Dec. 19, 2011
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Dec. 20, 2011
SITE: Los Angeles Sports Arena (15,000)
TIP-OFF: 7:32 p.m. (PT)
TV: Prime Ticket
TALENT: Joel Meyers (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst) and Courtney Jones (sideline)
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 KLAC
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: Channel 93
SIRIUS XM SATELLITE RADIO: n/a
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 6-2
SERIES STREAK: UCLA +5
SERIES VS. UC IRVINE
This is just the ninth meeting between the UC Irvine Anteaters and UCLA with the Bruins leading the series 6-2. UCLA has won the last five meetings since 1990, including last year's meeting, 74-73, on Dec. 23, 2010 in Pauley Pavilion. Lazeric Jones had 20 points and six assists while Malcolm Lee had 20 points and five rebounds to lead UCLA. Joshua Smith also added 14 points and eight boards. UC Irvine had four players reach double figures, led by Eric Wise's double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is 3-1 all-time against UC Irvine.
IN THE POLLS
UCLA began the season ranked 17th in the AP Top 25 and 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, but has fallen out of both polls. UC Irvine is unranked in both polls.
CHARTING COACH HOWLAND
Ben Howland earned his 300th victory of his career with the 72-54 win over DePaul in the 15th Annual John R. Wooden Classic (Dec. 13, 2008). He is currently 362-186 (.661), which ranks 35th on the winningest active coaches list by percentage and 50th on the active list by victories. Howland's first career victory was his first game at Northern Arizona in 1994, a 71-69 victory over New Mexico Highlands. His 100th career victory came in his second season at Pittsburgh in the 77-65 win at home over Seton Hall (Jan. 13, 2001). His 200th win came in his third season at UCLA with the 56-37 home win over Delaware State (Nov. 19, 2005). Howland is 19-9 (.679) in the NCAA Tournament (15-6 (.714) at UCLA).
COACH HOWLAND APPROACHING MILESTONE RECORD
UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is approaching 200 career victories at UCLA and currently sits at 194-87 (.690) at UCLA in his ninth season at the helm of the Bruins. With the win over Eastern Washington (Dec. 14), Howland passed Jim Harrick for second place on the all-time UCLA career victories list. Harrick posted a 192-62 record in his eight seasons (1988-89 to 1995-96) as the Bruins' mentor. Coach John R. Wooden is the all-time leader at 620-147 (.808) in his 27 seasons (1948-49 to 1974-75).
BRUINS' INJURY REPORT
Junior guard De'End Parker has missed the last eight games with patellar tendinitis and is out for the game against UC Irvine (Dec. 20). Sophomore forward Travis Wear missed the Eastern Washington game (Dec. 14) and the UC Davis game (Dec. 17) with a skin infection (cellulitis) on his left foot. He returned to practice on Dec. 19 and is probable for Tuesday's game against UC Irvine (Dec. 20).
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