This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Nov. 27, 2006

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue., Nov. 28
UNLV at No. 16 Arizona, 8:30 p.m., FSNAZ
Northern Colorado at Arizona State, 6:30 p.m., FSNAZ
UC Davis at Stanford, 7:30 p.m., FSNBA
Long Beach State at No. 1 UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Mississippi Valley State at USC, 7:30 p.m..

Wed., Nov. 29
Kansas State at California, 7:30 p.m., FSN
Portland at Washington State, 7 p.m. .
Idaho at No. 13 Washington, 7 p.m..
Oregon at No. 18 Georgetown, 7:30 p.m. , OSN

Sat., Dec. 2
Illinois vs. No. 16 Arizona, 3:30 p.m. (11), ESPN
Arizona State at Minnesota, 12 noon, FSNAZ
Washington State at Utah, 7 p.m..
Fresno State at Oregon State, 2 p.m..
Loyola Marymount at USC, 6 p.m..

Sun., Dec. 3
California vs. No. 24 Nevada, 6 p.m. (12), CSTV
Stanford vs. Texas Tech (12), CSTV
UC Riverside at No. 1 UCLA, 2:30 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket

(11) Hall of Fame Classic, Phoenix, Ariz. (U.S. Airways Center).
(12) Pete Newell Challenge, San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion).

Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings..

UCLA'S Darren Collison Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week

UCLA guard Darren Collison has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for November 20-26.

Collison, a sophomore from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., averaged 13.3 points, 7.0 assists and 2.7 steals in leading the Bruins to the EA Sports Maui Invitational title. He was named MVP of the Invitational after shooting 12-of-20 (.600) from the field, 4-of-9 (.444) from three-point range, and 12-of-16 (.750) from the free throw line. The point guard was vital in guiding the Bruins to 52.8 percent shooting from the field for the three games. In the opening game vs. Chaminade, he scored 15 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed five steals. In the semifinal win over No. 20 Kentucky, he scored 10 points, dished out another seven assists and grabbed three steals. In the championship game win over No. 19 Georgia Tech, Collison scored 15 points, hitting 10-of-12 from the the free throw line, and passed out seven assists.

This is the first weekly honor for Collison and UCLA's 43rd Player of the Week all-time.

2006-07 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week: Nov. 20 - Chase Budinger, Fr., F, ARIZ. Nov. 27 - Darren Collison, UCLA.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Mon., Nov. 20
California 73, Santa Clara 48 (CAL: Anderson 25 pts/9 reb, Ubaka 13 pts, Hardin 12 pts/10 reb/5 blks)
UCLA 88, Chaminade 63 (UCLA: Afflalo 25 pts/5-7 3FG, Shipp 16 pts/5 reb, Collison 15 pts/7 asts)
Oregon 79, Rice 73 (OT) (ORE: Brooks 30 pts/6 reb/7 asts, Leunen 15 pts/12 reb, Taylor 11 pts/12 reb)

Tue., Nov. 21
Arizona State 64, San Jose State 52 (ASU: Polk 14 pts, Pendergraph 12 pts/12 reb, Shipp 11 pts/4 reb)
UCLA 73, Kentucky 68 (UCLA: Mbah a Moute 18 pts, Mata 12 pts/11 reb, Collison 10 pts/7 asts)
USC 74, The Citadel 58 (USC: Young 24 pts/8-9 FG/4 asts, Stewart 12 pts, Gibson 10 pts)
Washington State 66, Idaho State 60 (WSU: Low 22 pts, Weaver 11 pts/8 reb/8 asts/5 blks, Harmeling 11 pts)

Wed., Nov. 22
Arizona 86, Samford 57 (ARIZ: Williams 14 pts/8 reb, Budinger 14 pts/8 reb, Shakur 14 pts/6 asts)
UCLA 88, Georgia Tech 73 (UCLA: Afflalo 19 pts, Collison 15 pts/7 asts, Mbah a Moute 14 pts/7 reb)

Thur., Nov. 23
California 72, Marshall 70 (CAL: Ubaka 21 pts, Anderson 19 pts/5 reb, Randle 14 pts)

Fri., Nov. 24
Washington 90, Eastern Washington 83 (WASH: Dentmon 23 pts/5 reb, Oliver 14 pts/9 reb/5 asts)
California 72, Hawaii 56 (CAL: Anderson 18 pts/11 reb, Ubaka 12 pts/6 asts, Hardin 11 pts/7 reb)
Oregon State 69, Northern Colorado 67 (OSU: Jones 35 pts/7 reb, Jeffers 10 pts/12 reb/2 blks/2 stls)
USC 79, Long Beach State 61 (USC: Young 22 pts/9 reb, Stewart 16 pts, Gibson 10 pts/18 reb)

Sat., Nov. 25
Arizona State 67, Iowa 64 (ASU: Polk 20 pts/4-5 3FG/5 asts, Angounou 14 pts/12 reb, Shipp 8 pts/5 reb)
California 78, Loyola Marymount 70 (CAL: Wilkes 18 pts/3 stls, Hardin 16 pts/9 reb, Anderson 15 pts/12 reb)
Stanford 82, Denver 39 (STAN: R. Lopez 13 pts/12 reb, Fields 12 pts, Goods 11 pts/5 reb, Hill 11 pts)
Washington State 65, Boise State 63 (WSU: Low 17 pts, Weaver 12 pts/5 reb, Harmeling 11 pts)

Sun., Nov. 26
Oregon State 72, Montana State 63 (OSU: Jones 24 pts, J. Tarver 14pts/3 stls, S. Tarver 11 pts)

PAC-10 NOTES

  • The Pac-10 was a perfect 19-0 last week, including a pair of tournament titles. UCLA claimed the Maui Invitational behind Invitational MVP Darren Collison, while CALIFORNIA returned from the 49th state with the Great Alaska Shootout title where Ryan Anderson earned Shootout MVP honors.

  • Freshmen have excelled in the opening weeks of the season. Here's a look at what the rookies have accomplished so far:

    Three freshmen have each scored 20 or more points in a game three times this year:
    Ryan Anderson, CAL; Tajuan Porter, ORE; Christian Polk, ASU

    Three freshmen have each posted a pair of double-doubles:
    Ryan Anderson, CAL; Robin Lopez, STAN; Taj Gibson, USC

    Five freshmen lead their respective squads in scoring:
    Chase Budinger, ARIZ (20.5 ppg)
    Christian Polk, ASU (17.2 ppg)
    Ryan Anderson, CAL (19.7 ppg)
    Tajuan Porter, ORE (24.0 ppg)
    Quincy Pondexter, WASH (15.6 ppg)

    Three freshmen lead their clubs in rebounding:
    Ryan Anderson, CAL (8.8 rpg)
    Robin Lopez, STAN (8.4 rpg)
    Taj Gibson, USC (10.3 rpg)

  • Despite scoring a season-low 86 points in Wednesday's win, ARIZONA is averaging 94.8 points per game. Led by freshman F Chase Budinger's team-leading 20.5 ppg average, all five Wildcat starters are averaging better than 13 points per game. Incidentally, the last Arizona team to average better than 90 points per game for the entire season was the 1997-98 club that averaged 90.8 points in a 30-5 season ... The UA starters are shooting a combined 120-of-206 (.583) from the field ... With 14 points on Wednesday, senior G Mustafa Shakur became the 40th player in Arizona history to score 1,000 career points.

  • After defeating Iowa, ARIZONA STATE is now 12-4 against the Big Ten in Tempe. ASU trailed 60-48 at the 5:38 mark but outscored Iowa 19-4 down the stretch as four players hit three-pointers and five players had field goals, including freshman G Christian Polk's game-winner with 13 seconds left ... ASU started three freshmen for the first time since Feb. 12, 2000, (Polk, Jerren Shipp and Derek Glasser). It marked just the second time in the past 15 seasons the Sun Devils had three freshmen in the starting lineup ... Polk was 8-of-11 from the field and has three 20-point games. In the past 10 seasons, only Polk and Ike Diogu (12) have posted at least three 20-point games as ASU freshmen.

  • CALIFORNIA freshman F Ryan Anderson posted a pair of double-doubles in the Bears' three victories at the Great Alaska Shootout. He averaged 17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds ... Junior C DeVon Hardin was named the Great Alaska Shootout championship game MVP after posting 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots ... Hardin has 89 blocked shots for his career, fifth on Cal's all-time list ... Good news for the Bears - 22 of the 24 teams that claimed the the Great Alaska Shootout title have gone on to play in the NCAA Tournament that same season.

  • Undefeated OREGON hopes to have 2005-06 top scorer junior Malik Hairston available for the first time this season when it travels to Washington, D.C., to face No. 14 Georgetown on Wednesday ... Oregon has forced the opposition into 20 or more turnovers in four straight games ... Senior G Aaron Brooks netted 30 points in the win over Rice, the second-highest total of his career. Brooks is closing in on 1,000 career points. Both Brooks and freshman G Tajuan Porter have each scored 30 points in a game this season. That's the first time two different Ducks have had a 30-point game in the same season since the 1991-92 season ... Oregon looks to go 6-0 for the first time since 2002-03.

  • OREGON STATE junior F Marcel Jones had a career-high 35 points. He breaks a long drought, as he is the first Beaver to score 30 or more since Jan. 4, 2000, when Brian Jackson scored 32 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ... Senior F Kyle Jeffers had his second consecutive double-double. He had 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in back-to-back games against Hawaii and Northern Colorado. They are the first and second double-doubles of his career..

  • With the 82-39 win over Denver, STANFORD romped to its biggest margin of victory since a 105-60 victory over Washington in January 2002. It was just the fifth time since the 1992-93 season that Stanford had held an opponent under 40 points ... Freshman F Brook Lopez was in uniform for the game against Denver and could return to action this week after recovering from back surgery ... Junior C Peter Prowitt made his season debut against Denver after breaking his leg in the first preseason practice. In 13 minutes, Prowitt tallied five points, five rebounds and a pair of assists.

  • UCLA sophomore G Darren Collison was named MVP of Maui Invitational after averaging 13.3 points, 7.0 assists and 2.7 steals ... Junior C Lorenzo Mata averaged 9.0 rebounds in three victories in Maui ... The Bruins look to move to 5-0 on the season when they play Long Beach State on Tuesday. The last time the Bruins started the year 5-0 was during their 1995 national championship season.

  • With 16 points in the win over Long Beach State, USC senior G Lodrick Stewart became the 30th player in USC history to reach 1,000 points in a career ... It's early but, freshman F Taj Gibson's 10.3 rebounds per game average would establish a USC freshman single-season record. Former Trojan Cliff Robinson holds the mark with 9.6 rpg in 1978.

  • WASHINGTON sophomore G Justin Dentmon scored a career-high 23 points in the win over Eastern Washington. He was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, and is now 19-of-20 from the charity stripe for the season ... The Huskies have started 5-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1975 and 1976 Huskies did so under Marv Harshman.

  • WASHINGTON STATE is 6-0 for the first time since the 1993-94 campaign which ended in a NCAA First Round loss ... Redshirt sophomore F Daven Harmeling tied his career-high 11 points. It's the third time this season he has tallied 11 points. Harmeling's four-point play with 59.6 seconds left gave the Cougars a 64-62 lead en route to their 65-63 win over Boise State ... Junior G Derrick Low has scored in the double figures in every game this season.
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