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No. 15/17 UCLA This Week Hosts Two Non-League Contests
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  12/25/2001

Dec. 25, 2001

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UPCOMING GAMES

Thursday, Dec. 27 - UCLA (7-2) vs. COLUMBIA (7-4), Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. PT (TV - none, Radio - Fox Sports AM 1150, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers)
Saturday, Dec. 29 - UCLA vs. No. 20 GEORGETOWN, Pauley Pavilion, 1 p.m. PT (TV - CBS, Radio - Fox Sports AM 1150, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

UCLA'S LAST GAMES

The Bruins opened the 2002 Pac-10 season at the Washington schools last week, sweeping the Pacific NW for the first time since 1997 (UCLA's last Pac-10 title was also in 1997).

Dec. 22 - No. 19 UCLA 79, at Washington State 74 - The Bruins used a strong second-half performance and a 20-point effort from Dan Gadzuric to rally for a 79-74 victory over Washington State before 2,410 at Friel Court. UCLA trailed 37-29 at halftime (the Bruins outscored WSU 50-37 in the second half). It was UCLA's 18th consecutive win over WSU and the ninth straight in Pullman. With 11:35 to play, the Bruins were down nine (WSU 55-UCLA 46). With 1:37 left to play, the game was tied at 71. In the next minute, the Bruins outscored WSU 5-0, with Jason Kapono scoring on two layups and a free throw. In the final 19 seconds, Billy Knight sealed UCLA's win by hitting three-of-four free throws. The Bruins were led by Gadzuric's 20 points (the first back-to-back 20 point games in his career). Also scoring in double figures for UCLA were Billy Knight (16 points), Matt Barnes (15 points) and Jason Kapono (14 points, eight rebounds). UCLA shot 52.8 from the field, including 68.0 in the second half, 35.3 (6-17) from three-point range and 58.6 (17-29) from the foul line, with a game-high 32 rebounds and 11 turnovers. The Cougars shot 46.6 from the field, 25.0 (7-28) from three-point range and 100.0 (13-13) from the foul line, with 30 rebounds and a game-high 12 turnovers. WSU was led by Marcus Moore's 17 points.

Dec. 20 - No. 19 UCLA 85, at Washington 79 - UCLA snapped a four-year losing streak in Seattle by rallying from a 37-30 halftime deficit (the Bruins outscored the Huskies 55-42 in the second half, the 55 points was UCLA's largest one-half scoring outburst this season) to defeat Washington 85-79 before 7,215 at Bank of America Arena. It was the Pac-10 opener for both schools. The Bruins were led by Dan Gadzuric's career and game-high 23 points, along with a season and game-high 13 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for the Bruins were Jason Kapono (19 points), Billy Knight (17 points), Matt Barnes (12 points) and T. J. Cummings (10 points). UCLA shot 53.6 from the field, including 57.6 in the second half, 35.3 (6-17) from three-point range and 65.6 (19-29) from the foul line, with 33 rebounds and 15 turnovers. The Huskies shot 43.9 from the field, 42.1 (8-19) from three-point range and 61.9 (13-21) from the foul line, with a game-high 36 rebounds and 18 turnovers. UW was led by Doug Wrenn's 23 points and seven rebounds.

UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN

The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin is in his sixth season as UCLA's head coach and 11th on the Bruin staff, with a school and career record of 121-49 (71.2, 170 games). In his five seasons, Lavin on three occasions (2001, 2-0, 1999, 2-0, 1997, 2-0) has led UCLA to a 2-0 Pac-10 start, but it's the first time the 2-0 league start was on the road.

In his first five seasons, the Bruins have averaged nearly 23 wins a year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all five seasons, including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16' three times (1998, 2000 and 2001) and also won the 1997 Pacific-10 title. On March 30, 1999, he was awarded a six-year contract, including a rollover clause, through the 2004-2005 season.

Lavin is one of just three coaches in the nation to lead his school to four Sweet 16's in the last five years. The others are Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski

Entering 2001-02, Lavin was No. 1 in the nation in wins and percentage on the chart of current Div. I head coaches also entering their sixth season (Top 6, record after five seasons: Lavin, 114-47, 70.8, Billy Donovan, Florida, 102-56, 64.6, Charlie Coles, Miami, Ohio, 94-60, 61.0, Ben Braun, California, 95-61, 60.9, Gary Waters, Kent State, 92-60, 60.5).

UCLA's 79-73 road win over previously-unbeaten Stanford on Feb. 3, 2001 was Lavin's second over a No. 1 team in less than a year (UCLA defeated No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime on Mar. 4, 2000 at Maples Pavilion). It is believed that Lavin is only the second coach in college history to record consecutive wins on a No. 1 ranked team's home floor (USC's Bob Boyd won at No. 1 UCLA in both 1969 and 1970).

UCLA's 93-65 win over Villanova on Jan. 13 in Pauley Pavilion was Lavin's 100th UCLA victory and it was also his 300th game as a member of the Bruin staff. Lavin reached the 100-win plateau in 142 games, 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).

Lavin's initial three-year (1997-99) total of 70 wins (70-26, 72.9) was tied for No. 8 all-time (with seven other coaches, based on wins) on the NCAA coaching chart of best starts by a Div. I coach after his first three seasons.

In overtime games under Steve Lavin, the Bruins are 9-2 during his five years as head coach, including eight consecutive overtime victories dating back to 1997.

During his career as head coach, UCLA owns a record of 20-10 (66.7) in March, including 6-1 in 1997, 3-3 in 1998, 1-2 in 1999, 6-1 in 2000 and 4-3 in 2001.

Under Lavin's guidance, the Bruins have recruited the nation's No. 1 (2001/1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes.

Lavin has been to 12 consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA (10) and Purdue (2).

BRUIN HEADLINES

CEDRIC BOZEMAN INJURES RIGHT KNEE-SURGERY MONDAY (DEC. 3)

UCLA true freshman Cedric Bozeman, who started the Bruins' first four games at the point guard position, has a torn meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on Monday (Dec. 3). The successful one-half hour procedure was performed by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman at the UCLA Medical Center. The recuperation and rehabilitation period is scheduled to take four-to-six weeks. After the Bruins returned from the Maui Invitational, Bozeman's right knee began swelling and the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was ordered Thursday (Nov. 29) as a precautionary measure (and it revealed the tear). Bozeman, a 6-6 McDonald's All-American as a senior prepster at Mater Dei HS last season, after four starts for the Bruins was averaging 25.0 minutes, 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and a team-high 3.3 assists. He's shooting 47.4 (9-19) from the field, 33.3 (1-3) from three-point range and 66.7 (2-3) from the foul line.

BIG DAN

Bruin senior center Dan Gadzuric had the best back-to-back games of his career last week at the Washington schools.
...vs. Washington State, he finished with a game-high 20 points, four rebounds and just one turnover in 29 minutes.
...vs. Washington, he had a career and game-high 23 points, a season and game-high 13 rebounds (his second season double/double), with one assist, blocked shot, steal and turnover in a season-high 35 minutes.

For the trip, he averaged 32.0 minutes, 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and just 1.0 turnovers, while shooting 76.2 (16-21) from the field. It was the first time in his career he had back-to-back 20 point games.

SECOND-HALF COMEBACKS

UCLA used two second-half comebacks to sweep at the Washington schools last week. It was UCLA's first sweep at the Washington schools since 1997, Steve Lavin's first season as the Bruin head coach.

At WSU, the Bruins trailed 37-29 at halftime (outscored the Cougars 50-37 in the second half), and in the second half, the Bruins shot 68.0 (17-25) from the field and 57.1 (4-7) from three-point range. Using the press in the second half, UCLA limited WSU to 46.4 (13-28) from the field, 23.1 (3-13) from three-point range and forced six turnovers.

At UW, the Bruins trailed 37-30 at halftime and outscored the Huskies 55-42 in the second half. In the second half, UCLA shot 57.6 (19-33) from the field and 45.5 (5-11) from three-point range. The Bruin defense limited UW to 44.8 (13-29) from the field and 44.4 (4-9) from three-point range and forced 12 turnovers.

JASON KAPONO NEEDS ONE THREE-POINTER TO SET CAREER SCHOOL RECORD

UCLA junior Jason Kapono now has 197 career three-pointers. His next three-pointer will give him the school career record, breaking the old standard of 197 set by Tracy Murray, 1990-92.

Kapono already holds the school career record for three-point percentage (47.4, 197-416).

UCLA'S REACHES 1,500 VICTORY PLATEAU

On Dec. 20 in Seattle, UCLA recorded the 1,500th win in school history, defeating the University of Washington, 85-79. Entering the 2001-02 season, only eight schools in the history of college basketball have 1,500 or more wins - Kentucky (1,795), North Carolina (1,781), Kansas (1,738), Duke (1,649), St. John's (1,621), Temple (1,571), Syracuse (1,549) and Pennsylvania (1,508).

Indiana became the ninth school this season to get its 1,500th win. Entering 2001-02, schools close to the 1,500 mark include Oregon State (1,492) and Notre Dame (1,483).

The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in Pauley Pavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in school history. The Bruins now have an overall record of 1,501-645 (69.9, 2,146 games) in 82 years of college basketball. Entering 2001-02, UCLA's winning percentage (69.9) was No. 5 in the nation all-time behind Kentucky (76.3), North Carolina (73.9), UNLV (72.2) and Kansas (70.1).

Pauley Pavilion - In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 73-8 (90.1, 81 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since 1996-97), the Bruins are 30-6 (36 games, 83.3) and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s, the Bruins were 43-2 (45 games, 95.6, a record since 1989-90 of 73-8, 81 games, 90.1). UCLA's 85-78 loss to Pepperdine on Nov. 28, 2001 in Pauley was just the eighth non-conference defeat the Bruins have suffered at home since the 1989-90 season. Along with Pepperdine this 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).

Bruins Picked To Win 2002 Pacific-10 Title - On Oct. 31 in Los Angeles, at Pac-10 Media Day in the Staples Center, UCLA was an overwhelming favorite to finish first in the 2001-02 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover the league. The Bruins gathered 24 of 27 possible first-place votes. Here's the balloting - 1. UCLA (24) 267, 2. Stanford (1) 222, 3. USC 208, 4. Arizona (2) 200, 5. California 161, 6. Oregon 117, 7. Arizona State 111, 8. Oregon State 95, 9. Washington State 57, 10. Washington 47.

UCLA finished 14-4 (third-place) in the Pac-10 in 2001, its best record since winning the title in 1997 with a 15-3 mark.

Late in the 2001 season, UCLA's eight-game winning streak was snapped by Stanford in Pauley Pavilion. It was UCLA's longest since 2000 when the Bruins won their final six regular-season contests and their first two NCAA games. The last time the Bruins had a longer streak was in 1997-98, when they won nine straight games after a season-opening loss to North Carolina.

In 2000-01, UCLA won 19 of its final 24 games and 21 of its last 27 contests.

PAC-10 STATS (DEC. 17)

In this week's (Dec. 17) Pac-10 statistics, UCLA highlight team stats are - No. 3 FG% (47.0, 187-398), No. 2 FT% (73.3, 107-146), No. 1 3-pt. FG% (43.8, 49-112), No. 3T 3-pt. FGs (7.00), No. 3 rebounding defense (32.1), No. 3 rebounding margin (+5.4) and No. 3 offensive rebounds (13.57).

Individual highlights include - Jason Kapono, No. 2 scoring (22.0), No. 19T rebounding (5.1), No. 1 FT% (93.9, 31-33), No. 2 3-pt. FG% (58.1, 25-43) and No. 2 3-pts. (3.57). Billy Knight, Scoring, T-18th, 13.0, FT%, 6th, 86.2 (25-29), Steals, T-8th, 1.57, 3 pt. FG%, 5th, 48.3 (14-29), 3pt. FGs, T-7th, 2.00.

MAUI INVITATIONAL

From Nov. 19-21, UCLA, rated No. 3 by AP and No. 4 by USA Today/ESPN, competed in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational hosted by Chaminade University at the Lahaina Civic Center.

The Bruins placed third, winning their opening game over Houston, 71-60, losing a semi-final match to Ball State, 91-73 and beating South Carolina, 89-77, for third-place.

UCLA was led by Jason Kapono's 20.3 three-game scoring average. He was named to the All-Tournament team. During the Maui Invite, Kapono moved into second-place on UCLA's all-time three-point chart. UCLA center Dan Gadzuric suffered a sprained left ankle in the second half vs. Houston and played limited minutes (13.7 a game) for the remainder of the invitational. Because of Gadzuric's injury, T. J. Cummings in three games off the bench averaged 24.3 minutes, 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and shot 74.1 (20-27) from the field.

Duke won the 2001 Maui Invite, beating Ball State 83-71 in the championship game. Ball State defeated No. 4 Kansas and No. 3 UCLA to get to the title contest.

It was UCLA's second trip to the Maui Invitational. In 1995, following UCLA's l995 NCAA Champion, the Bruins opened the 1995-96 season in Maui, finishing with a 1-2 record, losing to Santa Clara (78-69, beating Wisconsin (68-57) and losing to Vanderbilt (75-71).

UCLA 2-0 IN EXHIBITION SEASON

UCLA won both of its exhibition games - UCLA 102-EA SPORTS 77 on Nov. 8 and UCLA 86-Global Sports 60 on Nov. 14.

  • THE PRESS TO THE ZONE

    Last season, UCLA used a full-court press as a defensive staple, this season, maybe it will be the matchup zone. In the Bruins' 79-57 victory over Alabama at the Wooden Classic on Dec. 8, UCLA extensively used a matchup zone defense, limiting the Crimson Tide to an opponent season-low 29.7 (19-64) shooting from the field, including 21.2 (7-33) from three-point range, and forcing a game-high 17 turnovers.

    Kapono and Gadzuric Preseason Wooden Award Nominees - Junior forward Jason Kapono and senior center Dan Gadzuric are on the 2002 Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. Kapono is also on the Playboy All-American squad and the Naismith Preseason list (Top 30) and is a preseason AP second-team All-America. Last season, Kapono was a Wooden Award Finalist and first-team All-Pac-10 performer (for the second consecutive season).

    Gadzuric is also on the Top 30 "Players to Watch" for the first annual Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award, given by the Kansas City Club.

    Two New Assistant Coaches - Entering their first season as coaches on the Bruin staff are Gerald Madkins, filling a recruiting position, and Patrick Sandle (pronounced, San-dal). Madkins replaces Michael Holton, who took the head coaching position at the University of Portland and Sandle replaced Steve Spencer, who is the new head coach at Orange Coast College.

    Madkins, who spent last year on the staff at CS Stanislaus, was a Bruin standout guard and senior captain in 1992. That season, with fellow seniors Don MacLean and Darrick Martin, Madkins helped lead the Bruins to the Pac-10 Championship and the NCAA West Regional final. Following his collegiate career, he played six years of professional basketball, including stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.

    Sandle, who prepped at Crenshaw HS and was a senior in 1980 under the legendary Willie West, for the last five seasons has been on Ben Howland's staff at Pittsburgh (1999-01) and Northern Arizona (1996-99). Overall, he comes to UCLA with 16 years of coaching experience, including seven at the Div. I level.

    Madkins and Sandle will join veteran Bruin top assistant Jim Saia, entering his sixth season on the UCLA staff.

    Ray Young-Probable Redshirt for 2001-02 - UCLA head coach Steve Lavin announced on Nov. 8, before the game with EA SPORTS, that 6-4 senior Ray Young will probably redshirt for the 2001-02 season. Young has 94 career appearances, more than any other Bruin on this season's roster. Last year as a junior, he appeared in 31 games (started seven) and averaged 7.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists, while shooting 35.2 from the field, 21.2 from three-point range and 82.2 from the foul line.

    Jon Crispin, Ineligible Transfer - Junior guard Jon Crispin, a two-year (1999-01) starter at Penn State, has transferred to UCLA and will sit out this season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2002-03 campaign. Last season, Crispin, along with his brother Joe, currently on the Lakers' roster, helped lead the Nittany Lions to the NCAA "Sweet 16". In 2001, Crispin started 31 of 33 games, averaging 27.8 minutes, 7.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals. His season-high was 26 points in Penn State's 73-68 upset over Kentucky on Nov. 25, 2000 in the Wildcats' home opener.

    Spencer Gloger, Back To Princeton - Sophomore forward Spencer Gloger, who transferred to UCLA from Princton last season and sat out, has returned to Princeton. A standout freshman performer for the Tigers in 1999-00, Gloger, if he wants to continue with basketball, will again have to sit out this season to have two years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2002-03.

    Freshman Walkons - There will be two freshman walkons on this year's roster - No. 13 Gene Barnes (5-10) and No. 15 Quinn Hawking (6-4).

    Barnes, from Novata and The Branson School (Ross) was a four-year starter at point guard. An All-State, All-CIF and Bay Area All-Metro selection during his prep career, Barnes as a senior prepster in 2000-01, averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and just 2.0 turnovers a game, helping to lead The Branson School to a 29-5 overall record.

    Hawking, from Brea and Anaheim HS, is the son of Bob Hawking, current head coach at Anaheim HS and former head coach at CS Fullerton, who also coached Bruin great Don MacLean at Simi Valley HS. As a senior last season, Quinn averaged 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while shooting 44.0% from the three-point line (he hit 94 three-pointers). Last season, Hawking earned All-League and All-County honors.

    Matt McKinney Signs NLI to Play Basketball, Volleyball at UCLA - Matt McKinney, a 6-8, 200-pound basketball and volleyball standout at Santa Ynez, CA HS, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at UCLA and also compete in volleyball, Bruin head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin announced Nov. 13.

    Entering his senior season on the basketball court, McKinney is rated the No. 3 forward in the State by PrepWestHoops. As a junior hoopster in 2000-01, McKinney averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds, earning All-CIF honors.

    In volleyball, McKinney helped Santa Ynez win its third consecutive Southern Section Div. III championship and he is a two-time All-CIF outside hitter. Santa Ynez HS is a national prep volleyball power, producing U. S. National Team members George Roumain and Andy Witt.

    "Matt McKinney is one of the nation's top two-sport high school athletes," Lavin said. "He has impressive athletic talents that enable him to excel at two different sports. His versatility and athletic ability will make him a great addition to our team next year."

    Bruin men's head volleyball coach Al Scates agrees with Lavin's assessment of McKinney's talents. "Matt McKinney is an elite volleyball player with Olympic-team potential," said Scates, who has won 18 NCAA Men's Volleyball crowns during his 39+years at UCLA. "In my opinion, he's one of the two best high school volleyball players in the nation. We look forward to him playing volleyball for the Bruins after the men's basketball season is completed."

    On Nov. 13 UCLA also signed the nation's other top-ranked prep men's volleyball player - Pat Nihipali from Mira Costa HS in Manhattan Beach.

    UCLA in the NBA - There were eight Bruins on NBA rosters when the season officially started on Oct. 30. - Mitchell Butler (Portland Trail Blazers, seventh year in the NBA), Baron Davis (Charlotte Hornets, third year in the NBA), Jelani McCoy (Los Angeles Lakers, fourth year in the NBA), Darrick Martin (Dallas Mavericks, eighth year in the NBA, released), Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers, 15th season with the Pacers), Jerome Moiso (Philadelphia 76ers, traded to Charlotte Hornets, second year in the NBA), Tracy Murray (Toronto Raptors, 10th year in the NBA) and Earl Watson (Seattle Supersonics, rookie season).

    During the preseason fall camps, the Bruins had two other players on NBA rosters - Don MacLean, who was traded by the Miami Heat to the Toronto Raptors and then released, along with JaRon Rush, who was released by the Seattle Supersonics. MacLean has had a nine-year NBA career. During the week of Oct. 29, Rush was drafted by the Roanoke, VA Dazzle, a team in the newly formed National Basketball Development League.

    UCLA's eight players in the NBA are No. 5 on the chart of schools with players in the NBA for the 2001-02 season. Leading the pack is North Carolina (13), followed by Arizona (11), Kentucky and Duke, each with 10, Michigan State (9) and UCLA, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, UConn and Michigan, all with eight.

    John Wooden, Nine Others, In Pac-10 Basketball Hall of Honor Inaugural Class - Legendary Bruin coach John Wooden, who turned 91 on Oct. 14, heads a list 10 former conference coaches and athletes that the Pac-10 Conference will honor with their induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor, during the 2002 Pac-10 Postseason Men's Basketball Tournament, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 7-9).

    During his 27 years (1949-75) as the Bruin men's basketball coach, Wooden led UCLA to a record 10 NCAA Championships (1964-65-67-68-69-70-71-72-73-75), including seven titles in a row from 1967-73 and 19 conference crowns. His overall Bruin record was 620-147 (80.8), including a 316-68 (82.3) conference mark.

    Joining Wooden in the inaugural class are - former Cal head coach Pete Newell, Arizona's Sean Elliott, Arizona State's Byron Scott, Oregon's John Dick, Oregon State's Gary Payton, Stanford's Hank Luisetti, USC's Bill Sharman, Washington's Bob Houbregs and Washington State's Craig Ehlo.

    Cunningham/Green Inducted Into UCLA Hall of Fame - Eleven new members, including Gary Cunningham, who was a UCLA player, assistant and head coach, and John Green, a 1962 All-American guard, were inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 12.

    Cunningham, now the athletic director at UC Santa Barbara John Wooden, and '62 co-captain of the team that came within seconds of a chance at the NCAA championship (lost to Cincinnati 72-70 in a semifinal game and lost to Wake Forest 82-80 for third-place), was a three-year (1960-61-62) starter at forward for In 1960, Cunningham made 28 out of 28 free throws in league play, still a school record. He was the coach of Lew Alcindor's freshman team that defeated Wooden's defending NCAA championship team in the opening scrimmage of the 1965-66 season. Cunningham then served as an assistant coach to Wooden from 1969-75 and was a part of six National Championship teams. In 1976 and '77, he served as executive director of the UCLA Alumni Association before returning to the hardwood. Cunningham followed Gene Bartow as UCLA's head coach, during the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons, when the Bruins went 50-8, won two Pac-10 championships and two NCAA berths before resigning to enter the field of athletic administration.

    Green, a teammate of Cunningham's, was a three-year starting guard for Wooden from 1960-62 and a consensus first-team All-American and All-Conference selection his senior season. In 1962, he led the Bruins to their first Final Four appearance in school history. In his senior year, Green led the Bruins in scoring with a 19.3 scoring average and his season total 559 points at the time ranked second on the all-time UCLA list.

    Green's UCLA career averages were 14.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. He was a third-round pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1962 NBA draft.

    The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1984 with 25 charter members. The Class of 2001 brings the total membership to 166.

    Along with Cunningham and Green, the 2001 inductees are Jill Andrews, gymnastics, Sharron Backus, softball, Jim Brown, football, Charles Cheshire, football, Terry Donahue, football, Warren Edmonson, track and field, John Lee, football, Lisa Longaker, softball, and Ozzie Volstad, volleyball.

    BRUIN NOTES

    UCLA/PAC-10 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

  • UCLA concluded the 2001 NCAA Tournament as the all-time leader in championships with 11 - 1964. 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975 and 1995.
  • The Bruins own a record of 83-30 (73.5) in NCAA play. UCLA ranks second in victories (83), trailing only Kentucky's 89 wins and just ahead of North Carolina's 81 victories. Its winning percentage of 73.5 also ranks second, trailing only Duke's 75.3 (entering the 2001 Tournament). Between 1964 and 1974, UCLA won 38 consecutive NCAA Tournament games - a record.
  • 2001 was UCLA's 37th appearance in the "Big Dance," including each of the last 13 years. Only three schools have a longer current streak-North Carolina 27, Arizona 17 and Indiana 16.
  • UCLA (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001) is one of just four schools to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 four times in the last five years. The others are Duke (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001), Kentucky (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001) and Michigan State (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001).
  • UCLA won multiple NCAA Tournament games in four of the last five years for the first time since 1972-73-74-75-76.
  • 2001 was UCLA's highest seed (No. 4 East Region) since 1997, when the Bruins were No. 2 in the Midwest. Here are UCLA's year-by-year seedings since the process began in 1979: 2001 - No. 4 in East, 2000 - No. 6 in Midwest, 1999 - No. 5 in South, 1998 - No. 6 in South, 1997 - No. 2 in Midwest, 1996 - No. 4 in Southeast, 1995 - No. 1 in West, 1994 - No. 5 in Midwest, 1993 - No. 9 in West, 1992 - No. 1 in West, 1991 - No. 4 in East, 1990 - No. 7 in East, 1989 - No. 7 in Southeast, 1997 - No. 4 in West, 1983 - No. 2 in West, 1981 - No. 3 in East, 1980 - No. 8 in West, 1979 - No. 1 in West.
  • The Pac-10 placed five schools (UCLA, Arizona, Stanford, USC, California) in the 2001 NCAA Tournament for only the third time, advanced three schools (Arizona, Stanford, USC) to the "Elite Eight" for the first time in league history and owned the best record (13-5, 72.2) of any conference in the Tournament. The Pac-10 became just the second conference in history to have three teams reach the NCAA "Elite Eight" in men's basketball and to have three teams ranked in the Top 10 in the final AP football poll (No. 3 Washington, No. 4 Oregon State, No. 7 Oregon). The only previous time this rare double has been accomplished was 1986 when the Southeastern Conference had Auburn, Kentucky and LSU reach the basketball "Elite Eight" and had Auburn (6th), Alabama (9th) and LSU (10th) in the Top 10 of the final AP football poll.

    CAREER CHARTS

    Jason Kapono - On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (197-416, 47.4), T-No. 1 (197) in three-point field goals (No. 1 Tracy Murray, 197, 1990-92) and No. 3 (416) in attempts (No. 2, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92). He also ranks No. 6 in free throw percentage (234-288, 81.3). Kapono is the 41st Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1267, No. 28) but only the third player to do it by the end of his sophomore season and just the fifth to do it in his first two seasons.

    Dan Gadzuric - No. 17 rebounder (694, No. 16 Keith Erickson, 1963-65, 697), No. 9 in field goal percentage (54.7, 417-762, No. 10, Kenny Fields, 54.4, 686-1260, 1981-84), No. 2 in blocked shots (149, No. 1, Jelani McCoy, 188, 1996-98).

    Billy Knight - No. 4 3pt. FG% (41.4, 94-227, No. 3, Reggie Miller, 43.9, 69-157, 43.9), No. 8 in 3pt. FGs (94, No. 7, Tyus Edney, 97, 1992-95), No. 9 in 3pt. FG attempts (227, No. 8, Ed O'Bannon, 231, 1992-95).

    2002 Pac-10 Postseason Tournament, March 7-9, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA - On Oct. 23, 2000 the Pac-10 Chief Executive Officers approved the establishment of men's and women's postseason basketball tournaments. The men's tournament will be an eight-team event to be staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The women's tournament will be a 10-team event hosted by the University of Oregon (March 1-4). The Conference previously conducted a men's tournament following the 1987-1990 seasons. It has never sponsored a similar event for women. In each case, the winner of the Tournament will earn the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

    2001-02 SPECIAL TEAM STATS (NINE GAMES)

  • The Bruins have led four times (3-1, led Pepperdine 36-33 but lost 85-78) at halftime, trailed four times (3-1, WSU 37-UCLA 29, Washington 37-UCLA 30, UC Irvine 29-UCLA 27, Ball State 44-UCLA 40) and have been tied once (1-0, UCLA 28-UC Riverside 28). .
  • UCLA has outrebounded six of nine opponents (only Washington (36-33), UC Irvine (30-23) and Alabama (44-38) outrebounded the Bruins), for an average of 36.4 (32.3 opponents).
  • UCLA has outshot six (6-0, beating Houston, South Carolina, UC Riverside, Alabama, Washington and WSU) of nine opponents. UC Irvine (52.1-45.3), Pepperdine (47.8-41.2) and Ball State (45.7-42.6) outshot UCLA from the field. Vs. South Carolina, the Bruins shot 72.9 (35-48), No. 2 in school history (the Bruins shot 45.2 vs. Alabama, 36.2 vs. UC Riverside and 50.9 vs. Houston). After nine games, UCLA is shooting 48.3 from the field (43.5 opponents).
  • From three-point range, UCLA has outshot six (5-1, lost to Pepperdine) of nine opponents, only Ball State (BS 45.7-UCLA 33.3), UC Riverside (UCR 33.3-UCLA 26.7) and Washington (UW 42.1-UCLA 35.3) outshot the Bruins from three-point range. After nine games, UCLA is shooting 41.8 from the three-point line (31.6 opponents)
  • UCLA in five of nine games has had a better free throw percentage than its opponents (WSU 100.0/UCLA 58.6, UC Irvine 94.1/UCLA 80.0, Pepperdine 68.8/UCLA 56.0, Houston 68.4/UCLA 63.6), including three contests of 80.0 or better (UCLA 80.0 vs. UC Irvine, UCLA 85.0 vs. Alabama, UCLA 81.3 vs. South Carolina and UCLA 84.0 vs. Ball State). After nine games, the Bruins are shooting 70.1 from the line (70.4 opponents).
  • UCLA has made fewer turnovers than its opponent in five of nine games, including each of the last five contests (5-0). The Bruins had just nine vs. Alabama and are averaging 13.4 in the last five games (17.8 by opponents). Overall, the Bruins are averaging 15.6 turnovers a game (14.4 opponents).
  • The Bruins are UCLA 6-0 when leading at the five minute mark, 0-2 when trailing (Pepperdine led 73-70 and Ball State led 83-66 with five minutes left to play) and 1-0 when the game is tied (63-63 at WSU).

    UCLA MEDIA SERVICES

    Media Policy - UCLA has closed practices this year.

    Steve Lavin's weekly press conferences are Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the UCLA Hall of Fame Press Room (the next press conference is Tuesday, Jan. 8). Players are available for interviews before practice (2:15-3:15 p.m.) in Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday and Friday. Lavin and player interviews can also be set up during the day (not just before practice) on Monday, Tuesday and Friday (strongly encouraged).

    The Pac-10 Head Coaches Teleconference call begins on Thursday, Dec. 13, then continues every Tuesday during the Pac-10 season, starting Jan. 8. Lavin's time segment is 11:47-11:55 a.m. The media number is 913-981-5510. A taped replay of the teleconference will be available beginning at 4 p.m. PT following the teleconference (402-220-9927).

    The 2001-02 basketball season is UCLA's fifth on Fox Sports AM 1150. Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 10th season as the voice of the Bruins. Bob Myers, a Bruin basketball letterman from 1994-97, is in his second season as analyst.

    UCLA games are also available via the internet at UCLABruins.com. Fans could also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929). UCLA releases and results for all sports are on the internet (www.uclabruins.com).

    MEDIA SERVICES-PAC-10

    Updated notes released each Monday beginning Nov. 13. Pac-10 information is available on the Pac-10 home page. Point your web browser to http://www.pac-10.org.


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