This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Feb. 19, 2007

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Two weeks to the finish and teams are fighting for favorable Pac-10 Tournament seeds ... At this point, only league-leaders UCLA and WASHINGTON STATE are assured of not having to play on the opening night of the Pac-10 Tournament ... USC, STANFORD, OREGON, ARIZONA, WASHINGTON and CALIFORNIA are all fighting to finish in the top half of the standings ... For the first time since December 4, only three teams are ranked in this week's polls. Here's where they rank (AP/Coaches) - UCLA (4/4), Washington State (9/11), and Oregon (23/24).


Thur., Feb. 22
Stanford at USC, 7:30 p.m., FSNW
Series: USC leads, 118-111. Streak: STAN 2
California at No. 4 UCLA, 7:30 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
Series: UCLA leads, 124-94. Streak: UCLA 3
Washington at Oregon State, 6 p.m., FSNNW
Series: WASH leads, 144-134. Streak: WASH 3
No. 9 Washington State at No. 23 Oregon, 8 p.m., FSN
Series: ORE leads, 154-116. Streak: ORE 12

Sat., Feb. 24
Stanford at No. 4 UCLA, 3 p.m., FSN
Series: UCLA leads, 125-89. Streak: STAN 1
California at USC, 5 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket
Series: CAL leads, 124-114. Streak: USC 1
Washington at No. 23 Oregon, 7:30 p.m., FSN
Series: WASH leads, 179-100. Streak: WASH 1
No. 9 Washington State at Oregon State, 5 p.m., FSNNW
Series: OSU leads, 160-113. Streak: WSU 1

Sun., Feb. 25
Arizona at Arizona State, 6 p.m., FSN
Series: ARIZ leads, 137-73. Streak: ARIZ 11

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. 20. 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 to request working credentials for the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament. Deadline for credential requests is Wednesday, Feb. 28.


Wed., Feb. 14
No. 10 Washington State 65, Washington 61
WASH: Hawes 22 pts/5 reb, Brockman 15 pts/14 reb/4 ast, Dentmon 9 pts
WSU: Rochestie 16 pts, Low 12 pts, Clark 10 pts/3 blk, Weaver 9 pts/6 reb/5 ast/4 stl

Thur., Feb. 15
No. 22 USC 80, No. 19 Arizona 75
USC: Young 26 pts/9-13 FG/8 reb, Stewart 26 pts/11-15 FG, Pruitt 17 pts/7 reb
ARIZ: Budinger 19 pts/5 reb/4 ast, Shakur 16 pts/6 ast, Radenovic 11 pts

No. 5 UCLA 67, Arizona State 61
UCLA: Afflalo 24 pts, Collison 18 pts, Mata 10 pts
ASU: Pendergraph 14 pts/5 ast, Morill 11 pts/6 reb/4 ast, J. Shipp 10 pts

California 63, No. 15 Oregon 61
CAL: Anderson 18 pts/5 reb, Christopher 16 pts, Ubaka 12 reb, O. Wilkes 10 pts
ORE: Porter 14 pts, Brooks 12 pts/7 reb/6 ast, Taylor 11 pts

Stanford 70, Oregon State 55
STAN: Hill 23 pts/7 reb, B. Lopez 20 pts/7 reb, F. Washington 12 pts/7 reb
OSU: Jones 13 pts/4 stl, Jeffers 11 pts/9 reb, W. Washington 10 pts/6 reb/4 ast

Sat., Feb. 17
No. 5 UCLA 81, No. 19 Arizona 66
UCLA: Shipp 24 pts/10-14 FG, Collison 17 pts/15 ast, Afflalo 15 pts, Mata 10 pts/7 reb
ARIZ: Williams 17 pts/9 reb, Shakur 17 pts/6 ast, Budinger 13 pts, Radenovic 11 pts/9 reb

Stanford 88, No. 15 Oregon 69
STAN: B. Lopez 26 pts/9 reb, Hill 15 pts/4 blk, Washington 12 pts/8 ast, 6 reb
ORE: Brooks 25 pts/7 reb, Porter 20 pts, Hairston 9 pts

California 84, Oregon State 80 (OT)
CAL: Christopher 24 pts/10-16 FG/11 reb, Robertson 21 pts, Ubaka 21 pts
OSU: McGillis 24 pts/5-9 3FG ,Jeffers 10 pts/9 reb, Schaftenaar 10 pts

No. 7 Pittsburgh 65, Washington 61
WASH: Brockman 13 pts/9 reb, Hawes 12 pts/12 reb/4 ast/3 blk, Appleby 11 pts

Sun., Feb. 18
Arizona State 68, No. 22 USC 58
ASU: Pendergraph 14 pts/15 reb, Glasser 14 pts/3-3 3FG, Shipp 10 pts
USC: Pruitt 22 pts/8 reb/5 ast, Stewart 18 pts/7 reb, Young 11 pts

UCLA's Darren Collison Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week

UCLA guard Darren Collison has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for February 12-18.

Collison, a sophomore from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., averaged 17.5 points and 9.0 assists over the weekend as the Bruins swept the Arizona schools to remain in first place in the Pac-10 standings. In the 67-61 win over Arizona State, the Bruins trailed 49-43 with just over nine minutes remaining when Collison took over the game, scoring 11 straight points for UCLA. He finished with a career-high 18 points, to go with three assists, two rebounds and a pair of steals. In the 81-66 win at Arizona, Collison posted his third double-double with 17 points and a career-high 15 assists (second-best total in UCLA history). For the week, he shot 12-of-24 (.500) from the field and 8-of-14 (.571) from three-point range.

This is the second weekly honor for Collison and UCLA's 45th Player of the Week all-time.

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. Feb. 5 - Daven Harmeling, WSU. Feb. 12 - Jon Brockman, WASH. Feb. 29 - Darren Collison, UCLA.


• ARIZONA had been averaging league-leading 19.1 free throws on a conference-best 25.5 free attempts heading into last weekend's action. However, the Wildcats came out of the weekend shooting a combined 17-of-24 from the charity stripe in losses to USC and UCLA ... Since earning his first start against Arizona State on Jan. 24, freshman F Jordan Hill has averaged 10.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 28.6 minutes of action over the last eight games. Prior to his first start, Hill appeared in 16 of Arizona's first 18 games, and was averaging 2.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 7.4 minutes of action ... With 643 career assists, senior guard Mustafa Shakur needs 10 more to move into seventh on the Pac-10's all-time list ... Arizona has won four straight over Arizona State in Tempe, and have been victorious in 10 of the last 11 meetings in Wells Fargo Arena.

• ARIZONA STATE picked up its first league win with 68-58 win over No. 22 USC. It also marked the first win over a ranked opponent since the Sun Devils knocked off No. 19 Memphis on March 20, 2003 in the NCAA Tournament. That win ended a streak of 22 straight losses to ranked teams by ASU ... The victory over No. 22 USC was Herb Sendek's 30th against a ranked team in his 14-year career ... In the past six games, ASU has outscored its opponents 196-174 (32.7-29.0) in the second half and forced 61 turnovers while committing only 31. It has forced teams into shooting just 32.1 percent from the floor and just 24.2 percent from the three-point stripe. ASU is 1-5 in those games, but the losses were by five, one, four (twice) and six points ... ASU had a season-low nine turnovers in both the UCLA and USC games over the weekend ... ASU shot 12-of-21 (.571) from the floor in the second half and scored a season-high 47 second-half points to clinch the USC win ... In the past five games freshmen point guard Derek Glasser is 11-of-17 (.647) from the three-point stripe ... ASU has played 13 games of six points or less on the year.

• CALIFORNIA defeated Oregon State 84-80 in overtime to give coach Ben Braun his 200th victory at Cal ... Freshman F Patrick Christopher posted his first career double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds against Oregon State. Both figures were career bests. In Cal's home sweep over the Oregon schools, Christopher averaged 20 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting 17-of-28 (.607) from the field ... Freshman F Ryan Anderson had his double-digit scoring streak end at 16 games when he scored six points in Cal's win over Oregon State. It was only the second time this season that he was held to single digits (9 points vs. Chicago State on Dec. 8) ... Sophomore F Theo Robertson scored a career-high 21 points against Oregon State ... In the win over Oregon, senior G Ayinde Ubaka grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. His previous best was seven rebounds vs. Washington on Jan. 13.

• OREGON senior G Aaron Brooks leads the league in minutes played, averaging 37.08 - nearly two minutes more than the next player, Arizona's Mustafa Shakur (35.15). Brooks logs more time in league games, posting 38.79 minutes per game. He's played 40 or more minutes in six of his last eight games ... With 74 three-pointers on the season, freshman G Tajuan Porter needs five more to move into Oregon's single-season Top 10 list ... The Ducks are 13-2 at home this season. With three games remaining at Mac Court, they has a shot to match the school's single-season home win total of 16 (achieved in 1937-38 and 2001-02) ... Oregon has recorded its third 20-win season in the last six years. In the previous century, the Ducks had a total of eight 20-win seasons.

• OREGON STATE sophomore G Jack McGillis scored a career-high 24 points as he connected on a career-best five three-pointers in loss at California. He leads the Beavers in three-point field goal percentage (.403) as he's hit 27-of-67 on the year ... Over the last seven games, senior F Kyle Jeffers is shooting 28-of-44 (.636) from the field. In Pac-10 games only, he leads the league in field goal percentage (.600, 45-of-75) ... Guard Josh Tarver leads all Pac-10 freshmen in assists, averaging 3.81 per game (103 assists) ... OSU takes on Washington State Saturday and have won eight straight over the Cougars at Gill Coliseum.

• STANFORD freshman F Brook Lopez averaged 23 points and 8 rebounds in the home sweep of the Oregon schools. He tied his previous career-high with 20 points against Oregon State, then topped that with 26 points against Oregon. Lopez shot a combined 18-of-34 (.529) from the field and 10-of-11 (.909) from the free throw line in the victories ... With 155 team blocks this season, the Cardinal need 13 more to establish a school single-season record. The 1999-2000 squad posted 167 rejections. Robin and Brook Lopez have accounted for 102 blocks, posting 62 and 40 respectively. Sophomore F Lawrence Hill has collected 29 blocks and is eighth in the league with 1.16 blocks per game ... With the sweep over the Oregon schools, Stanford has now posted nine or more league victories in each of the last 14 seasons. Only Arizona has a longer streak with 22 seasons.

• UCLA sophomore G Josh Shipp matched his season- and career-high with 24 points, shooting 10-of-14 from the field, in the win over Arizona ... The Bruins hit 13-of-28 from three-point range against the Wildcats ... Junior G Arron Afflalo has converted on 34 of his last 37 free throw attempts (.919) ... The Bruins return home this week to face California and Stanford. UCLA has an 18-game winning streak at Pauley Pavilion, including the last 12 Pac-10 games ... Junior C Lorenzo Mata scored 10 points at Arizona State, then again at Arizona. It was the first time in his career he's posted back-to-back double figure scoring totals. In Pac-10 play, Mata is shooting 39-of-56 (.696) from the field.

• USC trio of senior G Lodrick Stewart, junior F Nick Young and junior G Gabe Pruitt have each scored in double figures in the last six games. The three have accounted for 296 of the team's 423 points over the last six games (70 percent of the team's total) ... Over the last three games, Pruitt is averaging 18.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.0 steals ... While the Trojans continue to lead the league in field goal percentage defense (.376), they have allowed the opponent to shoot a combined 73-of-159 (.459) from the field over the last three games. Arizona shot 50 percent from the field last Thursday, becoming just the second opponent to shoot 50 percent or better against USC this season (Cal shot .519 on Jan. 27).

• WASHINGTON sophomore F Jon Brockman and freshman C Spencer Hawes have combined for 132 points and 76 rebounds over the last four games, averaging 33.0 points and 19.0 rebounds during that span ... Sophomore G Justin Dentmon needs one assist to post the 29th 100-assist season in UW history. He will be the ninth player with two 100-assist seasons ... Junior G Ryan Appleby has 134 three-pointers for his career, which ranks third all-time at Washington ... The Huskies have outrebounded 24 of their 26 opponents and rank third in the nation with a 8.7 rebound margin.

• WASHINGTON STATE earned its 22nd win this season, its most since 23 victories in 1982-83 ... The Cougars' 11 Pac-10 victories are their most since posting a 14-4 league record in 1982-83 ... With the win over Washington last week, it was the first back-to-back home-and-home sweeps of the Huskies since 1967-68 and 1968-69 ... Sophomore G Taylor Rochestie scored a season-high 16 points, including 10 in the first half against the Huskies ... Junior G Kyle Weaver is the second Cougar in school history to have at least 125 assists and 125 rebounds in the same season. He's posted 127 assists and 143 rebounds this season. Former Cougar Keith Morrison accomplished the feat in both the 1984-85 and 1985-86 campaigns.

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