This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

March 23, 2009

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ARIZONA remains alive in the NCAA Tournament after posting first and second round victories over Utah and Cleveland State. The Wildcats now advance to the Sweet Sixteen to meet top-seed Louisville... Over the last nine NCAA Tournaments, the Pac-10 has sent 19 teams to the Sweet Sixteen... This was the third consecutive year and fourth time overall that the Pac-10 had a record-tying six teams in the NCAA Tournament... OREGON STATE and STANFORD advanced in the CBI postseason tournament. The Beavers host Vermont, while the Cardinal travel to Wichita State for quarterfinal action.


NCAA Midwest Region
Indianapolis, Ind.
Fri., Mar. 27
No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 12 ARIZONA, 7:07 p.m. ET

NCAA Midwest Region Championship
Sun., Mar. 29 - Should Arizona advance
ARIZONA vs. Kansas/Michigan State winner, TBA


Mon., Mar. 23
Vermont at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. PT HDNet
(winner advances to play Green Bay/Vermont winner, Mar. 23)
STANFORD at Wichita State, 7 p.m. PT HDNet
(winner advances to play UTEP/Northeastern winner, Mar. 25)

Wed., Mar. 25 - Should Pac-10 teams advance (sites TBD)
OREGON STATE vs. Richmond/Charleson winner HDNet
STANFORD vs. UTEP/Northeastern winner HDNet

Game times local to site. All NCAA games broadcast by CBS.

ARIZONA (21-13, 9-9/t5th in Pac-10)
NCAA Tournament Record: 43-26. 28th appearance. Last appearance - 2008
Best NCAA finish: NCAA Champions (1997)

• Arizona is making its 25th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the longest consecutive streak in the nation. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics for 2007 (the most current available), there are more than 103 million people in the United States who have never witnessed an NCAA Tournament without Arizona's participation. That covers 34.5 percent of the nation's population.
• Junior F Jordan Hill (18.4 ppg), junior F Chase Budinger, (17.9 ppg) and junior G Nic Wise (15.7 ppg) combine for 1,749 of Arizona's 2,465 points (71.0 percent). All three rank among the league's top six scorers. All three players have each scored 500 or more points this season.
• Budinger is the most prolific three-year scorer in school history. With 1,675 points, he ranks 11th on the school's career scoring chart.
• Hill is second in the league in scoring (18.4 ppg) and second in rebounding (11.0). He's the first Wildcat to average a double since Larry Demic posted 19.3 ppg/10.3 rpg during the 1978-79 season.

OREGON STATE (13-17, 7-11/8th in Pac-10)
CBI Tournament Record: 1-0. First appearance.

• With its opening round win over Boise State, Oregon State captured its first postseason victory since a 85-82 victory over New Mexico in the postseason NIT on Mar. 11, 1987.
• The Beavers had one of the top five all-time turnarounds in Pac-10 history with an improvement of seven victories in league play.
• Coach Craig Robinson was named USBWA District IX Coach of the Year. He guided Brown University to a CBI postseason appearance last season.
• Junior G/F Seth Tarver leads the league in steals with 1.8 spg. He'd be the first Beaver to lead the league in that cateory since Gary Payton posted 3.4 spg in 1990.
• Sophomore G Calvin Haynes led the team in scoring (13.8 ppg), which ranked 18th in the Pac-10.

STANFORD (18-13, 6-12/9th in Pac-10)
CBI Tournament Record: 1-0. First appearance.

• Stanford is making its 16th consecutive postseason appearance.
• Senior G Anthony Goods leads the team and is fifth in the Pac-10, averaging 16.0 points per game. He posted 23 points in the Pac-10 Tournament opener vs. Oregon State, then followed with 26 points in the quarterfinals vs. Washington.
• With 518 career assists, senior G Mitch Johnson is one of three players in school history to reach 500 assists, joining Brevin Knight (780) and Keith Ramee (513).
• The Cardinal were the only Pac-10 team this season to go undefeated in non-conference play (11-0).

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