This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Jan. 2, 2006

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Mon., Jan. 2
Cornell at No. 10 Washington, 7 p.m., FSNNW

Thur., Jan. 5
No. 17 UCLA at No. 21 Arizona, 8:30 p.m., FSN
Series: UCLA leads, 38-31. Streak: ARIZ 4

USC at Arizona State, 6:30 p.m., FSNAZ/FSNW2
Series: USC leads, 42-28. Streak: USC 3

Oregon at California, 7:30 p.m.
Series: CAL leads, 67-51. Streak: ORE 1

Oregon State at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Series: OSU leads, 66-52. Streak: OSU 1

Sat., Jan. 7
USC at No. 21 Arizona, 12 noon, FSNAZ/FSNW2
Series: ARIZ leads, 52-33. Streak: ARIZ 4

No. 17 UCLA at Arizona State, 2 p.m., FSNAZ/FSNW2
Series: UCLA leads, 50-14. Streak: UCLA 2

Oregon at Stanford, 1 p.m., FSNBA
Series: STAN leads, 81-41. Streak: STAN 5

Oregon State at California, 5 p.m., FSN
Series: CAL leads, 68-55. Streak: OSU 1

Washington State at No. 10 Washington, 7 p.m.
Series: WASH leads, 167-91. Streak: WASH 4

Game times local to site. AP ranking at game time.

Hassan Adams, Arizona
U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week

ARIZONA senior guard Hassan Adams was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week following his performance in a pair of Arizona victories at Washington State and Washington.

Adams, who hails from Los Angeles, Calif., averaged 28.5 points on 24-of-46 (.522) shooting from the field. He also averaged 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals.

In the 70-52 win at Washington State, he scored 25 points, pulled down eight rebounds, dished out four assists and grabbed three steals. In the 96-95 double-overtime win over Washington, Adams scored a career-high 32 points as he shot 12-of-24 (.542) from the field and 5-of-7 (.714) from three-point range. He added five rebounds, one assist, and three steals.

This is the third weekly honor for Adams and Arizona's 66th Player of the Week honor all-time. He's the first player to win the award in back-to-back weeks since California's Joe Shipp in 2002-03.

Pac-10 Player of the Week recipients: Nov. 29 - DeVon Hardin, CAL; Dec. 5 - Leon Powe, CAL; Dec. 12 - Gabe Pruitt, USC; Dec. 19 - Chris Stephens, OSU. Dec. 26 - Hassan Adams, ARIZ.

LAST WEEK'S GAMES

Tues., Dec. 27
Portland State 54, Oregon 52
ORE: Taylor 11 pts/8 rbs, Brooks 10 pts/4 stls

Wed., Dec. 28
Oregon State 78, Texas-Pan American 54
OSU: Cuic 20 pts/7-11 FG/6 rbs, DeWitz 13 pts/6 blks

Thur., Dec. 29
Arizona 70, Washington State 52
ARIZ: Adams 25 pts/8 rbs, Williams 15 pts/7-10 FG/5 rbs, Walters 9 pts/7 rbs
WSU: Low 10 pts, Akognon 9 pts, Weaver 8 pts, Clark 8 rbs

Washington 91, Arizona State 67
WASH: Roy 35 pts/13-22 FG/5-5 3FG, Williams 12 pts, Jones 11 pts/7 rbs
ASU: Kruger 18 pts, Krueger 13 pts/6 rbs, Atuahene 10 pts

California 62, USC 58
CAL: Powe 20 pts/14 rbs, Midgley 11 pts/4 rbs, Wilkes 11 pts
USC: Young 16 pts/7 rbs, Stewart 16 pts/4 rbs, Pruitt 13 pts/5 stls

UCLA 71, Stanford 54
UCLA: Afflalo 23 pts, Mbah a Moute 12 pts/12 rbs, Shipp 11 pts
STAN: Haryasz 13 pts/7 rbs, Johnson 8 pts, Grunfeld 7 pts/7 rbs

Sat., Dec. 31
Arizona 96, Washington 95 (2OT)
ARIZ: Adams 32 pts/5-7 3FG/5 rbs/4 stls, Shakur 23 pts/9 asts, M. Williams 16 pts/9 rbs
WASH: Roy 35 pts/13-29 FG/4-6 3FG/11 rbs, J. Williams 22 pts/7 rbs, Appleby 12 pts

Washington State 64, Arizona State 49
WSU: Weaver 15 pts/4 rbs, Low 13 pts, Cowgill 8 pts/4 rbs/3 asts/2 blks
ASU: Kruger 23 pts/5-10 3FG, Goldstein 7 pts/4 rbs, Jackson 6 asts

California 68, UCLA 61
CAL: Ubaka 18 pts/7-7 FT, Wilkes 12 pts, Midgley 12 pts, Powe 12 rbs
UCLA: Afflalo 19 pts/5 rbs, Shipp 10 pts, Aboya 8 pts/3 rbs

USC 82, Stanford 71
USC: Stewart 18 pts/8 rbs, Young 16 pts/6 rbs, Francis 15 pts/6-8 FG
STAN: Hill 20 pts/7 rbs, Grunfeld 17 pts, Hernandez 15 pts, Haryasz 9 rbs

Oregon 70, Oregon State 64
ORE: Brooks 19 pts/5 asts, Johnson 13 pts/6 rbs, Taylor 10 pts
OSU: Stephens 14 pts, Jones 10 pts/13 rbs, DeWitz 10 pts

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA (9-3, 2-0)... Arizona is riding a seven-game winning streak ... The Wildcats' 96-95 double overtime win at No. 7 Washington Saturday snapped the Huskies' 32-game homecourt win streak, which was the longest streak in the nation. It marks the second time this season that Arizona has ended one of the nation's longest homecourt streaks, as the Cats' 73-43 win at Utah on Dec. 17 snapped the Utes' 21-game streak, which at the time was the fifth-longest streak in the NCAA ... It took two extra periods, but 96 points scored by Arizona was a season-high. Over the last three games, the Wildcats are averaging 84.0 points per game, 8.3 points better than their season scoring average (75.7) through 12 games ... In Thursday's 18-point win at Washington State, Arizona's 70 points were the most allowed by the Cougars this season. Entering the contest, Washington State opponents were averaging only 52.9 points per game, a figure that led the Pac-10 Conference and ranked third nationally entering the week ... Over the last four games, freshman F Marcus Williams is shooting 27-of-40 (.675), averaging 15.8 points.

  • ARIZONA STATE (6-5, 0-2)... ASU's Pac-10 opener at seventh-ranked Washington marked the third year in a row it opened against a ranked team. It opened at No. 14 Arizona last year and hosted fourth-ranked Arizona in 2003-04. It also marked the sixth time in Rob Evans' eight years ASU had opened Pac-10 play on the road ... ASU is shooting 198-of-263 (.753) from the free throw line, currently the second-best mark in school history. The 1977-78 team shot 75.6 percent ... Junior G Kevin Kruger has posted double digits in all but one game on the year and has made 31 three-pointers. He is averaging 37.7 minutes per game on the year. No Pac-10 player has averaged more than 36.9 the past two seasons, as Sun Devil Ike Diogu led the league in 2003-04 (36.9) and in 2004-05 (36.4) ... ASU has posted two 100-point outings in its past 80 games, both against USC. It won 108-78 on Feb. 13, 2003, in Tempe and 100-85 at USC on Jan. 17, 2004 ... ASU has won two of the past three against UCLA in Tempe and is 4-3 against the Bruins in the past seven meetings. Prior to that, ASU was 1-25 against the Bruins.

  • CALIFORNIA (8-3, 2-0)... With road wins at USC and UCLA last week, the Bears swept the Los Angeles trip for the first time since the 2000 season ... ... Cal opened conference play on the road with two wins for the first time since the 1956-57 season ... Junior G Ayinde Ubaka played all 40 minutes in the win over UCLA. He's played at least 35 minutes in 10 of 11 games, with the lone exception being a 28-minute night vs. Northern Colorado. He's averaging a career-best 13.9 points per game ... Senior G Richard Midgley knocked down five three-pointers on the LA swing, moving from fourth into a tie for second (with Joe Shipp) on the school's career three-point list with 157 treys. Ryan Drew holds the Cal career record with 214 three-pointers ... Cal's victory over No. 11 UCLA was it's first over an opponent ranked that high since defeating No. 7 Arizona, 89-76, on Feb. 25, 1999. And it was the first victory over a school ranked 11th or higher on the road since a 74-72 win vs. then-No. 9 Arizona on Feb. 12, 1995 in Tucson.

  • OREGON (7-6, 1-0)... With its win over Oregon State, Oregon has opened Pac-10 play with a victory for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons ... Junior G Aaron Brooks scored a season-high 19 points in Oregon's win over Oregon State. He has scored in double digits in each of the last six games. Over those six games, he's averaging 13.7 points, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals. He's also hit 23-of-26 (.885) from the free throw line during that span of games ... Sophomore G Malik Hairston suffered a sprained big toe and sat out the Dec. 27 Portland State game. He returned against Oregon, but was held below 10 points (6) for the first time this season ... Junior F Jordan Kent returned from the Holiday Bowl in time for one practice on Dec. 30 and then played six minutes against Oregon State - his first basketball action since Dec. 10 against Illinois.

  • OREGON STATE (7-5, 0-1)... Senior F Nick DeWitz tied a school record with six blocked shots in OSU's victory over Texas-Pan American. In addition, the Beavers also tied the team record with 10 blocked shots ... Freshman F Calvin Hampton will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Jan. 10, while freshman G Josh Tarver will redshirt the 2005-06 season due to his broken foot ... The Beavers hit the road for games at Stanford and California and are seeking to end a 13-game losing streak on the road in Pac-10 play ... Sophomore F Marcel Jones has grabbed 33 rebounds over the last four games, averaging 8.3 per game. Jones leads OSU, and is sixth in the Pac-10 with 7.1 rebounds per game.

  • STANFORD (4-6, 0-2)... Senior F Matt Haryasz had his double-digit scoring streak snapped at 24 games when he scored seven points at USC. However, Haryasz continues to lead all Pac-10 players in rebounds, averaging 9.7 per game ... Haryasz sprained his left ankle Saturday at USC and is doubtful for this week's games against the Oregon schools ... Freshman F Lawrence Hill came off the bench to score a team-high (and career-high) 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting in the loss at USC. Hill is averaging 6.8 rebounds over the last four games ... Stanford has won 15 of the last 17 meetings with Oregon State, and 18 of the last 20 meetings with Oregon. When it comes to playing in Maples Pavilion, the Cardinal own a pair of lengthy home-court winning streaks over Oregon State (12) and Oregon (19).

  • UCLA (11-2, 1-1)... The injury bug continues to hit the Bruins - on Dec. 27, senior G Cedric Bozeman injured his left shoulder in practice- he has torn cartilage in the shoulder and will rest and rehab for 3-4 weeks ... Sophomore point G Jordan Farmar sprained his right ankle (second time this season) in the second half vs. Stanford (only played four minutes), but came back to start vs. California (played 36 minutes). Freshman F Ryan Wright sprained his right ankle vs. Stanford, but also came back to play vs. California ... The Bruins were also without the services of senior centers - Michael Fey (sprained right ankle)/Ryan Hollins (strained groin) for last week's games against Stanford and California ... Sophomore F Josh Shipp, who had right hip surgery on Sept. 28, made his first appearances this season vs. Stanford and Cal, starting both games. Vs. Stanford he played 29 minutes, and tallied 11 points and 3 rebounds and vs. Cal, 27 minutes, 10 points, 3 rebounds.

  • USC (10-3, 1-1)... For the season, USC is holding the opposition to 38.0 percent shooting from the field, which ranks second in the conference ... In USC's 82-71 victory over Stanford, the Cardinal's 71 points snapped the Trojans' streak at 11 consecutive games holding the opposition under 70 points ... USC is tied for the Pac-10 lead with 60 blocked shots. The Trojans had 76 blocked shots all of last season ... USC has the second-biggest improvement in the country in points per game allowed, compared to 2004-05. The Trojans allowed 76.8 ppg in 2004-05, and are allowing just 60.5 ppg this season - a difference of -16.3 points. Only Richmond at -17.4 points has a better improvement ... USC's next game is Jan. 5 at Arizona State. January 5 has not been a good day for the Trojans as they have lost their last four games played on that date and seven of the last 10.

  • WASHINGTON (11-1, 1-1)... Senior G Brandon Roy posted back-to-back 35-point performances in a pair of home games vs. the Arizona schools. He's the seventh player in UW history to score 35 points or more in a game twice ... Roy shot 9-of-11 (.818) from three-point range in the two games last week. In the previous five games, Roy hit just 1-of-11 (.091) from three-point range ... Roy grabbed 11 rebounds vs. Arizona for his second double-double of the season ... The Huskies lead the league in assists, averaging 19.67 per game. The last team to average better than 19 assists per game was Arizona State (19.97 apg) during the 1997-98 season ... The Huskies meet Cornell in a non-conference game before returning to league action against Washington State. The Huskies have won the last four meetings against the Cougars, and have won 11 straight in Seattle.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (8-3, 1-1)... In their eight victories, the Cougars are holding the opposition to 47.8 points per game ... The Cougars are converting from the free throw line. Over the last four games, WSU is shooting 50-of-60 (.833) from the charity stripe ... WSU is averaging 63.4 points per game. The Cougars averaged 56.9 points during Dick Bennett's first two seasons in Pullman ... Sophomore G Derrick Low is the only Cougar averaging in double digits (10.5 ppg). However, the Cougars have a balanced offensive as five other players average 6.3 points or better per game.
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