This week in Pac-12 men's basketball
By the Pac-12 Conference
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Wed., Jan. 30 Time TV
USC at UCLA 7 p.m. PT P12N
Series: UCLA leads, 132-104. Streak: UCLA 4 (last, 55-40 at Pac-12 Tourn)
No. 10 OREGON at STANFORD 8 p.m. PT ESPN2
Series: STAN leads, 89-47. Streak: ORE 2 (last, 68-64 at STAN)
Thur., Jan. 31
No. 8 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON 6 p.m. PT ESPN
Series: ARIZ leads, 44-28. Streak: WASH 3 (last, 79-70 at WASH)
OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA 7 p.m. PT ESPNU
Series: CAL leads, 78-60. Streak: CAL 1 (last, 77-63 at CAL)
ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE 8 p.m. MT P12N
Series: ASU leads, 36-36. Streak: WSU 1 (last, 72-50 at WSU)
Sat., Feb. 2
COLORADO at UTAH 12:30 p.m. MT FSN
Series: COLO leads, 23-15. Streak: COLO 5 (last, 53-41 at Pac-12 Tourn.)
No. 10 OREGON at CALIFORNIA 1:30 p.m. PT FSN
Series: CAL leads, 77-55. Streak: CAL 9 (last, 86-83 at CAL)
ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON 6 p.m. MT ESPNU
Series: WASH leads, 38-36. Streak: WASH 5 (last, 77-69 at WASH)
No. 8 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE 7 p.m. PT P12N
Series: ARIZ leads, 55-16. Streak: ARIZ 4 (last, 76-72 at WSU)
Sun., Feb. 3
OREGON STATE at STANFORD 12 noon PT P12N
Series: OSU leads, 71-64. Streak: STAN 2 (last, 87-82 at STAN)
Rankings listed are AP poll; Game times local to site
AROUND THE PAC-12
• League-leading OREGON climbs to No. 10 in the AP poll, No. 12 in the Coaches poll. The Ducks move to 7-0 in Pac-12 play for their best start in league play since 1925-26. It's the best start to conference play since STANFORD opened the 2003-04 season by winning its first 17 games.
• With ARIZONA sitting at No. 8 in this week's AP poll, and OREGON at No. 10, the Pac-12 now has two teams in the Top 10 for the first time since the final poll of the 2008 season (No. 3 UCLA, No. 10 STANFORD). The last time the Ducks reached the Top 10 was during the 2007 season when they entered the NCAA Tournament at No. 10 on the way to an Elite Eight appearance.
• With five wins in its first seven Pac-12 games, ARIZONA STATE is assured of having a winning record at the halfway mark of the Pac-12 season for just the fourth time in the past 18 seasons (5-4 in 2002-03, 2008-09 and 2009-10).
• The next CALIFORNIA win will be coach Mike Montgomery's 100th win at the helm of the Golden Bears. Montgomery's 646 career wins ranks eighth on the NCAA's active list for Division I coaches.
• The next Pac-12 Coaches/Media Teleconference is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. MT. Complete teleconference schedule is listed on page 6.
OREGON seniors Tony Woods and Carlos Emory have led the Ducks resurgence. Both averaged 6.8 ppg last year and have improved their scoring to 10.9 ppg and 10.2 ppg, respectively.
The UCLA freshman quartet of Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker have combined to score more than half of UCLA's points in each of its conference games. They tallied 95 of team's 144 points (66.0 percent) during the recent Arizona road swing.
ARIZONA STATE junior C Jordan Bachynski posted career highs in points (22), rebounds (15), field goals made (10) and attempted (12) and added six blocks in the win over UCLA. He is now sixth on the Pac-12 season blocks list with 86.
PAC-12 SINGLE SEASON BLOCKED SHOTS
1. 115 - Mario Bennett, Arizona State, 1994-95
2. 113 - Rodger Farrington, Arizona State, 1996-97
3. 102 - Jelani McCoy, UCLA, 1995-96
3. 102 - Loren Woods, Arizona, 1999-2000
5. 100 - Taj Gibson, USC, 2008-09
6. 86 - Jordan Bachynski, Arizona State, 2012-13
ARIZONA STATE freshman G Jahii Carson is averaging 19 points and 5.6 assists in the past five games. He needs just six assists to break the school freshman mark for assists of 114 held by Bobby Thompson in 1983-84.
For the second time in three games, STANFORD senior F John Gage was a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range as he scored a career high 19 points in the 87-56 win at Utah. For the year, Gage is shooting 25-of-52 (.481) from three-point range, and is more efficient from beyond the arc in Pac-12 play at 13-of-18 (.722).
WASHINGTON STATE senior G Mike Ladd scored a career high 23 points in the win at Oregon State. He has scored in double digits in each of the last eight games, averaging 17.1 ppg during that span.
COLORADO junior F André Roberson has 930 career rebounds rank eighth nationally among career active leaders, and fourth all-time at Colorado. His 11.6 rpg average ranks second in the nation. Roberson has a pair of 20 rebound games this season (Stanford, at Fresno State), becoming the 17th and 18th time in school history a CU player to have 20 or more in a game.
WASHINGTON junior G C.J. Wilcox posted his eighth 20-point game of the season with a 23-point effort at Oregon State. Wilcox has led the Huskies in scoring 14 times in 20 games this season.
CALIFORNIA produced 16 steals in each of its two games this week at Utah and at Colorado. The total is four shy of the school record of 20 steals achieved against Morgan State on Nov. 25, 1991. Prior to Thursday's 16-steal performance at Utah, Cal last recorded 16 steals in a game against Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 21, 2001.
ARIZONA sophomore G Nick Johnson leads the Pac-12 in steals this season with 42 (2.21 per game). Johnson tallied 26 steals last season, a mark he passed after just nine games this year.
OREGON STATE coach Craig Robinson may need to continue his trek to Washington, D.C., every four years in January. The Beavers are 2-0 in games following the last two Presidential Inauguration ceremonies.
HOME SWEET HOME... Pac-12 teams sport a 108-33 (.766) home court record so far this season. ARIZONA and OREGON are perfect at home this season. The Ducks have run off 14 straight home court victories this season for their best home start since they won all 16 homes games during the 2001-02 season. Dating back to last season, the Ducks have extended their home-court winning streak to 20 games, which currently ranks tied for sixth in the nation.