LOS ANGELES – UCLA (15-4, 4-2 Pac-12) will host California (14-5, 5-1 Pac-12) this Sunday at 5 p.m. (PT). The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU and will be available on the radio on AM 570 in the Los Angeles area. Most recently, UCLA defeated Stanford, 91-74, in Pauley Pavilion last Thursday night.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tipoff Time: 5:05 p.m. (PT)
TV Talent: Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Corey Williams (analyst)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 93
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 190
Tickets for Sunday’s game between California and UCLA can be purchased online by clicking here. The Bruins and Golden Bears will tip off at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday.
UCLA enters Sunday’s game with a 15-4 overall record and a 4-2 mark in Pac-12 action. The Bruins downed Stanford last Thursday evening, 91-74, before 9,068 in Pauley Pavilion. Sophomore Tony Parker led the way for UCLA with 22 points and seven rebounds in the win against the Cardinal. In six Pac-12 contests, UCLA has averaged 83.0 points per game and has shot 46.5 percent (39.3 percent from three-point range). The Bruins have gone 12-1 at home this season, with the team’s only loss coming against No. 1 Arizona (79-75 on Jan. 9).
UCLA VERSUS CALIFORNIA
The Bruins conclude their weekend against California on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. Sunday evening’s game will be nationally televised on ESPNU. UCLA and California split a pair of meetings last season, with each team winning one game on its home court. Currently in his 33rd season as a head coach, Mike Montgomery has gone 123-64 midway through his sixth year at California. The Golden Bears have been led by senior guard Justin Cobbs (15.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 6.4 apg) and senior forward Richard Solomon (11.9 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.5 bpg).
Through games played Thursday, Jan. 23, UCLA ranked eighth in the nation in scoring (84.7 ppg), sixth in field goal percentage (50.3) and fourth in assists per game (17.8) ... UCLA ranks second in the Pac-12 in points per game.
Through 19 games, Kyle Anderson (15.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 6.7 apg) has become the first UCLA player to average at least 10.0/5.0/5.0 since Bill Walton finished with 19.3 ppg, 14.7 rpg and 5.5 apg as a senior in 1973-74.
Kyle Anderson has become the first NCAA Division I player to average at least 14.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 6.0 apg in one season since Ohio State’s Evan Turner finished the 2009-10 campaign with 20.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg and 6.0 apg.
Sophomore Jordan Adams has led UCLA in scoring, either by himself or tied with teammates, in 10 of 19 games ... he has scored in double figures in 18 of UCLA’s 19 contests and has reached the 20-point plateau eight times.
The Bruins’ current roster features seven players who have scored at least 20 points in a game during their collegiate career (at UCLA). Five of those seven UCLA players have accomplished that feat at least once this season.
UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams with 17.8 assists per game and has logged a league-best 1.7 assist turnover ratio ... the Bruins have recorded more assists than turnovers in each of their 15 victories this season.
No player in the country has averaged as close to a triple-double as has Kyle Anderson (15.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 6.7 apg). Through games played Jan. 23, Anderson was the nation’s only player averaging at least 10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 6.0 apg.
PROTECTING THE BALL
Through games played on Jan. 23, UCLA led all Pac-12 teams in assists per game (17.8), assist turnover ratio (1.7), steals per game (10.9) and turnover margin (+4.9). UCLA has committed the fewest turnovers per game (10.5) of any Pac-12 team. UCLA’s defense has forced the highest average of turnovers from its opponents among Pac-12 teams (15.4). Kyle Anderson (128 assists, 56 turnovers) has accounted for 37.8 percent of UCLA’s total assists.
Sophomore guard Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 17.4 points per game, the sixth-highest scoring average among Pac-12 players (through Jan. 23). He scored a career-high 30 points against Morehead State (Nov. 22, 2013) and registered his third double-double of the season at Colorado with 14 points and 13 rebounds (Jan. 16, 2014). He finished second in scoring for UCLA last season, averaging 15.3 points per game as a freshman.
Sophomore center Tony Parker logged a career-high 22 points in UCLA’s win against Stanford on Thursday evening. The 6-foot-9 product of Atlanta, Ga., has averaged 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this season (19.6 minutes per game). After having lost 25 pounds during the summer, Parker’s production and efficiency has greatly increased. He averaged just 6.3 minutes per game as a freshman in 2012-13 (averaged 2.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg).
Kyle Anderson became the third player on record in UCLA history to record a triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists) in UCLA’s 81-70 win over Morehead State on Nov. 22, 2013. That marked UCLA’s first triple-double since Dec. 18, 1995, when Toby Bailey had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin. Jelani McCoy logged a point-rebound-block triple-double against Maryland on Dec. 9, 1995, totaling 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocks. Anderson has finished three assists shy of a triple-double five times in his UCLA career.
Kyle Anderson has been named as one of 25 players to the John R. Wooden Award midseason list. Anderson is among four Pac-12 players on the midseason list (along with Arizona’s Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson and Oregon’s Joseph Young). The 6-foot-9 guard from Fairview, N.J., was among five players to be named a “midseason” All-America selection by The Sporting News. Joining Anderson on The Sporting News’ list of first-teamers included Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Nick Johnson (Arizona), Jabari Parker (Duke) and Doug McDermott (Creighton).
BIG OFF THE BENCH
UCLA’s Zach LaVine, Bryce Alford and Tony Parker have played major roles off the bench. In all, the Bruins’ bench this season has accounted for 32.7 percent of its total scoring (487/1610). LaVine ranks third on the team with 12.4 points per game. Alford has averaged 7.5 points and 2.8 assists per game. Parker has logged 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, having entered off the bench in UCLA’s last 10 contests.
The Bruins have averaged 84.7 points through 19 games, the program’s highest per game offensive output through the first 19 games in any season since averaging 86.9 ppg after 19 games in 1994-95, the last year in which UCLA won the NCAA Championship. Earlier this season, UCLA compiled a seven-game streak of at least 80 points scored in victories. That feat had not been accomplished since the 1994-95 campaign (streak from Feb. 22-March 17, 1995).
Junior guard Norman Powell has played in more games (87) in a UCLA uniform than any other current UCLA basketball player. He has made 29 career starts and has played in all 87 UCLA games since the start of the 2011-12 season. Powell has twice scored a season-high 19 points this year, most recently in UCLA’s 69-56 win at No. 21-ranked Colorado (Jan. 16). He has shot 74.1 percent from the free throw line (40/54), making more free throws as he had in the previous two seasons combined (entered the year having made 36 of 55 free throw attempts).
PICKED THEIR POCKETS
UCLA has three players that rank among the Pac-12’s top eight in steals. Jordan Adams (57 steals, 3.0 spg) leads all Pac-12 players, having logged at least at least two steals in 15 of 19 games. He had a career-high eight steals against Sacramento State on Nov. 12. Kyle Anderson (35 steals, 1.8 spg) ranks fourth in the conference in steals. Norman Powell (28 steals, 1.5 spg) is tied with California’s Tyrone Wallace for seventh in the Pac-12.
UCLA does not currently have any major injuries. Noah Allen missed 12 games after suffering multiple fractures to his face in a collision sustained against Oakland (Nov. 12). Allen returned against USC on Jan. 5. Wanaah Bail missed UCLA’s first five games recovering from left knee surgery (performed on June 28, 2013). Travis Wear missed UCLA’s first three games (underwent an appendectomy on Oct. 28, 2013).