Men's Basketball Announces Schedule

July 2, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. - Two games against Big 12 Conference foes, a trip to O'ahu, and an overall schedule that includes 19 home dates, highlights the 2003-2004 Oregon State University men's basketball 28-game schedule.

The Beavers, under second-year head coach Jay John, open the season with an exhibition game against E.A. Sports on Tues., Nov. 11. The team finishes its exhibition slate Sun., Nov. 16 vs. the Sydney Kings, a professional club from Australia.

The regular season schedule opens Sat., Nov. 22 against defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Prairie View at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers host the University of Portland three nights later on Nov. 25.

A match-up between two programs with a rich tradition will occur Sat., Dec. 6 in Corvallis when the Kansas State Wildcats visit. The Beavers will attempt to avenge a 90-72 loss in Manhattan last season. The two programs have split the four-game series and last met in Corvallis Dec. 3, 1988 with the Beavers posting a 66-48 victory.

Oregon State will also host non-conference games against Boise State, Sacramento State, Jackson State, IPFW, and Willamette.

The team, which returns one starter and a total of seven lettermen overall from last year's 13-15 club, makes its first of only two pre-conference road ventures Mon., Dec. 1 at the University of Colorado. The Buffaloes were 20-12 last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, losing in the first round to Michigan State.

A late addition to the schedule is a Mon., Dec. 15 contest at the University of Hawaii, where the host school was 15-1 at the Stan Sheriff Center last year. The Warriors were 18-13 overall last season and competed in the NIT Tournament, defeating UNLV in Las Vegas in the opening round before falling at Minnesota. Oregon State is allowed to play 28 regular season games, as opposed to the typical 27, due to a NCAA clause allowing member institutions an annual one-game exemption when playing in Hawaii or Alaska.

Pac-10 Conference action begins Fri., Jan. 2 at Pauley Pavilion against the UCLA Bruins. The Beavers open the home conference slate, Sat., Jan. 10 against in-state rival Oregon. Defending conference champion Arizona visits Gill Sat., Feb. 21.

'We have built a schedule that allows us to ease our younger players into Division I basketball, but at the same time we have upgraded our schedule from past years,' John said. 'It's important for this team to play tough opponents prior to conference action and gain confidence, but at the same time we can't be traveling all over the country like we have in the past.'

2003-2004 SCHEDULE (Times TBA/Home Games in Bold)

NOVEMBER

Tues., Nov. 11 vs. E.A. Sports (exhibition); Sun., Nov. 16 vs. Sydney Kings (exhibition); Sat., Nov. 22 vs. Prairie View; Tues., Nov. 25 vs. Portland; Sat., Nov. 29 vs. IPFW

DECEMBER

Mon., Dec. 1 at Colorado; Sat., Dec. 6 vs. Kansas State; Fri., Dec. 12 vs. Willamette; Mon., Dec. 15 at Hawaii; Sat., Dec. 20 vs. Boise State; Mon., Dec. 22 vs. Sacramento State; Sun., Dec. 28 vs. Jackson State

JANUARY

Fri., Jan. 2 at UCLA; Sun., Jan. 4 at USC; Sat., Jan 10 vs. Oregon; Thurs., Jan. 15 vs. Washington State; Sat., Jan. 17 vs. Washington; Thurs., Jan. 22 at Arizona; Sat., Jan. 24 at Arizona State; Thurs., Jan. 29 vs. Stanford; Sat., Jan. 31 vs. California

FEBRUARY

Sat., Feb. 7 at Oregon; Thurs., Feb. 12 at Washington State; Sat., Feb. 14 at Washington; Thurs., Feb. 19 vs. Arizona State; Sat., Feb. 21 vs. Arizona; Thurs., Feb. 26 at Stanford; Sat., Feb. 28 at California

MARCHThurs., March 4 vs. UCLA; Sat., March 6 vs. USC; Thurs-Sat., March 11-13 at Pac-10 Tournament (L.A.).

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