Tickets Available For Battle In Seattle

Dec. 27, 2007

SEATTLE, Wash. - Tickets for Saturday's 5th annual Battle in Seattle between Gonzaga University and the University of Tennessee at KeyArena are still available, according to John Hines of Northwest Sports and Entertainment, promoter of the event.

Game time is 1 p.m. with the doors to open at noon.

Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets and at the KeyArena ticket office.

Tickets are also available for the Baden Battle in Seattle Award which honors a person who has made lifelong contributions to basketball in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. This year's recipient is former Washington State University, University of Iowa and University of Southern California head coach George Raveling. The reception will Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Fox Sports Grill at 1522 6th Avenue in downtown Seattle. Tickets may be purchased for $30 by calling the Northwest Sports & Entertainment offices at 480-635-8720. Raveling will also be recognized during halftime of Saturday's Battle in Seattle.

Gonzaga director of basketball operations Jerry Krause was last year's recipient. The first recipient of the "Battle in Seattle" basketball award in 2003 was former University of Washington, Washington State University and Pacific Lutheran University coach Marv Harshman. Don Monson, former head coach at the University of Idaho and University of Oregon, as well as one of the top high school coaches in the Pacific Northwest prior to entering collegiate coaching, was the honoree in 2004. Jud Heathcote, former Michigan State University and University of Montana head coach, as well as a former high school coach, was honored in 2005.

Raveling's career in college basketball began when he played for Villanova University. At Villanova he became an outstanding player and finished his career as an All-American. From there he began coaching and eventually went on to hold such titles as Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year in 1983, and United Press International Pacific-8 Conference Coach of the Year winner in 1976. He was recently inducted into the Pac-10 Basketball Hall of Honor and into the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame..



Raveling's coaching career started at his alma mater, Villanova, as assistant coach. He then went on to further his assistant coaching at Maryland, and progressed even further landing an assistant coaching job with Washington State University.

He had an outstanding 11 years with WSU from 1972-1983 leading the Cougars to two NCAA tournaments. The first appearance was in 1980 and marked the first time WSU made the NCAA tournament field since 1941. He was one of the greatest coaches in Washington State basketball history, finishing his WSU career in 1983 with 167 wins, 136 losses, and seven winning seasons, including five straight from the 1976-80.

During his time at WSU, Raveling helped as an assistant coach for the USA team at the 1979 Pan American Games and the West Regional coach at the 1979 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival. He again aided as an assistant coach during the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials.

After his time with WSU, he landed the head coaching position at Iowa where he led the Hawkeyes to back-to-back 20-win seasons and NCAA tournament berths in 1985 and 1986. Raveling is probably best known at Iowa for his recruits and outstanding players, including B.J. Armstrong, Kevin Gamble, Ed Horton, Brad Lohaus, Roy Marble and Greg Stokes, all of whom went on to play in the NBA. From 1986-94 Raveling went to USC where he advanced the Trojans to the NCAA tournament in 1991 and 1992, and competed in the NIT in 1993 and 1994.

Since Raveling's retirement from USC in 1994, he has gone on to work with Nike and also wrote two books on rebounding drills entitled War on the Boards and A Rebounder's Workshop. In addition, he has been found as a color commentator for FOX Sports Net where he has often been assigned to Pac-10 games.

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