Dec. 18, 2002
TV - CBS, with Craig Bolerjack/Clark Kellogg;
Radio - Fox Sports AM 1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean).
Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his seventh season as Bruin head coach with a school and career mark of 137-62 (199 games, 68.8) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (357 games, 263-94, 73.7). The KU contest will be Lavin's 200 th game as the Bruin head coach.
The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the only current coaches who have guided their teams to five NCAA "Sweet 16s" in the last six seasons.
Lavin entered 2002-03 as the 15 th winningest active coach (minimum five years as a Div. I head coach/based on percentage-69.6, 135-59 entering this season).
In his Bruin head coaching career, Lavin is 1-2 vs. KU. No. 11 UCLA beat KU last season (Jan. 12, 2002) in Pauley, 87-77, when the Jayhawks were ranked No. 1 in the U. S. (it was Lavin's third victory over the nation's No. 1 ranked team in as many years). At the 2000 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City, No. 7 Kansas defeated No. 17 UCLA 99-98 in the Bruins' opener. And in Lavin's third game as the Bruin interim head coach to start the 1996-97 season, No. 1 KU defeated No. 17 96-83
UCLA's Last Game - Northern Arizona 67, at UCLA 63 - Before 5,735 in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, UCLA was outscored 41-31 in the second half and lost to Northern Arizona 67-63. The Bruins led 32-26 at halftime. The Bruins' last lead of the game was at the 14:16 mark of the second half, 42-39, on two free throws by T. J. Cummings. But in the next 10 minutes, NAU outscored UCLA 23-12 to take its second eight-point lead of the second half (62-54, 4:11 left), on a jumper by Ryan McDade. UCLA then closed to within one point (34 seconds left to play, 64-63) on two baskets by T. J. Cummings. Trailing 66-63 with five second left, Jason Kapono's three-point attempt was no good. McDade added a free throw for NAU with two seconds remaining, to seal the Lumberjacks' 67-63 victory. The Bruins shot 49.0 (25-51) from the field, a season-low 26.7 (4-15) from three-point range and 75.0 (9-12) from the foul line, with a season-low 25 rebounds and 16 turnovers. NAU shot 53.2 (25-47) from the field, an opponent season-high 50.0 (11-22) from three-point range and 46.2 (6-13) from the foul line, with a game-high 28 rebounds and 18 assists. The Lumberjacks were led by McDade's game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds.
UCLA-Kansas Series - UCLA leads it 9-3. The Bruins beat No. 1 KU last season in Pauley. Before that game, the Jayhawks had won the last three games in a row, making the series 8-3 (in favor of the Bruins). In UCLA's last trip to Lawrence (Dec. 2, 1995), No. 2 KU beat No. 23 UCLA 85-70.
The Jayhawks - Started 2002-03 preseason ranked No. 2 in the U. S. and 2-0, but lost three of their next four games, including losses to North Carolina (67-56) and Florida (83- 73) in the Preseason NIT and to Oregon (84-78) in Portland. KU has won its last two games - 89-80 at Tulsa (Dec. 11) and 113-61 vs. Emporia State in Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 14.
UCLA PICKED THIRD IN CONFERENCE
In a poll of media members released 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 10 th -place Washington State (29).
THE WOODEN TRADITION
UCLA's 84-73 loss to Duke was the Bruins' first appearance in the third-annual Wooden Tradition (2002 - Duke 84-UCLA 73, Purdue 86-Louisville 84; 2001-Purdue, Stanford, Missouri, Xavier; 2000-Purdue, Arizona, Notre Dame, Cincinnati).
In the Wooden Classic, held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, No. 20 UCLA's win over No. 16 Alabama, 79-57, on Dec. 8, 2001, was UCLA's fifth victory (in six games) at the Wooden Classic.
Steve Lavin is 3-1 in the Wooden Classic, beating Alabama (2001), New Mexico (1997) and Oklahoma State (1998) and losing to Georgia Tech (2000).