UCLA Hosts Big East Foe Villanova Saturday

Jan. 12, 2001

Villanova at UCLA
Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins, 8-4 overall and on a four-game winning streak, and 3-0 in the Pacific-10 (tied for first place), return to nonleague action, hosting Steve Lappas' Big East Villanova Wildcats Saturday at 1 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion (TV-CBS, with Dick Enberg and Clark Kellogg, Radio-1150 am, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers). After the Villanova game, the Bruins will have only one more regular season nonconference game left this season, playing at Conference USA foe DePaul on Saturday, Feb. 10. Last Games ' On Thursday in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins won their third consecutive Pac-10 game, beating archrival No. 19 USC, 80-75. Villanova, 10-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big East, had its three-game winning streak snapped on Jan. 9 , losing at home to Providence, 76-67 in a Big East contest. Villanova's other losses have been at Duke, 98-85 on Nov. 17 and at Georgia, 91-80, on Dec. 28.

Series History
UCLA leads it 1-0. The teams have only met once and that was when John Wooden's UCLA Bruins defeated Villanova 68-62 to win the 1971 NCAA Championship at Houston. At the time, it was UCLA's seventh NCAA title (and fifth straight). The Bruins have won 11 NCAA men's basketball crowns, more than any other school in Div. I history.

UCLA Starters (8-4, 3-0 1st place tie)

F-23Matt Barnes6-7Jr.10.3ppg7.1rpg
F-24Jason Kapono 6-7So.17.4 6.2
C-50Dan Gadzuric 6-11 Jr.12.7 8.4
G-1Jason Flowers 6-0Sr.1.00.9
G-25Earl Watson6-1Sr.15.7 3.5

Welcome Back Dick Enberg
During the 1960s and 70s, Enberg was UCLA's television play-by-play broadcaster on Channel 5.

The Bruins

Steve Lavin
In his fifth season as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the Bruin staff, he has a school and career record of 99-42 (70.2, 141 games).

Should UCLA defeat Villanova, it would be Lavin's 100th UCLA victory and it will be his 300th game as a member of the Bruin staff (Lavin's record at UCLA as a head and assistant coach (1992-96, 126-32, 79.7, 158 games) is 225-74, 299 games, 75.3). If UCLA defeats Villanova on Saturday, Lavin will have reached the 100-win plateau the second-fastest in modern school history (after WWII), behind Jim Harrick (who reached the 100-win milestone in the seventh game of his fifth season, 1992-93, 100-36, 136 games). John Wooden reached 100 wins as the Bruin coach at the conclusion of his fifth season (1952-53, 100-44, 144 games). Prior to WWII, UCLA's second coach, Caddy Works, recorded his 100th win in the third game of his 10th year (1930-31, 100-41, 141 games).

Other milestones in Lavin's Bruin head coaching career include ' UCLA's victory over Maine in the first round of the 1999 Pearl Harbor Classic was Lavin's 75th win, reaching the 75-win plateau faster than any UCLA coach in modern history (Lavin, 102nd game, 75-27, 73.5, Jim Harrick, 105th game, 75-30, 71.4, John Wooden, 106th game, 75-31, 70.8, Walt Hazzard, 121st game, 75-46, 62.0). Lavin won the 50th game of his career on Nov. 26, 1998, beating USF 69-62 in the first round of the 1998 Puerto Rico Shootout. His UCLA record after the win was 50-17 (67 games). Ironically, John Wooden's record after his first 67 games as the Bruin coach was also 50-17.

UCLA 80, No. 19 USC 75
Before 12,109, the largest crowd this season in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA led 46-39 at halftime, led by as many as 19 in the second half (71-52, 11:26) and then withstood a late Trojan rally, to defeat USC 80-75. It had been 39 years since the teams had met when the Trojans were rated and the Bruins were not (the Bruins have not been rated this season since the week of Nov. 27). On Feb. 2, 1962 at the Sports Arena, UCLA (unranked at the time) defeated No. 5 (by both AP and UPI) USC, 73-59.

The Bruins were led by three players in double figures, paced by Jason Kapono's team-high 20 points and nine rebounds and Earl Watson's 17 points, four assists, two steals and no turnovers. UCLA also had good efforts off the bench from T. J. Cummings, nine points and four rebounds and Ryan Bailey, seven points, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes, all season-bests. UCLA shot 42.0 (29-69) from the field, 20.0 (second-lowest percentage of the season, 4-20) from three-point range and a season-high 90.0 (18-20) from the foul line, with 30 rebounds (second-lowest total of the season) and 15 turnovers.

USC shot 45.0 (27-60) from the field, 13.3 (second-lowest opponent percentage of the season, 2-15) from three-point range and 79.2 (19-24) from the foul line, with a game-high 43 rebounds and opponent season-high 28 turnovers. The Trojans were led by Sam Clancy's 31 points and 13 rebounds.

With the win over USC, UCLA leads the series 117-93, the Bruins have won 12 of the last 13 games vs. the Trojans, USC has now lost eight in a row in Pauley and Lavin's record vs. USC is 8-1, losing only last year at the Sports Arena, 91-79.

The Press
A tactic the Bruins have been using since the North Carolina game, it helped force USC into an opponent season-high 28 turnovers. Pauley Pavilion (12,819) - Has been the home of Bruin basketball for 35+ seasons. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 506-60 (566 games, 89.4). Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, 1996 and the win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th on its homecourt. On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC, the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilion history watched that game (13,382, previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon, 3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) in the 73-69 win over Duke, UCLA set a new attendance record 13,478, breaking the old one by 96.

The last time the Bruins were unbeaten at home for a regular season was in 1994-95 (15-0, California did beat UCLA at home that season but later forfeited the game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 at Pauley 15-1 (losing only to Stanford).

UCLA last finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0). Pauley Pavilion and Nonconference Games - In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 70-7 (90.9, 77 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since 1996-97), the Bruins are 27-5 (32 games, 84.4) and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s, the Bruins were 43-2 (45 games, 95.6). UCLA's 80-70 loss to North Carolina on Dec. 23 in Pauley was just the seventh nonconference defeat the Bruins have suffered at home since the 1989-90 season.

The losses were against - North Carolina, 80-70, fifth home game of 2000-01 and CS Northridge, 78-74, season home opener of 2000-01, Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000 (the Bruins' 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga), Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97 and Tulsa, 77-76 OT, first game of 1996-97, Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92. In 11+ seasons, the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion have been unbeaten in non-league games on seven occasions (1998-99, 7-0, 1997-98, 6-0, 1994-95, 6-0, 1993-94, 6-0, 1992-93, 8-0, 1990-91, 8-0 and 1989-90, 6-0).

Bruin Starters

Jason Kapono - UCLA's leading scorer (17.4), he's led the Bruins in scoring this season on seven occasions. He's also tops the Bruins in minutes played (36.8), three-point shooting (43.8, 35-80) and foul shooting (89.7, 52-58) and is UCLA's third-leading rebounder (6.2, last year he averaged 4.4 a game) Vs. USC, he led UCLA in both scoring (20) and rebounding (9). It's the second time this season he's led UCLA in both scoring and rebounding (21/12 vs. Hawaii).

On UCLA's career three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (117-253, 46.2), No. 4 (117) in three-point field goals (No. 6, Earl Watson, 110, No. 5, Kevin Walker, 116, 1987-90, No. 3, Gerald Madkins, 118, 1988, 90-92, No. 2, Toby Bailey, 171, 1995-98, No. 1, Tracy Murray, 197, 1990-92) and No. 6 (tied) (253) in attempts (No. 6, Tyus Edney, 253, 1992-95, No. 5, Kevin Walker, 286, 1987-90).

Going into the USC game in Pac-10 stats, Kapono was fifth in scoring, tied for 15th in rebounding, second in free throw percentage, ninth in FG percentage and second in three-point FGs made. He's on the Midseason Wooden Award Top 30 list.

Earl Watson - The Bruins' second-leading scorer (15.7), he also leads UCLA in assists (5.9) and steals (2.1). Vs. USC, he had 17 points, one rebound, four assists, two steals and no turnovers in 28 minutes. It's his third game this season with no turnovers.

This season, he has led the Bruins in scoring on three occasions, in assists in 11 of the 12 games and in steals eight times.

The USC game was Watson's 109th career start and game... Watson is the 40th Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1166 -- 34th and 10 behind No. 33 Mike Warren, 1176, 1966-68 and 15 behind No. 32 Walt Torrence, 1181, 1957-59)... Tied for fifth on UCLA's career assist list with 512 (No. 5, Roy Hamilton, 512, 1976-79, No. 4, Ralph Jackson, 523, 1981-84) ' Ranks No. 3 on the career steals list with 198 needs 27 steals to overtake school leader Edney, 224, No. 2, Cameron Dollar, 214, 1994-97)... Ranks No. 6 on the career three-point field goal list with 110 (No. 4, Jason Kapono, 117, No. 5, Kevin Walker, 116, 1987-90) and No. 3 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 327 (No. 2, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92).

In Pac-10 stats going into the USC game, Watson was No. 8 in scoring, No. 1 in assists, No. 2 in steals and No. 7 in assists/turnover ration.

Dan Gadzuric - UCLA's No. 3 scorer (12.7) and No. 1 rebounder (8.4), he also leads the Bruin regulars in FG% (55.9, 66-118) and blocked shots ( 1.7). He has led the Bruins in scoring once this season (19 Washington) and in rebounding on five occasions, including three of the last four games. He has four double/doubles this season. Vs. Purdue and Washington, Gadzuric made 15 consecutive field goals (8-8 at Purdue and hit his first seven vs. Washington, finished 8-10).

In foul trouble and playing only 18 minutes vs. USC, Gadzuric contributed seven points and five rebounds. His five rebounds broke a string of three-straight games of double-digit rebounding.

In Pac-10 stats entering the USC game, Gadzuric was 19th in scoring, second in rebounding, sixth in FG%, third in blocked shots, sixth in offensive rebounding and second in defensive rebounding.

Matt Barnes - UCLA's fifth-leading scorer (10.3)) and second-leading rebounder (7.1). He's led the Bruins in rebounding four times this season, has three double-doubles and five double-digit rebounding efforts. He's scored in double-digits the last two games (12 USC, 13 Washington State)

Vs. USC, Barnes scored 12 points, with four rebounds and one blocked shot. In the Pac-10 stats going into USC, Barnes was ninth in rebounding, eighth in offensive rebounding and ninth in defensive rebounding.

Jason Flowers - Has started the last four games and the Bruins are 4-0 with Flowers in the starting lineup. In his four starts, he's averaged 14.25 minutes. Vs. USC, he played 14 minutes, with two points, one assist and two steals.

Bruin Notes

Off The Bench
Freshman T. J. Cummings and senior Ryan Bailey provided the Bruins a lift from the bench in UCLA's win over USC. Cummings, who played 21 minutes with Dan Gadzuric in early foul trouble, contributed nine points and four rebounds (all in the first half), while Bailey played 28 minutes, with seven points and three assists, all season-bests. Junior Ray Young also contributed six points for the Bruins off the bench vs. USC. 2000-01 Special Team Stats ' The Bruins have trailed four times at halftime this season, to North Carolina (46-30) UC Irvine (34-30), UCSB (41-38) and Kansas (57-51). UCLA is 2-2 when trailing at half (the Bruins beat Irvine and Santa Barbara) and 6-2 when leading (lost to Georgia Tech after leading 28-22 at halftime and lost to CS Northridge after leading 39-32 at halftime).

UCLA has outrebounded its opponent eight of the last 10 games (only USC 43-30 and North Carolina, 47-36 have outrebounded UCLA during that span, the Bruins outrebounded WSU 33-31, Washington 50-34, Purdue 39-27, UC Irvine 41-28, Hawai'i 37-24, Georgia Tech 49-44, UCSB 40-28 and CS Northridge 36-35). The Bruins were outrebounded in the first two games (Kansas, K41-U29 and Kentucky, K49-U43). UCLA's season-high is 50 rebounds vs. Washington and season low is 30 rebounds vs. USC. UCLA is 6-2 with the rebound advantage and 2-2 when outrebounded.

In 12 games, UCLA has outshot its opponents on six occasions, including three of the last four games. UCLA has shot over 50.0 from the field five times this season, including three of the last four games (WSU, 55.3, 26-47, Washington, 53.6, 37-69, Purdue, 57.6, 34-59, season-high, Hawaii, 53.2, 33-62, Kansas, 50.8, 31-61). UCLA's season-low is 28.6 (18-63) vs. Georgia Tech. After 12 games, UCLA is shooting 45.2 and opponents are shooting 44.9 from the field. The Bruins are 5-1 when outshooting their opponent from the field and 3-3 when outshot. Last season, the Bruins' season-high from the field was 67.9 (38-56) vs. Morgan State and the season-low was 26.2 (16-61) vs. Gonzaga in Pauley).

In 12 games, the Bruins from the three-point line have outshot their opponents seven times, including the last three games. UCLA's season high is 54.2 (13-24) vs. Kansas and season low is 10.5 (2-19) vs. UC Irvine. Against Kansas in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Bruins hit 13 (one shy of tying the school record, 14 vs. Maryland, 2000 NCAA)-24 three-pointers. After 12 games, UCLA is shooting 33.0 (75-227) from three-point range and opponents 32.3 (76-235). Last season, UCLA's season-high from three-point range was 62.5 (10-16) vs. Morgan State and the season-low was 00.0 (0-14) vs. Stanford in Pauley).

After outshooting its opponent from the free throw line in three of the first four games, UCLA has been outshot from the foul line in six of the last eight contests, but the Bruins hit a season-high 90.0 (18-20) in the win over USC. UCLA shot a season-low 43.8 (71-6) vs. Washington.

Only three times this season, have the Bruins had more turnovers than their opponent (U 17-WSU 16, U 20-Purdue 13 and U24 (season-high)-CS Northridge 19, there have been two ties). UCLA's turnovers have dropped in the last three games (23 Washington, 17 Washington State, 15 USC) and UCLA forced an opponent-season high 28 turnovers in their victory over USC. UCLA's low turnover game this season is nine vs. Kentucky. After 12 games, UCLA is averaging 17.1 turnovers and its opponents (18.6). Last season, the Bruins high turnover game was 26 vs. Arizona in Pauley Pavilion (1/20/00) and 24 at Arizona State (2/17/00) and the low was 10 at Oregon State (1/27/00).

When the Bruins lead with 5:00 left to play, they are 8-0 and are 0-4 when trailing at the 5:00 mark.

Looking Ahead
UCLA hits the road for the first time this season in Pac-10 competition, playing at Arizona State on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 5:30 p.m. PST and at Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. PST.

2001 Pac-10 Standings

USC 2-1 12-3
Oregon State0-26-8
Arizona State0-38-6
Wash. State0-36-6

Saturday's Schedule
Villanova at UCLA
Oregon at Stanford
Oregon State at California
Arizona State at Washington
Arizona at Washington

Thursday's Results
at UCLA 80, USC 75
at Stanford 73, Oregon State 49
at California 78, Oregon 62
at Washington 70, Arizona State 68 (OT)
Arizona 84, Washington State 51 (at Spokane)

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Feb 27
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
L, 70 - 79
Wednesday, Mar 02
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
L, 68 - 76
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 82 - 86
Wednesday, Mar 09
vs. USC
Las Vegas, NV
L, 71 - 95