This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball
Feb. 25, 2008
Thur., Feb. 28
USC at Arizona, 7 p.m. ESPN
Series: ARIZ leads, 54-36. Streak: ARIZ 1
No. 4 UCLA at Arizona State, 8:30 p.m. FSN PT/AZ
Series: UCLA leads, 55-14. Streak: UCLA 7
No. 22 Washington State at California, 8 p.m. FSN
Series: CAL leads 68, 44. Streak: CAL 1
Washington at No. 8 Stanford, 7 p.m.
Series: STAN leads, 68-59. Streak: STAN 1
Sat., Mar. 1
USC at Arizona State, 4 p.m. FSN AZ
Series: USC leads, 45-30. Streak: USC 1
No. 22 Washington State at No. 8 Stanford, 1 p.m. FSN
Series: STAN leads, 64-55. Streak: STAN 1
Washington at California, 3 p.m. CSN
Series: CAL leads, 73-72. Streak: CAL 1
Sun., Mar. 2
No. 4 UCLA at Arizona, 2 p.m. CBS
Series: UCLA leads, 44-31. Streak: UCLA 6
Oregon at Oregon State, 7 p.m. FSN
Series: OSU leads, 180-148. Streak: ORE 3
Game times local to site. Associated Press rankings.
Two weeks remain in Pac-10 play and teams are battling for top seeds in the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament... Home teams stepped up last week and won seven of nine games to push the home record in league play above .500 at 38-34... By the turnstile count, Pac-10 basketball fans believe that the league is the most exciting to watch. This year's average attendance in the Pac-10 is 8,762 fans. That's well above the Pac-10's season-best average of 8,388 fans per game that attended games during the 2000 season... This week's Top 25 polls include UCLA (No. 4 AP/No. 4 ESPN/USA Today), Stanford (8/8), WASHINGTON STATE (22/22).
Freshman G Jerryd Bayless all 20 of his points in the second half as Arizona knocked off Washingto State to sweep the season series with the Cougars.
Sophomore F Chase Budinger is approaching 1,000 career points. He needs 47 points to reach that milestone. Budinger shot 8-of-13 (.615) at Washington State. It was the first time he shot better than 50 percent from the field since his 11-of-20 (.550) performance at USC on Jan. 31.
Freshman F Jamelle Horne posted a season-high 11 rebounds at Washington State.
Arizona is shooting 20-of-42 (.476) from three-point range over the last three games.
Freshman G Ty Abbott Has hit 61 three-pointers this season. The ASU freshman season record is 66 held by Ron Riley (1992-93).
Junior F Jeff Pendergraph needs 13 points to reach 1,000 points for his career. With 610 career rebounds, he needs 47 rebounds to move into the school's all-time top 10 list.
Freshman G James Harden posted 25 points in the win at Washington. It was the 12th 20-point performance for Harden this year.
The Sun Devils are 11-2 when holding the opposition under 60 points. ASU is currently allowing just 61.7 points per game. Identical to last season's average and among the top 5 in school history.
Sophomore F Ryan Anderson was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line at Stanford. He's ranks second in the league, shooting 88.2 percent from the charity stripe.
Anderson has posted a double-double in each of the last three games and five of the last six games. Over the last six games, he's averaging 22.3 points and 12.0 rebounds.
The Bears are shooting a Pac-10 best 77.8 percent from the free throw line this season. That figure currently ranks seventh in the NCAA. Cal's school record is 76.9 percent set last year. The Pac-10 record is 78.6 set by Arizona in 2004.
Senior F Maarty Leunen shot 6-of-8 from three-point range on the road swing through Los Angeles last weekend. He's now shooting a Pac-10 leading 48-of-96 (.500) from beyond the arc for the season.
With 16 double-doubles this season, Leunen is one of four Pac-10 players with 12 or more double-doubles this year. Only two players posted 10 or more double-doubles last season.
More Leunen... with 863 career rebounds, he ranks third on Oregon's all-time list and 32nd on the Pac-10's all-time list.
Senior F Marcel Jones posted a team-high 15 points at USC. It's the eighth time he's led the team in scoring in this season.
Ten different players have led the Beavers in scoring this season.
The Beavers have used 15 different starting lineups this season.
The Beavers are looking to snap a 15-game conference losing streak. It's the longest winless streak to open Pac-10 play since the league expanded to 18 teams in 1978-79. UCLA holds the longest streak of consecutive league losses at 30 from 1937-40, while Oregon holds the mark of 20 consecutive defeats (1991-92 thru 1992-93) since the league expanded in 1978-79.
Junior G Anthony Goods scored a team-high 20 points in Sunday's win over California. Goods has scored in double digits 14 times in 25 games, but this was the first time since he posted 14 points against Arizona State on Jan. 19. In fact, it was the second time he's hit double digits in his last nine games.
Stanford held California to 39.7 percent shooting from the field. It has held the oppposition below 40 percent in six of the last seven games and 18 times this season.
Stanford has won 14 straight over Washington in Maples Pavilion. The last Husky win at Maples came during the 1992-93 season.
The next UCLA win will give the Bruins 25 victories this season. It'll mark the third consecutive season with at least 25 wins. The last time UCLA had three consecutive 25-win seasons was from 1967-76 when it actually put together 10 straight seasons with 25 or more wins.
Junior G Darren Collison needs 46 points to reach 1,000 points for his career.
In the home sweep of the Oregon schools, Collison and sophomore G Russell Westbrook combined to average 32.0 points, shot 19-of-37 FG (.514), 6-of-10 3FG (.600), 12.0 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 steals.
Over the last three games, UCLA has 32 steals and has forced 55 turnovers.
Sophomore F Taj Gibson is shooting 78-of-110 (.709) over the last 16 games.
Freshman G O.J. Mayo hit 4-of-7 three-pointers in the win over Oregon State to set a USC freshman record for three-pointers in a season. He has 66 three-pointers this season, passing the former Trojan Gabe Pruitt's freshman mark of 63 treys set in 2005. Mayo's 66 treys also ranks 10th on USC's all-time single-season list.
Sophomore G Dwight Lewis is averaging 14.0 points over the last three games, shooting 5-of-11 (.455) from three-point range.
USC shot better than 50 percent from three-point range in both wins last week, hitting a combined 21-of-39 (.538) from long range.
Junior F Jon Brockman has collected a double-double in each of his last six games, and 16 of the last 19 games. He has posted a double-double in 27 of his last 40 games.
Senior G Ryan Appleby hit a pair of three-pointers in the win over Arizona to move past former Husky Deon Luton to set a Washington career record. Luton had 212 treys from 1997-2000. Appleby currently has 217 three-pointers.
The Huskies will look for their second ever road sweep of the Bay Area schools. The only time Washington has swept the Bay Area trip was in 1985.
The Cougars have drawn 109,453 fans (9,121 per game). It's the second consecutive season over 100,000 fans, and third time in school history. With one home game left against Washington, the Cougars will surely pass the single-season attendance mark for both total attendance (110,206).
Junior G Taylor Rochestie has scored in double digits in each of the last five games, avergaging 16.4 points during that span.
Senior G Derrick Low needs two three-pointers to become the sixth player in WSU history to reach 200 three-pointers in a career.