This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Dec. 10, 2007
Tues., Dec. 11
Oregon State at Cal State Bakersfield, 7 p.m.
Sacramento State at No. 16 Oregon, 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 15
Idaho State at No. 8 UCLA, 5 p.m. FSN W
Portland at Washington, 3 p.m. FSN NW
No. 17 Xavier at Arizona State, 2 p.m. FSN
No. 16 Oregon vs. Nebraska, 1 p.m. (1) OSN
Sun., Dec. 16
Fresno State at No. 21 Arizona, 1 p.m. FSN AZ
Tennessee Tech at Oregon State, 2 p.m.
Albertson College at Stanford, 7 p.m. (X)
(1) Omaha, Neb. (Qwest Center)
Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.
The Pac-10 has rolled to a 63-18 (.778) record in non-league play to date and is sitting atop this week's Sagarin rating as the top conference with a rating of 84.03.
Only eight games on the schedule this week that count... After nearly two weeks off for exams, STANFORD returns to action with an exhibition contest... ARIZONA STATE, off to its best start in three years, will host No. 17 Xavier in a Fox Sports Net televised game. Xavier is the first ranked non-conference opponent to visit Wells Fargo Arena since No. 18 UTEP topped ASU 60-55 on Dec. 22, 1983. It's the highest rated non-conference opponent to play in Tempe since the Sun Devils knocked off No. 7 Ohio State, 71-58, back on December 20, 1980... WASHINGTON STATE is one of 15 Division I teams that remain unbeaten.
This week's Top 25 polls include WASHINGTON STATE (No. 7 AP/No. 6 ESPN/USA Today), UCLA (No. 8/No. 8), OREGON (16/16), and ARIZONA (21/22).
Sophomore F Jordan Hill recorded his fourth career double-double with 23 points/14 rebounds against Illinois in the overtime win. He also added three blocked shots and two steals.
Hill is second in the league in field goal percentage, shooting 39-of-59 (.661) from the field.
Freshman G Jerryd Bayless has made each of his last 16 free throw attempts, 26 of his last 27 (.963), and 42 of his last 45 attempts (.933) from the charity stripe.
Coach Lute Olson announced last week that he will extend his leave of absence for the rest of the season.
Freshmen G James Harden is eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring, averaging 16.5 points per game. He is one of four Pac-10 freshman among the top 10 in scoring, joining USC's O.J. Mayo, Arizona's Jerryd Bayless, and UCLA's Kevin Love. Harden's 6.1 rebounds per game, 11th in the Pac-10, are tops among all Pac-10 guards.
The Sun Devils are in the middle of a nine-game homestand. They won't leave Tempe until the third weekend of Pac-10 play with games at California (Jan. 17) and Stanford (Jan. 19).
Cal has won 18 of its last 19 non-conference games in Haas Pavilion where it is 5-0 this season.
The Bears suffered their first loss of the season with a 82-75 setback at Kansas State. Sophomore F Ryan Anderson posted his fourth double-double of the season with 24 points/11 rebounds. Anderson currently leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 22.7 ppg.
Freshman F Harper Kamp has hit 11 of his last 13 field goal attempts and is averaging 11.0 points over the last three games.
Sophomore G/F Patrick Christopher had his string of games scoring in double figures snapped at six when he scored eight points at Kansas State. He's averaging 18.9 ppg.
Coach Ernie Kent picked up win No. 200 against Utah on Saturday. Kent's Oregon record stands at 200-121 (.623). Only Howard Hobson has won more games at Oregon (212-124, from 1935-47).
Oregon shot 4-of-12 from three-point range in its win over Utah. That's the fewest three-pointers made by the Ducks since sinking four from beyond the arc against UCLA on Feb. 26, 2006. The 12 attempts are the fewest since hitting on 3-of-10 against Arizona State on Jan. 12, 2006.
Dating back to last season, Oregon has been ranked by the Associated Press for a school record 20 consecutive weeks.
Senior F Marcel Jones needs 33 points to reach 1,000 points for his career and become the 34th OSU player all-time to reach that milestone.
Sophomore G/F Seth Tarver scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-13 (.692) shooting in the win at UC Davis. Tarver has scored in double digits in all seven games this season. He leads the Beavers in scoring, and is 10th in the Pac-10, averaging 16.1 points per game. He's scored more points this season (113 points), than he did all of last season in 29 games (70 points).
Junior C C.J. Giles, a transfer from Kansas, has been cleared to play and will make his first career appearance at CS Bakersfield.
The Cardinal have a two-week break in the schedule for final exams and exam preparations. They return to the court Sun., Dec. 16 against Albertson College in an exhibition.
Sophomore C Robin Lopez needs two blocked shots to become the fifth Cardinal all-time to reach 100 career blocked shots.
Through the first seven games of the season senior F Taj Finger scored 29 points (4.14 ppg). He's scored 11 points in each of the last two games. Over those two games, he's shooting 8-of-12 (.667) from the field, while averaging 6.0 rebounds per game.
Junior G Anthony Goods has hit a combined 8-of-10 (.800) from beyond the arc the last two games.
Junior F Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had a season-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in UCLA's comeback win over Davidson in the Wooden Classic. He's averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds over the last four games.
At 10.1 rebounds per game, freshman C Kevin Love is one of four Pac-10 players averaging better than 10.0 rebounds per game. The last time the Pac-10 had more than one player in a season average double digit rebounds was 1992 (Stanford's Adam Keefe - 12.2 rpg, California's Brian Hendrick - 10.7 rpg).
The Trojans dropped a heartbreaker, 62-58 in overtime to No. 2 Memphis in the Jimmy V Classic. USC held Memphis 23.7 points below its season average and limited the Tigers to 37.3 percent shooting from the field
Until Memphis scored 62 points in the overtime games, USC had held five consecuitve opponents to under 60 points for the first time since the 1987 season.
Freshman F Davon Jefferson is averaging 18.0 points and 7.5 rebounds over the last four games.
Freshman G O.J. Mayo has scored in double digits in each of USC's nine games this season.
Junior F Jon Brockman is averaging 17.3 points and 11.3 rebounds over the last three games.
Pittsburgh's 75-74 win over the Huskies snapped an impressive streak. Prior to the loss, Washington had won its last 31 non-conference home games.
Senior G Ryan Appleby returned to action after recovering from a fracture in the thumb of his right hand. He shot 6-of-12 from three-point range and scored 18 points in the one-point loss to Pittsburgh. He equalled a career-high with the six three-pointers, and it's the fifth time in his career he's made six in a game.
With nine straight victories to open the season, WSU is off to the school's best start since the 1991-92 squad opened the season winning its first 12 contests.
Junior C Aron Baynes was a perfect 9-of-9 from the field in scoring 23 points in the win over Portland State. He also added nine rebounds. Baynes is shooting 18-of-25 (.720) from the field over the last three games.
The Cougars countinue to apply the defensive pressure as they lead the league and are third in the nation in scoring defense at 52.4 points per game.