This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Jan. 29, 2007
OREGON and UCLA, which meet on Thursday, head into the second half of league play tied atop the standings with WASHINGTON STATE, STANFORD and USC one game back ... It's Stanford's turn to climb into the polls as the Cardinal hit the AP Top 25 this week at No. 23. Here's where Pac-10 teams rank in this week's Top 25 (AP/Coaches) - UCLA (5/5), OREGON (9/9), WASHINGTON STATE (18/17), ARIZONA (20/22), and STANFORD (23/30).
Wed., Jan. 31
Gonzaga at No. 23 Stanford, 8 p.m., FSN
Thur., Feb. 1
No. 18 Washington State at No. 20 Arizona, 6:30 p.m., FSNNW/FSNAZ
Series: ARIZ leads, 48-12. Streak: WSU 1
Washington at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Series: ASU leads, 33-28. Streak: WASH 8
No. 9 Oregon at No. 5 UCLA, 7:30 p.m., FSN
Series: UCLA leads 76-25. Streak: ORE 1
Oregon State at USC, 7:30 p.m.
Series: USC leads, 60-54. Streak: USC 4
Sat., Feb. 3
Washington at No. 20 Arizona, 11:30 a.m, FSN
Series: ARIZ leads, 39-21. Streak: ARIZ 1
No. 18 Washington State at Arizona State, 5:30 p.m. , FSN
Series: ASU leads, 32-28. Streak: WSU 1
No. 23 Stanford at California, 6:30 p.m., FSN
Series: CAL leads, 139-109. Streak: CAL 2
No. 9 Oregon at USC, 12:30 p.m., OSN/FSN Prime Ticket
Series: USC leads, 57-41. Streak: USC 1
Oregon State at No. 5 UCLA, 2:30 p.m. , FSNNW/FSN Prime Ticket
Series: UCLA leads, 78-33. Streak: UCLA 4
Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.
Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Teleconference Call: The next media teleconference call with the Pac-10 men's basketball coaches will be Tuesday, Jan. 30. Media who would like to participate on the call may contact the Pac-10 Office (925-932-4411) for the teleconference phone number.
Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament Credentials: Media can apply online at www.sportssystems.com/Pac-10 to request working credentials for the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament. Deadline for credential requests is Wednesday, Feb. 28.
STANFORD forward Brook Lopez has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for January 22-28.
Lopez, a freshman from Fresno, Calif., averaged 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks as Stanford swept the Los Angeles schools. In the 65-50 win over No. 25 USC, Lopez recorded the first triple-double in school history with 18 points, 11 rebounds and a school record 12 blocked shots. In the 75-68 upset of No. 3 UCLA, Lopez scored seven points and pulled down eight rebounds. Defensively, he helped keep UCLA's two leading rebounders to just five boards for the game as the Cardinal outrebounded the Bruins 40-28. For the week, he shot 11-of-24 (.458) from the field and dished out 2.5 assists per game.
This is the first weekly honor for Lopez and Stanford's 39th Player of the Week all-time. This marks the first time in Pac-10 history that three different freshmen have received the honor in the same season.
Also nominated: Jordan Hill, ARIZ, Arron Afflalo, UCLA, Justin Dentmon, WASH, Derrick Low, WSU.
2006-07 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week: Nov. 20 - Chase Budinger, ARIZ. Nov. 27 - Darren Collison, UCLA. Dec. 4 - Josh Shipp, UCLA. Dec. 11 - Daven Harmeling, WSU. Dec. 18 - Bryce Taylor, ORE. Dec. 26 - Spencer Hawes, WASH. Jan. 1 - Ivan Radenovic, ARIZ. Jan. 7 - Aaron Brooks, ORE. Jan. 15 - Anthony Goods, STAN. Jan. 22 - Nick Young, USC. Jan. 29 - Brook Lopez, STAN.
Wed., Jan. 24
No. 17 Arizona 71, Arizona State 47
ARIZ: Budinger 21 pts/10 reb, McClellan 12 pts/4-7 3FG, Hill 12 pts/9 reb
ASU: Polk 11 pts, Angounou 10 pts/6 reb, Shipp 8 pts
Thur., Jan. 25
Washington 89, No. 7 Oregon 77
WASH: Dentmon 24 pts/7 asts/6 reb, Appleby 16 pts, Hawes 15 pts, Brockman 14 pts/8 reb
ORE: Taylor 19 pts, Oguchi 15 pts, Leunen 10 pts/8 reb
No. 20 Washington State 70, Oregon State 55
WSU: Cowgill 18 pts/11 reb, Weaver 12 pts/3 blks/3 stls Clark 11 pts/7 reb/5 blks
OSU: Cuic 17 pts, Jones 14 pts/5 reb, J. Tarver 11 pts/6 reb
No. 3 UCLA 62, California 46
UCLA: Afflalo 25 pts/9-9 FT, Shipp 12 pts, Mbah a Moute 11 reb
CAL: Robertson 16 pts/4 reb, Anderson 13 pts/6 reb, O. Wilkes 9 pts
Stanford 65, No. 25 USC 50
STAN: B. Lopez 18 pts/11 reb/12 blks, Hill 18 pts/9 reb/4 blks, Goods 10 pts
USC: Young 13 pts, Gibson 11 pts/8 reb/3 blks, Pruitt 10 pts
Sat., Jan. 27
No. 4 North Carolina 92, No. 17 Arizona 64 (ARIZ: Budinger 16 pts/7 reb, Shakur 15 pts, Hill 13 pts/10 reb)
No. 7 Oregon 77, No. 17 Washington State 74 (OT)
ORE: Brooks 31 pts/8 reb, Porter 17 pts/5-7 3FG, Hairston 13 pts/6 reb, Leunen 11 reb
WSU: Low 37 pts/9-16 3FG/5 asts/5 stls, Weaver 13 pts/8 asts/7 reb/4 stls, Matthews 13 pts
Washington 91, Oregon State at Washington 74
WASH: Brockman 25 pts/9-12 FG/8 reb, Dentmon 17 pts/7 reb, Nelson 12 pts/6 reb
OSU: J. Tarver 22 pts/7 asts, Jeffers 14 pts/7-8 FG/3 asts, Jones 11 pts
No. 25 USC 76, California 73
USC: Stewart 21 pts/5-7 3FG/5 reb, Young 19 pts/7 reb, Hackett 8 pts/6 reb/5 asts
CAL: Anderson 19 pts, O. Wilkes 14 pts/4 asts, Randle 12 pts/7 asts
Sun., Jan. 28
Stanford 75, No. 3 UCLA 68
STAN: Hill 22 pts/8-10 FG/5 reb, Goods 20 pts, B. Lopez 7 pts/8 reb
UCLA: Afflalo 22 pts/6 reb/5 asts, Collison 17 pts/4 asts/5 stls, Shipp 9 pts/6 stls
For the first time in Pac-10 history, seven different teams have appeared in the Associated Press Top 25 at some point during the season. The previous best was six teams ranked various times during the 2001-02 and 1994-95 seasons.
ARIZONA freshman F Jordan Hill had a productive week for the Wildcats. Against Arizona State Wednesday, Hill made his first career start and responded with 12 points and nine rebounds. Saturday against North Carolina, Hill posted a pair of career-highs with 13 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double. Hill nearly doubled his season scoring total as he entered the week with 33 points scored on the year ... Arizona is in the middle of a stretch where it has lost five of its last seven games. In the two wins in that stretch (Oregon State and Arizona State), Arizona shot a combined 53-of-107 (.495) from the field. In those five losses, Arizona combined to shoot 119-of-299 (.398) from the field. Additionally, in its last five losses, UA opponents are averaging 80.2 points per game. Incidentally, prior to this recent slump, Arizona was shooting .527 (396-of-752) from the field ... Junior F Bret Brielmaier returned to action Saturday just 23 days after suffering a right knee injury in a Jan. 4 shootaround ... However, the Cats will be without sophomore F Mohamed Tangara who suffered a frontal sinus fracture in last Wednesday's game against Arizona State and will be out indefinitely.
ARIZONA STATE freshman G Derek Glasser is averaging 35.3 minutes per game in league play, best by a freshman in ASU's 29-year Pac-10 history at this point. The players that are second, third and fourth on the list (Byron Scott, Ike Diogu and Jamal Faulkner) all earned Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year. Glasser has 40 assists and just 15 turnovers in Pac-10 games ... Only three coaches have produced a NBA first-round draft pick in each of the past two seasons, and two of them meet Wednesday. Herb Sendek coached Julius Hodge (20th pick of the Denver Nuggets in 2005) and Cedric Simmons (15th pick of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets in 2006) the past two seasons. Only UConn's Jim Calhoun and Washington's Lorenzo Romar have done that ... ASU will be in the 2007 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational along with Duke, Illinois, LSU, Marquette, Oklahoma State, Princeton and host Chaminade Nov. 19-21 next year. ASU won the Maui Invitational in November of 1994.
CALIFORNIA suited up only eight healthy scholarship players in last week's games vs. UCLA and USC, as junior F Eric Vierneisel sat out the contests with a sprained ankle suffered in practice last Wednesday; Vierneisel could return vs. Stanford this Saturday ... Cal shot 51.9 percent from the floor vs. USC to become the first team to make more than half its shots against the Trojans this season ... Cal is 0-5 vs. ranked teams this year ... Freshman F Patrick Christopher scored a career-high 10 points vs. USC ... Cal was 8-for-8 from the free throw line vs. USC, the third time this season the Bears have been perfect from the stripe; they were 11-for-11 vs. Loyola Marymount Nov. 25 and 12-for-12 at Oregon Jan. 15.
OREGON senior G Aaron Brooks scored 31 points in the overtime win at Washington State. Brooks became the 11th different player in school history to score 30 or more points at least three times in one season ... Freshman G Tajuan Porter is shooting 13-of-24 (.542) from three-point range over the last four games. His 55 three-pointers for the season lead the Pac-10 ... With 977 points, junior G Malik Hairston needs 23 points to reach 1,000 for his career. When he reaches that milestone, it will mark the fourth time in Oregon history that two players on the roster at the same time have each scored 1,000 points for their careers (1970-71 season - Stan Love, Bill Drozdiak; 1975-76 season - Ron Lee, Greg Ballard; 2002-03 season - Luke Jackson and Luke Ridnour) ... The Ducks hit the road to begin the second half of league play and will look to snap a three game losing streak to UCLA in Pauley Pavilion.
OREGON STATE freshman guard Josh Tarvar scored a career-high 22 points and matched his career-best with seven assists against Washington ... Freshman G/F Seth Tarvar had a productive 12 minutes at Washington State, pulling down a career-best six rebounds to go with three assists and a pair of steals ... Junior F Marcel Jones led the Beavers last season with 27 steals. He's already passed that total this year with a squad-leading 34 thefts. He ranks sixth in the league with 1.55 steals per game ... The Beavers struggled from the free throw line last week, hitting just 18-of-51 (.353). OSU entered the week shooting 62.8 percent from the charity stripe.
STANFORD has won six of its last seven games, with four of those victories coming against ranked opponents ... Sophomore F Lawrence Hill has posted double digit scoring totals in each of the last 11 games, averaging 16.5 points during that span. Over the last three games, Hills is averaging 21.3 points while shooting 23-of-35 (.657) from the field, including 9-of-16 (.563) from three-point range ... Freshman F Brook Lopez posted a triple-double against USC with 18 points, 11 rebounds and a school record 12 blocked shots ... Stanford set a team and Pac-10 record with 19 blocks against USC ... The Cardinal have picked it up lately on the defensive end. Over the last five games, Stanford is allowing the opposition to shoot just 112-of-311 (.360) from the field ... Sophomore G Anthony Goods is averaging 14.0 points over the last three games and has hit 8-of-15 from three-point range during that span.
UCLA junior G Arron Afflalo has scored in double digits in each of the last 19 games - a personal best streak ... Afflalo is averaging 23.0 points and shooting 24-of-45 (.533) from the field over the last three games ... Sophomore G Josh Shipp collected a personal best six steals at Stanford ... Sophomore F Alfred Aboya has picked it up on the boards recently. He's grabbed 44 rebounds over the last six games, averaging 7.3 rebounds per game during that stretch. In the first 14 games of the season, Aboya had collected 40 rebounds (2.9 per game) ... The Bruins remain the only Pac-10 team undefeated at home this season with a 11-0 mark in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA's current home court winning streak is at 15 games.
USC, in its split with the Bay Area schools, allowed Stanford and California to shoot a combined 50 percent (53-of-106) from the field. The Trojans entered last week's play allowing the opposition to shoot just 35.4 percent from the field ... Freshman G Daniel Hackett had his most productive Pac-10 game of the season with eight points, six rebounds and five assists against California. He hit a tie breaking layup with 16 seconds remaining to give the Trojans the victory ... Freshman F Taj Gibson picked up three blocked shots against Stanford, giving him a USC freshman record 44 blocked shots for the season. That total ranks seventh all-time on USC's single-season list ... USC has averaged 10.9 turnovers per game in the last 10 games, after averaging 19.8 in the first 12.
WASHINGTON has the Pac-10's best home court record over the last two seasons with a mark of 30-3 (.909) at Bank of America Arena ... Sophomore G Justin Dentmon, who had been averaging 8.0 points through the first seven games of league play, averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists as the Huskies swept the Oregon schools last week ... After shooting a season low 28.3 percent from the field in their loss to Washington State on Jan. 20, the Huskies bounced back to shoot a combined 52.5 percent in victories over Oregon and Oregon State. In fact, Washington shot an identical 32-of-61 from the field in each game last week ... Sophomore F Jon Brockman is second in the Pac-10 in rebounds, averaging 9.5 rebounds per game. He's posted eight or more boards in 17 of 20 games.
WASHINGTON STATE junior G Derrick Low tied a school record with nine three-pointers in the overtime loss to Oregon. He ended the night with a career-best 37 points - the 10th most points in a game by a Cougar in school history ... Freshman G Nikola Koprivica tore the ACL in his right knee during last Saturday's game against Oregon. He will miss the remainder of the season. The Belgrade, Serbia native averaged 4.6 points and 14.2 minutes per game. He appeared in 15 games, including four starts ... WSU attendance has reached 59,444 for 10 games this season (5,944 per game). Much improved over last year's total attendance numbers of 49,358 for 13 home dates (3,797 per game) ... Through the first half of Pac-10 play, junior G Kyle Weaver is the only player ranked among the top 10 in conference-only statistics in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.
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