This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Nov. 26, 2007
BIG 12/PAC-10 HARDWOOD SERIES
Leagues Pair Up for Inter-Conference Tilts
Starting this week, the Big 12 and Pacific-10 Conference begin a four-year men's basketball series of 12 annual games between the two leagues.
The series will continue in 2008, with games slated for December 4-7. The contests scheduled will be return games of the matchups from this season, but may not be scheduled for the same day of the week. The games in the series in 2009 will be played December 3-6, 2009, while matchups in 2010 will be played December 2-5, 2010.
This week's Top 25 polls include UCLA (No. 1 AP/No. 2 ESPN/USA Today), WASHINGTON STATE (6/6), OREGON (17/17), and USC (22/24). The No. 6 ranking for the Cougars is the highest-ever for the Washington State program.
Sophomore F Chase Budinger and freshman G Jerryd Bayless have each scored in double digits in each game this season - Budinger is averaging 18.6 points per game, while Bayless is averaging 18.4 points per game.
Budinger hit a career-high six three-pointers in a 27-point performance in the overtime loss at Kansas.
In three games last week, Arizona connected on 53.7 percent (80-of-149) of its field goal attempts, a figure that is 47 points higher than its season FG percentage (129-of-263/.490).
Arizona has outrebounded its opponent 70-51 over the last two games.
The Sun Devils posted a 2-1 record at the Maui Invitational, including an overtime win against Louisiana State.
ASU started three freshmen (G James Harden, G Ty Abbott and G Jamelle McMillan) in its opener (Nov. 19, a 77-54 loss to Illinois in Maui). It marked the first time in school history three freshmen started the opening game of the season.
Harden averaged 17.0 points in three games on the islands.
Junior F Jeff Pendergraph posted his first double-double of the season, 14th of his career, with a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds against Louisiana State.
Senior C DeVon Hardin has corralled 14 rebounds in each of Cal's three games this season.
The Bears also received a spark in the backcourt with the return of sophomore G Jerome Randle to the lineup vs. San Diego State. Out the first two contests while he recovered from a kidney biopsy, he came off the bench for a career-high 21 points, two assists and two steals.
Cal has won 16 of its last 17 non-conference games in Haas Pavilion.
Sophomore G Patrick Christopher leads the Bears in scoring at 21.3 ppg, with sophomore F Ryan Anderson right behind at 20.3 ppg.
Dating back to last season, Oregon has been ranked by the Associated Press for 18 consecutive weeks (No. 17 this week). That ties the school record for consecutive weeks ranked -- the final six polls of the 2001-02 season and the first 12 of the 2002-03 season.
Senior F Maarty Leunen has recorded three consecutive double-doubles: Nov. 17 at Portland (17 pts/10 reb), Nov. 20 at Saint Mary's (17/11) and Nov. 24 versus San Francisco (18/10). Leunen now has four double-doubles on the season and 16 in his Oregon career.
Seven players scored in double digits in the 110-79 win over San Francisco.
Freshman F Sean Carter averaged 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in the last two games. He shot a combined 11-of-19 (.579) from the field in those two contests.
Sophomore G Seth Tarver has scored in double digits in each of the first five games, averaging 15.4 points during that span. He scored a career-high 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-8 from three-point range, to go with eight rebounds in the win over Idaho State.
The Beavers take on Iowa State in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. It's the first meeting between the two teams.
Sophomore C Robin Lopez scored a caree-high 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had five blocked shots in Stanford's win over Yale. It was his first double-double of the season, and the third of his career.
Lopez has recorded five or more blocked shots in a game four times in his career. His 93 career blocked shots ranks sixth on the schools all-time list. He needs three more to move into fifth.
Junior F Lawrence Hill scored a career-high 25 points in the win over Yale.
Over the last five games, the trio of freshman C Kevin Love, sophomore G Russell Westbrook, and junior G Josh Shipp have each scored in double digits. During that span of games, that group is averaging 47.7 points per game.
Westbrook has dished out 31 assists with just 11 turnovers (2.82 assist-turnover ratio) over the last five games.
The Bruins are currently riding a 22-game home court winning streak.
Freshman G O.J. Mayo earned MVP honors at the Anaheim Classic. In three games, he averaged 18.0 points, shooting 19-of-38 (.500) from the field and 9-of-18 (.500) from three-point range.
Freshman F Davon Jefferson made his USC debut in the Anaheim Classic. He averaged 10.7 points, shooting 11-of-16 (.688) from the field. He scored a season-high 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in the win over Southern Illinois.
Over the last five games, USC is shooting 27-of-60 (.450) from three-point range.
Since the season-opening loss to Mercer, USC is holding the opposition to .355 (99-of-279).
Sophomore F Quincy Pondexter recorded the first double-double of his career with 20 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the loss to Syracuse.
Over the last three games, junior G Justin Dentmon has 16 assists (5.3 apg) with just four turnovers.
Next Husky win will give coach Lorenzo Romar career win No. 200.
Junior G Taylor Rochestie had a WSU high and tied his career-high with 22 points in the win over Air Force (career-high 22 points also while at Tulane).
Rochestie is has posted 31 assists (5.17 apg) while turning the ball over just seven times in six games this season.
The Cougars have outscored opponents 218-144 in the second half this season.
The Cougars face Baylor in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. It's just the second meeting between the two schools. The only other time the two teams faced each other was during the 1972-73 season - a 65-64 WSU win.