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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

January 30, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Some magical names in college hoops, and the week ahead . . .


It caught my eye the other day that Creighton’s Doug McDermott had scored 2,702 career points, a number that was meaningful because the Pac-12 career leader is Don MacLean of UCLA (1988-92) with 2,608.

The MacLean number has made me wonder whether anybody will ever come along in the Pac-12 and better him in this age of early entries to the NBA. It also got me to thinking it would be fun to check out career-leading scorers in some of the major conferences. So herewith several of those, with the help of league media guides and Wikipedia, along with a few random others who rank among the NCAA leaders and will ring a bell.

ACC: Tyler Hansbrough (2006-09) … 2,872

Big 12: LaceDarius Dunn (2008-11) … 2,285

Big Ten: Calbert Cheaney (1990-93) … 2,613

SEC: Pete Maravich (1967-70) … 3,667

Pac-12: Don MacLean (1988-92) … 2,608

Maravich is the NCAA career leader and accomplished it in three seasons (1967-70), in an era when freshmen weren’t eligible. He topped the 50-point mark 27 times. And by the way, the No. 2 NCAA scorer is Freeman Williams of Portland State (1974-78), with 3,249. And yes, he was a gunner.

More league leaders, randomly:

Big Eight: Danny Manning, Kansas (1984-88), 2,951; Big Sky: Orlando Lightfoot, Idaho (1991-94), 2,201; Colonial: David Robinson, Navy, 2,669; Ivy: Bill Bradley, Princeton (1962-65), 2,503; Missouri Valley: Hersey Hawkins, Bradley (1984-88), 3,008; Mountain West: Jimmer Fredette, BYU (2007-11), 2,599; Southern: Stephen Curry, Davidson (2006-09), 2,635; West Coast: Hank Gathers, Loyola Marymount (1987-90), 2,490.

Here are the highlights of the college hoops’ week ahead, with an eye to TV:


Cincinnati at Louisville, 4 p.m., ESPN. Conference expansion might mean this rivalry becomes extinct.

UCLA at Oregon, 6 p.m., ESPN2. Ducks direly need a breakthrough win after recent skid.

USC at Oregon State, 6 p.m., Pac-12 Networks. Strange that this directly opposes the UO-UCLA game.


Ohio State at Wisconsin, 9 a.m., ESPN. Go figure: Buckeyes off a loss to Penn State, Wisconsin a defeat against Northwestern.

Utah at Colorado, 11 a.m., Pac-12 Networks. Both teams need a win to generate some momentum.

Michigan State-Georgetown at New York, noon, Fox Sports 1. Garden game gives the Super Bowl crowd something else to do.

Kansas at Texas, 1 p.m., ESPN. Against all odds, Longhorns have really come on.

Arizona State at Stanford, 1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks. Still another Pac-12 game rife with tournament implications.

Washington at Washington State, 3 p.m., Pac-12 Networks. Crowd count will be interesting; Cougars averaging 2,617 fans.

Duke at Syracuse, 3:30 p.m., ESPN. This just seems wrong, but it ought to be good anyway.

USC at Oregon, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks. Phil Knight Bobblehead Day. Wonder why kind of shoes it will wear?

Gonzaga at San Francisco, 7 p.m., Root. Dons have caused Zags all sorts of problems in their gym.

St. Mary’s at Brigham Young, 8 p.m., ESPN2. BYU win a must for any NCAA at-large hopes.


Virginia at Pitt, 9:30 a.m., ESPNU. Bennett has Cavaliers (7 wins in last 8) perking.

UCLA at Oregon State, 11:30 a.m., ESPNU. In case you’re not big on Super Bowl pre-game shows.


Iowa State at Oklahoma State, 6 p.m., ESPN. Rugged Big 12 an adventure almost every night.


Ohio State at Iowa, 4 p.m., ESPN. Offensively challenged OSU finding every game a struggle.

Missouri at Florida, 6 p.m., ESPN. With newly eligible big man Chris Walker, Gators an NCAA title threat.


Stanford at Cal, 6 p.m., ESPN2. Bears surprised Cardinal on road in first meeting.

San Diego State at Boise State, 6:15 p.m., CBS Sports Network. Big chance for Broncos to make a statement.

Washington State at Colorado, 6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks. Tough place for Cougars to try to break through.

Portland at Gonzaga, 8 p.m., Root. Zags probably will have some revenge on their minds, if they’re not thinking about Memphis (Feb. 8).



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