This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Nov. 19, 2007

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Mon., Nov. 19
Missouri-Kansas City at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. (1) FSN AZ
Nicholls State at California, 7:30 p.m.
UCLA vs. Maryland, 6 p.m. (3) ESPN2
Arizona State vs. Illinois, 6:30 p.m. (2) ESPN2

Tues., Nov. 20
Arizona State vs. Duke/Princeton, 4:30 p.m./11 a.m. (2) ESPN
UCLA at CBE Classic, 6:45 p.m. or 9:15 p.m. (3) ESPN2/U
Yale at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Oregon at St. Mary's, 7 p.m. ESPNU

Wed., Nov. 21
Adams State at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. (1) FSN AZ
Washington vs. Texas A&M, 7 or 9 p.m. (4) ESPN2
Arizona State at Maui Invitational (3) ESPN/2/U

Thur., Nov. 22
USC vs. San Diego, 8:59 p.m. (5) ESPN2

Fri., Nov. 23
Idaho State at Oregon State, 7 p.m. FSN NW
Washington at NIT Season Tip-Off, TBA (4) ESPN/ESPN2
Yale at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Montana at Washington State, 7:30 p.m. (6)
USC vs. South Alabama/Miami (OH), TBA (5) ESPN2/ESPNU

Sat., Nov. 24
San Diego State at California, 3 p.m.
San Francisco at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Colorado State at Stanford, 8 p.m.
Mississippi Valley State at Washington State, TBA (6)

Sun., Nov. 25
Arizona at Kansas, 7 p.m. (7) ESPN
Portland at Oregon State, 4 p.m. FSN NW
Air Force at Washington State, 2:30 p.m. (6)
USC at Anaheim Classic, TBA (5) ESPN2/ESPNU


Six Teams Partake in Tournament Action

The docket is loaded with 25 games for Pac-10 teams this week, with tournament action ranging from New York City (WASHINGTON in the NIT Season Tipoff) to the Hawaiian Islands (ARIZONA STATE in the Maui Invitational)... The Top 25 polls include UCLA (No. 2 AP/No. 2 ESPN/USA Today), Washington State (9/9), OREGON (11/13), ARIZONA (17/17), and Stanford (20/20).

This week's tournament sites:
(1) Jayhawk Invitational - Tucson, Ariz.
(2) Maui Invitational - Lahaina, Maui
(3) CBE Classic Semifinals/Finals - Kansas City, Kan.
(4) Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tipoff - N.Y, N.Y.
(5) Anaheim Classic - Anaheim, Calif.
(6) Cougar Hispanic College Fund Classic - Spokane, Wash.
(7) Jayhawk Invitational - Lawrence, Kan.

Pac-10 Notes:

• Sophomore F Chase Budinger scored a team-high 25 points in the season-opening win over Northern Arizona. He added six rebounds and four assists. Freshman G Jerryd Bayless scored 18 points and dished out five assists.
• Arizona turned the ball over just five times against the Lumberjacks. That's one more than the school's all-time single-game low of four turnovers (three times, last vs. Washington State, Feb. 13, 1992).
• Bayless scored a team-high 21 points in Arizona's loss to Virginia.

• The Sun Devils make their fifth appearance in the Maui Invitational. Previous appearances came in 1991, 1994, 1998 and 2002. They captured the Invitational title in 1994 with wins over Texas A&M, No. 13 Michigan and No. 9 Maryland.
• Freshman G James Harden popped in 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in ASU's final tune-up, a 91-71 win over Western New Mexico.
• In two exhibition games, Harden shot 13-of-17 (.765) from the field, including 5-of-6 from three-point range.

• Senior C DeVon Hardin posted 18 points, a career-high tying 14 rebounds and four blocked shots in Cal's season-opening win over Southern Miss. Sophomore G Patrick Christopher led all scorers with 19 points.
• Hardin needs one more block to become the fourth player in school history to record 100 block shots in a career.
• Cal has won 14 of its last 15 non-conference games in Haas Pavilion.
• Coach Ben Braun leads all Pac-10 coaches in appearances on the Food Network with one. He and his wife, Jessica, were featured on the Food Network as they prepared a Thanksgiving meal for the team.

• Senior G Malik Hairston was named MVP of the World Vision Invitational. In three games, he averaged 22.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. He shot 23-of-39 (.589) from the field. Against Western Michigan, he scored a career-high 29 points on 9-of-11 shooting, added three rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots.
• Sophomore F Joevan Catron posted his first career double-double with 17 pts/10 reb against Western Michigan.
• After scoring 24 points in the win at Portland, Hairston is averaging 22.5 points and shooting 31-of-52 (.596) from the field through four games this season.

• The Beavers picked up their first win of the season, a 65-46 win over USC Upstate. The coach of USC Upstate is Eddie Payne, the former Oregon State coach from 1995-2000.
• After a rough season-opener in which he scored eight points on 3-of-10 shooting, senior F Marcel Jones responded with 23 points against Alaska-Fairbanks, then another 23 points against USC Upstate. Over the last two games, Jones shot 18-of-27 (.667) from the field.
• Sophomore G Seth Tarver has scored in double digits in each of the first three games, averaging 13.7 during that span. He posted 16 pts/9 reb in the win over USC Upstate.

• Sophomore C Robin Lopez delivered 16 pts/7 reb/5 blks in the win at Northwestern. He added 11 rebounds in the loss at Siena.
• Junior G Kenny Brown scored a season-high 12 points in the loss at Siena. He's shooting 7-of-15 (.467) from three-point range for the season. Entering the season, he was shooting 19-of-62 (.306) from beyond the arc.
• The Cardinal begin a three-game homestand. In fact, eight of their next 10 games are home.

• After posting a double-double in his debut, freshman C Kevin Love nearly collected double-doubles in each of his next two games, falling one rebound shy in each contest. He posted 21 pts/nine reb against Youngstown State, then added 19 points/nine reb against CS San Bernardino.
• Senior F Lorenzo Mata-Real tallied 14 pt/14 reb in his first action of the season in the win over Youngstown State.
• Filling in for the injured Darren Collison, sophomore G Russell Westbrook has averaged 6.7 assists in three games.
• The Bruins are currently riding a 21-game home court winning streak.

• Sophomore G Daniel Hackett posted a triple double (22 pts/10 reb/10 ast) in the 85-75 win at South Carolina. The first triple-double by a Trojan since at least the 1975-76 season. He averaged 21.5 points and 6.5 assists in two games last week, his first action after missing six weeks with a broken jaw.
• Sophmore G Dwight Lewis posted double digits in each of USC's three games this year, including a career-high 18 points at South Carolina.
• Former Trojan Reed Doucette became the ninth student-athlete in school history to win a Rhodes Scholarship. Doucette, completed his eligibility last season.

• Junior F Jon Brockman posted a career-high 31 points and 18 rebounds in the win over Utah, helping the Huskies to the NIT Preseason Tipoff semifinals. Brockman's the Pac-10's active leader in double-doubles with 19.
• With three home wins last week, the Huskies ran their home court winning streak over non-conference foes to 30 games.
• Next Husky win will give coach Lorenzo Romar career win No. 200.

• The Cougars improved to 30-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court. WSU has won 27-straight games in the month at Friel Court and are 32-1 all-time in Pullman in November. Cougars are 10-0 under Tony Bennett in November.
• The 43 points scored by Idaho are the fewest allowed by the Cougars since giving up 39 to Stanford, Feb. 24, 2006.
• Senior G Derrick Low has scored in double-digits in his last eight games dating back to last season.

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