Nevada, UCLA near agreement on Wooden Classic

Nevada: The basketball team has a tentative
agreement to play UCLA in the Wooden Classic at the Arrowhead Pond
at Anaheim, Calif., on Dec. 10, Wolf Pack coach Mark Fox said.

"We haven't signed a contract yet, but I think we're close to
signing it. I anticipate we will," Fox told the Reno

The Los Angeles Daily News reported that Bruins coach Ben
Howland told boosters during a function Tuesday night that UCLA
would play Nevada in the Wooden Classic.

Nevada, which went 25-7 and reached the second round of the NCAA
Tournament last season, has had difficulty scheduling home games
for the coming season.

The Wolf Pack could play as many as six non-conference road
games in addition to its eight Western Athletic Conference road
games. The WAC will go from 10 teams to nine, and each team will
play a 16-game conference schedule instead of the 18 games it
played the last three seasons.

If Nevada signs the Wooden Classic contract, it will be its
first game against UCLA since losing to the Bruins, 51-38, in the
1947-48 season. The Wolf Pack is 0-3 all time against UCLA.

BYU: Former Utah State assistant Dave Rice is
moving south to join new coach Dave Rose's staff at Brigham Young.

Rice, a member of UNLV's 1990 national championship team, spent
11 seasons as an assistant at his alma mater before joining the
Utah State staff for last season. Rose announced Friday that he had
hired Rice, 36.

"Dave has exceptional experience in all facets of coaching,"
Rose said. "He has always been part of successful programs as both
a player and a coach and has years of coaching experience in our

Rose was promoted last month to replace Steve Cleveland, who
left BYU to take over at Fresno State.