This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

March 15, 2010

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    NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

    NCAA First Round

    Thurs., Mar. 18
    San Jose, Calif. (West Region - Salt Lake City, Utah)
    No. 6 Marquette vs. No. 11 WASHINGTON, 4:20 p.m.

    Fri., Mar. 19
    Jacksonville, Fla. (South Region - Houston, Texas)
    No. 8 CALIFORNIA vs. No. 9 Louisville, approx. 9:55 p.m.

    NCAA Second Round

    Sat., Mar. 18 - Should Washington advance
    San Jose, Calif. (West Region - Salt Lake City, Utah)
    WASHINGTON vs. New Mexico/Montana winner, 

    Sun., Mar. 19 - Should California advance
    Jacksonville, Fla. (South Region - Houston, Texas)
    CALIFORNIA vs. Duke/(Ark.-Pine Bluff/Winthrop) winner

    NIT/CBI TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

    NIT First Round

    Tues., Mar. 18
    No. 8 Jacksonville at No. 1 ARIZONA STATE, 8 p.m. (ESPN 2)

    CBI First Round

    Wed., Mar. 19
    Boston University at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. 

    Game times local to site. 

    PAC-10 TEAMS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

    CALIFORNIA

    • California is making its 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and is 18-15 all-time. The Bears won the 1959 NCAA title.

    • California captured its first conference regular season title since 1960. The Bears enter the NCAA Tournament having won nine of their last 11 games.

    • With 1,802 career points, senior G Jerome Randle, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, became the school's all-time scoring leader during the Pac-10 Tournament. Randle is one of seven Bears all-time to score 600 points in a season, and the first to do it twice (603 in 2008-09, 618 in 2009-10). Randle also owns the Cal career mark with 248 three-point field goals, as well as the career free throw percentage mark (379-of-431, .879)... His 521 assists tie him for second with former Golden Bear, and current Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson. He needs 26 assists to break Cal's career record.

    • Senior G Patrick Christopher has appeared in a California record 132 games.

    • Randle (1,803 points), Christopher (1,681 points) and Senior G/F Theo Robertson (1,284 points) give the Bears three 1,000 point scorers. It marks the second time for the Bears that three 1,000-point scorers have been on the same team. 

    • Coach Mike Montgomery is the first Pac-10 coach to win the league's regular season title with two different Pac-10 schools. He also led Stanford to the title in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004.

    WASHINGTON

    • Washington is making its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance and is 15-15 all-time.

    • Washington captured the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament crown, its second league postseason title. The Huskies also hoisted the league's postseason hardware in 2005.

    • The Huskies are riding a seven-game winning streak, with the last six of those wins coming away from home where it was 17-2 this season. They have won 12 of their last 14 games.

    • All-Pac-10 senior G/F Quincy Pondexter ranks fourth on the school's career scoing list with 1,744 points. He's 31 points away from the No. 3 spot on the list.

    • Pondexter became the first player in Pac-10 history to earn five Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in one season.

    • The Huskies lead the league in scoring at 79.8 points per game. They've led the league in scoring in four of the last six seasons. Washington also tops the league in rebounding (38.4 rpg).

    • Sophomore G Isaiah Thomas has scored 1,087 points in just two seasons. It's the highest total ever by a Husky in his first two seasons.

    • Junior F Matthew Bryan-Amaning has been a solid contributor down the stretch for the Huskies. Over the last 11 games, he's averaging 12.3 points and 7.7 rebounds, while shooting a solid 59-of-96 (.615) from the field.

    PAC-10 TEAMS IN THE NIT/CBI

    ARIZONA STATE

    • This is Arizona State's 11th appearance in the NIT.

    • ASU has won eight of its last 11 games... The second-place finish in Pac-10 play is its highest placing in the league since 1981.

    • ASU has won 20 games for the third consecutive season.

    • It is allowing 58.5 points per game, third-best in school history. It's the lowest average by the Sun Devils since 1948-49 (47.6 ppg).

    • Senior G Derek Glasser set the school record for games played. He's at 129 and counting. In addition, he's the school's career record holder for assists with 545 and tops the school's list for career free throw percentage (83.9 percent, 292-of-348).

    • Junior G Ty Abbott hit just 45 three-point field goals last season at 28.5 percent. This season, he tallied 75 treys at a 40.8 percent clip.

    • Senior C Eric Boateng was a perfect 11-for-11 in ASU's win at Stanford. For his career against the Cardinal, he shot 23-of-24 (.958).

    • Coach Herb Sendek earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors. He was just the second ASU coach to be honored by his peers, joining Ned Wulk (1980.)

    OREGON STATE

    • The Beavers will look to defend their CBI title.

    • The Beaver defense is allowing just 61.1 points (3rd in the league), while collecting a league-leading 252 steals (8.1 spg). That's the most thefts in a season by OSU since 1998 (256, 8.5 spg).

    • Senior G/F Seth Tarver, the Pac-10's Defensive Player of the Year, currently leads the league with 2.3 steals per game. His 70 swipes this year are sixth most in a season for the Beavers.

    • With a 8-10 league record, OSU has posted seven or more wins in league play in back-to-back years for the first time since 1992-93.

    • Junior G Calvin Haynes (12.4 ppg) is the first Beaver selected All-Conference since David Lucas in 2005.

    • Senior F Roeland Schaftenaar needs seven points to reach 900 for his career. When he does, he'll make it a trio of Beavers with 900 or more career points, joining senior G/F Seth Tarver (974) and junior G Calvin Haynes (942). With 26 more points, Tarver will become the 35th Beaver all-time to reach 1,000 points in a career.

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