No. 4 UCLA Hosts USC on Saturday

Jan. 16, 2008

Coach Howland Weekly Press Conference

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DATE: Jan. 19, 2008
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
TIP-OFF: 12:37 p.m. PST
TALENT: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play) and Billy Packer (analyst).
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 124-99

Darren Collison sustained a left hip contusion early in the second half against Washington (Jan. 10). He started and had 18 points in the win over No. 4 Washington State (Jan. 12).
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute sustained a right knee contusion late in the second half against Washington (Jan. 10). He started and had six points and five boards vs. Washington State.
Mustafa Abdul-Hamid suffered a stress reaction in his right foot in early December. He returned to practice on Dec. 31, but has missed the last eight games.
Michael Roll reruptured his plantar fascia in his left foot on Dec. 31 and will be out for the next two weeks.

This is the 224th meeting between UCLA and USC with the Bruins leading the series 124-99. UCLA has won the last two meetings, the last three in Pauley Pavilion and 19 of the last 26 games. UCLA is 60-19 at home against the Trojans (since 1947). Bruin head coach Ben Howland is 5-3 against the Trojans, while Tim Floyd is 1-3 against UCLA. Last year, UCLA won a pair of nailbiters. The Bruins posted a 70-65 win at home on Feb. 7, 2007 on the strength of Darren Collison's 17 points. Arron Afflalo added 16 while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute turned in a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Young scored a game-high 20 points. USC also got double figures from its other two starting guards, Gabe Pruitt (16) and Lodrick Stewart (13).

Through the first six games of the 2007-08 season, the UCLA Bruins were atrocious from the free-throw line, shooting 64.9 percent (98-of-151), ranking ninth in the Pac-10. Only two players were shooting higher than 75.0 percent from the charity stripe. In the last 11 games, the Bruins have been superb, shooting above 75.0 percent from the line as a team in 10-of-11 games while sinking 81.2 percent (168-of-207) during that span. UCLA, which has moved up to fifth in the league at 74.3 percent (266-of-358) on the year, now has five players shooting 75.0 percent or higher from the charity stripe.

UCLA trails 25-10 in the 2007-08 Lexus Gauntlet challenge, the cross-town all-sports competition with USC. Saturday's men's basketball game is worth five points. An additional five points is also up for grabs on Saturday when the UCLA women's basketball team faces USC at the Galen Center. It takes 57.5 points to clinch the Lexus Gauntlet. In the six years of the Lexus Gauntlet competition, the rival schools have alternated winning the trophy. USC won the inaugural trophy in 2002, then in 2004 and again in 2006. UCLA captured the rivalry's crown jewel in 2003, 2005 and 2007. The Lexus Gauntlet is presented by the Southern California Lexus Dealers, the leading sponsors of both UCLA and USC athletic departments as well as the exclusive title sponsor of every USC-UCLA athletic competition.

Josh Shipp became the 47th player in UCLA history to score 1,000 points in a career at California (Jan. 5, 2008). Shipp now has 1,023 career points.

Freshman center Kevin Love was named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for January 7-13. Love ageraged 19.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists against the Washington schools. In the win over No. 4 Washington State (Jan. 12), Love had a season-high 27 points and added 14 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the year. He had 11 points and seven boards against Washington (Jan. 10). For the week, Love shot 12-for-18 (.667) from the field, 3-for-5 (.600) from three-point range and 11-for-14 (.786) from the free-throw line. Earlier this year, Love was named the Player of the Week for November 19-25. He averaged over a double-double with 18.0 points and 10.7 rebounds in the Bruins' three wins during the week, leading them to the CBE Classic championship while earning CBE Classic MVP honors. Against Maryland, Love scored 18 points and added 16 rebounds, a UCLA freshman record, to help UCLA win 71-59. The previous record was held by Jelani McCoy and JaRon Rush with 15. In the 68-63 win versus No. 10 Michigan State, Love posted 21 points and 11 rebounds. Against Yale, Love scored 15 points and added five rebounds.

Several Bruin teams will be wearing special jerseys or patches in 2007-08 to commemorate UCLA being the First to 100 NCAA Championships. The men's basketball team will don the new jerseys that have a different-colored "C" in UCLA. The "C" signifies the Roman numeral for 100.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 77
Sunday, Dec 06
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 76
Saturday, Dec 12
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
W, 71 - 66
Tuesday, Dec 15
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
W, 89 - 80
Saturday, Dec 19
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
L, 76 - 89
Tuesday, Dec 22
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 67 - 53
Friday, Jan 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 93 - 96 (2OT)
Sunday, Jan 03
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 78 - 85
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 84
Saturday, Jan 09
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 74
Wednesday, Jan 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 75 - 89
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
W, 82 - 73
Saturday, Jan 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 72 - 86
Thursday, Jan 28
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 84 - 86
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 50
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 09 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, Mar 10 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 8:30 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Mar 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, Mar 15 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Four
Dayton, OH
Thursday, Mar 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Mar 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Thursday, Mar 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Mar 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Apr 02 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
Monday, Apr 04 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX