 reb, Pruitt 12 pts, McMillan 12 pts/5 reb
Sat., Jan. 15
Oregon 55, Washington State 52
ORE: Taylor 26 pts/6-8 3FG, Hairston 10 pts, Schafer 6 reb
WSU: Kelati 15 pts/5 reb, Low 10 pts, Varem 9 pts/6 reb
Washington 108, Oregon State 68
WASH: Simmons 26 pts/6-7 3FG, Williams 24 pts, Robinson 15 pts/8 reb/8 asts
OSU: DeWitz 17 pts/9 reb, Nash 12 pts, Stephens 9 pts
Stanford 74, California 58
STAN: Hernandez 19 pts/5-7 3FG, Grunfeld 18 pts/8 reb, Little 16 pts/11 reb
CAL: Benson 24 pts/11 reb, Midgley 13 pts/5 asts, Paris 12 pts/7 reb
Arizona 76, UCLA 73
ARIZ: Stoudamire 32 pts/11-16 FG, Frye 15 pts, Radenovic 8 pts/14 reb
UCLA: Thompson 27 pts/10 reb, Farmar 15 pts/6 reb, Afflalo 13 pts
USC 98, Arizona State 94
USC: Young 22 pts, Stewart 19 pts, Pruitt 14 pts
ASU: Angounou 20 pts/7 reb, Kruger 17 pts/5 asts, Diogu 15 pts
The following group of international players could make for an impressive starting five in the Pac-10; ARIZONA's Ivan Radenovic, Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro (8.5 ppg/5.1 rpg), CALIFORNIA's Richard Midgley, Burgess Hill, England (15.1 ppg/3.5 rpg/2.5 apg), OREGON's Ian Crosswhite, Castlecrag, Australia (10.0 ppg/6.1 rpg), OREGON STATE's Sasa Cuic, Rijeka, Croatia (12.8 ppg/5.2 rpg), WASHINGTON STATE's Jeff Varem, Benue, Nigeria (10.5 ppg/8.3 rpg).
Over the last eight games, ARIZONA senior G Salim Stoudamire is averaging 17.4 points per game and shooting 62.7 percent (42-of-67) from the field, 65.9 percent (27-of-41) from behind the arc and 93.3 percent (28-of-30) from the line... Arizona forced a combined total of 46 turnovers in its two victories last weekend. Eight times this season Arizona has forced the opposition into 20 or more turnovers, including five of the last eight games... Senior F Hassan Adams has four steals in each of the last three games... Oregon and Arizona have split the last eight meetings at Mac Court, with Oregon averaging 82.0 points and Arizona averaging 80.3 points over those eight contests... Arizona has won 37 of the last 41 meetings with Oregon State.
ARIZONA STATE sophomore F Serge Angounou is averaging 10.7 points and 7.2 in the past 14 games. He posted a career-high 20 points against USC on Saturday and has nine double-digit scoring games... Sophomore G Kevin Kruger has notched double-digits in nine games and is averaging 13.4 points per game in Pac-10 play... The 98 points given up by ASU against USC on Saturday was the most given up at home since a 101-73 loss to third-ranked Arizona on Feb. 27, 1988... ASU is 3-3 at both Gill Coliseum and McArthur Court under Rob Evans... In five career games against Oregon, junior C Ike Diogu is averaging 23.6 points/12.2 rebounds and is shooting 39-of-69 (.565) from the field. He is averaging 18.5 points/9.5 rebounds in four career games against OSU... ASU will try and win its third straight Pac-10 road game for the first time since January of 1996.
CALIFORNIA looks to end a three-game skid and avoid a four-game losing streak for the first time since dropping five straight in 1996-97 (last game of the season) and 1997-98 (first four games of the season)... Junior F Rod Benson posted his second double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds against Stanford. Benson is averaging 15.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in Pac-10 play... After missing the last 11 games with a broken bone in his left foot, sophomore G Ayinde Ubaka made his return against Stanford, scoring five points, dishing out three assists and picking up one steal in 21 turnover-free minutes... Cal has won four of its last six games with UCLA, but is looking for its first win in Pauley Pavilion since 2000.
OREGON freshman G Bryce Taylor scored a season-high 26 points in the Ducks' victory at Washington State. It was the most points scored by an Oregon freshman since Orlando Williams tallied 27 points at California on March 14, 1992, and the fourth best frosh total in school history... Taylor shot 17-of-30 (.566) from the field and 8-of-15 (.533) from three-point range in Oregon's road swing through Washington... Taylor (12.7 ppg) and teammate Malik Hairston (12.1 ppg) are two of four Pac-10 freshmen averaging 12 or more points a game. The other two are UCLA's Jordan Farmar (13.8 ppg) and Oregon State's Sasa Cuic (12.8 ppg).
OREGON STATE looks to snap a three-game losing streak when it hosts Arizona State on Thursday. The Beavers are 6-0 at home this season and have won nine of their last 10 in Gill Coliseum... Coach Jay John had to leave Saturday's game against Washington after he experienced shortness of breath and chest pains. Preliminary indications were that John experienced a hypertensive event, a stress-caused elevation in blood pressure. He stayed overnight at the University of Washington Medical Center and was released Sunday afternoon... Sophomore G Angelo Tsagarakis will redshirt the season due to shoulder injury. Last season, he set an OSU freshman record with 45 three-pointers... Senior F David Lucas continues to be OSU's steadiest player, averaging a team-high 14.3 points and shooting 53.2% from the field.
STANFORD's win over the Golden Bears was their 14th in the last 16 meetings... Senior G Chris Hernandez scored 14 of his team-high 19 points in the first half. He made a season-high five three-pointers on just seven attempts... Senior C Rob Little recorded his second double-double in as many games, scoring 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds against Cal. He has recorded three double-ups on the season, five for his career... Junior F Matt Haryasz, the Cardinal's leading rebounder and the Pac-10's fifth-leading overall board-grabber (7.7 rpg), has been particularly effective on the offensive glass, snatching an average of 3.07 rebounds per game off the friendly rim, second most in the Conference.
With 19 points in UCLA's win over Arizona State and 27 in the Bruins' near-upset of Arizona, senior F Dijon Thompson continued to propel the Bruin offense - he leads the team and is second in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.4) and rebounding (8.8). His streak of 17 straight double-digit scoring games is second-longest in the Conference... The Bruins have outrebounded their last seven opponents... UCLA has scored 80 or more points five times this season, including three of the last four games... The Bruins are 4-0 when they shoot over .500 from the field... UCLA has beaten Cal in Pauley Pavilion the last four years in a row, but has lost to Stanford in Pauley the last seven years in a row.
USC freshman G/F Nick Young averaged 20 points as the Trojans split games against Arizona and Arizona State. Against the Wildcats, Young had a team-high 18 points as the Trojans lost by single-digits for only the fourth time in the last 20 games at Arizona. He then scored a career and game-high 22 points (including 19 in the second half) as USC beat ASU, 98-94, to get its first Pac-10 win of the season. Young has now scored at least 20 points in three of his last six games and is averaging 15 points per game in Pac-10 play... Sophomore G Lodrick Stewart's streak of double-digit scoring ended with an eight point effort at Arizona, but he bounced back with a 19 point, four rebound, four assist, two steal performance in the win at ASU.
At 15-2, WASHINGTON is off to its best start through 17 games since Marv Harshman's 1976 Huskies started 16-1... School record five soldout crowds at Bank of America Arena this season. The previous best was four during the 1999 season.... 17-game homecourt winning streak is the school's longest since winning 18 straight at home from Mar. 12, 1983 - Jan. 3, 1985. It's currently the nation's eighth longest streak... The 11-game homecourt winning streak in Pac-10 play is tied for the best in UW history... Senior G Tre Simmons recorded his first career double-double in the win against Oregon, notching 15 points/12 boards. Against OSU, Simmons tied his career-high with 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 6-of-7 from downtown. He's among the Pac-10 leaders in scoring (4th-17.4 ppg), rebounding (8th-6.0 rpg), steals (6th-1.67 spg), free throw percentage (2nd-.891), three-point field goal percentage (2nd-.515), and three-pointers made (6th-2.27 pg).
WASHINGTON STATE senior F Jeff Varem recorded his third double-double in five games with 14 points and 13 rebounds in the Cougars' win over Oregon State. Varem was slowed a bit against Oregon, scoring nine points and collecting six rebounds, but he is still averaging 15.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in Conference play, a full eight points and two rebounds better than his non-conference averages... Washington State has held 24 opponents to less than 55 points in 44 games under Dick Bennett. In the nine seasons prior to Bennett's arrival, the Cougars' managed the feat just 20 times... The Cougars' Pac-10 leading scoring defense (53.9 ppg) will face a stiff test on Sunday when they travel to face the Huskies, who boast the league's top offense (89.4 ppg).