UCLA, Washington State Ready For Season Openers

Nov. 19, 2001

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With eight Pac-10 teams opening the season with victories, UCLA andWASHINGTON STATE will look to make it a clean sweep for season openersthis season as the Bruins open up the Maui Invitational against Houstonand the Cougars meet Colorado State in Spokane. . . The Pac-10 hasjumped out to a 14-2 record against non-league foes.


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

Tue., Nov. 20
Portland 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. 21
UCLA at Maui Invitational (15)

Thur., Nov. 22
Oregon State vs. Texas, 5:30 p.m. (9)

Fri., Nov. 23
Oregon State vs. Gonzaga or St. John's, TBD (9)

Sat., Nov. 24
Arizona State at Brigham Young, 4 p.m.
Oregon vs. Louisville, 7:30 p.m. (FSN) (20)
Oregon State at Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, TBD (9)
Stanford vs. Purdue, 6 p.m. (10)
Santa Clara at Washington, 1 p.m.
Prairie View A&M at Washington State, 1 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 25
NIKE Elite at Arizona, 7 p.m. (X)

Tournaments and Neutral Sites
(9) Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, Anchorage, Alaska
(10) Wooden Tradition, Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
(16) Maui Invitational, Lahaina Civic Center, Maui, Hawaii (Ball State, Chaminade, Duke, Houston, Kansas, Seton Hall, South Carolina, UCLA)
(20) Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.
(21) Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash.
(X) Exhibition


ARIZONA - After opening the season not ranked, the Cats have made astatement by knocking of No. 2 Maryland, No. 6 Florida and No. 23 Texason the way to a 3-0 start. . . Dating back to last season, Arizona hasplayed seven straight games against ranked opponents and is 6-1 in thatspan. Since the start of the 1999-2000 campaign, UA is 18-6 vs. rankedopponents. The Wildcats' next regular season game is against No. 7Kansas. . On the season, junior point guard Jason Gardner is averaging24.7 points, 5.0 assists and shooting .524 from the floor (.481 fromthree-point range). . . Arizona is 26-5 when Gardner has contributedwithfive or more assists in a game.

ARIZONA STATE - Senior center Chad Prewitt scored 21 points in 23minutesof action in ASU's season-opening win over Stephen F. Austin. . . Thewinmarked the 12th straight home-opening win for the Sun Devils. . .Sophomore forward Justin Allen made his first regular-season appearancesince being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease last September. Allenscoredtwo points on a pair of free throws, grabbed one rebound and dished outone assist in 10 minutes.

CALIFORNIA - Freshman forward/center Jamal Sampson earned tournament MVPhonors after leading Cal to the championship of the BCA Classic. InThursday's 70-58 win over Princeton, Sampson had 10 points and ateam-high 5 rebounds. Then in a 56-27 victory over Eastern Washington,hetallied 10 points, grabbed 14 boards and blocked 4 shots. EWU scored thelowest points for a Cal opponent since the Bears beat San FranciscoState, 52-23, in 1946.

OREGON - Through three games, the Ducks are averaging 93.3 ppg, whileallowing 55.7 ppg - that works out to a +37.6 scoring margin. . . TheDucks scored 90 or more points in four games all of last season. . .Junior forward Robert Johnson pulled down 10 rebounds in each of thefirst two victories. He's averaging 8.3 rpg. . . Oregon is averaging11.3steals per game. The Ducks grabbed 15 steals in the season-opener versusAlabama State, then grabbed 10 against Western Michigan.

OREGON STATE - Junior forward Brian Jackson scored 22 points in thehome-opening victory for the Beavers. It was his fifth 20+ pointperformance of his career. . . The Beavers head off to Alaska for theCarrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. It's their second appearance in theGreat Alaska Shootout, having finished third in the 1991 Shootout. . .Oregon State is 8-4 over the last four seasons in regular seasontournament action.

STANFORD - All five starters scored in double figures in Stanford's winover New Mexico. . . Junior center Curtis Borchardt posted career-highswith 17 points and 11 rebounds. It was the first double-double of hiscareer. He also added four blocked shots giving him 65 blocked shots forhis career - that places him sixth on the Stanford all-time list. . .Junior guard/forward Casey Jacobsen tallied 17 points and a career-higheight assists. It was the 34th time in the last 35 games that he hasreached double digits in scoring.

UCLA - The Bruins enter the season with their highest ranking (No. 4 USAToday/ESPN/No. 3 AP) since opening the 1995-96 season ranked No. 4. UCLAalso opened the 1995-96 season at the Maui Classic, but were upended bySanta Clara in the opening game and came back home with a 1-2 record tostart the year.

USC - Senior forward Sam Clancy has posted double-doubles in each ofUSC's games played this season. He posted 22 points/12 rebounds vs.Wyoming, then followed that with a 13 point/12 rebound effort at FresnoState. . . Just two games into the season and senior guard BrandonGranville is already working his way up the Pac-10 career list forassists. With 12 this season, he now has 607 career assists, tying himwith former UCLA guard Earl Watson for ninth.

WASHINGTON - Washington reached the 80-point plateau twice while inAlaska, only one time fewer than last season's team that scored 80pointson three occasions. . . On Thursday Erroll Knight scored a UW freshmandebut record 23 points. He topped the mark of 22 points set by DeonLutonon Nov. 26, 1996 in his collegiate debut against BYU. . . Senior centerDavid Dixon pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds in the loss to Butler.

In three games this season, Dixon has 28 rebounds (9.3 rpg). He had 29rebounds over the final eight games last season.

WASHINGTON STATE - Junior guard Jerry McNair has had the hot hand fortheCougars in the early going. In each of the two exhibition victories,McNair has been the leading scorer with 23 and 26 points respectively.McNair is shooting 10-of-16 (.625) from three-point range in the twocontests.


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 NCAATournamentand was joined by California, UCLA, and Oregon State, who receivedat-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 alaterdate.

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