Bruins Host Portland On Saturday

Dec. 11, 2002

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SATURDAY, DEC. 14 - UCLA (1-2) vs Portland (3-2), 5 p.m., Pauley Pavilion.
TV -Fox Sports Net West 2, with Bill Macdonald/Dan Belluomini
Radio - Fox Sports AM 1150 - Chris Roberts/Don MacLean)

Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his seventh season as Bruin head coach with a school and career mark of 136-61 (197 games, 69.0) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (355 games, 262-93, 73.8).

The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the only current coaches who have guided their teams to five NCAA "Sweet 16s" in the last six seasons.

Lavin entered 2002-03 as the 15 th winningest active coach (minimum five years as a Div. I head coach/based on percentage-69.6, 135-59 entering this season).

UCLA's Last Game - at UCLA 81, Long Beach State 58 - On Dec. 8 before 6,358 at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA broke open a tight game in the second half to defeat Long Beach State 81-58. The 23-point margin of victory was the largest for the Bruins since a 93-65 (28 points) win over Villanova on Jan. 13, 2001 in Pauley. UCLA led 32-25 at halftime and outscored Long Beach State 49-33 in the second half. The Bruins had three players in double figures and were led by Jason Kapono's career-high tying and game-high 28 points. Also in double figures were T. J. Cummings, 12 points and five rebounds and Jon Crispin's 11 points, including 3-6 from three-point range.

UCLA shot a game-high 49.2 from the field (30-61), a game-high 33.3 (8-24) from three-point range and 68.4 (13- 19) from the foul line, with a game-high 44 rebounds and 18 turnovers.

Long Beach State shot 39.6 (19-48) from the field, 13.3 (2-15) from three-point range and a game-high 78.3(18-23) from the foul line, with 21 rebounds and 15 turnovers. The 49ers were led by Tony Darden's 14 points. The Bruins lead the Long Beach State series 9-0. UCLA-Portland Series - UCLA leads it 2-0. The Bruins have won both games in Pauley - 93-69 in 1967-68 and 122-57 in 1966-67.

Head Coach Michael Holton - A UCLA standout guard and assistant coach, he is in his second season as the head coach at Portland (last year, the Pilots were 6-24 overall). From 1980-83, Holton was a four-year letterman, who as a freshman starting guard in 1980, was a member of Larry Brown's Bruin squad that reached the NCAA title game. From 1996-2001, Holton was a Bruin assistant coach.

The Pilots - Are 3-2. Portland started the season with three consecutive home wins but has lost its last two games (at Oregon 96-Portland 66, Dec. 4; Oregon State 71, at Portland 64, Dec. 7). Portland's game with UCLA will be its third consecutive against a Pac-10 opponent. The Pilots' game with UCLA is their only contest this week.


In a poll of media members released Nov. 6 at Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins were picked to finish third (195 votes) in the 2003 Pac-10 Conference race, behind unanimous No. 1 choice Arizona (27 first place votes/270 votes) and second-place Oregon (237). Behind Arizona, Oregon and UCLA were - fourth-place Arizona State (160), fifth-place California (154), sixth-place USC (152); seventh-place Stanford (136); eighth-place Washington (81); ninth-place Oregon State (71) and 10 th -place Washington State (29).


UCLA's 84-73 loss to Duke was the Bruins' first appearance in the third-annual Wooden Tradition (2002 - Duke 84-UCLA 73, Purdue 86-Louisville 84; 2001-Purdue, Stanford, Missouri, Xavier; 2000-Purdue, Arizona, Notre Dame, Cincinnati).

In the Wooden Classic, held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, No. 20 UCLA's win over No. 16 Alabama, 79-57, on Dec. 8, 2001, was UCLA's fifth victory (in six games) at the Wooden Classic.

Steve Lavin is 3-1 in the Wooden Classic, beating Alabama (2001), New Mexico (1997) and Oklahoma State (1998) and losing to Georgia Tech (2000).


In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 76-9 (8 9 .4 , 85 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since 1996-97), the Bruins are 33-7 (40 games, 82.5) and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s, the Bruins were 43-2 (45 games, 95.6).

UCLA's 86-81 (OT) loss to USD on Nov. 26, 2002 (season home opener) and 85-78 loss to Pepperdine on Nov. 28, 2001 (season home opener) in Pauley were just the ninth and eighth non-conference defeats the Bruins have suffered at home since the 1989-90 season. Other home nonleague losses were against - North Carolina, 80-70, fifth home game of 2000-01 and CS Northridge, 78-74, season home opener of 2000-01; Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000 (the Bruins' 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga); Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97 and Tulsa, 77-76 OT, first game of 1996-97; Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92.

In 13 seasons, the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion have been unbeaten in non-league games on seven occasions (1998-99, 7-0; 1997-98, 6-0; 1994-95, 6-0; 1993-94, 6-0; 1992-93, 8-0; 1990-91, 8-0 and 1989-90, 6-0).


The Bruins' schedule features eight teams that were in last season's NCAA Tournament ("Sweet 16" Duke, Final Four Kansas, USC, St. John's, "Sweet 16" Arizona, Stanford, California and "Elite Eight" Oregon), and one NIT participant (Arizona State).

In 2001-02, UCLA's schedule was rated by Basketball Times as the No. 3 strongest schedule in the U. S. (trailing only No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 North Carolina) and the Pac-10 Conference was ranked No. 1 in the nation (based on strength of schedule among member schools).


Entering the preseason, UCLA had 10 players on NBA rosters - Toby Bailey, New York Knicks (waived); Matt Barnes, Cleveland Cavaliers (waived, drafted by Fayetteville, NC in the NBDL); Baron Davis, New Orleans Hornets; Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee Bucks; Darrick Martin, Denver Nuggets (waived); Jelani McCoy, Toronto Raptors; Jerome Moiso, New Orleans Hornets; Reggie Miller,Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray, Los Angeles Lakers and Earl Watson, Memphis Grizzlies.


Is on the preseason lists for the Wooden and Naismith Awards, given annually to the nation's top player. Last season, Kapono was a finalist for the Naismith honor and as a sophomore, he was a finalist for the Wooden Award. He's also nominated for the second annual Senior Class Award, presented annually to the nation's senior Player of the Year for NCAA Div. 1 men's and women's basketball. Maryland's Juan Dixon won the award last year.


6-8 freshman Matt McKinney will redshirt this season in men's basketball and have four years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2003-04 campaign.

McKinney, one of the nation's top prep volleyball players during his career at Santa Ynez HS, will join Al Scates' Bruin men's volleyball team at the conclusion of the 2002-03 basketball season.

Also redshirting will be 6-1 freshman walkon guard Ike Williams, from Murrieta, CA Valley HS. As a guard last season at MVHS, Williams was named to the Top 50 So Cal Hoops Class of 2002.


6-2 junior guard Brian Morrison will sit out this season after transferring to UCLA from North Carolina. As a sophomore last season for the Tar Heels, Morrison appeared in all 28 games and averaged 7.1 points, led NC with 42 three-pointers and was third on the team in assists (72). He prepped at Lake Washington HS in Redmond, WA.


At the conclusion of the current Bruin football season, 6-6 Marcedes Lewis is scheduled to join the UCLA men's basketball team. From Long Beach Poly, Lewis last season as a senior in high school was considered the nation's No. 1 tight end prospect. (and has seen playing time on this year's squad as a freshman tight end). In basketball last season, he averaged 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds and was a Hoop Scoop National Top 100 performer.


Trevor Ariza, 6-8 from Westchester HS (Los Angeles) and Sean Phaler, 6-9 from Villa Park, CA HS, signed NLI with UCLA during the early signing period.

Entering his senior campaign, Ariza is one of the most honored players in southern California. His preseason national accolades include - Street & Smith's All-America Top 20 (fourth-team All-America) and first-team All-Metro (Los Angeles), The Sporting News No. 4 power forward in the U. S. and No. 14 senior in the U. S., Athlon's No. 12 power forward in the U. S. and Lindy's No. 33 senior in the U. S. PacWestHoops rates Ariza as the No. 2 player at his position on the West Coast.

As a junior starter last season, Ariza averaged 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Comets. In 2002, as a consistent double figure scorer and rebounder, Ariza helped lead Westchester to a 32-2 overall record, the CA State Div. I championship, a City Section title and Westchester was ranked fourth in the U. S. in the Student Sports FAB 50 poll.

Phaler's preseason prep honors include - Street Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American and first-team All Metro (Los Angeles) and Lindy's No. 57 senior in the U. S. As a junior last season at Villa Park, Phaler, a long-range shooting threat, averaged 19.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. He shot 42% from three-point range, connecting on 107.


In its second year, the Pac-10 Hall of Honor's 2003 class will include UCLA's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

As Lew Alcindor during his Bruin playing days (1967-69), he led UCLA to three consecutive NCAA titles, three straight Conference championships and an overall record of 88-2 (including a perfect 30-0 in 1966-67). He received the Most Outstanding Player award at the NCAA Four three years in a row, the only player to earn that honor three consecutive times. At the end of his Bruin career, Abdul-Jabbar was the school's all-time leading scorer (2,325, now No. 2) and the leading rebounder (1,367, now No. 2).

As the greatest offensive player in basketball history, he was the first player taken in the 1969 NBA Draft, and played 20 years in the league with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. Abdul-Jabbar was selected the league's Most Valuable Player on six occasions, won six NBA titles (five with the Lakers) and holds the league's scoring record with 38, 387 points.

Joining Abdul-Jabbar in the 2003 class are - Steve Kerr (Arizona), Coach Ned Wulk (Arizona State), Kevin Johnson (California), Coach Howard Hobson (Oregon), Coach Amory "Slats" Gill (Oregon State), Todd Lichti (Stanford), Fred "Tex" Winter (USC), Coach Marv Harshman (Washington) and Coach Jack Friel (Washington State).

In it's first season (2002), UCLA legendary coach John Wooden was a charter member in the Pac-10 Hall of Honor.

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