This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Feb. 6, 2006

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., Feb. 7
Pac-10 Coaches/Media Conference Call, 10:30 a.m. PT

Thur., Feb. 9
Oregon at Arizona, 6:30 p.m., FSNAZ
Series: ARIZ leads, 37-19. Streak: ORE 1

Oregon State at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Series: OSU leads, 37-28. Streak: ASU 2

USC at No. 21 Washington, 7:30 p.m., FSNNW/FSNW2
Series: USC leads, 62-61. Streak: WASH 4

No. 13 UCLA at Washington State, 5:30 p.m., FSN
Series: UCLA leads, 88-14. Streak: UCLA 3

Stanford at California, 7:30 p.m., FSN
Series: CAL leads, 137-109. Streak: STAN 6

Sat., Feb. 11 - Coaches vs. Cancer Awareness Day
Oregon State at Arizona, 11:30 a.m., FSNAZ/FSNNW
Series: ARIZ leads, 43-17. Streak: OSU 1

Oregon at Arizona State, 6 p.m., FSNAZ
Series: ASU leads, 34-27. Streak: ORE 1

USC at Washington State, 3 p.m., FSN
Series: USC leads, 63-36. Streak: USC 1

No. 13 UCLA at No. 21 Washington, 12:30 p.m., ABC
Series: UCLA leads, 85-34. Streak: WASH 2

Stanford at No. 5 Gonzaga, 6 p.m., ESPN
Series: Tied, 2-2. Streak: STAN 2

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

Chris Hernandez, Stanford
U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week

STANFORD senior guard Chris Hernandez was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week for his performance in Stanford's victories at Oregon and Oregon State.

Hernandez, from Fresno, Calif., averaged 24.0 points on 15-of-24 (.625) shooting from the field, 8-of-12 (.667) from three-point range and a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

In the 57-56 win at Oregon, he played a game-high 36 minutes to score 20 points on 6-of-11 (.545) shooting from the field, 4-of-6 (.667) from beyond the arc, including the game-winner with 11.3 seconds remaining. He added three rebounds, three assists and a steal. In the 71-64 win at Oregon State, Hernandez posted a season-high 28 points, shooting 9-of-13 (.692) from the field, 4-of-6 (.667) from long distance and 6-of-6 from the free throw line as the Cardinal extended their winning streak to five games.

This is the second weekly honor for Hernandez and Stanford's 38th 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; Jan. 23 - Matt Haryasz, STAN; Jan. 30 - Matt Haryasz, STAN; Feb. 6 - Chris Hernandez, STAN.

LAST WEEK'S GAMES

Thur., Feb. 2
USC 77, Arizona 70
USC: Pruitt 25 pts/7 stls, Young 21 pts/9 rbs, Stewart 17 pts
ARIZ: Williams 17 pts/9 rbs, Shakur 16 pts/5 asts, Radenovic 12 pts/10 rbs

UCLA 69, Arizona State 60
UCLA: Farmar 18 pts/4 asts, Afflalo 17 pts/6 rbs, Bozeman 10 pts/4 asts
ASU: Krueger 14 pts, Atuahene 12 pts, Angounou 11 pts/9 rbs

CAL 69, Oregon State 52
CAL: Midgley 16 pts/3-3 3FG, Ubaka 14 pts/7 asts, Powe 13 pts/16 rbs/4 asts
OSU: Cuic 21 pts/11 rbs, Jones 9 pts/7 rbs

Stanford 57, Oregon 56
STAN: Haryasz 24 pts/14 rbs/3 blks, Hernandez 20 pts/4-6 3FG, Grunfeld 9 pts/6 rbs/4 asts
ORE: Hairston 23 pts/9-15 FG/5 rbs, Johnson 9 pts/6 rbs

Sat., Feb. 4
UCLA 84, Arizona 73
UCLA: Afflalo 27 pts/13-16 FT/4 asts, Farmar 13 pts, Hollins 12 pts
ARIZ: Adams 19 pts/5 rbs/4 stls, Walters 14 pts/5 rbs, Radenovic 13 pts/4 rbs/6 asts

Arizona State 68, USC 65
ASU: Pendergraph 15 pts/7 rbs, Kruger 14 pts/6 rbs, Angounou 11 pts/10 rbs
USC: Pruitt 22 pts/6-13 3FG/5 rbs, Young 12 pts/4 rbs, Odzic 9 pts/3-5 3FG/4 asts

California 62, Oregon 60
CAL: Ubaka 20 pts/3-4 3FG/3 asts, Powe 15 pts/9 rbs, Hardin 10 pts/8 rbs
ORE: Leunen 15 pts/rbs, Schafer 8 pts/5 rbs, Brooks 8 pts/4 rbs

Stanford 71, Oregon State 64
STAN: Hernandez 28 pts/9-13 FG/4-6 3FG, Grunfeld 13 pts/6 rbs, Haryasz 6 pts/8 rbs
OSU: DeWitz 17 pts/4 rbs/3 blks, Cuic 15 pts, Washington 11 pts/4 rbs

Washington State 77, Washington 64
WSU: Akognon 14 pts/3 asts, Baynes 13 pts/12 rbs, Matthews 13 pts
WASH: Roy 21 pts/9 rbs, Dentmon 14 pts/4 rbs, Jones 10 pts

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA (13-9, 6-5)... Five of UA's last seven league games will be at home, including the last three consecutively, where the Wildcats are 8-1 this season... The Wildcats finished the week with a 13-9 record, which is the most losses for an Arizona team on this date since 1983-84, Olson's first season in Tucson. The 1986-87 Wildcats, the last UA team not to win 20 games, did not lose its ninth game of the season until Feb. 12. That club finished with an 18-12 record... Arizona's three-game losing streak is the program's first such streak since the final three games of the 1991-92 season, including an NCAA Tournament loss. The last time a Lute Olson-coached team lost three consecutive regular-season games came Feb. 4-13, 1984, in Olson's first season at Arizona. That team finished with an 11-17 record... Senior G Hassan Adams was held to nine points at USC, snapping a double-digit score streak that reached 24 games... Arizona has won 19 of the last 20 meetings with Oregon at McKale Center.

  • ARIZONA STATE (8-12, 2-9)... Junior F Serge Angounou posted his first double-double of the season with 11 points/10 rebounds in ASU's win at USC. Angounou averaged 11.0 points and 9.5 rebounds on the Los Angeles road swing... Junior G Kevin Kruger is fifth in the nation in percentage of minutes played. In other words, he has played in 94.7 percent of the minutes this year. That's 767 out of a possible 810 minutes... The Sun Devils have won seven straight over Oregon State in Wells Fargo Arena, and 12 of the last 13 meetings in Tempe.

  • CALIFORNIA (14-6, 8-3)... Sophomore F Leon Powe pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds to go with 13 points in Cal's win at Oregon State. It was his sixth consecutive double-double and 10th of the season. His streak ended two nights later when he came up one rebound short in a 15 point/9 rebound effort at Oregon... The Bears are taking good care of the basketball during their four-game winning streak. They have committed just 37 turnovers (9.3 per game), including a season-low five turnovers at Oregon State. Junior G Ayinde Ubaka posted 10 assists and just one turnover in 71 minutes during the Oregon trip... With the road sweep over the Oregon schools, Cal has bettered its record from a year ago when it finished 6-12 in Pac-10 play and 13-16 overall.

  • OREGON (10-13, 4-7)... The Ducks lost four straight games by a combined total of 16 points. All four losses have come by seven points or less... Nine of Oregon's 11 Pac-10 games have been decided by 11 points or less. Then there's this: 12 of Oregon's last 16 games overall have been decided by single digits... Oregon is allowing just 64.0 points per game. That would be Oregon's best defensive average in more than 20 years. The last team to allow fewer than 64 points per game was Don Monson's 1984-85 squad that allowed 61.9 ppg. The 45-second clock was in use that year, and it was before the introduction of the three-point line. (68.2 in 1999-00 is Oregon's current best under Ernie Kent)... The Ducks have now out-rebounded the opposition in 12 of the last 15 games... Stanford (Feb. 2) was the eighth opponent that Oregon has held below 40 percent shooting from the floor this season. The Ducks are 6-2 in those games.

  • OREGON STATE (10-12, 3-8)... The Beavers are 1-5 in the six games that senior G Lamar Hurd has missed due to groin strain. Their shooting percentage has slipped from a conference-best 50.2 percent through the first five Pac-10 games to 38.7 percent in the next six, their three-point shooting has gone from 46.1 percent to 32.3 percent, and the team's scoring average in Conference play has dropped from 68.0 points to 60.7 points over the last six games... Sophomore F Sasa Cuic posted the first double-double of his career with 21 points and 11 rebounds against California... Senior F Nick DeWitz needs three blocked shots to reach 100 for his career... Senior G Chris Stephens is currently shooting 217-of-251 (.865) from the free throw line for his career. The OSU career record is 83.3 percent, set by Rocky Smith (1976-77).

  • STANFORD (12-7, 8-3)... Senior G Chris Hernandez was perfect from the line again last week, hitting 10-of-10 free throws. He's made 21 consecutive free throw attempts. Hernandez is 46-of-50 (.980) from the charity stripe in league play... Hernandez is shooting 317-of-372 (.852) from the line for his career... Senior F/C Matt Haryasz got poked in the eye at Oregon State. He played just 13 minutes, scoring six points and collecting eight rebounds. That ended his streak of six consecutive 20-point games... Stanford has won six straight in its series with California, and 16 of the last 18.

  • UCLA (19-4, 9-2)... One more victory will give UCLA a 20-win season for the first time since the 2001-02 season when the Bruins finished at 21-12... The Bruins swept the Arizona series for the first time since 1997. UCLA's 11-point win over Arizona (84-73) is the largest margin of victory over the Wildcats since 1983, when UCLA beat Arizona, 111-58 at Pauley Pavilion... Although in foul trouble vs. Arizona, freshman forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute still led the Bruins in rebounding (6), for the 21st time in 23 games... UCLA outrebounded Arizona 27-26... the Bruins are 15-1 when winning the rebound battle... Sophomore G Jordan Farmar suffered a mild left ankle sprain (x-rays showed no abnormalities). Farmar was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top collegiate point guard.

  • USC (15-7, 6-5)... With 106 career steals, sophomore G Gabe Pruitt needs two steals to crack USC's top ten list. His seven thefts against Arizona were tied for fourth most in a game by a Trojan... Freshman G Sead Odzic scored a career-high nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from three-point range, and added four assists in just 16 minutes vs. Arizona State. Odzic is fourth on USC's squad with 17 three-pointers... USC has had its share of success recently in the state of Washington, having won four of its last six in Seattle, and four of its last six in Pullman.

  • WASHINGTON (16-5, 5-5)... The Huskies look to snap a three-game skid, their longest since dropping five straight during the 2004-05 season... Senior G Brandon Roy is second in the league in scoring at 18.9 points per game. He trails Arizona's Hassan Adams by 0.1 points. The last time a Husky won the Pac-10 scoring crown was Louie Nelson with an average of 21.9 points during the 1972-73 season... Freshman F Jon Brockman has six double-figure rebounding games, equaling the number the entire Husky team compiled in 2005... Washington entered last week's action leading the nation averaging 84.9 points per game. However, the Huskies are averaging 69.3 points per game over the last six games.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (10-9, 3-7)... The Cougars used their 16th different starting line-up in 19 games this season... The eighth different starting line-up in eight games since sophomore point guard Derrick Low broke his right foot in practice, Jan. 3... Freshman G Chris Matthews made his first career start for Washington State. He played a career-high 27 minutes and contributed a career-high 13 points... Cougar freshman center Aron Baynes scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds to record his second consecutive double-double... With the victory, Washington State earned its first home-and-home sweep of Washington in basketball in the same school year as an Apple Cup victory over the Huskies since 1968-69... The 8,770 in attendance is the largest crowd at Friel Court since Feb. 8, 1996 when 8,940 saw the Cougars defeat Oregon State 61-42.
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