Checking In on The Pac-10: 1/28 Edition

Michael HurleyContributor IJanuary 28, 2009


Here's some news and notes from around the Pac-10....

California's 66.7 percent field-goal percentage against Oregon was the best any Pac-10 team has registered in conference play this year. Theo Robertson of the Golden Bears still leads the nation in three-point percentage, shooting 55.2 percent. 

Cal's Patrick Christopher is just 13 points shy of 1,000 career points, currently sitting at 987 points.  Teammate Jerome Randle is right behind at 957.  Randle is also ninth in career 3-point field goals made at 125, and tenth in career assists with 313. Randle is also first in career free-throw percentage at 85.7 percent.

This is just the third time Washington has started 6-1 in the last 25 years. Washington has won 13 of their last 14 games. It is the first time the Huskies have been in sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 since January 2005.

It is just the third time Washington has started 6-1 in the conference in the last 25 years. The only time the Huskies ever had a better start through seven games was 1953 when they went 7-0.

Last week, Washington averaged getting to the free throw line 41.5 times a game.  If they keep getting to the line this much they will be hard to beat.

Jordan Hill’s 30 points and 18 rebounds against Houston was the Arizona junior's first game of his career that he broke the 20-point and 15-rebound plateaus. Oklahoma's Blake Griffin, on the other hand, has put together 10 such games so far this year.

Aubrey Coleman’s face stomp of Chase Budinger was the most classless act I have seen in years.  He should have been suspended multiple games for that. Each high-five he got while leaving the game should have added a game to it.

Oregon State’s three conference victories so far match their total of the last two seasons combined.

Joe Lunardi currently has Arizona State, California, UCLA and Washington getting in the dance.  It is hard to see any other Pac-10 teams really making a push.  USC has been too inconsistent still and they are the only other team with a shot in my mind.

Check Lunardi's bracket out here.

Player of the week - Calvin Haynes, Oregon State

Haynes averaged 22 points a game this week.  Haynes shot 64 percent from the field, including 7-for-12 from 3-point range and a perfect 5-for-5 from the line.  He also averaged four rebounds a game in Oregon State’s 2-0 week.

Honorable Mention:

Isaiah Thomas averaged 20.5 points while leading the Huskies into first place in the Pac-10 this week. Jerome Randle of Cal averaged 21 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds a game in two games this week. In Jordan Hill’s only game this week he scored 30 points and had 18 rebounds for Arizona.

Team of the week - Washington

As well as Oregon State is doing, Washington held court at home against USC and UCLA.  Walking away with both victories vaulted the Huskies into first place.  The team has won 13 of their last 14 and is on fire.

Game of the week

Arizona’s comeback against Houston this week was impressive.  The Wildcats were down nine with less than a minute to play. 

Arizona’s furious comeback can partly be attributed to Aubrey Coleman’s blatant disregard for Chase Budinger’s face.  After he stepped on Budinger’s face and was ejected, Arizona mounted a comeback. The Wildcats scored 55 points in the second half.

Best game of the upcoming week:

01/31 Washington at Arizona State – Washington has yet to play one of the top-tier teams (Arizona State, UCLA, Cal) on the road.  It will be a great chance to see James Harden go up against Isaiah Thomas.  Arizona State has a chance to snap Washington’s four-game winning streak and get the Sun Devils back into a tie for first place.

Team Rankings:

1. Washington (15-4, 6-1)

2. Arizona State (16-3, 5-2)

3. UCLA (15-4, 5-2)

4. California (16-4, 5-2)

5. USC (13-6, 4-3)

6. Oregon State (9-10, 3-5)

7. Stanford (13-4, 3-4)

8. Arizona (12-8, 2-5)

9. Washington State (11-8, 3-4)

10. Oregon (6-14, 0-8)

For the detailed team rankings and my Pac-10 notes check RushtheCourt every Thursday.