UCLA to Face Pittsburgh in NCAA Round of
Ben Howland Monday Press Conference

Afflalo/Collison Press Conference

March 19, 2007

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DATE: March 22, 2007
SITE: HP Pavilion (San Jose, Calif.)
TIP-OFF: 6:40 p.m. PDT
TALENT: Dick Enberg (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst)
RADIO: AM 1150
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
WEB: www.uclaBruins.com

This is the seventh meeting between Pittsburgh and UCLA with the Bruins leading the series 5-1. Pittsburgh won the last meeting 91-79 on Dec. 28, 1992 at home. The two teams have never met in NCAA Tournament play.

This is UCLA's 41st NCAA Tournament appearance and the third-straight for the Bruins under head coach Ben Howland. Last year the Bruins were a Final Four participant, falling in the championship game to Florida. UCLA has an all-time winning percentage of .736 in the NCAA Tournament with a record of 92-33. UCLA's 92 victories rank second only to Kentucky's 100 wins. The .736 winning percentage also ranks second behind Duke's .752.

UCLA is currently ranked sixth in the ESPN/USA Today poll (as of March 11, 2007) and was seventh in the final Associated Press poll (March 12, 2007). Earlier this year, UCLA spent six weeks (Nov. 27-Jan. 1) ranked first in the AP poll and five weeks (Dec. 4-Jan. 1) atop the Coaches poll. UCLA has spent more time (134 weeks) at number one in the history of the AP poll than any other program.

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland won his 250th game in the 70-65 home win over 19th-ranked USC on Feb. 7, 2007. Howland, now in his 13th season as a Division I head coach, is averaging 19.8 wins per season with still more games to play in 2006-07. Equally impressive is the fact that he won his 200th victory just last year on Nov. 19 in a 56-37 home win over Delaware State.

The UCLA Bruins sport an impressive 9-1 record against ranked teams in 2006-07. UCLA defeated #20 Kentucky and #19 Georgia Tech in the Maui Invitational and #6 Texas A&M in the John R. Wooden Classic at Honda Center. Then the Bruins posted Pac-10 wins over #13 Washington, #11 Arizona, #9 Oregon, #19 USC, at #19 Arizona and at #13 Washington State. The Bruins only loss to a ranked team was at #16 Oregon, a 68-66 nail-biter on Jan. 6, 2007 in Eugene, Ore.

The UCLA Bruins sport an impressive 15-2 record against teams in the 2007 NCAA Tournament field. UCLA has defeated Brigham Young, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Long Beach State, Texas A&M, Weber State, Indiana, Oregon, Stanford, Arizona (twice), USC (twice) and Washington State (twice). The Bruins' losses were to Oregon and Stanford. UCLA also has a 4-1 record against teams that have advanced to the Sweet 16 (2-0 vs. USC, 1-0 vs. Texas A&M and 1-1 vs. Oregon).

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is one of only five coaches in the NCAA to reach the Sweet 16 four times in the last six years. Howland (Pittsburgh in 2002-03 and UCLA in 2006-07) is joined by Roy Williams (Kansas in 2002-03 and North Carolina in 2005 and 2007), Rick Barnes (Texas in 2002-03-04 and 2006) and Jim Calhoun (Connecticut in 2002-03-04-06). Duke's Mike Krzyzewski leads the field with five Sweet 16 appearances (2002-03-04-05-06).

UCLA ...
• Won its second-straight Pacific-10 Conference title in 2007 with a 15-3 record.
• Completed the first true undefeated home season (16-0) since 1974-75 (32 seasons). The 1994-95 squad was 15-0 at home, but it included a forfeit win over California (after the Bruins originally lost the game 100-93).
• Has made 227 three-point field goals, which is second on the season list while the 607 attempts rank second.
• Has registered 247 steals, which is 10th on the UCLA all-time list.
• UCLA averages 33.4 points and shoots .455 from the floor, .339 from three and .594 from the line in the first half of games. In the second half, it averages 38.2 points and is shooting .509 from the floor, .415 from three and .690 from the line.
• Has won 28 or more games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1974-75 (28-4, John Wooden's last season) and the 1975-76 season (28-3, Gene Bartow's first year).
• The Bruins have advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year, which is actually tied with Florida, Georgetown and Memphis for the longest current most consecutive appearances in the Sweet 16. This is UCLA's 16th Sweet 16 appearance, which ranks fourth all-time.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
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 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
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