This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Feb. 7, 2005
With a pair of home sweeps last week, WASHINGTON and ARIZONA may have created some distance between themselves and the rest of the field, but the next five teams in the standings are separated by one game... In league action this week, Arizona and ARIZONA STATE visit UCLA and USC, while the Washington schools travel to OREGON and OREGON STATE... CALIFORNIA heads to STANFORD to see if it can close the one game gap between the two teams.
IKE DIOGU, ARIZONA STATE
U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Diogu, a junior forward from Garland, Texas, averaged 37.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in leading the Sun Devils to a split with the Bay Area schools. In the 74-67 win over Stanford, Diogu posted a career-high 39 points on 16-of-26 (.615) shooting. He also added 11 rebounds for his league-leading 12th double-double of the season. With the win, Arizona State swept the season series with Stanford for the first time since 1994. In the 84-82 loss to California, Diogu scored 35 points, shooting 12-of-21 (.571) from the field, while collecting seven rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
For the week, he shot 28-of-47 (.596) from the field, 2-of-6 (.333) from three-point range, and 16-of-20 (.800) from the free throw line.
It's the fourth weekly honor for Diogu, the third this season, and ASU's 23rd 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. Jan. 24 - Dan Grunfeld, STAN. Jan. 31 - Thomas Kelati, WSU. Feb. 7 - Ike Diogu, ASU.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tues., Feb. 8
Coaches/Media Teleconference Call, 10:30 a.m. PT
Thur., Feb. 10
No. 12 Arizona at USC, 7:30 p.m.
Series: ARIZ leads 51-33. Streak: ARIZ 3
Arizona State at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Series: UCLA leads 49-14. Streak: UCLA 1
No. 11 Washington at Oregon, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Series: WASH leads 175-99. Streak: WASH 2
Washington State at Oregon State, 5:30 p.m.
Series: OSU leads 157-112. Streak: WSU 1
Sat., Feb. 12
No. 12 Arizona at UCLA, 5 p.m. (FSN)
Series: UCLA leads 38-30. Streak: ARIZ 3
Arizona State at USC, 7:30 p.m.
Series: USC leads 41-28. Streak: USC 2
California at Stanford, 12:30 p.m. (ABC)
Series: CAL leads 137-107. Streak: STAN 4
Washington State at Oregon, 3 p.m. (ABC)
Series: ORE leads 148-116. Streak: ORE 7
Sun., Feb. 13
No. 11 Washington at Oregon State, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Series: WASH leads 141-133. Streak: WASH 3
Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.
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LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Thur., Feb. 3
Arizona 97, California 76
ARIZ: Frye 20 pts/7 reb, Stoudamire 17 pts, Shakur 10 pts/8 asts
CAL: Midgley 18 pts/6 reb, Benson 12 pts, Smith 11 pts/8 asts
Arizona State 74, Stanford 67
ASU: Diogu career-high 39 pts/16-26 FG/11 reb, Kruger 15 pts/9-10 FT
STAN: Robinson 17 pts, Haryasz 14 pts/10 reb, Little 14 reb
UCLA 58, Washington State 56 - OT
UCLA: Thompson 24 pts/8 reb, Farmar 12 pts/7 asts, Hollins 8 pts/8 reb
WSU: Kelati 17 pts/7 reb, Varem 17 pts/9 reb, Harmeling 8 pts
Washington 99, USC 69
WASH: Simmons 29 pts/6 reb, Williams 21 pts/9-10 FG, Conroy 13 pts/10 asts
USC: Stewart 13 pts, Young 11 pts/5 reb, McMillan 8 reb
Sat., Feb. 5
Arizona 90, Stanford 72
ARIZ: Stoudamire 26 pts/5-9 3FG/4 asts, Frye 15 pts/13 reb/4 blks, Adams 13 pts
STAN: Grunfeld 23 pts/6 reb, Hernandez 13 pts, Haryasz 12 pts/5 reb
California 84, Arizona State 82
CAL: Benson 20 pts/8 reb, Midgley 15 pts/5 reb/4 asts, McGuire 10 pts/4 reb
ASU: Diogu 35 pts/7 reb, Angounou 15 pts/8 reb, Kruger 15 pts
Oregon State 76, Oregon 72
OSU: DeWitz 22 pts/9 reb/4 ast, Lucas 22 pts/9 reb, Stephens 11 pts
ORE: Brooks 21 pts/4-7 3FG/6 reb, Hairston 20 pts/6 reb, Kent 9 pts/8 reb
Washington 82, UCLA 70
WASH: Roy 20 pts/13 reb/5 asts, Jones 17 pts/7 reb, Robinson 16 pts
UCLA: Thompson 22 pts/6 reb, Shipp 20 pts
Washington State 61, USC 53
WSU: Varem 11 pts/9 reb, Cowgill 11 pts/3 reb, Kelati 11 pts/3 reb
USC: Pruitt 10 pts, McMillan 8 pts/8 reb, Guenther 8 pts/6 reb
ARIZONA's 18-point victory over Stanford was the largest margin of victory in the series since Feb. 28, 1998, when Arizona tallied a 90-58 win. Since that game, covering 13 meetings, the average margin of victory for either team in the series was 5.9 points... Over the last five games, Arizona is averaging 86.6 points per game, a figure that is nearly eight points higher than its season average (78.8 ppg)... Arizona set a school and McKale Center record for free throw percentage by hitting all 18 free throws against Stanford. The previous school record of 13-of-13 was set on Dec. 7, 1972, against USC. On the season, Arizona is shooting 78.4 percent (359-of-458) from the free throw line. The Cats set the Pac-10 single-season free throw percentage record last season at 78.6 percent (511-of-650)... Last week, Arizona shot a combined 59.0 percent (72-of-122) from the floor. That included a season-best 63.5 percent shooting (40-of-63). Against Cal and Stanford, the Arizona starters combined to shoot 61.8 percent (55-of-89) from the field.
With its win over the Cardinal, ARIZONA STATE notched its first sweep of Stanford since 1993-94... Junior F Ike Diogu posted a career-high 39 points (tied for sixth-best in ASU history) vs. Stanford and followed it up with a 35-point effort vs. California. Diogu now has 14 20-point games and five 30-point games on the year... In the past seven games, ASU is shooting 74.8 percent from the foul line (110-of-147)... Diogu leads the Pac-10 in both scoring (22.6 ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg). Only A.C. Green of Oregon State (1984-85) and Mark McNamara of California (1981-82) have led the Pac-10 in both categories. Diogu also leads the league in blocks at 2.61 per game. Since blocks became an official statistic in 1977-78, no player has led the league in all three categories. His national-best consecutive games in double-figures scoring streak is up to 82 games (every game of his career)... Sixth-man sophomore G Kevin Kruger is scoring at a 12.7 points per game clip in league play (second on the team) and has 13 double-digit scoring games overall.
CALIFORNIA junior forward Rod Benson has scored in double figures in each of the last five games, averaging 16.6 points and 8.6 rebounds during that stretch of games... Since sitting out three games to rest his ailing shoulder, junior G Richard Midgley has bounced back to hit 10-of-23 (.435) from three-point range over the last three games. His 129 career three-pointers rank seventh on the school's career list. He ranks third in the Pac-10 with 2.50 three-point baskets per game, and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.413)... Over the last three games, junior G Martin Smith has dished out 18 assists (6.0 apg) and commited only three turnovers. In Pac-10 play, Smith ranks second in assist/turnover margin with a ratio of 2.78.
The OREGON Ducks look to end a five-game skid. It's the first time since the 1999 season that Oregon has lost five straight... The home team has won the last seven games in the Oregon-Washington series... Freshman F Malik Hairston has averaged 17.8 points in Oregon's last four games, while shooting 31-of-52 (.596) from the field... The Ducks are hitting just .347 from three-point range (123-of-354) this season. Through the first 19 games of the season last year, with the help of Luke Jackson, Andre Joseph and James Davis, Oregon was shooting .411 (166-of-404) from beyond the arc... Sophomore G Jordan Kent earned the first start of his career, responding with nine points, eight rebounds and three assists at Oregon State.
OREGON STATE has now beaten Oregon two consecutive years at home, the first time that's happened since 1993 and 1994... The Beavers have matched their 2003-04 season total of 12 wins... OSU has posted back-to-back home crowds of 10,000+. The last time that happened was in January 1999. Both times, the opponents were Arizona and Oregon... OSU led Oregon at halftime, 34-30. That's only the third time in 10 Pac-10 games the Beavers have led at halftime. However, OSU is 10-2 this year when leading at the half... OSU committed a season-low seven turnovers against Oregon and tied a season high with 21 turnovers forced... Senior F David Lucas has scored 22 points in two consecutive games, and has gone for at least 22 in three of the last five games... Junior F Nick DeWitz matched his career-high with 22 points in the win over Oregon. He's averaging 17.2 points over the last three games.
STANFORD has played 14 of its 21 games away from Maples Pavilion, where the Cardinal are 6-1 (.857) and average 77.1 points per game. It is 6-8 (.429) and averages 68.1 ppg on road and neutral courts. Stanford has won 30 of its last 32 games at Maples Pavilion, dating back to the 2002-03 season... Junior F Matt Haryasz, Stanford's leader and the Pac-10's fourth-leading shot blocker on the season, is now tied for seventh in Stanford history with 76 career rejections. The player sharing that spot with him, at least temporarily? Senior C Rob Little, who has also swatted 76 shots in his career... The Cardinal face Cal in the 245th playing of basketball's Big Game on Saturday. The Bears lead the series 137-107, but Stanford has won 14 of the last 16 meetings.
Senior F Dijon Thompson scored 11 of UCLA's final 14 points in regulation, hit the game-tying three-pointer with one second remaining to force overtime, and sank the game-winning bucket with 41 seconds left in OT to give the Bruins their second win of the season over Washington State. Both meetings with the Cougars went into extra sessions, with the Bruins winning 80-77 in double-OT at Pauley Pavilion, and 58-56 in overtime Thursday on the Palouse... Thompson followed up his 24-point, eight-rebound effort against the Cougars with a 22-point, six-rebound outing in the loss at Washington. For the week, Thompson shot 17-of-27 (.630) from the field and 11-of-12 (.917) from the charity stripe... Freshman F Josh Shipp set a new career high with 20 points against the Huskies... UCLA is 6-1 this season in games decided by 4 points or less. Its loss came at the hands of Arizona, one of this week's Bruin opponents, 76-73 in the desert.
USC sophomore G Lodrick Stewart and freshmen G Gabe Pruitt and G/F Nick Young are the top three scorers on the Trojan basketball team. Between the three of them, they account for 49.3% of USC's points scored this season (797 out of 1,616). They average a combined 36.2 points per game. In conference games, Young and Pruitt are the No. 1 and No. 4 scorers among Pac-10 freshmen... The Trojans host Arizona and Arizona State this week. USC has won two of the last three vs. the Wildcats in L.A. - they haven't won in the desert since the 1984-85 season. The Trojans have won 11 of their last 14 games against the Sun Devils, with two of the three losses coming in Tempe.
WASHINGTON's sweep against the L.A. schools extended its home winning streak to 20 games, the school's longest run since winning 23 straight in 1952-53. The streak includes a school-record 14 straight Conference victories. Recent victim UCLA was the last team to beat the Huskies on the Hec Ed hard wood, winning there back on Jan. 10, 2004... Junior G Brandon Roy scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half against the Bruins. He also contributed 13 rebounds and five assists... Against USC two nights before, senior G Tre Simmons was the hero, scoring a career high 29 points with six three-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and two steals... The Pac-10 field goal percentage leader, senior F Jamaal Williams, was 9-of-10 from the field against the Trojans, good for 21 points in only 16 minutes of action.
WASHINGTON STATE accomplished a rare feat in defeating USC without gathering an offensive rebound. The Cougars were outrebounded overall 31-25 yet defeated the Trojans 61-53 to complete the season sweep... Should the Cougars win at Oregon, the current WSU seniors would become the first class in 16 years to defeat all nine Pac-10 opponents throughout the course of their careers... One of those seniors, G Thomas Kelati, has carved his name in the Cougar record books this season. He became the fifth player in Washington State history to record 200 three-pointers in his career by hitting two treys against the Trojans. In addition to his 200 threes, Kelati has 120 steals in his career - good for eighth place all-time. His 254 career assists are one shy of 10th place Anthony Kidd, who had 255 dimes from 1986-89.