This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Dec. 4, 2007
Tues., Dec. 4
No. 24 USC vs. No. 2 Memphis, 9 p.m. (1) ESPN
Wed., Dec. 5
Jackson State at California, 7:30 p.m.
Delaware State at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
No. 8 Washington State at No. 17 Gonzaga, 8 p.m. ESPNU
Fri., Dec. 7
Oregon State at UC Davis, 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 8
No. 22 Arizona vs. Illinois, 11 a.m. (2) ESPN
No. 7 UCLA vs. Davidson, 2:30 p.m. (3) KCAL
No. 12 Pittsburgh at Washington, 12 noon FSN
Coppin State at Arizona State, 2 p.m.
No. 19 Oregon vs. Utah, 3 p.m. (4) OSN
Fresno Pacific at No. 24 USC, 5 p.m. (X)
Sun., Dec. 9
California at Kansas State, 1 p.m. FSN MW
Portland State at No. 8 Washington State, 5:30 p.m.
(1) Jimmy V Classic, N.Y., N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
(2) Chicago, Ill. (United Center)
(3) Wooden Classic, Anaheim, Calif. (Honda Center)
(4) Pape Jam, Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden)
Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.
The Pac-10 has rolled to a 54-15 (.783) record in non-league play to date and is sitting atop this week's Sagarin rating as the top conference, edging out the ACC by a 83.99 to 83.59 margin.
While there's one game remaining in the inaugural Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series (Stanford vs. Texas Tech, Dec. 22), last week's event was a success as 115,916 fans (10,538 per game) attended games on Pac-10 and Big 12 campuses. Of the 11 games, three outcomes were determined in overtime. The home court did not prove to be an overwhelming advantage in the Hardwood Series as home teams were 6-5 last week. Pac-10 teams averaged 69.0 points per game, while Big 12 teams averaged 67.8 points per game.
This week's Top 25 polls include UCLA (No. 7 AP/No. 8 ESPN/USA Today), WASHINGTON STATE (8/6), OREGON (19/18), ARIZONA (22/24) and USC (24/NR).
Freshman G Jerryd Bayless averaged 23.5 points in a pair of wins last week. He shot 15-of-25 (.600) in wins over Cal State Fullerton and No. 9 Texas A&M. He was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line in the upset of the Aggies.
Arizona bounced back from a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat Texas A&M 78-67. The Wildcats scored 50 secondhalf points on 59.1% shooting, while holding the Aggies to 34.5% shooting in the second half.
Bayless hit just 9-of-17 (.529) from the free throw in the first two games. In the last five games, he's connected on 36-of-39 (.923).
Freshmen G James Harden picked up the first double-double of his career with a 15 point/10 rebound effort against Cal Poly.
The Sun Devils are home for their next nine games. They won't leave Tempe until the third weekend of Pac-10 play with games at California (Jan. 17) and Stanford (Jan. 19).
Harden was held to eight points at Nebraska, ending his string of double-digit games at four. During those four games prior to Nebraska, he averaged 20.5 points, while shooting 27-of-47 (.574) from the field.
At 5-0, the Bears are off to their best start in 13 years.
Cal has won 17 of its last 18 non-conference games in Haas Pavilion where it is 4-0 this season.
Senior C DeVon Hardin has corralled double digit rebounds in each of Cal's five games this season, averaging 14.0 boards per game. That figure ranks second in the nation.
The Bears hold a +10.2 rebound margin.
Sophomore G Patrick Christopher leads the has scored in double digits in each of Cal's five games this season, averaging 19.6 points per game. He averaged just 5.2 points all of last season.
Coach Ernie Kent goes for win No. 200 against Utah on Saturday. Kent's Oregon record stands at 199-121 (.622). Only Howard Hobson has won more games at Oregon (212-124, from 1935-47).
Dating back to last season, Oregon has been ranked by the Associated Press for a school record 19 consecutive weeks.
With his 14 point/14 rebound effort in Oregon's win at Kansas State, senior F Maarty Leunen has now recorded four straight 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 has pulled down double digit rebounds in each of Oregon's seven games.
Senior F Marcel Jones set a career high with 19 rebounds in the loss to Iowa State. The 19 rebounds were tied for the 26th most in a single game in school history and the most for an Oregon State player since Sam Whithead grabbed 21 boards against Hawai'i on Dec. 3, 1971. The 19 rebounds were also the most by a Pac-10 player this season.
Jones (17 points/19 rebounds) and sophomore C Roeland Schaftenaar (12 points/10 rebounds) posted double-doubles against Iowa State.
Schaftenaar has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in a game three times this season.
The Cardinal have a two-week break in the schedule for final exams and exam preparations. They return to the court Sun., Dec. 16 against Albertson College in an exhibition.
After picking up five blocked shots in the win over Sacramento State last week, sophomore C Robin Lopez has now recorded five or more blocked shots in a game five times in his career. His 98 career blocked shots ranks fifth on the schools all-time list.
After averaging 5.25 blocks per game, The Cardinal did not record a blocked shot in their win at Colorado. That broke a string of 79 games in which the Cardinal blocked at least one shot. The last game without a blocked shot was Feb. 5, 2005 at Arizona.
Junior G Michael Roll made his first appearance of the season, playing five minutes against Texas. Roll has been recovering from a ruptured plantar fascia in his left foot.
Sophomore G Russell Westbrook has dished out 44 assists with just 15 turnovers (2.93 assist-turnover ratio) over the last seven games. He leads the Pac-10 with 6.13 assists per game.
The Bruins had their 23-game home court winning streak snapped with the two-point loss to Texas (63-61).
Freshman F Davon Jefferson averaged 20.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in two games last week. He shot 13-of-24 (.542) from the field and 14-of-18 (.778) from the line.
After coming up short to No. 4 Kansas (59-55), the Trojans now face No. 2 Memphis in the Jimmy V Classic.
The loss to Kansas snapped a six-game winning streak for the Trojans. USC's veteran NCAA Tournament team last season did not win six straight.
In their two losses, the Trojans shot 28-of-50 (.560) from the free throw line. In their six wins, they showed better success from the charity stripe, hitting 89-of-128 (.695).
Junior F Jon Brockman recorded his third double-double of the season with 22 points/13 rebounds at Oklahoma State. He's a couple of rebounds just shy of six double-doubles this season as he posted nine rebounds in three other games.
Junior G Justin Dentmon is averaging 18.3 points over the last three games, shooting 21-of-41 (.512) from the field.
Junior G Joel Smith is shooting 11-of-16 (.688) from three-point range this season, including 6-of-7 (.857) over the last two games.
Coach Lorenzo Romar picked up career win No. 200 with the win over Long Beach State.
With seven-straight victories to open the season, WSU is off to the school's best start since the 1991-92 squad opened the season winning its first 12 contests.
Despite trailing three times at halftime, the Cougars have dominated in the second half this season, outscoring their opponents 296-179 in the final 20 minutes of play for a 16-point average scoring margin in the second period. The Cougars have not been outscored in the second half this season.
Austin, Texas native senior F Robbie Cowgill tied his career high with 18 points at Baylor in his first game in his home state of Texas as a Cougar. He also added five rebounds.