Pac-10 At The Turn

The second half of the Pac-10 season began on Thursday night. The first half was a crazy nine games that saw a lot of surprises as well as some stellar performances.

PLAYER OF THE HALF SEASON: Jordan Farmar, PG, UCLA. The Bruins are in first place and Farmar is a major reason why. Even when injured the point guard has been a factor. He's the best point guard in the Pac-10 and one of the best in the nation.

ALL "AT THE TURN TEAM":

I tried to do two five man teams by position, but frankly I could not justify leaving off talented player to fit in undeserving big men. There just aren't enough good bigs in the league. That is why there are three point guards on the team and just three bigs.

SF Hassan Adams, Arizona (19.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg)
SG Aaron Afflalo, UCLA (17.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
SF Mailik Hairston, ORE (14.4 ppg, 4.8 ppg)
C – Matt Haryasz, Stanford (19.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg)
PG Jordan Farmar, UCLA (13.4 ppg, 5.9 apg)
PF Leon Powe, Cal(19.2 ppg, 10.4 rebounds.
PG Gabriel Pruitt, USC (16.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 apg)
SF Brandon Roy, UW (18.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.9 apg)
PG Ayinde Ubaka, Cal (15.0 ppg, 3.9 apg)
SG Nick Young, USC (17.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Marcus Williams is averaging 11.5 ppg and 4.1 rebounds. More importantly he has been one of the most clutch players for the Wildcats. You know when people start bringing up Sean Elliott comparisons you are doing something right.
Runners Up: Luc Mbah a Moute, UCLA (8.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg); Jeff Pendegraf ASU (9.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

MOST DISAPOINTING: Arizona. It's tough to rank a team that is in second place in the Pac-10 as disappointing, but most feel that the Wildcats should be better than a seven-loss team.
Runners Up: Stanford early season woes have them at 10-7 right now. Oregon a disappointment at 10-11.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Tim Floyd, USC. Floyd had to take a program that was struggling, re-vamp the roster and now has the Trojans with an outside shot at an NCAA bid.

CONTROLLING DESTINY:Cal and Stanford host the Arizona schools and the Los Angeles schools at home, meaning Arizona and UCLA still need to travel to the Bay Area.

TOUGH ROAD: UCLA will play five of their last seven on the road, including tough trips to the Bay and the two Washington schools.

GAME OF THE YEAR: This one is tough. In the end I'll take the Wildcats' two OT win over Washington over Stanford's dramatic OT win over that same Husky squad.

RPI: The Pac-10 is lacking a lot of big nonconference wins. Washington's win over Gonzaga is the best of the bunch. USC's win over North Carolina could be very big for them. Arizona's season opening win over Kansas is looking a lot better now than it did two months ago.


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