Dec. 9, 2003
UCLA'S NEXT GAME
SATURDAY, DEC. 13 - UCLA (2-1) vs. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (5-1) - Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. (Radio- XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
LOOKING AHEAD - Wednesday, Dec. 17 -UC Santa Barbara at UCLA, Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. (TV-Fox Sports Net West/Radio- XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - Begins his first season at UCLA and his 10th year as a collegiate head coach.
In his last two seasons at Pittsburgh - in 2003, he led the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4 national ranking, NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament Championship and in 2002, Pittsburgh was 29-6 overall (school record for wins), advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was the consensus National Coach of the Year.
In his career, Howland is 1-1 vs. LMU.
UCLA STAFF - Joining Howland are assistant coaches - Donny Daniels, for the last three seasons was the head coach at CS Fullerton; Ernie Zeigler, for the last two years served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and Kerry Keating, for the last two seasons was at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson, along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who for the last two seasons served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh. Rounding out the staff are Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson, in his 12th season on the Bruin basketball staff and Basketball Intern Matt Geniesse, in his third season.
UCLA'S LAST GAME -
Dec. 6 - No. 9 Kentucky 52, UCLA 50 - in the 10th anniversary Wooden Classic at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, UCLA overcame an early Wildcat first half advantage, but the Wildcats held on for a 52-50 victory.
The Bruins trailed 23-6 with 7:46 left in the first half, but rallied for a 27-17 (lowest UCLA halftime score since Feb. 21, 1976 in Pauley Pavilion/Oregon 30-UCLA 14, the Bruins lost that game 65-45) Kentucky halftime advantage. In the second half, with 10 minutes left to play, Brian Morrison stole the ball from Kentucky's Gerald Fitch and his layup and free throw pulled the Bruins to within six (Kentucky 36-UCLA 30). After that, the Bruins pulled to within three points on five occasions, the last coming on a layup by Cedric Bozeman, making the score Kentucky 51-UCLA 48, with 18 seconds left to play. Five seconds later, Kentucky's Cliff Hawkins made his first free throw and the Wildcats led 52-48. With six seconds remaining, Ryan Hollins' layup concluded UCLA's scoring as Kentucky held on for the 52-50 victory (the last time UCLA scored 50 points was in a 56-50 loss at Washington on Jan. 4, 1982).
The Bruins had three players in double figures - Dijon Thompson's 14 points and eight rebounds, Bozeman's 12 points and career-high tying seven rebounds and Hollins' season-high 10 points and eight rebounds.
UCLA shot a season-low 34.0 (17-50) from the field, season-low 21.4 (3-14) from three-point range and season-high 72.2 (13-18) from the foul line, with 39 rebounds and a season-high 15 turnovers.
Kentucky shot an opponent season-low 27.1 (16-59) from the field, 30.8 (4-13) from three-point range and 64.0 (16-25) from the foul line, with an opponent season-high 41 rebounds and nine turnovers. The Wildcats improved to 4-0 and were led by Erik Daniels' 14 points and nine rebounds.
HEAD COACH STEVE AGGERS - In his fourth season at LMU, with a school mark of 34-60. Aggers is in his 30th season as a collegiate head or assistant coach.
THE LIONS - started the season 5-0 and lost their first game on Saturday at Gersten Pavilion, dropping a 78-61 decision to UNLV (LMU trailed 37-34 at halftime). The Lions were led by Sherman Gay's 21 points and seven rebounds.
SERIES HISTORY - UCLA leads it 13-2. The last meeting was in Pauley, won by UCLA, 92-67 during the 1998-99 season. UCLA has won the last 10 games in a row - LMU's victories were 40-34 in 1941-42 and 40-36 in 1939-40.
THE WOODEN CLASSIC - UCLA's appearance in the 2003 Wooden Classic was its seventh, with an overall mark of 5-2. It was also announced the Bruins will appear in the 2004 Wooden Classic (Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004 - along with Arizona/the other two teams and the pairings will be announced at a later date).
PAC-10 MEDIA DAY-BRUINS SELECTED SIXTH IN PRESEASON VOTE - Nov. 6 was Pac-10 Media Day at the LAX Hilton. According to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball, Arizona was picked to win the 2004 conference title, the Bruins were selected sixth. Here's the vote total -1. Arizona (26) 339, 2. Stanford (7) 321, 3. California (1) 238, 4. Oregon 215, 5. USC (1) 207, 6. UCLA 188, 7. Arizona State 185, 8. Washington 108, 9. Washington State 69, 10. Oregon State 55.
UCLA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE - Featuring nine NCAA Tournament teams (14 games), along with two NIT representatives. The teams from last season's NCAA are- "Elite Eight" Kentucky, Michigan State and Arizona; "Sweet 16" Notre Dame and Vermont, along with Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford and California. St. John's won the 2003 NIT title and UC Santa Barbara also played in last year's NIT.
NELL AND JOHN WOODEN COURT - On Saturday, Dec. 20, when UCLA hosts nationally-ranked Michigan State (3:30 p.m./FSN), the floor of Pauley Pavilion will be dedicated - "Nell and John Wooden Court", named after the Bruins' legendary coach John Wooden and his late wife, Nell. There is an invitation-only luncheon before the game and all Bruin men's basketball lettermen alumni who have not received an invitation should call 310-794-2378.
UCLA SIGNS TOP 10 NATIONAL CLASS - ARRON AFFLALO, JORDAN FARMAR, LORENZO MATA AND JOSH SHIPP UCLA head coach Ben Howland on Wednesday (Nov. 12) announced the National Letter of Intent signings of four players, all ranked in the nation's Top 100 among U. S. high school seniors. The four prep standouts, all from southern California are -6-5, 190-pound shooting guard Arron Afflalo from Compton Centennial HS; 6-2, 170-pound point guard Jordan Farmar from Taft HS in Woodland Hills; 6-9, 220-pound center Lorenzo Mata from South Gate HS and 6-5, 200-pound wing Josh Shipp from Los Angles Fairfax HS.
According to national recruiting experts, the Bruin class is ranked - No. 7 by Rob Harrington (prepstars.com), No. 9 by Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) and No. 10 by Dave Telep (the insidershoops.com).
Here's a biographical breakdown of UCLA's four recruits, all incoming UCLA freshman next fall.
WALT HAZZARD NAMED TO 2004 PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR - Hazzard, who led the Bruins to their first NCAA Championship (1964) and coached UCLA from 1985-88, will be UCLA's third inductee into the prestigious Pac-10 Hall of Honor (joining 2002 charter member John Wooden and 2003 inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). A three-year starter and two-time All-American (1963-64) for the Bruins as a 6-2 guard under Wooden, Hazzard was the keystone to UCLA's first NCAA Championship in 1964 and first unbeaten season (30-0). As a senior co-captain in 1964, he averaged a career-high 18.6 points, was named the Outstanding Player at the NCAA Final Four and earned National Player of the Year honors from the USBWA and the Helms Athletic Foundation. At the conclusion of his Bruin career, Hazzard's 1,401 points were tops in school history. In 1964 after winning the NCAA crown, Hazzard also won a gold medal representing the U. S. team at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. A first-round draft choice of the Lakers, he played 10 years in the NBA, including one appearance in the NBA All-Star game. From 1985-88, Hazzard returned to UCLA as the Bruins' head men's basketball coach. In four winning seasons (his overall record was 77-47, 62.1), he led UCLA to two 20+ win campaigns, the 1987 Pac-10 regular and postseason championships, a 1987 NCAA second round advancement and two NIT bids, including the 1985 NIT Championship, in his first season as the Bruins' head coach. In 1987, Hazzard was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Joining Hazzard in the 2004 class are - Khalid Reeves (Arizona), Lafayette "Fat" Lever (Arizona State), Jason Kidd (California), Ron Lee (Oregon), Mel Counts (Oregon State), Howard "Howie" Dallmar (Stanford), Bob Boyd (USC), James Edwards (Washington) and George Raveling (Washington State).
The 2004 Pac-10 Hall of Honor banquet will take place on Wednesday, March 10 in conjunction with the 2004 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 11-13).
JEROME "POOH" RICHARDSON INDUCTED INTO UCLA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME - UCLA's standout point guard from 1986-89, Richardson was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 3. During his four years (1986-89) as the Bruins' point guard, Richardson earned All-Pac-10 honors for three consecutive seasons (1987-89) and ended his career as the school's all-time leader in assists (833), steals (189, now No. 4), three-point FG% (46.4, 52-112) and games played (122, now No. 15). Following his collegiate career, Richardson had a 10-year career in the NBA, last playing with the Los Angeles Clippers, and he has endowed a UCLA athletic scholarship.
STREET & SMITH'S COLLECTORS ADDITION - GREATEST COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS - Seven Bruins are highlighted - No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor/1967-69), No. 2 Bill Walton (1972-74), No. 49 Gail Goodrich (1963-65), No. 66 Sidney Wicks (1969-71), No. 68 Walt Hazzard (1962-64), No. 73 Marques Johnson (1974-77) and No. 86 Keith (Jamaal) Wilkes (1972-74). Also noted is legendary Bruin head coach John Wooden, No. 81 during his playing days at Purdue (1929-32)
UCLA VS. NO. 1 - UCLA's 96-89OT victory over No. 1 Arizona on Mar. 13, 2003, in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament, was the fourth over a top-ranked team in as many years. On Jan. 12, 2002, UCLA defeated No. 1 Kansas, 87-77, at Pauley Pavilion. On Feb. 3, 2001, UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team at the time, was its second against the No. 1 team in the nation in less than one year. Its victory over No. 1 Stanford on March 4, 2000 was the school's first over a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion. The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in the season was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the title game against Louisville.
UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team on the Associated Press poll on 10 occasions, ranking first on the all-time list. Notre Dame has done it nine times, Duke has done it eight times and North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Ohio State have recorded seven wins vs. a No. 1 team.
In Bruin history, during the regular season, UCLA is 7-11 vs. the No. 1 team, including last season's overtime win over Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, the Bruins have a record of 3-6 vs. the nation's No. 1 ranked team, including UCLA's 76-63 loss to Duke in the 2001 NCAA East Region "Sweet 16".
PAULEY PAVILION (12,819) - Pauley is in its 39th season as the home of Bruin basketball. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 530-75 (605 games, 87.6).
UCLA overtime win vs. then-No. 18 Cal on Feb. 20, 2003 was UCLA's 600th game in Pauley Pavilion. The win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th victory on its home court.
On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC, the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilion history watched that game (13,382; previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon, 3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) in the 73-69 win over Duke, UCLA set a new attendance record 13,478, breaking the old one by 96.
The last time the Bruins were unbeaten at home for a regular season was in 1994-95 (15-0, California did beat UCLA at home that season but later forfeited the game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 at Pauley 15-1 (losing only to Stanford).
UCLA HISTORY - Entering 2003-04 (84 years), the Bruins had an overall school record of 1,525-674 (.693), No. 11 on the all-time NCAA chart. With a current 2-1 record, UCLA's overall mark is 1527-675 (2,202 games, .693).
UCLA's 11 NCAA Championships is an NCAA record (Kentucky is second with seven), UCLA has been to 14 Final Fours (Kentucky 13) and the Bruins are second in NCAA Tournament appearances (36, Kentucky is first with 44). In NCAA play, the Bruins are also second in victories (85) and winning percentage (.733).
BRUINS IN THE NBA
2003-04 - Entering the preseason, UCLA had 11 players on NBA rosters - Matt Barnes (Seattle Supersonics, released; signed with ABA Long Beach); Mitchell Butler (Washington Wizards, eighth season); Baron Davis (New Orleans Hornets, fifth season); Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks, second season); Jason Kapono (Cleveland Cavaliers, rookie); Jelani McCoy (Cleveland Cavaliers, sixth season, released); Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers, 17th season); Jerome Moiso (Toronto Raptors, fourth season); Tracy Murray (Portland Trail Blazers, 12th season) and Earl Watson (Memphis Grizzlies, third season) and Ray Young (Boston Celtics, released).
In all, the Pac-10 had 41 players on opening day NBA rosters, the second-highest conference total (behind the ACC's 50).
Darrick Martin (1989-92, who played seven years in the NBA), is a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. On Nov. 1, the Globetrotters, with Earvin "Magic" Johnson a member of the team, defeated Michigan State (Magic's alma mater), 97-83 and were led by Martin's 38 points.
2002-03 PAC-10 STATS (Final)
TEAM- Scoring Offense-5th, 75.2; Scoring Defense-9th, 78.6; Scoring Margin-9th, -3.4; FT %-5th, 69.7; FG %-4th, 46.0; FG % Def.-6th, 44.0; 3-Pt. FG %-3rd, 37.0; 3-Pt. FGs Made-7th, 5.72; 3-Pt. FG % Def.-10th, 36.7; Reb. Off.-4th, 36.6; Reb. Def.- 4th, 36.2; Reb. Margin-6th, +0.4; Blkd Shots-6th, 3.24; Assts-5th, 14.62; Stls-7th, 5.59; TO Margin-10th, -2.31; Asst/TO Ratio-8th, 0.91; Off. Reb.- 7th, 11.79; Def. Reb.-4th, 24.79.
TEAM HIGHS - Rebs. - 61, UCLA vs. Portland, 12/14/02 UCLA INDIVIDUAL PAC-10 LEADERS - Scoring -- Jason Kapono, 6th, 16.8, Dijon Thompson, 15th, 14.0; Rebounding - Andre Patterson, 15th, 5.5; Jason Kapono, 19th, 5.2; FG% - Andre Patterson, 1st, 60.8; Assists - Ryan Walcott, 10th, 3.33; FT% - Jason Kapono, T-1st, 88.0, T.J. Cummings, T-7th, 81.3; Steals - Dijon Thompson, 9th, 1.46; 3pt. FG% - Ray Young, 6th, 40.8, Jason Kapono, 7th, 39.8; 3pt. FGs - Jason Kapono, 8th, 2.21; Blocked Shots - Andre Patterson, 7th, 1.12; Assist/TO Ratio - Ryan Walcott, 5th, 1.70, Cedric Bozeman, 9th, 1.42.
INDIVIDUAL HIGHS - Pts. - lst, 44, Jason Kapono vs. Washington State, 1/4/03; 3-Pt. FGs - 1stT, 9, Jason Kapono vs. Washington State, 1/4/03; 3-Pt. FG% - lstT, Ray Young vs. Stanford, 2/22/03, 1.000 (5-5), 3rd, 90.0 (9-10), Jason Kapono vs. Washington State, 1/4/03; Assists - 1stT, 11, Ryan Walcott vs. USC, 1/8/03; Blocked Shots - 1st, 7, Ryan Hollins vs. Oregon, 1/30/03.