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Player of the Week

Klay Thompson

Klay ThompsonKlay ThompsonThompson is the first two-time “Player of the Week” winner this season. His performance in Hawaii surely opened the eyes of some of his critics. Thompson finished the week averaging 26.3 points, 3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per contest. He was 25 of 46 from the field good for 54.3 percent and made 13 of his 25 attempts from the three point line (52%). Thompson has eclipsed the 20 point mark in eight of Washington States’ 12 games this season. Had the Cougars finished off the Butler game with a solid second half and a win, they would likely be the Pac-10s lone ranked team entering conference play.

Hot/Cold

With conference play set to begin, here's a hot and cold for each of the teams in the Pac-Ten through the non-conference portion of the schedule.

Arizona Wildcats

Record: 11-2

RPI: 40

Best Win: North Carolina State (RPI 65)

Worst Loss: Brigham Young (RPI 3)

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Player of the Week

Reeves Nelson

Reeves Nelson led UCLA to a 86-79 victory in the John R. Wooden Classic over a previously unbeaten team from the Mountain West Conference. UCLA knocked off their first ranked opponent of the season in large part due to the play of Nelson. He connected on 8 of 15 of his shots from the floor for 23 points while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out two assists. The Bruins took a 43-37 lead into the break, but Tyler Honeycutt, Lazeric Jones and Joshua Smith all proceeded to pick up quick fouls early in the second half. With Honeycutt, Jones and Smith on the bench Nelson led the way with productive off ball movement culminating in driving cuts to the basket. Nelson has recorded four double-double performances this season and has scored over twenty points in four times.

Hot

The Pac-10 Conference has a record of 53-13 against teams with a RPI ranking between 101 and 345. If USC and Oregon State are excluded the combined record improves to 44-3. USC’s situation likely resolved itself with the addition of Jio Fontan, so that leaves Oregon State to worry about. The Beavers are huge disappointments again this season and honestly deserve to be in the “Cold” portion of this blog every week. Ultimately, the Pac-10 Conference has won the games they were expected to win with only a few exceptions. USC and Washington State are in position to close out non-conference play on a high note and California and Stanford could give the conference a huge boost with upsets this week. Incidentally, the Pac-10 is 7-0 against schools with hyphenated names and are 5-0 against directional schools.

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Player of the Week

EJ Singler

Oregon sophomore EJ Singler had an efficient and effective week recording impressive statistical games against Willamette and Jacksonville State. Singler finished the week averaging 16 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block and a half per contest. His shot was also in good form, scoring his points on 78.6 percent shooting from the floor, 50 percent from behind the three point line and a perfect 7-7 from the charity stripe. The Ducks increased their record to 7-3 and are out performing expectations in large part to the play of Singer and senior Joevan Catron. Singler has notched two double-doubles this season including a monster game last Saturday against Willamette, where he scored 18 points and grabbed 17 boards. He’s scored in double figures in all but one game this season and is shooting above 50 percent for the season from the field and from three.

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