Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament Preview
March 8, 2005
2005 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament Television Schedule
Thur., March 10 - Game 1 - 12:20 p.m. - FOX Sports Net - Barry Tompkins/Dan Belluomini
Thur., March 10 - Game 2 - *2:50 p.m. - FOX Sports Net - Barry Tompkins/Dan Belluomini
Thur., March 10 - Game 3 - 6:15 p.m. - FOX Sports Net - Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson
Thur., March 10 - Game 4 - *8:45 p.m. - FOX Sports Net - Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson
(Studio: Bill Macdonald, Sideline: Jim Watson)
Fri., March 11 - Semifinal 1 - 6:15 p.m. - FOX Sports Net - Barry Tompkins/Dan Belluomini
Fri., March 11 - Semifinal 2 - 8:45 p.m. - FOX Sports Net - Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson
(Studio: Bill Macdonald, Sideline: Jim Watson)
Sat., March 12 - Championship - 3:10 p.m. - CBS - Dick Enberg/Bob Wenzel
THE CONFERENCE RACE. . . ARIZONA captured its 11th Pac-10 crown, and its second in the last three years ... WASHINGTON finished second for the second consecutive season. It's 14 wins in league play were the most since the Huskies posted a school-best 15 Pac-10 victories to win the 1984 Pac-10 title ... UCLA and STANFORD tied for third. It was the best finish for the Bruins since posting a third place finish in 2001. For the Cardinal, it was their 10th consecutive season of finishing third or better in the Pac-10 standings ... Despite not having found a victory on the road in league play, OREGON STATE finished fifth with a record of 8-10. It was best finish for the Beavers since posting a 9-9 mark to tied for fifth place in 1993 ... Pac-10 hoops was a popular attraction as the league averaged 8,350 fans per contest, including 39 sellouts. It's the second highest average in league history, trailing the average of 8,388 fans per contest set during the 1999-2000 season.
ARIZONA - The Wildcats extended their streak of 20-win seasons to 18 ... Arizona has posted a winning record in league play for the 21st consecutive season ... With the Pac-10 title-clinching victory over Arizona State in the league finale, coach Lute Olson earned league victory No. 305 to pass legendary UCLA coach John Wooden for most league victories in conference play. Olson has posted a record of 305-87 in 22 seasons, while Wooden amassed a record of 304-74 in 27 seasons ... With 1,826 career points, senior guard Salim Stoudamire needs 24 points to move past cousin Damon Stoudamire into fifth place on the UA career scoring chart. Salim has tied former Wildcat Jason Gardner atop the school's career theree-point field goals made list with 318 three-pointers and is within range of the Pac-10 career record of 323 treys held by former Arizona State guard Stevin Smith (1991-94) ... Senior center Channing Frye ranks third on the school's career rebounding chart with 919 rebounds.
ARIZONA STATE - Junior forward Ike Diogu has scored in double digits in all 89 career games, the best current mark in the nation. The NCAA record is 115 set by La Salle's Lionel Simmons from 1987-90, while Sean Elliott of Arizona (1985-89) scored in double digits in the final 108 games of his career. ... Diogu is nearing the Pac-10 career free throws made and free attempt marks. He's second all-time in the Pac-10 with 655 free throws made and 834 free throw attempts. Don MacLean of UCLA holds the top spot, hitting 711-of-886 from the charity stripe from 1989-92 ... More Ike - his 1,896 points rank 3rd on the ASU career chart ...Diogu leads the Pac-10 in scoring (22.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.6 rpg). Since the league expanded to 10 teams in1979, only two other players led the league in both categories - A.C. Green of Oregon State (1985) and Mark McNamara of California (1982) ... Diogu also leads the league in blocked shots (2.23 bpg). His 67 swats are fourth most in a season by a Sun Devil.
CALIFORNIA - Junior forward Rod Benson leads the Bears in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg). Benson scored in double figures in 16 of 18 conference games. Five of his six double-doubles this season have come in Pac-10 play ... Junior forward David Paris led the league in field goal percentage in league games only, hitting at 62.1 percent ... Junior guard Richard Midgley became the 11th player in school history to knock down 50 three-pointers in a season ... The Bears are one of two Pac-10 teams (also Oregon) that have no seniors on their roster ...
OREGON - A senior-less squad, the Ducks have started three sophomores and two freshmen, and on several occassions have gone with three freshmen and two sophomores in the starting lineup ... The Oregon freshmen account for 51.8 percent of the team's point total this season (992 of 1915) ... Malik Hairston (355 points/13.4 ppg) and Bryce Taylor (314 points/11.6 ppg) narrowly edge out UCLA's Jordan Farmar (366 points/13.5 ppg) and Arron Afflalo (297 points/11.0 ppg) as the top scoring freshman tandem in the Pac-10 ... The Ducks have sold out Mac Court for 28 straight Pac-10 games ... The Ducks are looking for a postseason NIT bid. Oregon reached the NIT semifinals in Madison Square Garden last season.
OREGON STATE - The Beavers posted a 12-1 record at home this season ... At 16-13, the Beavers are assured of finishing with a winning record for the first time since winning the Pac-10 title in 1990 ... Senior forward David Lucas is the first OSU player to be named All-Pac-10 in back-to-back season since Scott Haskins in 1992 and 1993 ... Lucas missed the entire non-conference season recovering from toe surgery. In Pac-10 games only, he ranked third in the league in scoring (19.1 ppg) and eighth in rebounding (7.1 rpg) ... Junior forward Nick DeWitz was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in a vote of the Pac-10 radio play-by-play announcers.
STANFORD - Finished the regular season tied for third in the Pac-10 standings at 11-7, making 2005 the 10th straight year in which the Cardinal have finished third or better in Conference play, and the 12th straight in which they have recorded 10 or more league victories... Junior F Matt Haryasz has recorded at least 12 points and nine rebounds in each of the last seven games, a span that includes five of his 10 career double-doubles. In fact, except for a 12-point, five-rebound outing at Arizona, Haryasz has reached the 12-9 barrier in every game since Jan. 20, a streak of 13 games that includes nine of his 10 career double-ups.
UCLA - Earned the fourth seed at the Pac-10 Tournament, its highest since the tourney was reintroduced in 2002. The Bruins earned a No. 1 seed, two No. 3's and a No. 4 seed during the Pac-10 Tournament's first go-round, from 1987-90... UCLA is the Pac-10's hottest team, having won four straight games to finish the regular season. The Bruins have outrebounded five of their last six opponents, and equaled the rebounding total of Oregon State, the only team during that stretch which they have not bettered on the boards... UCLA split the season series with Oregon State for the third straight year, losing in Corvallis and winning in Los Angeles.
USC - The Trojans finished the 2004-05 season the way they started it - with a double-digit win at home. Senior G Errick Craven made his last game in a Trojan uniform a memorable one, scoring a career-high 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting, including 4-of-5 from downtown, with six steals, four rebounds and three assists in just 25 minutes. Fellow seniors Jeff McMillan and Rory O'Neil also made the best of their last games at USC, as McMillan scored 20 points and collected 12 rebounds for his 14th career double-double, while O'Neil had 13 points and 10 boards for his seventh career double-up... USC will not play at the Pac-10 Tournament for the first time in its existence.
WASHINGTON - The Huskies receive the No. 2 seed in Los Angeles for the second straight year, having previously never been seeded higher than third... Senior G Will Conroy recorded a career-high 14 assists at California. He now has 479 assists for his career and 183 on the season, both new Husky benchmarks, and leads the Conference averaging 6.54 apg ... Junior G Nate Robinson recorded four steals at Cal and three at Stanford, giving him 53 on the season and 132 for his career - good for sixth (tied) and third, respectively, in the Husky record books ... 24 wins this season are th most since also posting 24 victories in 1984. You have to go back to 1953 to find a Husky season that produced more wins (28).
WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars received the sixth seed for the Pac-10 Tournament, matching their highest-ever seeding (6th, 1988). The Cougars' tie for sixth place in the regular season standings is their highest since 2001, when they also tied for sixth... Senior G Thomas Kelati recorded a game, career and Cougar season-high 29 points in WSU's regular season finale at California. Kelati was 9-of-15 from the field, 7-of-11 from three-point range, 4-of-4 from the free-throw line and collected eight rebounds. His seven three-point makes tied his career high... The Cougars swept the season series with first round opponent Stanford.
PAC-10 BASKETBALL HALL OF HONOR TO INDUCT 2004-05 CLASS
The Pac-10 Conference will honor 10 former student-athletes with their induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor during the 2005 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament.
Pete Williams burst onto the Pac-10 scene in 1983-84 by leading Arizona in scoring at 14.5 points per game, leading the Pac-10 in rebounding at 9.9 boards per game and earning first team all-conference honors. That season, he posted the second-best field goal percentage in school history at .604 (151-of-250) and set a then-school record with 181 rebounds (10.1 rpg) in Pac-10 play. Williams' senior season was just as productive in leading Arizona to a 21-10 record, which at the time was UA's first 20-win season in eight years. He averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds, while shooting .607 from the field (145-of-239) en route to first team All-Pac-10 and NABC All-District honors in 1984-85. In his two years in Tucson, Williams led the team in blocked shots, rebounds and field goal percentage and earned team most valuable player accolades twice. He finished his career as the UA field goal percentage leader at 60.5 percent (296-of-489). Williams was a fourth round draft pick of the Denver Nuggets in 1985.
Joe Caldwell was inducted into the Arizona State Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1975. Overall, the Sun Devils were 65-18 (.783) in Caldwell's three years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each season. He earned All-Border Conference in 1961-62 and then earned All-WAC honors the next two seasons (1962-63 and 1963-64), making him the only Sun Devil to earn first-team all-conference honors in three straight seasons. Caldwell was named team MVP in 1962-63 and 1963-64 and earned Sporting News honorable mention All-American honors in 1963-64. He was a team captain all three seasons. His career numbers of 18.2 points per game and 929 rebounds are both second-best in Sun Devil history. The second overall pick in the 1964 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, the highest selection by a Sun Devil, Caldwell is one of only two Sun Devils to make the Men's Basketball Olympic team as he was on the 1964 gold-medal winning United States squad in Tokyo.
Darrall Imhoff, who entered the University of California in the fall of 1956 as an unrecruited 6-8, 190-pound player from San Gabriel, graduated as one of the school's most accomplished players and remains one of the program's most recognizable names. By the time his career with the Golden Bears ended in 1960, Imhoff had grown into a 6-10, 220-pounder and led Cal to a pair of Final Fours. In 1959, Imhoff was the starting center on Cal's NCAA championship team and led the Bears back to the national title game a year later. Under the tutelage of head coach Pete Newell, Imhoff was twice voted first team all-conference. He was a second team All-American in 1959 and earned consensus first team All-America status in 1960. During Cal's magical run in 1959, Imhoff averaged 11.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. He had 22 points and 16 rebounds in the national semifinal against Oscar Robertson's Cincinnati club, and he scored the winning bucket with just 17 seconds left in the championship game, lifting Cal to a 71-70 victory over West Virginia. Following his Golden Bear career, Imhoff played on the 1960 US Olympic team in Rome, helping the Americans win the gold medal. Imhoff then went on to a 12-year NBA career that included All-Star Game appearances in 1966 and `67.
Blair Rasmussen was one of the Pac-10's most consistent big men in the early 1980s. The three-time all-conference selection still holds Oregon records for career, single-season and single-game blocked shots. The eight-year NBA veteran is also among the school's all-time scoring and field goal percentage leaders. He finished his career with 114 blocks - another school record. He led Oregon in scoring his final three seasons in Eugene and finished his career with 1,554 points. Rasmussen started at center the first game of his freshman season in 1981-82 and never missed a game. He finished his career with 114 consecutive starts in the post. As a senior, Rasmussen averaged 16.1 points per game to lead Oregon in scoring for the third consecutive season, something only three other UO players have accomplished. He was selected by the Denver Nuggets as the 15th overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. A three-time Oregon MVP, he was inducted to the school's Hall of Fame in 2002.
Ed Lewis lettered at Oregon State from 1931-33 under legendary coach Amory 'Slats' Gill. The 6-5 center earned All-America honors and All-Pacific Coast acclaim after guiding Oregon State to the 1933 league title. The league championship was the first for the school in any sport. The Oregon Journal named Lewis the top player in the Pacific Northwest between 1900-1950. As a prep star Lewis led Washington High School of Portland to the 1928 state championship. Lewis is a member of the State of Oregon, OSU Sports, and Portland Interscholastic League Halls of Fame. The annual men's basketball leadership award is named in his honor.
Rich Kelley, the first 7-footer ever to play at Stanford, left a mark on the program befitting his lofty stature. An all-conference selection in each of his three seasons on the Farm, Kelley's name appears in the Stanford record-book 17 times. He holds school records for rebounds per game, with 12.4 per contest, and most rebounds in a single game, with 27 against Kentucky in 1973-74. His 944 career rebounds ranks fourth in Stanford's annals, as does his average of 18.6 points per game. Kelley led Stanford in rebounding in each of his three seasons. He also led the team in free-throw shooting during his junior (.806) and senior seasons (.832). Kelley won the conference rebounding title during the 1974-75 season, averaging 11.5 boards per contest. A third-team All-American in 1974-75, Kelley scored 30 or more points five times during his Stanford career, including a 35-point performance against Oregon State in 1974-75. He is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.
Gail Goodrich's basketball career included a Los Angeles City title at Sun Valley Poly High School (1961), two NCAA Championships at UCLA (1964/1965), an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers (1972) and induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1996). Goodrich, a 6-1 left-handed sharp shooter, was the senior leader, All-American and co-captain (with Keith Erickson) on UCLA's 1965 NCAA Championship team, the school's second consecutive national title. He was the squad's leading scorer (24.8) and led the Bruins to a 28-2 overall record. In the NCAA Championship final, No. 2 UCLA defeated No. 1 Michigan, 91-80. Goodrich scored a then-school and NCAA Championship game record 42 points. For the second straight season, he was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team. At the end of his Bruin career, Goodrich was the school's career leading scorer (1,690 points, now No. 13). As a junior All-Conference performer in 1964 he helped lead the Bruins to their first NCAA Championship and the school's first perfect 30-0 record. Goodrich was again the team's leading scorer, pacing UCLA with a 21.5 average.
John Rudometkin, known as the 'Reckless Russian,' played bigger than his 6-6 height while starring for the USC men's basketball team. A two-time All-American (1961-62), he set USC career records in points (1,484; the mark stood for 23 years), scoring average (18.8) and rebounding (831); he still stands fourth on the scoring charts and second on the rebounding list. Rudometkin helped lead the Trojans to the 1961 conference title (the last time USC won an outright league crown). A three-year letterman (1960-62), he topped USC in scoring all three seasons and was Troy's team MVP each year. He went on to play three seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks (1963-65) and San Francisco Warriors (1965). His career was cut short by a cancerous tumor around his heart and lungs, but he overcame the disease. He then became a real estate investor, a minister and a motivational speaker.
One of the most decorated players in University of Washington history is Jack Nichols, a consensus All-American during his final season. A 6-foot-7 center and master of the left-handed push shot, Nichols played for the Huskies in 1944 before spending two years as a Marine Corps trainee at USC where he lettered in 1945 and 1946. He received second-team All-America acclaim in 1945. Nichols returned to Washington for the 1947 and 1948 seasons. His final year was his finest as he served as team captain and leading scorer on UW's 1948 Pacific Coast Conference championship team. At the time, his 505 points in 1948 established new league and school single-season scoring records. A three-time All-Pacific Coast selection, he was inducted into the PCC Hall of Fame, the state of Washington Hall of Fame (1965) and the Husky Hall of Fame (1980). Nichols played nine seasons in the NBA, including a five-year stint with the Boston Celtics that included the 1957 world championship campaign.
Gene Conley is one of few people in sports history to play on two-world championship teams - in different sports. Conley spent two years on the Washington State campus and played on championship basketball and baseball teams. He later played on the Boston Celtics' world championship teams of 1959, 1960 and 1961, and was a pitcher on the Milwaukee Braves team that won the World series in 1957. At WSU, Conley played center on coach Jack Friel's Pacific-10 North Division championship basketball team of 1950, and he pitched for coach Buck Bailey's 1950 Cougar team that won the Northern Division and District Eight and finished second in the College World Series. He was named first team All-Pacific Coast Conference for basketball in 1950.