News from MSU Media Relations--July 23

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Men's Basketball.

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - In early June, it was announced Mississippi State and UCLA will highlight one of the two games in the 16th Annual John Wooden Classic. Now, the entire field is set.

Wednesday morning, event organizers confirmed the second matchup on Dec. 12 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., will pit Georgetown against defending Pac-10 Conference champion Washington, marking the first time the two schools have met.

Tip-off times for both outings will be announced in the coming weeks, along with the television schedule. However, priority ticket order forms are now available online at

Established in 1994, the Wooden Classic is an annual tribute to legendary former UCLA coach John Wooden. The event, co-produced by Pantheon International, LLC and Anaheim Arena Management, LLC, has a tradition of bringing the nation's finest college programs to Southern California.

This past season, MSU, UCLA and Washington all made the NCAA Tournament, while Georgetown received a bid to the NIT. In fact, the Huskies and Bulldogs met in the opening round in Portland, Ore., with Washington staking a 71-58 victory.

Mississippi State and the Bruins have also met in the Big Dance, with UCLA claiming an 86-67 victory en route to the 1995 national championship.

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