Basketball: Pac-10 Reflections — Week 6

Our Monday review of the weekend in Pac-10 hoops . . .

— Perhaps this could happen to any team, but what does it say about the Pac-10 that its first-place team got outscored 25-0 during one stretch? Cal went 10 minutes, 46 seconds without scoring at USC, shooting 0-for-10 with seven turnovers in 15 possessions. Two days later at UCLA, in a span of roughly the same amount of playing time, the Bears outscored the Bruins 26-6 to end the first half.

— Lots of concerns Thursday night for Cal in its rematch with Washington, but perhaps none bigger than this: The Huskies outrebounded Arizona and Arizona State by a combined 85-60 last weekend, pulling down 16 offensive boards in each game.

— Can’t be good for Ernie Kent’s cause at Oregon that the Ducks were swept in the Civil War rivalry game against Oregon State for the first time since 1992-93, and are 1-3 against Craig Robinson’s squad the past two seasons.

— Stanford’s weekend breakdown in L.A.: Landry Fields 62 points, Rest of the team 60 points. The senior forward shot 23-for-37 in the two games, his teammates were 20-for-77. Maybe the shot attempts should be flip-flopped.

— Washington State sophomore Klay Thompson was the nation’s leading scorer in December. Now he’s No. 2 in the Pac-10 — behind Fields — after shooting 13-for-57 from the 3-PT line the past eight games. That’s 22.8 percent.

— Stanford is now 1-15 in Pac-10 road games in two seasons under Johnny Dawkins. But don’t blame the coach until he gets better personnel.

— There’s not a first-round NBA draft pick in the Pac-10 this season, but in a year or two UCLA freshman Tyler Honeycutt may get there. His impressive stat line against Stanford: 12 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists. When he develops a jump shot, he’s going to tough.

— The Bruins’  other freshman forward, Modesto native Reeves Nelson, has an effective bullish quality to his game, but we wonder how long Pac-10 refs are going to allow him to stick his head into a defender’s chest to create space.

—  San Leandro’s Jared Cunningham hasn’t been an overnight success as a freshman point guard at Oregon State, but he’s making progress. Cunningham had 11 points, four assists and four steals in the win over Oregon.

— In a world with serious problems, sending USC student manager Stan Holt out of town on a rail for cursing at a game official seemed a bit heavy-handed. However it came down, seems right that he was reinstated.

Jeff Faraudo

  • “The Bruins’ other freshman forward, Modesto native Reeves Nelson, has an effective bullish quality to his game, but we wonder how long Pac-10 refs are going to allow him to stick his head into a defender’s chest to create space.”

    My thoughts exactly. Those two fouls he drew in the second half were complete garbage. Our posts have position and are just standing there with their arms up, but somehow that’s a foul.

  • joey

    Hopefully no Pac 10 refs make it to the NCAA’s this year.

  • uh oh.

    Good Golly, Miss Molly, Jeff!
    No kidding about Mr. Nelson.
    There was one foul called against Boykin where Nelson stepped forward and into the stationary Boykin for a foul on Boykin. The replay showed it clearly. Now, basketball is an awfully difficult game to officiate, and the players are to be commended for understanding this aspect of the game and maintaining a sense of composure. But I would like to know what Boykin’s secret is b/c I would have thrown a hissy fit if they had called that one against me.
    I love Nelson’s toughness – that he’s willing to throw his body into someone to draw a foul! But he looks like a brutish thug and I just can’t stand him.

  • TakeOffThatRedShirt

    I totally agree they got some quick calls down low, especially as we were pulling away. Not the first or last time that will happen at Pauley.

    And Jeff – don’t expect the Pac 10 officials to call it differently. Depends who’s working the game and their mood that night.

    Pac 10 reffing is so horribly inconsistent. Between the sloppy play this year and random whistles, Cal (and the rest of the conference) can be hard to watch.

    And usually right when I’m thinking that, Randle hits a 3 from 27 feet.