Dec. 23, 2003
UCLA'S NEXT GAME
UCLA (4-2) at MICHIGAN (7-1) -
Saturday, Dec. 27, Crisler Arena, 2 p.m.PT/5 p.m.ET (TV-CBS, WITH Craig Bolerjack and Clark Kellogg/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
The Bruins will open the 2004 Pac-10 season at home in Pauley Pavilion, hosting the Oregon schools on Friday, Jan. 2 (Oregon State/8 p.m.) and Sunday, Jan. 4 (Oregon/2 p.m.).
|UCLA BRUINS STARTING LINEUP|
|42||T. J. Cummings||F||6-9||Sr.||13.5||3.0|
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland -
In his first season at UCLA and 10th year as a collegiate head coach:
2003-04 - UCLA (4-2, six games/66.7)
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/69.0)
Totals - 10th Season (172-101, 273 games/63.0)
In his last two seasons at Pittsburgh - in 2003, he led the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4 national ranking, NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament Championship and in 2002, Pittsburgh was 29-6 overall (school record for wins), advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was the consensus National Coach of the Year.
This will be Howland's first meeting vs. Michigan.
UCLA STAFF -
Joining Howland are assistant coaches - Donny Daniels, for the last three seasons was the head coach at CS Fullerton; Ernie Zeigler, for the last two years served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and Kerry Keating, for the last two seasons was at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson, along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who for the last two seasons served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh. Rounding out the staff is Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson, in his 12th season.
UCLA'S LAST GAME -
Dec. 20- at UCLA 64, Michigan State 58 - On the day the Pauley Pavilion floor was dedicated "Nell and John Wooden Court", UCLA's strong defensive effort resulted in a 64-58 victory over Big 10 opponent Michigan State, before 12,433 in Pauley.
The Bruins led 29-28 at halftime and held the Spartans to 37.5 shooting from the field (12-32) and 25.0 (2-8) from three-point range.
In the second half, Michigan State only led once (34-31, 17:55 left to play) and the biggest Bruin lead was eight points on three occasions. T. J. Cummings gave the Bruins a seven-point lead (60-53, 3:24) on a 16-foot jumper and contributed to UCLA's final eight-point advantage (61-53, 1:39, making one of two free throws). With 13 seconds left to play, the Spartans pulled to within four points (62-58), but Dijon Thompson's two free throws with six seconds remaining gave the Bruins their winning six-point advantage.
UCLA was led by three players in double figures - Cummings, 13 points, five rebounds, a career-high tying three assists and one steal in 25 minutes as a starter; Brian Morrison, 11 points and three assists and Thompson, 10 points and four rebounds. In the second half, Morrison suffered a left hamstring strain and will miss the next 2-3 weeks because of the injury.
The Bruins shot 50.0 (21-42) from the field, 60.0 (6-10) from three-point range and a season-low 47.1 (16-34) from the foul line, with a game-high 36 rebounds and 18 turnovers.
MSU shot 35.1 (20-57) from the field, 33.3 (8-24) from three-point range and 76.9 (10-13) from the foul line, with 33 rebounds and 18 turnovers. The Spartans dropped to 4-5 overall and were led by Chris Hill's 17 points.
|UM WOLVERINES STARTING LINEUP|
HEAD COACH TOMMY AMAKER -
Is in his third season at the Michigan helm. Before coming to Michigan, he was the head coach at Seton Hall for four years (1998-01) and prior to that, the former Duke standout was an assistant coach at his alma mater for nine seasons (1989-97).
THE WOLVERINES -
The Wolverines have won three games in a row (on Monday, Michigan beat Delaware State, 55-50) since losing at Vanderbilt, 83-63 on Dec. 6. Prior to losing at Vandy, Michigan had won four games in a row.
SERIES HISTORY -
UCLA leads the series 7-2, but Michigan won the last meeting, beating UCLA in Pauley Pavilion last season, 81-76. In that game, Daniel Horton had 24 points for the Wolverines and UCLA was led by T. J. Cummings' 19 points. The Bruins jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the series, but Michigan has won two of the last three contests. This is UCLA's first game in Ann Arbor. Four of the games have been in the NCAA Tournament, with UCLA winning on three occasions, including the 1965 NCAA Championship, beating Michigan 91-80. In that contest, UCLA was led by Gail Goodrich's 42 points (at the time, a championship game record, now owned by UCLA's Bill Walton, 44 points, vs. Memphis State, 1973) and Michigan's Cazzie Russell had 28.
Brian Morrison - in the second half vs. Michigan State, Morrison suffered a left hamstring strain and is out approximately 2-3 weeks. He is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (11.8) and No. 3 in minutes (31.7). In UCLA's 84-70 win over UC Riverside on Dec. 3 in Pauley Pavilion, Morrison scored a career-high 28 points.
Ryan Walcott - has missed UCLA's last two games because of back spasms. It his hoped that Walcott will be ready to play when UCLA travels to Michigan. A backup point guard, he is averaging 3.7 minutes a game.
T. J. CUMMINGS - Cummings, 6-9 senior forward from Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) was cleared to play on Wednesday (Dec. 17) after being academically ineligible for the first quarter. In his debut contest vs. UC Santa Barbara, Cummings led the Bruins with 14 points in 26 minutes. He then started his first game of the season vs. Michigan State and again led UCLA in scoring (25 minutes, 13 points, five rebounds, a career-high tying three assists and one steal).
Trevor Ariza - UCLA freshman Trevor Ariza made his regular season debut in the Bruins' win over LMU (Dec. 13), playing 32 minutes, with 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists and blocked shots. Since Nov. 28, Ariza had been sidelined with spontaneous pneumothorax. (the presence of air within the pleural cavity of the lungs) and missed the Bruins' first three regular season games.
Matt McKinney - On Nov. 4, UCLA announced that McKinney, 6-8 redshirt freshman forward from Santa Ynez HS, would miss 6-8 weeks because of a fractured bone in his left foot. The foot was casted (with no surgery). McKinney originally injured his left foot on June 15 during his first game in the Say-No Summer League at West Los Angeles College. McKinney's left foot was recently removed from the cast and he's now facing 2-3 weeks of rehabilitation.
NELL AND JOHN WOODEN COURT - On Saturday, Dec. 20, before 12,433, when UCLA defeated Michigan State, the floor of Pauley Pavilion was dedicated - "Nell and John Wooden Court", named after the Bruins' legendary coach John Wooden and his late wife, Nell.
There were more than 60 of Coach Wooden's players who attended, including Bruin All-Americans -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor/1967-69), Bill Walton (1972-74), Marques Johnson (1977), Dave Meyers (1975), Jamaal Wilkes (Keith Wilkes/1973-74), Henry Bibby (1972), Sidney Wicks (1970-71), Michael Warren (1968), Lucius Allen (1968), Walt Hazzard (1963-64), John Green (1962), Willie Naulls (1956) and George Stanich (1950).
VINTAGE UNIFORMS - for the Michigan State game and the Wooden Court dedication, the Bruins wore jerseys similar to those of UCLA's 1964 NCAA title squad (the first UCLA NCAA Championship won by John Wooden/this is the 40th anniversary season of that first NCAA Championship won by UCLA in men's basketball. 1964/2004).
THE WOODEN CLASSIC - UCLA's appearance in the 2003 Wooden Classic was its seventh, with an overall mark of 5-2. It was also announced the Bruins will appear in the 2004 Wooden Classic (Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004 - along with Arizona/the other two teams and the pairings will be announced at a later date).
Last season, on Nov. 30, 2002 in Indianapolis, No. 14 UCLA's 84-73 loss to No. 4 Duke was the Bruins' first appearance in the third-annual Wooden Tradition.
PAC-10 MEDIA DAY-BRUINS SELECTED SIXTH IN PRESEASON VOTE - Nov. 6 was Pac-10 Media Day at the LAX Hilton. According to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball, Arizona was picked to win the 2004 conference title, the Bruins were selected sixth. Here's the vote total -1. Arizona (26) 339, 2. Stanford (7) 321, 3. California (1) 238, 4. Oregon 215, 5. USC (1) 207, 6. UCLA 188, 7. Arizona State 185, 8. Washington 108, 9. Washington State 69, 10. Oregon State 55.
UCLA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE - Featuring nine NCAA Tournament teams (14 games), along with two NIT representatives. The teams from last season's NCAA are- "Elite Eight" Kentucky, Michigan State and Arizona; "Sweet 16" Notre Dame and Vermont, along with Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford and California. St. John's won the 2003 NIT title and UC Santa Barbara also played in last year's NIT.
PRESEASON HONORS- Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors. -Athlon - Team-postseason prediction/NIT, No. 7 in Pac-10; Individual - Dijon Thompson. 2nd team All-Pac-10; Trevor Ariza, No. 29 incoming freshman in the U. S.; Coaches - Kerry Keating, Top 10 assistant coach in the U. S. -Basketball News -Team - No. 4 in the Pac-10; Individual - Brian Morrison, Impact Transfer; Dijon Thompson, 2nd team All-Pac-10. -Lindy's - Team - No. 7 in the Pac-10; Individual - Dijon Thompson, No. 13 small forward in the U. S./second-team All-Pac-10. -Sporting News - Team- No. 7 in the Pac-10; Individual - Dijon Thompson, No. 12 small forward in the U. S./2nd team All-Pac-10; Ten Other Formidable Front Courts-(Trevor Ariza, T. J. Cummings, Ryan Hollins, Dijon Thompson). -Street & Smith's - Team-No. 6 in the Pac-10; Individual - Trevor Ariza, All-West Incoming Freshman (Top 100 College Freshmen).
UCLA head coach Ben Howland on Wednesday (Nov. 12) announced the National Letter of Intent signings of four players, all ranked in the nation's Top 100 among U. S. high school seniors. The four prep standouts, all from southern California are -6-5, 190-pound shooting guard Arron Afflalo from Compton Centennial HS; 6-2, 170-pound point guard Jordan Farmar from Taft HS in Woodland Hills; 6-9, 220-pound center Lorenzo Mata from South Gate HS and 6-5, 200-pound wing Josh Shipp from Los Angles Fairfax HS.
According to national recruiting experts, the Bruin class is ranked - No. 7 by Rob Harrington (prepstars.com), No. 9 by Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) and No. 10 by Dave Telep (the insidershoops.com).
Here's a biographical breakdown of UCLA's four recruits, all incoming UCLA freshman next fall.
As a junior last season at Compton Centennial HS under coach Rod Palmer (who lettered at UCLA from 1986-87 and concluded his collegiate career at UC Irvine), Afflalo led the Apaches to a 19-11 overall record, to the CIF SS Div. III-A title game, the Div. III regional semifinals and a share of the Bay League title. A prolific scorer, he averaged 26.2 points a game (he scored 30 or more points on seven occasions and had a career-high 42 points vs. Carson at the one-day Pangos Dream Tournament in Pauley Pavilion last January) and also contributed 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists. In 2003, Afflalo was the Wooden Award Div. III Player of the Year, All-State Cal-Hi Sports, the CIF-SS Div. III-A co-Player of the Year and the Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Player of the Year.
Howland on Afflalo:
"Arron is a classic two guard. I'm excited about his toughness and how he plays the game so hard and aggressive, yet so skillful. He's a good passer and shooter who does a good job of putting the ball to the floor and getting to the basket. He also has a chance to be an excellent defender, but what I like best about Arron is he's a very good competitor."
As a junior last season under coach Derrick Taylor, Farmar led Taft to a 25-6 overall record and to the CIF Los Angeles City section semifinals (the first time in school history). He averaged 28.5 points, 9.0 assists and 8.0 rebounds. At last year's Simi Valley Tournament, Farmar averaged 43 points in four games. He was the 2003 Los Angeles Daily News co-Player of the Year.
Howland on Farmer:
"Jordan is a true point guard. Looking at all the point guards (coming out of high school next year) from summer camps, Jordan was without a doubt among the top three in the country. He's an outstanding playmaker and shooter and I like his leadership qualities and competitive nature. Like all great point guards, he makes everyone else around him a better player."
Mata is the first South Gate HS boys basketball player in the school's history to receive a Div. I scholarship. As a junior last season under coach Sal Serrano, Mata had 25 double-doubles (in 26 contests) and averaged 21.4 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots. He earned All-Los Angeles City Section and was a Long Beach Press-Telegram first-team performer. Mata's only been playing basketball for four years and could be a candidate for the Mexican National Team in the future.
Howland on Mata:
"I'm extremely pleased with Lorenzo's signing and what he brings to UCLA. He's a very strong, athletic inside player who can block shots and rebound. He's a good defender who has a nice touch around the basket."
As a junior last season at Fairfax HS under coach Harvey Kitani, Shipp helped lead Fairfax to the City finals and averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists and earned All-State underclassman and All-City second team honors. His father, Joe, was a USC football player; his older brother, Joe, was a senior forward last season at California and in 2003 he led the Pac-10 in scoring (20.4 points) and his sister, Britteny, attends UCLA.
Howland on Shipp:
"Josh is an outstanding wing player. He is very skilled as an outside shooter and passer who comes from a great athletic family. Josh continues to get better and better each and every year and he will be an outstanding player here at UCLA."
WALT HAZZARD NAMED TO 2004 PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR - Hazzard, who led the Bruins to their first NCAA Championship (1964) and coached UCLA from 1985-88, will be UCLA's third inductee into the prestigious Pac-10 Hall of Honor (joining 2002 charter member John Wooden and 2003 inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). A three-year starter and two-time All-American (1963-64) for the Bruins as a 6-2 guard under Wooden, Hazzard was the keystone to UCLA's first NCAA Championship in 1964 and first unbeaten season (30-0). As a senior co-captain in 1964, he averaged a career-high 18.6 points, was named the Outstanding Player at the NCAA Final Four and earned National Player of the Year honors from the USBWA and the Helms Athletic Foundation. At the conclusion of his Bruin career, Hazzard's 1,401 points were tops in school history. In 1964 after winning the NCAA crown, Hazzard also won a gold medal representing the U. S. team at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. A first-round draft choice of the Lakers, he played 10 years in the NBA, including one appearance in the NBA All-Star game. From 1985-88, Hazzard returned to UCLA as the Bruins' head men's basketball coach. In four winning seasons (his overall record was 77-47, 62.1), he led UCLA to two 20+ win campaigns, the 1987 Pac-10 regular and postseason championships, a 1987 NCAA second round advancement and two NIT bids, including the 1985 NIT Championship, in his first season as the Bruins' head coach. In 1987, Hazzard was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Joining Hazzard in the 2004 class are - Khalid Reeves (Arizona), Lafayette "Fat" Lever (Arizona State), Jason Kidd (California), Ron Lee (Oregon), Mel Counts (Oregon State), Howard "Howie" Dallmar (Stanford), Bob Boyd (USC), James Edwards (Washington) and George Raveling (Washington State).
The 2004 Pac-10 Hall of Honor banquet will take place on Wednesday, March 10 in conjunction with the 2004 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 11-13).
JEROME "POOH" RICHARDSON INDUCTED INTO UCLA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME -UCLA's standout point guard from 1986-89, Richardson was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 3. During his four years (1986-89) as the Bruins' point guard, Richardson earned All-Pac-10 honors for three consecutive seasons (1987-89) and ended his career as the school's all-time leader in assists (833), steals (189, now No. 4), three-point FG% (46.4, 52-112) and games played (122, now No. 15). Following his collegiate career, Richardson had a 10-year career in the NBA, last playing with the Los Angeles Clippers, and he has endowed a UCLA athletic scholarship.
STREET & SMITH'S COLLECTORS ADDITION - GREATEST COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS - Seven Bruins are highlighted - No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor/1967-69), No. 2 Bill Walton (1972-74), No. 49 Gail Goodrich (1963-65), No. 66 Sidney Wicks (1969-71), No. 68 Walt Hazzard (1962-64), No. 73 Marques Johnson (1974-77) and No. 86 Keith (Jamaal) Wilkes (1972-74). Also noted is legendary Bruin head coach John Wooden, No. 81 during his playing days at Purdue (1929-32)
UCLA VS. NO. 1 - UCLA's 96-89OT victory over No. 1 Arizona on Mar. 13, 2003, in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament, was the fourth over a top-ranked team in as many years. On Jan. 12, 2002, UCLA defeated No. 1 Kansas, 87-77, at Pauley Pavilion. On Feb. 3, 2001, UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team at the time, was its second against the No. 1 team in the nation in less than one year. Its victory over No. 1 Stanford on March 4, 2000 was the school's first over a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion. The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in the season was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the title game against Louisville.
UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team on the Associated Press poll on 10 occasions, ranking first on the all-time list. Behind UCLA (as of Dec 12) - North Carolina/Maryland (9), Duke (8), Oklahoma/Georgia Tech (7) and Kentucky,/Notre Dame/Ohio State (6).
In Bruin history, during the regular season, UCLA is 7-11 vs. the No. 1 team, including last season's overtime win over Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, the Bruins have a record of 3-6 vs. the nation's No. 1 ranked team, including UCLA's 76-63 loss to Duke in the 2001 NCAA East Region "Sweet 16".