Jan. 6, 2004
UCLA'S NEXT GAME
UCLA (6-3, 2-0) vs. WASHINGTON STATE (7-5, 1-1) at Spokane - Thursday, Jan. 8, Spokane Arena, 7 p.m.PT (TV-None/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150,with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
UCLA vs. WASHINGTON at Seattle - Saturday, Jan. 10, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.PT (TV-Fox Sports Net West 2/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150,with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean). The Huskies (5-5, 0-2) host USC on Thursday.
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.
This will be Howland's first meeting vs. the Washington schools.
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 is Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson, in his 12th season.
UCLA'S LAST GAMES -
Jan. 4 - at UCLA 81, Oregon 74 - On Sunday before 10,152 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA's 16-2 run to end the first half was too much for Oregon to overcome and the Bruins' snapped the Duck's five-game winning streak vs. UCLA, defeating Oregon 81-74 (opponent single-game high score).
In the first half, with the score UCLA 32-Oregon 31 and 3:59 left to play, the Bruins went on a 16-2 run and led 46-33 at halftime (UCLA's biggest lead in the second half was 22 points, 55-33, 15:57 left). Oregon's press pulled the Ducks to within six points on three occasions and with 12 seconds left to play, Oregon trimmed UCLA's lead to five points (79-74). Dijon Thompson sealed UCLA's victory with two free throws (10 seconds left to play). In the final five minutes of the game, UCLA shot 10-14 (71.4) from the foul line, including 4-4 by Cedric Bozeman).
The Bruins had four players in double figures - a team-high tying 13 points from Janou Rubin (tied his career-high in points, with a career-high tying three rebounds in a career-best 24 minutes) and Dijon Thompson (with eight rebounds, four assists and a season-high two steals) and 12 points from T. J. Cummings (a season-high nine rebounds) and Bozeman (four rebounds, five assists).
UCLA shot 52.9 (27-51) from the field, 16.7 (2-12) from three-point range and a season-best 78.1 (25-32) from the foul line, with a game-high 38 rebounds and 17 turnovers.
Oregon shot 40.3 (25-62) from the field, 28.0 (7-25) from three-point range and 81.0 (17-21) from the foul line, with 27 rebounds, an opponent season-high 17 assists and game-low eight turnovers. The Ducks were led by Luke Jackson's 28 points and dropped to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10.
Jan. 2 - at UCLA 77, Oregon State 66 - On Friday before 8,792 in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins overcame a 10-point halftime deficit (34-24) and rallied for 53 second-half points (UCLA's season-high one-half point production) to defeat OSU in both teams' Pac-10 season-opener. It was UCLA's fourth consecutive (2001-04) Pac-10 Conference opening win.
With 14:20 left to play, Janou Rubin's three-pointer gave UCLA it's first second half lead, 44-42 (in the first 14 minutes of the second half, the Bruins outscored OSU 20-8). With 8:25 remaining, the Beavers pulled to within one point (56-55), on a three-point basket by Chris Stephens. In the next seven minutes, behind Rubin (seven points), Ryan Hollins (five points) and Trevor Ariza (four points), the Bruins increased their lead to 11 points (72-61, 1:58 left to play). Until game's end, UCLA would lead by 14 points (twice), before the game's final 11-point (77-66) UCLA victory.
The Bruins were led by four players in double figures - Ariza, a season and game high 24 points (11-13, 2-4, 0-2/20 points in the second half; most points by a Bruin freshman starter since Jason Kapono scored 27 points, twice in 2000) and a game-high nine rebounds; Rubin's career-high 13 points (all in the second half, including a career-best 3-3 from three-point range) and career-high tying three assists; Hollins, a season-best 11 points (nine in the second half) and Michael Fey, 11 points (nine in the first half).
UCLA shot 54.0 (second-highest FG percentage this season/34-63) from the field, 42.9 (6-14) from three-point range and a season-low 27.3 (3-11) from the foul line, with a game-high 40 rebounds, a season-high 24 assists and 13 turnovers.
OSU shot 43.1 (25-58) from the field, 38.5 (5-13) from three-point range and 73.3 (11-15) from the foul line, with 31 rebounds and game-low 11 turnovers. The Beavers were led by Stephens' 16 points as OSU dropped to 6-5 overall an 0-1 in league play.
HEAD COACH DICK BENNETT - In his first season at WSU, coming out of retirement to replace Paul Graham. From 1996-2000, he was the head coach at Wisconsin and directed the Badgers to the 2000 Final Four. He was also head coach at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1977-85) and at Wisconsin-Green Bay (1986-95).
THE COUGARS - Last week, to open the Pac-10 season, WSU lost at Stanford 73-51, but won at California, 55-50, snapping the Cougars' 22-game Pac-10 road losing streak. WSU is led by Moore's 14.1 ppg.
SERIES HISTORY - UCLA leads it 84-12 and have beaten the Cougars 21 straight games, last losing 67-56 in 1993 at Pullman. Last year, the Bruins won both games - 98-83 in Pullman (Jason Kapono scored 44 points for UCLA) and 86-71 in Pauley Pavilion.
Janou Rubin PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK - for his outstanding play vs. the Oregon schools last week in Pauley Pavilion, Janou (Ja-now) Rubin, a 6-3 junior walkon from Union City, CA (Logan HS) who was given a scholarship this season, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (Jan. 5).
In UCLA's win over Oregon, Rubin posted a career-high 24 minutes off the bench, while matching his career-best of 13 points (4-5, 2-3, 3-6/he scored 12 points in the first half, including four points in the final 3:59 of the first half when the Bruins went on a 16-2 run and led 46-33 at halftime), tied his career-high in rebounds (3) and added two assists and a career-high tying one steal and one blocked shot, with just one turnover.
In UCLA's win over Oregon State, Rubin, in a then-career-high tying 18 minutes off the bench, set his career-best in points (13/5-9, 3-3, 0-0/all in the second half, helped spark the Bruins to the win, UCLA trailed 34-24 at halftime), with one rebound, a career-high tying three assists and just one turnover.
In the two games vs. the Oregon schools, Rubin averaged 21.0 minutes off the bench and 13.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.5 blocked shots and steals and just 1.0 turnover and shot 64.2 (9-14) from the field, 83.3 (5-6) from three-point range and 50.0 (3-6) from the foul line.
It's the first weekly honor for Rubin, the 39th all-time for UCLA.
PAC-10 SERIES OPENERS - For the fourth year in a row, the Bruins begin Pac-10 play 2-0 (2004-defeated the Oregon schools in Pauley Pavilion; 2003- defeated the Washington schools on the road; 2002 - defeated the Washington schools on the road; 2001 - defeated the Washington schools in Pauley).
TRENDS - UCLA is allowing opponents to shoot just .405 from the floor. Only two opponents (UCSB, .522; Michigan, .463) have shot better than .435 and three have been held under .400. UCLA has outrebounded its last four opponents and five of its last six. Overall, the Bruins have outrebounded seven of nine opponents this season.
UCLA's 53 second-half point total against Oregon State is its highest output of the year for any half. In two Pac-10 games, UCLA is shooting .535 from the floor while holding opponents to .417. The Bruins are outrebounding their opponents by 10.0 boards per game.
UCLA VS. NO. 1 - UCLA's 96-89OT 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".