Around the Pac-10

Although a few teams in the Pac-10 were off for exams, the rest of the league was playing well. The league was 13-4, with three of those loses coming against ranked teams. Speaking of ranked teams, Oregon returns to the top-25 for the first time in over three years.

Arizona 7-1
Marquee Wins: Beat Illinois, Louisville, San Diego State
Bad Losses:None.
Last Week: The Wildcats beat Louisville in New York and downed San Deigo State on the road.
This Week: The Cats have just one game Saturday (12/17) hosting Houston.
Notes: Arizona has won seven consecutive games. All of the wins have been by seven points or more, and during the streak Arizona has outscored the opposition by an average of 17.1 points per game ... Over the last three games, Arizona has limited Illinois, Louisville and San Diego State to an average of 61.7 points per game. Additionally, those three teams have combined to shoot just 40.4 percent (78-of-193) from the floor, including 26.9 percent (18-of-67) from three-point range. Incidentally, UA held San Diego State to a season-low 48 points in Saturday's win, a figure that was 31.3 points below its season scoring average entering the game.

ASU 4-3
Marquee Wins: Beat Iowa 67-64
Bad Losses: Northern Arizona (71-75); Portland State (67-71)
Last Week: ASU has no games scheduled last week.
This Week: The Devils travel to Xavier on Saturday.
Notes: ASU assistant Archie Miller is the younger brother of Xavier head coach Sean Miller.

Cal 7-3
Marquee Wins: Hammered Kansas State 78-48
Bad Losses: San Diego.
Last Week: Cal had a rough week, losing to Nevada and San Diego. They lost to the Wolfpack 77-71 and San Diego beat them 72-67. They beat Chicago State 75-51.
This Week:The Bears do not play this week.
Notes: In its seven wins this season, CALIFORNIA is limiting the opposition to 36.6 percent shooting from the floor and 55.7 points per game.

Oregon 8-0
Marquee Wins: 57-50 win at Georgetown
Bad Losses: None.
Last Week:Oregon remained undefeated beating Nebraska and Bethune-Cookman.
This Week:The Ducks host Eastern Washington (12/15) and Idaho State (12/17) .
Notes: The Ducks are ranked for the first time since Jan. 27, 2003. Oregon State 6-4
Marquee Wins: None.
Bad Losses:SE Louisiana
Last Week:OSU got over .500 by beating Bethune-Cookman and Western Oregon.
This Week: Oregon State gets their stiffest test when they face LSU.
Notes: In its five wins, Oregon State is shooting 132-of-289 (.457) from the field. In their four losses, the Beavers are shooting 88-of-240 (.367) from the field.

Stanford 6-1
Marquee Wins: Texas Tech
Bad Losses: None.
Last Week:Stanford had the week off for finals.
This Week:Stanford finally takes the floor on Saturday when they face Santa Clara (12/16).
Notes: The Cardinal are second in the league in rebound margin (+9.4).

UCLA 8-0
Marquee Wins: Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M.
Bad Losses: None.
Last Week:The keep rolling with wins over Cal State Fullerton and Texas A&M.
This Week:The Bruins host Oakland (12/16)
Notes: After shooting just 18-of-58 (.310) from beyond the arc through the first three games of the season, the Bruins have picked it up to shoot 38-of-92 (.413) from long distance over the last five games.

USC 6-2
Marquee Wins: None
Bad Losses: None.
Last Week:Lost at Kansas 72-62, beat George Washington 74-65.
This Week:Hosts Bethune Cookman (12/14) and Charleston Southern (12/17).
Notes: No team this season has shot 40 percent or better against the Trojans.

Washington 7-1
Marquee Wins: None
Bad Losses: None.
Last Week:Beat Southern Utah, lost to Gonzaga.
This Week: Washington hosts Portland State (12/16).
Notes: The Huskies had their regular-season non-conference win streak end at 24 games when they lost at Gonzaga on Saturday. Oddly enough, Washington started the streak following a loss at Gonzaga on Dec. 1, 2005

Washington State 7-1
Marquee Wins: UAB, Gonzaga
Bad Losses: None.
Last Week:The Cougs stunned Gonzaga, 77-67, and then avoided the letdown to beat Idah.
This Week: The Cougs host Cal State Northridge (12/16).
Notes: Forward Daven Harmeling has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for December 4-10.


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