This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
March 11, 2002
The Pac-10 Conference will send a league record six teams into NCAA Tournament play this week led by Pac-10 champion OREGON as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. Pac-10 Tournament champion ARIZONA grabbed the No. 3 seed in the West Region. . . With ARIZONA STATE's selection to the NIT field, the Pac-10 has seven teams in the postseason for the fourth time in league history. The Sun Devils will travel to UNLV for Tuesday's first round of NIT play (8 p.m. PT, ESPN2). . . The Pac-10 has produced a record of 42-21 (.667) over the past five NCAA Tournaments, including Final Four appearances by Arizona ('97, '01) and Stanford ('98).
NCAA FIRST ROUND ACTION
Thur., Mar. 14
Sacramento, Calif.No. 2 OREGON vs. No. 15 Montana (1)No. 4 USC vs. No. 13 UNC Wilmington (2)
St. Louis, Mo.No. 8 STANFORD vs. No. 9 Western Kentucky (1)
Albuquerque, N.M.No. 3 ARIZONA vs. No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (3)
Fri., Mar. 15
Pittsburgh, Pa.No. 6 CALIFORNIA vs. No. 11 Pennsylvania (2)No. 8 UCLA vs. No. 9 Mississippi (3)NCAA SECOND ROUND ACTION
Sat., Mar. 16
Sacramento, Calif.Oregon/Montana vs. Wake Forest/PepperdineUSC/UNC Wilmington vs. Indiana/Utah
St. Louis, Mo.Stanford/Western Kentucky vs. Kansas/Holy Cross
Albuquerque, N.M.Arizona/UC Santa Barbara vs. Gonzaga/Wyoming
Sun., Mar. 17
Pittsburgh, Pa.California/Pennsylvania vs. Pittsburgh/Central Conn. St.UCLA/Mississippi vs. Cincinnati/Boston University
(1) Midwest Region(2) South Region(3) West Region
All games televised by CBS. Check local listings for game times.
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT RECAP
Thur., Mar. 7Oregon 86, Washington 64 (ORE - Jackson 27 pts/8 rbs, Jones 15 pts, Ridnour 11 pts/6 asts) (WASH - Wrenn 14 pts/7 rbs, Dixon 12 pts, Knight 10 pts)USC 103, Stanford 78 (USC - Clancy 25 pts/9 rbs, Granville 20 pts/11 asts, Farmer 19 pts) (STAN - Borchardt 17 pts/14 rbs, Jacobsen 17 pts, Childress 12 pts)Arizona 73, Arizona State 56 (ARIZ - Walton 25 pts/8 rbs, Gardner 22 pts/12-12 FT, Anderson 14 rbs) (ASU - Braxton 12 pts, Prewitt 9 pts/12 rbs, Millage 9 pts)California 67, UCLA 61 (CAL - R. Forehan-Kelly 20 pts/6-9 3FG, Shipp 18 pts, Wethers 11 pts) (UCLA - Barnes 15 pts, Kapono 10 pts, Walcott 10 pts/6 asts)
Fri., Mar. 8USC 89, Oregon 78 (USC - Granville 17 pts/9 asts, Farmer 17 pts/6 rbs, Clancy 16 pts/8 rbs) (ORE - Jones 20 pts/8 rbs, Ridnour 18 pts/8 asts, Jackson 16 pts)Arizona 90, California 78 (ARIZ - Gardner 25 pts, Walton 20 pts/6 asts/4 stls, Bynum 10 pts) (CAL - Shipp 25 pts, Wethers 22 pts/7 rbs, Legans 13 pts)
Sat., Mar. 9 (Pac-10 Tournament Championship)Arizona 81, USC 71 (ARIZ - Stoudamire 29 pts, Walton 23 pts/8 asts, Anderson 12 pts/9 rbs) (USC - Bluthenthal 16 pts/8 rbs, Farmer 15 pts, Granville 13 pts)
USA Today/ESPN (Mar. 11) 1. Duke 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma 4. Maryland 5. Cincinnati 6. Gonzaga 7. Pittsburgh 8. Alabama 9. ARIZONA10. Marquette11. OREGON12. Ohio State13. Connecticut14. Florida15. Kentucky16. Illinois USC18. Mississippi State19. Xavier20. Western Kentucky21. Miami, Fla.22. Oklahoma State23. STANFORD24. Hawaii25. N.C. StateARV CALIFORNIA
AP (Mar. 11)
1. Duke 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma 4. Maryland 5. Cincinnati 6. Gonzaga 7. ARIZONA 8. Alabama 9. Pittsburgh10. Connecticut11. OREGON12. Marquette13. Illinois14. Ohio State15. Florida16. Kentucky17. Mississippi State18. USC19. Western Kentucky20. Oklahoma State21. Miami, Fla.22. Xavier23. Georgia24. STANFORD25. HawaiiARV UCLA
TEAM NOTES FOR POSTSEASON PARTICIPANTS
ARIZONA - Arizona won its fourth Pac-10 Tournament title in five tries and will make its 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament, 21st appearance overall. Arizona has a 32-19 (.627) record in 20 previous appearances. . . Arizona is 13-8 this season against the 2002 NCAA Tournament field. . . Sixteen of Arizona's 31 opponents (52 percent) were nationally ranked at the time of the game, and the Cats were 10-6 in those contests. . . Arizona has been ranked in 253 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season only. . . Coach Lute Olson has led UA to 15 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 24 overall in his career, making him one of only seven head coaches in NCAA history to record 24 or more 20-win seasons. . . Junior forward Luke Walton, the Pac-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player, is joined in the tournament by his younger brother, Chris, who is a sophomore who plays for San Diego State. . . Junior guard Jason Gardner enters play in the tournament with 1,456 career points, which places him 14th on the all-time UA scoring list. Just ahead of him is Jason Terry, who tallied 1,461 points from 1996-99. Incidentally, Gardner has 73 double-figure scoring games in his 101-game career. . . UA finished the Pac-10 slate with a 12-6 record, marking the 16th time in the last 17 seasons that the Cats have won at least 12 conference games, a feat matched by no other league foe. Dating back to the 1984-85 campaign, Arizona has averaged 15 league wins per season. The only time in that span that Arizona failed to win at least 12 league games was 1996-97, the year the Cats won the national championship. . . Arizona set a school record for average attendance this season, averaging 14,544 fans per game, which broke last season's record of 14,533.
ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils are making their third NIT appearance in five years. . . ASU will make its eighth appearance in the postseason NIT and has a 3-7 (.300) mark. ASU's last appearance was in 1999-2000, when it beat New Mexico State 83-77 on March 15 in Tempe but lost at North Carolina State 60-57 on March 21. Overall, ASU is 20-27 (.426) in postseason. . . ASU finished the season by playing 11 of its final 13 games against NCAA Tournament teams. The game against UNLV will mark ASU's first game against an unranked opponent since Feb. 9 when ASU beat Washington. . . ASU's six-game stretch to finish the regular season was the first time in school history it played six straight ranked teams. . . All-Pac-10 senior forward Chad Prewitt leads the Sun Devils in scoring (17.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). . . The 2002 season witnessed the first time ASU topped Arizona and UCLA in the same season since 1985-86.
CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears are making their 12th NCAA appearance - their fifth in the last 10 years. Cal's all-time NCAA Tournament record is 16-11, including a national title in 1959. . The state of California set an NCAA record for most NCAA Tournament participants from one state with seven. Joining the Bears are Stanford, UCLA, USC, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State and Pepperdine. . . At 22-8, coach Ben Braun has guided the Bears to their fourth 20-win season in the last six years. . . Cal led the Pac-10 in defense, allowing just 66.4 points per game while holding the opposition to .418 shooting. . . The Bears have a balanced scoring attack as only junior forward Joe Shipp ranks in the league's top-20 in scoring at 14th with 14.8 ppg. Six other players average better than 6.5 points per game, but only freshman forward Amit Tamir is in double figures (10.6 ppg). . . Six different players have led the Bears in scoring in each of the last six games. . . At 1,003 career points, Shipp became the 31st player in school history to top 1,000 points. . . Its 240 steals this season are the fifth best single-season total in school history. . . The Bears posted a 17-1 records in Haas Pavilion, their second-highest total in Berkeley. The Bears were 24-2 in the old Harmon Gym during the 1945-46 season. . . Cal is 34-4 at home over the last 38 games.
OREGON - The Ducks captured their first Pac-10 crown since a tie for the 1945 title. It's the first outright title since the 1939 season when they went on to win the NCAA's first postseason championship. . . The Ducks also captured the Pac-10 football title this past season, marking the 16th time in Conference history that one school has won league championship s (or co-championsips) in football and men's basketball, most recently by Stanford two years ago (1999-2000). . . It's the seventh NCAA Tournament appearance for the Ducks, their second in three years. . . At 23-8, it's the ninth 20-win season in school history. The 23 victories are the most by an Oregon squad since the 1945 season (30). . . Oregon finished the year with a 16-0 home record, equaling the school record set by the 1937-38 squad. . . All-Pac-10 senior guard Frederick Jones ranks sixth on UO's career scoring list with 1,568 career points. He ranks in the top six in five different career categories at Oregon - scoring, assists (349/3rd), blocks (73/4th), steals (138/3rd) and three-pointers (142/5th).
STANFORD - The Cardinal are making their eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and 11th appearance overall. . . Stanford needs a first round win to post its eighth consecutive 20-win season. . . With 1,682 career points, junior guard Casey Jacobsen ranks fourth on the school's all-time scoring list. At 22.0 points per game, Jacobsen is looking to become Stanford's first Pac-10 scoring champion since 1983-84 when Keith Jones averaged a league-leading 20.0 ppg. . . Junior center Curtis Borchardt leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.4 rpg). He's only the seventh Pac-10 player to average double digit rebounds in the last 19 seasons. Borchardt set a Stanford single-season record with 76 blocked shots this seasons. . . Should Jacobsen and Borchardt conclude the season as the Pac-10 scoring and rebounding leaders, it would be the first time two different players from the same school led those categories in Pac-10 history.
UCLA - The Bruins are making their NCAA-record 38th NCAA Tournament appearance and have compiled a record of 83-30 (.735) in the NCAA Tournament. . . Should the Bruins pick up a first round win in the Tournament, it would mark the 14th consecutive season that UCLA has won 20 games. . . UCLA has reached the Sweet 16 in four of the last five NCAA Tournaments. . . The Bruins are 2-1 against non-conference teams in the NCAA Tournament, including victories over No. 1 seed Kansas and No. 2 seed Alabama. . . Junior forward Jason Kapono's 84 three-pointers this season tie the UCLA single-season mark he set as a freshman. With 1,580 career points, Kapono ranks 15th on the UCLA all-time scoring list. . . Senior center Dan Gadzuric has pulled down 869 rebounds during his career, placing him 9th on UCLA's all-time list, 30th on the Pac-10's all-time list. . . With 1,020 points, senior forward Matt Barnes became the 43rd Bruins to top 1,000 career points.
USC - The Trojans are making their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance. USC reached the Elite Eight in last year's Tournament before falling to eventual NCAA champion Duke. . . With 1,636 points, senior center Sam Clancy ranks third on the USC career scoring list. His 833 rebounds rank second all-time at USC. He's posted a league-leading 17 double-doubles this season. . . Senior guard Brandon Granville is USC's all-time leader in games played with 123. He owns the school record and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with 773 career assists - he needs eight to move into the third spot. . . Clancy (1,636 points), Granville (1,416 points) and senior forward David Bluthenthal (1,294 points) have combined for 4,346 points during their careers. . . USC set a Pac-10 single-game record when it connected on all 22 free throw attempts during its Pac-10 Tournament semifinal victory over Oregon.
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