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Basketball: Villanova (19-1) off to best start

AROUND THE PAC-10

Thursday’s schedule . . .

– Cal (13-6, 5-2) at Arizona State (14-6, 4-3), 5:30 p.m.: The Bears try to stave off advances of a pack of five teams just one game back in second place.

– Stanford (10-9, 4-3) at Arizona (10-9, 4-3), 5 p.m.: The Cardinal basketball team has a new quarterback — a real one. Senior Tavita Pritchard, the football team’s starting QB in 2007 and 2008, has been added to an injury-depleted roster and has accompanied Stanford to Tucson. Can he help the Cardinal win a road game?

– USC (12-7, 4-3) at Oregon State (8-11, 2-5), 5:30 p.m.: Four of OSU’s five conference defeats are by single digits. USC is coming off a 26-point rout of Washington.

– UCLA (9-10, 4-3) at Oregon (10-9, 2-5), 7:30 p.m.: As bad as the Ducks were last weekend in the Bay Area, they’re 0-3 at home in the Pac-10.

THE NATIONAL SCENE

Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher each scored 17 points and No. 3 Villanova (19-1) is off to the best start in school history after a 90-72 win over Notre Dame. Luke Harangody scored 21 for the Irish . . . Damion James had 28 points and 13 rebounds and No. 6 Texas (18-2) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 95-83 win over Texas Tech. John Roberson scored 27 points for the Red Raiders . . . Jon Scheyer scored 22 points and Kyle Singler had 20 as No. 8 Duke (17-3) beat Florida State 70-56 . . . Dairese Gary scored 25 points, leading No. 20 New Mexico (19-3) to a  76-72 win over No. 12 BYU (20-2). Jimmer Fredette had 27 points and seven assists for the Cougars . . . Jamine Patterson scored 23 points and Providence posted an 81-66 upset of No. 19 UConn (13-7), the Huskies’ fourth straight conference road defeat . . . Led by 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists from Evan Turner, No. 20 Ohio State (15-6) claimed a 65-57 win at Iowa . . . No. 21 Vanderbilt (16-3) won its 10th straight game, an 85-76 win over Tennessee, fueled by 25 points from Jermaine Beal.

LOCAL HEROES

Kyle Roemer (Concord-De La Salle HS) scored 18 points and Colgate beat Holy Cross 69-68 . . . Stephen Lumpkins San Mateo-Serra HS) had 14 points and six rebounds in American’s 69-59 defeat of Navy . . . Cory Higgins (Danville-Monte Vista HS) contributed 11 points, six rebounds and three steals to Colorado’s 72-60 victory over Nebraska.

Jeff Faraudo

  • uh oh.

    Ah, the full lineup – thanks, JF.