Nov. 28, 2008
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
TIP-OFF: 4:35 p.m. PT
TELEVISION: FSN Prime Ticket
TALENT: Bill Macdonald (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
RADIO: AM 570
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads the series 1-0
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
Freshman guard Malcolm Lee has a sprained right ankle (grade one) while junior forward Nikola Dragovic has a left knee contusion. Senior center Alfred Aboya sprained his left wrist in the Michigan game and aggravated the injury against Southern Illinois. All three returned to practice this week and should be available when the Bruins host FIU.
SERIES vs. FIU
This is the second meeting between UCLA and FIU with the Bruins leading the series 1-0. The only other meeting was during UCLA's 1995 national championship run when the No. 1 ranked Bruins defeated FIU 92-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (West region) in Boise, Idaho on March 17, 1995. The Bruins were led by freshman J.R. Henderson's 16 points, followed by Charles O'Bannon, who chipped in 14 points. Ed O'Bannon and Kris Johnson each added 10 points for UCLA, which led 43-23 at halftime.
2K SPORTS CLASSIC BENEFITING COACHES VS. CANCER RECAP
UCLA finished third in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer with a 77-60 win over Southern Illinois in the consolation game at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Bruins opened the tournament with victories over Prairie View A&M (82-58) and Miami University (64-59) before falling to Michigan 52-55 in the semifinals on Nov. 20.
UCLA sports a national ranking of No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 13 in the Associated Press poll, released on Nov. 24, 2008. UCLA has been ranked in the top 25 in the Associated Press poll for 59 straight weeks (since the 2005-06 preseason rankings).
HOME SWEET HOME
UCLA sports an all-time record of 597-89 (.870) in Pauley Pavilion, which is in its 44th season as the home of the Bruins. UCLA has won 30 straight over unranked non-conference foes at home.