Feb. 10, 2006
Saturday's Game - No. 13 Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins (20-4 overall/Pac-10 10-2, 1st-place) plays at No. 21 Lorenzo Romar's Washington Huskies (17-5 overall /Pac-10 6-5, 5th-place) at 12:30 p.m. PT at the Bank of America Arena in Seattle. On Wednesday, UCLA's RPI was 11 and Washington's was 54.
Washington - On Thursday, the Huskies snapped their three-game losing streak, beating USC 87-73 at the Bank of America Arena. UW had five players in double figures, led by senior guard Brandon Roy's 25 points and 11 rebounds. Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar, in his fourth year as head coach at his alma mater (he's 3-5 vs. UCLA), was a Bruin assistant coach from 1992-96, including UCLA's 1995 NCAA Championship team. UW assistant coach Cameron Dollar was a four-year Bruin letterman at guard (1994-97) and a two-year starter (1996-97). In 1995 in the National Championship game when UCLA defeated Arkansas 89-78 in Seattle for the school's 11th NCAA title, Dollar came in for the injured Tyus Edney, playing 36 minutes, with six points and eight assists. As a senior in 1997, Dollar helped lead the Bruins to the "Elite Eight".
Series History - UCLA leads it 87-32. UW won the first meeting this season in Pauley Pavilion, 69-65. The Huskies have won the series' last two games - this year in Pauley and last season in Seattle, 82-70. The Bruins have won three of the last four games in Seattle, including three straight from 2002-04.
Last UCLA/UW Meeting - Jan. 14 - No. 13 Washington 69, at No. 11 UCLA 65 - before 10,232 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA was unable to hold onto a 14-point early second half lead and lost to Washington 69-65. It was the Huskies first win in Pauley Pavilion since 1987. With 19:31 left in the game, UCLA lead 42-28, on a layin by Ryan Wright. But in the next 15 minutes, the Huskies pecked away at the Bruin lead, and with 4:41 remaining, pulled to within one point (60-59, on one of two free throws by Bobby Jones/in that time frame, UW outscored UCLA 29-18). Washington's first lead of the second half came with 3:09 left to play (61-60), on a layin by Jamaal Williams. UCLA would never regain the lead, but pulled to within one point (66-65, 12 seconds remaining, on a three-pointer by Arron Afflalo). Washington would score the final three points of the game to secure the win.
In the first half, the Bruins led by as many as 15 points (6:24, 32-17, on a layin by Wright) and also led 40-28 at halftime (first Bruin loss when leading at halftime). The Bruins were led by three players in double figures - Michael Roll's season-high 17 points (14 in the first half/5-6 from three-point range), Afflalo's 16 points and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's fifth season double-double (season-high tying 13 points/team-high 11 rebounds). Jordan Farmar recorded a career-best 12 assists.
UCLA (14-3, 4-2) shot .510 (26-51, first UCLA loss when shooting over .500/9-1) from the field, .435 (10-23) from three-point range and .600 (3-5,season-lows) from the foul line, with 26 rebounds, a game-high 19 assists, a game-high 19 turnovers, three steals and 0 blocked shots. UW (14-2, 3-2) shot .483 (28-58/.640 in the second half) from the field, .278 (5-18) from three-point range and .615 (8-13) from the foul line, with a game-high 32 rebounds, 16 assists, 14 turnovers, one blocked shot and three steals. The Huskies had four starters in double figures, led by Williams' 14 points.
UCLA'S LAST GAME
Feb. 9- No. 13 UCLA 50, at Washington State 30 - before 4,097 at Friel Court, UCLA jumped out to an 18-2 first half advantage (12:56) and held the Cougars to an opponent season-low .275 from the field, as Jordan Farmar's game-high 20 points led the Bruins to a 50-30 victory over the Cougars. It was UCLA's 20th season win and fifth consecutive victory. The Bruins held WSU to the lowest opponent total since 1966-67 (Feb. 17, 1967 -UCLA 34, at Oregon 25, McArthur Court in Eugene/halftime score UCLA 18-Oregon 14/ it was also UCLA's 20th season victory/the Bruins would finish 30-0 and win the school's third NCAA title behind the play of sophomore center Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).
The Bruins led at halftime 26-12. It was the lowest opponent halftime total since 1983-84, when UCLA and Howard played in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 19, 1983 (UCLA led 29-9 at halftime and won the game 63-52).
Farmer scored 20 (or more points for the fifth time this season) and it was the seventh time this year he has led the Bruins in scoring, including two of the last three games. Arron Afflalo also scored in double figures (12 points). Luc Richard Mbah a Moute once again led the Bruins in rebounding (seven), for the 22nd time (24 games) this season.
UCLA's (20-4, 10-2) 50 points was a season-low (the lowest since 2003-04, when the Bruins were held to 48 twice by Washington State- that season, UCLA defeated WSU 48-45 in Spokane, but lost to the Cougars 55-48 in Pauley Pavilion).The Bruins shot .452 (19-42) from the field, .222 (2-9) from three point range and .769 (10-13) from the foul line, with a game-high 34 rebounds, six assists, 13 turnovers, one blocked shot and six steals.
The Cougars' (10-10, 3-8) 30 points was an opponent season-low. WSU shot an opponent season-low .275 (14-51) from the field, an opponent season-low .000 (0-7) from three-point range and .400 (2-5) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds, an opponent season-low tying five assists, 13 turnovers, three blocked shots and five steals. WSU was led by Aron Baynes' 10 points.
Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA, with a school mark of 49-32 (he will be seeking his 50th Bruin win on Saturday at UW). This year, in conference play, Howland has led UCLA to first-place in the Pac-10, including conference road sweeps (at Arizona schools, first time since 1997/at Oregon schools, first time since 2000-01), for the first time since 1997 (sweeping at the Arizona and Washington schools/1997 was the last time UCLA won the Pac-10 title). Last year, he led the Bruins back to the NCAA Tournament (for the first time since 2002) and became only the 28th coach in NCAA history to lead three schools to the NCAA Tournament -2005 UCLA, 2003 Pittsburgh ("Sweet 16"), 2002 Pittsburgh ("Sweet 16") and 1998 Northern Arizona. In his 12th year as a collegiate head coach (it's his 25th season in college basketball as an assistant and head coach), in 2002 Howland was the National Coach of the Year while at Pittsburgh, he is 217-131 (UCLA's 56-37 win over Delaware State on Nov. 19 in Pauley was Howland's 200th career win). Howland is 3-3 vs. Washington.
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 wins since the 1994-95 NCAA Championship season (20-1, went on to a 32-1 overall record, the 32 wins is a school record).
Vs Ranked Teams - This season vs. ranked teams, the Bruins are 3-3. UCLA won - No. 16 UCLA 67, No. 17 Nevada 56 in the Wooden Classic, No. 14 UCLA 68, at No. 26 Michigan 61 and No. 17 UCLA 85, at No. 21 Arizona 79 and the Bruins have lost - No. 11 Memphis 88, No. 16 UCLA 80 in an NIT Season Tip-Off semi-final game, No. 13 Washington 69, at No. 11 UCLA 65 and No. 12 West Virginia 60, at No. 18 UCLA 56.
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 win over USC in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins led 18-2 (13:00) and in UCLA's Thursday night 50-30 victory at Washington State, the Bruins led 18-2 (12:56).
UCLA Is - the Bruins are 20-3 when holding the opponent under 80 points; 17-1 when leading at halftime; 9-1 when shooting .500 or better from the field and 10-0 when holding the opponent to under .400; 16-1 when outshooting the opponent from the field; 13-1 when outshooting the opponent from three-point range, 16-1 with a rebound advantage and 19-1 when leading with five minutes to play.
Defense - the Bruins have held six of their last seven opponents to 60 points or under, including USC (45), at Oregon (49) and at WSU (30). Jordan Farmar - The Pac-10 leader in assists (5.5), last week was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 30 list and a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top collegiate point guard.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - two weeks ago was named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week for his play in UCLA's sweep at the Oregon schools - leading the Bruins in scoring in both games (at Oregon-season and game-high 15 points/game-high 10 rebounds; at Oregon State-team-high 14 points/eight rebounds).
Best Backcourt - SI.com on Jan. 25 named UCLA's backcourt of Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo the third-best in the U. S. - behind Villanova (Randy Foye and Allan Ray) and Michigan State (Maurice Ager and Shannon Brown).
Best Start Since - UCLA's 20-4 start (UCLA's eight-game winning streak was snapped by the home loss to California/ the Bruins are 6-0 on the road, not counting neutral sites, including 5-0 in Pac-10 road games)) compares to:
-2000-01 under Lavin - 13-6, won next seven games (20-6)
-1997-98 under Lavin - 20-5, lost next game
-1994-95 under Jim Harrick - 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.
-1993-94, under Harrick - UCLA started 14-0 (and ranked No. 1 in the nation) before losing game No. 15 to California in Oakland (85-70). The Bruins won the next game vs. USC in Pauley (15-1), then lost game No. 17 at Notre Dame (79-63,15-2). After 20 games, the Bruins were 18-2 and lost game No. 21 at Arizona (18-3). The Bruins were 20-4 and lost the next game.