This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Nov. 14, 2005

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Mon., Nov. 14
Univ. of Alberta at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (X)
UW-Green Bay at Washington, 6 p.m. (1)
Humboldt State at California, 7:30 p.m. (X)
Lewis-Clark at Oregon State, 7 p.m. (X)

Tues., Nov. 15
New Mexico State at UCLA, 7 p.m. (2) ESPN2
Air Force at Washington, 8 p.m. (1)
Oregon Tech at Oregon, 7 p.m. (X)
Lewis-Clark State at Washington State, 7 p.m. (X)

Wed., Nov. 16
Team Georgia at Arizona, 7 p.m. (X)

Thur., Nov. 17
UCLA in NIT Season Tip-Off 2nd Round, if necessary (2)

Fri., Nov. 18
California at Eastern Michigan, 5:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet

Sat., Nov. 19
Delaware State at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
American at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
UC Irvine at Stanford, 12 noon
UC Riverside at Washington State, 5:30 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 20
Savannah State at Oregon, 7:30 p.m. (3)
Oregon State at Tennessee Tech, 1 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at USC, 2 p.m.

(X) Exhibition
(1) BCA Classic, Seattle, Wash.
(2) NIT Season Tip-Off
(3) Hispanic College Fund Classic, Eugene, Ore.
Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.

GAME ON: Pac-10 Teams Look to Duplicate Last Year's Perfect 10-0 Mark in Season Openers

After opening the season with a win over Morgan State, WASHINGTON continues action in the BCA Classic against Wisconsin-Green Bay ... In other tourney action, UCLA opens the season with New Mexico State Tuesday in the NIT Season Tip-Off, and OREGON hosts the Hispanic College Fund Classic with an opening round game against Savannah State on Sunday ... CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, USC and WASHINGTON STATE open the season this week, while ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE will follow with season openers next week.


The ARIZONA Wildcats are picked to finish first in the 2005-06 Pacific-10 Conference Men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball.

The poll shows that defending Pac-10 champion Arizona gathered 23 first-place votes and is picked the favorite this season. STANFORD picked up nine first-place votes and is tabbed for second place. UCLA, which picked up the remaining two first-place votes is slotted for third place. WASHINGTON, the defending Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament champion, is picked for fourth, followed by CALIFORNIA, OREGON and OREGON STATE. USC narrowly edges out WASHINGTON STATE for eighth, while ARIZONA STATE rounds out the preseason poll.


1. Arizona (23) 325
2. Stanford (9) 294
3. UCLA (2) 263
4. Washington 238
5. California 212
6. Oregon 183
7. Oregon State 132
8. USC 87
9. Washington State 86
10. Arizona State 50
( ) - First place votes


  • The Pac-10 has two returning All-Pac-10 selections in Stanford's Dan Grunfeld and Chris Hernandez. The last time the league had only two returning All-Conference players was for the 1985-86 season. Following that season, each player selected to the 1986 All-Pac-10 team was a future NBA draft pick, including the following first round selections; Reggie Miller (UCLA), Jose Ortiz (OSU), Chris Welp (WASH), Kevin Johnson (CAL), and Todd Lichti (STAN).

  • Season Openers ...
    ARIZONA has won 10 straight season openers. 19-3 in openers under Lute Olson.
    ARIZONA STATE has won its last four openers and are 6-1 under Rob Evans.
    CALIFORNIA is 7-2 in openers under Ben Braun.
    OREGON has won its last 13 openers and are 8-0 in openers under Ernie Kent.
    OREGON STATE has won eight of its last nine openers and are 2-1 under Jay John.
    STANFORD has won its last 17 season openers.
    UCLA looks to win its third straight opener under Ben Howland.
    USC has won six of its last seven openers.
    WASHINGTON, with the win last night, has now won nine of its last 11 openers.
    WASHINGTON STATE looks to make it four straight on opening day.


  • ARIZONA opens the season next Monday, Nov. 21 against Kansas in a first round match up in the EA Sports Maui Invitational ... ARIZONA STATE opens the season at home against Southern Utah on Wed., Nov. 23 ... CALIFORNIA coach Ben Braun looks for career win No. 500 as the Golden Bears open the season at Eastern Michigan. Braun's record stands at 499-345 (.591) in 28 seasons, including a 185-132 record in 11 seasons at Eastern Michigan ... In addition to his track and field exploits, OREGON's Jordan Kent is splitting time between the hardwood and gridiron. The junior guard, who averaged 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds last season, decided to give football a shot this season. Kent has seen action in seven games, caught three passes for 114 yards with one touchdown. He has the Ducks longest reception of the season at 68 yards ... OREGON STATE had the fifth-largest attendance increase in NCAA Division I men's basketball (an increase of nearly 1,700 fans per game). The home crowd played a big role in the Beavers' 8-1 home record in Pac-10 play last season ... STANFORD senior Dan Grunfeld seems to have recovered from the knee injury that he suffered last season. The All-Pac-10 forward scored nine points in 15 minutes in the first exhibition game, then followed with 10 points in 16 minutes in the Cardinal's second exhibition game ... UCLA Freshman G Darren Collison averaged 14.5 points and 7.5 assists in two exhibition games ... USC will be playing its final season in the Sports Arena this year. The Trojans will move into the Galen Events Center for the 2006-07 season. For a look at the construction progress, check out the live web cam at ... WASHINGTON scored a 118-51 victory in its season-opener against Morgan State. The 118 points are the second most points scored in a game by Washington. Freshman F Jon Brockman posted a double-double in his season debut for the Huskies, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds ... WASHINGTON STATE will play 11 of its first 12 games in the state of Washington (6 games in Pullman, 3 games in Spokane, 2 games in Seattle). It's lone game outside the state is Dec. 10 at San Diego State.


    Chase Budinger F 6-7 190 Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon HS)
    Jordan Hill F 6-18 210 Atlanta, Ga. (The Patterson School, Patterson, S.C.)
    Nic Wise G 5-10 180 Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood HS)

    Arizona State
    George Odufuwa F 6-8 240 Dallas, Texas (Kimball HS)
    Christian Polk G 6-3 175 Glendale, Ariz. (Glendale HS)

    Ryan Anderson C 6-9 210 El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oak Ridge HS)
    Patrick Christopher G 6-4 190 Compton, Calif. (Dominguez HS)
    Taylor Harrions C 6-9 225 San Clemente, Calif. (San Clemente HS)
    Jerome Randle G 5-9 150 Lynwood, Ill. (Hales Franciscan HS)

    Joevan Catron F 6-6 Harvey, Ill. (Thornton Township HS)
    Tajuan Porter G 5-6 Detroit, Mich. (Renaissance HS)

    Oregon State
    Calvin Haynes G 6-2 185 Reseda, Calif. (Taft HS)
    Roeland Schaftenaar F/C 6-11 230 Utrecht, Netherlands (Gerrit Rieveld HS)
    Seth Tarver G/F 6-5 205 Portland, Ore. (Jesuit HS)
    Lathen Wallace G 6-3 180 Clackamas, Ore. (Jefferson HS)

    Brook Lopez F 7-0 240 Fresno, Calif. (San Joaquin Memorial HS)
    Robin Lopez C 7-0 245 Fresno, Calif. (San Joaquin Memorial HS)
    Will Paul F 6-9 220 Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen HS)

    James Keefe F 6-8 220 Rancho Santa Margaritza, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic HS)

    Spencer Hawes C 6-11 225 Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep HS)
    Phil Nelson F 6-8 220 Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS)
    Adrian Oliver G 6-3 180 Modesto, Calif. (Modesto Christian HS)
    Quincy Pondexter F 6-7 220 Fresno, Calif. (San Joaquin Memorial HS)

    Washington State
    Thomas Abercrombie F 6-5 185 Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand (Westlake Boys HS)
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