Dec. 14, 2004
UCLA'S NEXT GAME
SATURDAY, DEC. 18 - UCLA (5-1) VS. MICHIGAN (6-3, hosts Boston U. on Tuesday) - Pauley Pavilion, 2 p.m. (TV-CBS, with Craig Bolerjack and Clark Kellogg/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean). In a halftime ceremony, Bruin great Gail Goodrich will have his No. 25 jersey number retired, becoming the seventh Bruin in UCLA men's basketball history to achieve this honor.
LOOKING AHEAD - TUESDAY, DEC. 21 - UCLA AT NO. 20 MICHIGAN STATE (5-2, hosts Delaware State (Dec. 18) before hosting UCLA) - Jack Breslin Student Events Center, 6 p.m.PT/9 p.m.ET (TV-ESPN/Radio-XTRA 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
UCLA BRUINS STARTING LINEUP (Overall 5-1/Pac-10 0-0)
JORDAN FARMAR/PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - UCLA guard Jordan Farmar has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for December 6-12, announced Commissioner Tom Hansen.
Farmar, a freshman from Los Angeles, Calif., scored a career-high 25 points (21 in the second half), and nine of UCLA's final 11 points, in the Bruins' 85-83 comeback win over Pepperdine. With UCLA trailing 78-74, Farmar's two free throws brought the Bruins within two points. With UCLA trailing by five with 1:30 left, Farmar hit a three-pointer that again pulled his team within two. With nine seconds left, Farmar sank another pair of free throws to tie the game. Finally, with four seconds remaining, Farmar drove the lane and sank a five-foot bank shot to give UCLA the victory.
For the contest, Farmar made eight of 11 field goals (.727), was perfect from three-point range (2-2) and sank all seven of his free throws attempts. Farmar's game-high 25 points were the most scored by a UCLA freshman since Jason Kapono scored 27 points twice during the 1999-2000 season. For the year, Farmar is fifth in the Pac-10 in assists (4.83 apg) and tied for eighth in scoring (14.0 ppg). He is also tied for third in free throw percentage (.923) and three-point field goal percentage (.500).
The Bruins improved to 5-1 with the victory. They host Michigan on Saturday.
This is the first weekly honor for Farmar, and UCLA's 40th Player of the Week all-time.
Farmar was also named by ESPN's Dick Vitale as the Diaper Dandy of the Week (it's his second Diaper Dandy honor this season) and the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week.
GAIL GOODRICH JERSEY NUMBER (25) RETIREMENT/PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR- On Saturday, Dec. 18, when UCLA hosts Michigan at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion, Bruin great Gail Goodrich will have his jersey number (25) retired in a halftime ceremony. The leading scorer on UCLA's 1964 (21.5) and 1965 (24.8) first two NCAA Championship teams under legendary head coach John Wooden, Goodrich earned All-American honors in 1965. In UCLA's 1965 NCAA title 91-80 win over Michigan, Goodrich scored 42 points, then a school record and NCAA Championship game record. In Goodrich's 14-year NBA career, he was a five-time NBA All-Star and in 1972, he was the leading scorer (25.9) on the LA Lakers' NBA Championship team, a squad that set the NBA record for consecutive regular season wins (33). A charter member (1984) of the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, Goodrich in 1996 was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He will be the seventh UCLA men's basketball player to have his jersey number retired, joining - 31 Ed O'Bannon, 32 Bill Walton, 33 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), 35 Sidney Wicks, 42 Walt Hazzard and 54 Marques Johnson.
Goodrich will also be UCLA's nominee for the 2005 Pac 10 Hall of Honor (March 9 at a dinner in Los Angeles). He will be joined by - Pete Williams (Arizona), Joe Caldwell (Arizona State), Darrall Imhoff (California), Blair Rasmussen (Oregon), Ed Lewis (Oregon State), Rich Kelley (Stanford), John Rudometkin (USC), Jack Nichols (Washington) and Gene Conley (Washington State).
Goodrich will be UCLA's fourth inductee into the prestigious Pac-10 Hall of Honor (joining 2002 charter member John Wooden, 2003 inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and 2004 inductee Walt Hazzard).
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his second season at UCLA and 11th year as a collegiate head coach. 2004-05 - UCLA 5-1, 6 games/.833-Howland is 0-1 vs. Michigan, losing last season at Ann Arbor, 70-66.
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.
UCLA STAFF - Joining Howland are assistant coaches, all entering their second 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, who for two seasons (2002-03) was at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson, along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who two seasons (2002-03) served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh.
UCLA'S LAST GAME
Dec. 11 - at UCLA 85, Pepperdine 83 - Jordan Farmar scored nine of UCLA's final 11 points, including the winning basket with four seconds remaining, to lead UCLA to an 85-83 victory over Pepperdine before 6,695 in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruin win snapped Pepperdine's seven-game winning streak.
UCLA led 42-36 at halftime and still held a one-point advantage, 58-57, with 12:02 left to play. But in the next six minutes, the Waves outscored UCLA 14-7 and led 71-65 with 6:50 left. With UCLA trailing 78-74 (2:07), Farmar's two free throws brought the Bruins to within two points (78-76). With UCLA trailing by five points (81-76), Farmar's three-pointer with 1:30 left to play made it Pepperdine 81-UCLA 79. With nine seconds left, Farmar's two free throws tied the score at 83. After two timeouts, Pepperdine's inbounds pass was tipped by Brian Morrison (off of Pepperdine's Kingsley Costain) and the Bruins were awarded the ball. Farmar received a pass from Arron Afflalo and with four seconds left, his drive through the lane and five-foot straight-away bank shot gave UCLA the 85-83 victory. The Bruins (5-1) had four players in double figures - led by Farmar's game and season-high 25 points (8-11, 2-2, 7-7/most points by a Bruin freshman since the 1999-00 season, when Jason Kapono scored 27 points, twice) and team-high four assists. Josh Shipp, in his first start for the injured Dijon Thompson (who did not play), scored a season-best 15 points with 12 rebounds; Michael Fey had a season-high tying 13 points with six rebounds and Afflalo added 11 points. Lorenzo Mata had season-bests of seven points and 11 rebounds. The Bruin freshmen (Farmar 25, Shipp 15, Afflalo 11, Mata 7) contributed 58 points and 27 rebounds, including 23 from Shipp (12) and Mata (11). The Bruins shot .536 (30-56) from the field, .333 (5-15) from three-point range and a season-high .870 (20-23) from the foul line, with a game-high 41 rebounds, 12 assists and a game-high 16 turnovers. Pepperdine (7-2) shot an opponent season-high .515 (34-66) from the field, .280 (7-25) from three-point range and .533 (8-15) from the foul line, with 23 rebounds, a game-high 20 assists and five turnovers. The Waves were led by Glen McGowan's 24 points.
HEAD COACH TOMMY AMAKER - In his fourth season at Michigan, with a school mark of 57-45. Before coming to Michigan, Amaker was the head coach at Seton Hall (1997-2001, 68-55) and the former Duke standout was also an assistant coach for the Blue Devils (1988-97).
THE WOLVERINES - Are 6-3 overall and have won their last three home games, beating Notre Dame (61-60/12/4), High Point (67-53/12/7) and South Florida (71-62/12/11). Recently, Michigan has had four players suffer injuries - 6-6 junior Lester Abram (shoulder, out for season), 6-9 junior Graham Brown (hernia, out 4-6 weeks), 6-3 junior Daniel Horton (knee, out four weeks) and 5-11 senior Dani Wahl (left elbow, out 4-6 weeks). Last season, the Wolverines won the NIT Championship.
LAST MEETING - Dec. 27, 2003 - at Michigan 70, UCLA 66 - Dion Harris' free throw with six seconds left sealed Michigan's 70-66 victory over UCLA before 12,987 at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.
The Bruins trailed 36-28 at halftime and were down by 11 points (63-52), with 4:38 remaining. Two minutes later, UCLA had closed the gap to three points (63-60, 2:41) on a layup by T. J. Cummings. Michigan increased the advantage to seven points twice (last time at 67-60, 1:47 left to play), but the Bruins closed to within three on one last occasion, on a three-pointer by Dijon Thompson (69-66, eight seconds left to play/in the final 4:28, Thompson hit four three-point shots). At the six second mark, Thompson fouled Harris, who connected on his second free throw to give the Wolverines their winning four-point margin (70-66).
The Bruins were led by three players in double figures-Thompson's season-high 21 points (including a career-high five three-pointers); Trevor Ariza's season-high 35 minutes, 15 points, 14 rebounds (first season double/double) and three steals and T. J. Cummings' 12 points and a season-high six rebounds.
UCLA shot 43.4 (26-60) from the field, 29.4 (5-17) from three-point range and 60.0 (9-15) from the foul line, with a game-high 39 rebounds (it was UCLA's first loss of the season when outrebounding its opponent) and 20 turnovers. Michigan shot 46.3 (25-54) from the field, 31.6 (6-19) from three-point range and 66.7 (14-21) from the foul line, with 30 rebounds and 17 turnovers. The Wolverines improved to 8-1 overall and were led by Daniel Horton's 19 points.
SERIES HISTORY -The Bruins lead it 7-3 but Michigan has won the last two games - 70-66 last season at Ann Arbor and 81-76 at Pauley during the 2002-03 campaign. Four of the games have been in the NCAA Tournament (UCLA leads 3-1), including the 1965 NCAA Championship game, when No. 2 UCLA, behind 42 points from Gail Goodrich (a then NCAA Championship Game and UCLA single-game record), defeated No. 1 Michigan and Cazzie Russell, 91-80.
INJURY UPDATE - 6-7 senior Dijon Thompson reinjured his right shooting hand with about five minutes remaining in the Bruins' loss to Boston College in the Wooden Classic. He spent the final minutes of the game in the lockerroom getting 13 stitches to close the gash. He did not play on Saturday vs. Pepperdine. Thompson originally injured the hand on Oct. 20 during a scrimmage. The cut is located in the webbing between his index and middle fingers (the cut then took four stitches) and the original stitches came out on Nov. 5.
-6-8 freshman Lorenzo Mata sprained his left ankle in practice on Friday (Nov. 19) and did not play vs. Chicago State and Western Illinois. His first game as a Bruin was vs. UC Irvine (Nov. 27, seven minutes, one rebound, one blocked shot).
-6-6 senior Cedric Bozeman, UCLA's starting point guard the last three seasons who in 2004 led the Pac-10 in assists, on Nov. 10 underwent a successful two-and-one-half hour arthroscopic procedure to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that was injured during practice on Nov. 4. Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman performed the surgery at the UCLA/Santa Monica Hospital. Recovery from this type of injury is usually in the eight-month range. Since he has never redshirted, Bozeman, a 6-6, 207-pounder from Santa Ana (Mater Dei HS), said he wants to return for the 2005-06 season.
THOMPSON JOINS 1,000 POINT CLUB - UCLA senior Dijon Thompson has joined the Bruin 1,000 point club. His 25 points (one shy of tying his career-high) vs. Long Beach State pushed him over the 1,000 point production. He now has 1,021 points, tied for No. 44 on the all-time Bruin scoring chart (No. 44, Don Bragg, 1,021, 1952-55; No. 43, Mitchell Butler, 1,023, 1990-93; No. 42, Dave Meyers, 1,046, 1973-75; No. 41 T. J. Cummings, 1,062, 2001-04).
TEAM STATISTICS - In UCLA's six-game stats, the Bruins have held their opponents to 43.1 from the field, 23.6% from the three-point line (leads the Pac-10), have outrebounded their opponents (37.3/29.8) and limited their opponent's scoring to 66.2 points a game.
UCLA is 5-1 when leading at the half (lost to BC, led 37-32), 5-0 when outshooting the opponent from the field, 3-0 with a rebound advantage (the Bruins outrebounded Pepperdine 41-23, snapping a three-game skid getting outrebounded) and 4-0 when leading at the five minute mark.
The Bruins have three players averaging in double scoring figures (Dijon Thompson 15.8, Jordan Farmar 14.0, Arron Afflalo 12.5). In the victory over WIU, the Bruins had five players in double scoring, and four players in double scoring in the wins over Pepperdine, UC Irvine and CSU.
FRESHMEN STARTING GUARDS - This will be just the third time since 1980 that the Bruins will start a pair of freshmen at the guard positions (Jordan Farmar/Arron Afflalo). The last time was the 1997-98 season (Baron Davis/Earl Watson) and before that, the 1979-80 season (Michael Holton/Rod Foster).CO-DIAPER DANDIES OF THE WEEK - For the week of Nov. 29, ESPN's Dick Vitale named Bruin freshman guards Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo his Co-Diaper Dandies of the Week. In wins over UC Irvine and Western Illinois, Afflalo averaged 13.5 points and Farmar averaged 5.0 assists and 33+ plus minutes in the two victories.
STARTING FRESHMEN - The Bruins started three freshmen vs. Pepperdine - forward Josh Shipp and guards, Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar. For most of the 1998-99 season, the Bruins started three freshmen - forwards, JaRon Rush and Jerome Moiso, along with center Dan Gadzuric, with sophomore guards, Baron Davis and Earl Watson (in the first two games of that season, the Bruins started four freshmen - Rush, Moiso, Gadzuric and Matt Barnes, along with Watson/Davis missed the first four games of that season because of a knee injury (that required surgery) suffered the previous season during the NCAA Tournament).
THE WOODEN CLASSIC - UCLA's appearance in the 2004 Wooden Classic was its eighth, with an overall mark of 5-3.
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.
WALKONS - The Bruins have two freshmen walkons this season - 6-5 freshman guard DeAndre Robinson (Riverside, CA/King HS) and 6-1 guard Joey Ellis (Hidden Hills/Crespi HS). 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.
PAC-10 MEDIA DAY-BRUINS SELECTED FIFTH IN PRESEASON VOTE - Nov. 4 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 2005 conference title, the Bruins were selected fifth. Here's the vote total -1. Arizona (19) 253, 2. Washington (7) 237, 3. Stanford 194, 4. Oregon 167, 5. UCLA 156, 6. USC 116, 7. California 87, 8. Oregon State 86, 9. Washington State 73, 10. Arizona State 64.
UCLA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE - Eight teams on this year's Bruin schedule advanced to postseason play in 2004 - five in the NCAA Tournament (nonconference teams Boston College and Michigan State, along with league foes Stanford, Arizona and Washington) and three in the NIT (nonleague opponents Michigan, the 2004 NIT champion and Notre Dame, along with Pac-10 opponent Oregon, an NIT Final Four participant).
In the 2004-05 AP Preseason Top 25, the Bruins will play four ranked teams - No. 10 Arizona, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 20 Notre Dame and No. 22 Washington.
PRESEASON HONORS- Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors.
-Athlon - Team-postseason prediction/NIT/5th in Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, 2nd team All-Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10/No. 5 USA (Bruin recruit ratings - No. 4 Jordan Farmar, No. 25 Lorenzo Mata, No. 54 Arron Afflalo, No. 55 Josh Shipp).
-Basketball News -Team - No. 51 in the U. S./4th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, 2nd team All-Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10/No. 6 in the U. S. (Bruin recruit ratings-No. 20 Jordan Farmar, No. 25 Arron Afflalo).
-Lindy's - Team - 6th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, third-team All-Pac-10; Jordan Farmar, No. 4 Fabulous Freshman in the U. S./Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10/No. 4 in the U. S.
-Street & Smith's - Team- No. 7 in the Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10.
-The Sporting News - Team-5th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, No. 14 small forward in the U. S./second-team All-Pac-10. Jordan Farmar, No. 13 top freshman in the U. S. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10.