Arizona Returns To The Final Four
March 26, 2001
The Pac-10 has rolled to a 12-4 NCAA Tournament record. Four teamsadvanced to the Sweet Sixteen, where three of those teams moved on tothe Elite Eight. ARIZONA survived in the Midwest Region and will be makingits first Final Four appearance since 1997 when it won the nationaltitle. . . With CALIFORNIA also appearing in the NCAA Tournament thisyear, the Pac-10 has sent five teams to the Tournament for the thirdtime. The previous two times produced national champions - UCLA in 1995,Arizona in 1997. . . Over the past five years, the Pac-10 has produced a41-20 (.672) record in NCAA Tournament play.
THIS WEEK'S NCAA FINAL FOUR ACTION
Minneapolis, Minn. (Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome)
Sat., Mar. 31
Michigan State vs. ARIZONA
Game time: 5:42 p.m. ET/2:42 p.m. PT
Duke vs. Maryland
Game time: 35 minutes after first game
Mon., Apr. 2
Michigan State/ARIZONA winner vs. Duke/Maryland winner
Game time: 9 p.m.
The Pac-10 sent five teams to the NCAA Tournament for just thethird time in Conference history. The other two times were in 1995 and 1997.Coincidentally, UCLA won the national title in 1995, Arizona in 1997. . .The Pac-10 had four teams advance to the Sweet Sixteen for third time infive years. . . Three teams advanced to the Elite Eight for the firsttime in Conference history.
For the first time since 1939, the Pac-10 had five teams eachfinish the regular season with 20 wins. . . Each Pac-10 team recorded 10 ormore wins for the second time in three seasons. . . The six-gamedifference between the league's fifth place team and sixth place team isthe largest margin in league history.
Three Pac-10 sophomores have scored more than 1,000 points intheir short careers - Arizona's Gilbert Arenas (1,083), Stanford's CaseyJacobsen (1,065), and UCLA's Jason Kapono (1,070).
Pac-10 NCAA Tournament highlights:
ARIZONA reaches the Final Four for the fourth time in schoolhistory (1988, 1994, 1997, 2001). . . UCLA reached the Sweet Sixteen for thefourth time in the last five years. . . STANFORD made it to the SweetSixteen for the third time in the last five years. . . With itsappearance in the Elite Eight, USC won three postseason games - one morevictory than its combined win total over its previous six NCAATournament appearances dating back to 1979. . . CALIFORNIA made its first NCAAappearance since 1997.
Arizona shot 95-of-119 (.798) from the free throw linein its four tournament victories. The Wildcats set a Midwest Region record bycanning 43 free throw attempts against Illinois (43-of-56, .768). Senior centerLoren Woods was 23-of-24 (.958) from the charity stripe in fourTournament games.
Arizona shot 110-of-217 (.507) from the field, while holding theopposition to 93-of-248 (.375) in four Tournament games.
Arizona outrebounded its four opponents by an average margin of+10.8 rebounds.
USC junior forward Sam Clancy tallied three double-doubles infour Tournament games, averaging 18.0 points and 10.8 rebounds. . . UCLAjunior center Dan Gadzuric posted a pair of double-doubles during thefirst and second rounds and was one rebound short of a third vs. Duke.He averaged 13.3 points and 12.0 rebounds.
The starting lineups for the five Pac-10 teams that participatedin this year's Tournament consisted of seven sophomores, 10 juniors and eightseniors.
Honorable Mention (also receiving votes): Justin Davis (STAN, F),Desmon Farmer (USC, G), Teyo Johnson (STAN, F), C.J. Massingale (WASH, G).
2001 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sean Lampley, California
2001 PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Luke Ridnour, Oregon
*2001 PAC-10 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: J Locklier, Washington State
2001 PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: Steve Lavin, UCLA
Conference honors are voted on by the Pac-10 coaches
* Voted on by the Pac-10 radio play-by-play announcers
All-Conference Notes. . . Sean Lampley becomes the fourth Cal player inthe last eight years to win the Pac-10 Player of the Year honor. Lampleyled the Pac-10 in scoring (19.7 ppg) and became Cal's all-time leadingscorer. . Luke Ridnour becomes the first Oregon player to be namedPac-10 Freshman of the Year. . . Steve Lavin becomes the fourth UCLA coach toearn Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors, joining Gary Cunningham OE78, WaltHazzard OE87, and Jim Harrick OE95. . . It's the sixth consecutive yearthat one school has been represented by three players. . . Two-timeAll-Conference award winners go to Lampley, Casey Jacobsen, Jason Kaponoand Michael Wright. . . Chicago was well represented on theAll-Conference team with three players. In addition, honorable mentionpick Awvee Storey of Arizona State hails from Chicago.
ARIZONA - Arizona has won at least 20 games for the 14th consecutiveseason and 23rd time in school history. . . The Wildcats are makingtheir 17th consecutive NCAA appearance - second longest active streak in thenation, trailing only North Carolina (27), and 20th appearance overall. . .Arizona's tournament record is 31-18 (.633), with a national title in1997 and Final Four appearances in 1988 and 1994. . . Junior forwardMichael Wright (1,464 points - 11th on the Arizona career list) andsophomore guard Gilbert Arenas (1,083) passed the 1,000-point plateau incareer scoring during the course of the season. . . The Wildcats havewon 19 of their last 21 games. . . The Cats are 22-3 this season whenoutrebounding the opposition and have outrebounded 11 of the last 13opponents. UA has posted a rebound margin of +10 or better in 14 gamesthis season. . . Arizona is 13-0 this season when shooting 50 percent orbetter from the floor. Combined with a solid field goal percentagedefense figure (.394), the Wildcats have outshot the opposition in 13 ofthe last 14 games. This season Arizona is 23-1 when outshooting theopposition.
ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils were 5-0 against non-conference teamsthat are among the 65 teams in the NCAA Tournament. ASU defeated Winthrop,Southern Utah, Kent State, Brigham Young, and Charlotte. . . Juniorforward Awvee Storey, an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, led theleague in rebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game. Only one other SunDevil has led the league in rebounding, Lester Neal in 1992-93 with 9.0 boardsper game. . . Senior guard Alton Mason concluded his career with 153career steals, ranking sixth on the ASU career list.
CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears made their first NCAA Tournamentappearance since 1997. It's their 11th appearance overall with a record of 16-11(.593). . . With 1,776 career points, senior forward Sean Lampley ranksas the school's all-time leading scorer. . . Lampley's 889 careerrebounds place him fourth on the Cal career chart and 28th on the Pac-10career list. . . Lampley is the only player in Cal history to be listedin the career top 10 in points, rebounds and assists. . . Sophomoreguard Shantay Legans ranks seventh on the Cal career charts with 94three-pointers. . . Cal posted 11 wins in league play for the first timesince 1997 when it finished tied for second with a 12-6 record in Pac-10play.
OREGON - With 522 points this year, senior forward Bryan Bracey becamethe 11th different Oregon player to score 500 points in a season. It'sthe 13th highest single-season total in school history. . . Junior guardFrederick Jones needs six points to become the 22nd member of Oregon's1,000-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 1,017career points, becoming the 29th player in school history to score 1,000points. . . Senior guard Deaundra Tanner finished his Beaver career with1,399 career points, ranking eighth all-time in OSU history. Tanner's457 career assists rank third all-time on the school charts. His 179 careersteals rank fourth all-time on the OSU career charts. . . The Beaverdefense tightened over the last eight games, as they did not allow anopponent to score more than 69 points. OSU led the Pac-10 in scoringdefense at 63.8 points per game.
STANFORD - Stanford won its third consecutive Pac-10 title. . . TheCardinal made their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance,their 10th overall with a 16-9 record (.640). . . Stanford posted its seventhconsecutive 20-win season. Its 31 wins are a school record. . . Seniorforward Ryan Mendez connected on a Pac-10 record 49 consecutive freethrow attempts. Mendez also connected on a Conference record 46consecutive free throws in Pac-10 play. . . Three Cardinal players wentover 1,000 points in career scoring this season - Jarron Collins(1,081), Casey Jacobsen (1,065) and Ryan Mendez (1,032). . . Stanford is shooting.511 for the season, the highest percentage since the 1988-89 seasonwhen the team hit a school record .522. . . Stanford has hosted 50consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion. . . Stanford is the first team to goundefeated on the road in league play since Oregon State turned the featduring the 1980-81 season. . . Stanford won the 1942 NCAA title. Afterexpenses, Stanford's share of the NCAA pot was $93.75.
UCLA - The Bruins made their 13th consecutive NCAA Tournamentappearance, 37th overall, posting an NCAA Tournament record of 83-30 (.735). . .UCLA has won 19 of its last 23 games. . . UCLA won 20 games for the 13thconsecutive season and 40th in school history. . . Senior guard EarlWatson tops the UCLA career charts with 235 steals. Watson is 17th onthe UCLA career scoring list with 1,449 career points. Watson has startedevery game (129) during his Bruin career. . . Sophomore forward JasonKapono passed the 1,000 point-plateau for his career, he now has 1,070career points. . . Junior center Dan Gadzuric averaged 10.1 reboundsover the last 13 games of the season. . . Coach Steve Lavin is one of justthree coaches in the nation to lead his school to four Sweet 16's in thelast five years. The others are Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke'sMike Krzyzewski.
USC - USC is made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997. It'sthe Trojans 11th appearance overall with a 9-13 (.409) record. . . USCwon 20 games in a season for the first time since 1992. Its 24 wins tiea school record set three other times. . . The Trojans have four playerswith 1,000 or more career points - senior forward Brian Scalabrine(1,441 - 6th on the USC career list), senior guard Jeff Trepagnier (1,124),junior guard Brandon Granville (1,030), and junior center Sam Clancy(1,046). . . With 147 career blocked shots, Clancy is USC's careerleader. . . Granville holds the school record with 595 career assists,and is third all-time at USC with 159 career three-pointers. . . With204 steals, Trepagnier finished second on the schools all-time steals chart. . .The Trojans posted 12 regular season victories at home this seasonfor the first time since posting 14 victories in the Sports Arena duringthe 1992 season.
WASHINGTON - Senior guard Michael Johnson finished his career with 83career three-pointers, ranking him third on the Husky career charts. His83rd career three-pointer came with 1.1 seconds remaining in the 96-94upset win over UCLA in the season finale. . . With its win over UCLA,Washington has defeated a ranked UCLA team in Seattle in each of thelast four years.
WASHINGTON STATE - At 12-16, the Cougars doubled their win total fromlast season when they finished 6-22. At 5-13 in Pac-10 play, the Cougarsequaled their best win total since finishing league play at 5-13 duringthe 1997 season. . . Junior center J Locklier earned the Pac-10'sNewcomer of the Year. He's the first Cougar to earn the award sinceShamon Antrum in 1995. . . Freshman guard Marcus Moore was first Cougarnamed to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team since Blake Pengelly in 1997.Moore averaged 10.4 points and 3.6 assists per game.
2002 PAC-10 TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
Staples Center in Los Angeles will be the site for the Pac-10 Men'sBasketball Tournament when it returns March 7-9, 2002. This eventpromises to be every bit as exciting as it was in 1990 when Arizonadefeated UCLA to secure the Pac-10 automatic berth in the NCAATournament and was joined by California, UCLA, and Oregon State, who receivedat-large bids. Ticket applications are available on-line at www.pac-10.org and will beaccepted on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantee ofavailability or seat location. There will be a limit of six (6)all-session ticket booklets per order. By January 15, 2002, applicants will be notifiedwhether they were successful in obtaining ticket booklets. Refunds will be mailed tounsuccessful applicants no later then February 15, 2002. Ticket bookletswill be mailed to successful applicants prior to February 8, 2002.Ticket booklets are $135.00 each, which includes all sessions (sevengames). The seats will be located in the upper level of Staples Center.Everyone must have a ticket for admission regardless of age. Game timeswill 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 alater date.