This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Jan. 16, 2006

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., Jan. 17
Pac-10 Coaches/Media Conference Call, 10:30 a.m. PT

Wed., Jan. 18
USC at No. 18 UCLA, 7:30 p.m., FSNW2
Series: UCLA leads, 121-98. Streak: UCLA 2

Thur., Jan. 19
Stanford at Arizona, 8:30 p.m., FSN
Series: ARIZ leads, 43-25. Streak: ARIZ 1

California at Arizona State, 6:30 p.m., FSNAZ
Series: ASU leads, 31-28. Streak: CAL 1

Oregon at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Series: ORE leads, 149-116. Streak: ORE 8

Oregon State at No. 10 Washington, 7 p.m.
Series: WASH leads, 141-134. Streak: OSU 1

Sat., Jan. 21
California at Arizona, 4 p.m., ABC
Series: ARIZ leads, 46-24. Streak: ARIZ 3

Stanford at Arizona State, 6:30 p.m., FSNAZ/FSNBA
Series: STAN leads, 32-26. Streak: ASU 2

Oregon at No. 10 Washington, 5 p.m., OSN
Series: WASH leads, 176-99. Streak: WASH 3

Oregon State at Washington State, 7:30 p.m., FSN
Series: OSU leads, 158-112. Streak: OSU 1

West Virginia at UCLA, 12:45 p.m., CBS

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

Bobby Jones, Washington
U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week

WASHINGTON senior forward Bobby Jones was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week following his performance in Washington's road sweep at USC and UCLA.

Jones, who hails from Compton, Calif., averaged 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as the Huskies swept the Los Angeles schools on the road for the first time since 1987.

In the 86-77 win at USC, he matched his career-high with 22 points, hitting 4-of-8 from three-point range, and grabbed nine rebounds. In the 69-65 win at UCLA, UW's first win in Pauley Pavilion since 1987, Jones posted his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds. He entered last weekend's play averaging 10.6 points and 3.9 rebounds.

This is the first weekly honor for Jones and Washington's 24th Player of the Week honor all-time.

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; Jan. 2 - Hassan Adams, ARIZ; Jan. 9 - Josh Akognon, WSU; Jan. 16 - Bobby Jones, WASH.

LAST WEEK'S GAMES

Thur., Jan. 12
Oregon State 75, Arizona 65
OSU: DeWitz 20 pts, Cuic 13 pts, Stephens 13 pts, Jones 10 pts/9 rbs
ARIZ: Adams 22 pts/5 stls, Shakur 17 pts, McClellan 8 pts

Oregon 67, Arizona State 53
ORE: Brooks 19 pts, Hairston 16 pts/7 rbs, Taylor 14 pts, Zahn 12 pts
ASU: Atuahene 21 pts/6 rbs, Kruger 13 pts, Angounou 6 pts/6 rbs

UCLA 63, Washington State 61
UCLA: Afflalo 18 pts/7 rbs, Farmar 12 pts/7 asts, Roll 10 pts
WSU: Akognon 25 pts/6-8 3FG, Weaver 9 pts/6 asts

Washington 86, USC 77
WASH: Roy 23 pts/12 rbs, Jones 22 pts/9 rbs/3 blks, Williams 14 pts
USC: Pruitt 21 pts, Young 15 pts/5 rbs, Stewart 15 pts, Francis 11 pts

Fri., Jan. 13
Stanford 75, California 61
STAN: Haryasz 24 pts/10 rbs, Hernandez 20 pts/5-5 3FG, Grunfeld 10 pts/11 rbs
CAL: Powe 19 pts/10 rbs, Ubaka 13 pts, Benson 10 pts/5 rbs

Sat., Jan. 14
Oregon 73, Arizona 68
ORE: Hairston 23 pts/9-13 FG, Brooks 17 pts/5 rbs/4 asts, Johnson 10 pts/7 rbs
ARIZ: Shakur 19 pts, Adams 15 pts, Williams 10 pts/7 rbs

Arizona State 65, Oregon State 63 OT
ASU: Krueger 18 pts/7 rbs, Angounou 10 pts/5 rbs, Atuahene 6 pts/5 rbs
OSU: Cuic 17 pts/4 rbs, DeWitz 14 pts/8 rbs, Jeffers 11 pts/5 rbs

Washington 69, UCLA 65
WASH: Williams 14 pts, Brockman 12 pts/6 rbs, Jones 11 pts/12 rbs, Roy 10 pts
UCLA: Roll 17 pts/5-6 3FG, Afflalo 16 pts, Mbah a Moute 13 pts/11 rbs, Farmar 12 asts

USC 71, Washington State 66
USC: Young 32 pts/10-17 FG/5 rbs, Pruitt 20 pts/5-6 3FG
WSU: Akognon 19 pts/4-8 3FG, Clark 10 pts, Weaver 9 pts/5 rbs/4 asts

PAC-10 NOTES

  • Since the Pac-10 expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79, there was only one other season that had all league teams with at least two losses this early in league play - 1987. UCLA opened league play that year at 0-2, but bounced back to win the league title with a 14-4 record.

  • ARIZONA (10-6, 3-3)... During the Lute Olson era, Arizona has a Pac-10-best 134-68 (.663) record in conference road games, which makes last weekend's 0-2 record in Oregon dubiously noteworthy. Since the start of the 1989-90 season, Arizona has tallied 30 road sweeps, split 27 times, and nine 0-2 postings. All told, Arizona has collected a sweep in 45 percent of the of the Pac-10 road trips over the last 17 seasons ... Senior F Hassan Adams enters Thursday's game just one point shy of becoming the 12th player in Arizona history to register 1,600 career points. In his 115-game career, Adams is averaging 13.9 points per game ... In its 10 victories this season, Arizona is shooting 44.3 percent (285-of-644) from the floor, including 30.3 percent from three-point range, while averaging 77.6 points per game. Opponents are shooting 39.4 percent (228-of-579) from the floor, including a 29.5 percent effort from behind the arc and averaging 61.2 points per game. In the six defeats, opponents are shooting 54.4 percent (159-of-292) from the floor, 47.6 percent from three-point range and average 75.8 points per game, while Arizona shoots 41.9 percent (158-of-377) from the floor, including 31.5 percent from three-point range, and averages 69.7 points per game.

  • ARIZONA STATE (7-8, 1-5)... ASU is 21-6 (.778) against Cal in Tempe in Pac-10 play, its best record against any Pac-10 opponent ... ASU will try to win three straight against Stanford on Saturday for the first time since it won five straight from 1992-94. It swept the Cardinal for the first time since 1993-94 last year ... With its 65-63 overtime win at Oregon State Saturday, ASU is now 6-4 in road overtime games under Rob Evans and is 11-4 against Oregon State under Evans ... Junior college transfer Antwi Atuahene is averaging 37.3 minutes in the past three games, including a season-high 42 at Oregon State. He is shooting 42-of-81 (.519) from the floor on the year and hit the game-winning bucket with eight seconds left in overtime against Oregon State ... Junior G Kevin Kruger's 38.1 minutes per game is one of the top marks on the ASU single-season chart.

  • CALIFORNIA (9-5, 3-2)... Junior G Ayinde Ubaka has scored 81 points in five Pac-10 games, averaging 16.2 ppg. He scored a total of 80 points, averaging 5.7 ppg in the 14 Pac-10 games he played last season. Ubaka has been clutch in the late-going, averaging 7.2 pg and shooting 18-of-20 from the free throw line in the final five minutes of Cal's five Pac-10 games ... Cal heads to Tempe on Thursday where it has won four of the last five meetings. Cal will look to snap a streak in Tucson where Arizona has won 10 straight over the Bears.

  • OREGON (9-8, 3-2)... Sophomore G/F Malik Hairston is averaging 17.8 points over the last four Pac-10 games. Of the 71 points he's scored during the last four games, 57 have come in the second half - that's 80 percent ... Junior G Jordan Kent, while he has not scored in the last four games, is averaging 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists and has turned the ball over just three times in 99 minutes of action ... The Ducks join Stanford as the only Pac-10 teams that remain undefeated at home in league play ... In its win over Arizona, five Ducks scored in double figures. It was the fifth time this season that Oregon had five different players reach double figures in a game ... Oregon's 'hustle stats' are indicative of the Ducks' improved play of late. Oregon has now out-rebounded the opposition in eight of the last nine games. The Ducks also have more assists than opponents in nine of their last 10 games, and have even begun hitting free throws at a better clip of late, netting 78.8 percent in Pac-10 games ... Oregon has won eight in a row vs. Washington State, and 16 of the last 17 meetings. The Ducks have won seven of the last eight in Pullman.

  • OREGON STATE (9-7, 2-3)... Senior F Nick DeWitz moved into third on the school's all-time list for blocked shots. He has 86 blocks in his career, averaging 2.05 blocks per game ... Since opening Pac-10 play shooting 0-of-6 from three-point range in the first two games, DeWitz has responding with an 8-of-10 (.800) effort from beyond the arc in the last three games ... OSU is 11-6 in overtime games at Gill Coliseum during Pac-10 play (since 1978-79). Its overtime game with ASU marks the seventh time the two teams have played an extra period. Since 1978-79, only two other series in the Pac-10 have played that many overtime games - California vs. Washington State and Oregon State vs. USC have both played in seven overtime games.

  • STANFORD (7-6, 3-2)... The Cardinal have won three straight, and at 7-6 are above .500 for the first time since their victory over Cal Poly on Nov. 28 to open the season at 2-1 ... During the three-game winning streak, Stanford is shooting 59-of-70 (.843) from the free throw line ... Senior G Chris Hernandez was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field, including 5-of-5 from three-point range, in collecting 20 points in the win over California. He became the 34th player in Stanford history to reach 1,000 career points. He now joins former Cardinal standouts Brevin Knight, Arthur Lee and Todd Lichti as the only Stanford players to post 1,000 points and 300 assists ... Hernandez has scored in double figures in each of the last four games, averaging 16.8 points during that span. He's shooting 12-of-22 (.545) from beyond the arc in those four games ... Senior F Matt Haryasz posted his league-leading sixth double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds against California ... Stanford is riding a seven-game winning streak in Maples Pavilion.

  • UCLA (14-3, 4-2)... Freshman F Michael Roll started his first two games for the Bruins vs. the Washington schools. He responded with two season-highs - a then season-high 32 minutes and 10 points vs. WSU and then vs. the Huskies, he went for a season-best and game-high 17 points (including 5-of-6 from three-point range) in 34 minutes ... The injury nemesis continues - sophomore F Josh Shipp announced last Tuesday that, because of continual and increasing pain and discomfort in his right hip that was operated on Sept. 28- he will not play the rest of the season. Starting sophomore center Lorenzo Mata injured his right knee late in the game vs. Washington State and medical tests revealed a nondisplaced right tibial plateau fracture. He will be out 6-8 weeks, but once the fracture is healed, he is expected to resume full activity. Vs. Washington, freshman F Alfred Aboya, who had his left knee scoped on Oct. 12 and his right on July 11, suffered a right knee sprain vs. the Huskies (medical tests will be conducted this weekend) ... Freshman F Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, the nation's top freshman rebounder (8.7 rpg), posted his fifth double/double of the year with a season-high tying 13 points/team-high 11 rebounds. He also had a game-high nine rebounds vs. WSU and has now led the Bruins in rebounding the last four games and in 16 of UCLA's 17 contests.

  • USC (12-5, 3-3)... Sophomore G/F Nick Young (17.3 ppg), sophomore G Gabe Pruitt (16.7 ppg), and junior G Lodrick Stewart (12.6 ppg) combine to account for 66.7 percent of the team's scoring (792 of the team's 1,188 points) ... Pruitt shot 11-of-20 (.550) from three-point range in a split with the Washington schools last week. Over the last four games, Pruitt has connected for at least five three-pointers in each game. He's shooting 21-of-40 (.523) from long distance during that four-game stretch ... Young scored a career-high 32 points in the win over Washington State. That's the most points a player has scored against WSU under Cougar coach Dick Bennett.

  • WASHINGTON (14-2, 3-2)... The Huskies swept the Los Angeles road swing for the first time in 19 years. Their victory over UCLA was their first in Pauley Pavilion since 1987 ... Senior G Brandon Roy has scored 20 or more points in four of five Pac-10 games. He leads the league in scoring in Conference games only with a 26.0 ppg average ... Senior F Mike Jensen is starting to find his shooting touch. Jensen missed the first nine games of the season recuperating from left shoulder surgery. In five Pac-10 games, he's shooting 6-of-14 (.429) from three-point range ... The Huskies have won three straight over Oregon and have won the last four meetings in Seattle.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (9-5, 2-3)... Washington State has used 11 different starting line-ups in 14 games this season. The Cougars have used three different starting line-ups in the last three games since sophomore point guard Derrick Low broke his right foot in practice, Jan. 3 ... The 37 points given up by the Cougars in the first half at USC are the most yielded by WSU in an opening stanza this season ...Freshman C Aron Baynes pulled down a season/career-high seven rebounds ...Sophomore G Josh Akognon averaged 22.0 points, shooting 13-of-22 (.591) from the field and 10-of-16 (.625) from three-point range in last weekend's games vs. UCLA and USC. Akognon has 71 of WSU's 205 points (34.6 percent) over the last three games ... WSU lost for the first time this season when leading at halftime (7-1)...also lost for the first time in a Saturday game (7-1) ... WSU players have turned in four 20-point performances this season (Akognon - 3, Ivory Clark - 1). WSU had five 20-point performances all of last season (Thomas Kelati - 3, Jeff Varem - 2).
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