Nov. 26, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 24 UCLA men's basketball team returns to action against Cal State Northridge (6-1) on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Game time in New Pauley Pavilion is 9 p.m. (PST). The matchup between the two local schools will be televised on Pac-12 Networks. UCLA (4-2) has tallied a 6-1 record in the all-time series against Cal State Northridge, a series that began in 1992.
Venue: New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 9:06 p.m. PST
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Mark Neely (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
WHAT'S ON DECK
UCLA faces Cal State Northridge in New Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the seventh overall meeting between the schools. The Bruins secured an 83-50 victory over Cal State Northridge in the last meeting, both schools' season opener on Nov. 12, 2010 (Pauley Pavilion). UCLA has logged a 6-1 all-time record against the Matadors in a series that began in 1992 (all games played in Pauley Pavilion). In his previous 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Ben Howland has logged an 8-2 record against Cal State Northridge (2-0 at UCLA, 6-2 at Northern Arizona).
LAST TIME VERSUS CSUN
Playing in his UCLA debut (as a junior), Lazeric Jones scored 15 points as the Bruins' starting point guard in an 83-50 win over Cal State Northridge in both teams' season opener when the two school last met (Nov. 12, 2010). The Bruins opened the game on a 15-0 scoring run and pushed its advantage to 37-9 with 6:21 to play before halftime. UCLA shot at a 56.9 percent clip for the game. That marked the first game of a season in which UCLA went 23-11 overall, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
ABOUT THE MATADORS
Under the direction of 17th-year head coach Bobby Braswell, Cal State Northridge has opened the season with a 6-1 overall record. The Matadors won their first six regular-season games, earning their best start since the 1981-82 team began the year 9-0. Sophomore guard Stephan Hicks leads Cal State Northridge with 18.4 ppg and 8.4 rpg. Sophomore forward Stephen Maxwell ranks second on the team with 14.1 ppg, while junior guard Josh Greene has averaged 13.9 ppg and a team-leading 5.0 apg.
UCLA AT A GLANCE
UCLA opened its season with an 86-59 victory against Indiana State before a Pauley Pavilion-record crowd of 13,513 on Friday, Nov. 9. The Bruins won both regional round games of the Progressive Legends Classic against UC Irvine (Nov. 13) and James Madison (Nov. 15) before flying to Brooklyn, N.Y., for a pair of championship round games. UCLA lost to Georgetown, 78-70, on Nov. 19 before rebounding the next night with a 60-56 win over Georgia. Most recently, the Bruins dropped a 70-68 decision to Cal Poly on Sunday evening in New Pauley Pavilion.
Freshmen Jordan Adams (18.5 ppg) and Shabazz Muhammad (17.0 ppg) enter Wednesday's game against Cal State Northridge as UCLA's top two scorers, respectively. Adams has scored in double figures in five of his first six collegiate games. He opened the season with four consecutive 20-plus point efforts, becoming the first freshman in school history to accomplish that feat. Muhammad has averaged 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, logging a career-high 21 points in UCLA's 60-56 win over Georgia in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Nov. 20).
DISHING IT OUT
Senior Larry Drew II leads the team with 44 assists and just seven turnovers in six games, averaging a Pac-12-best 7.3 assists per game (through games played Monday, Nov. 26). Drew II had nine assists and no turnovers in UCLA's 70-68 loss to Cal Poly on Sunday night. He has registered 25 assists and two turnovers in the Bruins' last three games. In addition, the transfer from North Carolina has averaged 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Through games played Sunday, Drew II ranked eighth nationally in assists per game (7.3) and assist turnover ratio (6.29).
Through the first six games, Kyle Anderson leads UCLA with 8.3 rebounds per game. The freshman from Fairview, N.J., has grabbed 33 of his team-leading 50 rebounds on the defensive end. Anderson recorded a double-double (10 pts, 10 rbs) in his collegiate debut against Indiana State (Nov. 9). Juniors Travis (6.8 rpg) and David Wear (6.0 rpg) have emerged as UCLA's second- and third-leading rebounders, respectively. David Wear registered his third career double-double (13 pts, 10 rbs) in UCLA's 86-59 win in the season opener against Indiana State (Nov. 9).
Freshman guard Jordan Adams (Atlanta, Ga.) leads UCLA with 18.5 ppg, the highest scoring average among any Pac-12 freshman. He has become 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 is UCLA's first player to score 20-plus points in four straight games since Dijon Thompson (Jan.-Feb. 2005). He is the first Bruin to have opened any season with four straight games of 20+ points since Don MacLean (six consecutive in 1990-91).
IN THE PAC
Through games played Monday, Jordan Adams ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.5 ppg) and second in free throw percentage (35-36, .972). Kyle Anderson is ninth in the conference in rebounds (8.3 rpg) and 10th in steals (1.5, tied with two other players). As a team, the Bruins rank third in scoring offense, having averaged 77.3 points per game, and are 11th in scoring defense (68.7 ppg allowed).
MORE ON ADAMS
Jordan Adams has made 35 of 36 free throw attempts (.972). He has made his last 33 consecutive free throw attempts, just 10 shy of the school record (43, Darren Collison in 2008-09). Adams' streak spans UCLA's six games (made his first two, missed his third attempt on Nov. 9). His 16-for-16 effort at the line on Nov. 13 (vs. UC Irvine) was one shy of Reggie Miller's Pauley Pavilion-record 17-for-17 FT effort against Arizona State (Jan. 16, 1986).
Prior to Adams' 16-for-16 FT effort (11/13/12), no UCLA player had made 16 FTs in one game since Reggie Miller (17-for-17, vs. Arizona State, 1/16/86). Other recent top efforts have come from Darren Collison (13-for-13, vs. Oregon State, 1/26/08) and Arron Afflalo (13-for-13, vs. Arizona, 2/4/06).
Adams' 16-for-16 FT effort trails the Pac-12 record - John Block of USC made 21 of 21 free throws against Washington (2/1/66). His 16-for-16 effort is the best among Pac-12 players since Jan. 17, 2009 (Washington State's Taylor Rochestie went 16-for-16 vs. Stanford in Pullman, Wash.).
As a senior in high school (2011-12) at Oak Hill Academy, Adams made 34 straight free throws during the first half of the season (over the course of 12 games), setting a school record for consecutive free throws made. His team finished the season with a 44-0 record.
- Jordan Adams has become UCLA's first freshman to score in double-digits in his first four collegiate games since Kevin Love accomplished that feat in November 2007 (Love had 22 in his debut, followed by 21, 19 and 18). Freshman Shabazz Muhammad has scored in double-figures in each of his first three games this season (15, 21 and 15).
- Jordan Adams' 20 field goal attempts (8-for-20, with 22 points) in a 78-70 loss to Georgetown (Nov. 19) at the Barclays Center were the most field goal attempts by any Bruin since Jordan Farmar shot 9-for-20 in an 88-80 loss to Memphis on Nov. 23, 2005, in the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York's Madison Square Garden.
- The Bruins defeated James Madison, 100-70, on Nov. 15, in New Pauley Pavilion, reaching the 100-point plateau for the first time since Dec. 15, 2009 (def. New Mexico State, 100-68).
- With two games played at Barclays Center (Nov. 19, 20) in this year's Progressive Legends Classic, UCLA has played in New York City the last three seasons and in four of the last five years.
- The Bruins opened their season in New Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 9, 2012, after the building underwent a 33-month, $136 million renovation. Last year, UCLA played 18 regular-season "home" games at two local venues.
- Now in his 10th season as the Bruins' head coach, Ben Howland has become just the third head coach in program history to have coached UCLA for at least 10 seasons (also Caddy Works and John Wooden).
- The Bruins have posted a 112-25 record (.818) in Pauley Pavilion under head coach Ben Howland. Now in its 47th season in the building, UCLA has compiled a 640-100 record (.865) in Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA played 19 home games on the road in 2011-12 - 14 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, four at the Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.) and one exhibition game at Citizens Business Bank Arena (Ontario, Calif.). After winning the exhibition game in Ontario, the Bruins posted a 14-4 record at their local "home" venues, including a perfect 4-0 mark at the Honda Center in Anaheim. UCLA went 10-4 in games played at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
UCLA plays its first season in New Pauley Pavilion in 2012-13 after the iconic arena underwent a 33-month, $136 renovation. Originally opened in 1965, Pauley Pavilion is one of the nation's premier all-around collegiate facilities. While calling Pauley Pavilion home, the men's basketball program has won nine NCAA Championships and 21 conference titles. The Bruins have logged an all-time 640-100 (.865) record in Pauley Pavilion (now in its 47th season).
EYEING THE AZTECS
Following UCLA's game against Cal State Northridge on Wednesday, the Bruins will continue the non-conference portion of their schedule against No. 23 San Diego State, playing in the 19th annual John R. Wooden Classic on Saturday evening. The contest will be nationally televised on ESPNU with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. UCLA has recorded an all-time 15-5 record against the Aztecs. The Bruins won the most recent meeting against San Diego State, securing an 84-64 victory on Dec. 14, 1991 at the San Diego Memorial Sports Arena. The first meeting between UCLA and San Diego State took place during the 1924-25 season.
LAST TIME VERSUS SDSU
UCLA secured a 47-30 halftime lead and defeated San Diego State, 84-64, in both schools' last meeting on Dec. 14, 1991. Playing without the services of senior Don MacLean (flu), the Bruins found out after the game that starting point guard and captain Gerald MAdkins had broken his left hand and would miss the team's next five games. The Bruins battled through the adversity, watching their 17-point halftime lead reduced to just four points (61-57) with 7:24 to play. San Diego State never got closer than four points, as Shon Tarver stepped up with a game-leading 26 points. The Bruins also received 20 points and 10 rebounds from Tracy Murray and 15 points from Darrick Martin.
THROUGH THE YEARS
UCLA will play in the 19th annual John R. Wooden Classic this Saturday, having recorded an 11-4 record in 15 previous meetings. Last season, the Bruins secured a 65-58 win over conference foe Arizona before 9,247 fans at the Honda Center (Jan. 5, 2012). Two years ago, the Bruins' defeated previously-undefeated BYU, 86-79. The Cougars had entered that game ranked No. 16 in the nation with a 10-0 record. In nine seasons as the Bruins' head coach, Ben Howland has led UCLA to a 6-3 record at the John R. Wooden Classic.
UCLA'S INJURY REPORT
Junior David Wear returned to action on Sunday night after having missed the game against Georgia (Nov. 20) with a sore back. David Wear suffered a hard fall with 12:13 to play in the second half against Georgetown on Nov. 19 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Freshman Tony Parker has been day-to-day with back spasms. He did not practice last Thursday (Nov. 22) but returned to practice on Friday (Nov. 23) and played in Sunday night's game. Sophomore Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained Oct. 26) and is expected to miss 3-4 more weeks.