Dec. 2, 2008
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008
SITE: Frank Erwin Center (16,755)
TIP-OFF: 6:05 p.m. PT
TELEVISION: ESPN2 and ESPN360.com
TALENT: Dave O'Brien (play-by-play) and Jay Bilas (analyst)
RADIO: AM 570
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads the series 2-1
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
Freshman guard Malcolm Lee sprained his right ankle (grade one) while junior forward Nikola Dragoviæ suffered a left knee contusion in practice on Nov. 24. Senior center Alfred Aboya sprained his left wrist in the Michigan game (Nov. 20) and later aggravated the injury against Southern Illinois (Nov. 21). All three played in the Bruins' last game, a 89-54 win over FIU (Nov. 29).
SERIES vs. TEXAS
This is just the fourth meeting between UCLA and Texas with the Bruins leading the series 2-1. All three prior meetings have been in Pauley Pavilion with the Bruins losing last year's meeting 63-61 in the Pac-10/Big 12 Hardwood Series on Dec. 2, 2007. D.J. Augustin threw up a prayer from the baseline with seven seconds left and the score tied at 61. His prayer was answered by Damion James, who grabbed the airball and slammed it home for the win, ending his night with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Augustin, who also finished with 19 points and added four assists, was the only other Longhorn to reach double figures in scoring. The Bruins had four players reach double-digits in scoring, led by Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's 14 points. Darren Collison chipped in 12 points while Kevin Love and Josh Shipp each added 11 points. UCLA trailed 37-25 at halftime and by as many as 16 points in the first half (30-14 at 4:58).
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. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 12 in the Associated Press poll, released on Dec. 1, 2008. UCLA has been ranked in the top 25 in the Associated Press poll for 60 straight weeks (since the 2005-06 preseason rankings). Texas is ranked No. 8 in both polls.