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March 17, 2003


2003 NCAA Tournament First and Second Round Schedule:

First Round
Thursday, March 20
West - Salt Lake City, Utah - No. 1 ARIZONA vs. No. 16 Vermont, approx. 3:20 p.m. ET/1:20 p.m. MT
West - Oklahoma City, Okla. - No. 7 Memphis vs. No. 10 ARIZONA STATE, 7:10 p.m. ET/6:10 p.m. CT
East - Oklahoma City, Okla. - No. 8 CALIFORNIA vs. No. 9 North Carolina State, 12:25 p.m. ET/11:25 a.m. CT
South - Spokane, Wash. - No. 4 STANFORD vs. No. 13 San Diego, approx. 5:20 p.m. ET/2:20 p.m. PT

Friday, March 21
Midwest - Nashville, Tenn. No. 8 OREGON vs. No. 9 Utah, approx. 3:10 p.m. ET/2:10 p.m. CT

Second Round
Saturday, March 22

Salt Lake City, Utah - Arizona/Vermont winner vs. Cincinnati/Gonzaga winner, 5:40 p.m. ET
Oklahoma City, Okla. - Memphis/Arizona State winner vs. Kansas/Utah State winner, approx. 8:10 p.m. ET
Oklahoma City, Okla. - California/N.C. State winner vs. Oklahoma/S.C. State winner, 5:30 p.m. ET
Spokane, Wash. - Stanford/San Diego winner vs. Connecticut/Brigham Young winner, 3:20 p.m. ET

Sunday, March 23
Nashville, Tenn. - Oregon/Utah winner vs. Kentucky/IUPUI winner, 5:10 p.m. ET

Pac-10 in the NCAA Tournament

Five Pac-10 teams will participate in the NCAA Tournament. It's the third consecutive year in which the league sent at least five teams to the Tournament...The Pac-10 has responded with considerable success when five or more Pac-10 teams participate in the NCAA Tournament. In four previous NCAA Tournaments where the Pac-10 has sent at least five teams (1995, 1997, 2001, 2002), the league has produced a record of 44-19 (.698). In three of those four seasons, a Pac-10 team has reached the championship game...The Pac-10 has posted a record of 22-11 (.667) over the previous two years of the NCAA Tournament. The Pac-10's 22 victories are more than any other conference over the last two years of the Tournament, ahead of the ACC (21), Big Ten (19) and Big 12 (16)...Of the 11 teams that played in the previous two Tournaments, seven went on to reach the Sweet Sixteen, four advanced to the Elite Eight, while one (Arizona) reached the title game in 2001 .

* ARIZONA is making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament, posting a 34-20 (.630) record with four trips to the Final Four, including a national title in 1997. It's the 19th consecutive appearance for the Wildcats, the longest active streak in the NCAA. Arizona is in the West region.

*ARIZONA STATE is making its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance, posting a 11-12 (.478) record. It's the first trip to the Tournament for the Sun Devils since 1995 and just their third appearance in the last 22 years. Arizona State is in the West region

* CALIFORNIA is making its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance, posting a 17-12 (.586) record. It's the third consecutive appearance for the Golden Bears. California is in the East region.

* OREGON is making its eighth appearance, posting a 9-6 (.600) record. The Ducks are making back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1960-61. Oregon is in the Midwest region.

* STANFORD is making its 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, its ninth consecutive appearance. The Cardinal are 17-10 (.630) in NCAA Tournament play. Stanford is in the South region.

The Pacific-10 Conference has won more NCAA basketball titles (15) than any other conference in the country . . . Oregon's Tall Firs won the first NCAA Championship in 1939. Stanford claimed the national title in 1942, and California took the crown in 1959 . . . UCLA established a basketball dynasty that included 10 titles in 12 seasons and a winning streak of seven consecutive NCAA crowns. The Bruins' 11 basketball championships are double what any other school has ever won . . . In 1997, Arizona became the fifth different Pac-10 institution to capture the NCAA basketball title.

Pac-10 Teams in Postseason Play

ARIZONA - Arizona won its 10th Pac-10 title. The Wildcats finished Pac-10 play with a 17-1 record, a Pac-10 feat matched by four other Arizona teams (1988, 1989, 1993, 1998) and Oregon State (1981)...UA is 10-2 vs. the 2003 NCAA Tournament field and 7-0 vs. nationally ranked opponents this season...UA has been ranked in 270 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season only...Arizona posted its 16th consecutive 20-win season...Senior guard Jason Gardner ranks fourth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,916 points. He's 10 points shy of moving into the number three spot. He trails Sean Elliott (2,555/1985-89), Bob Elliott (2,135/1973-77) and Khalid Reeves (1,925/1990-94)...Gardner is one of four Pac-10 players all-time to post 1,500 points (1,916), 500 assists (612) and 200 steals (219)...Senior forward Luke Walton is one of three Pac-10 players all-time to achieve 1,000 points (1,117), 500 rebounds (633) and 500 assists (553)...Sophomore center Channing Frye is averaging 17.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and shooting 62.6 percent (72-of-115) from the floor over his last 10 games. In that span, Frye has four double-doubles and five 20-point scoring games...Over his last 10 games, sophomore guard Salim Stoudamire is shooting .511 (48-of-94) from the floor and .462 (24-of-52) from three point range...For the third consecutive season, Arizona set a new school record for average attendance (14,562)...Arizona is 80-8 (.909) since the start of the 1998-99 season when scoring at least 80 points... Naismith Hall of Fame Coach Lute Olson ranks second all-time in the Pac-10 with a 279 wins in league play. He trails John Wooden, who posted 304 (1949-75).

ARIZONA STATE - At 11-7 and fourth in Pac-10 play, ASU had its best league finish since 1995 when the Sun Devils finished third at 12-6...Ike Diogu, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and the only freshman to earn All-Pac-10 honors, is averaging 20.3 points and 10.2 rebounds in the past 12 games and has 11 20-point games. Diogu also has set the ASU freshman record for starts (30), points (572), field goals made (195), rebounds (237) and minutes (966). He has set school records for free throws made (175) and attempted (238) and his 18 rebounds vs. Oregon in the Pac-10 Tournament set the ASU freshman single-game mark and is a Pac-10 Tournament record...Diogu's 19.1 points per game is currently the third-best mark in Pac-10 history by a freshman. Only Cal's Shareef Abdur-Rahim (21.1 points per game in 1995-96) and USC's Harold Miner (20.6 in 1989-90) have posted better scoring numbers in their initial seasons...Senior guard Curtis Millage has made 42-of-46 (.913) free throws in the past eight games and is averaging 21.6 points in that span...Coach Rob Evans has posted similar success at ASU that he did at Ole Miss. In his first four years at Ole Miss, he was 44-65 (.401) before posting a 42-16 (.724) mark his last two years. In comparison, he was 60-60 (.500) in his first four years at ASU, before a 19-11 (.655) record this season. Overall, Evans is 104-125 (.454) in his first four years of building a program and is 61-27 (.693) after the rebuilding process.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears' 13-5 record in Pac-10 play equals their best league mark. The Bears were also 13-5 in 1994...Cal posted its third consecutive 20-win season and fifth in the last seven years. The three consecutive 20-win seasons match the longest such streak in school history (1946-48)...Senior forward Joe Shipp currently leads the Pac-10 in scoring (20.3 ppg). He's scored 1,622 points during his career, ranking fifth all-time on the school's career list. He needs 11 points to move into fourth...He needs 12 points to become the fifth player in school history to score 600 points in a season...After pulling down all of 85 rebounds last season, sophomore forward Amit Tamir responded with 189 rebounds to rank seventh in the Pac-10 at 6.5 rebounds per game...Freshman guard Richard Midgley ranks second in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.456)...Shipp (588 points), Tamir (454 points) and senior Brian Wethers (431 points) account for 68.2 percent of Cal's total offense...The Bears have showed continued success at home, posting a 44-5 (.898) record in Haas Pavilion the past three seasons - that's the best mark by any Pac-10 team over that period...Coach Ben Braun ranks second on the school's victory list with 139.

OREGON - The Ducks captured their first Pac-10 Tournament crown...Oregon has posted back-to-back 20 win seasons for the first time since posting four straight 20-win campaigns from 1936-39...Should Oregon maintain it's 77.6 percent shooting from the free throw line, it would break the Pac-10 single-season record it set last season...The Ducks have shot 80 percent or better from the charity stripe in 17 games...Junior guard Luke Ridnour set a Pac-10 record by making 62 consecutive free throws...With 636 points this season, Ridnour became the fifth player in school history to score 600 points in a season. He needs 15 points to vault into the number two spot, behind Terrell Brandon (745 points/1991)...Ridnour has established an Oregon single-season record with 213 assists...Ridnour (1,386 points) and junior forward Luke Jackson (1,300 points) are the first pair of Oregon juniors to reach 1,000 points for their careers in the same season...Junior guard James Davis leads the Pac-10 with 89 three-pointers (2.78 per game). It's the third best single-season total in school history. Davis was 11-of-22 (.500) from beyond the arc during the Pac-10 Tournament...Coach Ernie Kent picked up career win No. 200 against Stanford (Feb. 6).

STANFORD - In a preseason poll of media who covering Pac-10 basketball, Stanford was picked to finish seventh. All the Cardinal did was finish second with a 14-4 league record...Stanford has posted 10 or more league wins in 10 consecutive seasons. In the last six years of Pac-10 play, Stanford is 87-21 (.806). Only Arizona has more league wins with 89 over that same period...Stanford posted its ninth consecutive 20-win season...The Cardinal have won their first round game in NCAA play each of the last eight years...Senior guard Julius Barnes ranks 10th in the league in scoring with 15.7 points per game. With 1,012 career points, he became the 32nd player in school history to reach 1,000 points...Junior forward Justin Davis and sophomore forward Josh Childress lead the Pac-10 in double-doubles with 10 each. Davis has posted four double-doubles over the last seven games...Junior guard Matt Lottich has connected for 74 three-pointers - tied for fifth most in a single season by a Cardinal...Coach Mike Montgomery picked up career win No. 500 at UNLV (Dec. 21).

Pac-10 Odds and Ends

Around the league: USC sophomore guard Errick Craven finished the year with 73 steals, second most in a season by a USC player. His two-year total of 141 thefts already rank fifth on the USC career list...USC junior Desmon Farmer led the Trojans in scoring in 18 of 30 games this season, including 12 of the last 13 games. Over the last 13 games, Farmer averaged 21.4 points per game...Washington freshman Nate Robinson scored 300 points and averaged 13.0 points, most by a UW freshman since Mark Sanford scored 378 points and averaged 14.0 points in 1995. A starter at cornerback on the UW football team, It is believed that Robinson is only the second player in Pac-10 history to earn a starting spot in both football and basketball, joining California's Tony Gonzalez (1995)...Under first year coach Jay John, Oregon State posted six league wins for the first time since 1999...Oregon State's Philip Ricci leads the league in rebound (8.1 rpg). Should he hold that lead at the end of the season, he would become the first Beaver to lead the Pac-10 in rebounding since A.C. Green averaged 9.2 per game in 1985...UCLA senior Ray Young was inserted into the starting lineup on Feb. 20 to replace injured Cedric Bozeman at point guard. He guided the Bruins to five wins over the last eight games, averaging 19.6 points on 46-of-89 (.517) shooting, including 19-of-30 (.633) from three-point range...Washington State junior Marcus Moore has scored 1,166 points in his career, good for 15th on the school's career list.

2003 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament Recap

Thursday, March 13
Session 1
UCLA 96, Arizona 89 (OT)
UCLA - Kapono 26 pts, Cummings 18 pts, Young 17 pts, Patterson 13 pts/12 reb.
ARIZ - Anderson 23 pts/11 reb, Frye 23 pts/9 reb, Stoudamire 17 pts.

Oregon 83, Arizona State 82
ORE - Ridnour 23 pts/6 ast, Jackson 17 pts/8 reb, Davis 16 pts.
ASU - Diogu 27 pts/18 reb, Millage 25 pts, Smith 11 pts.
Attendance: 14,441

Session 2
USC 79, Stanford 74
USC - Farmer 24 pts, Smiley 20 pts, O'Neil 17 pts.
STAN - Barnes 18 pts, Davis 15 pts/11 reb, Childress 15 pts/9 reb.

California 69, Oregon State 46
CAL - Midgley 12 pts, Wethers 11 pts, Shipp 10 pts/10 reb.
OSU - Jackson 12 pts/9 reb, Ricci 7 pts.
Attendance: 15,048

Friday, March 14
Session 3
Oregon 75, UCLA 74
ORE - Ridnour 16 pts/9 asts, Davis 15 pts, Jackson 13 pts/10 reb.
UCLA - Thompson 23 pts/8 reb, Young 21 pts, Cummings 13 pts/6 reb.

USC 79, California 62
USC - Farmer 23 pts, Dupree 12 pts/7 reb, D. Craven 11 pts/5 stls.
CAL - Shipp 19 pts, Tamir 10 pts/6 reb, Midgley 10 pts.
Attendance: 16,689

Saturday, March 15
Session 4
Oregon 74, USC 66
ORE - Ridnour 18 pts/9 asts, Jackson 17 pts/11 reb, Davis 12 pts.
USC - Farmer 19 pts, O'Neil 17 pts/11 reb, D. Craven 13 pts.
Attendance: 17,485

All-Tournament Team
Ray Young, UCLA
Desmon Farmer, USC
Rory O'Neil, USC
James Davis, Oregon
Luke Jackson, Oregon
Luke Ridnour, Oregon - Most Outstanding Player

2003 Pac-10 Hall of Honor inductees
Steve Kerr, Arizona
Ned Wulk, Arizona State
Kevin Johnson, California
Howard Hobson, Oregon
Amory 'Slats' Gill, Oregon State
Todd Lichti, Stanford
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA
Fred 'Tex' Winter, USC
Marv Harshman, Washington
Jack Friel, Washington State

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