This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Dec. 6, 2004
OREGON is the lone unbeaten Pac-10 team and will take its unblemished record on the road to face Illinois in Chicago at the United Center... ARIZONA STATE will try to open the season 6-1 for the first time since 1992-93... ARIZONA coach Lute Olson goes for career win No. 1,000 on Saturday when the Wildcats host Utah... So far this season, the Pac-10 has put together a 38-16 (.704) record against non-conference foes.
IKE DIOGU, ARIZONA STATE
U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ARIZONA STATE forward Ike Diogu has been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week.
Diogu, a junior from Garland, Texas, averaged 20.0 points and 14.5 rebounds as Arizona State ran its record to 5-1 on the year with victories at Temple and home against Cal State Northridge.
He shot 12-of-22 (.545) from the field, including 16-of-17 (.941) from the free throw line. In the win at Temple, Diogu posted 15 points and 16 rebounds, including nine rebounds on the offensive board. In the win over Cal State Northridge, he collected his third double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
Diogu has scored in double figures in each game he's played - a string of 65 games.
It's the second weekly honor for Diogu, Arizona State's 21st honor all-time.
U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week: Nov. 29 - Nate Robinson, WASH. Dec. 6 - Ike Diogu, ASU.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Mon., Dec. 6
Fairleigh Dickinson at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 7
Colorado at California, 7 p.m.
San Diego State at Washington, 7 p.m.
Gonzaga at Washington State, 6 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 8
Fresno State at USC, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 11
Utah at Arizona, 11 a.m. (FSN)
California at San Diego State, 7:30 p.m.
Oregon vs. Illinois, 1 p.m. (ESPN) (1)
Oregon State vs. Georgia, 12:30 p.m. (2)
Stanford vs. Michigan State, 4 p.m. (CBS) (3)
Pepperdine at UCLA, 3 p.m.
USC vs. San Diego, 5 p.m. (4)
Washington State at BYU, 4 p.m. (5)
Sun., Dec. 12
UC Riverside at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Washington at Loyola Marymount, 12:30 p.m.
(1) United Center, Chicago, Ill.
(2) Philips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
(3) The Palace, Auburn Hills, Mich.
(4) Cox Arena, San Diego, Calif.
(5) Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Game times local to site.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tue., Nov. 30
Arizona 98, Wyoming 70 (McClellan 19 pts, Stoudamire 19 pts, Adams 16 pts/8 reb)
Arizona State 65, Temple 62 (Diogu 15 pts/16 reb, Angounou 13 pts/14 reb, Moore 13 pts)
UCLA 75, Long Beach State 62 (Thompson 25 pts, Afflalo 21 pts/6 asts, Morrison 10 pts)
LaSalle 71, USC 62 (O'Neil 18 pts/11 reb/3 stls, Pruitt 12 pts, Young 6 reb)
Washington State 37, Idaho 36 (Kelati 11 pts, Varem 7 pts/3 stls, Gill 7 reb)
Wed., Dec. 1
Oregon State 66, Portland 63 (Cuic 14 pts, Nash 11 pts, Jones 7 pts/10 reb)
UNLV 73, California 72 (Benson 22 pts/8 reb, Midgley 12 pts/5 asts, Kately 12 pts)
Gonzaga 99, Washington 87 (Robinson 22 pts/8 asts, Williams 18 pts, Conroy 14 pts/9 asts)
Sat., Dec. 4
Arizona State 67, CS Northridge 66 (Diogu 25 pts/13 reb, Moore 20 pts, Angounou 11 reb)
California 80, Fairleigh Dickinson 66 (Midgley 28 pts/11-15 FG/6-9 3FG, Benson 16 pts)
Oregon State 98, Colorado 87 (Stephens 27 pts, Cuic 22 pts/5 reb, Fontenet 20 pts/4-6 3FG)
Oregon 75, Vanderbilt 65 (Crosswhite 16 pts/11 reb, Brooks 11 pts, Hariston 9 pts/8 asts)
USC 87, BYU 82 (Stewart 22 pts, O'Neil 20 pts/8 reb, Pruitt 16 pts/6 asts)
Oklahoma State 81, Washington State 29 (Kelati 8 pts/5 reb, Akognon 6 pts)
Sun., Dec. 5
Arizona 68, Mississippi State 64 (Frye 18 pts/16 reb, Adams 12 pts/9 reb, Stoudamire 12 pts)
Boston College 74, UCLA 64 (Farmar 14 pts, Shipp 13 pts, Thompson 12 pts/6 reb)
Washington 89, Eastern Washington 56 (Robinson 20 pts/7 reb/7 asts, Simmons 20 pts)
ARIZONA senior C Channing Frye was named the Wooden Classic Player of the Game in the Wildcats' 68-64 win over Mississippi State. Frye tallied 18 points and a Wooden Classic record 16 rebounds... Sophomore G Mustafa Shakur has dished out six or more assists in each game this season. He's averaging 6.7 assists per game... As a team, Arizona is shooting 37-of-46 (.804) from the free throw lane over the past two games... Sophomore F Ivan Radenovic missed the Mississippi State game with a hip pointer... Going for a 1,000 - Coach Lute Olson has 999 career victories as a head coach at all levels (179 high school victories, 104 junior college victories, 716 Division I victories).
ARIZONA STATE junior F Ike Diogu leads the nation in free throws made (61) and attempted (69), with Ronny Turiaf of Gonzaga second in both categories (53-of-63). Diogu is tied for ninth in scoring (23.5 points per game), eighth in free throw percentage (.884) and is one of only seven players nationally to average double digit rebounds (10.3)... Sophomore F Serge Angounou is averaging 10.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in the past three games... ASU has used the same starting lineup (Angounou, Braxton, Diogu, Krueger and Moore) in each of its five games. ASU used 13 starting lineups last year
CALIFORNIA junior G Richard Midgely continues to carry the load on the offensive end of the court. In the win over Fairleigh Dickinson, he posted a career-high 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including 6-of-9 from three-point range... Junior C Rod Benson is averaging 17.3 points per game in the last three games. He's shooting 21-of-30 (.700) from the field during that span... As a team, the Bears have shot 50 percent or better in three of the last four games... Coach Ben Braun is 10 wins shy of reaching 500 for his career as a college coach.
The OREGON Ducks are off to a 4-0 start for the fourth time in five seasons... The Ducks take on No. 1 Illinois this Saturday in Chicago (United Center). The last time Oregon defeated a top-ranked team was on Feb. 16, 1974 when the Ducks defeated the Bill Walton-led UCLA Bruins, 56-51. Since then, Oregon is 0-6 against No. 1 ranked teams... The last time the Ducks faced Illinois, Oregon lost a 75-72 decision to the second-ranked Illini in the Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 25, 1984... The Ducks raised their shooting accuracy to 51.9 percent after shooting 55.0 percent in the win over Vanderbilt... Freshman F Malik Hairston has dished out 13 assists in the last two games.
In three seasons under coach Jay John, OREGON STATE has posted records of 5-1, 4-2 and 4-2 through the first six games... In the win over Portland, freshman F Sasa Cuic pushed his string of consecutive free throws made to 30, tying the school record set by Danny Evans in 1982-83, before missing. Cuic has since started another streak and is at 8-for-8 and counting... Meanwhile, junior guard Chris Stephens has kept his streak intact, hitting on 22 straight, dating back to last year. Stephens scored a career-high 27 points in OSU's win over Colorado.
STANFORD is in the midst of seven game road swing to start the season... It is the school's longest stint without a home game to open the season since 1934-35... Since the loss at Santa Clara on Nov. 28, the Cardinal have had nearly two weeks to prepare for their next opponent (Michigan State, Dec. 11)... The Cardinal will return to Maples Pavilion next month upon completion of the arena's $30 million facelift.
UCLA senior F Dijon Thompson's 25-point effort against Long Beach State propelled him into the Bruin 1,000 point club. He now has 1,021 career points, tied for 44th on UCLA's all-time scoring chart with Don Bragg (1952-55). He is the Bruins leading scorer this season, averaging 15.8 points per game, good for eighth in the Pac-10. He also leads the Bruins and is fourth in the Conference in rebounding, pulling down 8.2 boards per contest... Freshman F Josh Shipp had his best outing of the season, scoring 13 points, grabbing four rebounds and three steals in 18 minutes against Boston College.
USC assistant coach Jim Saia was named as the interim coach of the Trojans after Henry Bibby was relieved of his duties... Saia is in his first year at USC. He spent the previous seven seasons (1997-2003) as an assistant at UCLA... Senior C Rory O'Neil leads the Trojans in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.0 points and 8.2 rebounds, respectively... In the first two games of the season, O'Neil was 6-of-14 (.429) from the field. In the last two, he shot 17-of-30 (.567).
WASHINGTON's 89-56 win over Eastern Washington was marked by an increase in defensive intensity by the Huskies. Washington held the Eagles to 41 percent shooting after allowing its previous five opponents to shoot at a 52 percent clip... Senior G Tre Simmons and Junior F Jamaal Williams led the defensive effort with four steals apiece... Williams also recorded two of the Huskies' three blocks on the game... Washington forced 30 Eastern Washington turnovers in the contest, off of which the Huskies scored 45 points... Junior G Nate Robinson has scored 20 or more points four times this season. He posted five 20-point games all of last season.
WASHINGTON STATE recorded a rare feat by defeating Idaho 37-36. The Cougars 37-point effort was tied for the third fewest scored in a win by a Division I team since the institution of the shot clock in the 1985-86 season... The record is 35 points, scored by George Mason in a win over UNC Wilmington on Mar. 4, 2001... The last time a Pac-10 team scored as few points in a victory was Mar. 3, 1984, when Oregon State defeated Oregon 29-23 in a pre-shot clock era game.