Men's Basketball Schedule Announced
July 17, 2001
Corvallis, Ore. - Seventeen home dates, four games with in-state rivals, a trip to the Great Alaska Shootout, and the resurrection of the Pacific-10 Conference Postseason Tournament highlight the 2001-2002 Oregon State University men's basketball schedule.
The Beavers, under second-year head coach Ritchie McKay, open the year with exhibition games in early November, before beginning regular season action Nov. 17 at Gill Coliseum against the University of Northern Colorado Bears.
'This will be an exciting year for Beaver basketball fans,' McKay said. 'We have a challenging home schedule that will only improve yearly, and we are making numerous aesthetic changes in Gill Coliseum to add to the atmosphere of Ralph Miller Court. In addition, our program has a fresh look with an influx of talent.'
McKay's youthful team expects to be challenged early in the season when the Beavers play the University of Texas Longhorns in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage Nov. 22. The team will then play either St. John's or Gonzaga in game two of the tournament, before battling Tennessee, Indiana, Marquette, or UA-Anchorage in the final round. Four of the schools in the Shootout played in the NCAA Tournament last season.
Returning to the schedule for the 2002 season is the University of Portland and Portland State University. The Beavers will play the Vikings at the Rose Garden Dec. 12, and host the Pilots Feb. 18.
'It's important we renew our games with the Portland schools,' McKay said. 'Contests against your in-state counterparts create excitement among the fans of all the institutions, and for some intense non-conference games.'
The Pac-10 Conference slate begins prior to New Year's for the first time since the 1990 season, due to the implementation of the league tournament Mar. 7-9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Beavers open Pac-10 play against the 2001 national runner-up University of Arizona Wildcats Dec. 20 in Corvallis.
The remaining non-conference home schedule includes San Diego Nov. 26, Southern Utah Nov. 30, Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Dec. 27, and Lehigh Dec. 31.
2001-2002 ScheduleNov. 3 Exhibition (TBA), Nov. 9 Athletes-In-Action (Exhib.), Nov. 17 Northern Colorado, Nov. 21-24 at Great Alaska Shootout, Nov. 26 San Diego, Nov. 30 Southern Utah, Dec. 12 at Portland State, Dec. 15 at Cal Poly-SLO, Dec. 20 Arizona, Dec. 22 Arizona State, Dec. 27 Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, Dec. 31 Lehigh, Jan. 4 at Arizona State, Jan. 6 at Arizona, Jan. 10 Stanford, Jan. 12 California, Jan. 19 Oregon, Jan. 24 at Washington State, Jan. 26 at Washington, Jan. 31 USC, Feb. 2 UCLA, Feb. 7 at California, Feb. 9 at Stanford, Feb. 16 at Oregon, Feb. 18 Portland, Feb. 21 Washington, Feb. 23 Washington State, Feb. 28 at UCLA, Mar. 2 at USC, Mar. 7-9 at Pac-10 Tournament (Los Angeles).