PAC-10 SENDS FOUR TO THE SWEET SIXTEEN FOR THIRD TIME IN FIVE YEARS
March 19, 2001
The Pac-10 rolled to an 8-1 record during the First and Second roundsand will advance four teams to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in fiveyears. The Pac-10 also had four teams advance in 1997 and 1998. . .STANFORD remains in the West to face Cincinnati in Anaheim, ARIZONA will face Mississippi in San Antonio, while UCLA meets Duke and USC takes on Kentucky in Philadelphia. . . With CALIFORNIA also appearing in the NCAA Tournament this year, the Pac-10 has sent five teams to the Tournament for the third time. The previous two times produced national champions - UCLA in 1995, Arizona in 1997. . . Over the past five years, the Pac-10 has produced a 37-17 (.685) record in NCAA Tournament play.
THIS WEEK'S PAC-10 NCAA REGIONAL ACTION:
Thur., Mar. 22
East Region - Philadelphia, Pa.
No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 6 USC
Game time: 7:38 p.m. ET/4:38 p.m. PT
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 4 UCLA
Game time: Approx. 9:55 p.m. ET/6:55 p.m. PT
West Region - Anaheim, Calif.
No. 1 STANFORD vs. No. 5 Cincinnati
Game time: Approx. 10:15 p.m. ET/7:15 p.m. PT
Fri., Mar. 23
Midwest Region - San Antonio, Texas
No. 2 ARIZONA vs. No. 3 Mississippi Game time: 7:55 p.m. ET/4:55 p.m. PT
For the first time since 1939, the Pac-10 had five teams eachfinish the regular season with 20 wins. . . Each Pac-10 team recorded 10 ormore wins for the second time in three seasons. . . The six-gamedifference between the league's fifth place team and sixth place team is the largest margin in league history.
NCAA First/Second Round Pac-10 highlights:
UCLA's Dan Gadzuric and USC's Sam Clancy each posted a pair ofdouble-doubles during the first and second rounds. Gadzuric averaged15.0 points/13.5 rebounds, Clancy averaged 18.0 points/12.5 rebounds.
UCLA reaches Sweet Sixteen for the fourth time in the last fiveyears.
USC won two Tournament games for just the second time in schoolhistory. The Trojans were 2-2 during the 1954 NCAA Tournament.
Stanford shot 59-of-71 (.831) from the free throw line in itstwo tournament victories. The Cardinal also shot 14-of-30 (.467) fromthree-point range.
Arizona shot 67-of-120 (.558) from the field, UCLA was 56-of-109(.514), USC was 47-of-94 (.500), and Stanford was 53-of-109 (.486).
Defensively, UCLA held its opponents to 32-of-102 (.314)shooting from the field, while USC held its opponents to 46-of-133 (.345), Arizona held its opponents to 48-of-127 (.378), and Stanford held its opponent to 52-of-103 (.505).
Arizona outrebounded Eastern Illinois and Butler by an averagemargin of +15.5 rebounds.
The four Pac-10 teams that have advanced to the Sweet Sixteenwon a total of eight games by an average of 17.25 points.
Should UCLA and USC advance to the East Region final, it wouldmark the first time two Pac-10 teams faced each other in the NCAA Tournament.
All-Conference Notes. . . Sean Lampley becomes the fourth Cal player inthe last eight years to win the Pac-10 Player of the Year honor. Lampley led the Pac-10 in scoring (19.7 ppg) and became Cal's all-time leadingscorer. . Luke Ridnour becomes the first Oregon player to be namedPac-10 Freshman of the Year. . . Steve Lavin becomes the fourth UCLA coach toearn Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors, joining Gary Cunningham '78, Walt Hazzard '87, and Jim Harrick '95. . . It's the sixth consecutive yearthat one school has been represented by three players. . . Two-timeAll-Conference award winners go to Lampley, Casey Jacobsen, Jason Kapono and Michael Wright. . . Chicago was well represented on theAll-Conference team with three players. In addition, honorable mentionpick Awvee Storey of Arizona State hails from Chicago.
PAC-10 TEAMS IN SWEET SIXTEEN
ARIZONA - Arizona has won at least 20 games for the 14th consecutiveseason and 23rd time in school history. . . The Wildcats are makingtheir 17th consecutive NCAA appearance - second longest active streak in thenation, trailing only North Carolina (27), and 20th appearance overall.
Arizona's tournament record is 29-18 (.617), with a national title in1997 and Final Four appearances in 1988 and 1994. . . Junior forwardMichael Wright (1,440 points) and sophomore guard Gilbert Arenas (1,039)passed the 1,000-point plateau in career scoring during the course ofthe season. . . The Wildcats have won 17 of their last 19 games. . . TheCats are 21-3 this season when outrebounding the opposition and haveoutrebounded nine consecutive opponents and 10 of the last 11. UA hasposted a rebound margin of +10 or better in 13 games this season. . .Arizona is 13-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from thefloor. Combined with a solid field goal percentage defense figure(.396), the Wildcats have outshot the opposition in 11 of the last 12games. This season Arizona is 21-1 when outshooting the opposition.
STANFORD - Stanford won its third consecutive Pac-10 title. . . TheCardinal are making their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournamentappearance, their 10th overall with a 15-8 record (.652). . . Stanford posted its seventh consecutive 20-win season. Its 30 wins tie a school record setin 1998 (30-5). . . Senior forward Ryan Mendez connected on a Pac-10 record49 consecutive free throw attempts. Mendez also connected on aConference record 46 consecutive free throws in Pac-10 play. . . Stanford is on the verge of having three players with career scoring totals over 1,000points - Jarron Collins (1,058), Casey Jacobsen (1,024) and Ryan Mendez(998). . . Stanford is shooting .511 for the season, the highestpercentage since the 1988-89 season when the team hit a school record.522. . . Stanford has hosted 50 consecutive soldout crowds at MaplesPavilion. . . Stanford is the first team to go undefeated on the road inleague play since Oregon State turned the feat during the 1980-81season. . . Stanford won the 1942 NCAA title. After expenses, Stanford's share of the NCAA pot was $93.75.
UCLA - The Bruins are making their 13th consecutive NCAA Tournamentappearance, 37th overall, posting an NCAA Tournament record of 83-29(.741). . . UCLA has won 19 of its last 23 games. . . UCLA won 20 gamesfor the 13th consecutive season and 40th in school history. . . Seniorguard Earl Watson tops the UCLA career charts with 234 steals. Watson is17th on the UCLA career scoring list with 1,432 career points. Watsonhas started every game (128) during his Bruin career. . . Sophomore forwardJason Kapono passed the 1,000 point-plateau for his career, he now has1,058 career points. . . Junior center Dan Gadzuric has averaged 10.2rebounds over the last 12 games of the season. . . Coach Steve Lavin isone of just three coaches in the nation to lead his school to four Sweet16's in the last five years. The others are Michigan State's Tom Izzoand Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.
USC - USC is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997.It's the Trojans 11th appearance overall with a 8-12 (.400) record. . . USCwon 20 games in a season for the first time since 1992 (24-6). . . TheTrojans have four players with 1,000 or more career points - seniorforward Brian Scalabrine (1,415), senior guard Jeff Trepagnier (1,099),junior guard Brandon Granville (1,022), and junior center Sam Clancy(1,010). . . With 139 career blocked shots, Clancy is USC's careerleader. . . Granville holds the school record with 580 career assists,and is third all-time at USC with 158 career three-pointers. . . With206 steals, Trepagnier needs three thefts to become the schools all-timesteals leader. . . The Trojans posted 12 regular season victories athome this season for the first time since posting 14 victories in the SportsArena during the 1992 season.
ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils were 5-0 against non-conference teamsthat are among the 65 teams in the NCAA Tournament. ASU defeated Winthrop,Southern Utah, Kent State, Brigham Young, and Charlotte. . . Juniorforward Awvee Storey, an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, led theleague in rebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game. Only one other SunDevil has led the league in rebounding, Lester Neal in 1992-93 with 9.0 boards per game. . . Senior guard Alton Mason concluded his career with 153career steals, ranking sixth on the ASU career list.
CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears made their first NCAA Tournamentappearance since 1997. It's their 11th appearance overall with a record of 16-11 (.593). . . With 1,776 career points, senior forward Sean Lampley ranksas the school's all-time leading scorer. . . Lampley's 889 careerrebounds place him fourth on the Cal career chart and 28th on the Pac-10career list. . . Lampley is the only player in Cal history to be listedin the career top 10 in points, rebounds and assists. . . Sophomoreguard Shantay Legans ranks seventh on the Cal career charts with 94three-pointers. . . Cal posted 11 wins in league play for the first timesince 1997 when it finished tied for second with a 12-6 record in Pac-10play.
OREGON - With 522 points this year, senior forward Bryan Bracey becamethe 11th different Oregon player to score 500 points in a season. It'sthe 13th highest single-season total in school history. . . Junior guardFrederick Jones needs six points to become the 22nd member of Oregon's1,000-point club. He also ranks in Oregon's career top eight in assists,steals, blocked shots and three-point field goals.
OREGON STATE - Senior center Jason Heide concluded his career with 1,017 career points, becoming the 29th player in school history to score 1,000 points. . . Senior guard Deaundra Tanner finished his Beaver career with 1,399 career points, ranking eighth all-time in OSU history. Tanner's457 career assists rank third all-time on the school charts. His 179 careersteals rank fourth all-time on the OSU career charts. . . The Beaverdefense tightened over the last eight games, as they did not allow anopponent to score more than 69 points. OSU led the Pac-10 in scoringdefense at 63.8 points per game.
WASHINGTON - Senior guard Michael Johnson has 83 career three-pointers, ranking him third on the Husky career charts. His 83rd careerthree-pointer came with 1.1 seconds remaining in the 96-94 upset winover UCLA on Saturday. . . With its win over UCLA, Washington has defeated aranked UCLA team in Seattle in each of the last four years.
WASHINGTON STATE - At 12-16, the Cougars doubled their win total fromlast season when they finished 6-22. At 5-13 in Pac-10 play, the Cougarsequaled their best win total since finishing league play at 5-13 duringthe 1997 season. . . Junior center J Locklier earned the Pac-10'sNewcomer of the Year. He's the first Cougar to earn the award sinceShamon Antrum in 1995. . . Freshman guard Marcus Moore was first Cougarnamed to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team since Blake Pengelly in 1997.Moore averaged 10.4 points and 3.6 assists per game.
2001 PAC-10 TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
Staples Center in Los Angeles will be the site for the Pac-10 Men'sBasketball Tournament when it returns March 7-9, 2002. This eventpromises to be every bit as exciting as it was in 1990 when Arizonadefeated UCLA to secure the Pac-10 automatic berth in the NCAATournament and was joined by California, UCLA, and Oregon State, who received at-large bids.
Ticket applications are available on-line at www.pac-10.org and will beaccepted on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantee ofavailability or seat location. There will be a limit of six (6)all-session ticket booklets per order.
By January 15, 2002, applicants will be notified whether they weresuccessful in obtaining ticket booklets. Refunds will be mailed tounsuccessful applicants no later then February 15, 2002. Ticket bookletswill be mailed to successful applicants prior to February 8, 2002.
Ticket booklets are $135.00 each, which includes all sessions (sevengames). The seats will be located in the upper level of Staples Center.Everyone must have a ticket for admission regardless of age. Game timeswill be announced the week of the tournament.
The Pac-10 institutions will be selling a limited number of lower-level,all-session ticket booklets to their students, fans and alumni at alater date.