This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Nov. 30, 2009
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Mon., Nov. 30 TV
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m. FSAZ
Wed., Dec. 2
No. 24 UNLV at ARIZONA, 7 p.m. KGUN/FSAZ
CALIFORNIA at New Mexico, 7 p.m. CBS CS
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 17 Gonzaga, 6 p.m. FSNW
Thurs., Dec. 3
Baylor at ARIZONA STATE, 8:30 p.m. (1) FSN
USC at No. 2 Texas, 8 p.m. (1) ESPN2
No. 12 WASHINGTON at Texas Tech, 6 p.m. (1) ESPN2
Fri., Dec. 4
Colorado at OREGON STATE, 8 p.m. (1) FSN
Sat., Dec. 5
Iowa State at CALIFORNIA, 8 p.m. (1) ESPNU
OREGON at Missouri, 4 p.m. (1) ESPNU
USC at Georgia Tech, 6 p.m. FSS
WASHINGTON STATE at Kansas State, 8 p.m. (1) ESPNU
Sun., Dec. 6
ARIZONA at Oklahoma, 6 p.m. (1) ESPNU
Cal State Bakersfield at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. FSNW
No. 1 Kansas at UCLA, 2:30 p.m. (1) FSN
(1) Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.
BIG 12/PAC-10 HARDWOOD SERIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
The Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series gets into full swing this week as nine contests are slated between the two conferences. First up will be WASHINGTON at Texas Tech, USC at Texas, and Baylor at ARIZONA STATE on Thursday, Dec. 3... Following Nebraska’s win over USC on Sunday, the Pac-10 holds a slight edge in the Hardwood Series, 13-12. The two conferences split the Series last season (6-6), while the Pac-10 posted a 7-5 advantage in 2007... A little northern exposure for the Cougars and Huskies - WASHINGTON STATE is off to a 6-0 start, while WASHINGTON is perfect with a 5-0 record. Washington leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 84.8 ppg, while the Cougars are right behind at 84.7 ppg... Washington State, winner of the Great Alaska Shootout, will take on No. 17 Gonzaga, winner of the Maui Invitational, for some state bragging rights.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
30-Something... Four different players have scored 30 or more points in a game on five different occasions this season - Arizona SR G Nic Wise (30 vs. Colorado), Washington SR F Quincy Pondexter (30 vs. San Jose State) and SO G Isaiah Thomas (30 vs. Wright State), and Washington State SO G Klay Thompson (37 vs. IPFW and 43 vs. San Diego).
More Points... Thompson, who has scored 20 or more points in each game this season, leads the league in scoring (28.3 ppg). In fact, he’s reached double figures by halftime in all six games. Meanwhile, Stanford SR F Landry Fields has scored 22 or more points in six of the team’s seven games and is second in the league in scoring (23.3 ppg)... Another three players are averaging better than 20.0 points per game - Pondexter (20.6 ppg), Thomas (20.6 ppg), and California SR G Jerome Randle (20.5 ppg).
Teamwork... Arizona State leads the league in scoring defense (54.5 points allowed per game) and scoring margin (+20.7). Offensively, the Sun Devils are averaging 75.2 points per game. Quite a significant jump in scoring compared to coach Herb Sendek’s three previous Sun Devil squads, which averaged 58.5 points in 2007, 66.8 points in 2008, and 69.4 points in 2009.