This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

March 21, 2006

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Oakland Region
Thur., Mar. 23
No. 1 Memphis vs. No. 13 Bradley, 4:27 p.m. PT
No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 Gonzaga, 30 minutes following

Sat., Mar. 25
UCLA/Gonzaga winner vs. Memphis/Bradley winner, TBA

Washington, D.C. Region
Fri., Mar. 24
No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 11 George Mason, 7:37 p.m. ET
No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 5 WASHINGTON, 30 minutes following

Sun., Mar. 26
Connecticut/WASHINGTON winner vs. Wichita State/George Mason, TBA

Game times local to site. All NCAA Tournament games on CBS.

Pac-10 Posts a 5-2 Record Through the First Weekend of NCAA Tournament Play

UCLA continued to show defensive dominance as it posted victories over Belmont and Alabama to advance to the Oakland Region semifinals. The Bruins extended their streak of holding their opponents under 60 points for the seventh and eighth consecutive games with a 78-44 win over Belmont and a 62-59 win over Alabama... WASHINGTON reached the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year as it advanced to the Washington, D.C. Region semifinals behind the play of Brandon Roy, the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Roy averaged 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in Husky victories over Utah State and Illinois... With ARIZONA posting a first round win over Wisconsin, the Pac-10 opened the first weekend of NCAA Tournament action with a 5-2 record... For the second consecutive year, the Pac-10 will have two teams in the Sweet 16. And over the last six NCAA Tournaments, 12 Pac-10 teams have extended play into the second weekend of the Tournament.

Pac-10 Player of the Year
Brandon Roy, Washington

Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, UCLA

Pac-10 Coach of the Year
Ben Howland, UCLA


  • PAC-10 AND THE NCAA TOURNAMENT... With four teams selected for the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-10 has sent four or more teams into the Tournament for the 12th time in 13 years... Over the last six NCAA Tournaments, the Pac-10 has posted a 39-25 (.609) record and has had 12 teams reach the Sweet Sixteen... With 15 national titles, the Pac-10 owns more NCAA basketball titles than any other conference. Five different Pac-10 schools have captured the national title.

  • UCLA is making its 40th NCAA Tournament appearance. As a No. 2 seed, UCLA enters the Tournament with its highest seed since 1997 when it also was awarded a No. 2 seed... The Bruins have posted an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 87-32 (.731) with a record 11 national titles... Coach Ben Howland is 6-4 (.600) all-time in the Tournament, having guided three different schools (UCLA, Pittsburgh and Northern Arizona) into the bracket... UCLA advances to the Oakland Region semifinals after wins over Belmont (78-44) and Alabama (62-59)... The last time Oakland was host to NCAA Regional action was in 1995. That year, UCLA won the West Region and advanced to the Final Four where it went on to win the school's 11th national title... The Bruins and Gonzaga have met just once, with Gonzaga knocking off the Bruins during the 2000 season. UCLA is 6-5 all-time vs. Bradley and are 3-2 all-time vs. Memphis. Memphis defeated UCLA in the NIT Preseason Tipoff semifinals earlier this season.

  • WASHINGTON is making its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance and have posted a record of 14-13 (.519) all-time in the Tournament... It's the Huskies third consecutive NCAA appearance, tying the school record of three straight appearances run off in 1984, `85, and `86... Coach Lorenzo Romar is taking the Huskies to the Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive season and has a career postseason record of 4-3 (.571)... Washington is 0-2 all-time vs. Connecticut. The first time these two teams met was during the 1998 East Region semifinals when UConn's Richard Hamilton hit a buzzer beater for a 75-74 victory. The Huskies are 3-2 all-time vs. Wichita State, and have never played George Mason.


    Thursday, Mar. 16
    UCLA 78, Belmont 44 (UCLA - Mbah a Moute 17 pts/8 rbs/6 asts, Hollins 10 pts/4 rbs, Collison 10 pts)
    WASHINGTON 75, Utah State 61 (WASH - Roy 28 pts/4-7 3FG/5 asts, Williams 15 pts/5 stls, Jones 11 pts)
    Friday, Mar. 17
    ARIZONA 94, Wisconsin 75 (ARIZ - Adams 21 pts/10-14 FG, Radenovic 18 pts/7 rbs, Shakur 17 pts/9 asts)
    North Carolina State 58, California 52 (CAL - Powe 14 pts/12 rbs, Benson 13 pts, Wilkes 10 pts/5 rbs)

    Saturday, Mar. 18
    UCLA 62, Alabama 59 (UCLA - Farmar 18 pts/5-10 3FG, Afflalo 13 pts, Hollins 12 pts/4 rbs/3 blks)
    WASHINGTON 67, Illinois 64 (WASH - Roy 21 pts/7 rbs, Dentmon 13 pts/6 rbs/4 asts, Williams 10 pts/7 rbs)
    Sunday, Mar. 19
    Villanova 82, ARIZONA 78 (ARIZ - Williams 24 pts/8 rbs, Shakur 21 pts/4-4 3FG/5 asts, Adams 20 pts/4 rbs)


  • Defensively, each Pac-10 team held its opponents to an average of 70 points per game or less. That's never been done in the Pac-10 since the shot clock was put to use starting with the 1985-86 season. The most in any season had been five teams in 1986 and 1987.

  • ARIZONA made its 22nd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the nation's longest active streak. With a 20-13 record, the Wildcats have posted 20 or more wins in each of the last 19 seasons... Senior G Hassan Adams is the only player in Pac-10 history with 1,700 points, 700 rebounds and 200 steals... Freshman F Marcus Williams led all Pac-10 freshmen in scoring (13.0 ppg). He scored in double digits in each of the final six games of the season, averaging 17.8 points during that span... Junior G Mustafa Shakur, a native of Philadelphia, was impressive in his return to his hometown during the opening weekend of NCAA play. He averaged 19.0 points, 7.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 13-of-24 (.542) from the field, including 7-of-9 (.778) from three-point range. Arizona returns four starters - Williams (13.0 ppg/4.7 rpg), Shakur (11.2 ppg/4.7 apg), junior F Ivan Radenovic (12.1 ppg/6.3 rpg) and junior C Kirk Walters (6.1 ppg/3.5 rpg).

  • ARIZONA STATE junior G Kevin Kruger averaged a school record 38.96 minutes per game. He played all 40 minutes in 12 games, including seven of the last 11 contests. He played 1,091 out of 1,140 possible minutes (95.7 percent)... Center Jeff Pendergraph, a Pac-10 All-Freshman pick, averaged 14.7 ppg over the last nine games... A new coach for the Sun Devils in 2006-07 will be welcomed by five returning starters - Kruger (15.0 ppg/40.3% 3FG/3.4 rpg), Pendergraph (10.9 ppg/6.1 rpg), junior G Bryson Krueger (12.3 ppg/3.4 rpg), junior F Serge Angounou (7.3 ppt/5.1 rpg), and sophomore G Antwi Atuahene (7.1 ppg/3.6 rpg/3.9 apg).

  • CALIFORNIA made its 14th NCAA Tournament appearance... Sophomore F Leon Powe is attempting to become the first Bear to lead the league in scoring (20.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg) since Mark McNamara in 1982. In fact, it's been done only five times in the Pac-10 - Ike Diogu (Arizona State, 2005), A.C. Green (Oregon State, 1985), McNamara (Cal, 1982), Bill Walton (UCLA, 1972) and Lew Alcindor (UCLA, 1967-69). Powe is the first Pac-10 player to average a double-double since Stanford's Adam Keefe accomplished the feat in 1992... Cal allowed only 64.5 ppg - lowest for a Bear team since the 1985-86 squad surrendered 63.4 ppg... Cal returns four starters for 2006-07 - Powe (20.5 ppg/10.1 rpg), junior G Ayinde Ubaka (14.5 ppg/3.0 rpg/3.8 apg), sophomore G Omar Wilkes (7.6 ppg/1.5 rpg), sophomore C DeVon Hardin (7.3 ppg/6.6 rpg).

  • OREGON allowed an average of 65.3 ppg. That's UO's best defensive average since the 1984-85 squad allowed 61.9 ppg... Heartbreak City - the Ducks were 1-9 in games decided by five points or less. Eight of those losses were by three points or less... Sophomore G Chamberlain Oguchi averaged 18.1 ppg over the last 10 games, hitting 40 of his team-leading 68 three-pointers in that span... The Ducks return all five starters. In fact nine returning players each earned 10 or more starts. Sophomore Pac-10 honorable mention selection, G/F Malik Hairston (15.0 ppg/4.7 rpg) was the only Duck to start all 32 games, and junior G Aaron Brooks (10.8 ppg/4.4 apg) posted 31 starts.

  • OREGON STATE sophomore F Marcel Jones finished up the year averaging 12.7 ppg and 5.7 rpg over the final seven games... Senior G Chris Stephens finished his career with the OSU career record for three-point field goals (180) and free throw percentage (86.2 percent)... Senior G Lamar Hurd suffered a groin injury and missed the final 15 games. With Hurd in the lineup, OSU shot 46.1% and averaged 68.8 points. Without him, it shot 41.5% and averaged 62.8 points... Sophomore F Sasa Cuic averaged 19.0 points in the final 10 games of the Pac-10 regular season... OSU will return three starters in 2005-06, and those three make up a very good starting frontline - Jones (9.2 ppg/6.7 rpg), Cuic (13.5 ppg/4.5 rpg), and junior center Kyle Jeffers (6.3 ppg/4.2 rpg).

  • STANFORD senior F Matt Haryasz is one of three Cardinal all-time to post 1,000 points/700 rebounds/100 blocked shots... Senior G Chris Hernandez finished his career with 1,265 points, 396 assists and 138 steals. Former Cardinal players Brevin Knight and Todd Lichti were the only other Cardinal players to post 1,250 points, 300 assists and 100 steals... Stanford's 39 points in its victory at Washington State is the fewest for a winning team in Pac-10 play since the introduction of the shot clock in 1986... Returning starters for the Cardinal in 2006-07 include sophomore F Taj Finger (4.8 ppg/3.3 rpg) and freshman G Mitch Johnson (3.4 ppg/3.3 apg).

  • UCLA won its 28th conference title and first since 1997. It's the 42nd 20-win season for the Bruins... Pac-10 Freshman of the Year F Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is on pace to set a UCLA freshman record for rebounds. He's at 8.1 rpg. Of his 282 rebounds, 101 have been on the offensive boards. He's already posted a UCLA rookie record with seven double-double this season... UCLA enters the NCAA Sweet 16 with a nine-game winning streak. During those nine games, UCLA is averaging 72.3 points while holding opponents to 54.0 points. None of the nine teams have scored more than 60 points in a game. UCLA is shooting .515 from the field and .413 from three-point range while holding the nine opponents to .397 from the floor and .342 from the arc during that span.

  • USC posted a 17-win season under first-year coach Tim Floyd that included victories over top-20 ranked foes North Carolina and UCLA... Sophomore G Gabe Pruitt tallied 30 or more points three times this season, becoming the first Trojan to do so since Harold Miner in 1992 (11)... Sophomore F Nick Young is one of three Pac-10 players to rank in the league's top 10 in scoring (4th/17.3 ppg) and rebounding (7th/6.6 rpg)... Starting next season, USC will play its games in the state-of-the-art Galen Center... USC returns all five starters for 2006-07 - Young (17.3 ppg/6.6 rpg), Pruitt (16.9 ppg/4.0 rpg/38.0% 3FG/2.2 spg), junior G Lodrick Stewart (12.3 ppg/3.6 rpg), freshman G Ryan Francis (7.1 ppg/2.7 rpg/3.7 apg), and junior C Abdoulaye Ndiaye (5.3 ppg/4.7 rpg/1.6 bpg).

  • WASHINGTON has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1984-85, and only the second time since 1953... Senior G Brandon Roy became the second Husky to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, joining former UW standout Chris Welp (1986)... Freshman F Jon Brockman became the second Husky freshman all-time to grab 200 rebounds in a season. He's seventh in the Pac-10, averaging 6.6 rpg... Freshman G Justin Dentmon set a UW frosh record with 121 assists. Dentmon and Roy (132 assists) are the seventh pair of players to each post 100 or more assists in the same season for the Huskies.

  • WASHINGTON STATE used 23 different starting lineups in 28 games this season... The Cougars held the opposition to a league-best 57.7 ppg... WSU matched a school record with 130 blocked shots this season. Ranked among the league's top 10 were Sophomore F Robbie Cowgill (1.32 bpg) and junior F Ivory Clark (1.11 bpg)... Coach Dick Bennett retired at the conclusion of the season and handed the reigns over to son Tony Bennett. The younger Bennett becomes the 16th man to lead the WSU program. With 23 different starting lineups this past season, seven returning Cougars were given the opportunity to start at least 11 games this past year. A majority of the starts went to Cowgill (9.2 ppg/5.1 rpg), sophomore G Kyle Weaver (8.6 ppg/4.3 rpg/4.0 apg) and sophomore G Derrick Low (8.3 ppg/3.2 apg).
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