This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Dec. 2, 2008
Year two of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series resumes as No. 12 UCLA visits No. 8 Texas to spotlight this week's action... STANFORD will remain the Pac-10's remaining unbeaten for awhile. The Cardinal are in preparation for exams and won't return to action until Dec. 14 at Colorado State... This week's rankings include UCLA (No. 12 AP/No. 9 ESPN/USA Today) and Arizona State (19/19).
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tues., Dec. 2 TV
Loyola Marymount at ARIZONA, 7 p.m. FSN AZ
Idaho State at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 3
DePaul at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m. CSN W
OREGON at Utah, 7 p.m. CSN NW
Thur., Dec. 4
Jackson State at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
No. 12 UCLA at No. 8 Texas, 8 p.m. (1)ï¿½ESPN2
USC at No. 6 Oklahoma, 6 p.m. (1)ï¿½ESPN2
Oklahoma State at WASHINGTON, 8 p.m. (1) FSN
Fri., Dec. 5
ARIZONA at Texas A&M, 8:30 p.m. (1) ESPNU
Sat., Dec. 6
OREGON STATE at Iowa State, 1 p.m. (1) ESPNU
Texas Southern at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m. FSN NW
No. 24 Baylor at WASHINGTON STATE, 8:30 p.m. (1) FSN
Sun., Dec. 7
Nebraska at No. 19 ARIZONA STATE, 12 noon (1) FSN
CALIFORNIA at Missouri, 1 p.m. (1) ESPNU
Kansas State at OREGON, 5:30 p.m. (1) FSN
Cal State Northridge at No. 12 UCLA, 7:30 p.m. FSN PT
Tip times are local to site
(1) Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
Around the league... Thanks to 9-of-10 shooting from three-point range last week, ARIZONA junior F Chase Budinger is now shooting 15-of-23 (.652) from beyond the arc this season. Junior F Jordan Hill has posted a double-double in four of five games this season. His lone non-double-double was a 20 point/9 rebound effort vs. Santa Clara. He's averaging 17.4 points and a league-leading 12.2 rebounds... ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils are 5-1 for just the second time in the past eight years and third time in past 14 seasons. ASU started 11-1 in 2004-05. ASU was 5-1 in 2000-01 and 1994-95. Sophomore G James Harden is shooting 50-of-59 (.847) from the free throw line through five games. He's attempted more free throws than two Pac-10 teams have made this season - Oregon State (52-of-84 in five games) and Washington State (55-of-76 in six games)... CALIFORNIA junior guard Jerome Randle has four 20-point games this season in six contests. He entered the year with just three 20-point games in his first two seasons at Cal. He matched his career-high with 26 points in the loss to Florida State, with 16 of those points coming at the free throw line (16-of-18)... OREGON freshman F Michael Dunigan leads all Pac-10 freshmen in scoring at 14.0 points per game. He's shooting 34-of-59 (.576) for the season, including 23-of-39 (.590) over the last four games... OREGON STATE snapped a 25-game losing streak as it picked up its first win of the season with a victory at Fresno State. It was the first road victory for the Beavers since winning at Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 11, 2007. Senior G Ricky Claitt has high-point honors for the Beavers in each of the last two games, including a career-high 21 points against Montana State. He's averaging 17.5 points over the last two games, shooting 14-of-17 (.824) from the field... STANFORD sophomore C Josh Owens has scored in double figures in each of the last three games (16.3 ppg), including a career-high 21 points in his last outing against Colorado. He's shooting 16-of-23 (.696) during those three games... UCLA is allowing just 57.2 points per game and has not given up more than 63 points over the last 18 regular season non-conference games. UCLA freshman G Jrue Holiday is shooting 23-of-36 (.639) through five games... USC junior G Dwight Lewis has scored in double figures in each game this season, including a career-high 26 points in USC's come-from-behind victory over San Francisco. He's averaging 16.6 points per game... WASHINGTON senior F Jon Brockman has grabbed 961 rebounds during his career, which ranks sixth all-time at Washington and 19th on the Pac-10's all-time list. He needs 37 rebounds to move up to second on the Huskies all-time list and 12th on the Pac-10 list. He posted six rebounds in Washington's win over Pacific. During his career, he's grabbed six or more rebounds in 83 of 101 games played... WASHINGTON STATE is in the middle of four game stretch in which it plays three ranked non-conference opponents. After falling to No. 4 Pittsburgh last week, which was the first November loss in coach Tony Bennett's career (he's now 19-1 all-time in November), the Cougars take on No. 24 Baylor in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series and No. 5 Gonzaga. The Cougars are second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 42.8 points per game.
Step back and take a look... Moving the three-point arc back one foot has not been a problem so far this season. To date, Pac-10 teams have combined to shoot 357-of-954 (.374) from beyond the new three-point line. Conference teams shot a combined .361 last season.