March 7, 2006
UCLA in the Pac-10 Tournament - This is the second time the Bruins have been seeded No. 1. In the first Pac-10 Tournament in Pauley Pavilion (1987), UCLA was seeded No. 1 and defeated Washington 76-64 in the championship game (during the regular season, the Huskies had beaten UCLA twice). It was UCLA's only Pac-10 Tournament championship.
Series History - UCLA defeated Arizona State twice this season, 61-60 at Tempe (1/7) and 69-60 in Pauley Pavilion (2/2). The Bruins lead the series 52-14 and have swept the series the last two years (ASU's last win over UCLA was 74-62 (OT), 2004 in Tempe).
UCLA defeated Oregon State twice this season, 63-54 in Corvallis (1/28) and 78-60 in Pauley Pavilion (2/23). The Bruins lead the series 78-33. In 2005, the Beavers won two of three games from UCLA, including a 79-72 victory over the Bruins in a Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinal contest.
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA and 12th year as a collegiate head coach (in his 25th season of college basketball, as an assistant and head coach). In his career, Howland is 6-4 vs. Arizona State and 4-3 vs. Oregon State.
A prime candidate for National Coach of the Year honors, on March 6 was named the Pac-10 and USBWA Dist. IX Coach of the Year and on March 1, he was named a finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award and was honored by CollegeInsider.com as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
It's Howland's third conference Coach of the Year honor overall (2002-Big East Coach of the Year/at Pittsburgh and 1997- Big Sky Coach of the Year/at Northern Arizona). It's only the fifth time a UCLA coach has won Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors since the award was first handed out in 1976 (Steve Lavin (2001), Jim Harrick (1995), Walt Hazzard (1987) and Gary Cunningham (1978).
Howland recorded his 50th Bruin win against Oregon State and is now 53-34 (.609), including 42-17 (.712) in the last two years as the Bruins' head coach. The USC game on Feb. 19 was his 350th game as a collegiate head coach.
He has led UCLA this season to three Pac-10 road sweeps (at the Oregon schools, first time since 2000-01, at the Arizona schools, first time since 1996-97, at the Bay Area schools, first time since 2000) - not since 1994-95 have the Bruins had three Pac-10 road sweeps (at the Arizona, Washington and Bay Area schools/1995 was the last year UCLA won the NCAA Championship). This season the Bruins have swept (home/away) the Oregon schools (first time since 2001) and the Arizona schools (first time since 1997).
He recorded his 200th career victory on Nov. 19, when UCLA defeated Delaware State 56-37 in Pauley Pavilion. In Howland's second year (2004-05) at UCLA, he joined an elite list of college coaches (28) who have led three different teams to the NCAA Tournament (Howland's overall NCAA record is 4-4) - 2005 UCLA, 2003 Pittsburgh ("Sweet 16), 2002 Pittsburgh ("Sweet 16") and 1998 Northern Arizona. In 2005, Howland led the Bruins back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002; he directed the Bruins to a win over nationally-ranked Washington; led UCLA to a third-place tie in the Pac-10 and to a Pac-10 Tournament appearance. In Howland's first year (2003-04) at UCLA, highlights included a 9-3 start (5-0 in the Pac-10), wins over NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and an appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament.
In his last two seasons (2002-03) 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.
HONORS- Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual player honors. On March 6, Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo were named first-team All-Pac-10 (UCLA leads the conference with 104 first-team selections).
Jordan Farmar - On March 7, was named first-team USBWA All. Dist. IX, on March 6, he earned first-team All-Pac-10 and was named to the Wooden Award finalist list (22 players) and on March 1, was named the Pac-10 Most Valuable Player by CollegeInsider.com. On Feb. 18, Farmar was named first-team NABC All-Dist. 15. He is on the mid-season Naismith Trophy (30 players) and Wooden Award (30 players) lists. He is also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (nation's top point guard). Farmar is one of just four players, he's the only underclassman, mentioned for all three honors (joining senior guards, Illinois' Dee Brown, Pittsburgh's Carl Krauser and Syracuse's Gerry McNamara).
Arron Afflalo - On March 7, was named a first-team USBWA All-Dist. IX, on March 6 was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and named Pac-10 Player of the Week (for his play in the Bruins' sweep of the Bay Area), and on Feb. 18, Afflalo was named first-team NABC All-Dist. 15. He was named an early-season All-American by scout.com and named to the NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team. Farmar and Afflalo - were named the nation's No. 3 backcourt by SI.com (Jan. 25).
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - on March 6 was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (and Honorable Mention All-Pac-10) and a Freshman All-American by CollegeInsider.com. He was named to Seth Davis' SI.com All-Glue team on Feb. 15 (given to players who emphasize team play over individualism). He was named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week (Jan. 30) for his efforts in UCLA's two victories at the Oregon schools.
Darren Collison - on March 6 was named a Pac-10 Honorable Mention All-Freshman selection.
UCLA'S LAST GAMES
March 4 - No. 15 UCLA 75, at Stanford 54 - before 7,334 at Maples Pavilion, the Bruins outright won their first Pac-10 regular season championship (since 1997), beating the Cardinal 75-54. UCLA's 21-point win tied for its largest single-game Pac-10 margin of victory this season (UCLA defeated USC 66-45 in Pauley Pavilion). It was UCLA's first sweep of Stanford since 1995 (UCLA's last National Championship season) and the Bruins' first sweep of the Bay Area since 2000.
The Cardinal opened the game with a 5-0 lead. But with 7:59 left in the first half, UCLA had a 24-13 advantage (Michael Roll three-pointer) and the Bruins were on their way to a convincing victory.
Leading 38-24 at halftime, Stanford closed the gap to nine points (53-44, 11:40 remaining) on a jumper by Chris Hernandez. But in the next six minutes, the Bruins outscored Stanford 14-2 and led 67-46 (5:51, on a three-pointer and foul shot by Arron Afflalo). The Bruins' biggest lead in the second half was 75-52 (23 points, 1:22), on a jumper by Afflalo.
Afflalo led four Bruin starters in double figures with a game-high 16 points, followed by Jordan Farmar's 13 points, Ryan Hollins' season-high 13 points and eight rebounds and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's 12 points and game-high nine rebounds. For his play in the Bay Area, Afflalo was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week.
The Bruins (24-6, 14-4) shot .500 (29-58) from the field, .471 (8-17) from three-point range and .692 (9-13) from the foul line, with a game-high 33 rebounds (the Bruins have outrebounded their last eight opponents), 15 assists, a season-low seven turnovers, two blocked shots and five steals.
The Cardinal (15-12, 11-7) shot .439 (18-41) from the field, .556 (5-9) from three-point range and .684 (13-19) from the foul line, with 24 rebounds, 11 assists, a game-high 15 turnovers, six blocked shots and two steals. Stanford was led by Dan Grunfeld's 14 points.
March 2 - No. 15 UCLA 67, at California 58 (OT) - before 11,877 at Haas Pavilion, the Bruins overcame a 31-20 halftime deficit, outscored the Golden Bears 12-3 in overtime and Arron Afflalo scored 21 of his game-high 25 points after halftime as UCLA defeated California 67-58 (OT). The UCLA victory clinched a share of the 2006 Pac-10 regular season title for UCLA (it's first since 1997), it was UCLA's first overtime game of the season and the Bruins have now won two years in a row at Haas Pavilion.
UCLA fell behind at halftime 31-20 (a half season low for the Bruins). California ended the first half on an 11-0 run. In the first half, the Golden Bears were led by Leon Powe's 15 points.
In the second half, the Bruins scored the first seven points and went on a 17-5 run, to lead 37-36 (two free throws by Darren Collison). With less than a minute remaining, UCLA had a 55-52 lead (following Afflalo's two free throws). But with :27 left to play, California's Theo Robertson hit a three-pointer, to force the overtime.
In the overtime, UCLA scored the final 12 points, outscoring the Golden Bears 12-3.
Afflalo scored 21 of his 25 points after halftime, making seven of 11 from the floor and 5-8 from three-point range, with a team-high seven rebounds, in a career-high 43 minutes. Collison added 11 points for the Bruins.
UCLA (23-6, 13-4) shot .435 (20-46) from the field (including .667, 2-3 in overtime), .438 (7-16) from three-point range (including .500, 1-2 in overtime) and .769 (20-26) from the foul line (including .875, 7-8 in overtime), with a game-high 31 rebounds, 10 assists, 14 turnovers, three blocked shots and nine steals.
California (17-9, 11-6) shot .388 (19-49) from the field (including .563, 9-16 in the first half), .462 (6-13) from three-point range (including .667, 2-3 in the first half) and .824 (14-17) from the foul line (including .917, 11-12 in the first half), with 28 rebounds, 13 assists, 14 turnovers, four blocked shots and three steals. Powe led the Golden Bears with 20 points, but scored only five points (2-6) after halftime.
Start the Season - UCLA's 24-6 start (UCLA's eight-game winning streak was snapped by the home loss to California/its five game winning streak was stopped by the road loss at No. 21 Washington-it was UCLA's first road loss of the season) is the best under Howland (in his third season). It's UCLA's fastest to 20 wins (20-4) since the Bruins's 1994-95 NCAA Championship season (20-1). UCLA is 8-2 on the road this season, including 7-2 in Pac-10 road games. Four of UCLA's six losses have been to teams ranked in this week's AP Top 25 (No. 5 Memphis, No. 12 Washington twice and No. 19 West Virginia). UCLA's RPI ranking was No. 15 (going into last week's Bay Area games/the RPI is updated every Wednesday, 9 a.m. PT, ncaasports.com).
Here's how UCLA's 24-6 record compares to other impressive Bruin starts -
Under Steve Lavin - 2000-01, 21-8 entering NCAA Tournament; 1997-98, UCLA finished the regular season 22-8 entering the NCAA Tournament.
Under Jim Harrick - In 1994-95, UCLA's 11th NCAA title team, started 12-1 (losing at Oregon on Jan. 5), then lost 14th game (12-2) to California in Pauley (Jan. 28, 100-93, game was later forfeited by California) - UCLA would not lose another game, winning the NCAA Championship and finishing with a 32 (school record for wins)-1 overall mark (17-1 in the Pac-10).
The Bruins Are - 24-5 when holding the opponent under 80 points, 18-1 when leading at halftime, 12-1 when shooting .500 or better from the field and 11-1 when holding the opponent to under .400, 20-2 when outshooting the opponent from the field, 15-2 when outshooting the opponent from three-point range, 20-3 with a rebound advantage and 22-1 when leading with five minutes to play in regulation.
Defense - UCLA has held six of its last 13 opponents under .400 and two under .300. Only twice in the last nine games has an opponent shot better than .464. Ten of those 13 opponents scored 60 points or less. WSU's 30 points was the lowest total by a Bruin opponent since the 1966-67 season, when Oregon scored 25. Last season (all games), the Bruins allowed 71.7 points a game (this season, 59.8, a difference of -11.9 points).
Last week in the Bay Area, UCLA held the schools to an average of 56.0 points, including just 28.5 after halftime. In this week's Pac-10 statistics (league games only), UCLA is first in scoring defense (59.3) and first in scoring margin (+8.4) and rebounding defense (28.1) and third in FG% defense (.427) and fourth in 3PT FG% defense (.338). In league games, the Bruins are also first in offensive FG% (.469).
In the Second Half - UCLA trailed at California by 11 points (31-20) at halftime but rallied to outscore the Golden Bears by 20 (47-27) after halftime (11 in the second half and nine in overtime). UCLA trailed both Oregon schools at halftime (OSU 32-26 and UO 28-23), but came back with big second half rallies (season high for a half 52 vs. OSU and second-highest season high for a second half 47 vs. UO). Vs. Oregon, the Bruins shot their best second-half FG% (.625, 15-24) of the season. Prior to the win at Stanford, the Bruins trailed in five consecutive games at halftime, but came back with strong second-half efforts (averaged 23.6 in first half/44.0 in second half).
20 Wins - It's the 42nd time in school history the Bruins have won 20 games (last time, 2001-02, 21-12). UCLA has won 20 games on 34 occasions in the last 40 years (1967-2006). This is UCLA's fastest to 20 victories since the 1994-95 NCAA Championship season (20-1, went on to a 32-1 overall record, the 32 wins is a school record).
Fast Starts - In three Pac-10 games this season, the Bruins have gotten off to fast starts - in UCLA's 71-54 win over Stanford in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins led 18-1 (14:25); in UCLA's 66-45 victory over USC in Pauley, the Bruins led 18-2 (13:00) and in UCLA's 50-30 win at Washington State, the Bruins led 18-2 (12:56).
Jordan Farmar - On March 7, was named first-team USBWA All. Dist. IX, on March 6, he earned first-team All-Pac-10 and was named to the Wooden Award finalist list (22 players) and on March 1, was named the Pac-10 Most Valuable Player by CollegeInsider.com. On Feb. 18, Farmar was named first-team NABC All-Dist. 15. He is on the mid-season Naismith Trophy (30 players) and Wooden Award (30 players) lists. He is also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (nation's top point guard). Farmar is one of just four players, he's the only underclassman, mentioned for all three honors (joining senior guards, Illinois' Dee Brown, Pittsburgh's Carl Krauser and Syracuse's Gerry McNamara). He leads the Pac-10 in assists (5.46) and is 11th in scoring (14.0). He's led the Bruins in assists in 17 of the last 18 games and 24 of his 28 games (vs. Washington in January, Farmar had a career-best 12 assists, also had 10 vs. Coppin State). He led the Bruins with 21 points against Oregon State, including 17 in the second half, connecting on a career-high tying four three-pointers. Playing on two sprained ankles, he led the Bruins with 21 points at USC. The previous week, he scored 20 of UCLA's 50 points at Washington State and added 13 points and five assists at Washington. On Feb. 4 vs. Arizona, he sprained his left ankle (X-rays Saturday night revealed no abnormalities and an MRI on Monday confirmed the ankle sprain). He spent the week in a walking boot but played in both games at Washington. He has also been playing with a sprained right ankle (first hurt vs. Temple/reinjured vs. Stanford/has missed two games-Delaware State and Albany), but has started every league game. He has scored in double figures in 12 of the last 13 games and in 21 contests this season. Farmar has seven games of 20 or more points, including a career-high 28 vs. Memphis in an NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal. Farmar has led the Bruins in scoring nine times, including consecutive wins over Nevada (24) at the Wooden Classic and at Michigan (21).
Arron Afflalo - On March 7, was named a first-team USBWA All-Dist. IX, on March 6 was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and named Pac-10 Player of the Week (for his play in the Bruins' sweep of the Bay Area), and on Feb. 18, Afflalo was named first-team NABC All-Dist. 15. He was named an early-season All-American by scout.com and named to the NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team. UCLA's leading scorer (17.1/fifth in the Pac-10), he's started 29 games and scored in double figures in 28 of 30 games. He has 11 games of 20 or more points. At California, he scored 21 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and overtime and added seven rebounds. At Stanford, he led the Bruins with 16 points. In the two games, he made 13 of 23 shots from the floor, eight for 14 from three-point range and seven of nine from the line (and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week). Against the Oregon schools in Pauley, he scored 34 points, making 11 of 19 shots from the floor (5-10 from three-point range) and all seven free throw attempts. In UCLA's home sweep of the Arizona schools, Afflalo scored a career-high 27 points vs. Arizona (career-best 13-16 from the foul line) with a season-high tying four assists and vs. Arizona State, added 17 points, six rebounds and a season-high tying two steals. His previous scoring high was 23 points twice, vs. Stanford and New Mexico State. He's led UCLA in scoring in 16 games this season. In UCLA's victory at Oregon State, Afflalo led the Bruins in rebounding (career and game-high 10) and recorded his first career double/double (11 points-10 rebounds).
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - on March 6 was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (and Honorable Mention All-Pac-10) and a Freshman All-American by CollegeInsider.com. He was named to Seth Davis' SI.com All-Glue team on Feb. 15 (given to players who emphasize team play over individualism). He was named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week (Jan. 30) for his efforts in UCLA's two victories at the Oregon schools. The Bruins' leading rebounder (8.4/No. 3 in the Pac-10, leading freshman rebounder in the conference and No. 4 freshman scorer/the nation's third-leading freshman rebounder/the highest freshman average in UCLA history, breaking Don MacLean's 7.5, 1989), he's been UCLA's leading rebounder in 25 of 30 games. He's also second in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounding (3.13) and fourth in defensive rebounds (5.27) and leds the conference in FG% (.529). Mbah a Moute has streaks of leading the Bruins in rebounding this season of 12 (longest since 1977-78, when David Greenwood led UCLA in rebounding in the final 13 regular season games) and seven games. He has seven double/doubles, the most in Bruin freshman history (breaking Jelani McCoy's mark of six, 1996), including two consecutive on two occasions (the first starting freshman to accomplish that since JaRon Rush (1998-99-final two games that season-at Arizona-16/10 and Detroit Mercy (NCAA)-10/13). Mbah a Moute has 10 games of double digit rebounds. At Stanford, he had 12 points and nine rebounds. He led the Bruins with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the home win vs. Oregon. At the sweep of the Oregon schools, Mbah a Moute led the Bruins in scoring both games (Oregon-season and game-high 15 points/game-high 10 rebounds; Oregon State-team-high 14 points/eight rebounds) and for his efforts was named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week.
Ryan Hollins - came back from his groin injury (missed six games, including UCLA's first five Pac-10 contests), to play in the last 14 games and start 10 of the last 11. At Stanford, he had a season-high 13 points (5-7, 3-4) and eight rebounds. On the road trip to Washington, he had six rebounds vs. WSU and a season-high nine boards (seven points) at Washington. Vs. the Arizona schools in Pauley, he scored a season-best 12 points vs. Arizona with three rebounds and vs. Arizona State, added six points and four rebounds. As a starter at the Oregon schools, in a season-best 35 minutes at Oregon State, Hollins had a then-season-high tying 11 points, with seven rebounds and at Oregon, although in foul trouble, he contributed five points, three rebounds and a season-best four blocked shots.
Cedric Bozeman - After missing eight games with a left shoulder injury (cartilage/he started the first 11 games before the injury), Bozeman has returned to play in the last 11 games and started the last 10 contests. With Bozeman in the lineup, the Bruins are 19-3 (18-3 as a starter).
INJURY UPDATE (every scholarship player has been injured this season/seven players have missed a total of 80 games).
Sophomore forward Josh Shipp (missed 26 games/out for season) - on Sept. 28, had an arthroscopic right hip procedure. During his initial rehabilitation, he was on crutches for almost a month (came off of crutches on Oct. 26). Shipp returned to the starting to start the Pac-10 season (he missed the first 11 games) and started the first four league contests, scoring in double figures (11.3ppg/4.8rpg/29.8mpg) in every game. On Jan. 10, because of constant and increasing pain in the right hip, Shipp announced he would not practice or play for the remainder of the season (UCLA will petition for a medical hardship waiver at the conclusion of the season).
Sophomore center Lorenzo Mata (missed 16 games/out 6-8 weeks) - suffered a concussion in practice on Dec. 1 and did not play on Dec. 4 vs. Coppin State and vs. Nevada on Dec. 10. Since then, he started seven of eight games (played with a bloody nose/slight fracture at Arizona State, suffered in the first half). Vs. Washington State, suffered a nondisplaced right tibial plateau fracture (he will be out 6-8 weeks, but once the fracture is healed, Mata is expected to resume full activity. Results of a CT scan on Feb. 23 revealed the bone was healing normally.
Senior center Michael Fey (missed 16 games) - before the start of practice (Oct. 14), was diagnosed with a severe groin strain. On Tuesday (Nov. 8), Fey was cleared for a one hour workout (once a day, starting Nov. 9). Fey participated in team practice on Saturday (Nov. 12). He played 17 minutes vs. New Mexico State (seven points/two rebounds) and 15 minutes vs. Temple (0 points/two rebounds), but sprained his left shoulder. He did not play vs. Delaware State and his status was "day-to-day". In New York, Fey played a season-high 21 minutes vs. Memphis (season-high 13 points/four rebounds) and five minutes vs. Drexel. On Thursday (Dec. 1), suffered a right ankle sprain in practice and did not play vs. Coppin State on Dec. 4 and Nevada on Dec. 10. He did play two minutes at Michigan. Fey did not play vs. Wagner, came in for nine minutes (two points/three rebounds) vs. Sacramento State. Fey missed the Bruins' first five Pac-10 contests. He did play one minute vs. Washington and Arizona State, but did not play vs. USC, WVU, Oregon, OSU and Arizona. He played two minutes at WSU, but did not play at Washington or at USC. He started against Oregon State and Oregon and played at California and Stanford.
Cedric Bozeman (missed eight games) - The senior forward who had started every game before Stanford, on Dec. 27 injured his left shoulder in practice (an MRI revealed torn cartilage). At the time of the injury, Bozeman was averaging 31.2 minutes, 10.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. He missed eight games. Bozeman was cleared the week of the USC and WVU games to resume shooting and dribbling, but did not play. He returned to action at the Oregon schools, has played in the last 11 games and started the last 10. Freshman forward Alfred Aboya (missed six games) - had a right knee arthroscopic procedure on July 11 and had a left knee arthroscopic procedure on Oct. 12. Aboya was re-evaluated on Nov. 2 and he did not have any basketball activity for the next two weeks. His first game was Coppin State (Dec. 4 -16 minutes, two rebounds and assists) and he's appeared in every game since (24). Vs. Washington, Aboya suffered a right knee injury, but an MRI revealed no new articular cartilage damage and he started both the USC and West Virginia games. Suffered a left hip flexor strain in practice on Thursday before the USC game, but played 16 minutes at the Sports Arena. Reinjured (left hip flexor strain) in practice on Feb. 21 and was questionable for the Oregon schools in Pauley, but played against the Beavers and Oregon.
Senior center Ryan Hollins (missed six games) - strained his groin during warm-ups vs. Sacramento State (did not play) and missed six consecutive games. He has now played in the last 14 games and started 10 of the last 11 contests.
Sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar (missed two games) - suffered a right groin strain in practice on Thursday (Oct. 27) and was held out of practice for five days (Thursday-Tuesday, the Bruins did not practice on Sunday, Oct. 30). After a Nov. 1 examination, Farmar, who had shown significant improvement, continued to strengthen and receive treatment. He did not practice or play the rest of the week and did not play in UCLA's exhibition game vs. Carleton (Friday, Nov. 4). Farmar was cleared to resume practice on Monday (Nov. 7) and started vs. CS Monterey Bay. Farmar started the first two NIT Season Tip-Off encounters, but sprained his right ankle vs. Temple and did not play vs. Delaware State. He started vs. Memphis and Drexel. Following an inconclusive early MRI on Tuesday (Nov. 29), another MRI was taken later that day which showed Farmar did not have a right foot stress fracture. He did not play vs. Albany (Nov. 29), but came back to start vs. Coppin State (Dec. 4) and responded with his first career double/double (16 points-then career-high 10 assists) and has started every game since Coppin State. Farmar sprained his right ankle in the second half vs. Stanford (played only four minutes), but came back to start vs. California (36 minutes). Started vs. the Arizona schools - had the ankle retaped in the first half of the Arizona game (hit four consecutive free throws late in the game to preserve UCLA's win) and at ASU, hit two baskets at the end of the contest to win the game for UCLA. Led the Bruins in scoring vs. USC (15) and WVU (22) and led the Bruins to two wins in Oregon for the first time since 2001. Vs. Arizona in Pauley Pavilion, he sprained his left ankle in the second half, got retaped, and played 31 minutes (X-rays on Saturday night revealed no abnormalities and an MRI on Monday confirmed the sprained ankle). He was in a walking boot during the week leading up to the WSU game. He is UCLA's second-leading scorer (14.0) and leads the Pac-10 in assists (5.46/had a career-high 12 assists vs. Washington).
Freshman forward Michael Roll - jammed his right thumb in practice on Jan. 31 (before Arizona State game) and Feb. 1 X-rays revealed a sprain. He played 15 minutes vs. ASU and 14 vs. Arizona.
Freshman guard Darren Collison - suffered a sprained left ankle in the West Virginia game. The X-rays were negative, he did not practice Monday or Tuesday (before the Oregon games), but played at both Oregon (17 minutes) and Oregon State (13 minutes). Freshman center Ryan Wright - sprained his right ankle in the Stanford game (Pauley Pavilion), but continued to play in the Cardinal contest (22 minutes, five points, four rebounds) and vs. California (15 minutes, three points). He has played in every Pac-10 game and started vs. Washington.
Sophomore guard Arron Afflalo - suffered a left quadricep contusion on Oct. 29. He was listed as day-to-day, resumed practice on Nov. 3 and has started every game. He leads the Bruins in points (17.1/No. 7 in the Pac-10) and minutes (34.3, No. 4 in the Pac-10). At Arizona State, fell heavily to the floor at the end of the game, suffering a left hip pointer and right backside bruised soft tissue. But came back to start vs. the Washington schools in Pauley Pavilion.
Freshman forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - before the start of practice (Oct. 14) was diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder. He returned to full-time practice status on Oct. 22 and has started every game and leads the Bruins in rebounding (8.4, No. 3 in the Pac-10/No. 3 freshman rebounder in the U. S.).
Redshirt Freshman Walkon Joey Ellis - On Oct. 7, had a left knee arthroscopic procedure and has not appeared in a game.
NATIONAL POLLS - This week, the Bruins are ranked No. 13 by AP and No. 12 by ESPN/USA Today. Prior to the Bay Area trip, the Bruins were ranked No. 15 by AP and No. 13 by ESPN/USA Today. Prior to the Oregon games in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA was rated No. 19 by AP and No. 17 by ESPN/USA Today. Prior to the USC game at the Sports Arena, UCLA was rated No. 15 by AP and No. 14 by ESPN/USA Today. Prior to traveling to Washington, the Bruins were rated No. 13 by AP and No. 12 by ESPN/USA Today. Prior to hosting the Arizona schools in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA was rated No. 14 by AP and No. 13 by ESPN/USA Today. Before going to the Oregon schools, the Bruins were No. 17 by AP and ESPN/USA Today. Prior to USC and WVU, the Bruins were ranked No. 18 by AP and No. 16 by ESPN/USA Today. Before facing the Washington schools in Pauley, UCLA for the second time this season was No. 11 (AP) and No. 12 (ESPN/USA Today). Traveling to the Arizona schools, the Bruins were No. 17 in both polls. UCLA was No. 11 in both polls (before facing Stanford/California in Pauley Pavilion/UCLA's highest regular season ranking since 2001-02/No. 10-the Bruins that season had a preseason ranking of No. 3). UCLA was No. 12 in both polls (before facing Wagner and Sacramento State). The Bruins were No. 14 in both polls going into Michigan. Prior to facing Nevada (Dec. 10) in the Wooden Classic, the Bruins were No. 16 (AP) and No. 18 (USA Today/ESPN). The week of Nov. 28, UCLA was No. 16 (AP) and No. 17 (USA Today/ESPN). The week of the NIT Season Tip-Off Final Four (Nov. 21), the Bruins were No. 16 in both polls (UCLA's highest ranking since the start of the 2002-03 season/No. 14). UCLA was preseason rated No. 19 by AP and tied for No. 18 by USA Today/ESPN (it was the Bruins' first preseason rating since 2002-03/No. 14).
THE WOODEN CLASSIC - On Dec. 10 in the 12th annual Wooden Classic at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, No. 16 UCLA defeated No. 17 Nevada, 67-56. It was UCLA's third consecutive Wooden Classic appearance, snapped a two-game Bruin losing streak at the Classic, and overall, UCLA is 6-3 in the Wooden Classic. It was announced that UCLA and USC will appear in the 2006 Wooden Classic (Dec. 9-opponents to be announced at a later date).
On Nov. 30, 2002 in Indianapolis, No. 14 UCLA's 84-73 loss to No. 4 Duke was the Bruins' only appearance in the then third-annual Wooden Tradition.
2005 NIT SEASON TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT - For the first time since 1996 and for the fourth time in school history (2005-1996-1992-1987), the Bruins played in the NIT Season Tip-Off and for the second time in school history, placed third. At the NIT Season Tip-Off at New York City's Madison Square Garden, on Nov. 25 Duke defeated Memphis 70-67 for the championship and in the third-place game, the Bruins beat Drexel 57-56. In the semis on Nov. 23, Duke defeated Drexel 78-68 and Memphis beat UCLA 88-80.
The first-round NIT matchups were - Nov. 14 - Boston U. at Duke (D 64-57), Manhattan at Seton Hall (SH 66-52), Sam Houston State at Missouri (SHS 80-77) and Drexel at Princeton (D 54-41); Nov. 15- Miami (Ohio) at Alabama (A 64-58), Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Memphis (M 79-52), Army at Temple (T 69-37) and New Mexico State at UCLA (U 83-70). Second Round results - Nov. 16- at Duke 93-Seton Hall 40; Nov. 17 - at Drexel 72-Sam Houston State 61, Memphis 87-at Alabama 76 and at UCLA 54-Temple 47. In UCLA's preseason NIT history, the Bruins - in 1996, lost in the first round to Tulsa in Pauley Pavilion (77-76, OT); in 1992, lost a semifinal game to Seton Hall 73-64 and defeated Florida State 86-83 for third-place and in 1987, lost a second round contest at New Mexico 77-66.
UCLA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE - In the Preseason AP poll, the Bruins will face five teams on this year's schedule - No. 9 Arizona, No. 12 Memphis, No. 13 Stanford, No. 15 West Virginia and No. 25 Nevada. UCLA's 2005-06 men's basketball schedule will feature nine teams that advanced to postseason play last season (NCAA/NIT) and the Bruins will also participate in the NIT Season Tip-Off and Wooden Classic. Teams from last year's NCAA include - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Delaware State (Saturday, Nov. 19 in Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.), Western Athletic Conference Nevada in the Wooden Classic (Saturday, Dec. 10 in Anaheim, 2:30 p.m./KCAL), Big East West Virginia (Saturday, Jan. 12 in Pauley Pavilion, 12:45 p.m., CBS/the Mountaineers in the 2005 NCAA advanced to the Albuquerque Regional final, losing to Louisville 93-85OT) and Pac-10 foes Washington, Arizona and Stanford. Also in 2005, conference opponents Oregon State and Arizona State participated in the NIT, as did Memphis. For the fourth consecutive season, UCLA will play Big 10 Michigan (Dec. 17 in Ann Arbor, 9 a.m. PT/ESPN) -UCLA leads the series 9-3 and has won the last two games, 68-61 on Dec. 17 and last season, defeating the Wolverines in Pauley 81-79.
PAC-10 MEDIA DAY-BRUINS SELECTED THIRD IN PRESEASON VOTE - Nov. 3 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 2006 conference title. Here's the vote total -1. Arizona (23) 325, 2. Stanford (9) 294, 3. UCLA 263 (2), 4. Washington 238, 5. California 212, 6. Oregon 183, 7. Oregon State 132, 8. USC 87, 9. Washington State 86, 10. Arizona State 50.
PRESEASON HONORS- Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors.
-Athlon - Team - Postseason Prediction, NCAA "Sweet 16"/3rd in Pac-10; No. 2 recruiting class in Pac-10. Individual -Jordan Farmar - Honorable Mention All-America/1st-team All-Pac-10; Arron Afflalo - 3rd-team All-Pac-10.
-Blue Ribbon - Team - No. 21 in the U. S./3rd in the Pac-10; No. 2 Top Backcourt in Pac-10. Individual - Jordan Farmar- All-Conference Team.
-CollegeHoops.net - Team - No. 16 in the U. S./3rd in the Pac-10. Individual - Jordan Farmar - 1st-team All-Pac-10.
-Lindy's - Team - No. 25 in U. S./3rd in Pac-10; No. 6 backcourt in the nation; No. 18 recruiting class in the nation. Individual - Jordan Farmar - No. 11 point guard in the U. S. /second-team All-Pac-10.
-Slam Magazine - Team - No. 18 in U. S.
-Sports Illustrated - Team - No. 15 in the U. S.
-Street & Smith's - Team - No. 16 in the U. S. /3rd in Pac-10; No. 3 recruiting class in Pac-10. Individual - Alfred Aboya - Top 100 college freshmen, Ryan Wright -Impact Rookie.
-The Sporting News - Team - No. 17 in U. S. /3rd in Pac-10; No. 5 backcourt in U. S.; No. 3 recruiting class in Pac-10. Individual - Jordan Farmar - No. 4 point guard in U. S. /first-team All-Pac-10; Arron Afflalo - No. 13 shooting guard in the U .S./second-team All-Pac-10; Ryan Wright - No. 5 Pac-10 recruit; Alfred Aboya - No. 8 Pac-10 recruit; Darren Collison -No. 12 Pac-10 recruit.
-Dick Vitale's Top 25 - Team - No. 20 in the U. S.
James Keefe, a 6-8, 220-pound forward from Santa Margarita Catholic HS (Rancho Santa Margarita), on Feb. 23 was named a McDonald's All-American. The McDonald's game will be March 29 at San Diego State's Cox Arena. He's the 26th McDonald's All-American to attend UCLA and the third recruited to the Bruins under UCLA head coach Ben Howland (joining 2004 McDonald's All-Americans - Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo).
Considered one of the nation's top-rated power forwards entering his senior high school season, Keefe has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UCLA, Bruin head coach Ben Howland announced Nov. 9. Wednesday is the first day of the early signing period that extends until Nov. 16.
Under head coach Jerry DeBusk, Keefe led the Eagles in March to a second consecutive CIF Southern Section Div. III-AA Championship (28-5 overall), averaging 17.0 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots. Santa Margarita Catholic HS advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern California Regionals (Div. III) as Keefe earned State Junior Player of the Year honors and was first-team All-Serra League.
"I'm elated that James is joining our program," said Howland. "He's an outstanding player, a great person and an excellent student. James plays hard, is an outstanding rebounder, a good defender and plays very intelligently. His attitude and work ethic are going to help him improve and get better and better year-in and year-out"
A recent first-team Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Selection, Keefe is rated the No. 27 high school player in the nation by Bob Gibbons' All-Star Sports Top 100.
Entering 2005-06, his other preseason prep honors include - Street & Smith All-American (second team), The Sporting News' No. 36 player in the U. S., Scout.com No. 37 player in the U. S. (No. 11 power forward in the U. S.) and Athlon Sports No. 38 player in the U. S.
Last summer, Keefe participated in the Gibbons' Memorial Weekend Tournament, playing for the title-winning Southern California All-Stars. He also played in the adidas All-America Camp in Suwanee, GA and with his high school team in the Reebok Las Vegas Big Time Tournament (an all-tourney choice) in July.
"Keefe puts as much energy and focus into his performance while screening for teammates and playing defense, as he does when the ball is in his possession," said Frank Burlison, national basketball columnist for Scout.com, long-time sportswriter for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and a member of the USBWA Hall of Fame. "He'll need to make fewer adjustments, especially on defense, than almost any other player in the class to be an immediate contributor in college. Keefe has been extremely well-coached by Jerry DeBusk and should make an immediate impact with the Bruins, perhaps even as a starter at some point during his freshman season."
Marko Spica, a 6-9, 225-pound post player from Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at UCLA, Bruin head coach Ben Howland announced Tuesday. Spica will be an incoming freshman for the 2006-07 school year.
From the High School of Sport in Belgrade and considered one of the top young post players in Europe, Spica, since the age of 13, has been a member of the Beovuk Club. Within his club team, Spica for two years has been playing on his country's Junior squad, averaging 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds. Prior to that, for three seasons on the Youth team, he averaged 17.0 points and 9.0 rebounds.
"Marko is a skilled post player," Howland said. "He can score down low. He can step out and shoot. He rebounds, he blocks out and he plays physical. Marko and James Keefe give us two talented inside players for next season."
Janou Rubin - In what had been a lengthy procedural process, the UCLA Athletic Department and the Janou (Ja-now) Rubin family had been dealing with the NCAA, attempting to get Rubin a sixth year of eligibility (he did not compete in 2001-02/Rubin also missed the final 19 games of last season with a left knee injury that required surgery). That sixth year was granted by the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Staff on Nov. 14. Rubin is eligible to play and is wearing No. 10. 10 Janou Rubin-G-6-3-208-Sr.-Union City, CA (Logan HS)
-2004-05 - missed the final 19 games with a left knee injury (that required surgery). Before he was hurt, Rubin appeared in five games and averaged 5.8 minutes, 1.0 points and 0.2 rebounds.
-2003-04 - appeared in a career-high 27 games, with career-high averages of 14.8 minutes, 4.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for his efforts in UCLA's conference opening home wins over Oregon State (career-high 13 points, all in the second half, including 3-3 from three-point range, one rebound, and three assists in 18 minutes) and Oregon (a career-high tying 13 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and blocked shot in 24 minutes).
-2002-03 - appeared in 10 games, averaging 5.1 minutes.
-2001-02 - did not play in a game because of recurring knee problems.
-2000-01 - walked on and made the squad, appearing in four games, including three Pac-10 contests.
WALKONS - The Bruins will have four walkons, including redshirt freshmen 6-5 guard DeAndre Robinson (Riverside, CA/King HS) and 6-1 guard Joey Ellis (Hidden Hills/Crespi HS - had left knee surgery on Oct. 7). Robinson, a two-year first-team All-League performer, as a senior led King HS to a No. 23 State ranking, averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Ellis in 2004 was Crespi's captain and team MVP and earned All-Mission League honors. As a senior, Ellis averaged 16.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.9 steals.
Along with two true freshmen - 5-10 guard Kelvin Kim (El Toro HS/Lake Forest) and 5-10 guard Nican (Nye-kin) Robinson (Oakland Tech). Kim was a first-team All-CIF-SS-Div. 1A selection, averaging 14.6 points, 5.2 assists and 3.3 rebounds. Robinson, his team MPV and co-captain as a senior, comes from an athletic family (father Sam played in the NBA, uncle Paul Pressey is an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics and uncles Mike Davis, Sr. and Rod Martin played in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders.
Kim and D. Robinson have appeared in six games and N. Robinson in four contests.
ED O'BANNON, KENNY WASHINGTON INDUCTED INTO THE UCLA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME - On Friday, Sept. 30, Bruin basketball greats Kenny Washington and Ed O'Bannon were inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame (they were also introduced at halftime during UCLA's football game vs. Washington in the Rose Bowl on Oct. 1). Kenny Washington was a three-year letterman (1964-66) under Coach John Wooden and played on the Bruins' first two NCAA Championship squads (1964-65). In the 1964 NCAA Championship game vs. Duke, Washington came off the bench and scored 26 points in UCLA's 98-83 victory. In the Bruins' 91-80 victory over Michigan in the 1965 NCAA Final, Washington again came off the bench to scored 17 points. He was a senior starting guard in 1966. Ed O'Bannon in 1995 led the Bruins to their 11th NCAA title. In the Championship game vs. defending champion Arkansas, O'Bannon scored 30 points, with 17 rebounds, in UCLA's 89-78 triumph. He was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player and also went on to receive the Wooden Award, as the nation's top collegiate performer. In the 1995 NBA Draft, O'Bannon was a first round choice (No. 9 selection) by the New Jersey Nets. On Feb. 1, 1996 in a ceremony in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA retired O'Bannon's No. 31 jersey number.
DON BARKSDALE TO BE INDUCTED INTO PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR- Don Barksdale, UCLA's first African-American All-American in men's basketball (1947) and the first African-American Helms Foundation All-American, will be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor in ceremonies that will take place during the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament, March 8-11, at The Staples Center. Following in the steps of his close friend and mentor Jackie Robinson, Barksdale (Berkeley HS) broke the color barrier in the sport of basketball. He was the first African-American to win a gold medal for the U.S. in men's basketball (1948), one of the first to play in the NBA (1951-55) and the first African-American to play in an NBA All-Star game (1953). Following his playing career, he returned to the Bay Area as a well-known jazz DJ, and became chairman of "Save High School Sports", an organization to raise money to pay for sports programs in school districts beset by financial difficulty. Barksdale was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Oakland African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. Barksdale died in 1993 at the age of 69. Joining Barksdale in the 2005 Class is - Arizona's Damon Stoudamire, Arizona State's Lionel Hollins, California's Andy Wolfe, Oregon's Jim Loscutoff, Oregon State's Ralph Miller, Stanford's Adam Keefe, USC's Dennis "Mo" Layton, Washington's Steve Hawes and Washington State's James Donaldson. Barksdale is the fifth Bruin to be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor - 2002 John Wooden, 2003 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), 2004 Walt Hazzard and 2005 Gail Goodrich.
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland
A top candidate for National Coach of the Year acclaim, Howland has led three different schools into the NCAA Tournament - Northern Arizona in 1998, Pittsburgh in 2002 and 2003 and UCLA in 2005. Following the 2005 NCAA Tournament, only 28 coaches had been to the Tournament with three different schools. Howland is 4-4 in NCAA play - 0-1 at Northern Arizona, 4-2 at Pittsburgh, reaching the 'Sweet 16' in both 2002 and 2003, and 0-1 at UCLA.
This is Howland's 25th season in college basketball, as an assistant (1981-82 Gonzaga/1982-94 UC Santa Barbara) and head coach. Here's a quick year-by-year review of his previous Div. I collegiate head coaching career. He has now been named conference Coach of the Year in three different conferences and has led UCLA, Pittsburgh and Northern Arizona to conference championships.
2005-06 (UCLA)- In Howland's third year at UCLA, highlights include a Pac-10 regular-season championship, UCLA's first since 1997, a conference record of 14-4 and a No. 1 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament.
2004-05 (UCLA)- In Howland's second year at UCLA, highlights include an 8-3 finish in the regular season to tie for third place in the Pac-10, wins over Washington, Notre Dame and Michigan and an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.
2003-04 (UCLA)- In Howland's first year at UCLA, highlights included a 9-3 start (5-0 in the Pac-10), wins over NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and an appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament.
2002-03 (Pittsburgh) - Led the Panthers to its second consecutive NCAA "Sweet 16", to the school's first ever Big East Tournament title and second consecutive Big East West crown.
2001-02 (Pittsburgh) - Consensus National Coach of the Year, leading the Panthers to a school record 29 victories, NCAA "Sweet 16", Big East West title and Big East Tournament Championship game.
2000-01 (Pittsburgh) - Pitt advanced to the second round of the NIT and to the Big East Tournament Championship game.
1999-00 (Pittsburgh) - first season at Pitt.
1998-99 (Northern Arizona) - first team in NCAA history to lead the NCAA in both FG% (52.3) and 3-PT FG% (44.5).
1997-98 (Northern Arizona) - led NAU to first-ever NCAA Tournament bid and to the Big Sky regular and postseason titles. Led nation in 3-PT FG% (43.0), second in FG% (52.3).
1996-97 (Northern Arizona) - orchestrated the 10th best single-season turnaround in NCAA history. Big Sky regular season champion and led nation in 3-PT FG% (4.19) and second in FG% (51.6).
1995-96 (Northern Arizona) - second year at NAU.
1994-95 (Northern Arizona) - first year at NAU.
HOWLAND PRESS CONFERENCES - held (most Tuesdays/unless noted) in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room at 1:30 p.m.(unless noted)/following Howland, Bruin players will be available in the press room at 2 p.m. (March 7).
HOWLAND/PAC-10 WEEKLY HEAD COACHES MEDIA TELECONFERENCE CALL - Beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 27 (and every Tuesday during the regular season/last call Tuesday, March 7). It begins at 10:30 a.m. through 11:47 a.m. (Howland is 11:47-11:55 a.m.). The media telephone number is 913-312-1268(taped replay-402-222-9927).
UCLA STAFF - Joining Howland are assistant coaches, all entering their third season - Donny Daniels, who was head coach at CS Fullerton for three seasons (2000-03); Ernie Zeigler, who for two years (2002-03) served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and Kerry Keating, in his 16th season in Div. I basketball who has been an assistant coach at four of the six BCS conferences, along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who two seasons (2002-03) served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh. Rounding out the staff are Head Strength and Conditioning Coach E. J. "Doc" Kreis (third season), trainer Tony Spino (second season/fourth stint as basketball trainer/33rd year at UCLA), Video Coordinator Scott Garson (second season), Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson, entering his 14th season on the Bruin basketball staff, Administrative Assistant Leslie Dalziel (first season), Head Equipment Manager Mike McBride (tenth season), Interim Director of Academic Services Mike Casillas (eighth season) and Academic Coordinator Kenny Donaldson (second season).
PAULEY PAVILION (12,819) - The 2005-06 is the 41st season UCLA has called Pauley Pavilion home. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 563-87 (650 games, .866). The Bruins are 14-3 (most wins in Pauley since 1998-99, 15-1) this season at home (UCLA's 11-game home winning streak, dating back to 2005, was snapped with the home loss to California) and were 12-3 in Pauley in 2004-05 after being 9-6 in 2003-04 and 5-10 in 2002-03.
UCLA's overtime win vs. 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).
On Dec. 20, 2003, the playing floor in Pauley Pavilion was dedicated "Nell and John Wooden Court".
UCLA HISTORY - This is UCLA's 87th season of college basketball and the Bruins have an overall school record of 1,578-708 (2,286 games, .690).
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 (39, Kentucky is first with 45). In NCAA play, the Bruins are also second in victories (85, second to Kentucky) and winning percentage (.726, second to Duke).
BRUINS IN THE NBA
On 2005-06 fall rosters, the Bruins had eight players - Trevor Ariza (New York Knicks/second season/traded to the Orlando Magic), Matt Barnes (New York Knicks/3rd season/now with Philadelphia 76ers), Baron Davis (Golden State Warriors/7th season), Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks/4th season), Jason Kapono (Miami Heat/3rd season), Dijon Thompson (Phoenix Suns/lst season/Albuquerque), Earl Watson (Denver Nuggets/5th season/traded to the Seattle Supersonics) and Ray Young (Golden State Warriors/waived). Darrick Martin (11th season) signed with the Toronto Raptors the week of Nov. 14. In the NBDL, the Bruins had three players - Brian Morrison, who was a senior last season, with Albuquerque; Ray Young, a senior in 2002-03, with Austin and T. J. Cummings, a senior in 2003-04, was also with Albuquerque.
UCLA's seven players in the NBA is second-highest in the Pac-10 (behind Arizona's 10) and in the nation, the Bruins trail only Duke (11), Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas and Connecticut (10) and Maryland (9). Michigan State and Florida also have seven.
Since 1948, UCLA has the most NBA selections of any school (98), followed by North Carolina (92), Kentucky (90) and Duke (70).
XTRA SPORTS 570 - The 2005-06 basketball season is UCLA's ninth with XTRA Sports 570 and 1150 and owner ClearChannel.
Chris Roberts(email@example.com), a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 14th season as the voice of Bruin basketball and football and in his 25th year broadcasting Div. I sports in Los Angeles. Roberts, who is a Wooden Award and Heisman Trophy voter, recently authored a book about Bruin football titled "Stadium Stories" (www.stadiumstories.com). He has twice been nominated for the Southern California Broadcasters Assn. "Play-by-Play Broadcaster of the Year" award. Roberts was nationally recognized on Oct. 27, 2003 by ESPN's Dick Vitale, when Vitale placed Roberts on his "All-Radio Voices Team". Vitale called it his "All-Cawood Ledford Team", in honor of the legendary Kentucky broadcaster. Roberts joined 15 other well-known college play-by-play voices on Vitale's "Sweet 16" broadcast team.
Don MacLean, the leading scorer (2,608, 1989-92) in UCLA and Pac-10 history, is in his fourth season as the Bruins' radio analyst. MacLean, who had a nine-year NBA career (1993-2001), will also be in his first season doing television analyst work for FSN. He'll be a 2006 inductee into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame.
ON THE INTERNET - UCLA games were also available via the internet at (www.uclabruins.com). Fans could also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929).
UCLA releases and results for all sports are on the internet (www.uclabruins.com).
PAC-10 - Updated notes released each Monday beginning Nov. 14 and continuing through the season. Pac-10 information is available on the Pac-10 home page. Point your web browser to http://www.pac-10.org.