This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Feb. 12, 2007

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BRUINS, COUGARS BATTLE FOR LEAD

UCLA heads to the desert with a half game lead over WASHINGTON STATE. Meanwhile, the Cougars head to Seattle to face a hot WASHINGTON team ... USC, OREGON, ARIZONA, and STANFORD are all looking to keep pace with three weeks remaining ... Five teams ranked in this week's polls. Here's where they rank (AP/Coaches) - UCLA (5/7), WASHINGTON STATE (10/11), OREGON (15/17), USC (22/23), and ARIZONA (19/24).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Wed., Feb. 14
No. 10 Washington State at Washington, 7 p.m., FSNNW
Series: WASH leads, 167-94. Streak: WSU 3

Thur., Feb. 15
No. 22 USC at No. 19 Arizona, 8:30 p.m., FSNAZ/FSN Prime Ticket
Series: ARIZ leads, 53-35. Streak: USC
No. 5 UCLA at Arizona State, 6:30 p.m., FSN
Series: UCLA leads, 53-14. Streak: UCLA 5
No. 15 Oregon at California, 7:30 p.m.
Series: CAL leads, 67-52. Streak: ORE 1
Oregon State at Stanford, 7:30 p.m., FSN
Series: OSU leads, 66-55. Streak: STAN 3

Sat., Feb. 17
No. 5 UCLA at No. 19 Arizona, 11 a.m., CBS
Series: UCLA leads, 42-31. Streak: UCLA 4
No. 15 Oregon at Stanford, 5 p.m., ESPN Full Court/FSNBA
Series: STAN leads, 83-42. Streak: ORE 1
Oregon State at California, 3 p.m., FSN
Series: CAL leads, 70-56. Streak: CAL 2
Washington at No. 7 Pittsburgh, 11 a.m., ESPN

Sun., Feb. 18
No. 22 USC at Arizona State, 6 p.m., FSN
Series: USC leads, 44-29. Streak: USC 1

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, Feb. 13. 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.

Washington's Jon Brockman Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week

WASHINGTON forward Jon Brockman has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for February 5-11.

Brockman, a sophomore from Snohomish, Wash., averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds over the weekend as the Huskies swept the Bay Area schools. In the 79-71 win over California, Brockman recorded 22 points, shooting .615 from teh field, and tied his career-high with 14 rebounds against the Bears. In the 64-52 upset over then-No. 25 Stanford, he tallied 14 points, 10 rebounds and a blocked shot. For the week, he shot 12-of-24 (.500) from the field, including 12-for-19 from the free throw line (.632).

For the weekend, Brockman compiled 25 percent of the Huskies's points and 35 percent of their individual rebounds. In additionk, his performance against the Cardinal marked his 11th double-double and 14th double-figure rebound effort of the season.

This is the first weekly honor for Brockman and Washington's 29th Player of the Week all-time.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Feb. 7
No. 2 UCLA 70, No. 19 USC 65
UCLA: Collison 17 pts, Mbah a Moute 11 pts/10 reb/2 blk
USC: Young 20 pts, Pruitt 16 pts/6 ast, Stewart 13 pts

Thur., Feb. 8
No. 24 Arizona 72, Oregon State 66
ARIZ: Williams 23 pts, Radenovic 19 pts, Hill 12 pts/11 reb, Shakur 7 ast/6 stl
OSU: Cuic 25 pts, Jones 14 pts/7 reb, J. Tarver 13 pts/5 ast, Jeffers 13 reb

No. 13 Oregon 55, Arizona State 51
ORE: Porter 24 pts/6-9 3FG, Leunen 9 pts/6 reb,/2 blk, Hairston 8 pts/8 reb
ASU: Glasser 17 pts/5-9 3FG, Polk 10 pts, Pendergraph 19 reb/3 stl

Washington 79, California 71
WASH: Brockman 22 pts/14 reb, Hawes 16 pts/5 reb, Dentmon 12 pts/5 reb/5 ast
CAL: Ubaka 20 pts, Anderson 17 pts/7 reb, Robertson 11 pts/8 reb/4 ast

No. 14 Washington State 58, No. 25 Stanford 45
WSU: Weaver 12 pts/6 stl/4 blk, Low 12 pts, Clark 11 pts/10 reb/5 blk, Cowgill 10 pts/9 reb
STAN: B. Lopez 13 pts, Goods 11 pts, Washington 7 pts/10 reb

Sat., Feb. 10
Arizona 77, Oregon 74
ARIZ: Budinger 30 pts/10 reb, Williams 16 pts/9 reb, Radenovic 16 pts/9 reb
ORE: Taylor 18 pts, Leunen 17 pts/7 reb, Hairston 13 pts/4 reb/4 ast, Brooks 10 reb/7 ast

Oregon State 59, Arizona State 55
OSU: Cuic 22 pts/5 reb, Washington 13 pts/7 reb, J. Tarver 7 ast
ASU: Polk 12 pts, Morill 10 pts, Pendergraph 8 pts/12 reb

Washington State 59, California 46
WSU: Harmeling 26 pts/5-7 3FG, Clark 12 pts/7 reb, Weaver 10 pts/5 ast/4 stl
CAL: Anderson 13 pts/9 reb, Ubaka 11 pts/4 ast

West Virginia 70, UCLA 65
UCLA: Afflalo 27 pts/9 reb, Aboya 11 pts/9 reb, Shipp 10 pts, Collison DNP - injured.

Sun., Feb. 11
Washington 64, Stanford 52
WASH: Hawes 18 pts, Brockman 14 pts/10 reb, Appleby 11 pts/3 stl
STAN: Hill 15 pts/3 blk, R. Lopez 7 pts, B. Lopez 6 pts/4 blk, Fields 7 reb

PAC-10 NOTES

• ARIZONA freshman F Chase Budinger reached the 30-point plateau for the second time this season in the win at Oregon. He is the only freshman in the Lute Olson era to score 30 or more points in a game, and his 30 points Saturday was just two points off his career best of 32 vs. Northern Arizona on Nov. 15. It was his 20th double-figure scoring game of the season. He also collected 10 boards in the contest for his fourth double-double of the year. Budinger is averaging 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, while shooting .509 (140-of-275) from the field ... Arizona's win over No. 13 Oregon Saturday was its third over a nationally ranked team this season. It was also the team's first over such an opponent in its five tries. This season, Arizona is 3-4 against nationally ranked opponents and will play two more next week in No. 19 USC and No. 2 UCLA. It marks the seventh straight week in which UA will face at least one ranked foe ... In racing to an 81.1 points per game scoring average, Arizona now has four players (Marcus Williams, Chase Budinger, Ivan Radenovic and Mustafa Shakur) that have scored more than 300 points this season - a feat matched by no other Pac-10 school. With five players averaging in double figures (Jawann McClellan), that number should rise to five before the end of the regular season.

• ARIZONA STATE held Oregon to 55 points on Feb. 8, its lowest point total on the year... Twelve of ASU's 24 games have been decided by five points or less (ASU is 2-10), including each of the past four games. In its past four games, ASU has been outscored by 14 total points ... ASU is giving up just 62.7 points per game, currently the fourth-best mark in ASU history and the lowest since the 1949-50 squad gave up 59.8 and is giving up just 63.1 in league play ... In its past three games, ASU has outscored its opponents 119-83 (29.8-20.8) and held them to a combined 22-of-80 (.275) from the floor and just 4-of-29 (.138) from the three-point stripe in the second half ... ASU's Pac-10 opponents are shooting 48.6 percent in the first half but just 40.3 percent in the second half, including 40.9 percent three-point shooting in the first half compared to 29.7 percent in the second stanza ... Three true freshmen are combining to average 86.0 minutes, all of them above the 27-minute mark. Freshman point guard Derek Glasser is averaging 33.8 minutes per game in conference play, currently second-most by any Sun Devil freshman in ASU's 29-year Pac-10 history.

• CALIFORNIA looks to snap a six-game losing streak. No Golden Bear squad coached by Ben Braun has ever lost seven in a row ... Thursday's game against Oregon will be Cal's sixth against a ranked opponent in the last seven games ... At Washington State, senior G Alex Pribble got the first start of his career, subbing for freshman Patrick Christopher, who had a score groin and was limited in Friday's practice prior to the game ... With 402 points this season, F Ryan Anderson has moved into fourth place on Cal's freshman scoring list, trailing only Shareef Abdur-Rahim (590 points in 1996), Brian Hendrick (478, 1990) and Leon Powe (409, 2005). Anderson's average of 16.9 ppg is second only to Abdur-Rahim's 21.1 ppg on the Bears' freshman chart ... Over the last three games, senior G Ayinde Ubaka is averaging 16.0 points with 14 assists and just one turnover. He's had zero or one turnover in 11 of 24 games this season and leads the league with a 2.50 assist/turnover ratio.

• OREGON freshman G Tajuan Porter averaged 18.0 points, hitting 10-of-19 (.526) from three-point range in the split with the Arizona schools. Porter's connected on 68-of-158 (.430) from three-point range for the season. His 68 treys lead the Pac-10 ... Junior G Chamberlain Oguchi led the Ducks last season with 68 three-pointers ... Despite shooting just 3-of-22 (.136) from the field last weekend, scoring five points against Arizona State and six points against Arizona, senior G Aaron Brooks maintained his league-leading scoring average of 17.6 points per game.

• OREGON STATE found its touch at the free throw line in two games vs. Arizona State this season, shooting 32-of-42 (.762) against the Devils. In its other 11 Pac-10 games, the Beavers are 81-of-170 (.476) from the free throw line ... OSU swept the season series from ASU for the first time since 1991-92 ... Senior F Sasa Cuic scored his 1,000th career point with his first free throw in the second half vs. Arizona State. He's the 33rd player in OSU history to hit the 1,000-point mark ... Cuic is one of nine OSU players to make at least 100 career three-pointers ... Freshman G Josh Tarver tied his season high with seven assists. His seventh and final assist (which came with 30 seconds left on a Wesley Washington layup that pushed OSU's lead to 58-55) was his 100th of the season. He is one of only four Beaver freshmen ever to record at least 100 assists ... Washington's 13 points vs. ASU were his most ever in a Pac-10 game and his seven rebounds tied a career high.

• STANFORD junior F Lawrence Hill had his streak of scoring in double digits snapped at 17 games by Washington State ... Freshman C Robin Lopez has established a school freshman record with 59 blocked shots - that also ranks second among Stanford's all-time single-season leaders. The team's total of 139 blocked shots this year already ranks third on the schools single-season list, trailing the 1999-00 (167) and 2003-04 (142) squads ... Despite dropping two of their last three games, the Cardinal are holding the opponent to 38.5 percent shooting (65-of-169) from the field over the last three games ... The Cardinal host the Oregon schools this week and have had considerable success at home against both schools. While playing in the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion, Stanford has won 13 straight over Oregon State (last win at Maples: 1994), while posting a streak of 20 consecutive wins over Oregon (last win at Maples: 1986).

• UCLA sophomore G Darren Collison suffered a left shoulder strain and did not play at West Virgina ... The 70-65 win over USC last Wednesday was coach Ben Howland's 250th career victory. He's averaging 19.2 wins a season during his career ... The Bruins are 7-1 against ranked teams this season ... After connecting on just 1-of-5 from the free throw line against Arizona on Jan. 20, junior G Arron Afflalo has converted 28 of his last 31 free three attempts (.903) over the last six games. Afflalo matched his season-high, and career-high, with 27 points at West Virginia. He's posted 20 or more points eight times this season ... The Bruins remains the only Pac-10 team undefeated at home this season with a 14-0 mark in Pauley Pavilion.

• USC leads the league in field goal percentage (.494) in conference games only. Freshman F Taj Gibson ranks second in league play, shooting 59.4 percent, while junior G Nick Young ranks fifth in league games only at 54.5 percent. Young is shooting 18-of-25 (.720) from the field over the last three games ... With 210 career three-pointers, senior G Lodrick Stewart needs nine more treys to become USC's career leader. He trails former Trojan Brandon Granville (218, 1999-02) ... The Trojans look to snap a 21-game losing streak at McKale Center on Thursday. The last USC win in Tucson came during the 1985 season.

• WASHINGTON has won five of its last six Pac-10 games ... Big difference on the boards in the six Husky league victories as they hold a 36.0 to 26.3 rebound advantage (+9.7). In the seven league losses, the Huskies are at a slight 33.9 to 33.6 disadvantage (-0.3) ... Junior G Joel Smith has chosen to redshirt the 2006-07 season. He suffered a stress fracture in his right foot in preseason workouts, then fractured another bone in the same foot on Nov. 21 ... Freshman C Spencer Hawes ranks third in the league in field goal percentage (.550). The homecourt rims are kind to Hawes as he is shooting 103-of-175 (.589) at Bank of America Arena ... The Huskies hold the best home court record in the Pac-10 over the last two seasons with a mark of 32-3 (.914).

• WASHINGTON STATE earned its 21st win this season, its most since 22 victories in 1991-92 ... The Cougars' 10 Pacific-10 victories are their most since posting a 10-8 league record in 1994-95 ... WSU has won 11 games at Friel Court this season, the most in a season since collecting 13 wins in 1994-95 ... The Cougars held their third straight conference opponent under 50 points for the first time since Feb. 1951 when WSU was in the Pacific Coast Conference North Division ... Redshirt-sophomore F Daven Harmeling scored a game-high 26 points on the strength of 7-for-9 shooting from the field. It was the third time this season he has registered 20 or more points in a game ... Junior G Kyle Weaver recorded five assists to move into seventh place on the WSU all-time list with 279. He has 121 assists this season, 10th-best single-season total in Cougar history.

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