This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Jan. 28, 2008
Thur., Jan. 31
Arizona at USC, 7:30 p.m. FSN
Series: ARIZ leads, 53-36. Streak: USC 3
Arizona State at No. 5 UCLA, 7:30 p.m. FSN PT
Series: UCLA leads, 54-14. Streak: UCLA 6
California at No. 9 Washington State, 7 p.m.
Series: CAL leads, 67-44. Streak: WSU 2
No. 14 Stanford at Washington, 7 p.m.
Series: STAN leads, 67-59. Streak: WASH 1
Sat., Feb. 2
Arizona at No. 5 UCLA, 6 p.m. ESPN
Series: UCLA leads, 43-31. Streak: UCLA 5
Arizona State at USC, 7:30 p.m. FSN PT/AZ
Series: USC leads, 44-30. Streak: ASU 1
California at Washington, 3 p.m. FSN NW/BA+
Series: Series tied, 72-72. Streak: WASH
No. 14 Stanford at No. 9 Washington State, 12 noon FSN
Series: STAN leads, 63-55. Streak: WSU 1
Oregon State at Oregon, 3 p.m. OSN
Series: OSU leads, 180-147. Streak: ORE 2
Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.
STANFORD makes a big jump in the polls and will test its improved ranking on the road at the Washington schools, especially at WASHINGTON STATE where the Cougars remain unbeaten at home... Six players are averaging better than 18.0 points per game this season. While the league has had six or more players average at least 18.0 points per game in eight separate seasons since the league expanded to 10 teams, the last time it occurred was during the 1998 season... Freshmen continue to leave their mark around the league as six different freshmen have scored 25 or more points in a game this season (see list on page 4 of this release)... Pac-10 leads all conferences with seven candidates listed on each the Naismith Midseason Top 30 list and the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30 list (see lists below)... This week's Top 25 polls include UCLA (No. 5 AP/No. 5 ESPN/USA Today), Washington State (9/9), STANFORD (14/4).
Freshman G Jerryd Bayless was impressive in Arizona's home sweep of the Washington schools as he averaged 24.5 points and 6.0 assists. He shot 15-of-23 (.652) from the field, 8-of-12 (.667) from three-point range, and was a perfect 11-of-11 from the line.
Sophomore F Jordan Hill swatted 11 shots in two games last week, including a career-high six blocks against Washington State.
Senior G Jawann McClellan has stepped his offense recently. He scored a season-high 14 points in the win over Washington State. Over the last three games, he's shooting 10-of-17 (.588) from the field and averaging 9.3 points during that stretch. In the previous seven games, he shot just 16-of-45 (.356).
Freshman G James Harden has led the Sun Devils in scoring in each of the last eight games. He's averaging 22.0 points over the last eight games.
Harden is averaging 18.8 points for the season. Ike Diogu (19.0 ppg/2002-03) is the only other Sun Devil freshman in school history to average better than 16.0 points per game.
More Harden... he leads the league in steals with 1.89 per game. Only four freshmen have finished the year leading the Pac-10 in steals - Jason Kidd, CAL (3.8 spg/1993), Baron Davis, UCLA (2.4 spg/1998), Errick Craven, USC (2.1 spg/2002) and Gabe Pruitt, USC (1.9 spg/2005).
In six of its seven losses, Cal has either trailed by two, was tied, or led in the last three minutes of regulation.
Senior C DeVon Hardin scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting against Stanford. It`s the first time this year he's had team-high honors.
Sophomore F Jamal Boykin has been productive of the bench for the Bears. Over the last two games, he's averaging 12.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game. Over the last three games, he's shooting 14-of-22 (.636) from the field.
The Bears are shooting a Pac-10 best 75.9 percent from the free throw line this season. Cal's school record is 76.9 percent set last year.
Senior F Maarty Leunen posted a pair of double-doubles last weekend - 16 pts/10 reb vs. UCLA, 13 pts/11 reb vs. USC. His 13 double-doubles this season tie him with Washington's Jon Brockman for most in the Pac-10.
Leunen now has 809 rebounds in his career. He's the third Oregon player all-time, joining Greg Ballard (1973-77) and Stan Love (1968-71), with 1,000 career points/800 career rebounds.
Senior G Malik Hairston needs 18 points to reach 1,500 for his career. When he does, so he'll move into the school's top ten career scoring list.
Freshman G Lathan Wallace led the Beavers in scoring in each game last weekend. Posting 11 points against USC and following up with a career-high 18 points against UCLA. Wallace entered last week's action averaging 3.5 ppg (46 total points) for the season.
Six different players have led the Beavers in scoring in each of the last seven games. Eight different players have led or shared high-scoring honors over the last 10 games.
While several other Pac-10 freshmen have been getting a lot of attention, freshman F Omari Johnson has been quietly productive in averaging 8.1 points and 5.4 rebounds. He missed the first 10 games recovering from a injury to the right cheekbone.
Benched early in the first half due to foul trouble, sophomore F Brook Lopez responding in the second half against Cal scoring all 23 of his points on 7-of-11 (.636) shooting after intermission.
Lopez has led the team in scoring in each of the last four games, averaging 21.8 ppg.
The Cardinal defense has stepped up in league play as Stanford has held its Pac-10 opponent's leading scorer below his averaging in six of seven league games.
Junior G Mitch Johnson scored a career-high 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He added seven assists and six rebounds vs. Cal.
Junior G Darren Collison scored a career-high 33 points at Oregon State. He also hit 13-of-13 from the free throw line to run his streak of 26 consecutive free throws made. It was the first 30-plus point performance by a Bruin since Dijon Thompson scored 39 points vs. Arizona State on Feb. 10, 2005.
Freshman C Kevin Love set a UCLA freshman record with 21 rebounds at Oregon State. It was the most rebounds by a Bruin since David Greenwood pulled down 23 rebounds vs. Washington on Jan. 6, 1978.
Love has posted four consecutive double-doubles, averaging 21.8 points and 16.3 points during that span.
The Trojans are riding a four-game conference winning streak for the first time since opening Pac-10 play in 2002 with five straight wins.
USC hit 12-of-26 (.462) from three-point range in its win at Oregon, including a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc in overtime - those were the only field goal attempts by the Trojans in the extra period.
Sophomore F Taj Gibson is shooting 44-of-61 (.721) from the field over the last nine games.
Coach Tim Floyd needs two wins to reach career win No. 300.
Junior F Jon Brockman has collected a double-double in nine of the last 11 games. During the last 11 games, he's averaging 19.9 points and 12.0 rebounds. He posted a double-double in 20 of his last 32 games.
The next Washington victory will give coach Lorenzo Romar his 116th at the helm of the Huskies. It will tie him with Bob Bender (1994-2002) for the No. 4 spot on the list of winningest all-time Husky coaches.
Washington's win at Arizona State was its fifth in a row in Tempe. The Huskies have now won 11 in a row in the series with the Sun Devils, the longest current streak between Pac-10 teams.
Senior G Derrick Low had his streak of scoring in double digits end at seven when he scored five points at Arizona. He responded with 18 points at Arizona State, hitting 6-of-11 from three-point range. It was the third time this season Low has connected for six treys in a game. Low leads the Pac-10 with 55 three-pointers (2.89 per game).
In a combined 206 minutes of action over the last six games, junior G Taylor Rochestie dished out 37 assists with just five turnovers. He leads the league in assists, averaging 5.21 per game.
The Cougars return home for a four-game homestand. WSU remains the only Pac-10 team with an undefeated home record.
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