This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Jan. 7, 2008
Wed., Jan. 9
Arizona at Arizona State, 7:30 p.m. FSN AZ
Series: ARIZ leads, 138-73. Streak: ARIZ 12
Thur., Jan. 10
No. 4 Washington State at USC, 8 p.m. FSN
Series: USC leads, 64-39. Streak: USC 1
Washington at No. 5 UCLA, 7:30 p.m. FSN PT
Series: UCLA leads, 86-36. Streak: WASH 1
California at Oregon, 5:30 p.m. OSN
Series: CAL leads, 68-53. Streak: ORE 1
No. 23 Stanford at Oregon State, 6 p.m.
Series: OSU leads, 66-56. Streak: STAN 4
Sat., Jan. 12
Arizona at Houston, 2 p.m. ESPN2
Washington at USC, 3:30 p.m.
Series: Series tied, 63-63. Streak: WASH 1
No. 4 Washington State at No. 5 UCLA, 11:30 a.m. FSN
Series: UCLA leads, 91-13. Streak: UCLA 6
California at Oregon State, 1:30 p.m. FSN
Series: CAL leads, 72-56. Streak: CAL 4
Sun., Jan. 13
Stanford at Oregon, 1:30 p.m. CBS
Series: STAN leads, 84-42. Streak: STAN 1
Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.
ARIZONA STATE and UCLA jump out to 2-0 records in Pac-10 play. Not uncommon for the Bruins as they have won their first two games in league play 17 times in 30 seasons of Pac-10 play. However, it's a different story for the Sun Devils. This marks just the third time Arizona State has started league play 2-0... The Pac-10 is 95-25 (.792) in non-conference play this season. The 95 regular season non-conference wins are the most ever by the Pac-10. ARIZONA closes out non-conference play for the Pac-10 as the Wildcats take on Houston this Saturday... WASHINGTON STATE is one of six Division I teams that remains unbeaten... Defense continues to be the name of the game as four Pac-10 teams rank among the nation's top 10 in scoring defense - No. 1 Washington State (49.8 ppg), No. 6 UCLA (54.9 ppg), No. 8 Arizona State (56.5 ppg) and No. 10 STANFORD (56.8 ppg)... This week's Top 25 polls include Washington State (No. 4 AP/No. 4 ESPN/USA Today), UCLA (No. 5/No. 5), Stanford (23/23), and Arizona (-/24)... This week's game between No. 4 Washington State and No. 5 UCLA marks the sixth time in the history of league play that two Pac-10 teams ranked in the top five have faced each other, the last coming in 2004 when No. 4 Stanford knocked off No. 3 Arizona, 82-72.
Sophomore F Chase Budinger has scored 20 or more points in each of the last three games, averaging 23.3 points and shooting 25-of-51 (.490) from the field during that span.
Over the last three games, sophomore G Nic Wise, who has started in place of injured freshman G Jerryd Bayless, has responded by averaging 15.0 points, 6.0 assists and 3.3 steals while playing 119 of a possible 120 minutes. He's shooting 17-of-33 (.515) from the field the last three games.
The Wildcats embark on a four-game road trip, their longest of the season. The four opponents (Arizona State, Houston, Stanford and California) currently have a combined record of 45-9 (.833).
While he's playing like a seasoned veteran, freshman G James Harden is the youngest player in the Pac-10 (born Aug. 29, 1989). He's scored 20 or more points seven times.
The Sun Devils have won eight straight for the first time since winning nine in a row during the 2004-05 season.
Over the last five games, junior F Jeff Pendergraph is averaging 19.4 points and 8.4 boards. He is shooting 31-of-39 (.695) from the field during that span.
ASU is 2-0 in Pac-10 play for just the third in school history. ASU started 4-0 in 1987-88, and 6-0 in 1979-80.
ASU is 10-0 at home after going 7-11 (.389) last year at Ned Wulk Court.
Over the last eight games, sophomore F Ryan Anderson has hit 21-of-41 (.512) from three-point range. He's collected two or more three-pointers in a game seven times over the last eight games.
Anderson has connected on 31 of his last 33 free throw attempts (.939), which has elevated his free throw percentage to a Pac-10 leading 84.8 percent for the season.
Sophomore F Patrick Christopher is second in the Pac-10, averaging 34.62 minutes per game.
Sophomore G Nikola Knezevic is among the league leaders with a +2.0 assist/turnover margin. His margin over the last four games in +3.5 (14 assists/4 turnovers).
Junior G Churchill Odia made his first career start when he got the nod at Arizona. He's committed just two turnovers in 101 minutes played this season.
Senior F Maarty Leunen moved into sixth on UO's career rebounding list with 753 career rebounds.
Senior G Malik Hairston matched his career high with 29 points in the win at Arizona.
The win in Tucson over the Wildcats marked the first time in school history that Oregon won back-to-back games in McKale Center.
The win also marked Oregon's 1,400th all-time victory.
Freshman F Omari Johnson has had the hot hand for the Beavers. During the Arizona road swing, he shot 12-of-23 (.522) from the field, and averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds. He scored a season-high 19 points at Arizona, shooting 7-of-12 from the field, and 3-of-5 from three-point range.
Freshman G Lathen Wallace made his Pac-10 debut at Arizona State, scoring 10 points as he was a perfect 2-of-2 on three-pointers and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
In 14 games this season, underclassmen have led the Beavers in scoring eight times. The lone senior on the squad, F Marcel Jones, has led the Beavers in scoring in the other six contests.
Junior G Anthony Goods has scored in double figures in each of the last eight games, averaging 12.4 points during that stretch. He's averaging 14.7 over the last three games.
Junior F Lawrence Hill came off the bench to score seven points and grab a career-high 13 rebounds in the win over USC. Hill had started the previous 44 games prior to the USC contest (all 31 games last season, the first 13 games this year).
The Cardinal have won 15 of the last 16 over Oregon State, the lone setback was a 84-83 loss at Gill Coliseum in 2004-05. Stanford has won eight of the last nine meetings with Oregon.
Freshman C Kevin Love held his own during UCLA's road trip to the Bay Area. Playing against Stanford's seven-foot Lopez twins and Cal's frontline of DeVon Hardin (6-11) and Ryan Anderson (6-10), Love averaged 17.5 points on 12-of-17 shooting (.708), while grabbing 10.5 rebounds.
Sophomore G Russell Westbrook averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in wins at Stanford and Cal. In 66 minutes of action, he turned the ball over just one time.
While the 67 points scored by Stanford were a season-high allowed by the Bruins, it was only the fourth time this season that a UCLA opponent has scored more than 60 points.
Freshman G O.J. Mayo scored a season-high 34 points in the loss at Cal. It was the eighth best point production by a Pac-10 freshman since 1972-73. (See list below)
With 99 career blocked shots, sophomore F Taj Gibson he needs one more to become the seventh player in school history to record 100 blocked shots in a career.
USC held Stanford to 27.0 percent shooting from the field - the lowest shooting percentage for Stanford since 1999. However, the Trojans were done in by their own shooting (34.7 percent) in the loss to the Cardinal.
Since being inserted into the starting lineup Dec. 8 against Pittsburgh, senior G Tim Morris has tallied double figure points in each of his last seven games. Over that span, he's averaging 12.6 points per game, while shooting 35-of-57 (.614) from the field, 8-of-14 (.571) from beyond the arc. Plus, he's pulling down 5.0 rebounds per game the last seven games.
Junior F Jon Brockman needs 11 points to become the 32nd player in Husky history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Washington has won four of the last five against UCLA, and six of the last seven against USC.
At 13-0, WSU is off to the school's best start since the 1935-36 squad also opened the season winning its first 13 contests... However, wins that year came against the likes of OCE, Whitman, Puget Sound and Deserts Independent.
Junior F Daven Harmeling returned from a thumb injury and contributed in the win over UW with a pair of three-pointers.
Freshman F Fabian Boeke's has been reinstated by the NCAA subject to the withholding penalty of sitting out the 2007-08 season and the loss of one season of eligibility. Boeke will have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning the fall of 2008.