Men's Basketball Opens Exhibition Season Wednesday

Nov. 8, 1999

LOS ANGELES - Steve Lavin's UCLA men's basketball team opens their 1999-2000 exhibition season Wednesday night (Nov. 10) vs. Kraitene, a club team from Marijampole, Lithuania. The Bruins were originally scheduled to play the Chinese National Team but their visit to the U. S. was cancelled. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

The Bruins, because of injury, could be without four players when they face Kraitene on Wednesday. Sophomore center Dan Gadzuric has been sidelined since Thursday with a hyperextended left knee and junior guard Ryan Bailey has been slowed sicne the start of fall camp with plantar faciitis (sprained ligament) on the bottom of his right foot. UCLA also had two players injured last Saturday during Fan Preview Day. Sophomore guard Ray Young sprained (ligament) his right thumb (shooting hand) and the thumb will be splinted and he will be out of action for at least a week. Sophomore forward JaRon Rush strained (muscle) his right elbow and is listed as day-to-day.

Before facing UCLA, Kraitene lost at Pacific on Saturday, 86-53. It was the first game of its U. S. tour. Kraitene plays at Santa Clara on Monday and at San Jose State on Tuesday, before visiting UCLA on Wednesday.

After the game with Kraitene on Wednesday, the Bruins will continue their exhibition season on Thursday, Nov. 18, hosting the California Midwest All-Stars.

The Bruin men and women will open the 1999-2000 regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 23 in a doubleheader at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA's women will host Texas at 6 p.m. and the UCLA-Fairfield men's contest will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Bruin-Longhorn women's game.

Kraitene (Marijampole, Lithuania) (0-1)
Nov. 6--at Pacific 86, Kraitene 53
Nov. 8--at Santa Clara
Nov. 9--at San Jose State
Nov. 10--at UCLA
Nov. 11--at UC Santa Barbara
Nov. 12--at UC Irvine
Nov. 13--at CS Northridge
Nov. 15--at San Diego State
Nov. 17--at Pepperdine

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