Arizona's Run Caps Banner Postseason For Pac-10
April 11, 2001
BASKETBALLThe Pac-10 rolled to a 13-5 NCAA Tournament record. ARIZONA, STANFORD, UCLA and USC advanced to theSweet Sixteen, where three of those teams moved on to the Elite Eight. Arizona survived in the Midwest Region and made its first Final Four appearance since 1997 when it won the national title. . . With CALIFORNIA also appearing in the NCAA Tournament this year, the Pac-10 sent five teams to the Tournament for the third time. The previous two times produced national champions - UCLA in 1995, Arizona in 1997. . . Over the past five years, the Pac-10 has produced a 42-21 (.667) record in NCAA Tournament play.
The Pacific-10 Conference became just the second conference in history to have three teams ranked in theTop 10 in the final Associated Press football poll and three teams reach the 'Elite Eight' of the NCAAMen's Basketball Tournament in the same academic year. Arizona, Stanford and USC reached the EliteEight of the recently concluded NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Washington was ranked third,Oregon State fourth and Oregon seventh in the final AP football poll following the 2000 season. The onlyprevious time this rare double has been accomplished was 1986 when the Southeastern Conference hadAuburn, Kentucky and LSU reach the basketball Elite Eight and had Auburn (6th), Alabama (9th) andLSU (10th) ranked in the Top 10 of the final Associated Press football poll.
* The Pac-10 sent five teams to the NCAA Tournament for just the third timein Conference history. The other two times were in 1995 and 1997.Coincidentally, UCLA won the national title in 1995, Arizona in 1997. . .The Pac-10 had four teams advance to the Sweet Sixteen for third time infive years. . . Three teams advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time inConference history.
* For the first time since 1939, the Pac-10 had five teams each finish theregular season with 20 wins. . . Each Pac-10 team recorded 10 or more winsfor the second time in three seasons. . . The six-game difference between theleague's fifth place team and sixth place team is the largest margin inleague history.
* Three Pac-10 sophomores have scored more than 1,000 points in their shortcareers to date - Arizona's Gilbert Arenas (1,083), Stanford's Casey Jacobsen(1,065), and UCLA's Jason Kapono (1,070).
* Pac-10 NCAA Tournament highlights:ARIZONA reached the Final Four for the fourth time in school history(1988, 1994, 1997, 2001). . . UCLA reached the Sweet Sixteen for the fourthtime in the last five years. . . STANFORD made it to the Sweet Sixteen forthe third time in the last five years. . . With its appearance in the EliteEight, USC won three postseason games - one more victory than its combinedwin total over its previous six NCAA Tournament appearances dating backto 1979. . . CALIFORNIA made its first NCAA appearance since 1997.The starting lineups for the five Pac-10 teams that participated in thisyear's Tournament consisted of seven sophomores, 10 juniors and eightseniors.
Tournament record by Conference:
Pac-10 (5)............... 13-5 (.722)
ACC (6)..................11-5 (.688)
West Coast (1)......... 2-1 (.667)
Conf. USA (2)...........3-2 (.600)
Big Ten (7)..............10-7 (.588)
Atlantic 10 (3)..........4-3 (.571)
Big East (5).............. 5-5 (.500)
The Pacific-10 Conference became just the second conference in history tohave three teams ranked in the Top 10 in the final Associated Press footballpoll and three teams reach the 'Elite Eight' of the NCAA Men'sBasketball Tournament in the same academic year. Arizona, Stanford andUSC reached the Elite Eight of the recently concluded NCAA Men'sBasketball Tournament. Washington was ranked third, Oregon State fourthand Oregon seventh in the final AP football poll following the 2000 season.The only previous time this rare double has been accomplished was 1986when the Southeastern Conference had Auburn, Kentucky and LSU reachthe basketball Elite Eight and had Auburn (6th), Alabama (9th) and LSU(10th) ranked in the Top 10 of the final Associated Press football poll.
ARIZONA - Arizona won at least 20 games for the 14th consecutive season and23rd time in school history. . . The Wildcats made their 17th consecutiveNCAA appearance - second longest active streak in the nation, trailing onlyNorth Carolina (27), and 20th appearance overall. . . Arizona's tournamentrecord is 31-18 (.633), with a national title in 1997 and Final Four appearancesin 1988 and 1994. . . Junior forward Michael Wright (1,464 points - 11th on theArizona career list) and sophomore guard Gilbert Arenas (1,083) passed the1,000-point plateau in career scoring during the course of the season. . . TheWildcats won 20 of their last 23 games. . . Arizona was 14-0 this season whenshooting 50 percent or better from the floor. This season Arizona is 24-1 whenoutshooting the opposition.
ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils were 5-0 against non-conference teams thatwere among the 65 teams in the NCAA Tournament. ASU defeated Winthrop,Southern Utah, Kent State, Brigham Young, and Charlotte. . . Junior forwardAwvee Storey, an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, led the league inrebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game. Only one other Sun Devil has led theleague in rebounding, Lester Neal in 1992-93 with 9.0 boards per game. . . Seniorguard Alton Mason concluded his career with 153 career steals, ranking sixth onthe ASU career list.
CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears made their first NCAA Tournamentappearance since 1997. It's their 11th appearance overall with a record of 16-11(.593). . . With 1,776 career points, senior forward Sean Lampley closed out hisCal career as the school's all-time leading scorer. . . Lampley's 889 careerrebounds place him fourth on the Cal career chart and 28th on the Pac-10 careerlist. . . Lampley is the only player in Cal history to be listed in the career top 10in points, rebounds and assists. . . Sophomore guard Shantay Legans ranksseventh on the Cal career charts with 94 three-pointers. . . Cal posted 11 wins inleague play for the first time since 1997 when it finished tied for second with a12-6 record in Pac-10 play.
OREGON - With 522 points this year, senior forward Bryan Bracey became the11th different Oregon player to score 500 points in a season. It's the 13thhighest single-season total in school history. . . Junior guard Frederick Jonesneeds six points to become the 22nd member of Oregon's 1,000-point club. He alsoranks in Oregon's career top eight in assists, steals, blocked shots and three-pointfield goals.
OREGON STATE - Senior center Jason Heide concluded his career with 1,017career points, becoming the 29th player in school history to score 1,000 points. . .Senior guard Deaundra Tanner finished his Beaver career with 1,399 careerpoints, ranking eighth all-time in OSU history. Tanner's 457 career assists rankthird all-time on the school charts. His 179 career steals rank fourth all-timeon the OSU career charts. . . The Beaver defense tightened over the last eightgames, as they did not allow an opponent to score more than 69 points. OSU ledthe Pac-10 in scoring defense at 63.8 points per game.
STANFORD - Stanford won its third consecutive Pac-10 title. . . The Cardinalmade their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, 10thappearance overall. . . Stanford posted its seventh consecutive 20-win season.Its 31 wins are a school record. . . Senior forward Ryan Mendez connected on aPac-10 record 49 consecutive free throw attempts. Mendez also connected on aConference record 46 consecutive free throws in Pac-10 play. . . Three Cardinalplayers went over 1,000 points in career scoring this season - Jarron Collins(1,081), Casey Jacobsen (1,065) and Ryan Mendez (1,032). . . Stanford shot .511for the season, the highest percentage since the 1988-89 season when the teamhit a school record .522. . . Stanford has hosted 50 consecutive soldout crowds atMaples Pavilion. . . Stanford was the first team to go undefeated on the road inleague play since Oregon State turned the feat during the 1980-81 season.
UCLA - The Bruins made their 13th consecutive NCAA Tournamentappearance, 37th overall, posting an NCAA Tournament record of 83-30 (.735). .. UCLA won 20 games for the 13th consecutive season and 40th in school history.. . Senior guard Earl Watson tops the UCLA career charts with 235 steals.Watson is 17th on the UCLA career scoring list with 1,449 career points. Watsonstarted every game (129) during his Bruin career. . . Sophomore forward JasonKapono passed the 1,000 point-plateau for his career, he now has 1,070 careerpoints. . . Junior center Dan Gadzuric averaged 10.1 rebounds over the last 13games of the season. . . Coach Steve Lavin is one of just three coaches in thenation to lead his school to four Sweet 16's in the last five years. The others areMichigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.
USC - USC made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997, it's 11thappearance overall. . . USC won 20 games in a season for the first time since1992. Its 24 wins tie a school record set three other times. . . The Trojans had fourplayers reach 1,000 or more career points during the 2000-01 season - seniorforward Brian Scalabrine (1,441 - 6th on the USC career list), senior guard JeffTrepagnier (1,124), junior guard Brandon Granville (1,030), and junior center SamClancy (1,046). . . With 147 career blocked shots, Clancy is USC's career leader.. . Granville holds the school record with 595 career assists, and is third all-timeat USC with 159 career three-pointers. . . With 204 steals, Trepagnierfinished second on the schools all-time steals chart. . . The Trojans posted 12regular season victories at home this season for the first time since posting 14victories in the Sports Arena during the 1992 season.
WASHINGTON - Senior guard Michael Johnson finished his career with 83career three-pointers, ranking him third on the Husky career charts. His 83rdcareer three-pointer came with 1.1 seconds remaining in the 96-94 upset winover UCLA in the season finale. . . With its win over UCLA, Washington hasdefeated a ranked UCLA team in Seattle in each of the last four years.Freshman guard Curtis Allen posted some impressive numbers with 209 points,65 assists and 29 steals, the later two figures rank among the top four freshmantotals in school history.
WASHINGTON STATE - At 12-16, the Cougars doubled their win total fromlast season when they finished 6-22. At 5-13 in Pac-10 play, the Cougarsequaled their best win total since finishing league play at 5-13 during the 1997season. . . Junior center J Locklier earned the Pac-10's Newcomer of the Year.He's the first Cougar to earn the award since Shamon Antrum in 1995. . .Freshman guard Marcus Moore was first Cougar named to the Pac-10 All-Freshmanteam since Blake Pengelly in 1997. Moore averaged 10.4 points and 3.6assists per game.
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