2006-07 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Wrap-Up
April 10, 2007
The Pac-10 sent six teams (ARIZONA, OREGON, STANFORD, UCLA, USC and WASHINGTON STATE) into the 2006-07 NCAA Tournament, tying a league record set during the 2001-02 NCAA Tournament ... No other conference had more than three teams advance to the Sweet Sixteen (Oregon, UCLA and USC), while UCLA capped off a successful postseason run with a repeat appearance in the Final Four. The Pac-10 finished postseason play with a 10-6 record ... The UCLA Bruins successfully defended their Pac-10 regular season title. It's the 29th league title all-time for the Bruins, and their ninth Pac-10 title since the league expanded to 10 teams in 1979 ... Oregon won its second Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament championship and received the league's automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament ... Eight of the 10 Pac-10 institutions have appeared in the NCAA Tournament over the last two years .... UCLA's Arron Afflalo, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, was a consensus First Team All-America selection after being tabbed first team by Associated Press, National Association of Basketball Coaches and The Sporting News. He was a second team pick by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Oregon's Aaron Brooks earned third team AP All-America ... Washington State coach Tony Bennett cleaned up on national coach of the year honors (AP, Basketball Times, CBS/Chevrolet, Naismith, NABC, Jim Phelan, The Sporting News, USBWA). The Cougars had been picked to finish last in the Pac-10, but responded with a school-record tying 26 wins. They finished second in league play, and posted their first NCAA Tournament win since 1983.
PAC-10 AND THE NCAA TOURNAMENT... The Pac-10 posted a record of 10-6 (.625) in NCAA Tournament action ... UCLA successfully returned to the Final Four, its 17th Final Four appearance, and the Pac-10's 33rd Final Four appearance ... Three Pac-10 teams advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2002 ... With six teams selected for the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-10 has sent four or more teams into the Tournament for the 13th time in 14 years. The six teams tie a Pac-10 record set in 2002 ... Eight of the 10 Pac-10 institutions have appeared in the NCAA Tournament over the previous two years ... Over the last seven NCAA Tournaments, the Pac-10 has posted a 52-32 (.619) record and has had 15 teams reach the Sweet Sixteen.
Wed., Mar. 7
Session 1 (Attendance: 15,119)
California 70, Oregon State 51
Washington 59, Arizona State 51
Thur., Mar. 8
Session 1 (Attendance: 16,318)
Oregon 69, Arizona 50
California 76, UCLA 69 (OT)
Session 2 (Attendance: 16,585)
USC 83, Stanford 79 (OT)
Washington State 74, Washington 64
Fri., Mar. 9
Semifinals (Attendance: 18,196)
Oregon 81, California 63
USC 70, Washington State 61
Sat., Mar. 10
Championship Game (Attendance: 18,259)
Oregon 81, USC 57
* A record 84,477 fans attended the event.
Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament Notes... Oregon won its second Pac-10 Tournament title (also won in 2003)... Oregon freshman guard Tajuan Porter became the first freshman to be named Pac-10 Tournament Most Outstanding player. He averaged 20.3 points, shooting 22-of-35 (.629) from the field and an impressive 13-of-21 (.619) from three-point range. In the process, he became Oregon's single-season three-point record holder, and Pac-10 freshman record holder, with 95 treys... Oregon sophomore Bryce Taylor posted a perfect game during the championship vs. USC, setting Tournament single-game records for field goal percentage (11-of-11) and three-point field goal percentage (7-of-7). His seven three-pointers equals the Tournament record first set by Arizona's Salim Stoudamire in 2005.
Ryan Anderson, California
Taj Gibson, USC
Gabe Pruitt, USC
Aaron Brooks, Oregon
Bryce Taylor, Oregon
Tajuan Porter, Oregon - Most Outstanding Player
Pac-10 freshmen made quite an impact this season. Four freshmen are among the league's top 11 scorers - California's Ryan Anderson (16.3 ppg/5th), Arizona's Chase Budinger (15.6 ppg/7th), Washington's Spencer Hawes (14.9 ppg/10th) and Oregon's Tajuan Porter (14.6 ppg/11th). Six freshmen are among the top 17 in rebounding - USC's Taj Gibson (8.7 rpg/3rd), Anderson (8.2 rpg/5th), Hawes (6.4 rpg/9th), Stanford's Brook Lopez (6.0 rpg/12th), Budinger (5.8 rpg/14th), Stanford's Robin Lopez (5.5 rpg/17th). Porter leads the league in free throw percentage (.909) and three-point field goals (110). Gibson leads the league in field goal percentage (.558). Robin Lopez leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots (73/2.35 bpg), followed in order by Gibson (1.86 bpg), Hawes (1.74 bpg),and brother Brook (1.73 bpg)... Four freshmen earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors during the year (Budinger - Nov. 20, Hawes - Dec. 26, B. Lopez - Jan. 29, Porter - Feb. 26)... Six freshmen started every Pac-10 game this season - Budinger, R. Lopez, Anderson, Gibson, Oregon State's Josh Tarver and Arizona State's Derek Glasser.
ARIZONA posted a winning record in Pac-10 play for the 23rd consecutive season... Arizona has posted 20 or more wins in each of the last 20 seasons and kept alive its streak of 23 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances - both the longest in nation... Freshman F Chase Budinger is the fifth Wildcat to be named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. (Sean Elliott - 1986, Mike Bibby - 1997, Michael Wright - 1999, Salim Stoudamire - 2002)... With 670 career assists, senior G Mustafa Shakur finished his career sixth on the Pac-10's all-time list, and second on the UA career list... Shakur (1,318 points) and senior F Ivan Radenovic (1,300 points) finish 22nd and 23rd on UA's career scoring list... Budinger has been invited to tryout for the U.S. Under-19 team that will compete IN Dallas and Serbia this summer... Sophomore F Mohamed Tangara has been invited to play with the Mali National Team this summer.
ARIZONA STATE played 14 games decided by five points or less on the year, including eight in Pac-10 play... Christian Polk hit 64 three-pointers on the year, just two shy of freshmen record set by Ron Riley in 1992-93 (66)... Has held Arizona (61), Oregon (55) and California (41) to season lows in points. Only once during the last 16 games of the season did an opponent score more than 67 points on the Sun Devils... ASU was third in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 61.8 points per game - fourth best in school history... Sophomore F Jeff Pendergraph finished the season second in rebounding, averaging 9.1 per game. Only two other Pac-10 sophomores have hauled in more rebounds the last two years than Pendergraph (437/7.7 rpg) - UCLA's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (577/7.8 rpg) and Washington's Jon Brockman (522/8.0 rpg).
CALIFORNIA posted a school record 249 three-point baskets. The previous best was 198 three-pointers during the 2002-03 season. Six different players have collected at least 25 treys this season - Ayinde Ubaka (59), Ryan Anderson (58), Omar Wilkes (37), Jerome Randle (26), Theo Robertson (26), and Eric Vierneisel (26)... At 16.3 points per game, freshman F Ryan Anderson is the third freshman to lead Cal in scoring since 1996 (Leon Powe 15.1 ppg in 2004, Shareef Abdur-Rahim 21.1 ppg in 1996). Anderson's 269 rebounds are the most ever by a Cal freshman... The Bears set a school record from the free throw line (76.9 percent)... Junior C DeVon Hardin has made himself eligible for the 2007 NBA Draft. He does not plan to sign with an agent, leaving him the option of returning to the Golden Bear program for his senior season. He averaged 10.7 points and 8.4 rebounds and blocked 21 shots in 11 games before suffering a stress fracture to his left mid-foot that caused him to miss the remainder of the year.
OREGON freshman G Tajuan Porter set Oregon's single-season record, and Pac-10 freshman record, with 110 three-pointers... As a team, Oregon established a Pac-10 record with 350 three-pointers... The Ducks were 16-2 at home this season, equalling the school's single-season home win total of 16 (achieved in 1937-38 and 2001-02)... Oregon is the only school in the country to have defeated three different top 10 teams this season - No. 1 UCLA, No. 10 Arizona and No. 9 Washington State... Oregon is 14-5 in games decided by eight points or less (10-4 in Pac-10 games). It was 2-14 in such contests last season... Senior G Aaron Brooks led the Pac-10 in scoring at 17.7 ppg. He's the first Duck to lead the Pac-10 in scoring since Terrell Brandon in 1991 (26.6 ppg). Brooks finished his career ninth on Oregon's all-time scoring list with 1,510 points... The Ducks capped off the season by winning nine of their last 10 games.
OREGON STATE Guard Josh Tarver led all Pac-10 freshmen in assists, averaging 3.84 per game (123 assists). He is only the fourth Beaver freshman ever to collect 100 assists... Senior C Kyle Jeffers posted 97 blocked shots during his career, finishing fourth on OSU's career list... Junior F Marcel Jones posted 49 steals on the season. It's the most thefts in a season by a Beaver since Deaundra Tanner had 54 swipes during the 1999-00 season. Jones ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 1.53 steals per game. Jones had a steal in 29 of 32 games this season, including a streak of 20 consecutive games... Jones has improved his scoring average from 3.9 ppg as a freshman to 9.3 ppg as a sophomore, to his junior-ending average of 15.3 ppg.
STANFORD posted a school single-season record with 184 blocked shots (5.94 bpg) this year. The previous season-best of 167 rejections was established by the 1999-2000 squad. Robin (73 blocks) and Brook Lopez (45 blocks) have accounted for 118 blocks - that's more than seven other Pac-10 teams have accumulated for the season... Sophomore F Lawrence Hill had the biggest jump among Pac-10 players in scoring average from last season. As a freshman, he averaged 4.7 points per game. His scoring output increased to 15.7 ppg this season - an increase of 11.0 points per game. Sophomore G Anthony Goods bumped his from 2.7 ppg to 12.8 ppg (+10.1 ppg).
UCLA has a 20-game winning streak at Pauley Pavilion, including the last 14 Pac-10 games... The Bruins finished the 2007 home slate undefeated (16-0) for the first time since 1995 (15-0). The last time UCLA finished the home portion of its schedule with a 16-0 record was during the 1975 season... Junior G Arron Afflalo is the fifth Bruin to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors (Marques Johnson - 1977, David Greenwood - 1978 and 1979, Kenny Fields - 1983, Ed O'Bannon - 1995)... Sophomore G Darren Collison leads the Pac-10 in steals (78, 2.29 spg). His 78 thefts ranked second on the school's single-season list and are the most by a Bruin since Cameron Dollar swiped 82 during the 1997 season... UCLA has posted 30 or more wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1972 (30-0) and 1973 (30-0).
USC established a school record with 25 victories this season. The Trojans posted their 16th 20-win season... Senior G Lodrick Stewart set a USC career record with 232 career three-pointers. Stewart passed former Trojan Brandon Granville who collected 218 treys from 1999-2002... Three Trojans surpassed 1,000 career points during the season - junior F Nick Young (1,486 points), Stewart (1,466 points), and junior G Gabe Pruitt (1,102)... Freshman C Taj Gibson set a USC freshman record with 321 rebounds - the fifth best single-season rebound total in school history... Gibson's Pac-10 leading 55.8 percent field goal shooting is the seventh best percentage in USC history.
WASHINGTON sophomore F Jon Brockman led the Pac-10 in double-doubles (15) and rebounding (9.6 rpg)... Sophomore G Justin Dentmon became the ninth player in school history with two 100-assist seasons... Junior G Ryan Appleby became the only Husky ever to produce two 70 three-point field goal seasons. His two-year total of 154 three-pointers ranks second on the school's all-time list behind Deon Luton (212, 1997-2000)... The Huskies swept USC and UCLA at home for the third consecutive season... Washington was 17-2 at home this season, and have posted a 60-7 (.896) over the last four seasons in Bank of America Arena.
WASHINGTON STATE tied a school record with 26 victories this season. It's the most wins in a season since posting 26 victories in 1940-41... It's the 16th 20-win season in school history... The Cougars second-place finish matched their best finish in the Pac-10 in school history (1982-83)... The Cougars participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994 and posted their first NCAA Tournament victory for the first time since 1983... Junior G Kyle Weaver became the first player in Pac-10 history to record the combination of 300 points, 125 assists, 125 rebounds, 50 steals and 35 blocked shots in a season... Washington State drew 104,525 fans this season. It's the second best attendance total in Friel Court history. The Cougars drew 110,206 fans during the 1980 season.
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. 19 - Darren Collison, UCLA. Feb. 26 - Tajuan Porter, ORE. Mar. 5 - Ivan Radenovic, ARIZ.
Each year, the Pac-10 honors a former coach or student-athlete with induction to the Pac-10 Hall of Honor. The induction will take place at the 2007 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament. Here are the 2006-07 recipients:
Arizona - Chris Mills; Arizona State - Eddie House; California - Russ Critchfield; Oregon - Dick Harter; Oregon State - Steve Johnson; Stanford - George Yardley; UCLA - Jamaal Wilkes; USC - Ron Riley; Washington - Chris Welp; Washington State - Vince Hanson.