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Basketball: Pac-10 tips off in L.A., Washington

By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 12:17 am in Basketball, Gameday.

The year ends, but the Pac-10 gets started tonight . . .

AROUND THE PAC-10

– Arizona State (10-3) at UCLA (5-7), 1:30 p.m. Will ASU’s senior PG Derek Glasser exploit the Bruins’ Jerime Anderson?

– Oregon (8-4) at Washington State (10-2), 3:30 p.m. WSU is 7-0 at home, Ducks are 0-2 on the road. Don’t see the trend changing here.

– Arizona (6-6) at USC (8-4), 4 p.m. Visiting Wildcats face old interim coach Kevin O’Neill, now leading the Trojans.

– Oregon State (6-5) at No. 16 Washington (9-2), 7 p.m. Can you believe the Huskies already have played nine home games. Won ‘em all.

THE NATIONAL SCENE

No. 9 North Carolina (11-3) got 18 points from Ed Davis to beat Albany 87-70 . . . Freshman Lance Stephenson made two FTs with less than one second left, capping a 21-point performance that lifted Cincinnati (9-3) to a 71-69 upset of No. 10 UConn (9-3) . . . Kalin Lucas, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, climbed out of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s doghouse, scoring 16 points to lead the No. Spartans (11-3) to an 87-68 win over Texas-Arlington.

LOCAL HEROES

Kevin Laue (Amador Valley HS), the one-handed freshman center who had played just 13 minutes in 11 previous games, got 17 minutes in Manhattan’s  86-48 loss at Vanderbilt, scoring his first college point, blocking two shots and grabbing eight rebounds . . . Omar Samhan (San Ramon Valley HS) missed a triple-double by just one blocked shot, totaling 23 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks in 20 minutes as Saint Mary’s hunbled Howard 94-46 . . .  Dan Mavraides (Serra HS) scored  a season-high 21 points to help Princeton to a 45-42 win over Wagner . . . Kyle Roemer (De La Salle HS) had 13 points and seven rebounds in Colgate’s 63-55 loss to New Hampshire . . . Dominic Calegari (Berkeley-St. Mary’s HS) had 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks as UC Davis whipped Whittier 89-53.

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  • uh oh.

    Now I can’t find the link, but somewhere someone was pointing out all the players who are now in the NBA but still could be playing in the Pac10 this season had they not left early for the money. This was an excuse used to comfort those who are sad about the Pac being down this year, compared to other conferences.
    I wanted to say – let’s now do a study of the ACC, the Big East, the Big 12, and the Big 10 and see how many players THEY all have in the NBA that could still be playing in their leagues.
    I suspect we’d find similar numbers.

    My point is that you’ve got to reload. Kevin Durant could still be at Texas, yet Texas is kicking butt. UNC loses early entry first rounders annually, yet that doesn’t stop them. And if your retort is that Cal can never be like one of those schools, I’ll beg to differ.

  • rollonubears

    i think the reason the pac10 has had so much trouble reloading as of late is because of all the head coach turnover. look at teams like indiana, michigan, usc, arizona, etc. it makes a big difference to have coaching consistency. it means the world in recruiting.