Dec. 3, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's basketball team (5-3) will host Cal State San Marcos (7-3) in an exhibition game in New Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday evening. Game time is 7:30 p.m. A live video stream, courtesy of the Pac-12 Conference, will be available free of charge at uclabruins.com. In addition, fans can listen to a live audio feed at the Bruins' website.
Venue: New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
Live Stream: pac-12.com (link here)
Live Audio: uclabruins.com (link here)
Talents: Dave Marcus (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst), Michael Sondheimer (analyst)
Cal State San Marcos competes as an NAIA Division I independent program led by second-year head coach Jim Saia. From 1996-2003, Saia served as an assistant coach at UCLA. The Cougars enter Tuesday's game in New Pauley Pavilion sporting a 7-3 record, having earned victories over the weekend against Oklahoma Baptist and Bethesda in a tournament played in Las Vegas. This marks UCLA's only exhibition game during the 2012-13 season.
BRUINS HEADED TO HOUSTON
Following Tuesday's exhibtion game in New Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins will hit the road to face Texas in Houston on Saturday, Dec. 8, playing in the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Showcase. Saturday's neutral site game will be played at Reliant Stadium, home to the NFL's Houston Texans. UCLA has logged a 2-3 record in the all-time series versus the Longhorns, with the three losses having come since Dec. 2007. Last season, UCLA dropped a 69-59 decision to Texas at the Los Angeles Sports Arena (Dec. 3, 2011).
AZTECS DEFEAT UCLA
UCLA lost to San Diego State, 78-69, before 17,204 at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, playing in the 19th annual John R. Wooden Classic. Jordan Adams scored a team-best 23 points, connecting on 5-of-9 shots from 3-point range. Shabazz Muhammad (16 pts) and Norman Powell (10 pts) rounded out UCLA's list of double-digit scorers. Jamaal Franklin led SDSU with 28 points and seven rebounds, while Xavier Thames finished with 19 points, sinking 5-of-6 3-point attempts. Saturday's game marked the first meeting between the schools since 1991.
DISHING IT OUT
Through games played Sunday, Dec. 2, senior Larry Drew II ranks second in the nation in assists per game (8.5) and fourth, nationally, in assist turnover ratio (6.2). Drew II leads all Pac-12 players in both categories, entering Tuesday night's action. He has registered eight or more assists in six of the Bruins' eight games, dishing a career-high 13 assists (with two turnovers) in UCLA's 82-56 win over Cal State Northridge (Nov. 28). Drew II had nine assists and no turnovers in a 70-68 loss to Cal Poly (Nov. 25) and 12 assists with three turnovers against James Madison (Nov. 15).
Freshman Shabazz Muhammad has averaged 16.0 points per game, becoming UCLA's first player since Kevin Love in 2007-08 to have opened his UCLA career with at least five consecutive double-digit scoring efforts. Muhammad is just the second player in Ben Howland's 10-year tenure as head coach to have accomplished that feat. In three games last week, he averaged 14.7 ppg and a team-best 7.7 rpg. Muhammad registered his first career double-double against Cal Poly on Nov. 25, totaling 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Through the season's first eight contests, Kyle Anderson leads UCLA with 8.1 rebounds per game. The freshman from Fairview, N.J., has grabbed a team-leading 22 offensive rebounds (of 65 total rebounds). Through games played Sunday, Anderson ranked eighth in the Pac-12 in rebounds per game (8.1). He recorded a double-double (10 pts, 10 rbs) in his collegiate debut against Indiana State (Nov. 9). Junior Travis Wear (7.0 rpg) and freshman Shabazz Muhammad (5.6 rpg) are UCLA's second- and third-leading rebounders, respectively.
- With his 5-for-9 3-point effort last Saturday, Jordan Adams became UCLA's first freshman to sink at least five 3-pointers in a game since Michael Roll accomplished the feat (5-for-6) against Washington (Jan. 14, 2006).
- Adams leads UCLA wtih 17.8 points per game, the second-highest scoring average among Pac-12 freshmen and the sixth-highest scoring average overall among Pac-12 players.
- Adams became the first freshman in program history to have scored at least 20 points in each of his first four games (freshmen could not play on the varsity team until 1972-73).
- Adams became UCLA's first player to score 20-plus points in four straight games since Dijon Thompson (Jan.-Feb. 2005) and the first Bruin to have opened any season with four straight games of 20+ points since Don MacLean (six consecutive in 1990-91).
With a non-conference matchup approaching on Saturday against Texas, the Bruins have five non-conference games to play on their schedule. After the conclusion of the fall academic quarter, UCLA will host Prairie View A&M, Long Beach State, Fresno State and Missouri in New Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins will kick off their Pac-12 slate at home against California (Jan. 3) and Stanford (Jan. 5). UCLA's first conference road games will take place at Utah (Jan. 10) and Colorado (Jan. 12), two schools which the Bruins did not play on the road against last season.
Freshman Tony Parker suffered a sprained left ankle during pregame warmups last Wednesday (Nov. 28). Parker did not play in Saturday's game against San Diego State (Dec. 1) but returned to practice on Monday. Sophomore Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained Oct. 26) and is expected to miss 2-3 more weeks.