This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Dec. 31, 2007
Mon., Dec. 31
Idaho State at Washington, 3 p.m. FSN NW
Thurs., Jan. 3
Oregon State at No. 21 Arizona, 6:30 p.m. FSN AZ/NW
Series: ARIZ leads, 46-17. Streak: ARIZ 3
Oregon at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Series: ASU leads, 34-30. Streak: ORE 4
No. 22 USC at California, 7:30 p.m.
Series: CAL leads, 124-115. Streak: USC 2
No. 5 UCLA at No. 24 Stanford, 7:30 p.m. FSN
Series: UCLA leads, 126-89. Streak: UCLA 1
Sat., Jan. 5
Oregon at No. 21 Arizona, 12 noon FSN
Series: ARIZ leads, 39-21. Streak: ORE 1
Oregon State at Arizona State, 2 p.m. FSN
Series: OSU leads, 40-29. Streak: OSU 3
No. 22 USC at No. 24 Stanford, 5 p.m. FSN PT
Series: USC leads, 120-111. Streak: USC 2
No. 5 UCLA at California, 3 p.m. FSN
Series: UCLA leads, 125-95. Streak: CAL 1
No. 4 Washington State at Washington, 7 p.m. FSN NW
Series: WASH 167-96. Streak: WSU 5
Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.
Eight Pac-10 teams have achieved at least nine wins in non-conference play. WASHINGTON looks to make it nine teams each with at least nine non-league wins as it faces Idaho State tonight. Prior to this season, the most Pac-10 teams to post nine non-conference wins in the same season (since the league expanded to 10 teams for the 1978-79 season) was six in 1991, 2000, 2001, and 2007. It took postseason wins for that to occur in 1991 and 2001... The Pac-10 posted a 9-2 (.818) record last week. The Pac-10 is 94-25 (.790) in non-conference play this season. The 94 regular season non-conference wins are the most ever by the Pac-10... WASHINGTON STATE is one of six Division I teams that remain unbeaten... Four Pac-10 players are in reach of 1,000 career points - UCLA's Josh Shipp (966), OREGON's Maarty Leunen (959), Washington's Jon Brockman (954), and Washington State's Derrick Low (952)... Checking out the weekly Pac-10 statistics and you'll find four freshmen among the top eight scoring leaders - USC's O.J. Mayo (19.5 ppg), ARIZONA's Jerryd Bayless (18.5), ARIZONA STATE's James Harden (16.9), and UCLA's Kevin Love (16.4). In fact, nine of the top 12 scorers in the league are either freshmen or sophomores... This week's Top 25 polls include Washington State (No. 4 AP/No. 4 ESPN/USA Today), UCLA (No. 5/No. 5), Arizona (21/21), USC (22/28), and STANFORD (24/20).
Sophomore F Chase Budinger scored a team-high 20 points in the loss at Memphis. It was the third time this season he scored 20 or more points in a game. He's second on the team in scoring, averaging 16.0 ppg.
Freshman G Jerryd Bayless sprained his right knee in practice last Friday and did not play at Memphis. He is questionable for action this week. Also questionable this week is senior F Bret Brielmaier is on the mend from a separated shoulder suffered at San Diego State Dec. 22.
Sophomore G Nic Wise started in place of the injured Bayless and responded with 12 points, 5 assists and four steals in 40 minutes. He leads the Cats with 17 steals (1.4 spg).
Freshman G James Harden has scored 20 or more points in five games this season. He leads the Sun Devils in scoring at 16.9 ppg.
The Sun Devils have won six straight for the first time since winning nine in a row during the 2004-05 season.
The Sun Devils have held seven of 12 opponents to shooting below 40 percent from the field. ASU ranks third in the league, allowing opponents to shoot just 38.7 percent from the field.
ASU scored 70 or more points in just three games last season (out of 30). Seven times this season the Sun Devils have exceeded 70 points on the scoreboard.
Sophomore F Ryan Anderson leads the Pac-10 and ranks among the top 20 nationally in scoring at 22.2 points per game. Anderson posted his sixth double-double of the season with 27 points and 12 rebounds in the Bears' last win against North Dakota State.
Sophomore F Jamal Boykin, playing in just his second game since transferring from Duke, posted a double-double with 18 points/10 rebounds against Long Beach State.
The Bears set a school record with 16 three-pointers in the 102-65 win over Long Beach State. Cal is shooting 26-of-51 (.510) from three-point range the last two games.
Oregon has hit 80 points in nine of 12 games this season. The Ducks lead the Pac-10 in scoring at 85.8 points per game. That figure ranks among the top 15 nationally.
Senior F Maarty Leunen was a perfect 8-of-8 from the field, including one three-pointer, and hit 9-of-11 free throws to score a career high 26 points in teh win over Mount St. Mary's. He added 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season, 20th of his career.
Freshman G Kamyron Brown has dished out 54 assists and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 4.50 apg. Not bad, considering that he has started just three of 12 games and averages 22.6 minutes per game.
Senior F Marcel Jones became the 34th player in OSU history to reach 1,000 points for a career. He's currently at 1,016 points and has pulled down 518 rebounds in his career. Jones needs to grab 74 rebounds to move into the school's all-time top 10 list.
For the second time in three games, junior C C.J. Giles pulled down 10 rebounds. Giles posted 13 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season in OSU's last game against Montana State.
Giles has 10 blocked shots in five games, including five against Montana State.
Stanford's seven-game winning streak is its longest since opening the 2003-04 season 26-0.
After missing the first nine games for being academically ineligible, sophomore F Brook Lopez is averaging 19.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in his three games since his return. He's shooting 20-of-40 from the field.
The Cardinal have limited the opposition to shooting less than 40 percent from the field eight times this season, including five of the last six opponents.
Stanford has won four of the last five meetings with UCLA in Maples Pavilion, including a win over the third-ranked Bruins last season.
Since its only loss, 63-61 to Texas on Dec. 2, UCLA has won five straight by an average margin of 24.0 points (77.2 ppg to 53.2 ppg).
UCLA is 11-0 when it outrebounds the opposition. The Bruins are second in the league with a +10.9 rebound margin, just 0.4 behind league-leading Stanford at +11.3.
The Bruins are second in the league in scoring defense allowing just 53.8 points per game. No opponent has scored more than 63 points on the Bruins. Last season, UCLA was second in the league allowing 59.9 ppg. In games in which it allowed more than 63 points, UCLA's record was 8-5.
Freshman G O.J. Mayo has scored in double digits in each of USC's 12 games this season.
Sophomore F Taj Gibson collected four blocked shots in the win over UC Riverside. It was the fourth time this season he's posted four or more blocks in a game. He had four or more blocks in a game four times last season in 37 games. With 92 career blocks, he needs eight more to become the seventh player in school history to record 100 blocked shots in a career.
USC has held 10 of 12 opponents to under 39 percent shooting, including the last seven. Over the last seven games, the opposition is shooting 145-of-406 (.357).
Senior G Ryan Appleby is shooting 19-of-37 (.514) from three-point range in the five games since his return from a fractured bone in his thumb.
The win at LSU is the first road win for the Huskies over a non-conference opponent since defeating Loyola Marymount Dec. 12, 2004. The Huskies have won four straight and have clinched a winning non-conference record for the sixth straight season.
Junior F Jon Brockman is the only Husky to start every game. He's started 75 of his 76 career games at Washington, including the last 50.
At 12-0, WSU is off to the school's best start since the 1991-92 squad also opened the season winning its first 12 contests... Fifth time in school history the Cougars have gone through non-conference season undefeated, and first since 1935-36.
WSU has won five straight in the series with Washington, the longest streak ever for the Cougars in the 263 game series that dates back to the 1909-10 season.
In the last three games, WSU has allowed just 34, 45, and 45 points. The Cougars lead the nation, allowing just 49.7 points.
Junior F Daven Harmeling fractured his right thumb in practice (Dec. 21) and is out indefinitely.