This week's games
• UCLA at Arizona, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
• USC at Arizona State, 6:30 p.m.
• Oregon at Stanford, 8 p.m.
• Oregon State at Cal, 8 p.m. (FSAZ)
• USC at Arizona, 5:30 p.m. (Channel 58/FSAZ)
• UCLA at Arizona State, 1:30 p.m. (FSAZ)
• Oregon at Cal, 4 p.m.
• Oregon State at Stanford, 8 p.m.
• No. 18 Washington at Washington St., 8 p.m. (FSAZ Plus)
The big number
ASU coach Herb Sendek's record against USC, Thursday's opponent. The Sun Devils are in last place; the Trojans are tied for fifth.
Pac-10 power rankings
1. Washington (15-4, 7-1) - Washington is off to its best Pac-10 start since 1986.
2. UCLA (13-6, 5-2)
3. Arizona (16-4, 5-2)
4. Washington State (14-6, 4-4) - Forward DeAngelo Casto's 140 career blocks are 36 off the WSU record - and he's only a junior.
5. USC (11-9, 3-4) - Guard Donte Smith scored 24 points on eight three-pointers against Cal.
6. Stanford (10-8, 3-4)
7. Cal (10-9, 3-4) - Forward Harper Kamp has reached double-digit scoring in eight straight games, averaging 16.9 points in the stretch.
8. Oregon State (8-10, 3-4) - OSU's 10.6 steals per game are best in the nation.
9. Oregon (9-10, 2-5) - The Ducks have used nine different starting lineups.
10. Arizona State (9-10, 1-6)
Things to know about Lorenzo Romar and Ken Bone's relationship entering Sunday's rivalry game between Washington and Washington State.
1. They met in college. Bone attended Seattle Pacific and Romar went to nearby Washington. "It helps him to know my personality, and it helps me to know his personality and kinda how we respond to certain situations," said Bone, the WSU coach. "I don't know if that has a play in the outcome of the game very often, but there's no doubt it helps."
2. They are family friends - to a point. The coaches' wives are friends, and Romar spoke fondly of Bone's children, but the game supercedes the relationship. "When that game starts, that friendship goes out the window," Romar said. "Ken Bone is very, very competitive and fiery. When you go out there and play, you kind do forget about that."
3. They coached together. Bookended by head-coaching stints at Seattle Pacific and Portland State, Bone was an assistant on Romar's staff at Washington from 2002 to 2005. "Ken ran his own program for 12 years without me (and) the University of Washington," Romar said. "When he was with us, he learned everything about us and my tendencies. He knows more about me than I know about him."
Dear Pundit, Who do you think the top 5 players in the Pac-10 are? - Luis
A: WSU's Ken Bone echoed my sentiments today, calling the UA's Derrick Williams, Washington's Isaiah Thomas and Washington State's Klay Thompson the three leaders for the conference's player of the year trophy. Forced to add two, I'd suggest USC's Nikola Vucevic and Washington's Matthew Bryan-Amaning. Both are monsters.
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LAST WEEK'S GAMES
Washington 85, Arizona 68
Washington State 78, Arizona State 61
Southern California 65, Stanford 42
UCLA 86, California 84
Arizona 65, Washington State 63
UCLA 68, Stanford 57
Washington 88, Arizona State 75
Oregon 63, Oregon State 59
California 68, Southern California 66
Stanford turned in one of the all-time terrible offensive games in the history of Pac-10 play Thursday.
The Cardinal shot 22.2 percent at USC in a 65-42 loss last week, its worst percentage since the shot clock era began in 1985.
Stanford went 12 minutes without scoring to start the second half, and set a five-year school low for field goals and points. No Stanford player reached double figures for the first time since a Dec. 16, 2006, loss to Santa Clara.
"We've not shot the ball as well as I know we're capable of," coach Johnny Dawkins said. "We also have to do a better job of getting our guys positioned."
The Cardinal has survived by playing stellar defense; it leads the league with 60.6 points allowed per game.
Dawkins said his team's youth is to blame for some of the offensive struggles.
"We need to continue to round out our offense," he said. "When you have nine new faces, trying to develop some continuity, offensively, is one of the things that becomes more difficult."