Dec. 16, 2003
UCLA'S NEXT GAME
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17 - UCLA (3-1) vs. UC SANTA BARBARA (4-2) - Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. (TV-Fox Sports Net West, with Bill Macdonald and Jack Haley/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
SATURDAY, DEC. 20 -MICHIGAN STATE (3-4) at UCLA (3-1), Pauley Pavilion, 3:30 p.m. (TV-Fox Sports Net, Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean). The "Nell and John Wooden Court" dedication will begin at 3 p.m. Michigan State hosts Central Florida on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his first season at UCLA and 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.
Howland was an assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara for 12 years (1982-83 through 1993-94) and this will be his first meeting against the Gauchos.
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. 13 - at UCLA 69, Loyola Marymount 66 (OT) - Cedric Bozeman's three-pointer with two seconds left in overtime lifted the Bruins to a 69-66 overtime victory over Loyola Marymount before 7,240 in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins led 31-23 at halftime (the Bruins held LMU to 32.1 from the field and outrebounded the Lions 35-11, but also shot only 24.1 from the field) and the game was tied at 60 at the end of regulation.
With 5:17 left to play, the Bruins led by 14 points (55-41) on a Bozeman layin. But over the next five minutes, LMU outscored UCLA 19-5. With 30 seconds left in regulation, Loyola's Charles Brown's three-pointer tied the score at 60 and sent the contest into overtime.
In overtime, the Bruins fell behind 64-60 (with 3:47 left to play, Wes Wardrop's 16-footer gave Loyola the four-point advantage). In the next two minutes, the Bruins tied it at 64, then with 55 seconds left, Dijon Thompson was fouled and his two free throws gave UCLA a 66-64 lead. With 39 seconds left, LMU's Chris Ayer's hit a short hook to tie the game at 66 and set up Bozeman's game-winning 23-footer from the left wing.
UCLA had three players in double figures - Bozeman's team-high 16 points and a career and game-high 10 rebounds (his first career double-double); Thompson's 15 points, eight rebounds and a team and season-high four assists and Trevor Ariza's 14 points and seven rebounds (it was Ariza's first regular season game since suffering a spontaneous pneumothorax on Nov. 28).
The Bruins shot a season-low 31.7 (19-60) from the field, a season-low 15.0 (3-20) from three-point range and 68.3 (28-41) from the foul line, with a season and game-high 54 rebounds and a season and game-high 21 turnovers.
LMU, led by Brown's 17 points, shot 39.7 (27-68) from the field, an opponent season-low 23.1 (3-13) from three-point range and 69.2 (9-13) from the foul line, with 37 rebounds and an opponent season-high 17 turnovers. The Lions dropped to 5-2 overall with the loss.
HEAD COACH BOB WILLIAMS - The 2003 Big West Coach of the Year, Williams is in his sixth season at UCSB and led the Gauchos to the NCAA Tournament in 2002 and to an NIT bid last season. Prior to Santa Barbara, he was the head coach at UC Davis for eight years and led Davis to the 1998 NCAA Div. II Championship.
THE GAUCHOS - are 4-2 overall and on Dec. 13 defeated San Diego 90-70. It was the season debut for Branduinn Fullove (13 minutes, six points, four rebounds), the 2003 Big West Player of the Year, who missed UCSB's first five games with an injured left ankle.
SERIES HISTORY - The series started in 1946-47 and the Bruins lead it 18-0. The last game was in 2000-01, with UCLA winning 83-77 in Pauley Pavilion.
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. The court dedication will begin at 3 p.m.
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).
Trevor Ariza - UCLA freshman Trevor Ariza made his regular season debut in the Bruins' win over LMU, playing 32 minutes, with 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists and blocked shots. Since Nov. 28, Ariza had been sidelined with spontaneous pneumothorax. (the presence of air within the pleural cavity of the lungs).
Michael Fey - Late in the first half vs. LMU, Fey was poked in the left eye and suffered a corneal abrasion (he was taken to the UCLA Medical Center at halftime and did not return for the remainder of the game). Fey practiced on Monday and is not expected to miss any games.
T. J. CUMMINGS - Cummings, 6-9 senior forward from Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) is academically ineligible for the first quarter. He will miss at least five games (two exhibition/three regular season), but will be allowed to practice. At the conclusion of Fall Quarter final exams (Dec. 8-12), Cummings' academic status will be re-evaluated. If Cummings is ruled eligible (and depending on when that ruling is issued), he could play in some (or all) of UCLA's games between Fall and Winter Quarters (six games). Winter instruction begins Jan. 8.
Matt McKinney - On Nov. 4, UCLA announced that McKinney, 6-8 redshirt freshman forward from Santa Ynez HS, would miss 6-8 weeks because of a fractured bone in his left foot. The foof is casted and no surgery is planned. McKinney originally injured his left foot on June 15 during his first game in the Say-No Summer League at West Los Angeles College.
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.
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).
UCLA VS. NO. 1 - UCLA's 96-89 OT 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. Behind UCLA (as of Dec 12) - North Carolina/Maryland (9), Duke (8), Oklahoma/Georgia Tech (7) and Kentucky,/Notre Dame/Ohio State (6).
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 531-75 (606 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 3-1 record, UCLA's overall mark is 1528-675 (2,203 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, signed with the CBA Gary, IN Steelheads).
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.
2003-04 UCLA's NCAA STATS (Dec. 8)
TEAM LEADERS - 3-Pt. FG% - 11th, 43.6; FG% Def. - 25th, 36.9; Fouls per Game (fewest) - 18thT, 15.0; TOs per Game (fewest) - 16thT, 12.0.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (GAME) -
TEAM LEADERS (GAME)
2003-04 UCLA'S PAC-10 STATS (Dec. 15)
TEAM- Scoring Offense-8th, 67.8; Scoring Defense-4th, 63.8; Scoring Margin-7th, +4.0; FT %-9th, 64.8; FG %-6th, 42.9; FG % Def.-1st, 37.7; 3-Pt. FG %-4th, 33.9; 3-Pt. FGs Made-8th, 5.00; 3-Pt. FG % Def.-3rd, 31.4; Reb. Off.-2nd, 42.2; Reb. Def.- 5th, 33.5; Reb. Margin-2nd, +8.8; Blkd Shots-3rd, 4.75; Assts-10th, 11.25; Stls-10th, 3.00; TO Margin-10th, -3.50; Asst/TO Ratio-10th, 0.79; Off. Reb.- 4th, 13.00; Def. Reb.-2nd, 29.25.
TEAM HIGH LEADERS - FG% - 60.3 (35-58) vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03); 3-Pt.% - 66.7 (8-12), vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03);
UCLA INDIVIDUAL PAC-10 LEADERS - Scoring -- Dijon Thompson, 5th, 16.2, Cedric Bozeman, 12th, 14.2, Brian Morrison, 17th, 13.5; Rebounding - Ryan Hollins, 8thT, 7.2, Dijon Thompson, 11thT, 7.0, Michael Fey, 13th, Cedric Bozeman, 16th, 6.0, Josiah Johnson, 18thT, 5.5; FG% - ; Assists - Cedric Bozeman, 3rdT, 5.00; FT% - Dijon Thompson, 8th, 85.0 ; Steals - ; 3pt. FG% - ; 3pt. FGs - Brian Morrison, 1stT, 3.00; Blocked Shots - Michael Fey, 4thT, 2.00, Ryan Hollins, 8th, 1.25; Assist/TO Ratio - ; Off. Rebs. - Michael Fey, 5th, 3.25; Def. Rebs. - Ryan Hollins, 6thT, 5.25, Dijon Thompson, 8th, 5.00, Cedric Bozeman, 10th, 4.75.
INDIVIDUAL HIGH LEADERS -
2003-04 SPECIAL TEAM STATS (4 Games)
HALFTIME - UCLA is 1-1 when it trails at halftime (Kentucky, Vermont), 2-0 when it leads at halftime (Loyola, UC Riverside) and 0-0 when the score is tied at halftime.
REBOUNDING - UCLA is 3-0 when it outrebounds its opponent (Loyola, Vermont, UC Riverside) and 0-1 when it is outrebounded (Kentucky)
FG % - UCLA is 2-1 when it outshoots its opponent (Kentucky, UC Riverside, Vermont) and 1-0 when its is outshot (Kentucky)
3 PT FG% - UCLA is 2-0 when it outshoots its opponent (UC Riverside, Vermont) and 1-1 when it is outshot (Loyola, Kentucky)
FT% - UCLA is 0-1 when it outshoots its opponent (Kentucky) and 3-0 when it is outshot (Stanford, UC Riverside, Vermont)
TOs - UCLA is 0-0 when it has fewer turnovers than its opponent, 2-1 when it has more (Loyola, Kentucky, UC Riverside) and 1-0 when it is even (Vermont)
5 MIN. MARK - UCLA is 2-0 when it leads with five minutes remaining in regulation (Loyola, UC Riverside) and 1-1 when it trails at the five-minute mark (Kentucky, Vermont)