This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Nov. 6, 2007
Top 25 entries UCLA, STANFORD and WASHINGTON STATE open the season on Friday. The Bruins, ranked second in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today preseason polls, will open up with Portland State. The 23rd-ranked Cardinal will host Harvard in the Basketball Travelers Classic, while the 10th-ranked Cougars host Eastern Washington ... Preseason rankings include UCLA (No. 2 AP/No. 2 ESPN/USA Today), Washington State (10/10), OREGON (12/13), ARIZONA (17/17), USC (18/18), Stanford (23/21).
Tues., Nov. 6
Concordia at No. 12 Oregon, 7 p.m. (X)
Wed., Nov. 7
Western New Mexico at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (X)
Thur., Nov. 8
Team Georgia at No. 17 Arizona, 7 p.m. (X)
Alaska-Fairbanks at California, 7:30 p.m. (X)
Fri., Nov. 9
Portland State at No. 2 UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Harvard at No. 23 Stanford, 7 p.m. (1)
Eastern Washington at No. 10 Washington State, 6:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 10
Pepperdine at No. 12 Oregon, 4 p.m. (2) OSN Comcast
Northwestern State at No. 23 Stanford, 7 p.m. (1)
Mercer at No. 18 USC, 1 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 11
Western Washington at Oregon State, 2 p.m. (X)
Pacific at No. 12 Oregon, 6 p.m. (2) OSN Comcast
UC Santa Barbara at No. 23 Stanford, 3 p.m. (1)
(1) Basketball Travelers Classic, Stanford, Calif.
(2) World Vision Invitational, Eugene, Ore.
Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.
On Sun., Nov. 4, coach Lute Olson took a leave of absence from the team to handle personal matters. No timetable has been placed on his return. Kevin O'Neill will assume interim head coaching duties.The Cats knocked off Concordia, 68-50 in their exhibition opener on Sunday. Sophomore F Chase Budinger led the way with 17 points. As a team, Arizona's defense limited Concordia to 35.2% shooting from the field.Freshman F Jamelle Horne had four blocked shots in his debut.
The Sun Devils started three freshmen guards in their exhibition win over Grand Canyon College - James Harden, Ty Abbott and Jamelle McMillan. Harden led ASU with 19 points.ASU picked up 15 steals and held Grand Canyon to 37 percent shooting from the field.The Sun Devils will be the last team to get the regular season underway as they'll have to wait until Mon., Nov. 19 before facing Illinois in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.
Cal is down to one scholarship point guard - sophomore Nikola Knezevic, after sophomore Jerome Randle underwent a biopsy on his kidney (Oct. 28). 'We're hopeful that the results of the procedure will help provide Jerome with a long-term solution and that he will be able to return following his recovering period,' head coach Ben Braun said. The normal recovery period for a biopsy is 3-4 weeks. Last season, Randle played in all 33 games for the Bears, starting once at Washington, and averaged 6.5 ppg and 2.8 apg. He led the team in free throw shooting (81.4 percent).
Oregon cruised to a 101-58 exhibition win over Saint Martin's as 13 of the 14 Ducks who saw action put points on the board.Senior G Bryce Taylor led all players with 20 points, shooting 8-of-9 from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.Redshirt freshman G LeKendric Longmire made the most of his 16 minutes of action as he scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Freshman G Kamyron Brown chipped in 12 points and dished out a team-best five assists.
OSU knocked off Warner Pacific, 78-55, in its first exhibition game. The Beavers smothered Warner Pacific with a stifling defense forcing 26 turnovers and allowing just 32.8 percent shooting from the field.Sophomore G/F Seth Tarver led the Beavers with a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds. Redshirt freshman G Lathan Wallace contributed game highs in points and steals while coming off the bench, recording 15 (6-for-11) and five, respectively.
The Cardinal posted a 82-70 win in their exhibition contest vs. Concordia. Junior G Anthony Goods led Stanford with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Sophomore G Landry Fields came off the bench to contribute 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, pluse a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Junior G Darren Collison became the first Bruin in history to be named to the Associated Press' preseason All-America team. He became just the 12th player in Pac-10 history to be named a preseason All-American (selections began in 1986-87) and the first since Arizona State's Ike Diogu in 2003-04.Several Bruins got banged up in their exhibition win over Azusa Pacific - Collison (grade one sprain of the MCL in his left knee - out five-to-six days), junior G Josh Shipp (sprained thumb - day-to-day).Junior G Michael Roll ruptured the plantar fascia in his left foot in practice (Nov. 3) and is out 3-5 weeks.
The lone exhibition game for the Trojans won't be until Sat., Dec. 8 (vs. Fresno Pacific), so they'll jump right into the regular season this Saturday against Mercer.Freshman G O.J. Mayo poured in 34 points during USC's Cardinal & Gold game. He shot 12-of-19 from the field, 4-of-8 from three-point range, and was 6-of-6 from the free throw line. In addition, he added four assists and six steals.Sophomore G Daniel Hackett has been out of action with a broken jaw, while freshman G Marcus Simmons missed the Cardinal & Gold game with a sprained left ankle.
Senior G Ryan Appleby injured his right thumb during practice and may be sidelined up to six weeks. Appleby fractured the thumb on his shooting hand during a rebounding drill in practice (Oct. 30).Junior F Jon Brockman was plagued by foul trouble in Washington's 86-77 exhibition win over Seattle Pacific, but still managed to tally 18 points and pull down eight rebounds in 24 minutes of action.Freshman G Venoy Overton was impressive in his Husky debut, scoring 16 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.
WSU posted a 80-42 win over Lewis-Clark State in exibition play. Junior F Daven Harmeling led all scorers with 17 points, shooting 7-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point range.Freshman C Fabian Boeke has not been certified for competition by the NCAA, therefore at this time is not permitted to compete in the upcoming exhibition game and regular season competition.