A LOOK AROUND THE PAC-10:
— Quincy Pondexter has scored more points than anybody in the country. He has 96 points and his 24.0 scoring average is ninth in the nation. Isaiah Thomas is fourth in total points (90) and 17th in scoring average (22.5).
— It looks like Ohio State and Syracuse gave the Pac-10 the blueprint to beat Cal this week. Just like the Orangemen, the Buckeyes played 80 minutes of zone against the Bears in a 76-70 victory.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, the game could have been much worse for Cal, which played without Theo Robertson (foot) and Harper Kamp (knee). The Bears outscored the Buckeyes 42-24 over the final 15 1/2 minutes. Gotta believe No. 13 Cal (2-2) is going to lose their ranking, which could leave just one Pac-10 team (Washington) among the top 25.
— The Bruins won a game, but lost a starter. They beat Cal State Bakersfield 75-64 for their first win of the season, but hours before tip off senior forward Nikola Dragovic, the only returning starter, surrendered to campus police and was charged and arrested with felony assault.
In a release, UCLA announced: Dragovic was involved in an incident last month at a concert in Hollywood. He filed a report with the UCLA Police Department early the following week. Following an investigation, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office filed a felony assault charge against Dragovic and he was informed of the charge this morning. He turned himself into the UCPD and Hollywood Division detectives earlier today.
“This is an unfortunate situation for Nikola,” Coach Ben Howland said. “Our staff and players will do what we can to help him during this time. He made us aware of the incident when it occurred but until this morning, we did not know charges would be filed.”
Dragovic’s status for upcoming games will be determined as more information becomes available.
According to the Orange Country Register, “Last November, Dragovic was arrested for suspicion of misdemeanor battery following an altercation with the woman he had been living with. That arrest came on the day of UCLA’s first exhibition game.
City attorneys decided last December not to file charges after meeting with Dragovic and the alleged victim, but prosecutors reserved the right to revisit the case for up to a year.”
— Also, former UCLA coach Jim Harrick’s wife Sally passed away Friday at age 70 from complications of schleroderma, a disease of the immune system.
— The Sun Devils had no problems with San Francisco in a 104-65 victory. ASU meets Duke next week.
Keep an eye on Rihards Kuksiks, who scored 27 and hit seven three-pointers.
A LOOK AROUND THE PAC-10:
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