This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
March 5, 2007
Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament Awaits
The UCLA Bruins successfully defended their Pac-10 regular season title and will enter next week's Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 1 seed. It's the 29th league title all-time for the Bruins, and their ninth Pac-10 title since the league expanded to 10 teams in 1979 ... WASHINGTON STATE, coming off its best Pac-10 finish since posting a 14-4 record and second-place finish in 1982-83, will be the No. 2 seed ... ARIZONA, OREGON and USC finished in a three-way tie for third. By virtue of the league's tie-break procedures, USC earned the No. 3 seed, followed by Oregon at No. 4 and Arizona at No. 5. STANFORD claims the No. 6 seed. The top six seeds receive a bye in the Tournament and will begin play on Thursday, March 8 ... The Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, begins on Wednesday, March 7 with No. 8 CALIFORNIA taking on No. 9 OREGON STATE at 6:12 p.m., followed by No. 7 WASHINGTON meeting No. 10 ARIZONA STATE. Fox Sports Net will televise the first three days of the Tournament, with CBS televising the Championship Game on Saturday, March 10.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Arron Afflalo, UCLA
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Chase Budinger, Arizona
COACH OF THE YEAR
Tony Bennett, Washington State
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Wed., Mar. 7
No. 8 California vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 6:12 p.m., FSN
No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Arizona State, 8:42 p.m., FSN
Thur., Mar. 8
No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Arizona, 12:20 p.m., FSN
No. 8/9 winner vs. UCLA, 2:50 p.m., FSN
No. 3 USC vs. No. 6 Stanford, 6:20 p.m., FSN
No. 7/10 winner vs. No. 2 Washington State, 8:50 p.m., FSN
Fri., Mar. 9
Semifinal 1, 6:20 p.m., FSN
Semifinal 2, 8:50 p.m., FSN
Sat., Mar. 10
Pac-10 Tournament Championship, 3 p.m., CBS
Game times local to site.
Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Teleconference Call: The final media teleconference call with the Pac-10 men's basketball coaches will be Tuesday, March 4. Media who would like to participate on the call may contact the Pac-10 Office (925-932-4411) for the teleconference phone number.
U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week
ARIZONA forward Ivan Radenovic has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for February 26-March 4.
Radenovic, a senior from Belgrade, Serbia, averaged 28.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists as Arizona swept the Bay Area road swing with victories over California and Stanford. In the 70-65 win at California, he scored 19 points, shooting 5-of-7 (.714) from the field and 9-of-11 (.818) from the free throw line, grabbed eight rebounds and collected a pair of blocks and one assist. In the 85-80 overtime victory at Stanford, Radenovic scored a career-high 37 points, shooting 12-of-18 (.667) from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range, and a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line. He also added nine rebounds, a career-high seven assists and a pair of steals. He played 44 of a possible 45 minutes, and did not commit a foul or turnover. For the week, Radenovic shot 17-of-25 (.680) from the field and 20-of-22 (.909) from the charity stripe.
This is the second weekly honor for Radenovic and Arizona's 69th Player of the Week all-time.
ARIZONA has now posted a winning record in Pac-10 play for the 23rd consecutive season... Arizona has posted 20 or more wins in each of the last 20 seasons... The Wildcats enter the Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 5 seed. It's the lowest seed for the Wildcats in the 10 years of the Tournament... Freshman F Chase Budinger has hit 16-of-37 (.432) from three-point range over the last six games... With 659 career assists, senior guard Mustafa Shakur needs five more to move into sixth on the Pac-10's all-time list, passing former Wildcat Damon Stoudamire (663 assists, 1992-95)
ARIZONA STATE is 2-7 in the last nine games, but six of the seven losses were by five, one, four (twice), six and three points... ASU has played 14 games decided by five points or less on the year, including eight in Pac-10 play... Christian Polk needs two three-pointers to match the ASU freshmen record set by Ron Riley in 1992-93 (66)... Has held Arizona (61), Oregon (55) and California (41) to season lows in points. Only once in the last 15 games has an opponent scored more than 67 points on the Sun Devils.
CALIFORNIA has posted a school record 223 three-point baskets. The previous best was 198 three-pointers during the 2002-03 season. Six different players have collected at least 20 treys this season - Ayinde Ubaka (51), Ryan Anderson (50), Omar Wilkes (36), Jerome Randle (24), Theo Robertson (23), and Eric Vierneisel (22)... At 15.9 points per game, freshman F Ryan Anderson is on pace to be the third freshman to lead Cal in scoring since 1996. Former Golden Bear Leon Powe (15.1 ppg) accomplished the feat in 2004 on his way to Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors, while Shareef Abdur-Rahim (21.1 ppg) did the same in 1996 picking up Pac-10 Freshman and Player of the Year honors.
OREGON freshman G Tajuan Porter has moved into Oregon's single-season Top 10 list and has matched the Pac-10 freshman record of 82 three-pointers set by UCLA's Jason Kapono in 2000... The Ducks are 16-2 at home this season, equalling the school's single-season home win total of 16 (achieved in 1937-38 and 2001-02)... Oregon is the only school in the country to have defeated three different top 10 teams this season - No. 1 UCLA, No. 10 Arizona and No. 9 Washington State... Winning the close ones. Oregon is now 11-4 in games decided by eight points or less (9-4 in Pac-10 games). Compare that to last season when Oregon was 2-14 in such contests. The 11 'close' wins are the most since Oregon went 12-5 in games decided by an eight-point margin or less in 1999-00... Senior G Aaron Brooks leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 18.0 ppg. Brooks is being chased by UCLA's Arron Afflalo and (17.5 ppg) and USC's Nick Young (17.2 ppg). Oregon hasn't had a Pac-10 scoring leader since Terrell Brandon in 1991 (26.6 ppg).
OREGON STATE Guard Josh Tarver leads all Pac-10 freshmen in assists, averaging 3.90 per game (121 assists). He needs six more assists to move into the second spot on OSU's all-time freshman list. The top spot is out of reach as Gary Payton posted 229 assists in 1986-87... Senior C Kyle Jeffers needs four blocked shots to reach 100 for his career. Only three other Beavers in school history have collected 100 or more blocks in a career... Junior F Marcel Jones has posted 47 steals on the season. It's the most thefts in a season by a Beaver since Deaundra Tanner had 50 swipes during the 1997-98 season. Jones ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with 1.52 steals per game. Jones has a steal in 28 of 31 games this season. However, he did not pick up a steal at Oregon, ending a streak of 20 consecutive games with a list one swipe.
STANFORD freshman F Brook Lopez has posted 20 or more points in five of the last six games, averaging 19.5 points during that span ... With 178 team blocks this season, the Cardinal have swatted to a school single-season record. The previous season-best of 167 rejections was established by the 1999-2000 squad. Robin (69 blocks) and Brook Lopez (44 blocks) have accounted for 113 blocks - that's more than seven other Pac-10 teams have accumulated for the season... Sophomore F Lawrence Hill had the biggest jump among Pac-10 players in scoring average from last season. As a freshman, he averaged 4.7 points per game. His scoring output increased to 16.3 ppg this season - an increase of 11.6 points per game. The next biggest jump belongs to sophomore teammate G Anthony Goods. He pushed his totals from 2.7 ppg to 13.0 ppg (+10.3 points per game).
UCLA has a 20-game winning streak at Pauley Pavilion, including the last 14 Pac-10 games... The Bruins finished the 2007 home slate undefeated (16-0) for the first time since 1995 (15-0). The last time UCLA finished the home portion of its schedule with a 16-0 record was during the 1975 season... Junior G Arron Afflalo has 199 career three-pointers and has moved past Tracy Murray into second on UCLA's career list... Sophomore G Darren Collison leads the Pac-10 in steals (65, 2.24 spg). His 65 thefts rank fifth on the school's single-season list and are the most by a Bruin since Baron Davis swiped 68 during the 1999 season... The Bruins have posted 25 or more wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1978 (25-3) and 1979 (25-5) seasons.
USC enters the Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 3 seed, its highest seed in the 10-year history of the Tournament... senior G Lodrick Stewart has set a USC career record with 222 career three-pointers. Stewart passed former Trojan Brandon Granville who collected 218 treys from 1999-2002... With 1,019 career points, junior G Gabe Pruitt joins teammates Stewart (1,369 points) and junior F Nick Young (1,338 points) with 1,000 career points. Three USC players with reaching 1,000 points in the same season a USC record? Nope. The 2000-01 Trojan squad featured four players in the lineup at season's end with 1,000 career points - Brian Scalabrine (1,441), Jeff Trepagnier (1,128), Sam Clancy (1,046) and Brandon Granville (1,030)... In 101 seasons of USC basketball, the Trojans have posted their 16th 20-win season.
WASHINGTON freshman C Spencer Hawes has scored in double figures in each of the last eight games. During that span, he's averaging 17.0 points... Sophomore G Justin Dentmon became the ninth player in school history with two 100-assist seasons... Junior G Ryan Appleby became the only Husky ever to produce two 70 three-point field goal seasons. His two-year total of 149 three-pointers ranks third on the school's all-time list behind Deon Luton (212, 1997-2000) and Curtis Allen (151, 2001-04)... The Huskies swept USC and UCLA at home for the third consecutive season... Washington is 17-2 at home this season, and have posted a 60-7 (.896) over the last four seasons.
WASHINGTON STATE earned its 24th win this season, tied for third most in school history. The Cougars won 26 games in 1940-41, had 25 wins in 1916-17 and 24 victories in 1936-37... The Cougars second-place finish matched their best finish in the Pac-10 in school history (1982-83)... WSU enters the Pac-10 Tournament as a No. 2 seed, its highest seed in the 10-year history of the Tournament... Sophomore C Aaron Baynes scored a career-high 25 points in the win over USC. He shot a perfect 10-of-10 from the field and became the first player in WSU history to shoot 100 percent from the field in a game with a least 10 attempts. Baynes is averaging 16.3 points over the last three games, shooting 17-of-22 (.773) from the field... Junior G Kyle Weaver became the first player in Pac-10 history to record the combination of 300 points, 125 assists, 125 rebounds, 50 steals and 35 blocked shots in a season... Washington State drew 104,525 fans this season. It's the second time in Friel Court history that WSU posted a season attendance figure in excess of 100,000 fans (110,206 fans in 1980)... Coach Tony Bennett joins UCLA's Ben Howland as one of 15 finalists for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award.