Pacific Opens Season At #16 UCLA Friday

Pacific Opens Season At #16 UCLA Friday

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STOCKTON, Calif. - Pacific opens its 2016-17 campaign Friday when the Tigers travel to No. 16 UCLA. Tip-off inside Pauley Pavilion is set for 6 p.m. PT.

The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network and can be heard on KWSX 1280 AM and J.B. Long and Don MacLean will call the game for the Pac-12 Network. Zack Bayrouty will call the action on KWSX 1280 AM and, starting with the pregame show at 5:45 p.m.

Game 1/Pacific (0-0) at #16/20 UCLA (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 11 - 6 p.m. PT

Los Angeles, Calif. - Pauley Pavilion
Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: J.B. Long (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio: KWSX 1280 AM,
Radio Talent: Zack Bayrouty
Live Stats:
Twitter Updates: @PacificMensBB

Pacific enters 107th season 

The 2016-17 campaign marks the 107th in the history of Pacific. The Tigers have posted an all-time record of 1,251-1,216 (.507), including a remarkable mark of 777-394 (.664) in home games.

Tigers roll in exhibition win over Bristol University

Pacific blitzed Bristol University from the opening tip Nov. 4, scoring the first 43 points en route to a 106-39 demolition of the Bears inside the Alex G. Spanos Center. Pacific opened the game on a 43-0 scoring spurt and shot 60 percent in the first 16 minutes. The NCAA Division I record for most points to open a game before an opponent scores is 34 by Seton Hall against Kean on Nov. 29, 1998. 

Pacific in recent season openers

Pacific has won 13 of its last 16 season openers since 2000 and six of its last seven despite last season's loss at Arizona. The Tigers have not lost consecutive openers since the 1992-93 and 1993-94 campaigns. 

Stoudamire begins head coaching career

Former NBA guard Damon Stoudamire was named the 22nd head coach in school history March 16 and is one of four new head coaches in the West Coast Conference (WCC) this season.

Drafted by the Toronto Raptors seventh overall in 1995, Stoudamire went on to an illustrious 13-year career with the Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs. 

After retiring in 2008, Stoudamire began his assistant coaching career with the Rice Owls.

Stoudamire looking to continue success of new Tiger coaches in season openers

Stoudamire is looking to continue a trend of success for new Pacific head coaches making their debut in a season opener. The Tigers have won three of the last five instances with Ron Verlin (2013), Tom O'Neill (1982) and Dick Edwards (1963).

Stoudamire's success

Stoudamire brings a track record of proven success as a player and coach at the highest levels to a Tigers' program that has appeared nine times in the Big Dance but not since 2013. 

Stoudamire helped lead the Arizona Wildcats to consecutive 30-win seasons, two Pac-12 Conference regular-season titles, the 2015 Pac-12 Conference Tournament crown and back-to-back Elite Eight appearances. 

Before his time at Arizona, Stoudamire spent two seasons with the Tigers, both ending with NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 berth in 2013. The Tigers also swept Conference USA regular-season and tournament crowns each year. 

As an NBA assistant coach with the Grizzlies, Stoudamire helped direct Memphis to the second round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs after taking out Western Conference top-seed San Antonio. 

As a player, Stoudamire was tabbed NBA Rookie of the Year in 1996 and was also named to the All-Rookie First Team. As an amateur, he guided the Wildcats to the 1994 Final Four and was a 1995 Wooden Award finalist after earning a share of the PAC-10 Player of the Year award.

Tigers picked to finish seventh in West Coast Conference

Pacific was picked to finish seventh when the WCC Preseason Men's Basketball Coaches' Poll was unveiled Nov. 1. The Tigers tallied 29 points in the poll.

2016-17 WCC Preseason Men's Basketball Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Votes) Pts.
1. Gonzaga (7) 79
2. Saint Mary's (3) 75
3. BYU 65
4. Pepperdine 53
5. Santa Clara 49
6. Loyola Marymount 34
7. Pacific 29
8. Portland 28
9. San Francisco 27
10. San Diego 11

Experience abundant in Stockton 

The Tigers return 11 of their top 13 scorers from a year ago. Ray Bowles (11.1 ppg) and T.J. Wallace (10.8 ppg) ranked second and third, respectively, in scoring.  

Tigers to take part in ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon

Pacific will host Green Bay in the team's home opener Monday, Nov. 14 as part of ESPN's ninth annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. Tip-off for the ESPN2 telecast is set for 11 p.m. PT inside the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Tigers to face three teams ranked in preseason Top 25

The Tigers face three teams a total of five times this season ranked in the USA Today Coaches and Associated Press preseason polls, starting with Friday's trip to No. 20/16 UCLA. The Tigers host WCC foes No. 13/14 Gonzaga on Dec. 31 and No. 19/17 Saint Mary's on Feb. 2 with road trips scheduled to the Gaels Jan. 19 and Bulldogs Feb. 18.

International Presence 

Stoudamire's group is represented by six countries on this year's roster - the United States, Canada (Keshon Montague), Croatia (Tonko Vuko), Denmark (Sami Eleraky), Germany (David Taylor) and Greece (Ilias Theodorou).

Eleraky stands tall

Eleraky is one of eight seven footers in the WCC this season.

"The Jet" Jr.

Stoudamire is not the only new Tiger with NBA ties. Pacific freshman guard K.J. Smith is the son of former NBA guard and current Inside the NBA on TNT analyst Kenny "The Jet" Smith. The elder Smith also serves as an analyst for CBS/Turner during the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

A college teammate of Michael Jordan and consensus All-American and All-ACC selection at North Carolina, K. Smith was the sixth overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings and starred in the league for 11 years with six different teams. While in the NBA, Smith was a two-time champion, All-Rookie First Team pick and Shooting Stars champion. 

The younger Smith played 15 minutes in Pacific's 106-39 exhibition win against Bristol University. He scored three points to go along with a rebound and assist.  

Before joining Pacific, Smith finished his high school career at IMG Academy as a member of the post-graduate team. During his high school career, Smith also attended Oaks Christian and Mater Dei High Schools. As a senior at Mater Dei, Smith led his team to a 29-5 overall record and a Trinity League title with a perfect 10-0 record. As a senior, he averaged 8.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.

Tigers with eighth longest 3-point streak in Division I

Pacific has made at least one 3-pointer in 884 consecutive games dating back to a Feb. 14, 1987 contest against New Mexico State. The streak is the eighth longest active in the nation. The last time the Tigers went without a trey in a game was against Long Beach State on Feb. 12, 1987.

The Tigers made a 13 3-pointers in their exhibition win over Bristol University. 

Vanderbilt, UNLV and Princeton are the only schools in college basketball to have made at least one 3-pointer in every game played since the 3-point line was implemented by the NCAA in 1986-87 . 

Longest Active 3-Point Streaks (as of Nov. 8, 2016)

1. 975 Kentucky

2. 974 UNLV

3. 964 Vanderbilt

4. 938* Duke

5. 898* Western Kentucky

6. 896* Arkansas 2

7. 887* East Tennessee State

8. 885 Pacific

*Updated number not yet confirmed by university's media relations staff

Dominance inside Spanos 

Pacific has won 57 of the last 92 games on campus.

The Tigers are 130-56 in the Spanos Center over the last 10 years

Pacific is 312-161 all-time inside the Spanos Center since the building opened before the 1981-82 season.

Non-conference Spanos fever

Pacific has won 107 ot its last 135 non-conference matchups in the Spanos Center (107-28) for a winning percentage of .792 since 1989.

Small, Reynolds and Powell to redshirt 

Kendall Small, Miles Reynolds and TySean Powell will redshirt the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Small played last season at Oregon, while Reynolds and Powell transfered from Saint Lous and Duquesne, respecitvely.