This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Jan. 21, 2003


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ARIZONA opens the week as the nation's top-ranked team, but will get tested this week by ARIZONA STATE, winners in eight of its last 10, and No. 6 Kansas...CALIFORNIA, off to its best league start since 1957, has won nine of its last 10 and enters the rankings this week at No. 25 in the Associated Press poll...OREGON comes in at No. 21 in the USA Today/ESPN poll and No. 23 in the Associated Press poll this week...At the conclusion of Sunday's action, the Pac-10 had five teams with 12 or more victories. Only the 12-team Southeastern Conference can match the Pac-10 with five teams collecting at least 12 wins to date.


Tues., Jan. 21
Coaches/Media Teleconference Call, 10:30 a.m. PT

Wed., Jan. 22
Arizona State at Arizona, 7:30 p.m.
Series record: ARIZ leads 128-73. Streak: ARIZ 2

Thu., Jan. 23
USC at California, 7 p.m.
Series record: CAL leads 118-109. Streak: CAL 2
Washington at Oregon, 5:30 p.m.
Series record: WASH leads 172-97. Streak: ORE 2
Washington State at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Series record: OSU leads 154-110. Streak: OSU 2
UCLA at Stanford, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Series record: UCLA leads 123-82. Streak: UCLA 1

Sat., Jan. 25
Arizona at Kansas, 12 noon (CBS)
Series record: Kansas leads 5-1. Streak: KU 2
UCLA at California, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Series record: UCLA leads 118-90. Streak: CAL 2
Washington State at Oregon, 6 p.m.
Series record: ORE leads 143-116. Streak: ORE 2
Washington at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Series record: WASH leads 138-131. Streak: WASH 1
USC at Stanford, 3 p.m. (FSN)
Series record: USC leads 116-103. Streak: USC 3


Wed., Jan. 15Oregon 69, Portland State 63 (ORE - Jackson 21 pts/8 rbs, Ridnour 15 pts)

Thur., Jan. 16
>Arizona 81, USC 72
(ARIZ-Adams 21 pts, Walton 13 pts/10 rbs. USC-Farmer 23 pts, E. Craven 21 pts)
Arizona State 75, UCLA 64
(ASU-Millage 23 pts, Smith 16 pts/10 rbs. UCLA-Kapono 17 pts, Patterson 10 pts)
California 73, Washington 66
(CAL-Tamir 26 pts, Shipp 19 pts/6 rbs. WASH-Robinson 15 pts, Wrenn 13 pts/10 rbs)
Stanford 73, Washington State 68 (OT)
(STAN-Lottich 17 pts, Childress 13 pts/11 rbs. WSU-Schlatter 17 pts, Hughey 10 rbs)

Sat., Jan. 18
Arizona 82, UCLA 57
(ARIZ-Stoudamire 19 pts, Frye 12 pts. UCLA-Cummings 13 pts, Thompson 10 pts)
UCLA 76, Arizona State 74
(USC-E. Craven 22 pts, Farmer 16 pts. ASU-Diogu 24 pts/11-12 FT, Knight 13 pts)
California 76, Washington State 63
(CAL-Shipp 33 pts, Tamir 13 pts/12 rbs. WSU-Kelati 15 pts/6-8 3FG, Hughey 12 pts)
Oregon 79, Oregon State 68
(ORE-Ridnour 28 pts/11 asts, Jackson 19 pts. OSU-Ricci 24 pts/11 rbs, Hurd 13 pts)
Washington 73, Stanford 68
(WASH-Conroy 19 pts/8 rbs, Wrenn 16 pts. STAN-Childress 18 pts/10 rbs)

Joe Shipp, California

Senior forward Joe Shipp earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week after leading California to a road sweep over the Washington schools. He averaged 25.5 points, shooting 20-of-31 (.645) from the field, 11-of-12 (.917) from the free throw line, and pulled down 5.5 rebounds per contest. Shipp scored 19 points with six rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in the Bears' 73-66 victory at Washington State. He capped off the week with 33 points on 14-of-18 shooting from the field, and posted five rebounds in the 76-63 win at Washington State. Shipp has scored 30 or more points four times this season, and his career total of five is one off the school record held by Ed Gray and Mark McNamara.

It's the third weekly award for Shipp, the 30th all-time honor for the Bears.

2002-03 Pac-10 Player of the Week: Dec. 2 - Luke Ridnour, ORE. Dec. 9 - Luke Jackson, ORE. Dec. 16 - Jason Gardner, ARIZ. Jan. 6 - Jason Kapono, UCLA. Jan. 13 - Joe Shipp, CAL. Jan. 20 - Joe Shipp, CAL.

Pac-10 Notes

ARIZONA - With three straight weekend conference sweeps, the Cats move to 6-0 in Pac-10 play. It is the fourth time that Arizona has started league play 6-0 under Lute Olson. In each of the previous three occasions (1988, 1993, 1998), the Cats went on to win the Pac-10 title with a 17-1 Conference record...With 282 career three-pointers, senior guard Jason Gardner moved into a tie for second on the Pac-10 career charts with Oregon's Orlando Williams (1992-95)...With 1,600 career points, Gardner moved into ninth on UA's career scoring list. Former Wildcat Chris Mills sits eighth with 1,619 points...Sophomore guard Salim Stoudamire is 12-of-26 (.462) from three-point range over the last four games...Senior forward Luke Walton posted his first double-double of the season with a near triple-double 13 points/10 rebounds/8 assists in the win over USC...Despite leading the league in scoring (85.4 ppg), no Arizona player appears in the top 15 in the league in scoring.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils are 8-2 over their last 10 games. ASU is holding opponents to 40.6 percent from the floor (217-of-535) and shooting 52.0 percent (281-of-540) during the last 10 games...Freshman Ike Diogu has been to the line 146 times (8.59 attempts per game), which is on pace to break the ASU single-season mark of 234 (7.1 per game) set by Mario Bennett in 1994-95. Diogu's 146 attempts has already topped the ASU freshman record of 140 set by Mario Bennett in 1991-92...In fact, Diogu's 107 free throws made this season are more than any other Pac-10 player has attempted...Diogu has led the ASU in scoring in nine of the last 12 games...Senior forward Tommy Smith is averaging 10.3 rebounds over the past four contests... With it's win at UCLA last week, ASU posted back-to-back wins in Pauley Pavilion for the first time in school history.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears are 5-0 in league play for the first time since 1957 when the Pete Newell-directed squad jumped out to a 10-0 mark in the old Pacific Coast Conference... Over the last four games, senior forward Joe Shipp is averaging 27.3 points on 39-of-61 (.639) shooting from the field...Not only does Shipp lead the league in scoring (21.4 ppg), he also leads the Pac-10 in average minutes played (35.4 mpg)...With 12 rebounds at Washington State, sophomore forward Amit Tamir brought his season total to 95 rebounds. That's 10 more than his 85 rebounds he collected all of last season...Tamir ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with 6.8 rebounds per game...Junior guard A.J. Diggs needs five steals to reach 100 for his career...The Bears home court winning streak stands at 13 games. Over the past two seasons, Cal is 24-1 in Haas - the only loss was a 68-58 setback to Arizona - while the Bears' record since the start of the 2000-01 season is a Pac-10 best 38-4.

OREGON - With the victory over Oregon State, the Ducks ran their winning streak to eight in a row over the Beavers... Junior guard Luke Ridnour moved into third on the Oregon career assists chart with 381. He's got a ways to go to catch Ron Lee who posted 572 assists from 1972-76...Junior forward Luke Jackson is the only player to rank in the Pac-10's top 10 in points (7th, 17.1 ppg), rebounds (8th, 6.7 rpg), assists (8th, 4.06 apg) and steals (2nd, 2.25 spg)...The Ducks host Washington Thursday. In the last 15 games vs. the Huskies, 13 have been decided by 10 points or less...The Ducks are 12-0 when getting at least 22 points combined from the 4-5 spots, and 0-4 when the big guys are shut down...The combined record of the four teams Oregon has lost to this season (Arizona, California, Stanford & Cincinnati) is 48-11 (.814).

OREGON STATE - The Beavers have led in every game this season... Senior forward Brian Jackson is now 25th for career scoring at OSU with 1,041 points. His next bucket moves him into 24th...Senior center Philip Ricci posted his fifth double-double of the season with 24 points/11 rebounds at Oregon. His 11 career double-doubles are second to Arizona's Luke Walton (13) for active Pac-10 players...Sophomore guard J.S. Nash has connected on 12 of his last 14 free throw attempts (.857) over the last five games. Prior to that he was shooting 8-of-19 (.421) from the charity stripe for the season...The Beavers have won the last four meetings with Washington State in Gill Coliseum.

STANFORD - Sophomore forward Josh Childress posted back-to-back double-doubles on the northwest road trip, collecting 13 points/11 rebounds at Washington State and 18 points/10 rebounds at Washington...The Cardinal have had a player collect a double-double in each of the last four games...Sophomore center Rob Little is nearly averaging a double-double in Pac-10 play with 11.8 points and a league-leading 9.0 rebounds...Senior guard Julius Barnes has 111 career three-pointers, ranking 10th on the Stanford career chart...Stanford ranks second in defensive field goal percentage (.414). The Cardinal have held the last four opponents to a combined 86-of-233 (.369) shooting from the field.

UCLA - Senior forward Jason Kapono ran his career scoring total to 1,825 points - fifth on the UCLA career scoring chart (No. 4, Toby Bailey, 1,846/1995-98)...Kapono, who ranks second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.881), has connected on 27 of his last 29 free throw attempts (.931)...Sophomore guard Janou Rubin had a career-high nine points in 10 minutes against Arizona. In his UCLA career before the Arizona game, Rubin had scored a total of six points (none this season)...The Bruins are 2-7 at home this season. The seven losses are the most home losses in a single season for the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion's 37-year history.

USC - Sophomore guard Errick Craven averaged 21.5 points in a home split with the Arizona schools last week. He's scored 20 or more points in three of the last four games. He also picked up six steals in the loss to Arizona. It's the third time in his career that he's collected at least six steals in a game... Since making the adjustment from the football field to the basketball court, sophomore forward Gregg Guenther Jr. has been a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, including two free throws with 3.9 seconds remaining to give the Trojans a 76-74 win over Arizona State...The Trojans look for their first road sweep of the Bay Area schools since 1992. USC also will be looking to win four straight over Stanford for the first time since the 1981 and 1982 seasons...Sophomore guard Brandon Brooks was lost for the season when he suffered a dislocated left ankle and fractured fibula in practice last week.

WASHINGTON - Husky coach Lorenzo Romar reached career victory No. 100 when the Huskies defeated Stanford Saturday...The win over Stanford snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Cardinal...Junior guard Curtis Allen is nearly perfect from the free throw line (28-of-29, .966) this season. His only miss came on an 8-for-9 performance from the charity stripe in the loss to UCLA. Allen holds the Husky career free throw percentage record and ranks third all-time in Pac-10 history (162-of-186, .871)...Freshman guard Brandon Roy was declared eligible last Thursday to compete for the Huskies. He was declared a full qualifier by the NCAA. Roy officially enrolled at Washington Thursday after auditing classes since the winter quarter began on Jan. 6. Roy is the third product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current Husky basketball roster, joining sophomore guard Will Conroy and freshman center Anthony Washington.

WASHINGTON STATE - Junior guard Thomas Kelati continues to enjoy success from outside the three-point line. Over the last three games, Kelati is shooting 10-of-20 (.500) from beyond the arc . He leads the league in three-point shooting (41-of-85, .482)...The latest Cougar to succumb to the red cross unit is junior center Ezenwa Ukeagu. He had his appendix removed Tuesday morning. He joins sophomore forward Shami Gill (shin stress fracture) and senior center Milton Riley (fractured back) on the sidelines. Junior guard Marcus Moore has been playing, but has been bothered by bone chips in his ankle.

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