March 16, 2001
REGIONAL: East, Second Round.
TIME: Saturday, 3:40 p.m. EST.
SITE: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.
Maybe now Utah State has garnered more interest for its web site. The schoolcertainly will have the attention of UCLA.
Coming off its first NCAA tournament victory in 21 years, the 12th-seededAggies seek another major upset when it faces No. 4 seed UCLA in the secondround of the East Regional.
Utah State was one of the surprises in the first round with its 77-68overtime victory Thursday over fifth-seeded Ohio State.
'I hope this puts us on the map and gets people to go to our web sitebecause we proved we can play with the top teams,' said Aggies senior centerDimitri Jorssen.
Tony Brown hit the game-tying jumper with 1.8 seconds left in regulation andthe Aggies outscored the Buckeyes 17-8 in overtime for their first tournamentwin since 1970, when they knocked off both UTEP and Santa Clara.
Utah State has suffered in large part because of its membership in the BigWest, which hasn't sent multiple teams to the NCAA tournament since UNLV leftthe conference following the 1995-96 season.
The Bruins avoided an upset Thursday, coming back from a six-point deficitin the final 13 minutes to advance to the second round with a 61-48 victoryover 13th-seeded Hofstra. Billy Knight scored 17 points and UCLA used its pressto wear down Hofstra, outscoring the Pride 24-5 in the final 13 minutes.
'Sometimes we don't force a lot of turnovers early or you don't see thetangible effects of the press, but there is a wearing factor,' coach SteveLavin said. 'So, late in the game, there will be a flurry of baskets we getand that's because of fatigue. Sometimes we surprise ourselves.'
The win also gave Lavin at least one tournament victory for the fourth timein five NCAA appearances since replacing Jim Harrick in the wake of arecruiting scandal.
UCLA and Utah State have met once before in the NCAA tournament, when theBruins crushed the Aggies 101-79 in 1970 en route to its fourth straightnational championship and sixth in seven seasons.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Utah State - F Shawn Daniels (11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg), FCurtis Bobb (10.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg), C Jorssen (8.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg), G Bernard Rock(10.6 ppg, 4.2 apg), G Tony Brown (11.9 ppg, 3.2 apg). UCLA - F Matt Barnes(11.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg), F Jason Kapono (17.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg), C Dan Gadzuric (11.6ppg, 8.4 rpg), G Earl Watson (14.6 ppg, 5.3 apg), G Knight (7.8 ppg, 0.5 apg).
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Utah State - Automatic bid, Big West Conferencetournament champion, defeated No. 5 Ohio State 77-68, OT, first round. UCLA -At-large bid, Pac-10 Conference, defeated No. 13 Hofstra 61-48, first round.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT RECORD: Utah State - 6-15, 14 years. UCLA - 82-29, 37years.