Pac-10 Champion Stanford Gets No. 1 Seed In The West
March 13, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The NCAA brackets are set with STANFORD receiving the No. 1 seed in the West, ARIZONA the No. 2 seed in the Midwest, UCLA the No. 4 seed in the East, USC the No. 6 seed in the East, and CALIFORNIA the No. 8 seed in the South. That's five Pac-10 teams in the NCAA Tournament - marking just the third time the Conference has sent half the league into the NCAA Tournament. The other two times were 1995 and 1997, the years UCLA and Arizona won national titles respectively.
2001 PAC-10 TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
Staples Center in Los Angeles will be the site for the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament when it returns March 7-9, 2002. This event promises to be every bit as exciting as it was in 1990 when Arizona defeated UCLA to secure the Pac-10 automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament and was joined by California, UCLA, and Oregon State, who received at-large bids.
Ticket applications are available on-line at www.pac-10.org and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantee of availability or seat location. There will be a limit of six (6) all-session ticket booklets per order.
By January 15, 2002, applicants will be notified whether they were successful in obtaining ticket booklets. Refunds will be mailed to unsuccessful applicants no later then February 15, 2002. Ticket booklets will be mailed to successful applicants prior to February 8, 2002.
Ticket booklets are $135.00 each, which includes all sessions (seven games). The seats will be located in the upper level of Staples Center. Everyone must have a ticket for admission regardless of age. Game times will be announced the week of the tournament.
The Pac-10 institutions will be selling a limited number of lower-level, all-session ticket booklets to their students, fans and alumni at a later date.
Arizona - Arizona has won at least 20 games for the 14th consecutive season and 23rd time in school history. . . The Wildcats will be making their 17th consecutive NCAA appearance - second longest active streak in the nation, trailing only North Carolina (27), and 20th appearance overall. . . Arizona's tournament record is 27-18 (.600), with a national title in 1997 and Final Four appearances in 1988 and 1994. . . The Wildcats are 4-1 against teams in the Tournament, having defeated Illinois, Gonzaga, Butler and Texas. The lone loss is against Illinois. . . Junior forward Michael Wright (1,423 points) and sophomore guard Gilbert Arenas (1,018) passed the 1,000-point plateau in career scoring during the course of the season. . . The Wildcats have won 15 of their last 17 games. . . The Cats are 19-3 this season when outrebounding the opposition and have outrebounded seven consecutive opponents and eight of the last nine. UA has posted a rebound margin of +10 or better in 11 games this season. . . UA closed the regular season with a .500 shooting effort at California. Arizona is 11-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor. Combined with a solid field goal percentage defense figure (.396), the Wildcats have outshot the opposition in nine of the last 11 games. This season Arizona is 19-1 when outshooting the opposition.
Arizona State - The Sun Devils were 5-0 against non-conference teams that are among the 65 teams in the NCAA Tournament. ASU defeated Winthrop, Southern Utah, Kent State, Brigham Young, and Charlotte. . . Junior forward Awvee Storey, an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, led the league in rebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game. Only one other Sun Devil has led the league in rebounding, Lester Neal in 1992-93 with 9.0 boards per game. . . Senior guard Alton Mason concluded his career with 153 career steals, ranking sixth on the ASU career list.
California - The Golden Bears are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997. It's their 11th appearance overall with a record of 16-10 (.615). . . Cal is 1-1 vs. non-league teams in the Tournament - defeated Georgia, lost to Texas. . . With 1,763 career points, senior forward Sean Lampley ranks as the school's all-time leading scorer. . . Lampley's 881 career rebounds place him fourth on the Cal career chart and 28th on the Pac-10 career list. . . Lampley is the only player in Cal history to be listed in the career top 10 in points, rebounds and assists. . . Sophomore guard Shantay Legans ranks seventh on the Cal career charts with 93 three-pointers. . . Cal has posted 11 wins in league play for the first time since 1997 when it finished tied for second with a 12-6 record in Pac-10 play. . . Excluding the two losses to Stanford, six of Cal's eight losses were by five or fewer points.
Oregon - With 522 points this year, senior forward Bryan Bracey became the 11th different Oregon player to score 500 points in a season. It's the 13th highest single-season total in school history. . . Junior guard Frederick Jones needs six points to become the 22nd member of Oregon's 1,000-point club. He also ranks in Oregon's career top eight in assists, steals, blocked shots and three-point field goals.
Oregon State - Senior center Jason Heide concluded his career with 1,017 career points, becoming the 29th player in school history to score 1,000 points. . . Senior guard Deaundra Tanner finished his Beaver career with 1,399 career points, ranking eighth all-time in OSU history.Tanner's 457 career assists rank third all-time on the school charts. His 179 career steals rank fourth all-time on the OSU career charts. . . The Beaver defense tightened over the last eight games, as they did not allow an opponent to score more than 69 points. OSU led the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 63.8 points per game.
Stanford - Stanford won its third consecutive Pac-10 title. . . The Cardinal are making their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, their 10th overall with a 13-8 record (.619). . . Stanford is 3-0 vs. non-league teams in the Tournament with wins over Georgia, Georgia Tech and Duke. . . Stanford posted its seventh consecutive 20-win season. . . Senior forward Ryan Mendez connected on a Pac-10 record 49 consecutive free throw attempts. Mendez also connected on a Conference record 46 consecutive free throws in Pac-10 play. . . Stanford is on the verge of having three players with career scoring totals over 1,000 points - Jarron Collins (1,035), Casey Jacobsen (989) and Ryan Mendez (982). . . Stanford is shooting .513 for the season, the highest percentage since the 1988-89 season when the team hit a school record .522. . . Stanford has hosted 50 consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion. . . Stanford is the first team to go undefeated on the road in league play since Oregon State turned the feat during the 1980-81 season. . . Stanford won the 1942 NCAA title. After expenses, Stanford's share of the NCAA pot was $93.75.
UCLA - The Bruins are making their 13th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, 37th overall, posting an NCAA Tournament record of 81-29 (.736). . . The Bruins are 2-4 vs. non-league teams in the Tournament with victories over Hawaii and Kentucky, losses to Kansas, CS Northridge, Georgia Tech and North Carolina. . . UCLA has won 17 of its last 21 games. . . Senior guard Earl Watson tops the UCLA career charts with 229 steals. Watson is tied for 19th on the UCLA career scoring list with 1,401 career points. . . UCLA won 20 games for the 13th consecutive season and 40th in school history. . . Sophomore forward Jason Kapono passed the 1,000 point-plateau for his career. He enters the postseason with 1,032 career points. . . Junior center Dan Gadzuric averged 9.5 rebounds over the last 10 games of the season.
USC - USC is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997. It's the Trojans 11th appearance overall with a 6-12 (.333) record. . . The Trojans are 2-1 vs. non-league teams in the Tournament with wins over CS Northridge and Brigham Young, and an overtime loss to Mississippi. . . USC won 20 games in a season for the first time since 1992 (24-6). . . With 131 career blocked shots, junior center Sam Clancy became USC's career leader, overtaking Lorenzo Orr's total of 128 from 1992-95. . . Junior guard Brandon Granville needs one point to reach the 1,000 point total for his career, while Clancy needs 26 points to reach 1,000 points for his career. Senior forward Brian Scalabrine (1,400 points) and senior guard Jeff Trepagnier (1,064 points) already reached the 1,000-point barrier this season. . . Granville is third all-time at USC with 158 career three-pointers. . . The Trojans posted 12 regular season victories at home this season for the first time since posting 14 victories in the Sports Arena during the 1992 season.
Washington - Senior guard Michael Johnson has 83 career three-pointers, ranking him third on the Husky career charts. His 83rd career three-pointer came with 1.1 seconds remaining in the 96-94 upset win over UCLA on Saturday. . . With its win over UCLA, Washington has defeated a ranked UCLA team in Seattle in each of the last four years.
Washington State - At 12-16, the Cougars doubled their win total from last season when they finished 6-22. At 5-13 in Pac-10 play, the Cougars equaled their best win total since finishing league play at 5-13 during the 1997 season. . . Junior center J Locklier earned the Pac-10's Newcomer of the Year. He's the first Cougar to earn the award since Shamon Antrum in 1995. . . Freshman guard Marcus Moore was first Cougar named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team since Blake Pengelly in 1997. Moore averaged 10.4 points and 3.6 assists per game.