This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Feb. 5, 2007

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PAC-10 RACE TIGHTENS

The league race picks up this week as USC travels to UCLA for first place at stake. Meanwhile, WASHINGTON STATE looks to keep pace as it hosts the fast-charging STANFORD Cardinal ... For the first time in Conference history, the Pac-10 has a record six teams ranked in the AP's Top 25. Here's where they rank this week (AP/Coaches) - UCLA (2/2), OREGON (13/15), WASHINGTON STATE (14/14), USC (19/t21), ARIZONA (24/27), and STANFORD (25/35).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Wed., Feb. 7
USC at UCLA, 7:30 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
Series: UCLA leads, 123-99. Streak: UCLA 1

Thur., Feb. 8
Arizona at Oregon State, 7:30 p.m., FSNAZ/FSNNW
Series: ARIZ leads, 45-17. Streak: ARIZ 2
Arizona State at Oregon, 5:30 p.m., OSN
Series: ASU leads, 34-29. Streak: ORE 3
California at Washington, 7:30 p.m., FSN
Series: CAL leads, 72-71. Streak: CAL 1
Stanford at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Series: STAN leads, 63-54. Streak: STAN 4

Sat., Feb. 10
Arizona at Oregon, 12:30 p.m., ABC
Series: ARIZ leads, 38-20. Streak: ORE 1
Arizona State at Oregon State, 3 p.m., FSNAZ/FSNNW
Series: OSU leads, 39-29. Streak: OSU 2
California at Washington State, 2 p.m.
Series: CAL leads, 67-43. Streak: WSU 1
UCLA at West Virginia, 1 p.m., CBS

Sun., Feb. 11
Stanford at Washington, 4 p.m., FSN
Series: STAN leads, 67-58. Streak: STAN 1

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, Feb. 6. Media who would like to participate on the call may contact the Pac-10 Office (925-932-4411) for the teleconference phone number.

Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament Credentials: Media can apply online at www.sportssystems.com/Pac-10 to request working credentials for the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament. for credential requests is Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Washington State's Daven Harmeling Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week

WASHINGTON STATE forward Daven Harmeling has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for January 29 - Feb. 4.

Harmeling, a redshirt sophomore from Grand Junction, Colo. averaged 14 points, 2.5 rebounds and one block as the Cougars swept the Arizona schools for the first time in school history. In the 72-66 win over No. 20 Arizona, Harmeling recorded 12 points, shooting .420 from the floor (5-for-12). Harmeling led the Cougars offensively with 16 points in Washington State's 48-47 nail-biting victory against Arizona State. For the week, he shot 10-of-22 (.455) from the field, including 5-for-12 from beyond the arc (.416).

This is the second weekly honor for Harmeling and Washington State's 18th Player of the Week all-time. This marks the first time since the 1994-95 season that a Washington State player has earned the honor in the same season (Dominic Ellison and Mark Hendrickson). While no player from Washington State has won the award more than twice, Harmeling is just the second Cougar to garner the award twice in the same season since Joe Wallace was named player of the week Dec. 22 and Feb. 9 during the 1986-87 season.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Jan. 31
Gonzaga 90, No. 23 Stanford 86
STAN: Hill 22 pts, B. Lopez 20 pts/12 reb/5 blk, Goods 16 pts, R. Lopez 8 pts/8 reb/4 blk

Thur., Feb. 1
No. 18 Washington State 72, No. 20 Arizona 66
WSU: Clark 18 pts/7 reb, Low 13 pts, Weaver 12 pts/6 asts, Harmeling 12 pts
ARIZ: Budinger 19 pts/5 reb, Shakur 13 pts/5 reb/7 asts, Williams 12 pts/7 reb

Washington 66, Arizona State 61
WASH: vBrockman 15 pts/12 reb, Hawes 13 pts/7 reb, Dentmon 13 pts/5 reb
ASU: Polk 18 pts, Pendergraph 11 pts/8 reb, Shipp 10 pts/5 reb/4 stl

No. 5 UCLA 69, No. 9 Oregon 57
UCLA: Afflalo 17 pts, Mbah a Moute 15 pts/12 reb/4 blk/4 stl, Collison 12 pts
ORE: Taylor 17 pts, Brooks 14 pts/4 asts, Leunen 9 pts/5 reb

USC 73, Oregon State 56
USC: Young 19 pts/6 reb, Stewart 12 pts, Gibson 10 pts/9 reb
OSU: Jeffers 15 pts/8 reb, Hampton 9 pts, J. Tarver 9 pts

Sat., Feb. 3
No. 20 Arizona 84, Washington 54
ARIZ: Hill 16 pts/8 reb/5 blk, Budinger 15 pts/7 reb, McClellan 15 pts
WASH: Wallace 12 pts, Brockman 10 pts, Pondexter 7 pts/5 reb

No. 18 Washington State 48, Arizona State 47
WSU: Harmeling 16 pts, Low 10 pts/5 reb, Weaver 8 pts/5 ast
ASU: Pendergraph 18 pts/9 reb, Polk 12 pts, Morrill 8 pts/6 reb

No. 23 Stanford 90, California 71
STAN: Hill 24 pts/7 reb/4 ast, Washington 21 pts/8 ast/6 reb, B. Lopez 19 pts/7 reb
CAL: Randle 19 pts, Ubaka 17 pts/7 ast, Anderson 11 pts/6 reb

USC 71, No. 9 Oregon 68
USC: Gibson 18 pts/4 blk, Young 13 pts/5 reb, Pruitt 12 pts/5 ast
ORE: Brooks 16 pts/9 reb, Porter 15 pts, Hairston 14 pts/6 reb

No. 5 UCLA 82, Oregon State 35
UCLA: Afflalo 16 pts, Mbah a Moute 14 pts/7 reb, Collison 8 pts/10 ast
OSU: Jones 16 pts/5 reb, Jeffers 8 pts, J. Tarver 8 reb

PAC-10 NOTES

• ARIZONA's 84-54 win over Washington Saturday marked the first time the Wildcats had scored more than 80 points in seven games. The Wildcats found their collective shooting eye Saturday as they connected on 57.4 percent (31-of-54) of their field goal attempts against Washington. That figure was a welcome improvement over its recent efforts, which had seen the Cats shoot a collective 44.1 percent (120-of-272) from the field over the last five games. Despite the recent slump, Arizona is shooting 49.1 percent (621-of-1,265) from the field as a team ... Arizona's 57.4 percent shooting Saturday was just its second game of 50 percent or better shooting in its last nine outings. Prior to Jan. 6, Arizona had shot 50 percent or better in eight of its first 13 games. This season, Arizona is 10-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field ... With Saturday's game at No. 9 Oregon looming, it marks the sixth consecutive week in which Arizona will face a ranked opponent. Currently, Arizona is 2-4 this season against nationally ranked opponents ... Senior G Mustafa Shakur notched a game-high eight assists in Saturday's win, boosting his season total to 163 (7.4 apg). The Bob Cousy Award finalist has passed out eight or more assists in a game 11 times this season. He is just 18 assists shy of moving into 10th place on the Arizona single season assist list.

• ARIZONA STATE made some serious halftime adjustments in its two losses last weekend to Washington (66-61) and Washington State (48-47), ASU outscored the Huskies and Cougars 63-34 and held them to a combined 9-of-41 (.220) from the floor in the second half. ASU outscored UW 40-22 and outscored the Cougars 23-12, holding WSU to 4-of-20 from the floor ... ASU is giving up just 63.2 points per game, currently the fourth-best mark in ASU history and the lowest since the 1949-50 squad gave up 59.8 ... The freshmen trio of Derek Glasser (27.3 minutes per game), Christian Polk (29.4) and Jerren Shipp (28.1) is averaging 84.8 minutes per game. Glasser is averaging 34.3 minutes per game in conference play, the most by a freshman in ASU's 29-year Pac-10 history ... ASU made 22 straight free throws at one point on the weekend and is 80-of-109 (.734) from the free throw line in its past nine games ... Christian Polk has 50 three-pointers on the year, third-most by a freshmen in ASU history trailing only Ron Riley (66 in 1992-93) and Eddie House (57 in 1996-97) ... Sophomore F Jeff Pendergraph is shooting 59.6 percent (62-of-104) from the field in Pac-10 games.

• CALIFORNIA freshman G Jerome Randle scored a career-high 19 points, hitting 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range in the Bears' loss to Stanford ... Cal is looking to snap a four-game losing streak. However, those losses have come against four ranked opponents ... Freshman F Ryan Anderson is the only Pac-10 freshman to be ranked in the top 10 in both scoring (16.9 ppg) and rebounds (8.4 rpg). He's the only Pac-10 player to be ranked in the top five in both categories ... Cal is on pace to make 236 shots from beyond the arc - well beyond the record of 198 established in 2002-03. In fact, the Bears' 168 three-pointers so far is more than the team's full season total for 10 of the last 20 years ... Cal is productive at the charity stripe as well, shooting a league-leading 78.6 percent from the free throw line.

• OREGON senior G Aaron Brooks played all 40 minutes in each game during the Ducks' roadtrip to Los Angeles. He leads the Pac-10 in minutes played, averaging 36.95 minutes per game. He logs more time in Conference play, posting 39.20 minutes of action ... In all four losses this season, Oregon has allowed its opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the field. In the Ducks' 19 wins, opponents have topped 50 percent just twice ... With 999 points, junior G Malik Hairston needs one point to reach 1,000 for his career. When he reaches that milestone, it will mark the fourth time in Oregon history that two players on the roster at the same time have each scored 1,000 points for their careers (1970-71 season - Stan Love, Bill Drozdiak; 1975-76 season - Ron Lee, Greg Ballard; 2002-03 season - Luke Jackson and Luke Ridnour) ... After four straight league road games, in which the Ducks dropped three, they return home to finish Pac-10 play with five of their final seven games at Mac Court.

• OREGON STATE senior F Kyle Jeffers shot 11-of-16 (.688) on the Beavers' trip to USC and UCLA last weekend. He's third in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.567) and is even more accurate in league action where he tops all players in conference-only games shooting at 64.4 percent ... Over his first two seasons, junior F Marcel Jones scored a total of 167 points in Pac-10 play. So far in 2006-07, he's scored 176 points in 11 league games. His 16.0 points per game in Pac-10 play ranks sixth among all players ...The Beavers continued to struggle from the free throw, hitting a combined 7-of-24 (.292) against USC and UCLA. Over the last four games, OSU has hit on just 25 of 75 free throw attempts (.333).

• After opening Pac-10 play at 1-2, STANFORD has won six of its last seven league games ... Sophomore F Lawrence Hill has posted double digit scoring totals in each of the last 13 games, averaging 17.5 points during that span. Over the last three games, Hills is averaging 22.0 points while shooting 41-of-62 (.661) from the field, including 16-of-28 (.571) from three-point range ... The Cardinal are averaging a league-leading 5.95 blocks per game. The Pac-10 single-season team record is 5.78 blocks per game set by Arizona in 1989-90. The Cardinal are posting 7.40 rejections in conference-only action ... Freshman F Brook Lopez averaged 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds last weekend, including a double-double of 20 points/12 rebounds against Gonzaga. He also added five blocked shots.

• UCLA worked its way back into the No. 2 spot in the rankings this week after sweeping the Oregon schools this week, including an 82-35 victory over Oregon State. The 47 point margin of victory was the largest win since the Bruins beat Morgan State 100-39 Dec. 1, 1999 ... Sophomore F Luc Richard Mbah a Moute led the Bruins as he shot a perfect 12-for-12 from the field, 4-for-6 at the line, and tallied 29 points, 19 boards, four blocks, six steals and three assists this week ... Junior G Arron Afflalo continues to lead the pack as he averaged 16.5 points this week, extending his double-digit scoring streak to an impressive 21 games ... The Bruins remain the only Pac-10 team undefeated at home this season with a 13-0 mark in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA's current home court winning streak is at 17 games.

• After falling out of the top 25 last week, USC found themselves back in the mix after a home sweep of the Oregon schools, including a nail-biting 71-68 victory over Oregon. Freshman F Taj Gibson led the Trojans with 18 points as he went 7-for-9 from the field and hit a free throw with 16.9 seconds to play to give USC its final margin of victory over the Ducks. Gibson currently leads the Conference in field goal percentage (.614), second in blocked shots (2.57 bpg) and fourth with 8.8 rebounds per game ... For the 10th time this season, the Trojans have had four or more players score in double figures. In fact, the last time the Trojans had back-to-back games with four or more players in double digits was against the Oregon schools.

• WASHINGTON won its first conference road game of the season and notched their ninth consecutive victory over Arizona State, as the Huskies split with the Arizona schools after falling to Arizona. Sophomore F Jon Brockman averaged 12.5 points and 7 rebounds over the weekend ... Sophomore F Artem Wallace led the Huskies with a career-high 12 points against then No. 20 Arizona ... Washington, who holds the best home court record in the Pac-10 over the last two seasons with a mark of 30-3 (.909) looks to protect their home court this week when they face-off against the Bay Area schools.

• WASHINGTON STATE swept the Arizona school's this weekend, marking the Cougars' first Pac-10 road weekend sweep since the 2004 season when it swept the Los Angeles schools on Feb. 5/7. In addition to being the first road sweep of Arizona since the 1981-82 season, it was also the first season of the Arizona schools in Cougar history ... senior forward Ivory Clark led the Cougars with 18 points and seven boards in their 72-66 victory over Arizona. Clark, who had been averaging 9.1 points per game in Conference play, tallied 18 points against the Wildcats marking the most in his career against a Pac-10 opponent ... Junior guard Kyle Weaver, who ranks third in the Conference with 114 assists this season , tallied 11 assists this week to move him into Washington State's career top-10 with 271 career assists and is just six shy of breaking into the season top 10.

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