Nation's New No. 1 Hosts Long Beach State on Tuesday

Nov. 27, 2006


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Coach Howland Weekly Press Conference

DATE: Nov. 28, 2006
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,800)
TIP-OFF: 7:30 p.m. PST
TV: None
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play)
SERIES: UCLA leads 10-0

There's an old adage that the third time is the charm, that was certainly the case for the fifth-ranked Bruins last week as UCLA cruised to its first EA Sports Maui Invitational title in three tries with an 88-73 win over 19th-ranked Georgia Tech. The Bruins handed 20th-ranked Kentucky its first loss of the season 73-68 in the semifinals. Top-seeded UCLA opened up with an 88-63 win over host Chaminade.Darren Collison (13.3 ppg, 7.0 apg and 2.7 spg in Maui) was named the MVP. Junior Arron Afflalo (19.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg) was named to the All-Tournament team. UCLA finished third in the Maui Invitational in 2001 and sixth in 1995.

UCLA leads the all-time series 10-0, including a 7-0 record at home in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins won the last meeting 75-62 at home on Nov. 30, 2004. In that contest, Dijon Thompson scored a game-high 25 points while Arron Afflalo added 21 points, six assists and five rebounds as a freshman.

UCLA was preseason rated No. 5 (tied with Pittsburgh) in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 6 in the Associated Press poll, marking the second straight season that the Bruins were ranked in the preseason polls. The Bruins are currently ranked first in the Associated Press poll and second in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

For the first time in 12 years, UCLA, the nation's top-ranked number one team, is back at the top of the AP poll. The last time that UCLA was ranked number one was in the final poll of the 1995 season, the year the Bruins won their 11th national championship.

This is the 129th week that UCLA has been ranked first in the AP poll (19 weeks longer than second-place Duke, 110 weeks at number one).

Here's a look at UCLA and the number one ranking:

Last Time the Bruins Were Ranked No. 1: The final AP poll of the Bruins' last national championship in 1995.

Number of Games Played with a No. 1 Ranking: 246 (record as No. 1 team: 232-14, .943).

Most Consecutive Seasons at No. 1: 1. UCLA (12, 1964-75); 2. Duke (7, 1998-2004); 3. Kansas (5, 1994-97).

Most Consecutive Weeks at No. 1: 1. UCLA (46 weeks, from Feb. 9, 1971 to Jan. 15, 1974); 2. Ohio State (27 weeks, from Dec. 13, 1960 to March 13, 1962); 3. UCLA (23 weeks, from Preseason Nov. 1966 to Jan. 16, 1968).

Biggest Jump to No. 1 from Previous Week: 1. West Virginia (8th to 1st, Dec. 17 to Dec. 24, 1957); 2. Duke (6th to 1st, Dec. 7 to Dec. 14, 1965); 2. Kansas (6th to 1st, Nov. 25 to Dec. 2, 2003); 3. UCLA (5th to 1st, Nov. 20 to Nov. 27, 2006) -- the jump from fifth to first has happened eight other times in history, including once before by UCLA from Jan. 11 to Jan. 18, 1983.

Most Weeks at No. 1: 1. UCLA (129); 2. Duke (110); 3. North Carolina (84); 4. Kentucky (80); 5. Cincinnati (45); 6. Indiana (44); 7. Kansas (42); 8. UNLV (32); 9. Arizona (29) and 10. San Francisco (28).

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 19 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Nov 23 - 8:30 PM PST
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
Tuesday, Nov 24 - TBA PST
vs. Kansas or Chaminade
Lahaina, HI
Wednesday, Nov 25 - TBA PST
vs. Maui Jim Maui ...
Lahaina, HI
Sunday, Nov 29 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA