ASU and Purdue Men's Basketball Tickets For Las Vegas Showdown On Sale

Oct. 9, 2002

At a press conference today, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and ESPN Regional Television officially announced the Las Vegas Showdown and welcomed the head coaches to Las Vegas. The seventh annual event, held on Dec. 21 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), will feature Purdue University and Arizona State University in Game 1 followed by the Stanford University and UNLV in Game 2.

'During the past seven years, we have continually searched the top echelon of schools for participants in this prestigious event televised on ESPN,' said Rossi Ralenkotter, vice president of marketing for the LVCVA. 'We're looking forward to hosting the teams and fans, and we welcome them to enjoy everything that can be found in Las Vegas, the most exciting city in the world.'

Game 1, to be televised nationally on ESPN2, begins at 6:30 p.m. (PT) and features Rob Evans' Sun Devils against the Boilermakers and head coach Gene Keady.

'The city of Las Vegas and UNLV provide a great college basketball atmosphere, and I am very excited not only for our players but for our fans both in the Las Vegas area and in Phoenix,' said Evans. 'We expect to have a good following to Las Vegas and we are looking forward to meeting Sun Devil fans who make their homes in Las Vegas. Purdue is a great opponent, and we are excited for the matchup as Gene Keady's teams always play hard and are talented.'

'We're excited about returning to Las Vegas and competing in the Showdown,' said Keady. 'Every time we've taken our team to Las Vegas, we have had a good time and enjoyed the city and its people. The best part will be a challenging game against Arizona State.'

Televised nationally on ESPN, Game 2 tips off at 9 p.m. (PT) pitting the Cardinal and head coach Mike Montgomery against Charlie Spoonhour's UNLV Runnin' Rebels.

'We are excited to return to the Las Vegas Showdown. This is a first-class tournament, and everybody involved in the event last year was great,' said Montgomery. 'Playing UNLV will be a challenge for our young team this year. The Runnin' Rebels have a great tradition in basketball, and this game will be a major test for us.'

'The Las Vegas Showdown has been a first-class event and this year's matchups are no different,' said Spoonhour. 'Mike Montgomery and his staff have done a great job building Stanford into a perennial Top-10 team. Stanford is an opponent that we have tremendous respect for and we are looking forward to a great game.'

The Las Vegas Showdown is expected to attract a sell-out crowd to the 18,500-seat Thomas & Mack Center for the doubleheader basketball action.

'Obviously, we're extremely excited to bring together teams from the Pac-10, Big 10 and Mountain West Conferences,' said Pete Derzis, senior vice president at ESPN Regional Television. 'I'm confident that fans in Las Vegas and throughout the country will be treated to one of the strongest holiday tournament fields in the country.'

Tickets for the Las Vegas Showdown are $28 for lower level seats and $22 for balcony seats. In Las Vegas, fans can call (866) 388-FANS or log on to For fans from Arizona State, Purdue, or Stanford, ticket requests can be directed to the respective ticket offices.

Following the Las Vegas Showdown, the holiday sports extravaganza will continue with the week-long college football experience culminating with the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 25. This year, the Sega Las Vegas Bowl will match the second selection from the Mountain West Conference against the fifth selection from the Pac-10 Conference. The game will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:30 p.m. (PT).

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