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Pac-10 Week in Review (Nov. 10-16)

Posted by Patrick on November 17, 2008

Well, the first week of college basketball is over with, and here’s how the Pac-10 teams fared:

Oregon State(0-1): The Beavers got off to a terrible start losing to Howard University by the score of 47-45. I knew that OSU would have a lot of trouble this season, but to lose to a team from the MEAC is ridiculous. First year coach Craig Robinson better get this team ready for what will most likely be a very long season.

Beavers Player of the Week: Seth Tarver- 10 points, 5 assists

This Week’s Slate:

Saturday 11/22 at Nevada (1-0)

Oregon (1-0): More trouble for teams from the state of Oregon. Even though the Ducks won their opening game against North Colorado, it was only by two points. However, this could easily just have been one of those night where the better team can’t make their shots (33.8 FG%). TaJuan Porter had just five points and he’ll need to pick that up if the Ducks want to go anywhere in the Pac-10 and avoid close games with inferior teams.

Ducks Player of the Week: Michael Dunigan- 13 points, 7 rebounds

This Week’s Slate:

Monday 11/17 vs. Oakland (0-1)

Friday 11/21 at UC Irvine (0-1)

Stanford (1-0): The Cardinal fought off a feisty Yale team on the road 75-67 for a victory in their first game. The Big Three-Mitch Johnson, Anthony Goods, and Lawrence Hill- all had huge nights combining for 62 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. If these players can lead their team like this all season, Stanford could be a surprise team in this conference.

Cardinal Player of the Week: Lawrence Hill- 22 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists

This Week’s Slate:

Tuesday 11/18 vs. Cal State Northridge (1-0)

California (1-0): The Bears got a nice win over Pacific 68-56 in their opener. Their two stars, Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher, had big nights and will both give opposing teams headaches while trying to defend them. The Bears are a formidable team that could pull off some upsets this season.

Bears Player of the Week: Jerome Randle- 24 points

This Week’s Slate:

Tuesday 11/18 vs. San Francisco (2-0)

Thursday 11/20 vs. UT-Pan American (1-0)

Washington State (1-0): Tony Bennett proved once again that he is all about defense when his Cougars beat the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 76-25 in Pullman. Aron Baynes played tremendous basketball on the inside, and freshman Klay Thompson was a key factor in this game.

Cougars Player of the Week: Caleb Forrest- 13 points, 4 rebounds

This Week’s Slate:

Tuesday 11/18 vs. Farleigh Dickinson (0-1)

Friday 11/21 vs. Sacramento State (0-1)

Arizona (0-0): DNP this week

This Week’s Slate:

Monday 11/17 vs. Florida Atlantic (1-0)

USC (1-0): The Trojans looked very good in their first contest, making easy work of UC Irvine. The USC starters dominated this game and probably won’t come off the floor much this season. DeMar DeRozan looked good in his first NCAA game, but with a much tougher schedule this week it will be interesting to see how he adjusts.

Trojans Player of the Week: Dwight Lewis- 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists

This Week’s Slate:

Tuesday 11/18 vs. New Mexico State (1-0)

Thursday 11/20 at Seton Hall (2-0)

Washington (0-1): The Huskies lost to the Portland Pilots, a team that won just nine games last season and was looking at just about as bad of a year this season. I frequently watch WCC games and Portland is not a strong team team, not in the least bit, but this upset is very impressive. Washington should be ashamed that they would lose to this team, however in the world of college basketball you can’t dwell on any one loss and with a game against a decent Cleveland State team at home on Tuesday they better be ready to show their home crowd that they still have a chance to be a contending team this season.

Huskies Player of the Week: Jon Brockman- 30 points, 14 rebounds

This Week’s Slate:

Tuesday 11/18 vs. Cleveland State (1-0)

Thursday 11/20 vs. Florida International (1-0)

Arizona State (1-0): Arizona State also played MVSU just like Washington State, but they had a little more “trouble”. The Sun Devils still won by the score of 80-64, but I expected a bigger blowout from a team that I think will win the Pac-10. Ty Abbott had a huge night for ASU and will be a very key contributor to this team as the season progresses.

Sun Devils Player of the Week: James Harden- 24 points, 10 assists

This Week’s Slate:

Tuesday 11/18 at San Diego State (1-0)

Sunday 11/23 vs. Pepperdine (1-1)

UCLA (2-0): The Bruins moved on to the semifinals of the 2k Sports Classic where they will meet Michigan on Thursday night. However, they had a little more trouble getting there than many of us would have thought, only beating Miami (OH) by five points. I don’t see this as a tell tale sign that UCLA will not be as good as many people thought because they only had a rough night against a team they probably overlooked. The Bruins should show us what they’re really made of in a possible match-up against Duke on Friday.

Bruins Player of the Week: Darren Collison- 35 points, 7 assists (2 games)

This Week’s Slate:

Thursday 11/20 vs. Michigan (2-0)

Friday 11/21 vs. (Southern Illinois (2-0)/ Duke (3-0)

Pac-10 Team of the Week: Washington State Cougars

Pac-10 Player of the Week: Jon Brockman, Washington

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