Baron-Less Bruins Kick Off Season Against Fairfield

Nov. 22, 1999

LOS ANGELES - The good news for UCLA coach Steve Lavin is that he returns four starters from a young team that went 22-9 a season ago. The bad news is that one of them isn't Baron Davis.

The 12th-ranked Bruins, looking to overcome the loss of their go-to player and the disappointment of a tournament flop, open their season Tuesday night when they play Fairfield at Pauley Pavilion.

Davis, the athletic point guard who led the club in scoring last season, decided to leave school early, and the sophomore wound up being selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft.

His last game as a Bruin, however, was not a memorable one. UCLA, which entered the NCAA tournament as the South Region's fifth seed, was upset by unheralded 12th-seed Detroit, 56-53, in the first round.

This season, Lavin brings back a host of players who received significant court time a year ago. He hopes that the experience gained by his team, which was comprised primarily of underclassmen, translates into even more success.

"We have 10 returning starters," Lavin said, referring to the number of returnees who started three or more games last season.

"Our goals are always the same ... win the Pac-10 championship, go to the Final Four and compete for the national championship," he added. "I think this is a team that can compete nationally."

Although a bit more seasoned, the Bruins are still a very youthful group. The starting lineup will most likely consist of four sophomores and junior guard Earl Watson, who is expected to emerge in Davis' absence.

The sophomore trio of Jerome Moiso, Dan Gadzuric and JaRon Rush is one of the most potential-laden frontcourts in the country, and the unit was bolstered even further with the addition of blue-chip freshman Jason Kapono.

Fairfield, a member of the MAAC, has gotten off to an understandably slow start. The Stags dropped their first two games of the season against national heavyweights Kansas and UNLV on the road.

The team is led by guard Jermaine Clark, who is averaging 19.5 points per game.

By BRIAN OREFICE
AP MegaSports Writer


EVENT INFORMATION
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Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 77
Sunday, Dec 06
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 76
Saturday, Dec 12
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
W, 71 - 66
Tuesday, Dec 15
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
W, 89 - 80
Saturday, Dec 19
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
L, 76 - 89
Tuesday, Dec 22
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 67 - 53
Friday, Jan 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 93 - 96 (2OT)
Sunday, Jan 03
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 78 - 85
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 84
Saturday, Jan 09
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 74
Wednesday, Jan 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 75 - 89
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
W, 82 - 73
Saturday, Jan 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 72 - 86
Thursday, Jan 28
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 84 - 86
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 50
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
Friday, Feb 12
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 75 - 81
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 09 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
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vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
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Las Vegas, NV
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Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Mar 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, Mar 15 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Four
Dayton, OH
Thursday, Mar 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
TBA
Saturday, Mar 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
Thursday, Mar 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Saturday, Mar 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Saturday, Apr 02 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
Monday, Apr 04 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
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