Nov. 18, 2002
Welcome - to Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins' second exhibition game of the 2002-03 season, hosting EA Sports East All-Stars, at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday (Nov. 19). UCLA's regular season 2002-03 opener is Tuesday, Nov. 26 vs. the U. of San Diego, 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion (Fox Sports Net West 2). The Toreros are coached by former Bruin standout (1976-79) and assistant coach (1988-92) Brad Holland.
Practices Begin - The Bruins have been working out since the weekend of Oct. 12.
Steve Lavin - Begins his seventh season at the Bruin helm, and 12th overall, with a school and overall record of 135-59 (69.6). In 2001-02, UCLA advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16", the fifth time in the last six years under Lavin (only second current coach to have accomplished that feat, joining Duke's Mike Krzyzewski).
Steve Lavin Weekly Press Conferences - Lavin's next press conference is Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Press Room. UCLA's media availability will be similar to last season - Lavin's press conferences are on most Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the J. D. Morgan Hall of Fame Press Room and players will be available on most Tuesdays (before practice) and Friday's (before practice) starting at 2:30 p.m. UCLA's daily practices are closed to the media. Lavin's Press Conference dates are - Wednesday, Nov. 20; Monday, Nov. 25; Tuesday, Dec. 3; Tuesday, Dec. 10; Wednesday, Dec. 18 (last press conference before the holidays, schedule to be set during holidays); Tuesday, Jan. 7; Tuesday, Jan. 14; Tuesday, Jan. 21; Tuesday, Jan. 28; Tuesday, Feb. 4; Tuesday, Feb. 11; Tuesday, Feb. 18; Tuesday, Feb. 25; Tuesday, March 4; Tuesday, March 11.
Pac-10 Basketball Coaches' Media Teleconferences - The first teleconference is Tuesday, Dec. 17. From 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., the conference women's coaches are featured and the Pac-10 men's coaches from 10:35 a.m.-11:55 a.m. (Lavin is 11:47 a.m.-11:55 a.m.).
The dates are - Tuesday, Dec. 17; Tuesday, Jan. 7; Tuesday, Jan 14; Tuesday, Jan. 21; Tuesday, Jan. 28; Tuesday, Feb. 4; Tuesday, Feb. 11; Tuesday, Feb. 18; Tuesday, Feb. 25; Monday, March 3 (women's coaches only); Tuesday, March 4 (men's coaches only).
Preseason Team Ranking - The USA Today/ESPN preseason Top 25 came out Nov. 1 and the Bruins are No. 12. Also rated from the Pac-10 - No. 1 Arizona and No. 9 Oregon, with California, USC and Stanford receiving votes. Other Bruin opponents ranked are - No. 2 Kansas (Dec. 21 at Lawrence) and No. 6 Duke (Nov. 30 Wooden Tradition at Indianapolis), along with receiving votes Georgetown (Feb. 8 at Georgetown). The Bruins are rated No. 14 on the Associated Press pre-season poll.
UCLA Picked Third in Conference Media Poll - In a poll of media members released Wednesday, 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 10th-place Washington State (29).
Opening Exhibition Games - UCLA opened the exhibition season on Wednesday, Nov. 13, losing to Branch West, 92-67 (box attached) and on Tuesday, Nov. 19, host EA Sports East All-Stars. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA's loss to Branch West was the Bruins' first exhibition loss since Nov. 23, 1993, when the Australian National team, behind Andrew Gaze's 26 points and Andrew Vlahov's 24, defeated UCLA, 96-85.
EA Sports East All-Stars Schedule Roster Nov. 2-Missouri (L, 81-80 OT) 4 Brian Jones, G, 6-3, Santa Clara Nov. 4-Kansas (L, 111-94) 5 Mike Nilson, G, 6-4, Gonzaga Nov. 5-Xavier (L, 92-63) 21 Bennett Davison, 6-9, Arizona Nov. 6-Louisville (L, 98-90) 23 DJ Harrison, F, 6-7, Colorado Nov. 8-Tennessee (L, 75-70) 31 Matt Garrison, F, 6-9, Biola Nov. 9-Pittsburgh (L, 84-66) 33 Ed Johnson, C, 6-10, Utah Nov. 11-Florida (L, 91-79) 44 Marion Thurmond, F-C, 6-8, San Jose St. Nov. 12-South Alabama (L, 76-67) Nov. 15-Auburn (L, 72-56) Nov. 16-Murray St. (L, 104-70) Nov. 17-Florida St. (L, 84-70) Head Coach: Phil Bryant Nov. 18-Georgia Assts: Matt Bryant, Todd Franklin Nov. 19-UCLA
Wooden Tradition - Following the regular season opener in Pauley vs. San Diego, the Bruins will travel to Indianapolis for the Wooden Tradition on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Conseco Fieldhouse. In the doubleheader, UCLA will face Duke at 10 a.m. PT (CBS) and Purdue and Louisville will tipoff at approximately 12:30 p.m. PT.
2002-03 UCLA Schedule - The Bruins' upcoming schedule will feature 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).
Bruins in the NBA - 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.
Jason Kapono - is on the preseason lists for the Wooden (and All-American team) 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.
Preseason Honors - Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors.
Matt McKinney to Redshirt - 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.
UCLA Great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Named to Pac-10 Hall of Honor - 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. The 2003 Pac-10 Hall of Honor banquet will take place during the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament, held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 13-15).
Bruin Standout Don MacLean Named UCLA Radio Analyst - Don MacLean, the UCLA and Pac-10 all-time leading scorer (2,608 points), has been named radio analyst for this year's Bruin games, joining play-by-play announcer Chris Roberts on Fox Sports AM 1150 in Los Angeles. MacLean takes over for former Bruin Bob Myers who was the analyst for the last two seasons. MacLean, from Simi Valley, was a four-year Bruin starter from 1989-92. He earned All-American honors in 1992, leading the Bruins to the NCAA "Elite Eight" and a Pac-10 title. He was also a three-time first-team All Pac-10 performer. Following his Bruin career, MacLean played nine years in the NBA, last with the Miami Heat in 2001.