This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Nov. 15, 2001

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USC won its Preseason NIT first round game against Wyoming and will now face Fresno State with a trip to the Big Apple on the line. . . ARIZONA hopes to follow up last weeks impressive season-opening showing with another Top-25 matchup at No. 23 Texas. . . CALIFORNIA hosts the BCA Classic, while OREGON hosts the America's Youth Classic. . . ARIZONA STATE, OREGON STATE and STANFORD open the season Saturday, while UCLA and WASHINGTON get the season underway in Hawaii (Maui Invitational) and Alaska (Top of the World Classic) respectively.


Thur., Nov. 15Princeton at California, 8:30 p.m. (6)Alabama State at Oregon, 8:15 p.m. (8)USC at Fresno State, 7 p.m. (17)Washington at Alaska-Fairbanks, 7 p.m. (18)Lewis-Clark State at Washington State, 7 p.m. (X)

Fri., Nov. 16St. Joseph's or Eastern Washington at California, TBD (6)Western Michigan at Oregon, 8:15 p.m. (8)

Sat., Nov. 17Arizona at Texas, 7 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Arizona State, 11:30 a.m.Long Beach State at Oregon, 8:15 p.m. (8)Northern Colorado at Oregon State, 11:05 a.m.Stanford at New Mexico, 7 p.m.Washington vs. Bowling Green or Mississippi, TBD (18)

Sun., Nov. 18Washington at Top of the World Classic, TBD (18)

Mon., Nov. 19UCLA vs. Houston, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2) (15)

Tue., Nov. 20Portland State at Arizona State, 7 p.m.Santa Clara at California, 7:30 p.m.Southern Utah at Stanford, 7:30 p.m.UCLA vs. Kansas or Ball State, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) (15)Washington State vs. Colorado State, 7 p.m. (21)

Wed., Nov. 21UCLA at Maui Invitational (15)USC at NIT Semifinal, 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2) (17)

Tournaments and Neutral Sites
(6) BCA Classic, Berkeley, Calif. (California, Eastern Washington, Princeton, St. Joseph's)(8) America's Youth Classic, Eugene, Ore. (Alabama State, Long Beach State, Oregon, Western Michigan)
(16) Maui Invitational, Lahaina Civic Center, Maui, Hawaii (Ball State, Chaminade, Duke, Houston, Kansas, Seton Hall, South Carolina, UCLA)(17) Preseason NIT (Semifinals and Finals at Madison Square Garden, N.Y., N.Y.)
(18) Top of the World Classic, Fairbanks, Alaska (Alaska-Fairbanks, Bowling Green, Butler, Delaware, Mississippi, Radford, Washington, Wichita State)


USA Today/ESPN (Nov. 12) 1. Duke 2. Illinois 3. Kentucky 4. UCLA 5. Kansas 6. Maryland 7. Florida 8. Missouri 9. Saint Joseph's10. Iowa11. Virginia12. ARIZONA13. Michigan State14. Memphis15. Georgetown16. STANFORD17. Boston College18. Oklahoma State19. Syracuse20. Indiana21. North Carolina22. Texas23. USC24. Oklahoma25. Temple

AP (Preseason) 1. Duke 2. Maryland 3. Illinois 4. Kentucky 5. UCLA 6. Florida 7. Kansas 8. Missouri 9. Iowa10. Saint Joseph's11. Virginia12. Memphis13. STANFORD14. Georgetown15. Michigan State16. Temple17. Boston College18. Oklahoma State19. North Carolina20. USC21. Syracuse22. Indiana23. Texas24. Alabama25. OklahomaARV ARIZONA


In the Lute Olson era, Arizona is 42-7 (.857) in the month of November, including a 27-1 mark in season-opening tournaments since 1987-88. The Cats have won 17 consecutive games in season-opening tournaments, dating back to a 72-70 loss to Minnesota in the 1994 Great Alaska Shootout. Here is a listing of the season-opening tournaments won by Arizona under Olson: 1987 Great Alaska Shootout, 1989 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic, 1990 Preseason N.I.T., 1991 Hawaii Tip-Off Tournament, 1995 Preseason N.I.T., 1996 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic, 1999 Preseason N.I.T., 2000 Maui Invitational, 2001 Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic. . . With the wins over Maryland and Florida, Arizona is a spotless 8-0 under Lute Olson in Madison Square Garden. . . Dating back to last season's NCAA Tournament, Arizona has now played six consecutive games against nationally-ranked opponents and is 5-1 in that span. Since 1999-2000, UA is 17-6 against ranked opponents. Up next for the Cats: Saturday at No. 23 Texas.

Senior center Chad Prewitt will enter this year with a career-high 23 points (vs. Charlotte last year) on his resume, but Monday night the senior center showed how productive he can be this year with a 37-point performance on 10-of-15 shooting. Prewitt also was 15-of-19 from the line and made two three-pointers as ASU won 106-89 over the EA Sports All-Stars. . . Arizona State opens the season at home Saturday vs. Stephen F. Austin.

The Bears received scoring output from throughout the lineup during both exhibition games with seven different players reaching double figures at least once. As a group, Cal shot 56.6 percent from the floor in the two games, including 62.1 percent vs. the L.A. City Stars. . . Junior guard Brian Wethers should be back in the lineup after sitting both exhibition contests with tendinitis in a knee. . . The Bears are 15-1 vs. non-league foes since Haas opening prior to the 1999-2000 season and have won 10 straight non-conference games on their home court since a 74-71 setback to Penn on Dec. 29, 1999. . . Under Coach Ben Braun, the Bears are 4-1 in season openers. . . California inked forward David Paris during the early signing period. He is the son of former San Francisco 49er lineman Bubba Paris.

The Ducks have won nine straight season openers, which is second in the Pac-10 to Stanford's 13. . . The Ducks host the America's Youth Classic at Mac Court. Participants include Alabama State, Long Beach State and Western Michigan. . . Senior center Chris Christoffersen needs two blocks to crack the career top 10 at Oregon, and five more to claim the ninth spot for himself. He's accumulated 37 blocked shots in just 422 career minutes - that works out to one blocked shot per 11 minutes.

Junior forward Philip Ricci and junior guard Jimmie Haywood have been declared ineligible for the team's season opening game Nov. 17 against the University of Northern Colorado. Ricci and Haywood competed in the non-NCAA sanctioned Emerald City All-Star Tournament in Seattle last May. Rules prohibit Division I student-athletes from participating in outside competition unless the NCAA sanctions the event. Ricci and Haywood will be eligible for Oregon State's game on Thanksgiving night against No. 23 Texas in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Stanford has enjoyed great success away from Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 40-5 record (45 games, +583 points) on the road, and 26-6 on a neutral court. Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 13.0 points per game during that time. . . They'll test their road success in a hurry as the Cardinal open the season Saturday against New Mexico in The Pit, where the Lobos have won 81 percent of their games.

Senior guard Ray Young will redshirt the 2001-02 season. . . UCLA had five players in double figures in its exhibition win over Global Sports. Senior forward Matt Barnes scored 18 points, followed by senior guard Billy Knight (16 points), junior forward Jason Kapono (13 points), senior center Dan Gadzuric (12 points) and freshman forward Andre Patterson (10 points). Freshman guard Cedric Bozeman sat out the game against Global Sports. He bruised a tailbone in the exhibition win over EA Sports. Bozeman is expected to be back in the lineup when the Bruins open the season Monday night against Houston in the Maui Invitational.

Senior forward Sam Clancy led four Trojans in double figures in the season-opening victory over Wyoming. Clancy posted his 19th career double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. . . Freshman forward Jerry Dupree had an impressive debut with 13 points, 7 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Coach Bob Bender may miss Washington's regular-season opening game at Alaska Fairbanks. Bender slipped and fell outside his house on Monday and developed a sore back. Bender went in Wednesday morning to be examined at University Hospital. He was diagnosed with a bruised rib and released in the afternoon. . . Freshman guard Will Conroy received good news this week as he was cleared to play by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Conroy was ruled ineligible on Nov. 1 by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Washington filed a wavier on Friday that enabled Conroy to return to practice on Saturday. On Wednesday the school received written confirmation from the Clearinghouse that had approved Conroy's transcript.

The Cougars won their exhibition opener 93-58 over the Brisbane Capitals, Nov. 7. In that game, all five Cougar starters scored in double figures led by junior Jerry McNair's 23 points. Junior forward Milton Riley recorded a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. . . After closing their exhibition season Thursday night against Lewis & Clark State College, the Cougars will begin preparation for their regular season opener Tuesday, Nov. 20 versus Colorado State at the Spokane Arena. The game against the Rams will be WSU's only appearance in the Spokane Arena this season.


Staples Center in Los Angeles will be the site for the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament when it returns March 7-9, 2002. This event promises to be every bit as exciting as it was in 1990 when Arizona defeated UCLA to secure the Pac-10 automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament and was joined by California, UCLA, and Oregon State, who received at-large bids.

Ticket applications are available on-line at and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantee of availability 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 were successful in obtaining ticket booklets. Refunds will be mailed to unsuccessful applicants no later then February 15, 2002. Ticket booklets will be mailed to successful applicants prior to February 8, 2002.

Ticket booklets are $135.00 each, which includes all sessions (seven games). The seats will be located in the upper level of Staples Center. Everyone must have a ticket for admission regardless of age. Game times will 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 a later date.2001-02 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL FALL SIGNINGS

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