UCLA Announces 2001-2002 Men's Basketball Schedule
April 18, 2001
UCLA men's basketball 2001-2002 schedule is highlighted by 13 teams thatappeared in postseason tournament play last season, including seven clubs thatparticipated in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. The marquee multi-team events on nextseason's slate are the Maui and Wooden Classics. The schedule was releasedWednesday by Bruin associate athletic director Marc Dellins.
Along with UCLA, participating at the Maui Classic (Nov. 19-21) in Hawaii are2001 NCAA Champion Duke, along with NCAA 'Sweet 16' participant Kansas (theJayhawks will also make an appearance in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 12), NITparticipants Seton Hall and South Carolina, along with Houston, Ball State andhost Chaminade.
In the Wooden Classic on Dec. 8 at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, UCLA will faceAlabama, coached by former Bruin assistant Mark Gottfried (UCLA head coach SteveLavin and Gottfried were on the Bruin staff when UCLA won the 1995 NCAAChampionship). In 2001, Alabama reached the NIT Championship game, losing toTulsa. The other Wooden Classic contest is Pacific-10 opponent Arizona, theWildcats lost to Duke in the 2001 NCAA Championship game, vs. NIT participantPurdue.
Including Kansas, UCLA's other top nonconference opponents for next season areNov. 28 vs. NIT participant Pepperdine in Pauley Pavilion, Dec. 15 vs. NITparticipant UC Irvine in Pauley Pavilion, Dec. 29 vs. NCAA 'Sweet 16'participant Georgetown in Pauley Pavilion and on Feb. 9 at NIT participantVillanova.
Previewing the 2002 Pac-10 schedule, the conference last season sent five teamsto the NCAA Tournament ' runnerup Arizona (Jan. 19 at Tucson, Feb. 14 in PauleyPavilion), 'Elite Eight' participants USC (Jan. 9 at the Sports Arena, Feb. 6 inPauley Pavilion) and defending conference champion Stanford (Jan. 24 in PauleyPavilion, Feb. 23 at Palo Alto), 'Sweet 16' participant UCLA, one of only fourschools in the U. S. to reach the 'Sweet 16' four times in the last five years,and California (Jan. 26 in Pauley Pavilion, Feb. 21 at Berkeley). It was thethird time in conference history that five schools went to the NCAA Tournamentand the first time three teams advanced to the 'Elite Eight'. The Pac-10 ownedthe best record (13-5, 72.2) of any conference in the 2001 NCAA Tournament.UCLA's Pac-10 opening series will be in the Pacific Northwest, playingWashington in Seattle on Dec. 20 and Washington State in Pullman on Dec. 22. Theregular season will conclude in Pauley Pavilion, hosting Oregon State on Feb. 28and Oregon on March 2.
The 2002 Pac-10 season will also mark the reappearance of the Pac-10 PostseasonTournament (it was first held from 1987-90, with UCLA winning the inauguralPac-10 Tournament at Pauley Pavilion in 1987). This year's Pac-10 PostseasonTournament will be held from March 7-9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.The top eight teams from regular season league play will participate and thewinner will earn the conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
*This is a tentative schedule. There could be some changes in dates and startingtimes over the next few months.
2001-2002 UCLA MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Thurs., Nov. 8 - EA All-StarsWed.., Nov. 14 - Global SportsMon., Nov. 19 - Wed., Nov. 21 - at Maui Classic (Ball State, Chaminade, Duke, Houston, Kansas, Seton Hall, South Carolina, UCLA)Wed., Nov. 28 - PepperdineWed., Dec. 5 - UC RiversideSat., Dec. 8 - Alabama at Wooden Classic (Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim)Sat., Dec. 15 - UC IrvineThurs., Dec. 20 - at WashingtonSat., Dec. 22 - at Washington State (12:30 p.m.)Thurs., Dec. 27 - ColumbiaSat., Dec. 29 - Georgetown (1:00 p.m. PST)Thurs., Jan. 3 - WashingtonSat., Jan. 5 - Washington StateWed., Jan. 9 - at USCSat., Jan. 12 - KansasThurs., Jan. 17 - at Arizona StateSat., Jan. 19 - at ArizonaThurs., Jan. 24 - StanfordSat., Jan. 26 - CaliforniaThurs., Jan. 31 - at OregonSat., Feb. 2 - at Oregon StateWed., Feb. 6 - USCSat., Feb. 9 - at VillanovaThurs., Feb. 14 - ArizonaSat., Feb. 16 - Arizona StateThurs., Feb. 21 - at CaliforniaSat., Feb. 23 - at StanfordThurs., Feb. 28 - Oregon StateSat., Mar. 2 - OregonThurs., Mar. 7-Sat., Mar. 9 - Pac-10 Postseason Tournament at Staples Center