This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Dec. 11, 2006

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Mon., Dec. 11
Bethune-Cookman at No. 22 Oregon, 7 p.m.
Western Oregon at Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Thur., Dec. 14
Bethune-Cookman at USC, 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 15
Eastern Washington at No. 22 Oregon, 7 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 16
Arizona State at Xavier, 4 p.m., ESPNU
Portland State at No. 17 Washington, 7 p.m., FSNNW
Santa Clara at Stanford, 3 p.m.
Oakland at No. 1 UCLA, 5 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at Washington State, 2 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 17
Houston at No. 10 Arizona, 8 p.m., FSNAZ
No. 12 Louisiana State at Oregon State, 5 p.m., FSN
Idaho State at No. 22 Oregon, 5 p.m.
Charleston Southern at USC, 2 p.m.

Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.


Mon., Dec. 4
Washington 87, Southern Utah 72 (WASH: Appleby 24 pts/6-8 3FG, Hawes 21 pts, Dentmon 11 pts/11 asts)
Kansas 72, USC 62 (USC: Stewart 23 pts/5-8 3FG, Gibson 15 pts/9 reb/3 stls, Hackett 9 pts)

Tue., Dec. 5
Arizona 72, Louisville 65 (ARIZ: Radenovic 22 pts/13 reb, Budinger 17 pts/6 stls, McClellan 17 pts)
UCLA 78, Cal State Fullerton 54 (UCLA: Afflalo 20 pts/4-5 3FG, Shipp 16 pts, Mata 9 pts/16 reb)
Washington State 77, Gonzaga 67 (WSU: Low 22 pts/4-8 3FG, Harmeling 20 pts, Weaver 16 pts/7 asts)

Fri., Dec. 8
California 75, Chicago State 51 (CAL: Robertson 12 pts, Hardin 12 pts, Anderson 9 pts/12 reb)

Sat., Dec. 9
Arizona 69, San Diego State 48 (ARIZ: Williams 21 pts/16 reb, Shakur 14 pts/8 reb, McClellan 10 pts/7reb)
San Diego 72, California 67 (CAL: Ubaka 15 pts/7 asts, Robertson 13 pts, Anderson 10 pts/11 reb)
USC 74, George Washington 65 (USC: Stewart 21 pts/7-11 FG, Hackett 18 pts/11-11 FT, Gibson 16 pts/17 reb)
UCLA 65, Texas A&M 62 (UCLA: Shipp 18 pts/4 stls, Collison 15 pts/4 asts, Afflalo 13 pts)
Gonzaga 97, Washington 77 (WASH: Hawes 20 pts/6 reb, Brockman 13 pts/12 reb, Pondexter 13 pts)
Washington State 66, Idaho 54 (WSU: Low 14 pts, Hopson 14 pts/3-3 3FG, Baynes 10 pts/8 reb/4 blks)
Oregon State 72, Bethune-Cookman 49 (OSU: Jones 20 pts/10 reb, Washington 15 pts)
Oregon 68, Nebraska 56 (ORE: Taylor 18 pts, Leunen 15 pts/9 reb, Brooks 15 pts/8 asts)

Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Teleconference Call: The first media teleconference call with the Pac-10 men's basketball coaches will be Tuesday, Dec. 19. Media who would like to participate on the call may contact the Pac-10 Office (925-932-4411) for the teleconference phone number.

Washington State's Daven Harmeling Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week

WASHINGTON STATE forward Daven Harmeling has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for December 4-10.

Harmeling, a redshirt sophomore from Grand Junction, Colo., averaged 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in leading the Cougars to a pair of victories last week. He opened the week with a career-high 20 points, hitting 6-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-9 from three-point range, in the 77-67 upset victory over previously-No. 18 Gonzaga. He also added three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot to help the Cougars snap a seven-game losing streak to Gonzaga. Harmeling followed that performance by scoring 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting, and collecting seven rebounds and three steals in a 66-54 win at Idaho. For the week, he shot 11-of-20 (.550) from the field, 5-of-13 (.384) from three-point range, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

This is the first weekly honor for Harmeling and Washington State's 17th Player of the Week all-time.

2006-07 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week: Nov. 20 - Chase Budinger , Fr., F, ARIZ. Nov. 27 - Darren Collison , UCLA. Dec. 4 - Josh Shipp , UCLA. Dec. 11 - Daven Harmeling , WSU.


• Four Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week's polls. It's the first time four Pac-10 teams have been in the top 25 since the final AP poll during the 2001-02 season (Mar. 12 , 2002 - No. 7 Arizona, No. 11 Oregon, No. 18 USC and No. 24 Stanford) ... The Pac-10 boasts an impressive 66-16 (.809) record in non-league action.

• ARIZONA sophomore F Marcus Williams posted his first career double-double with a 21-point, 16-rebound effort on Saturday at San Diego State. It was a career-high 16 rebounds for Williams, tied for the fourth-highest total in the Pac-10 this season, and the most for an Arizona player since Dec. 2004 ... Arizona has won seven consecutive games. All of the wins have been by seven points or more, and during the streak Arizona has outscored the opposition by an average of 17.1 points per game ... Over the last three games, Arizona has limited Illinois, Louisville and San Diego State to an average of 61.7 points per game. Additionally, those three teams have combined to shoot just 40.4 percent (78-of-193) from the floor, including 26.9 percent (18-of-67) from three-point range. Incidentally, UA held San Diego State to a season-low 48 points in Saturday's win, a figure that was 31.3 points below its season scoring average entering the game ... Arizona is 48-11 (.814) during senior G Mustafa Shakur's career when he passes out five or more assists in a game.

• ASU was idle last week due to preparations for final exams. The Sun Devils return to action Dec. 16 with a game at defending Atlantic 10 Tournament champion Xavier. ASU assistant Archie Miller is the younger brother of Xavier head coach Sean Miller ... Senior F Serge Angounou is averaging 10.8 rebounds over the last four games ... Freshman G Christian Polk leads the Sun Devils and is third in the Pac-10, averaging 17.7 points per game. Ike Diogu (19.0 ppg in 2002-03) is the only other Sun Devil freshman to ever lead the team scoring.

• In its seven wins this season, CALIFORNIA is limiting the opposition to 36.6 percent shooting from the floor and 55.7 points per game ... In his last six games, senior G Ayinde Ubaka has 38 assists and only 10 turnovers. Ubaka leads the Pac-10 with a 2.68 assist/turnover ... Sophomore F Theo Robertson has posted double digit scoring totals in each of the last three games, averaging 11.7 ppg on 11-of-16 (.688) shooting from the field and 10-of-11 (.909) from the free throw line ... Junior C DeVon Hardin has 95 career blocked shots. He needs four to move past former Bear Brian Hendrick for fourth on the school's career list ... The Bears are idle this week in preparation for exams. They return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 19 with a home contest against Furman..

• OREGON is ranked for the first time since Jan. 27, 2003, when it was No. 22 (AP). Oregon and UCLA are two of nine remaining unbeaten teams nationally ... The Ducks are home for seven of their next eight games. The lone road game is actually 'up the road' as they head to Corvallis to take on rival Oregon State in the Pac-10 season-opener for both squads on Sat. Dec. 30 ... The Ducks have outrebounded the opposition in six of seven games this season ... Junior F Marty Leunen is second in the Pac-10 averaging 10.4 rebounds per game. The last time an Oregon player averaged 10.4 or more rebounds was Greg Balllard who averaged 10.4 rebounds during the 1975-76 season ... Senior G Aaron Brooks has 989 points, 11 away from becoming the 25th member of Oregon's 1,000-point club ... Oregon is off to its best start since the 1996-97 squad opened up the season 10-0.

• OREGON STATE junior F Marcel Jones has led the Beavers in scoring in six of nine games this season. He's posted double digits in each of the last five games, averaging 21.0 points during that span. In OSU's win over Bethune-Cookman, Jones recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. He leads the Pac-10 with five 20-point games ... Third time's a charm - sophomore G Wesley Washington posted a career-high 15 points against Bethune-Cookman in his third start of the season ... The Beavers are in the midst of a nine-game homestand and won't return to the road until a Jan. 11 contest at Arizona ... In its five wins, Oregon State is shooting 132-of-289 (.457) from the field. In their four losses, the Beavers are shooting 88-of-240 (.367) from the field.

• After a 13-day break for exams, STANFORD returns to action Saturday when it hosts Santa Clara. The Cardinal own a 48-25 record in the series and have won eight of the last nine meetings ... Over the last four games, sophomore F Lawrence Hill is averaging 17.8 points on 28-of-46 (.609) shooting, and averaging 7.5 rebounds ... The Cardinal defense has clamped down on the opposition lately. Over the last three games, opponents are shooting 60-of-162 (.370) against Stanford ... The Cardinal are second in the league in rebound margin (+9.4).

• UCLA shot a combined 15-of-30 (.500) from three-point range in its victories over Cal State Fullerton and Texas A&M last week ... After shooting just 18-of-58 (.310) from beyond the arc through the first three games of the season, the Bruins have picked it up to shoot 38-of-92 (.413) from long distance over the last five games ... Junior C Lorenzo Mata pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds in UCLA's win over Cal State Fullerton. It was the third double-digit rebound effort for Mata this season. It was the highest board total by a Bruin since Dijon Thompson recorded 16 rebounds against Washington State on Jan. 6, 2005.

• USC continues to apply the defensive pressure as no team this season has shot 40 percent or better against the Trojans ... Freshman G Daniel Hackett was a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line in scoring a career-best 18 points in USC's win over George Washington. Hackett has converted on 22 of his last 23 free throw attempts ... Freshman F Taj Gibson averaged 15.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in a pair of games last week. His effort of 16 points/17 rebounds against George Washington gave him his Pac-10 leading fourth double-double of the year ... Senior G Lodrick Stewart is averaging 21.7 points over the last three games, scoring 21 points or more in each of those contests. During that span of three games, he's shooting 23-of-41 (.561) from the field and 14-of-23 (.609) from three-point range.

• WASHINGTON sophomore F Jon Brockman has posted double digit rebound totals in each of the last three games, averaging 12.7 rebounds per game during that span ... Freshman C Spencer Hawes averaged 20.5 points on 17-of-29 (.586) shooting in a pair of games last week ... The Huskies have outrebounded each opponent this season and lead the Pac-10 with a +12.2 rebound margin ... The Huskies had their regular-season non-conference win streak end at 24 games when they lost at Gonzaga on Saturday. Oddly enough, Washington started the streak following a loss at Gonzaga on Dec. 1, 2005 ... Junior G Ryan Appleby was among the league-leaders last season in three-point field goal percentage (.424). Through the first six games of the season, he was shooting just 12-of-33 (.364) from three-point range. In the seventh game, an 87-72 win over Southern Utah, Appleby matched a career-high with six three-pointers (6-of-8) and scored a career-best 24 points on 9-of-11 (.818) shooting from the field.

• WASHINGTON STATE improved to 9-1, its best record through 10 games since 1993-94 when it also began the season 9-1 ... In the win over No. 18 Gonzaga, sophomore F Daven Harmeling scored a career-high 20 points, while junior G Kyle Weaver tallied a season-high 16 points ... The 10,755 in attendance for the Gonzaga game marked the largest crowd at Friel Court since Feb. 11, 1995 against No. 6 UCLA ... The Cougars broke a seven-game losing streak against Gonzaga ... Junior G Derrick Low has scored in double figures in nine of 10 games this season. He is averaging 17.0 points over the last three games, shooting 18-of-34 (.529) from the floor and 10-of-18 (.556) from beyond the arc.

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