This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

March 27, 2006

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THIS WEEK'S NCAA FINAL FOUR SCHEDULE

NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Indianapolis, Ind.
Fri., Mar. 31
UCLA Press Conferences, 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. CT
UCLA Practice (open to the public), 2:10 p.m. - 3 p.m. CT

Sat., Apr. 1 - NCAA Semifinals
Florida vs. George Mason, 5:07 p.m. CT
UCLA vs. LSU, 7:47 p.m. CT

Mon., Apr. 3 - NCAA Championship Game
Florida/George Mason winner
vs. UCLA/LSU winner, 8:21 p.m. CT

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

UCLA ADVANCES TO FINAL FOUR
Dominating Defense Leads Bruins to Indy

UCLA becomes the first Pac-10 team to reach the Final Four since 2001 (Arizona). The Pac-10 has captured 15 national titles, with the Bruins having won a record 11 national titles... The Pac-10 is 7-3 (.700) in NCAA Tournament play this year, and is 41-26 (.612) over the last six years of NCAA Tourney action... UCLA enters the Final Four on an 11-game winning streak, which can be attributed to its defense. Over the last 11 games, UCLA is allowing a scant 54.7 points per game... WASHINGTON came up short in overtime to top-seeded Connecticut in the Washington, D.C. Region semifinal. However, the Huskies finished the year with 26 wins, and 55 wins over the past two years - a UW record for a two-year period... Washington's Brandon Roy, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, was named First Team Associated Press All-America. CALIFORNIA's Leon Powe was named Second Team Associated Press All-America, while UCLA's Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar were Honorable Mention selections.

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 IN NCAA TOURNAMENT ACTION

  • 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 41-26 (.612) 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. The Pac-10 has produced a 34-20 record (.630) in Final Four play.

  • UCLA is making its 40th NCAA Tournament appearance, and its 16th Final Four appearance. As a No. 2 seed, UCLA entered the Tournament with its highest seed since 1997 when it also was awarded a No. 2 seed... The last time UCLA reached the Final Four was in 1995. That season, UCLA won its 11th national title after advancing from the West Region, which coincidentally was held in Oakland... The Bruins have posted an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 89-32 (.736) with a record 11 national titles... Coach Ben Howland is 8-4 (.667) all-time in the Tournament, having guided three different schools (UCLA, Pittsburgh and Northern Arizona) into the bracket... Senior C Ryan Hollins was named Oakland Regional Most Outstanding Player. Sophomore teammates Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo were named to the All-Tournament Team... UCLA is 7-0 all-time vs. LSU, 1-0 vs. George Mason, and has never played Florida. How the Bruins reached the Final Four:

    FIRST ROUND - 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)
    SECOND ROUND - Saturday, Mar. 18
    UCLA 62, Alabama 59 (UCLA - Farmar 18 pts/5-10 3FG, Afflalo 13 pts, Hollins 12 pts/4 rbs/3 blks)
    OAKLAND REGION SEMIFINAL - Thursday, Mar. 23
    UCLA 73, Gonzaga 71 (UCLA - Farmar 15 pts/6 asts, Afflalo 15 pts, Mbah a Moute 14 pts/10 rbs)
    OAKLAND REGION FINAL - Saturday, Mar. 25
    UCLA 50, Memphis 45 (UCLA - Team Def. FG% 31.5%, Afflalo 15 pts, Hollins 14 pts/9 rbs)

    NOTES FROM AROUND THE PAC-10

  • 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... Looking ahead to 2006-07 - Pac-10 teams return 76 percent of those players that made up the starting lineups this past season...

  • 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 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... Oguchi set a Pac-10 Tournament record with 14 three-pointers in three games... 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) led the Ducks with 32 games started, 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. At 31 wins, it's the sixth 30-win season in school history (school record is 32, set in 1995)... 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 299 rebounds, 109 have been on the offensive boards. He's already posted a UCLA rookie record with eight double-double this season... UCLA enters the Final Four with an 11-game winning streak. During those 11 games, UCLA is averaging 70.4 points while holding opponents to 54.7 points. Only Gonzaga in the region semifinal scored more than 60 points (71 points). UCLA is shooting .492 from the field and .391 from three-point range while holding the 11 opponents to .396 from the floor and .346 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... The 55 total wins over the past two years are the most over a two-year period in UW history... The Huskies made their third consecutive NCAA appearance, tying the school record of three straight appearances run off in 1984, `85 and `86... Senior G Brandon Roy became the second Husky to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, joining former UW standout Chris Welp (1986)... With 1,477 points, Roy finished his career 10th on UW's career scoring list. He's sixth on the school's career list for assists with 308.. 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 6.5 rpg... Freshman G Justin Dentmon set a UW frosh record with 124 assists. Dentmon and Roy (135 assists) were the seventh pair of players to each post 100 or more assists in the same season for the Huskies... The Huskies return two starters for 2006-07 - Brockman (8.4 ppg/6.5 rpg) and Dentmon (8.3 ppg/3.5 rpg/3.8 apg).

  • 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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