No. 9/11 UCLA Plays At No. 15/18 Arizona Saturday

Jan. 18, 2002

No. 9/11 UCLA Starters (13-3, 5-1, tied for first place in Pac-10)

F-23 Matt Barnes6-7Sr.14.3ppg6.1rpg
F-24 Jason Kapono6-8Jr.18.25.9
C-50 Dan Gadzuric6-11Sr.9.56.5
G-3 Billy Knight6-6Sr.15.93.4
G-21 Cedric Bozeman6-6Fr.3.72.1

No. 9/11 UCLA at No. 15/18 Arizona (12-4, 5-2) - In a key Pac-10 matchup, Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins play at Lute Olson's Arizona Wildcats on Saturday (Jan. 19) at 11 a.m. PT at McKale Center in Tucson (TV-CBS with Kevin Harlan and Clark Kellog, Radio-Fox Sports AM1150, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers). UCLA is tied for first place in the Pac-10 (with USC and Oregon) and Arizona is in fourth place.

UCLA vs. UA - The Bruins lead the series 36-24, although the Wildcats have won six of the last eight games, including the last four at McKale. Last year, the teams split, with Arizona winning 88-63 in Tucson and the Bruins winning 79-77 (OT) in Pauley Pavilion. After last year's loss to the Bruins in Pauley, Arizona went on an 11-game winning streak and did not lose until the NCAA Championship game vs. Duke (82-72). UCLA's last win in Tucson was Lavin's first season as head coach (1996-97), beating the Wildcats 66-64 on Feb. 13, 1997 (on Feb. 11, Lavin was named the Bruin head coach and was no longer "interim"). That season, UCLA won its last Pac-10 title and advanced to the NCAA "Elite Eight" and Arizona went on to win the 1997 NCAA Championship. Should UCLA win in Tucson on Saturday (combined with Thursday's 82-79 win at Arizona State), it would be the Bruins' first sweep of the desert since the 1997 Pac-10 season (winning at UA 66-64 and at ASU 92-81). Earlier this conference season, the Bruins had their first sweep (also since 1997) at the Washington schools.

No. 15 Arizona - On Thursday in Tucson, No. 15 Arizona defeated No. 18 USC, 97-80, behind Luke Walton's first career triple-double (27 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists). Arizona's win snapped USC's nine-game winning streak and knocked the Trojans from the unbeaten conference ranks. The Wildcats opened the season as one of the hottest teams in the U. S., beating ranked opponents Maryland and Florida to win the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York City, winning at Texas and beating Illinois in Phoenix. Arizona's two conference losses are to Oregon, but since losing to the Ducks 90-80 on Jan. 4 in Tucson, the 'Cats have won four games in a row.

UCLA's Last Game - Jan. 17 - No. 9 UCLA 82, at Arizona State 79 - Before 9,013 at Wells Fargo Arena, UCLA withstood a late Arizona State rally and defeated the Sun Devils 82-79. The Bruins led 36-31 at halftime but were outscored 48-46 in the second half. It was UCLA's third consecutive win over ASU and the Bruins have won 25 of the last 26 meetings between the two schools.

Four of UCLA's five starters scored in double figures - Billy Knight, 21 points, seven rebounds and three steals, Jason Kapono, 20 points, five rebounds and three assists, Matt Barnes, 19 points, a game-high nine rebounds, four assists and two steals and Dan Gadzuric, 14 points and eight rebounds.

The Bruins shot 49.2 from the field, 35.7 (5-14) from three-point range and 65.4 (17-26) from the foul line, with a game and season-high 50 rebounds and 18 turnovers.

ASU shot 39.0 from the field, just 35.3 (12-34) in the first half, 22.2 (6-27) from three-point range, including 0.00 (0-7) in the first half and 72.2 (13-18) from the foul line, with 35 rebounds and seven turnovers (second lowest by an opponent this season). The Sun Devils were led by Chad Prewitt's 22 points and eight rebounds.

Bruin Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his sixth year as the Bruin head coach, he's 13-3 (81.3, 16 games) this season, directed the Bruins to nine consecutive wins (tied for second-longest winning streak in Lavin's Bruin tenure) before losing at USC, and has a school and overall mark of 127-50 (177 games, 71.8). Lavin is 4-6 vs. Arizona.

UCLA's 13-3 overall mark ties Lavin's best start ever as Bruin head coach (in 1997-98, UCLA after 16 games was also 13-3, and won its next four games). Lavin's 5-1 conference start matches his best league beginning (last season, the Bruins started league play at 5-1, won their next conference game, then lost at California, in 1996-97, the Bruins opened at 5-1 in the conference, and won their next league game before losing at Oregon).

Lavin's five+ seasons have been highlighted by yearly winning streaks - 2001-02 - nine games, 2000-01- eight (later in the season) and six games (earlier), 1999-00- eight games (late in the season, including NCAA), 1998-99-eight games (early), 1997-98-nine games (early) and 1996-97-12 to end season, including NCAA (longest win streak of Lavin's career).

Under Lavin, the Bruins have won 25 of their last 30 Pac-10 games, including the final six of 1999-00, 14-4 (third-place) last year and 5-1 this season. Under Lavin, the Bruins are 109-4 when leading at the five-minute mark.

Athletic Director's Honor Roll - In fall quarter grades, the Bruins had two players make the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (a 3.0gpa or higher)- junior Jason Kapono (history major) and senior Matt Barnes (history major).

Community Service - On Monday, Jan. 7 the Bruins took their annual visit to the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte. On Friday, Dec. 7, the day before UCLA's game vs. Alabama at the Wooden Classic in Anaheim, the Bruins participated in a clinic with the Southern California Special Olympics (the designated charity for the Wooden Classic).

Starting Lineups - The Bruins have used three different starting lineups this season. When Rico Hines was in the starting lineup (questionable for the Arizona game because of a concussion, did not play at Arizona State), the Bruins were 10-1, including a nine-game winning streak. The starting lineup UCLA used at ASU is now 3-2, with wins at Arizona State and at the Maui Invitational, with victories over South Carolina and Houston (losses to Pepperdine in Pauley Pavilion and to Ball State at Maui).

Update-Bruins in the Professional Ranks -JaRon Rush has been signed by the ABA's Kansas City Knights as a practice player.

2001-02 Special Team Stats (16 games) The Bruins have led 10 times (9-1, led Pepperdine 36-33 but lost 85-78) at halftime, trailed five times (3-2, at USC 37-UCLA 29, at WSU 37-UCLA 29 (came back to win 79-74), at Washington 37-UCLA 30 (came back to win 85-79), UC Irvine 29-UCLA 27 (came back to win 75-74), Ball State 44-UCLA 40) and have been tied once (1-0, UCLA 28-UC Riverside 28).

UCLA has outrebounded 11 of 16 opponents (only at USC (46-33), WSU (36-34), at Washington (36-33), UC Irvine (30-23) and Alabama (44-38) outrebounded the Bruins), for an average of 36.3 (33.1 opponents). After 16 games, UCLA is averaging 37.2 rebounds a game (33.2 opponents).

UCLA has outshot 13 (12-1, beating Houston, South Carolina, UC Riverside, Alabama, at Washington, at WSU, Columbia, Georgetown, Washington, WSU and Kansas, at Arizona State) of 16 opponents, including the last nine straight. UC Irvine (52.1-45.3), Pepperdine (47.8-41.2) and Ball State (45.7-42.6) outshot UCLA from the field (1-2, beating UC Irvine). Vs. South Carolina, the Bruins shot 72.9 (35-48), No. 2 in school history and the current national team leader for single-game FG%. After 16 games, UCLA is shooting 48.6 from the field (42.2 opponents).

From three-point range, UCLA has outshot 11 (9-2, lost at USC and Pepperdine) of 16 opponents, only Ball State (BS 45.7-UCLA 33.3), UC Riverside (UCR 33.3-UCLA 26.7), Washington twice (at UW 42.1-UCLA 35.3 and UW 34.5-UCLA 23.1) and Kansas (KU 39.3-UCLA 37.5) outshot the Bruins from three-point range (4-1, lost to Ball State). After 16 games, UCLA is shooting 41,8 from the three-point line (32.0 opponents)

UCLA has been outshot at the free throw line in eight of 16 games (at ASU 72.2/UCLA 65.4, KU 80.8/UCLA 77.8, WSU 83.3/at UCLA 68.2, Georgetown 81.8/UCLA 69.0, at WSU 100.0/UCLA 58.6, UC Irvine 94.1/UCLA 80.0, Pepperdine 68.8/UCLA 56.0, Houston 68.4/UCLA 63.6, 7-1, losing to Pepperdine). UCLA has had four contests of 80.0 or better (UCLA 80.0 vs. Columbia 62.5, UCLA 80.0 vs. UC Irvine, UCLA 85.0 vs. Alabama, UCLA 81.3 vs. South Carolina and UCLA 84.0 vs. Ball State). After 16 games, the Bruins are shooting 70.0 from the line (70.6 opponents).

UCLA has made fewer turnovers than its opponent in nine of 16 games (one tie), including nine of the last 12 contests (one tie) and is 11-1 in that span (losing only at USC, UCLA 14/USC 10). Overall, the Bruins are averaging 15.2 turnovers a game (14.4 opponents).

The Bruins are 12-0 when leading at the five minute mark, 0-3 when trailing and 1-0 when the game is tied (63-63 at WSU).

Jason Kapono - In 16 starts, Kapono is UCLA's leading scorer (18.2) and also leads the Bruins in minutes (36.1) and foul shooting (84.2, 64-76), is No. 2 in three-point shooting (46.9, 45-96) and assists (2.5) and No. 3 in rebounding (5.9). A Wooden Award Midseason (Top 30) selection, Kapono this season has set the school record for three-pointers (he now has 211) and holds the school record for three-point shooting (46.6, 211-453).

At ASU, Kapono in 37 minutes had 20 points, with five rebounds, three assists and just one turnover.

He's led the Bruins in scoring six times this season, three times in rebounding (including season-high 11 vs. Columbia) and has scored in double figures in every game, including five games of 20 or more (including a career-tying high of 28 vs. Pepperdine). He's averaging 6.6 (46) rebounds and 2.7 assists (19) in his last seven games.

Billy Knight - In 16 starts, Knight is the Bruins' No. 2 scorer (15.9), also No. 2 in minutes (30.2) and foul shooting (82.8, 77-93) and No. 3 in three-point shooting (46.6, 34-73). He leads the team in steals (1.5) and is averaging 1.6 steals a game.

At ASU, Knight in 31 minutes had a game-high 21 points, a career-high tying seven rebounds, three steals and one assist.

He's scored in double figures 14 of 16 games, has led the Bruins in scoring on three occasions (including a career-high 32 points vs. Washington State,h) and has six games of 20 or more. In his last four games, he's averaged 22.5 points (90), 3.5 rebounds (14) and 1.5 (6) steals. He's led the Bruins in steals eight times this season.

Matt Barnes - In 15 starts (and games, he did not play vs. UC Irvine because of a sprained left ankle), Barnes is UCLA's No. 3 scorer (14.3), No. 2 rebounder (6.1) and leads in three-point shooting (50.0, 21-42) and assists (3.3). He's shooting 53.8 from the field (second-best among starters) and averaging 1.1 steals.

At ASU, in 34 minutes he scored 19 points, with a game-high nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Last week, Barnes was named the Sports Illustrated National and Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts in UCLA's loss at USC and victory over No. 1 Kansas in Pauley. Vs. USC, Barnes played 37 minutes, scoring a career-high 34 points, including tying the school record with seven three-pointers (7-11). He also added five rebounds and two assists. In the win over KU, Barnes led the Bruins with 27 points and added five rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. His two-game total of 61 points (30.5) was the best by a Bruin since Ed O'Bannon scored 64 points in back-to-back games vs. California (27, also tied the school record for three-pointers, originally set by Reggie Miller vs. Washington State, 12/19/86) and Duke (37) in 1995.

Barnes has led the Bruins twice in scoring and four times in rebounding. He's scored in double figures on 10 occasions this season, including the last six games in a row. In his last six games, he's averaged 20.3 points (122), 6.3 rebounds (38), 5.0 assists (30) and 1.2 steals (7), while shooting 58.7 (44-75) from the field and 55.2 (16-29) from three-point range.

Dan Gadzuric - In 16 starts, Gadzuric is UCLA's No. 5 scorer (9.5) and No. 1 rebounder (6.5). He's shooting 53.5 from the field and leads the team in blocked shots (1.0).

At ASU, Gadzuric played 22 minutes, with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Last year vs. Arizona in UCLA's 79-77 (OT) win in Pauley on Feb. 15, Gadzuric had a monster game vs. the Wildcats (but going into the contest, it wasn't sure he was going to even play). In the game before at DePaul, Gadzuric sprained his left ankle and did not practice much leading up to the Arizona contest. But against the Wildcats, Gadzuric did start, played a career-high 41 minutes and tied his careeer-high in points (22, since broken this season at Washington with 23) and rebounds (17).

Four weeks ago, Gadzuric had a huge weekend at the Washington schools, leading the Bruins to two victories at UW (23 points, career-high, 13 rebounds, at the time a season-high) and WSU (20 points). It was UCLA's first sweep at the Washington schools since 1997, the last year UCLA won the Pac-10.

Gadzuric has scored in double figures seven times this year, including the last two games, with two double-doubles. He's led the Bruins twice in scoring and seven times in rebounding. In his last four games, he's averaged 10.8 (43) points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots, while shooting 54.3 (19-35) from the field.

Cedric Bozeman - Made his first appearance vs. UW (in Pauley on Jan. 4) since arthroscopic right knee surgery on Dec. 3 (after starting the first four games, he missed seven games because of the injury and surgery).

He has now played in five games since returning and in nine contests (five starts), Bozeman is averaging 19.7 minutes, 3.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

At ASU, he started (for Rico Hines (concussion), Bozeman's first start since Dec. 28 vs. Pepperdine) and played 23 minutes, with a season-high tying four rebounds and a career-high seven assists.

In the last two games, he's averaged 25.0 (50) minutes, 4.0 rebounds (8) and 5.0 (10) assists.

Rico Hines - Suffered a mild concussion at practice on Tuesday, Jan. 8, two days before the game vs. USC at The Forum. Was cleared to play vs. USC and Kansas (said he was feeling OK with no headaches). But on Monday, Jan. 14, Hines admitted to the Bruin medical staff he had actually had headaches since Jan. 8. Since Jan. 14, Hines has not been allowed to practice or play until his headaches go away for 24 hours (he missed the game at ASU and is questionable for Saturday 's game at Arizona).

The Bruins were 10-1 since he was inserted into the starting lineup on Dec. 5 vs. UC Riverside, including a nine-game winning streak. On the court, he's UCLA's leader and top defensive performer.

T. J. Cummings - After 16 games (no starts), Cummings is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (10.4), No. 4 rebounder (3.4, tied with Billy Knight) and No. 2 shooter from the field (54.4, 68-125).

At ASU, Cummings played 16 minutes, with four points, two rebounds and one assist.

He's led the Bruins in scoring three times this year and twice in rebounding. He's scored in double figures off the bench six times this season. He had a career-high 25 points vs. South Carolina and had his first career double-double (22 points and career-high 11 rebounds) in UCLA's win over Washington in Pauley.

Nine Players vs. USC - UCLA used nine players in the win at ASU. Along with Cummings, also off the bench for the Bruins were - Dijon Thompson (17 minutes, four points, three rebounds, Andre Patterson, eight minutes, two rebounds, one steal, he leads the Bruins in FG% (58.3, 21-36) and Ryan Walcott (a career-high 12 minutes, a career-high tying two rebounds, one assist, Walcott is from Shadow Mountain HS in Phoenix).

Looking Ahead- UCLA will return to Pac-10 play next week in Pauley Pavilion, hosting the Bay Area schools - Stanford (Thursday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.) and California (Saturday, Jan. 26, 5 p.m.).

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