This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Dec. 17, 2001

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Ready or not, Pac-10 play opens Thursday with three league games on the docket - ARIZONA at OREGON, ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE and UCLA at WASHINGTON. . . The rest of the league teams have another week to fine tune their games, plus a number of holiday tournaments close out the 2001 year . . . The Pac-10 has a 52-23 (.693) record against non-league foes.


Tue., Dec. 18Belmont at Stanford, 7 p.m. (12)

Wed., Dec. 19Portland St./Santa Clara at Stanford, 4:30 pm/7 pm (12)

Thur., Dec. 20Arizona at Oregon State, 7:05 p.m.Arizona State at Oregon, 7 p.m.UCLA at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)USC at San Diego, 7 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 21Mount St. Marys at California, 7 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 22Arizona at Oregon, 6 p.m.Arizona State at Oregon State, 2 p.m. (FSN)Stanford vs. Brigham Young, 9 p.m. (ESPN) (13)UCLA at Washington State, 12 noon (FSN)USC at Loyola Marymount, 7:05 p.m.

Thur., Dec. 27Morris Brown at Oregon, 7 p.m.Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne at Oregon State, 7:05 p.m.Columbia at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.USC at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 28Pepperdine at Arizona, 6 p.m. (4)Canisius at Arizona State, 8:30 p.m. (5)Harvard at California, 7 p.m. (7)

Sat., Dec. 29La.-Lafayette or N'western at Arizona St., 5:30 pm/8 pm (5)Penn State/Coppin St. at California, 4:30 p.m./7 p.m. (7)Stanford vs. Michigan State, 7:30 p.m. (FSN) (14)Georgetown at UCLA, 1 p.m. (CBS)USC at Washington State, 4 p.m. (FSN)Washington at Saint Louis, 7 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 30Valparaiso or West Virginia at Arizona, 11:45 am/2 pm (4)

Mon., Dec. 31Lehigh at Oregon State, 1:05 p.m.

Tournaments/Neutral Sites(4) Fiesta Bowl Classic, Tucson, Ariz.(5) ASU/ Holiday Classic, Tempe, Ariz.(7) Golden Bear Classic, Berkeley, Calif.(12) Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif.(13) Las Vegas Showdown, Thomas & Mack Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.(14) Pete Newell Challenge, The Oakland Arena, Oakland, Calif.


Mon., Dec. 10
Minnesota 75, Oregon 72(ORE - Christoffersen, Davis, Jones, Ridnour each with 11 pts)
Texas 79, Washington State 52 (WSU - McNair 14 pts, Kelati 7 pts/10 rbs, Moore 9 pts)

Tue., Dec. 11
California 97, Fresno State 75 (CAL - Shipp 31 pts/9-12 3FG/6 rbs, Sampson 15 pts/8 rbs, Wethers 14 pts)
Gonzaga 67, Washington 47 (WASH - Leep 9 pts/8 rbs, Wrenn 9 pts/5 rbs/4 asts)

Wed., Dec. 12
Oregon State 51, Portland State 46(OSU - Jackson 17 pts, Ricci 13 pts/7 rbs)
USC 86, Long Beach State 68(USC - Granville 25 pts, E. Craven 18 pts/6 rbs/4 asts, Clancy 16 pts/6 rbs)

Thur., Dec. 13
Arizona State 72, Montana State 69(ASU - Prewitt 21 pts/10 rbs, Millage 11 pts, Storey 10 pts)

Fri., Dec. 14
Oregon 88, Pepperdine 64(ORE - Jones 21 pts/9 rbs/6 asts, Ridnour 20 pts, Jackson 12 pts/9 rbs)

Sat., Dec. 15
Michigan State 74, Arizona 60(ARIZ - Gardner 17 pts, Anderson 15 pts, Walton 15 pts)
Cal Poly 72, Oregon State 68(OSU - Ricci 23 pts/10 rbs, Masten 19 pts, See 9 pts)
Stanford 94, Long Beach State 77(STAN - Borchardt 23 pts/10-11 FG/14 rbs/5 asts, Jacobsen 23 pts)
UCLA 75, UC Irvine 74(UCLA - Kapono 25 pts/7-11 FG, Knight 21 pts, Thompson 14 pts/7 rbs)
Gonzaga 67, Washington State 44(WSU - Locklier 13 pts/9 rbs, Riley 10 pts/11 rbs)

Sun., Dec. 16
Oregon 86, Northern Arizona 51(ORE - Jackson, Jones, Ridnour each with 15 pts)
USC 59, Miami (Ohio) 55(USC - Clancy 15 pts, Granville 12 pts/5 asts, Bluthenthal 10 pts)


USA Today/ESPN (Dec. 16)

1. Duke 2. Maryland 3. Florida 4. Kansas 5. Virginia 6. Oklahoma State 7. Illinois 8. Kentucky 9. Missouri10. ARIZONA11. Boston College12. Iowa13. STANFORD14. Syracuse15. Marquette16. Georgetown17. Michigan State18. Saint Joseph's19. UCLA20. Wake Forest21. Oklahoma22. Alabama23. Ball State24. Gonzaga25. CincinnatiARV CALIFORNIA

AP (Dec. 16)

1. Duke 2. Maryland 3. Kansas 4. Florida 5. Virginia 6. Oklahoma State 7. Kentucky 8. Missouri 9. Illinois10. Boston College11. ARIZONA12. Iowa13. STANFORD14. Marquette15. Saint Joseph's16. Georgetown17. Michigan State18. Syracuse19. UCLA20. Wake Forest21. Ball State22. Oklahoma23. Alabama24. Gonzaga25. Cincinnati


Junior forward Joe Shipp (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down six rebounds in Cal's 97-75 win over Fresno State. Shipp connected on 11-of-16 from the field, including 9-of-12 from three-point range. His nine three-pointers broke the school mark of seven set by Ryan Drew (vs. Oregon, 1990) and Jason Kidd (vs. Washington State, 1994). Shipp had 22 points by halftime and connected on his first eight three-point attempts before finally missing. After making just four of his first 24 three-point attempts this season, Shipp has hit 12-of-16 from beyond the arc in the last two games.

Previous Pac-10 Player of the Week: Nov. 26 - Jason Gardner, ARIZ. Dec. 3 - Curtis Allen, WASH. Dec. 10 - Marcus Moore, WSU. Dec. 17 - Joe Shipp, CAL.


ARIZONA - Junior guard Jason Gardner enters play this week just 18 points shy of 1,000 career points. Should he accomplish the feat, he would become the 31st player in school history to do so. . . Freshman center Channing Frye notched a season-high five blocked shots last Saturday against Michigan State with four of those blocks coming in one single sequence. Not only does he lead the squad with 14 blocked shots, but he is the only Wildcat shooting better than 50 percent from the floor. The 6-foot-10 center is shooting .519 (14-of-27) through the first seven games. . . Speaking of field goal percentage, the Wildcats shot a combined 46-of-138 (.333) from the floor in their two losses, compared to 140-of-313 (.447) in its five wins. The Cats have topped the 50 percent plateau just once (Purdue) this season.

ARIZONA STATE - Junior forward Chad Prewitt has a pair of double-doubles over the last three games. Entering the 2001-02 campaign, Prewitt played in a total of 89 games and posted 20 or more points in two of those contests. He already has scored 20 or more points in three of Arizona State's seven games this season. . . Prewitt leads the league in field goal percentage, shooting 35-of-53 (.660) from the field.

CALIFORNIA - Senior guard Dennis Gates had a career-high 9 assists in the Fresno State win, while freshman center Jamal Sampson scored a career-best 15 points. . . The Bears' 97 points vs. Fresno State tied for the most points scored by Cal in a regulation game under Ben Braun, the Bears beat Texas Southern 97-60 in November 1996.

OREGON - Senior guard Frederick Jones moved into seventh in Oregon career assists and is now the only Duck to rank among the school's top seven in career assists, steals, blocks and three-points shots. In the win over Pepperdine, Jones picked up his 100th career steal and his 100th career three-pointer against the Waves. Scoring a total of 47 points last week, Jones moved from 19th to 16th on the UO career scoring list with 1,116 total points.

OREGON STATE - OSU's typical five starters have combined for a .538 shooting percentage, while the rest of the team is at .323. . . OSU is +0.8 for rebounding margin in its victories, and -12.7 in its losses. . . Senior guard Adam Masten has 89 career three-point field goals, seventh all-time at OSU. . . Junior forward Philip Ricci has three double-doubles, the most by a Beaver since 1995. Ricci has shot .652 (30-46) from the field over the last five games. Redshirt-freshman center Derek Potter returned to action last Saturday at Cal Poly, after being sidelined for six games with a lower left leg injury.

STANFORD - Junior center Curtis Borchardt continues to shine for the Cardinal. He posted a career-high 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting in the win over Long Beach State. He also grabbed 14 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Borchardt has pulled down double digit rebounds in each of Stanford's five games this season.

UCLA - Senior forward Matt Barnes sprained his left ankle on Thursday, missed UC Irvine and is questionable for the Bruins' Pac-10 openers at UW (Bruins haven't won there since 1997) and WSU (Bruins carry a 17-game winning streak over the Cougars). UCLA freshman Cedric Bozeman, who had arthroscopic right knee surgery on Dec. 3, is progressing nicely but still no date as to when he will return. With two starters out vs. UC Irvine, the Bruins went with four vets and started true frosh Dijon Thompson. Thompson responded with season highs in minutes (38), points (14), rebounds (7), with four assists, one blocked shot and two steals. . . UCLA's next win will be its 1500th in school history.

USC - With 639 career assists, senior guard Brandon Granville ranks seventh on the Pac-10 career list. He needs 14 assists to pass UCLA's Tyus Edney for the sixth spot. . . Granville is averaging 16.7 points over the last three games, including a career-high 25 points in the win over Long Beach State. . . The Trojans have used six different lineups in eight games this season.

WASHINGTON - Senior forward Grant Leep is leading the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 14-of-21 (.667) from beyond the arc. He made a total of 16 three-pointers last season and had 21 career three-pointers entering the 2001-02 season. . . . The Huskies have scored 80 or more points three times this season, already matching last year's total. . . UW is 5-0 when it scores at least 70 points this season. . . Washington has defeated UCLA four consecutive times in Seattle.

WASHINGTON STATE - Five different Cougars have led the team in scoring in at least one game this season. Junior guard Jerry McNair has accomplished the feat in three of WSU's eight games to lead the Cougars. . . WSU has never had a player lead the Pac-10 in assists average. Currently, sophomore guard Marcus Moore ranks first in the league, averaging 6.0 assists per game. Washington State ranks third in the Conference in turnover margin at +2.88. . . When the Cougars face No. 17 UCLA on Saturday, they will try and defeat a ranked opponent for the first time since Feb. 22, 1997, when WSU knocked off 25th-ranked California.

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