This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

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Nov. 17, 2008

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This week's action is loaded with 20 games on the schedule... ARIZONA will be the final Pac-10 team to open the season as it takes on Florida Atlantic in the opening round of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off... The Pac-10 posted a 8-2 record in the first week of play as No. 4 UCLA opened the 2K Sports Classic with a pair of wins and has now advanced to meet Michigan in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden... This week's rankings include UCLA (No. 4 AP/No. 4 ESPN/USA Today), Arizona State (15/15), and USC (19/20).

Watch the video of Men's Basketball Player of the Week UCLA's Darren Collison

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Mon., Nov. 17 TV
Florida Atlantic at ARIZONA, 9 p.m. ESPNU
Oakland at OREGON, 7 p.m. CSN NW

Tues., Nov. 18
UAB/Santa Clara at ARIZONA, TBD ESPN2
No. 15 ARIZONA STATE at San Diego State, 8 p.m. CBS CS
San Francisco at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.
New Mexico State at No. 19 USC, 6 p.m.
Cleveland State at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
Fairleigh Dickinson at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 20
Texas-Pan American at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.
No. 4 UCLA vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. (6) ESPN2
No. 19 USC vs. Seton Hall, 8 p.m. (7) ESPNU
Florida International at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 21
OREGON at UC Irvine, 7:05 p.m.
No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 10 Duke/Southern Ill., 5/7 p.m. (6) ESPN2
No. 19 USC vs. No. 13 Memphis/Chattanooga, TBD (7) ESPNU
Sacramento State at WASHINGTON STATE, 6 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 22
OREGON STATE at Nevada, 7 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 23
Pepperdine at No. 15 ARIZONA STATE, 2 p.m. FSN AZ
USC at Puerto Rico Tip-Off, TBD (7) ESPN2/U

Tip times are local to site
(6) 2K Sports Classic, New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
(7) Puerto Rico Tip-Off, San Juan, Puerto Rico
All times are local to site.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Nov. 12
UCLA 82, Prairie View A&M 58
(Collison 19 pts/4 ast/3 stl, Lee 12 pts/6 reb, Holiday 11 pts)

Thurs., Nov. 13
UCLA 64, Miami (OH) 59
( Shipp 16 pts/4 reb, Collison 16 pts/3 ast, Roll 9 pts)

Fri., Nov. 14
ARIZONA STATE 80, Mississippi Valley State 64
(Harden 24 pts/10 reb/3 stl, Abbott 18 pts/8 reb, Kuksiks 12 pts/4-7 3FG)
OREGON 66, Northern Colorado 64
(Longmire 15 pts/5 reb/4 stl, Dunigan 13 pts/7 reb)
STANFORD 75, Yale 67
(Hill 22 pts/11 reb/4 ast, Goods 19 pts/4-7 3FG, Johnson 11 pts/6 ast)
Howard 47, OREGON STATE 45
(S. Tarver 10 pts/5 reb, Schaftenaar 8 pts/4 reb)

Sat., Nov. 15
CALIFORNIA 68, Pacific 56
(Randle 24 pts/4-6 3FG, Christopher 18 pts/3 ast, Robertson 10 pts)
USC 78, UC Irvine 55
(Lewis 18 pts/7 reb, Gibson 17 pts/6 reb/5 blk, DeRozan 14 pts)
Portland 80, WASHINGTON 74
(Brockman 30 pts/14 reb, Dentmon 15 pts, Thomas 10 pts)
WASHINGTON STATE 76, Mississippi Valley State 25
(Baynes 14 pts/5 reb, Forrest 13 pts/4 reb)

Around the league... How much difference does a foot make? In the first week of action, Pac-10 teams combined to shoot 58-of-170 (.341) from beyond the new three-point arc (20 feet, nine inches). Conference teams shot a combined .361 last season at 19 feet, nine inches. Those stepping back to successfully hit from the extended arc in the opening week were ARIZONA STATE sophomore G Rihards Kuksiks (4-of-7), CALIFORNIA junior G Jerome Randle (4-of-6), and STANFORD senior G Anthony Goods (4-of-7)... ARIZONA STATE sophomore G James Harden picked up where he left off last season as he posted his third career double-double with 24 points and 10 assists in victory over Mississippi Valley State... With the 68-56 win over Pacific, CALIFORNIA coach Mike Montgomery became the fourth head coach in Conference history to post wins while coaching at two separate league institutions. During his 18 years at Stanford, Montgomery posted a 393-167 record. The three other head coaches who posted wins while at two different league schools - Marv Harshman (WSU 1959-71; WASH 1972-85), George Raveling (WSU 1973-83; USC 1987-94) and Forrest Twogood (Idaho 1937-41/USC 1951-66)... STANFORD senior F Lawrence Hill posted a double-double (22 pts/11 reb) in the Cardinal's win at Yale. He also added four assists all in just 19 minutes of action... USC coach Tim Floyd finally found success in a season opener. After dropping season-opening games to Cal State Northridge (2005-06), South Carolina (2006-07) and Mercer (2007-08) in Floyd's first three seasons at USC, the Trojans came through with a season-opening win over UC Irvine, 78-55. USC junior F Taj Gibson tallied five blocked shots in the win over UC Irvine. It's the fifth time in his career that he's posted five or more rejections in a game. He has 158 career blocked shots and is within range of school record holder Sam Clancy (195 blocked shots, 1999-02)... WASHINGTON senior F Jon Brockman grabbed the 41st double-double of his career with 30 points/14 rebounds in a loss at Portland.... WASHINGTON STATE limited Mississippi Valley State to 25 points in a 76-25 victory. The 25 points allowed by the Cougars is the fewest since allowing 23 points to Idaho, Jan. 23, 1948 (48-23 win). The 51-point margin of victory is the second-largest margin of victory in WSU history. The largest is 54 points against Delaware State (93-39) (Dec. 3, 1988).

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