This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Jan. 26, 2009

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WASHINGTON TAKES OVER TOP SPOT, JUMPS INTO AP POLL AT No. 23

WASHINGTON has won 13 of its last 14 and now sits alone in first atop the Pac-10 standings. The Washington schools hit the road this weekend with games at ARIZONA and second-place ARIZONA STATE. The Huskies and Cougars remain the only Pac-10 teams without a loss on the road in league play... OREGON STATE, fresh off its first Bay Area sweep since the 1992-93 season, takes on Cal State Bakersfield in non-league action Monday. The Conference is 89-29 (.754) in non-league play this season... Five Pac-10 teams have four or fewer losses to date. Only the 16-team Big East has more teams (6) with four or fewer losses to date... This week's rankings include ARIZONA STATE (No. 14 AP/No. 14 ESPN/USA Today), UCLA (17/16) and WASHINGTON (23/30).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Mon., Jan. 26
Cal State Bakersfield at Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 29
No. 23 Washington at Arizona, 6:30 p.m. FSN AZ/NW
Series: ARIZ leads, 41-22. Streak: WASH 1
Washington State at No. 14 Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Series: ASU leads 32-31. Streak: WSU 4
Stanford at USC, 7:30 p.m. FSN PT
Series: USC leads, 121-112. Streak: USC 1
California at No. 17 UCLA, 7:30 p.m. FSN
Series: UCLA leads, 128-95. Streak: UCLA 3

Sat., Jan. 31
Washington State at Arizona, 11 a.m. CBS
Series: ARIZ leads, 50-13. Streak: ARIZ 2
Stanford at No. 17 UCLA, 12:30 p.m. ABC
Series: UCLA leads, 129-89. Streak: UCLA 4
No. 23 Washington at No. 14 Arizona State, 3:30 p.m.
FSN AZ/NW
Series: ASU leads, 34-31. Streak: ASU 1
Oregon at Oregon State, 4:30 p.m. FSN NW
Series: OSU leads, 180-149. Streak: ORE 4
California at USC, 8:30 p.m. FSN
Series: CAL leads, 125-116. Streak: USC 1

Tip times are local to site. Associated Press Rankings.

Around the league... ARIZONA juniors Chase Budinger (36.8), Nic Wise (35.8) and Jordan Hill (34.6) rank first, fourth and seventh respectively in the Pac-10 in minutes played. Hill played all 85 minutes in the loss against Arizona State and the overtime win over Houston. Hill posted a pair of double-doubles, including a career-high 30 points against Houston, while adding 18 rebounds. He's pulled down 15 or more rebounds five times this season... With its win in Tucson, ARIZONA STATE became the first team to win at Stanford, at UCLA, and at Arizona in the same season since Oregon State and USC accomplished the feat during the 1980-81 season. The next Sun Devil win will give coach Herb Sendek the 300th win of his career. His current record stands at 299-196 (.604) in 16 seasons... CALIFORNIA junior G Jerome Randle averaged 21.0 points and 6.5 assists last week in a split with the Oregon schools. He hit 7-of-15 from three-point range and now has 47 three-pointers on the season. Randle needs 40 points to reach 1,000 for his career, while junior teammate Patrick Christopher needs just 13 points to reach 1,000 points... In the last three games, OREGON junior G Tajuan Porter broke out of a slump by hitting 13-of-26 from three-point range. In the six games prior to that, he hit just 9-of-37 (.243) from beyond the arc. His 242 career three-pointers are tied for second on Oregon's all-time list, 40 behind all-time leader Orlando Williams (282 3FG, 1991-95). The Ducks look to snap an eight-game skid. The last time Oregon opened Pac-10 play 0-8 was during the 1992-93 season when it opened league play with 11 straight defeats... OREGON STATE swept the Bay Area schools on the road for the first time since the 1992-93 season. It also marks the first time the Beavers swept a Pac-10 road trip since 2002-03 when they knocked off USC and UCLA in Los Angeles. Sophomore G Calvin Haynes averaged 23.5 points and shot 17-of-26 (.654) in the Bay Area sweep, including a career-high 25 points at Stanford. Haynes leads the team in scoring at 16.1 ppg... STANFORD senior G Mitch Johnson missed the last two games with a lower calf bruise. Up until last week, he had appeared in all 112 games during his career (90 starts). Senior G Anthony Goods scored 20 points in the win over Oregon, pushing his career point total over 1,000 points. His career total now stands at 1,022 points. Goods is fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring this season at 17.3 ppg... UCLA has won 31 consecutive Thursday night games during the regular season of Pac-10 play. The last Thursday defeat for the Bruins in league play came against Stanford during the 2004-05 season. Senior guards Darren Collison and Josh Shipp were held without a three-point field goal in the two-point win at Washington State last Thursday. It was the second time this season and ninth time in their careers that neither player tallied a three-pointer in the same game. However, the Bruins prevailed in all nine contests.... USC junior G Dwight Lewis missed both games on the recent road swing through Washington with an injured ankle. Lewis leads USC in scoring at 15.8 ppg. Junior G Daniel Hackett played all 80 minutes last week against the Washington schools. He's played 36 or more minutes in each of USC's seven Pac-10 games, including all 45 minutes in the overtime game at Oregon State. He's averaging 39.0 minutes per league contest... WASHINGTON was shooting 63.1 percent from the free throw line in non-conference play, but have stepped it up in league play as it is shooting 74.4 percent. Over the last three games, the Huskies are shooting 80-of-98 (.816) from the charity stripe, thanks in large part to senior G Justin Dentmon who is shooting 22-of-23 from the line in those three games. Senior F Jon Brockman has moved up to sixth on the Pac-10's career rebound list with 1,084 rebounds... Must be something in the northwest water supply as WASHINGTON STATE is experiencing success from the free throw line as well. Over the last three games, the Cougars are shooting 46-of-47 (.979) from the charity stripe. Senior F Caleb Forrest scored a career-high 19 points as he hit 8-of-9 in the two-point loss to UCLA. The Cougars dropped back-to-back two-point games with a 46-44 loss to USC. The 90 combined points is the fewest point total between the Cougars and Trojans in the all-time series. The previous low was 100 points (43-57), Jan. 3, 1981.

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