Basketball: A rough night for the Pac-10


The Pac-10 took a couple of nasty hits Wednesday night. Here’s the ugly truth:

— USC: The Trojans (2-1)  lost 77-57 at home to Rider, a team from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference that was 17-16 a year ago. How’d this happen? Rider shot 12 for 19 from the 3-point line, USC 1 for 13. Perhaps the Trojans should have passed the ball more often to their all-conference forward. Nikola Vucevic attempted only eight shots (made four), compared to the starting guard tandem of Bryce and Maurice Jones, who were a combined 8 for 28.

— Oregon State: The Beavers (1-1) lost 83-80 at home on the road to a Seattle squad that had dropped its first three games of the season, including a 21-point decision to San Francisco, which lost Wednesday to San Jose State, which hasn’t had a winning season since the Clinton administration. The game featured 46 turnovers — hardly a masterpiece. Sophomore guard Jared Cunningham (San Leandro HS) had 19 points and five steals for the Beavers.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Uh Oh

    Rivals rates the Pac-10 as (only) 6th best in 2011 basketball recruiting, so far. And with just one skinny 6’9″ 3-star recruit, Cal is 10th out of 10. Here’s what they say at:

    It’s been a slow signing period for the Pac-10. As a whole, the conference schools only signed 11 players in the Rivals150 for 2011. Leading the way is Arizona, which signed the nation’s ninth-ranked class featuring five-star Josiah Turner and two solid four-stars in Nick Johnson and Sidiki Johnson.

    At No. 19 nationally, Oregon and new coach Dana Altman were able to sign the other five-star headed to the Pac-10 in California native Jabari Brown.

    At No. 3 in the conference and No. 21 nationally, Washington was the only other conference program to ink multiple ranked players by landing high four-star Anthony Wroten and high three-star Hikeem Stewart. Arizona State, UCLA and Stanford were each able to land one four-star prospect, while USC was the only other conference program to land a ranked player in three-star wing Byron Wesley.

    Ranking the classes (national rank)
    1. Arizona (9)
    2. Oregon (19)
    3. Washington (21)
    4. Arizona State
    5. UCLA
    6. Stanford
    7. USC
    8. Washington State
    9. Oregon State
    10. California

  • thisiscal

    Always a thrill to see U$C lose.

  • Uh Oh

    JF — you said I can’t say “uh oh” anymore because we won the Pac10 last year, right? But my post above is screaming “UH OH”!
    So, I’m keeping the name. (chuckle)

  • muna

    Hey Jeff, quick correction, OSU played on the road in Seattle. Otherwise keep up the great work on this blog!

  • Jeff Faraudo

    Muna — you are right. Still no excuse for the Beavers losing that game.