This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Feb. 11, 2008
Thur., Feb. 14
California at Arizona, 6:30 p.m. FSN AZ
Series: ARIZ leads, 50-25. Streak: ARIZ 3
No. 7 Stanford at Arizona State, 8:30 p.m. FSN
Series: STAN leads, 37-26. Streak: STAN 5
Washington at Oregon, 5:30 p.m. OSN
Series: WASH leads, 180-101. Streak: WASH 1
No. 21 Washington State at Oregon State, 5:30 p.m. FSN NW
Series: OSU leads, 160-115. Streak: WSU 3
Sat., Feb. 16
No. 7 Stanford at Arizona, 1:30 p.m. ABC
Series: ARIZ leads, 48-26. Streak: STAN 1
California at Arizona State, 4 p.m. FSN AZ
Series: ASU leads, 34-30. Streak: ASU 2
Washington at Oregon State, 4 p.m. FSN NW
Series: WASH leads, 145-135. Streak: WASH 1
No. 21 Washington State at Oregon, 6 p.m. FSN
Series: ORE leads, 155-117. Streak: WSU 1
Sun., Feb. 17
No. 6 UCLA at USC, 7 p.m. FSN
Series: UCLA leads, 124-100. Streak: USC 1
Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.
While UCLA and STANFORD sit atop the standings, there's a logjam that follows with the next seven teams separated by two games... Not only is the league balanced, but home court victories are even tough to come by as the home team is just 28-26 in league action... Pac-10 freshmen continue to post impressive numbers as ARIZONA guard Jerryd Bayless matched a Pac-10 freshmen single-game (conference game only) scoring record with 39 points in Sunday's loss to ARIZONA STATE. Four Pac-10 freshmen are among the top six scorers in the league - USC's O.J. Mayo (2nd/20.2 ppg), Bayless (3rd/20.0 ppg), Arizona State's James Harden (5th/18.1 ppg), UCLA's Kevin Love (6th/17.5 ppg)... This week's Top 25 polls include UCLA (No. 6 AP/No. 6 ESPN/USA Today), Stanford (7/7), WASHINGTON STATE (21/20).
Freshman G Jerryd Bayless tied a Pac-10 freshman scoring mark for a conference game-only with 39 points in the loss to Arizona State. He matched the mark set by USC's Cliff Robinson in 1978 (vs. California). He was two points shy of equalling the Pac-10 freshman single-game scoring mark for all games (1972-73 to present) set by UCLA's Don MacLean vs. North Texas in 1988.
Sophomore G Nic Wise had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on damaged cartilage in his left knee and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Wise was averaging 8.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 22 games, while shooting 47.3 percent (61-of-129) from the field to go with a team-leading 41 steals.
The Sun Devils swept Arizona for the first time since the 1995 season. The win Saturday in Tucson snapped a 12-game losing streak in McKale Center.
Freshman G James Harden, who leads the Sun Devils in scoring at 18.1 ppg, did not start for the first time this season as he was suffering from a virus. Harden came off the bench to play 33 minutes at Arizona.
With his career-high 29 points at Arizona, junior F Jeff Pendergraph has scored 20 or more points four times this season. He entered the year with three 20-plus point games.
The Bears are shooting a Pac-10 best 77.1 percent from the free throw line this season. That figure currently ranks seventh in the NCAA. Cal's school record is 76.9 percent set last year. The Pac-10 record is 78.6 set by Arizona in 2004.
Sophomore G Jerome Randle is shooting 22-of-23 (.957) from the charity stripe in Pac-10 play. He's made 30 of his last 31 attempts from the free throw line. Meanwhile, sophomore F Ryan Anderson is shooting 53-of-59 (.898) at the line in league play.
Since moving into the starting lineup, sophomore F Jamal Boykin is averaging 9.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists over the last four games.
Oregon set a school record with 18 three-pointers in the win at California. Sophomore G Tajuan Porter was 7-of-11 from beyond the arc, senior G Bryce Taylor was 5-of-7, while senior F Maarty Leunen was 4-of-6.
Porter struggled from beyond the arc through the first eight games of league play, shooting 12-of-50 (240). In the last three games, he's 15-of-27 (.556) from three-point range.
More Porter... he's a perfect 23-of-23 from the free throw line in conference play.
The Ducks have won 21 of the last 23 meetings with Washington State, including the last 12 meetings at Mac Court.
OREGON STATE The Beavers had a season-high 20 assists in the loss at California.
With 15 points at California and 13 points at Stanford, senior F Marcel Jones scored in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 11 (18 vs. CS Bakersfield) and Dec. 16 (17 vs. Tennessee Tech).
Ten different players have started a game this season for the Beavers. Nine have earned six or more starts. Ten players are averaging better than 10 minutes per game.
The Cardinal defense has stepped up in league play as Stanford has held its Pac-10 opponent's leading scorer below his averaging in nine of 11 league games.
Stanford ranks second in the nation with a +10.9 rebound margin, trailing only North Carolina (+11.3).
Junior F Lawrence Hill hit 6-of-18 (.333) from three-point range through eight Pac-10 games, but has connected on 9-of-15 (.600) over the last three league contests.
During its seven game winning streak, the Cardinal are holding the opposition to 35.7 percent (132-of-370) shooting from the field. Over the last four games, that figure falls to 32.4 percent (68-of-210).
Freshman C Kevin Love came up one rebound short at Washington State of extending his double-double streak to seven. He looks to start another streak after posting 13 points/10 rebounds at Washington.
Sophomore G Russell Westbrook is shooting 22-of-41 (.537) from the field over the last three games, posting 17.7 points per game.
Three-point woes for the Bruins as they have hit just 5-of-34 (.147) from beyond the arc over the last three games.
The Bruins are making it count at the free throw line. In the first six games of the season, they shot better than 70 percent from the line just once. Over the last 18 games, they shot 70 percent or better 17 times.
Sophomore F Taj Gibson is shooting 62-of-87 (.713) from the field over the last 13 games. With 122 career blocked shots, Gibson is fourth on the school's all-time list. He needs eight blocks to move up to No. 2 on the list, but it'll take some time to reach Sam Clancy's school record of 195 blocks.
Freshman G O.J. Mayo has led the Trojans in scoring in five of the last six games. He's averaging 21.7 points over the last six contests.
Freshman F Davon Jefferson is shooting 45-of-69 (.652) from the field over the last seven games.
USC's win over Washington gave coach Tim Floyd career win No. 300.
Junior F Jon Brockman has collected a double-double in 12 of the last 15 games. He has posted a double-double in 23 of his last 36 games. Brockman picked up his 800th rebound in the win over UCLA. He's ninth on the school's all-time rebound list.
Coach Lorenzo Romar is tied with Bob Bender for the No. 4 spot on the school's list with 116 victories.
With 200 career-three pointers, senior G Ryan Appleby needs 12 more treys to reach the school record of 212.
Washington has now won four straight at home over UCLA, with the last three coming against Bruin teams ranked No. 13, No. 2, and No. 5.
Senior G Kyle Weaver scored 17 points in the win over USC, pushing his career scoring total to 1,015 career points.
Weaver and senior G Derrick Low (1,103 points) are the first pair of Cougars to reach 1,000 career points in the same season since 1980 (Don Collins and Terry Kelly).
Weaver also recorded his 500th rebound in the win vs. USC. It is believed that Weaver is the only player in Pac-10 history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 150 steals and 75 blocks in a career.
The last four games, Weaver is averaging 17.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.3 assist, 0.8 blocks and 2.8 steals.