No. 7 UCLA Faces No. 10 Michigan State

March 14, 2011

LOS ANGELES -

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SELECTION SUNDAY
Coach Howland CBS Sports Interview
Coach Howland's Press Conference Video

WEDNESDAY
UCLA head coach Ben Howland press conference
3 Point Play with Malcolm Lee
UCLA's Day in Tampa Recap
Wednesday Press Conference
Photo Gallery from Practice

Online Coverage: Gametracker

GAMEDAY CENTRAL
DATE: Mar. 17, 2011
SITE: St. Pete Times Forum (20,500)
TIP-OFF: 6:20 p.m. (PT)/9:20 p.m. (ET)
TV: TBS
TALENT: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst) and David Aldridge (sideline)
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 KLAC
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: TBD
SIRIUS XM SATELLITE RADIO: TBD
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)

IN THE POLLS
UCLA is unranked in the AP Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Bruins received 36 votes in the coaches poll (Mar. 7) to come in at No. 28 and received three votes in the AP poll (Mar. 14) to rank 40th. Michigan State didn't receive any votes in either poll.

UCLA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
This is UCLA's 44th NCAA Tournament appearance (ranks second nationally) and the sixth for the Bruins under head coach Ben Howland. UCLA has an all-time winning percentage of .733 in the NCAA Tournament with a record of 99-36, which ranks second behind Duke's .758 (94-30). UCLA's 99 victories rank third, only to North Carolina's 102 and Kentucky's 101 wins. The Bruins are 32-11 (.744) in their first game of the NCAA Tournament. UCLA made three straight trips to the Final Four (2006-08) and leads the country in National Championships (11) and Final Four appearances (18).

SERIES VS. MICHIGAN STATE
This is the eighth meeting with Michigan State as the Bruins lead the all-time series 5-2 (.714). UCLA, ranked No. 2, won the last meeting, posting a 68-63 victory over No. 10 MSU on Nov. 20, 2007 to win the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo. Bruin Head Coach Ben Howland is 2-1 against the Spartans. UCLA and MSU have never met in the NCAA Tournament.

BRUINS' INJURY REPORT
Malcolm Lee has a small cartilage tear in his left knee but is not expected to miss the NCAA Tournament. He injured the knee when he was fouled at the end of regulation in the 58-54 overtime win at Washington State (Mar. 5). He played in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinal loss to Oregon (Mar. 10), recording six points and four rebounds in 28 minutes.

ALL UCLA LOSSES TO TEAMS IN POSTSEASON PLAY
All 10 of UCLA's losses during the 2010-11 season (22-10) were to teams involved in postseason play. Seven of the 10 losses (vs. No. 7 Villanova, vs. VCU, at No. 4 Kansas, vs. Washington, at USC, at Arizona and at Washington) were to NCAA Tournament teams. Two of the losses were to CBI teams (vs. Montana and vs. Oregon) and one was to a team in the NIT (OT loss at California).


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 77
Sunday, Dec 06
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 76
Saturday, Dec 12
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
W, 71 - 66
Tuesday, Dec 15
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
W, 89 - 80
Saturday, Dec 19
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
L, 76 - 89
Tuesday, Dec 22
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 67 - 53
Friday, Jan 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 93 - 96 (2OT)
Sunday, Jan 03
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 78 - 85
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 84
Saturday, Jan 09
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 74
Wednesday, Jan 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 75 - 89
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
W, 82 - 73
Saturday, Jan 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 72 - 86
Thursday, Jan 28
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 84 - 86
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 50
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 09 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, Mar 10 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 8:30 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Mar 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, Mar 15 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Four
Dayton, OH
Thursday, Mar 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
TBA
Saturday, Mar 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
Thursday, Mar 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Saturday, Mar 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Saturday, Apr 02 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
Monday, Apr 04 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS