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Player of the Week

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Pac-10 “Player of the Week”

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah ThomasIsaiah ThomasAfter ending up on the NBADraft.net’s Pac-10 “Cold List” last week Thomas and the Huskies responded with home wins against the Cal Bears and Stanford Cardinal. Washington remained undefeated at home and Thomas once again proved that he enjoys playing against Cal. He scored 23 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 9 assists against the Bears this week. In Washington’s two games against California this season Thomas is averaging 25 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor, 52.9 percent from the three point line and a perfect 11 for 11 from the foul line. Thomas added 22 points, 2 rebounds and an assist this week against the Stanford Cardinal.

In Washington’s wins

Thomas - (50.2% FG) (42.7% 3PT) 18.5 PPG / 4.2 RPG / 6.1 APG / 2.4 TOs / 1.5 SPG

In Washington’s losses

Thomas - (32.1% FG) (23.5% 3PT) 13.4 PPG / 2.6 RPG / 4.7 APG / 4.4 TOs / 0.9 SPG

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Jeremy Green

Green is struggling with consistency this season and was particularly unimpressive through the first half of Pac-10 Conference play. Green who was touted as Stanford’s best offensive player entering the season was averaging just 11.6 points per game through the first half of the conference schedule. In those games Green shot 31.7 percent from the floor and 32.1 percent from behind the three point arc. He shot the ball well from distance (43.8 percent) during the non-conference schedule, but only eclipsed the 40 percent mark once through the first nine games of the conference slate. However, the second time through the conference schedule is proving to be more to Green’s liking. In the four games since the half way point, Green is averaging 23 points per game and recorded his first double-double of the season. He is also shooting the ball well from the floor (52.7 percent), from three (55.6 percent) and from the foul line (86.4 percent).

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Joevan Catron

Joevan CatronJoevan CatronJoevan Catron led the Oregon Ducks to an impressive home sweep of the Washington schools. Catron also led the Ducks in scoring and rebounding in each contest and finished the week averaging, 18.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He also shot 15 of 26 (57.7%) from the floor and 2 of 5 (40.0%) from the three point line. Catron appears to be healthy again after missing two and a half games with injury. Catron has recorded two double-doubles this season and he’s scored 20 or more points in seven games. His play as a senior has him at the top of the list for Pac-10 “Most Improved Player” honors.

Lamont Jones

Lamont Jones stepped up and hit big shot after big shot for the Wildcats in their three overtime thriller against Cal. When the dust settled Saturday night Arizona walked away with a 107-105 victory over the Bears thanks in large part to a career night by Jones. Jones tied the game with 16 seconds left in regulation with a three and did the same thing with five seconds on the clock in the second overtime. He finally put the game away with a go-ahead bucket in the third overtime with 1:03 left to play. Jones finished the week averaging, 21 points, one assist and a steal and a half per game, while shooting 13 of 25 from the floor and 14 of 16 from the free throw line.

What’s “Hot” in the Pac-10?

California Bears

The Cal Bears are trending upward. Winners of four of their last five, the Bears have found their offensive rhythm and appear more confident as a team with each passing day. The Bears began the season as a young inexperienced team and suffered through inconsistent play primarily on the offensive end of the court. However, through Cal’s last five games the Bears are averaging 82.2 points per contest and are receiving consistent double digit scoring performance from Harper Kamp (18.6), Jorge Gutierrez (16.0), Allen Crabbe (15.8) and Markhuri Sanders-Frison (13.2). Cal will be tested again this week with a daunting road-trip to the Pacific Northwest to face Washington and Washington State.

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Klay Thompson

The week long war of words between Washington point guard Isaiah Thomas and Klay Thompson added even more fuel to the fire for this mid-season rivalry game. In front of a frenzied crowd Thompson and the Washington State Cougars ended their drought against the Washington Huskies with a convincing 87-80 victory. Thompson scored 25 points on 9 of 18 shooting from the floor and 3 of 6 from behind the three point line. He also contributed 2 rebounds, 4 assists, a block and 5 steals while breaking out of a personal slump against the Huskies. This was a must have game for the Cougars within the Pac-10 Conference and as a resume builder for NCAA Tournament consideration.

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Derrick Williams

Derrick WilliamsDerrick WilliamsWilliams scored a career high 31 points to lead Arizona past Cal 73-71 in Arizona’s Pac-10 home opener. Williams scored 19 of his 31 in the second half and set a school record for most free throw attempts in a game with 22. Williams also grabbed 12 boards and added a steal and a block to go along with his career offensive night. Arizona finished their home sweep of the bay area schools with a 67-57 victory against Stanford. Williams followed up his big game with a perfect shooting night from the floor against the Cardinal. He was 5 for 5 from the field and 2 for 2 from the three point line and finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Williams has four double-double performances this season and six games of 20 or more points.

What’s “Old” in the Pac-10?

MacArthur Court

Time has a way of relentlessly passing rendering noteworthy present events as distant memories in what seems like “just the other day.” MacArthur Court saw its share of big events in its 84 years history, but Saturday the Oregon men’s basketball team left the intimate 9,087 seat Arena for the final time. MacArthur Court, Mac Court or “The Pit” as it is known by many was the second oldest active on-court Arena in DI basketball, only Fordham’s Rose Hill Gym is older. The Oregon men’s basketball team played its first game in Mac Court on January 14, 1927, defeating Willamette 38 to 10. Mac Court later saw Oregon’s “Tall Firs” team defeated Ohio State 46-33 to win the 1939 National Championship. Often regarded as one of the toughest places to play, “The Pit” and its student section “The Pit Crew” will be missed, but live on in the memories of those who attended games there.

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