Pac-10 Weekly Notebook

    
December 5th, 2006

Player of the week

Player of the Week honors goes to yet another UCLA Bruin, Josh Shipp. The sophomore combo-guard averaged 17 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists to help lead the Bruins to 2 wins this week. Shipp scored a career-high 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting from three-point range in the win over Long Beach St.

Power Rankings

#1 UCLA BRUINS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (6-0)

After a highly successful and busy past week, the tired Bruins found themselves in a tough game against Long Beach St. with both teams virtually deadlocked heading into the half. A Ben Howland thrashing seemed to wake the team up as the Bruins steam-rolled the 49ers in the second half. There was no hangover in their second game this week as the Bruins out-gunned UC Riverside to an easy win. Guard Arron Afflallo scored in double-digits in both games while Josh Shipp had a career game netting 24 points against Long Beach St.

The number one-ranked Bruins host CSU Fullerton before playing the highest ranked team they’ve faced this season against sixth-ranked Texas A&M.

Game results this week:
Tue, Nov 28 Long Beach St. W 88-58
Sun, Dec 3 UC Riverside W 61-38

#2 WASHINGTON HUSKIES
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (6-0)

There was nothing quiet about Quincy Pondexter’s 25 point performance in the win over Idaho earlier this week as the freshman tries to climb out of the shadow of star freshman Spencer Hawes. Ryan Appleby was moved out of the starting lineup but came off the bench to score 11 points. The Huskies learned later in the week that redshirt freshman Harvey Perry will be transferring out of Washington next semester. Perry was buried in head coach Lorenzo Romar’s bench playing sparingly in four games this season.

The schedule this week has the Huskies facing Southern Utah then they head on the road to play twenty-two ranked Gonzaga.

Game results this week:
Wed, Nov 29 Idaho W 87-66

#3 ARIZONA WILDCATS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (5-1)

Team defense continues to struggle this season but the sixteenth-ranked Wildcats still managed to beat UNLV, and then came back from 16 down to beat Illinois later in the week. Freshman Chase Budinger continues his torrid start leading the team in scoring and rebounding in both games. Mustafa Shakur started the season slowly but has steadily increased his production week-to-week.

Another tough road trip ahead as the Wildcats play Rick Pitino’s Louisville team, then to face 8-1 San Diego St.

Game results this week:
Tue, Nov 28 UNLV W 89-75
Sat, Dec 2 Illinois W 84-72

#4 OREGON DUCKS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (6-0)

In a mild upset win, the Ducks slowed the twin-post threats of Georgetown while overcoming a stretch of poor shooting to take the game. Junior guard Malik Hairston saw his first game action of the young season following injury finishing with respectable eight points. Aaron Brooks was the high scorer finishing with 15 points. On the injury front, Chamberlain Oguchi suffered a sprained ankle and left the game in the second half.

The Ducks host 5-1 Nebraska of the Big 12 this coming Saturday.

Game results this week:
Wed, Nov 29 at (18) Georgetown W 57-50

#5 WASHINGTON ST COUGARS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (7-1)

The Cougars started the week unbeaten and extended that streak to seven before suffering their first loss of the season to Utah. The Cougars could not contain seven-foot center Luke Neville of the Utes who was dominant in the post all night long. Daven Harmeling had his best outing of the season against Portland continuing his success from last week.

The Cougars host 22nd ranked Gonzaga, then travel to Moscow to face Idaho.

Game results this week:
Wed, Nov 29 Portland W 62-50
Sat, Dec 2 at Utah L 55-69

#6 STANFORD CARDINAL
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (5-1)

An exciting week at Stanford ended with two victories for the Cardinal. Earlier in the week, the Cardinal survived a sloppy game to outlast UC Davis. Then a big-time matchup against legendary coach Bobby Knight and his Texas Tech Red Raiders on Sunday brought out the best of the freshman Lopez twins. Brook Lopez playing for only the second time this season following injury finished with a lofty 18 points while twin brother Robin Lopez finished with seven points. Lawrence Hill was the top point getter with 19.

The Cardinal do not play until December 16 when they host Santa Clara.

Game results this week:
Tue, Nov 28 UC Davis W 84-72
Sun, Dec 3 Texas Tech W 70-59

#7 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (6-1)

The youthful Bears continued to make strides this week beating an equally young Kansas St. squad coached by Bob Huggins before wrapping up the week with a close loss to twenty-fourth ranked Nevada. DeVon Hardin was solid in both games including an outstanding defensive performance on Nevada’s heralded center Nick Fazekas. Freshman Ryan Anderson continues his great play scoring in double-digits in both games.

The Bears host Chicago St. of the Independents on Friday night.

Game results this week:
Wed, Nov 29 Kansas St. W 78-48
Sun, Dec 3 (24) Nevada L 71-77

#8 USC TROJANS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (5-0)

Their Rating Percentage Index won’t wow anyone even when the Trojans started the season a hot 5-0. Another non-conference win over Miss. Valley St. early in the week did little to increase their RPI, but an impressive win over Loyola Marymount certainly should. The dynamic duo of Lodrick Stewart and Nick Young combined for 39 of the Trojans’ 67 points in the win over Loyola Marymount.

The Trojans get their biggest test of the season traveling to play number five-ranked Kansas before returning home to face 5-1 George Washington on Saturday.

Games this week:
Tue, Nov 28 Miss. Valley St. W 63-39
Sat, Dec 2 Loyola Marymount W 67-50

#9 ARIZONA ST SUN DEVILS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (4-3)

Freshman Christian Polk led the way with 22 points in the win over Northern Colorado early in the week. Then the Sun Devils headed to Minnesota but were unable to deny interim Gophers head coach Jim Molinari his first win. Molinari replaced Dan Monson who resigned as head coach of the Gophers just days before following a difficult five-game losing streak. Jeff Pendergraph led the Sun Devils on a furious rally but came just short in the dying seconds. Pendergraph finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

The Sun Devils are idle next week with their next game on December 16 at Xavier of the Atlantic 10.

Game results this week:
Tue, Nov 28 Northern Colorado W 66-51
Sat, Dec 2 at Minnesota L 63-66

#10 OREGON ST BEAVERS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (4-4)

The Beavers sit at the bottom of the PAC-10 with an even 4-4 record losing their only game of the past week to Fresno St. Sasa Cuic scored 17 points in his return to the lineup after a team suspension while Marcel Jones chipped in with 16 points of his own. The Beavers held a lead heading into the final five minutes of the game but simply collapsed committing four turnovers while going 1-for-11 from the field.

The Beavers play lowly Bethune-Cookman this Saturday for their lone game of the week.

Game results this week:
Sat, Dec 2 Fresno St. L 69-74

Big Games next week

Sat, Dec 9 - (6) Texas A&M at (1) UCLA, 2:30 pm

Super Saturday for PAC-10 teams starts off with a couple of top-ten teams doing battle in Los Angeles as UCLA hosts the upstart Texas A&M Aggies who are off to a blistering 7-0 start to the season. The Acie Law IV versus Arron Afflalo matchup will be a juicy one to watch.

Sat, Dec 9 - (14) Arizona at San Diego St., 9:30 pm

A tough week just got tougher for Arizona. Following a game against Louisville, the Wildcats face 8-1 San Diego St. on the road. The Aztecs are favored to win the Mountain West conference led by senior guard Brandon Heath who is averaging 20 points per game. The Wildcats have struggled defensively so far ranking at the bottom in points allowed in the PAC-10.

Sat, Dec 9 - (13) Washington at (18) Gonzaga, 11:00 pm

The battle of the two best teams in Washington goes down Saturday night as the Zags host state rival Washington. Many had thought the Zags would not nearly be as strong this season with the loss of Adam Morrison and J.P Bautista but Josh Heytvelt and Derek Raivio have Zags fans thinking final four or more this season. With wins over North Carolina and Texas, the Zags could be considered a mild favorite here. The Huskies probably have more pure talent but the Zags have the edge in big-game experience so far this season.