USC Set To Play Missouri In 2002 Wooden Classic

March 13, 2002

Atherton Communications and Ogden Facility Management Corp., producers of the John R. Wooden Classic, announced today that the University of California Golden Bears will play the University of Georgia Bulldogs in the first game of the 9th annual men's basketball invitational, immediately followed by the University of Southern California Trojans against the University of Missouri Tigers. The doubleheader will be held at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim on Saturday, December 7th.

USC (22-9) will be making its third appearance in the Wooden Classic, having beaten Utah in '00 and losing to Duke in '99. Coach Henry Bibby's Trojans have become one of the top teams in the Pac-10 and next season will return Jerry Dupree, Desmond Farmer and Errick Craven. USC is the 4th seed in the South Regional.

Established in 1994, the John R. Wooden Classic traditionally hosts college basketball's elite programs. The Wooden Classic is a celebration of the game of basketball and the activities benefit Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC). In addition to the doubleheader, event week activities include the Wooden Classic Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill Golf Club and the Wooden Classic Benefit Dinner.

For information, visit woodenclassic.com or arrowheadpond.com or call 714-704-2920.

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