Feb. 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES - UCLA (18-6, 8-3) returns to action at California (14-9, 6-5) on Thursday night (6 p.m., PT). The Bruins' game in Berkeley, Calif., will be nationally televised on ESPN2. Thursday night's meeting will feature the Pac-12 Conference's top two scorers in California's Allen Crabbe (19.8 ppg) and UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad (18.5 ppg).
Venue: Haas Pavilion (11,877)
Tip-Off Time: 6:05 p.m. PT
TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
BATTLE BY THE BAY
UCLA heads to the San Francisco Bay Area for a pair of games against California on Thursday evening and Stanford on Saturday afternoon. Both contests will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The Bruins defeated California, 79-65, in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 3. Last season, California won both regular-season contests against UCLA, securing an 85-69 victory at Haas Pavilion (Berkeley, Calif.).
UNDER BEN HOWLAND
In his 10th season as UCLA's head coach, Ben Howland has registered a 17-9 record against California. UCLA has gone 6-3 against the Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif., in the Howland Era. The Bruins last defeated California at Haas Pavilion on Jan. 6, 2010 (76-75 victory in overtime).
Larry Drew II averaged 9.0 points per game over the weekend, collecting 14 assists and nine steals in the two wins. UCLA extended its winning streak against Washington State to seven games and has won 16 of the last 17 contests against the Cougars.
Larry Drew II made a game-winning jump shot at the buzzer against Washington last Thursday, lifting the Bruins to a 59-57 win over Washington. Drew II's winning shot marked UCLA's first "buzzer beater" since Jan. 20, 2011, when Reeves Nelson scored on a tip-in at the buzzer in Pauley Pavilion to help UCLA beat California, 86-84. Earlier this season, Drew II made a driving layup at Utah (Jan. 10) in the final 10 seconds to help UCLA preserve a 57-54 win. He also made a game-winning layup with 17 seconds left in overtime to give UCLA an 80-79 win over UC Irvine (Nov. 13).
Shabazz Muhammad leads all NCAA Division I freshmen in scoring average, having logged 18.5 ppg through 21 games. UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett has registered 18.3 ppg (156 points, 24 games) entering the Rebels' Wednesday night game against Air Force. Muhammad has scored at least 20 points in 10 games (UCLA has gone 9-1 in those contests). Muhammad has scored in double figures in 20 of 21 games played, including each of his last eight contests. The 6-foot-6 freshman ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in three-point field goal percentage (42.9).
TOP 10-YEAR TOTALS
UCLA has compiled more wins (226) and a higher winning percentage (.687) than any other Pac-12 program over the last 10 years, since Ben Howland took over as UCLA's head coach (2003-04 through 2012-13). UCLA is the only Pac-12 program to have recorded more than one 30-win season in the last 10 years - the Bruins had three consecutive years with at least 30 wins in 2006, 2007 and 2008. UCLA also leads the group of 12 teams, over the last 10 years, in Pac-12 wins (116), conference win percentage (.671), NCAA Tournament victories (15), NCAA Tournament win percentage (.714, 15-6 W-L), and Pac-12 regular-season titles (3).
UCLA has forced at least 10 turnovers in all 24 games this season. The Bruins have committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 12 of 24 games (last year, that figure was 10 of 33 games). UCLA has committed more turnovers than assists in just two of its 24 contests (in wins against Georgia on Nov. 20 and Washington on Feb. 7). UCLA ranks fourth in the nation in assist turnover ratio (1.54), while Larry Drew II leads the country in that category (4.4).
Kyle Anderson ranks sixth in the nation among freshmen in rebounds per game (8.8). Not only has Anderson logged six double-doubles, but he is also the Pac-12's only player to rank in the top 10 in rebounding (6th, 8.8 rpg) and assists (7th, 3.7). Anderson has averaged 9.4 points per game and has compiled a 1.8 assist turnover ratio, the fifth-best mark among Pac-12 players. He ranks fifth in the conference in steals per game (1.8 spg).
Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad are among 12 players who have been named to the Wayman Tisdale Award National Freshman of the Year midseason watch list. UCLA is the only program to have at least three freshmen selected to the award's midseason watch list. Michigan and UCLA are the only teams with at least two players on the watch list, as released by the U.S. Basketball Writers' Association on Jan. 31.
Junior Travis Wear ranks third on the team with 12.2 ppg and has logged 5.5 rpg, the second-highest rebounding average on the team. He has scored in double figures in 15 of 24 games this season. In UCLA's 75-71 loss to USC on Wednesday, Jan. 30, Wear scored 16 points after having missed the Bruins' previous game with a concussion (at ASU, Jan. 26). He leads all UCLA players in field goal percentage (52.8 percent, 114-216 field goals).
GIVING AN ASSIST
Through games played Sunday, Feb. 10, Larry Drew II leads the nation in assist turnover ratio (4.4) and ranks fourth, nationally, in assists per game (7.9). He has logged at least eight assists in 16 of 24 contests and has committed two or fewer turnovers in 19 of 24 games. He has totaled 189 assists and 43 turnovers in 24 games while averaging 6.5 points per game. He has totaled more assists (189) than any UCLA player since Darren Collison had 199 in 2006-07.
DON'T BE OFFENDED
UCLA leads all Pac-12 programs in scoring average, having registered 76.0 points per game (the 29th highest scoring average in the nation). In addition, UCLA has compiled the third-best scoring margin among Pac-12 programs, having outscored the opposition by an average of 7.6 points per game. The Bruins are first in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (46.4 percent, No. 41 in nation) and are first in assists per game (17.2 apg, No. 6 in nation).
UCLA's trio of freshman starters - Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad - have accounted for 52.9 percent of the Bruins' total points (966 of 1825) and for 49.0 percent of the team's total rebounds (440 of 898). These freshmen account for three of UCLA's top four scorers. Kyle Anderson's team-leading 210 rebounds are the most by any UCLA freshman since Kevin Love finished with 406 boards in 2007-08.
Freshman Kyle Anderson finished three assists shy of a triple-double against Fresno State (Dec. 22), posting season-highs of 20 points and 17 rebounds that night. UCLA's only previous triple-doubles took place in Dec. 1995. Toby Bailey finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 18, 1995. Jelani McCoy tallied 15 points, 11 blocks and 10 rebounds against Maryland on Dec. 9, 1995.
Freshman Jordan Adams ranks second on the team with 14.7 ppg, the 10th-highest scoring average in the Pac-12 (third-best mark among Pac-12 freshmen). Adams became the first freshman at UCLA to have scored 20+ points in each of his first four games (freshmen could not play varsity until 1972-73). He became UCLA's first player in any class to have opened a season with four straight games of 20+ points since 1990-91 (Don MacLean, six straight).
The Bruins have gone 7-2 in games decided by five points or fewer. UCLA overcame a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes to defeat Missouri, 97-94 in overtime (Dec. 28). Other victories have come against Washington (59-57), Colorado (78-75), Utah (57-53), Texas (65-63), Georgia (60-56) and UC Irvine (80-79, overtime). In 10 seasons as head coach, Ben Howland has led UCLA to a 55-33 record in games decided by five points or fewer.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
UCLA has gone 2-2 against teams ranked in the top-25 this season (team must be ranked during week of game) and has posted a 2-0 mark against top-10 ranked opponents. This marks the fourth season in Ben Howland's 10-year tenure as UCLA's head coach that the Bruins have earned two wins against top-10 teams - UCLA downed No. 7 Missouri (97-94, overtime) on Dec. 28 and knocked off No. 6 Arizona (84-73) on Jan. 24.
OPENED IN DOUBLE-DIGITS
Freshman Shabazz Muhammad scored in double digits in each of his first 12 games at UCLA, becoming the first player to accomplish that feat since Kevin Love (2007-08) scored in double figures in all 38 games played as a freshman (missed the 13th game of the season). Muhammad and Love are the only players in head coach Ben Howland's 10-year tenure to have opened their UCLA career with at least seven consecutive double-digit efforts.