This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Dec. 10, 2001
Only eight weeknight games on the docket this week, with seven more games scheduled over the weekend as student-athletes prepare for final exams. . . ARIZONA and CALIFORNIA sport identical 5-1 records and each will be tested this week as the Wildcats travel to Michigan State and the Bears entertain Fresno State. . . The WASHINGTON STATE Cougars take a crack at Texas Monday night. They are the fourth Pac-10 team to face the Longhorns this season. . . Six teams sit at 4-2 on the season . . . The Pac-10 has a 43-17 (.717) record against non-league foes.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Mon., Dec. 10Oregon at Minnesota, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)Washington State at Texas, 7 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 11Fresno State at California, 7 p.m.Gonzaga at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Wed., Dec. 12Oregon State at Portland State, 7 p.m.USC at Long Beach State, 7:35 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 13Montana State at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 14Pepperdine at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 15Arizona at Michigan State, 2 p.m. ET (CBS)Oregon State at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 7 p.m.Long Beach State at Stanford, 7 p.m.UC Irvine at UCLA, 1 p.m.Washington State at Gonzaga, 7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 16Northern Arizona at Oregon, 1 p.m.Miami (Ohio) at USC, 3 p.m.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tue., Dec. 4
Arizona 87, Illinois 82(ARIZ - Gardner 23 pts/6 rbs, Anderson 18 pts/7 rbs, Latimore 9 rbs)
Arizona State 71, Utah 62(ASU - Millage 18 pts/5 rbs, Knight 12 pts/5 rbs, Prewitt 12 pts)
Washington State 81, Idaho 55(WSU - Moore career-high 31 pts/8 rbs/5 asts, Locklier 10 pts/6 rbs)
USC 82, Rhode Island 54(USC - Farmer 20 pts/10 rbs, E. Craven 20 pts/5-5 3FG, Clancy 12 pts/7 rbs)
Wed., Dec. 5
UCLA 66, UC Riverside 50(UCLA - Kapono 18 pts, Gadzuric 11 pts/10 rbs, Knight 11 pts)
Thur., Dec. 6
California 88, Saint Louis 63(CAL - Shipp 24 pts, S. Hughes 16 pts/8-10 FG, Wethers 13 pts)
Texas-El Paso 74, Washington 62(WASH - Wrenn 19 pts/13 rbs, Leep 18 pts/8 rbs, Barnard 13 pts)
Pepperdine 78, USC 77(USC - Clancy 25 pts/14 rbs, Granville 13 pts/5 asts, E. Craven 12 pts/10 rbs)
Fri., Dec. 7
Washington State 70, Texas Pan American 67(WSU - McNair 26 pts/6-8 3FG, Locklier 17 pts/7 rbs, Moore 13 pts/8 asts)
Sat., Dec. 8
Arizona 79, Purdue 66(ARIZ - Walton 17 pts/13 rbs/6 asts, Anderson 17 pts/9 rbs, Gardner 14 pts)
UCLA 79, Alabama 57(UCLA - Kapono 22 pts/8 rbs, Barnes 15 pts/8 rbs, Gadzuric 11 pts/9 rbs)
Washington 75, New Mexico State 74(WASH - Wrenn 19 pts, Allen 14 pts, Dixon 12 pts/15 rbs)
USA Today/ESPN (Dec. 9)
1. Duke 2. Maryland 3. Missouri 4. Florida 5. Kansas 6. Virginia 7. ARIZONA 8. Illinois 9. Oklahoma State10. Kentucky11. Boston College12. Syracuse13. STANFORD14. Georgetown15. Iowa16. Marquette17. UCLA18. Saint Joseph's19. Michigan State20. Wake Forest21. Alabama22. Oklahoma23. Ball State24. Indiana25. Western KentuckyARV USC
AP (Dec. 9)
1. Duke 2. Missouri 3. Maryland 4. Kansas 5. Florida 6. ARIZONA 7. Virginia 8. Oklahoma State 9. Kentucy10. Illinois11. Boston College12. STANFORD13. Syracuse14. Marquette15. Iowa16. Saint Joseph's17. UCLA18. Georgetown19. Wake Forest20. Ball State21. Indiana22. Alabama23. Michigan State24. Oklahoma25. GonzagaARV USC
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS MARCUS MOORE (WASHINGTON STATE)
Sophomore guard Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) averaged 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals in two Cougar victories. He scored a career-high 31 points in the win over Idaho and added eight rebounds, five steals and five assists. In the win over Texas-Pan American, Moore tossed in 13 points and added eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. For the week, he shot 16-of-24 (.667) from the field, 5-of-9 (.556) from three-point range and 7-of-10 (.700) from the free throw line. It's the first weekly honor for Moore, Washington State's 14th such honor all-time. It's the first weekly honor for a Cougar since Jan-Michael Thomas picked up the honor in December 1998.
Previous Pac-10 Player of the Week: Nov. 26 - Jason Gardner, ARIZ. Dec. 3 - Curtis Allen, WASH. Dec. 10 - Marcus Moore, WSU.
ARIZONA - Arizona is 103-33 (.757) under Lute Olson in December, including a 63-16 (.797) mark since the 1990-91 season. . . The Wildcats have outrebounded their opponents in five of six games this year. . . The Wildcats shot a season-best .538 (33-of-65) from the field on Saturday, marking the first time Arizona has shot better than 50 percent from the floor in its first six games. It also marked the first time the team has shot 50 percent or better in both halves of a game this year. . . The win over Illinois improved Arizona's record vs. ranked teams to 4-1 this season. Three of those four wins came against top-10 opponents. Saturday's win over Purdue ended the Wildcats' streak of nine consecutive games against ranked opponents, dating back to last season.
ARIZONA STATE - Senior forward Awvee Storey will earn his bachelor of interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in communications and sociology during this weekend's commencement ceremonies. . . Arizona State leads the Pac-10 with a +6.33 turnover margin. It's second in both assists (16.50 apg) and steals (9.17 spg).
CALIFORNIA - Coach Ben Braun won his 100th game at Cal with the win over Saint Louis, he is now 100-62 with the Bears. . . Cal has won 15 straight games over non-Pac-10 opponents in Haas Pavilion. . . Cal has 35 blocks on the season through six games, already more than half their total of 66 for all of last year. Freshman center Jamal Sampson has 15 blocked shots and is second in the league, averaging 2.50 blocked shots per game.
OREGON - After an eight-day hiatus, the Ducks return to action this week with a road game at Minnesota. . . It's early, but the Ducks are shooting a Pac-10 leading .756 (124-of-164) from the free throw line. The Oregon single season record of .745 was set during the 1999-2000 season.
OREGON STATE - The Beavers are four wins short of reaching 1,500 NCAA recognized victories. . . Redshirt freshman center Derek Potter is doubtful for Wednesday's game at Portland State and questionable for Saturday's game at Cal Poly. He has been sidelined most of the season with a stress reaction injury in his lower left leg. . . Senior guard Brandon Payton is now wearing '2' on his jersey, after '02' was determined to be an illegal number. . . Wednesday is the first meeting for head coach Ritchie McKay against Portland State, where he was the head coach for two years (1997 and 1998).
STANFORD - The Cardinal will get the kinks out Saturday against Long Beach State. Due to exams, they have not played since losing to Texas on December 1. . . Senior guard Tony Giovacchini is third in the league with a 2.29 assist/turnover ratio. He's turned the ball over just seven times this season in 115 minutes.
UCLA - UCLA is in final exams this week and won't have a game until Saturday, hosting UC Irvine. . . Saturday was UCLA's sixth appearance in the Wooden Classic and the Bruins are 5-1, losing only last year to Georgia Tech. . . Last year, the Bruins used the full-court press as a defensive staple, this year it could be the matchup zone. UCLA's used it extensively vs. Alabama, forcing the Crimson Tide into 17 turnovers and an opponent season-low 29.7 from the field. . . By the looks of his numbers, junior forward Jason Kapono has been working overtime for the Bruins this season - He is UCLA's leading scorer (21.5 ppg) and also leads in minutes (34.7 mpg), tied for the lead in assists (2.3 apg), leads in three-point (54.1, 20-of-37) and free throw (25-of-27, 92.6) percentage and is second in rebounding (5.7 rpg).
USC - With 632 career assists, senior guard Brandon Granville ranks eighth on the Pac-10 career list. He needs five assists to pass UCLA's Darrick Martin for the seventh spot. . . Senior center Sam Clancy has pulled down 10 or more rebounds in five of six games USC has played this season. His 603 career rebounds move him into 15th on USC's career list. . . With freshman guard Errick Craven's 12 point/10 rebound effort vs. Pepperdine, USC has had four different players post a double-double this season (Clancy, Granville, sophomore guard Desmon Farmer, Craven)
WASHINGTON - Senior center David Dixon leads all Pac-10 players with 19 blocked shots. He had 24 blocked shots all of last season. . . Dixon has 72 rebounds this season, compared to 97 for all of last season. He posted a career-high 15 rebounds in the win at New Mexico State. . . Washington is shooting .464 (51-of-110) from three-point range. Inside the arc, the Huskies are shooting .458 (148-of-323). . . The Huskies Fox Sports Net televised game with Gonzaga Tuesday night is a sellout. It's the second time the Bank of America Arena has been sold out since re-opening after renovations. The other sellout was Jan. 13, 2001 (vs. Arizona).
WASHINGTON STATE - Sophomore guard Marcus Moore currently leads the Cougars in scoring (16.3 points per game), assists (7.0 per game) and steals (3.8 pergame). His 5.7 rebounds are second on the team. He had the hot hand for the Cougars last week as he scored a career-high 31 points in the win over Idaho. . . The Cougars have been hit by the injury bug of late. Junior forward Milton Riley is out for the third consecutive game with a sprained right mid-foot. Senior center J Locklier had his nose broken in practice last week and will wear a protective mask in the game with Texas.