This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Dec. 26, 2006

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Pac-10 Play Begins this Week

Each Pac-10 team has posted a winning record in non-conference action for just the second time since the formation of the 10-team league in 1978-79. It also occurred during the 1989-99 season ... Four teams grace the AP Top 25 with UCLA on top at No. 1, followed by No. 7 ARIZONA, No. 14 WASHINGTON, and No. 20 OREGON.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thur., Dec. 28
California at Arizona, 6:30 p.m., FSNAZ
Series Record: ARIZ leads, 47-25. Streak: CAL 1
Stanford at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Series Record: STAN leads, 34-26. Streak: STAN 2
Portland at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Washington at USC, 7:30 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
Series Record: Series tied, 62-62. Streak: WASH 5
Washington State at UCLA, 7:30 p.m., FSN
Series Record: UCLA leads, 89-13. Streak: UCLA 4

Sat., Dec. 30
Stanford at Arizona, 12 noon, FSN
Series Record: ARIZ leads, 46-25. Streak: ARIZ 4
California at Arizona State, 8 p.m., FSNAZ
Series Record: ASU leads, 32-29. Streak: ASU 1
Oregon at Oregon State, 1 p.m., FSN
Series Record: OSU leads, 180-145. Streak: OSU 1
Washington State at USC, 3 p.m., FSN
Series Record: USC leads, 63-37. Streak: WSU 1

Sun., Dec. 31
Washington at UCLA, 2 p.m., FSN
Series Record: UCLA leads, 85-35. Streak: WASH 3

Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.

Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Teleconference Call: The next media teleconference call with the Pac-10 men's basketball coaches will be Tuesday, Jan. 2. Media who would like to participate on the call may contact the Pac-10 Office (925-932-4411) for the teleconference phone number.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., Dec. 19
Arizona State 52, Colgate 36 (ASU: Angounou 14 pts, Pendergraph 10 pts/19 reb, Polk 10 pts)
California 84, Furman 50 (CAL: Anderson 23 pts/7 reb, Robertson 16 pts, Ubaka 10 pts/11 asts)
Oregon State 84, Howard 67 (OSU: Cuic 18 pts/5 reb, J. Tarver 16 pts/6 reb/6 asts, Jones 11 pts)
UCLA 75, Sam Houston State 61 (UCLA: Shipp 18 pts/5 reb, Afflalo 12 pts, Collison 11 pts/9 asts)
USC 83, Longwood 53 (USC: Young 17 pts, Stewart 17 pts/6 reb, Gibson 10 pts/10 reb/3 blks)
Stanford 69, Fresno State 67 (STAN: Hill 17 pts/8 reb, Washington 12 pts/9 reb, R. Lopez 10 pts/9 reb)

Wed., Dec. 20
Arizona 79, Memphis 71 (ARIZ: Shakur 23 pts/6 reb/5 asts, Budinger 18 pts/6 reb, Radenovic 16 pts)
Washington 88, LSU 72 (WASH: Hawes 23 pts/10-16 FG/9 reb, Brockman 19 pts/14 reb, Pondexter 15 pts)

Thur., Dec. 21
Arizona State 71, North Carolina A&T 66 (ASU: Atuahene 18 pts/11 reb, Glasser 16 pts/5-9 3FG)
Oregon State 93, Mercer 62 (OSU: Jones 15 pts, Cuic 13 pts, Schaftenaar 12 pts, Johnson 12 reb)
Washington State 64, San Diego State 54 (WSU: Cowgill 17 pts/8 reb, Weaver 16 pts/11 reb, Koprivica 11 pts)

Fri., Dec. 22
Davidson 75, Arizona State 70 (ASU: Angounou 17 pts/12 reb, Pendergraph 17 pts/12 reb, Polk 16 pts)
Washington 80, Weber State 51 (WASH: Hawes 23 pts/10-14 FG/9 reb, Brockman 18 pts/12 reb)
Kansas State 68, USC 55 (USC: Hackett 14 pts/8-8 FT, Stewart 10 pts, Young 9 pts/3 stls)

Sat., Dec. 23
DePaul 90, California 62 (CAL: Anderson 24 pts/16 reb, Vierneisel 11 pts, Robertson 9 pts)
UCLA 92, Michigan 55 (UCLA: Shipp 18 pts, Afflalo 17 pts, Collison 15 pts/8 asts)
Oregon 84, Mercer 64 (ORE: Brooks 27 pts, Taylor 21 pts, Zahn 15 pts/10 reb, Leunen 10 pts/18 reb)
USC 60, Wichita State 56 (USC: Young 26 pts/12-15 FG, Gibson 12 pts/5 reb, Hackett 12 pts/5 reb/4 asts)

Washington's Spencer Hawes Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week

WASHINGTON center Spencer Hawes has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for December 18-24.

Hawes, a freshman from Seattle, Wash., averaged 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in leading the Huskies to a pair of victories last week. He opened the week with his first career double-double in recording career-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds in the 88-72 win over No. 12 LSU. He shot 10-of-16 (.625) from the field and was instrumental in stopping LSU All-American Glen 'Big Baby' Davis' double figure scoring streak at 48 games. He capped the week by matching his career-high with 23 points and added nine rebounds in the 80-51 win over Weber State. For the week, he shot 20-of-30 (.667) from the field, 6-of-7 (.857) from the free throw line, and averaged 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks. In picking up three blocked shots last week, Hawes pushed his team-leading total to 27 rejections. That's one more than last season's team leader, Brandon Roy, compiled during the entire 2005-06 season.

This is the first weekly honor for Hawes and Washington's 28th Player of the Week all-time.

PAC-10 NOTES

• ARIZONA senior G Mustafa Shakur posted a career-high 23 points in the win over Memphis, extending Arizona's winning streak to nine games ... UA's current nine-game win streak eclipses the longest streaks of the last three seasons. The last Arizona team to win 10 straight games was the 2002-03 club that posted two 10-games during that season. Incidentally, all of the wins in this year's streak have been by seven points or more, and during the streak Arizona has outscored the opposition by an average of 17.0 points per game ... Senior F Ivan Radenovic has connected on 36 of his last 39 free throw attempts (.923) ... The Wildcats have made 81 more free throws than opponents have attempted this season. Over the last eight games, UA has outscored the opposition by a 151-35 margin from the stripe -- or an average of 18.9-4.3 points per game. In that span, opponents have attempted at least 10 free throws only twice, while Arizona has attempted 20 or more charity tosses six times ... With Arizona's starting five each averaging better than 32 minutes per game, only two Wildcat reserves (junior G Daniel Dillon and freshman G Nic Wise) are averaging more than 10 minutes per game, an those two combine to score 5.3 points per game.

• ARIZONA STATE beat Colgate 52-36 on Dec. 19, the fewest points by an ASU opponent since ASU beat Washington of St. Louis 47-36 in the 1949-50 season ... Sophomore F Jeff Pendergraph had 19 boards vs. Colgate, the most by a Sun Devil since Mike Batiste had 20 vs. Wagner on Nov. 19, 1997 ... ASU is struggling from the free throw line, but expect that to change under Coach Sendek. In his 10 years at NC State, his teams led the league in free throw shooting four times and in 2004 his NC State team led the nation at 79.9 percent ... Senior F Serge Angounou is averaging 13.6 points and 9.6 rebounds and is shooting 17-of-33 (.515) from the three-point stripe in the past seven games. Meanwhile, Pendergraph is averaging 11.2 points and 10.8 boards in the past five games.

• Junior C DeVon Hardin is expected to miss 8-12 weeks after suffering a stress fracture in his left mid-foot vs. Furman last Tuesday. Hardin had been averaging 10.7 points and 8.4 rebounds. The Bears are left with just nine healthy scholarship players ... Freshman F Ryan Anderson continues to shine for the Bears. He posted a career-high 16 rebounds to go with 24 points at DePaul. Over the last four games, he's averaging 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds. During that span, he's shooting 26-of-47 (.553) from the field. Anderson ties Oregon State's Marcel Jones with the most 20-plus point performances this season with five ... Junior F Eric Vierneisel had scored a total of 10 points this season before he netted 11 points at DePaul. That's one point shy of matching his career-high of 12 points he scored during his first game as freshman.

• Oregon's 11-0 start is it's best in 60 years. The 1946-47 team, which won its first 12 games, was the last Oregon team to start 12-0. It's also just the fourth 11-0 start in school history ... Junior F Maarty Leunen grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds against Mercer, surpassing the 17-rebound game he had earlier this season against Cal State Northridge (Nov. 11). Leunen has five double-figure rebounding games this season ... Senior F Adam Zahn recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs, in the Mercer win ... Junior G Bryce Taylor is shooting 16-of-28 (.571) from three-point range over the last five games ... The Pac-10 now boasts half of the four remaining unbeaten teams left in the nation -- Oregon and UCLA, both 11-0. Clemson (12-0) and Connecticut (10-0) are the other two. Of the four teams, only the Ducks have defeated a ranked opponent on the road (at Georgetown).

• OREGON STATE freshman F Roland Schaftenaar had a perfect week for the Beavers as he scored six points on 3-of-3 shooting against Howard, then tossed in a career-high 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting against Mercer ... Senior F Michael Johnson posted a career-high 12 rebounds in the win over Mercer ... After opening the season shooting just 1-of-16 (.063) from three-point range, junior G Angelo Tsagarakis is shooting 7-of-15 (.467) from beyond the arc over the last five games ... The Beavers open up Pac-10 play with three straight home games, but it won't be easy. OSU opens league play against No. 20 and undefeated Oregon, then takes on No. 1 UCLA.

• STANFORD's Freshmen F Brook and Robin Lopez returned home to Fresno and each scored 10 points in the Cardinal win at Fresno State ... Sophomore G Mitch Johnson dished out a career-high 10 assists at Fresno State ... In the seven Cardinal victories, sophomore F Lawrence Hill is shooting 48-of-72 (.615) and averaging 17.0 points per game. In the two Stanford losses, Hill is shooting 6-of-15 (400) and averaging 8.0 points per game ... Stanford opens up Pac-10 play at Arizona State where it has won 10 of the last 11 meetings in Tempe ... The Cardinal has won 50 of its last 58 games at Maples Pavilion dating back to the 2002-03 season.

• For the first time since 1994-95 when UCLA won the national title, the Bruins enter Conference play undefeated at 11-0 ... The Bruins longest winning streak in school history dates back to 1971-73 when UCLA went undefeated for two straight seasons ('72, `73) winning 88 consecutive games stretching over four seasons ... The Bruins shot a combined 60-of-105 (.571) in wins over Sam Houston State and Michigan last week. UCLA currently leads the Conference in field goal percentage (.514) ... Junior G Arron Afflalo has scored in double-figures in each of the last 10 games, and is averaging 16.0 points per game this season ... Sophomore F Luc Richard Mbah a Moute grabbed a career-high seven steals against Michigan. He's second in the Pac-10 averaging 2.36 steals per game. Sophomore G Darren Collison leads the league with 2.73 thefts per game... Collison is averaging 13.8 points on 24-of-37 (.649) shooting, and 5.4 assists over the last five games.

• USC went 2-1 over the weekend at the Las Vegas Classic, which was highlighted by a 60-56 win over No. 6 Wichita State, improving its record to 10-3. USC held the Shockers to 38 percent shooting from the field - the 12th of 13 USC opponents that failed to shoot at least 40 percent from the field. USC leads the Conference in field goal percent defense (.334) ... Junior G Nick Young tallied a season-high 26 points on 12-of-15 shooting against WSU, marking his 10th game in double figures. It was his fourth 20-point performance of the season. Over the last three games, Young is shooting 22-of-34 (.647) from the field ... Freshman G Daniel Hackett has connected on 31 of his last 33 free throw attempts (.939). He's second in the league in free throw percentage (.904)

• WASHINGTON was led by freshman C Spencer Hawes on both sides of the ball in their 88-72 win over No. 12 LSU as he recorded a season-high 23 points and 12 rebounds ... Washington held LSU's preseason All-American Glen Davis to eight points, ending his streak of 48 consecutive games of scoring in double figures ... Sophomore F Jon Brockman posted a pair of double-doubles last week, collecting 19 points/14 rebounds against LSU and 18 points/12 rebounds against Weber State. He's the only player in the Conference averaging a double-double on the season with 12.8 ppg and 10.1 rpg ... Over the last five games Hawes is shooting 44-of-67 (.657) and averaging 20.6 points.

• WASHINGTON STATE improved to 11-1 with a 64-54 win over San Diego State at KeyArena, marking its best record through 12 games since the 1991-92 campaign (12-0) ... The 11 victories this season equal last season's entire win total. The Cougars have not won more than 13 games in a season since 1995-96 (18) ... Junior G Kyle Weaver recorded his first career double-double as he nabbed 11 boards and tied his season-high with 16 points in the second half. His scoring output helped to spark a 21-0 Washington State run during a 10-minute stretch as the Cougars rallied from a 33-23 halftime deficit ... Junior forward Robbie Cowgill tallied a career-high 17 points. In two career games at KeyArena, Cowgill has scored 31 points ... In the first four games since becoming eligible, freshman G Nikola Koprivica scored a total of six points. However, in the last two games, he's averaging 10.0 points, including 11 points against San Diego State in his first career start.

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