Feb. 20, 2009
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
TIP-OFF: 12:03 p.m. PT
TELEVISION: FSN and FSN Prime Ticket
TALENT: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst) and Michael Eaves (sideline)
RADIO: AM 570
SIRIUS SATELLITE: Channel 123
XM SATELLITE: Channel 144
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 94-13
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
Junior guard Mustafa Abdul-Hamid is out for the remainder of the season after having surgery on Dec. 23 to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist. Senior center Alfred Aboya missed practice on Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 16-17) due to flu-like symptoms, but played 28 minutes in the win over Washington (Feb. 19) recording a double-double (13 pts., 11 rbs.). He received fluids intravenously immediately following the game.
SERIES vs. WASHINGTON STATE
This is the 108th meeting between UCLA and Washington State with the Bruins leading the series 94-13 (.879). UCLA is 51-1 (.981) against the Cougars in Los Angeles and has won 30 of the last 31 overall meetings. The Bruins won this year's earlier matchup 61-59 in Pullman, Wash., on Jan. 22, 2009. The Bruins led 36-23 at halftime, thanks to six three-pointers by Nikola Dragović. He ended with a game- and career-high 20 points and was the only Bruin in double figures. Caleb Forrest led WSU with 19 points while Aron Baynes had a double-double (15 pts., 10 rbs). Head Coach Ben Howland is 10-1 against WSU while Tony Bennett is 0-5 against UCLA.
UCLA dropped nine spots to No. 15 this week in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and also nine spots to No. 20 in the Associated Press poll, released on Feb. 16. UCLA has been ranked in the top 25 in the AP poll for 71 straight weeks (since the 2005-06 preseason) and in the Coaches Poll for 73 straight weeks (since 2004-05 final poll), which is the longest streak in the nation.
COACH HOWLAND WINS NO. 300
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 314-150 (.677), which ranks 25th on the winningest active coaches list by percentage and 68th 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 with 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).
Darren Collison extended his UCLA record of consecutive made free throws to 43 before missing at USC on Jan. 11, 2009. He surpassed Henry Bibby's streak of 36 straight, set in 1972.
Collison had built his consecutive free throw streak back to 18, but missed his first attempt against California (Jan. 29).
Darren Collison's free-throw percentage of 93.3 percent (83-for-89) this season currently leads the nation and is second on UCLA's single-season charts.
Collison also leads the team, Pac-10 and ranks 37th nationally in assist turnover ratio at 2.25. He also leads the team, is third in the Pac-10 and ranks 58th nationally in assists per game at 4.8 apg.
Nikola Dragović has made at least one three-point field goal in each of the last 13 games, the longest streak on the team. He's shooting 45.2 percent (33-for-73) from long range in Pac-10 games (7th in the league) and has shot even better since being elevated as a starter at USC (Jan. 11), draining 47.8 percent (31-for-65) from three-point range. He is making 2.5 three-pointers per game in league play, which ranks fourth in the Pac-10.
In the last three-plus years, UCLA and Head Coach Ben Howland are 54-13 (.806) in Pacific-10 Conference play and 117-23 (.836) overall.
In the last three-plus years in Pacific-10 Conference play, Head Coach Ben Howland is 25-9 (.735) on the road (25-5 everywhere, excluding Seattle) and 29-4 (.879) at home.
In the last four years, Head Coach Ben Howland and UCLA are 29-1 (.967) in the first game of a two-game Pac-10 weekend series and 19-10 (.655) in the second game (this doesn't include USC and non-conference weekends). The Bruins had won 32 consecutive games opening a Pac-10 weekend series until the loss at Arizona State (Feb. 12). Overall, UCLA is 39-7 (.848) in the opening game of a weekend series in the Howland era, but just 25-20 (.556) in the second game.
Josh Shipp became the 47th player in UCLA history to score 1,000 points in a career at California (Jan. 5, 2008). He now has 1,566 career points (17th place).
Darren Collison became the 48th player in UCLA history to score 1,000 points in a career with 24 points vs. #7 Stanford (Mar. 6, 2008). He now has 1,521 career points (19th place).
The Bruins' offense is averaging 76.4 points per game, which is the most since the 2000-01 squad averaged 79.5 ppg. The defense is allowing 62.6 points per game, which is the most since the 2004-05 team allowed 71.7 points per game.
Senior guard Darren Collison was named a third team All-American by the Associated Press at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season and as a first team preseason All-American in 2008-09.
Last year, Darren Collison's three-point field goal percentage of .525 (53-for-101) was the single best season mark in UCLA history. This year, junior guard Michael Roll is off to a good start, shooting a percentage of .538 (43-for-80) from downtown.
Darren Collison was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2K Sports Classic Los Angeles Regional and was later named to the All-Tournament team in New York.
UCLA saw its national-leading streak of 42 straight weeks ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll come to a halt on Nov. 24, 2008 when the Bruins slipped to No. 13 in the AP poll. That streak included final and preseason polls (streak began with final poll of the 2005-06 season, Mar. 6, 2006).
UCLA has held 10 opponents in 2008-09 to fewer than 60 points, going 9-1 in those games. Last year, the Bruins held 21 opponents to fewer than 60 points and was undefeated when doing so. The Bruins have held 76 opponents under 60 points in the Ben Howland era (6th season) and are 73-3 (.961) in those games (two of the losses were in his first year and this year to Michigan, 52-55).
UCLA's scoring defense of 62.6 in 2008-09 is the highest in the last four years. The Bruins have allowed fewer than 60 points per game in each of the previous three seasons (59.0 in 2008, 59.9 in 2007 and 58.7 in 2006).
With the loss at Arizona State, the Bruins were swept for the first time since Washington pulled off the feat in 2005-06. It also marked ASU's first sweep of UCLA since 2002-03.
The Sun Devils shot 60.0 percent from the field against the Bruins (24-for-40), marking the first time since the 72-63 home loss to USC on Jan. 19, 2008 that UCLA allowed an opponent to shoot 60 percent or better. Additionally, the Bruins were held to a season-low 20 rebounds. In fact, the 20 rebounds were the fewest the Bruins have recorded since a 61-60 home loss to UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 17, 2003 (191 games).