This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Jan. 22, 2008
Thur., Jan. 24
No. 6 Washington State at Arizona, 6:30 p.m. FSN AZ/NW
Series: ARIZ leads, 48-13. Streak: WSU 2
Washington at No. 24 Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Series: ASU leads, 33-30. Streak: WASH 10
USC at Oregon State, 5:30 p.m. FSN NW/PT
Series: USC leads, 61-54. Streak: USC 5
No. 7 UCLA at Oregon, 7:30 p.m. FSN
Series: UCLA leads, 77-25. Streak: UCLA 1
Sat., Jan. 26
Washington at Arizona, 1 p.m. FSN
Series: ARIZ leads, 40-21. Streak: ARIZ 2
No. 6 Wash. State at No. 24 Arizona State, 5 p.m. FSN AZ/NW
Series: ASU leads, 32-29. Streak: WSU 2
USC at Oregon, 6 p.m. FSN
Series: USC leads, 58-42. Streak: ORE 1
No. 7 UCLA at Oregon State, 8 p.m. FSN NW/PT
Series: UCLA leads, 79-33. Streak: UCLA 5
No. 20 Stanford at California, 4 p.m. CSN
Series: CAL leads, 139-110. Streak: STAN 1
Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.
Three teams remain unbeaten at home this season. However, two of those teams, ARIZONA STATE and OREGON, will get tested this week as they host league-leaders WASHINGTON STATE and UCLA... Freshmen continue to leave their mark around the league as seven different freshmen have scored 25 or more points in a game this season (see list below)... This week's Top 25 polls include Washington State (No. 6 AP/No. 6 ESPN/USA Today), UCLA (8/7), STANFORD (20/21) and Arizona State (24/-).
Freshman G Jerryd Bayless posted his eighth 20-point performance of the season with a team-high 24 points in the win at California.
Sophomore G Nic Wise averaged 14.0 points, shooting 9-of-17 (.529) from the field and 4-of-7 (.571) from three-point range during Arizona's roadtrip to Stanford and California. He's averaging 8.1 points for the season.
No time to rest... three Arizona players rank among the league's top 10 in minutes played. Bayless (3rd/35.07 mpg), sophomore F Chase Budinger (t4th/34.89 mpg), and senior G Jawann McClellan (6th/34.78 mpg).
For the first time in school history, two freshmen notched 25 points in a road game in ASU's 99-90 double-overtime win at California as James Harden tied the ASU record for freshman points on the road (27) and Ty Abbott was close behind (25).
ASU's 10-game win streak that ended in the loss at Stanford was the first 10-game streak since the 1980-81 Sun Devils led by Alton Lister, Byron Scott and Fat Lever won 11 straight.
ASU is 14-3 for the first time since the 1980-81 team went 19-3.
ASU is 11-0 at home after going 7-11 (.389) last year at Ned Wulk Court.
Sophomore F Ryan Anderson averaged 31.0 points and 11.0 rebounds last weekend, picking up 32 points against Arizona State and 30 against Arizona. He's the first Bear to haveback-to-back 30-point games in Pac-10 play since Ed Gray scored 33 at Oregon State (1/16/97) and 30 at Oregon (1/18/97).
Over the last 12 games, Anderson has hit 32-of-62 (.516) from three-point range. He's hit two or more three-pointers in 11 of the last 12 games.
Anderson has connected on 53 of his last 57 free throw attempts (.930), which has elevated his free throw percentage to a Pac-10 leading 86.7 percent for the season.
Senior F Maarty Leunen posted impressive numbers last weekend in road games at Washington and Washington State. He scored 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-4 from three-point range at Washington, then followed up with 20 points and 13 rebounds at Washington State for his 11th double-double of the season.
Leunen needs 12 rebounds to reach 800 for his career. When he does so, he'll join Greg Ballard (1973-77) and Stan Love (1968-71) as the only Ducks with 1,000 career points/800 career rebounds.
Oregon has won four of the last six meetings with UCLA at Mac Court.
On Sunday, Oregon State relieved Jay John from his coaching duties. In his sixth season, John had compiled a 72-97 (.426). Associate head coach Kevin Mouton has been appointed interim head coach.
Five different players have led the Beavers in scoring in each of the last five games. Seven different players have led or shared high-scoring honors over the last eight games.
Sophomore F/C Calvin Hampton posted a career-high 16 points at Washington, shooting 5-of-7 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line.
Junior C C.J. Giles has been dismissed from the team. In 10 games, he averaged 6.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
Sophomore F Brook Lopez averaged 19.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in Stanford's home sweep of the Arizona schools.
Lopez ranks seventh in the league in scoring (17.1 ppg), and sixth in rebounding (8.3 rpg).
The Stanford defense stepped up again last week as the Cardinal held Arizona to 37.5 percent shooting from the field, and Arizona State to 34.9 percent. Stanford ranks second in the league in defense field goal percentage (.387).
Freshman C Kevin Love posted his ninth double-double of the season with 18 points/12 rebounds, and added five steals in UCLA's loss to crosstown rival USC. Love is shooting 61-of-73 (.836) from the line over the last 12 games.
The Bruins had 15 steals in the loss to USC. That's the most steals by a Pac-10 team this season.
The Bruins have outrebounded their opponent in 15 of 18 games this season. UCLA holds a +10.1 rebound margin, which ranks second in the Pac-10 right behind Stanford's +10.4 margin.
Freshman F Davon Jefferson scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win at UCLA. With USC holding a one-point lead with two minutes remaining in the game, Jefferson scored the game's final eight points to lead the Trojans to a 72-63 win.
It was USC's biggest win (by score) over the Bruins since 2000 and the largest margin of victory in a win at Pauley Pavilion since 1993.
Sophomore F Taj Gibson is shooting 35-of-48 (.729) from the field over the last seven games.
Junior F Jon Brockman has collected a double-double in eight of the last nine games. During the last nine games, he's averaging 19.3 points and 12.2 rebounds. He posted a double-double in 19 of his last 30 games.
Washington's 10-game winning streak over Arizona State is currently the league's longest over another league opponent.
Senior G Ryan Appleby hit 5-of-10 from three-point range in the win over Oregon. He had a combined total of five three-pointers in the previous five games prior to the Oregon game. It was the 11th time in his careeer he hit at least five three-pointers in a game.
In a combined 141 minutes of action over the last four games, junior G Taylor Rochestie dished out 25 assists with just three turnovers. He leads the league in assists, averaging 5.12 per game.
With a 69-60 win over Oregon, the Cougars broke a 13-game losing streak to the Ducks. In that game, senior G Derrick Low shot 10-of-16 (.625) from the field in scoring 27 points.
The Cougars have a two-game winning streak over Arizona. Their longest in the series is three games, which occurred twice.
WSU is attempting to go 5-1 for the first time since 1982-83 when the Cougars started league play at 7-1.