Stanford Remains On Top, Arizona Moving Up In National Polls

Jan. 22, 2001

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ARIZONA puts its four-game winning streak on the line this week withgames against rival ARIZONA STATE and No. 20 Texas. . . STANFORD, thenation's only remaining unbeaten team, looks to match its best start inschool history (18-0) as the Cardinal and CALIFORNIA travel to meetWASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE. . . USC looks to keep alive its perfecthome-court record this season as the Oregon schools visit the Trojansand UCLA. . . The polls this week - STANFORD (No. 1 AP, No. 1 USAToday/ESPN), ARIZONA (No. 12 AP, No. 13 USA Today/ESPN), and USC (No. 25AP, No. 22 USA Today/ESPN).

ARIZONA sophomore guard Gilbert Arenas has been named the Pacific-10Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan.16-21, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Arenas, from North Hollywood, Calif., averaged 20.0 points and 4.0rebounds, while shooting 58.3 percent from the field in victories overUSC and UCLA.

He tallied 18 points (7-12 FG, 3-5 3FG), four rebounds and two assistsagainst USC, then added a 22 points (7-12 FG, 4-7 3FG) and fourreboundsvs. UCLA. He scored 11 of his 22 points in a 22-4 second-half run thathelped UA erase an eight-point halftime deficit. For the week, he shot14-of-24 (.583) from the field and 7-of-12 (.583) from three-pointrange.

It is the first weekly award for Arenas, the 51st all-time honor for theWildcats.

Nov. 27 - Michael Wright, ARIZ.
Dec. 4 - Luke Walton, ARIZ.
Dec. 11 - David Bluthenthal, USC.
Dec. 18 - Bryan Bracey, ORE.
Jan. 3 - Sam Clancy, USC.
Jan. 8 - Jarron and Jason Collins, STAN.
Jan. 16 - Jason Kapono, UCLA.
Jan. 22 - Gilbert Arenas, ARIZ.


Arizona held UCLA to just 36.9 percent shooting. It was thefourth straight UA opponent that failed to shoot better than 37 percentagainst the Wildcats. . . The Arizona defense limited two of thePac-10's leading scorers to a combined four points in two games this week. USC'sBrian Scalabrine (No. 8 heading into the week) and UCLA's Jason Kapono(No. 3) combined to score just four points against UA, a combined 29.8points below their season averages ( Scalabrine 15.6/Kapono 18.2). Theduo combined to hit just 2-of-22 (.091) of their FG attempts and were0-of-11 from three-point range. . . Arizona is 7-0 this season whenscoring at least 80 points. . . In this current four-game win streak,sophomore guard Gilbert Arenas is averaging 20.0 points and 3.0rebounds. He has connected on 27-of-46 (.587) of his field goal attempts,including 14-of-23 (.609) of his three-point attempts.

Junior forward Awvee Storey, despite standing 6-6, leadsthe Pac-10 in rebounding (9.5 rpg). The last time a player 6-6, orshorter led the league in rebounding was USC's Jaha Wilson - 10.1 rpg in1995. . . Storey is averaging is averaging a double-double in Pac-10play with 12.3 points and 12.2 rebounds through six games. . . ASU isoutrebounding Pac-10 foes by 5.7 boards per game. . . Sophomore TommySmith has scored in double-digits in the past three games, a first inhis 49-game career. He posted double digits in just five games all of lastseason. . . Junior Chad Prewitt played just four minutes against UCLAand did not play against USC due to his sprained right ankle suffered inpractice on Jan. 9. Prewitt has played just 16 minutes the past fourgames.

Cal remains one of three teams unbeaten at home. The Bearshave run their homecourt winning steak to 13 games (3 last year + 10this season). That streak ties for fifth longest in Harmon Gym/Haas Pavilionhistory. . . Cal shot 60.5 percent from the field in its win over SouthFlorida. The Bears are shooting better than 50 percent from the field in10 of the last 11 games. . . With 1,483 career points, senior forwardSean Lampley needs 17 points to become the sixth player in schoolhistory to reach 1,500 points. He's led the Bears in scoring in 13 of 17 gamesfor the season.

Senior forward Bryan Bracey posted a pair of double-doubleslast weekend with 23 pts/10 rbs against Washington and 17 pts/10 rbs versusWashington State. . . Oregon's 81-66 defeat of Washington State was theDucks' eighth straight in the series, that's the first time that hashappened since 1924-28. Oregon and Washington have gone to overtimethree of the last five meetings. . . Oregon changed its starting lineup forthe first time this season against WSU, inserting freshman forward LukeJackson and senior center Flo Hartenstein for junior guard FrederickJones and Bracey. . . Jones had a solid all-around game versus WSU with19 points, eight rebounds and a career-high eight assists. He was twoassists and rebounds shy of UO's first triple-double in more than 28years (Ron Lee vs. Montana State, 12/7/72).

Senior guard Deaundra Tanner moved into ninth place onOSU's all-time scoring list. He currently has 1,321 points. Tanner alsoranks second for career three-point field goals (172), fifth for careersteals (172), and fourth for career assists (427). . . Senior centerJason Heide and sophomore forward Brian Jackson both went down withankle injuries vs. Washington Saturday. Heide injured his left ankle, aftermissing two straight games with a right ankle sprain, and Jacksoninjured his right ankle also. Both are considered questionable for Thursday'sgame as of Monday a.m. . . OSU had a 34-31 edge in the reboundingnumbers vs. UW, snapping a streak of 12 games being outboarded. . . Over thelast four games, OSU has made 49 of 60 (.817) free throw attempts. . . OSU is8-1 when leading at halftime.

At 17-0 on the season, the Cardinal can tie a pair of schoolrecords for their best start ever and longest winning streak with a winon Thursday at Washington. . . The Cardinal lead the Pac-10 inthree-point field goal percentage (.421), with Oregon a distant second(.367). Stanford has converted the long ball at 35 percent or better in14 of 17 games played this season. Nine different Stanford players havemade a three-pointer this season. . . Senior guard Michael McDonaldleads the Pac-10 with a 3.87 assist-to-turnover ratio. Arizona's JasonGardner trails in second with a 2.18 ratio. . . McDonald has committedjust one or no turnovers in 11 games this season.

Junior center Dan Gadzuric ranks second in the Pac-10 inrebounding (8.2 rpg). He has six double-digit rebounding efforts thisseason and has led the Bruins in rebounding (counting ties) on sevenoccasions. . . Since senior guard Jason Flowers has entered the Bruinstarting lineup (vs. Purdue), UCLA is 6-1. . . Earl Watson's string of112 consecutive starts could be in jeopardy this weekend as his playingstatus is listed as questionable. The senior guard bruised his right hipand lower back at Arizona State and missed considerable playing time inthe second half. At Arizona, he experienced continued pain in the lowerback and played just 14 minutes. . . Thanks in large part to Watson'sleague-leading 2.07 steals per game, the Bruins top the Pac-10 with 8.00steals per game.

Junior forward David Bluthenthal has run his consecutive freethrow streak in Pac-10 play to 37 in a row (33 consecutive last season, plus4-of-4 this year). The record for consecutive free throws made in Pac-10games is 41, held by Stanford's Todd Lichti (1988-89). . . Juniorforward Sam Clancy has led the Trojans in scoring in each of the last threegames, averaging 27.3 ppg. He's tallied double digits in the scoringcolumn in eight consecutive games and 13 of 15 this season. Clancy hasshot 50 percent or better in each of the last 10 games. In that 10-gamespan, he's shooting 84-of-142 (.592).

Senior forward Thalo Green posted a career-high 22 pointson 8-of-14 shooting (2-2 on 3FG) with seven rebounds in the overtime win atOregon. He's had more success against Oregon, averaging 8.3 ppg, thanany other team in the Conference. . . With 30 blocked shots this season,junior center Marlon Shelton needs one more to make the Washington topten list for blocks in a single season. He ranks second in the Pac-10with 1.67 blocks per game. . . The Huskies entertain No. 1 Stanford onThursday. Washington has defeated a No. 1 ranked team just once in 25tries, winning 69-68 over No. 1 UCLA on Feb. 22, 1979. . . Each ofWashington's last three wins were overtime decisions. The Huskies have a3-0 record in overtime games, the first season they won three overtimecontests since the 1984 squad was 3-0. . . Washington has a 7-1 recordwhen posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-9when being outshot.

Junior guard Mike Bush is averaging 17.9 points pergame in seven games played this season. Bush's 110 career steals rankseventh all-time in school history. . . Sophomore guard David Adams hasconnected on 22 of his last 26 free throw attempts (.846). He ranksfifth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.829). . . Washington State haswon seven in a row on Friel Court. The streak started with its lonePac-10 win last season against California - this Thursday's opponent.

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