Inside the Pac-10

Week one of the Pac-10 is in the books. There were a few surprises, but not too many. Washington and Arizona are undefeated, but so is Oregon State. Here is a look at the Pac-10 this week.

Pacific-10               Conf               All 
 Washington (12) 2-0 12-1 
 Oregon St. 2-0 10-3 
 Arizona (13) 1-0 11-2 
 Oregon 1-1 9-2 
 UCLA 1-1 7-3 
 California 1-1 8-4 
 Washington St. 1-1 6-5 
 Arizona St. 0-1 11-2 
 USC 0-2 7-6 
 Stanford 0-2 6-6
THE WEEK THAT WAS

Best Game: Washington 76, Stanford 73. The Huskies have to battle to hold serve on their home court. The Cardinal got 18 points from Dan Grunfeld, but it was not enough.

Best Individual Performance: Aaron Brooks scores 34 points against USC in the Ducks 90-83 win.

Player of the Week: David Lucas, Oregon State. Lucas averaged 17 points and 4.3 rebounds in the Beavers' three wins.

Biggest Surprise: Oregon State won both league games, remaining one of just three teams that are undefeated in conference play. Washington and Arizona are the others. All three teams hosted games over the weekend.

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Best Game: Oregon State at Oregon. The Ducks can't afford another home loss so early in the season. The Beavers want to continue their amazing start.

ARIZONA: The Cats have revenge on their minds. They were swept in the Bay Area last year. The Cal game saw Richard Midgely pop Salim Stoudamire in the mouth and the Wildcat shooter never got his head back in the game. The Cardinal beat the Cats on a last second, desperation shot. The Wildcats don't need a sweep, but it would help as they try to win the conference and try to wrap up a good seed in the NCAA's.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils must at least split if they hope to have any chance at the upper division. ASU probably needs to go 5-3 the rest of the way on the road if they have any chance at the NCAA Tournament.

CAL: The injury ridden Bears have not written off the season, but they really need at least one win this weekend. They did a nice job earning the split in Washington and they need to pile up home wins where they can.

OREGON: The Ducks have a big game against rival Oregon State. The Ducks are sitting at 1-1, but dropped a shocker at home to UCLA. The Ducks can't afford many home losses if they hope to make the NCAA's.

OREGON STATE: This weekend's game is not a must win for the Beavers, but they would be in great shape with a road win over rival Oregon. They look like they could be pretty good with David Lucas back. A loss on the road would not kill them, but a win would be huge.

STANFORD: The Cardinal are in trouble. They are 0-2 in conference play and just 6-6 overall. They need a win or two this weekend, or else they could be in too deep of a hole to do any damage in the league. An 0-4 start would almost eliminate them from the Pac-10 Tourney just two weeks into the league slate.

UCLA: A UCLA sweep would be huge for the young Bruins, but a split would not be too bad. They can afford to lose to Washington as long as they take care of business against Washington State. A sweep would catapult the Bruins to the top of the league.

USC: USC is in trouble. They are 0-2 in the league and need at last one win to keep pace. Like Stanford, the Trojans cannot afford to fall to 0-4.

WASHINGTON: A split is not a killer, but a sweep would be huge. The Huskies want to keep pace with Arizona or even set the pace for the league title. If they can get a sweep in Los Angeles they will put some pressure on the Wildcats to match their success.

WASHINGTON STATE: A split would be good for the Cougars, but getting swept would not kill them. Realistically the Cougars are looking for a middle of the pack finish and that means home wins. They'd love a win over USC to further separate themselves from the bottom of the conference, but they can survive without it.


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