This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Jan. 5, 2004
The Arizona schools host STANFORD and CALIFORNIA this week, while UCLA and USC travel to the Washington schools. OREGON and OREGON STATE meet in the hardwood version of the Civil War. . . . Saturday's game between No. 3 ARIZONA and No. 4 Stanford marks the fifth time two top-five ranked Pac-10 teams have squared off. The last time occurred on Jan. 8, 2000 when No. 5 Arizona went on the road to knock off No. 1 Stanford. The other games: Feb. 6, 1971 - No. 2 USC vs. No. 3 UCLA; Mar. 13, 1971 - No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 3 USC; Mar. 7, 1981 - No. 1 Oregon State vs. No. 5 Arizona State. With the exception of UCLA (Mar. 13, 1971), the lower ranked team has won each time.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Thur., Jan. 8
California at Arizona, 6:30 p.m.
Series: ARIZ leads 42-23; Streak: ARIZ 8
Stanford at Arizona State, 8:30 p.m. (FSN)
Series: STAN leads 30-24; Streak: STAN 11
UCLA at Washington State, 7 p.m. (1)
Series: UCLA leads 84-12; Streak: UCLA 21
USC at Washington, 7 p.m.
Series: USC leads 61-57; Streak: WASH 2
Sat., Jan. 10
Stanford at Arizona, 4:30 p.m. (FSN)
Series: ARIZ leads 42-22; Streak: ARIZ 1
California at Arizona State, 6:30 p.m. (FSN)
Series: ASU leads 30-25; Streak: CAL 1
Oregon at Oregon State, 7:30 p.m.
Series: OSU leads 176-142; Streak: ORE 9
UCLA at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Series: UCLA leads 82-31; Streak: UCLA 4
USC at Washington State, 1 p.m. (1) (FSN)
Series: USC leads 52-32; Streak: USC 9
Times listed are local to site.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Jan. 2
California 76, Washington 62
(CAL - Tamir 21 pts/6-9 3FG, Powe 19 pts/15 reb. WASH - Simmons 16 pts, Jones 15 pts)
Stanford 73, Washington State 51
(STAN - Davis 13 pts, Lottich 10 pts/7 ast. WSU - Moore 15 pts/6 ast, Schlatter 8 pts)
Oregon 92, USC 74
(ORE - Crosswhite 22 pts/13 reb, Davis 21 pts/7-10 3FG. USC - Farmer 15 pts, McMillan 14 pts/9 reb)
UCLA 77, Oregon State 66
(UCLA - Ariza 24 pts/11-13 FG/9 reb, Rubin 13 pts/3-3 3FG. OSU - Stephens 16 pts, Lucas 13 pts)
Sat., Jan. 3
Arizona 93, Arizona State 74
(ARIZ - Stoudamire 26 pts/6-9 3FG, Frye 17 pts/7 reb. ASU - Moore 23 pts, Diogu 18 pts/11 reb)
Sun., Jan. 4
Washington State 55, California 50
(WSU - Varem 15 pts/5 reb, Moore 14 pts. CAL - Tamir 16 pts/4-6 3FG, Kately 12 pts)
Stanford 85, Washington 72
(STAN - Davis 17 pts/13 reb, Hernandez 13 pts/9 ast. WASH - Robinson 16 pts, Simmons 13 pts)
UCLA 81, Oregon 74
(UCLA - Thompson 13 pts/8 reb, Rubin 13 pts. ORE - Jackson 28 pts/7 reb, Joseph 16 pts)
USC 91, Oregon State 82
(USC - L. Stewart 19 pts, O'Neil 18 pts, McMillan 10 pts/11 reb. OSU - Stephens 19 pts, Hanchett 16 pts)
JANOU RUBIN, UCLA PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior guard Janou Rubin has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading UCLA to a sweep of the Oregon schools in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play. Rubin, a walk-on from Union City, Calif., who was awarded a scholarship this season, averaged 21.0 minutes off the bench to average 13.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He posted a career-high 13 points, all coming in the second half, as UCLA overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Oregon State. In the win over Oregon, he played a career-high 24 minutes and matched his career-best point total with 13 points. For the week, he shot 9-of-14 (.642) from the field and 5-of-6 (.833) from three-point range. It's the first weekly honor for Rubin, the 39th honor all-time for UCLA.
Pac-10 Player of the Week: Dec. 1 - Chris Hernandez, STAN. Dec. 8 - Matt Lottich, STAN. Dec. 15 - Hassan Adams, ARIZ. Dec. 22 -Matt Lottich, STAN. Jan. 5 - Janou Rubin, UCLA
PAC-10 NOTES. . .
Dialing Long Distance - Ten different players hit three or more three-pointers in a game during the opening weekend of league action. Oregon's James Davis led the way hitting 7-of-10 against USC. Also hitting the long shot were Arizona's Salim Stoudamire (6 vs. ASU), California's Amit Tamir (6 vs. Washington, 4 vs. WSU), Washington's Nate Robinson (4 vs. Stanford), Arizona State's Stevie Moore (4 vs. Arizona), USC's Rory O'Neil (3 vs. Oregon State), Oregon's Aaron Brooks (3 vs. USC), USC's Desmon Farmer (3 vs. Oregon), Stanford's Chris Hernandez (3 vs. Washington), UCLA's Janou Rubin (3 vs. Oregon State). . . . In nine non-league games, Cal made 26 three-pointers, averaging a league low 2.89 three-pointers made per game. In the opening weekend, the Bears connected for 15 treys.
ARIZONA - The win over Arizona State was coach Lute Olson's 700th career victory. . . . JR guard Salim Stoudamire needs 27 points to reach 1,000 for his career. Stoudamire connected on 6-of-9 three-pointers in the win at Arizona State. It was the fifth time in his career he has made at least six three-pointers in a game. His career total of 171 three-pointers rank seventh all-time at Arizona. . . . FR forward Ivan Radenovic has made an impact. In three games, he's averaging 12.0 points an 7.3 rebounds. . . . SO forward Andre Iguodala leads the league in assists (6.30 apg) and is second in rebounds (9.7 rpg). Since assists were kept following the 1975 season, no player has led the league in both categories.
ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils connected for 10 three-pointers against Arizona. It was the second time this season ASU has hit 10 three-pointers in a game. The last time ASU produced double digit buckets from beyond the arc in more than one game during a season was back in 1999-2000 (3 times). . . . JR guard Stevie Moore has tallied double digit point totals in eight of 10 games played this season. . . . SO forward Ike Diogu posted five blocked shots against Arizona. It was the second time this season he's swatted five shots in a game. He has 25 blocked shots on the season, just six shy of matching last year's total of 31.
CALIFORNIA - SR forward Amit Tamir has found his shooting touch of late. Over the weekend, he shot 13-of-21 (.619) from the field, including 10-of-15 (.667) from three-point range. In the first seven games, Tamir shot 5-of-31 (.161) from beyond the arc. Over the last four games, he's shooting 12-of-19 (.632) from three-point range. . . . FR forward Leon Powe leads the Pac-10 in rebounding with a 10.0 average. No freshman has ever finished the year leading the league in rebounds. . . . Freshman guard Ayinde Ubaka tallied a season-high eight assists in the win over Washington.
OREGON - JR forward Luke Jackson continues to pace the Oregon attack. He's scored in double digits in every game this season, running his streak of double digit games to 17. He's posted six 20-point games this season, including a season-high 28 points at UCLA. . . . From the free throw line, Jackson has hit 29 of his last 32 attempts (.906). . . . With 1,503 career points, Jackson became the eighth Oregon player, and 76th Pac-10 players, to reach 1,500 points for his career. . . . Freshman guard Aaron Brooks played just six minutes at UCLA before suffering a hand injury. He was expected to undergo a CT scan Monday. . . . SR James Davis and SO Brandon Lincoln will take over point guard duties in the interim. . . . Davis has hit 14-of-22 (.636) from three-point range over the last three games.
OREGON STATE - SO guard Chris Stephens has put together a string of nine consecutive games in which he has scored in double digits. He's averaging 17.7 points over the last nine games. He's also connected on 21 of his last 23 free throw attempts. . . . The Beavers lead the league in turnover margin at +4.58, forcing the opposition into 19.4 turnovers per game. . . . Five of OSU's next seven games are at home where they have already posted a 6-2 record this season. . . . JR forward Jim Hanchett shot 10-of-16 (.625) on the recent road trip to Los Angeles. In fact, he's shooting 33-of-52 (.635) over the last seven games.
STANFORD - Starting the season 11-0 has been the trend of late for the Cardinal. Stanford opened the 1998 season at 18-0, the 2000 season at 12-0 and the 2001 season at 20-0. . . . JR forward Josh Childress saw action for the first time this season as he averaged 10 minutes of action against the Washington schools. He averaged 7.0 points and 3.5 rebounds. . . . SO guard Chris Hernandez posted a career-high nine assists in the win over Washington. As a team, the Cardinal recorded a season-high 25 assists in that game. . . . SR forward Justin Davis recorded his third double-double of the season, and 15th of his career, with 17 points and 13 rebounds against Washington.
UCLA - For the fourth year in row, the Bruins start league play with a 2-0 mark. . . . In UCLA's loss at Michigan, FR forward Trevor Ariza had his first double-double (15 points/season-high 14 rebounds, most rebounds by a Bruin starter since 1998-99, when JaRon Rush had 15 on one occasion and Dan Gadzuric had 14 on another occasion). In the Bruins' win over Oregon State, Ariza had a season-high 24 points (most points by a Bruin freshman starter since 2000, when Jason Kapono scored 27 points twice that season). . . . In UCLA's win over Michigan State, JR guard Brian Morrison suffered a strained left hamstring, missed the Michigan and Oregon games and is doubtful for this week's games at the Washington schools.
USC - JR forward Gregg Guenther Jr. didn't waste any time in finding his basketball legs. The day after being on the receiving end of an 19-yard pass play in USC's Rose Bowl victory over Michigan, Guenther played 13 minutes and scored seven points against Oregon. He followed that up with another seven points, three rebounds and two assists two days later in the win over Oregon State. . . . In the win over Oregon State, USC shot a season-best 52.5 percent from the field. It's the first time the Trojans shot better than 50 percent from the field this season. . . . FR guard Lodrick Stewart has scored in double figures in five straight games, averaging 14.4 points over that span. . . . JR forward Jeff McMillan is averaging 10.8 rebounds over the last five games. He's pulled down double digit rebounds five times this season.
WASHINGTON - The Huskies are shooting 48-of-64 (.750) from the free throw line over the last three games. . . . Seven different players have led the team in scoring in 10 games this season. In fact, six different players have taken game-high honors over the last seven games. . . . Through the season's first six games, JR guard Tre Simmons shot 16-of-43 (.372) from the field in averaging 6.8 points. Over the last four games, he's shooting 19-of-34 (.559) from the field, while averaging 14.3 points.
WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars snapped a 22-game Pac-10 road losing streak with their 55-50 win at California. It also snapped an eight-game losing streak at California. It was the first victory for the Cougars in the state of California since knocking off Stanford and USC during the 1996 season. . . . After sitting out the first eight games of the season, JR guard Jeff Varem has provided some rebounding help for the Cougars. He's pulled down 15 rebounds over the last four games (3.75 rpg). He also scored a team-high 15 points in the win over California.
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