Jan. 17, 2006
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA and 12th year as a collegiate head coach (in his 25th season of college basketball, as an assistant and head coach). In his career, Howland is 2-2 vs. USC and 5-2 vs. WVU.
2005-06 - UCLA (14-3, 15 games/.867)
2004-05 - UCLA (18-11, 29 games/.621)
2003-04 - UCLA (11-17, 28 games/.393)
UCLA Totals - 43-31, 74 games/.583
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Overall Totals - (211-130, 341 games/.619)
The week of Jan. 2, led the Bruins to their first sweep in the desert at the Arizona schools (since 1997). He recorded his 200tth career victory on Nov. 19, when UCLA defeated Delaware State 56-37 in Pauley Pavilion. In Howland's second year (2004-05) at UCLA, he joined an elite list of college coaches (28) who have led three different teams to the NCAA Tournament (Howland's overall NCAA record is 4-4) - 2005 UCLA, 2003 Pittsburgh ("Sweet 16), 2002 Pittsburgh ("Sweet 16") and 1998 Northern Arizona. In 2005, Howland led the Bruins back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002; he directed the Bruins to a win over nationally-ranked Washington; led UCLA to a third-place tie in the Pac-10 and to a Pac-10 Tournament appearance. In Howland's first year (2003-04) at UCLA, highlights included a 9-3 start (5-0 in the Pac-10), wins over NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and an appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament.
In his last two seasons (2002-03) 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.
Start the Season - UCLA's 14-3 start (UCLA's eight-game winning streak was snapped by the home loss to California) is the best under Howland (in his third season) - last year, 6-1, lost next game at Michigan State; 2003-04 - started 3-1, lost next game to UC Santa Barbara in Pauley Pavilion.
In 2001-02 under Steve Lavin, the Bruins started 13-3, then lost game No. 17 at Arizona (96-86, Jan. 19). That team finished 21-12 overall (11-7 in the Pac-10) and advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16".
In 1994-95 under Jim Harrick - UCLA's 11th NCAA title team, started 12-1 (losing at Oregon on Jan. 5), then lost 14th game (12-2) to California in Pauley (Jan. 28, 100-93, game was later forfeited by California) - UCLA would not lose another game, winning the NCAA Championship and finishing with a 32 (school record for wins)-1 overall mark (17-1 in the Pac-10).
In 1993-94, under Harrick, UCLA started 14-0 (and ranked No. 1 in the nation) before losing game No. 15 to California in Oakland (85-70, Jan. 30). The Bruins won the next game vs. USC in Pauley (15-1), then lost game No. 17 at Notre Dame (79-63, Feb. 5). The team would finish 21-7 overall, tied for second in the Pac-10 (13-5) and lose in the first round of the NCAA to Tulsa.
Arron Afflalo - UCLA's leading scorer (18.8/third in the Pac-10), he's an early season Scout.com All-American and was named to the NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team. Afflalo is the only Bruin to have started every game and scored in double figures every game. He has eight games of 20 or more points. He has scored a career-high 23 points twice, vs. Stanford and New Mexico State. He's led UCLA in scoring in 12 games this season, including seven of the last eight. His career three-point percentage is .390 (83(No. 12)-213(No. 15)/No. 10 in school history).
Jordan Farmar - a preseason Wooden Award/Naismith Player of the Year candidate, he leads the Pac-10 in assists (6.13). Has been playing with a sprained right ankle (first hurt vs. Temple/reinjured vs. Stanford/has missed two games-Delaware State and Albany), but has started every league game. He has scored in double figures nine times and has three games of 21 or more points, including a career-high 28 vs. Memphis in an NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal. Farmar has led the Bruins in scoring three times, including consecutive wins over Nevada (24) at the Wooden Classic and at Michigan (21) and in assists on 12 occasions, including the last five games. He has two double digit assist games this year (career-high 12 vs. Washington and 10 vs. Coppin State) and in the last two games, is averaging 9.5 assists.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - The Bruins' leading rebounder (8.8/No. 2 in the Pac-10/the nation's leading freshman rebounder), he's been UCLA's leading rebounder in 16 of the last 17 games, including the last four contests (vs. Washington had his fifth double-double, season-high tying 13 points/team-high 11 rebounds and vs. Washington State nine points and a game-high nine rebounds). His streak of 12 consecutive games was snapped in the Bruins' loss to California (longest streak since 1977-78, when David Greenwood led UCLA in rebounding in the final 13 regular season games). Mbah a Moute has five double/doubles (including two consecutive on two occasions) - the first starting freshman to accomplish that feat since JaRon Rush (1998-99-final two games that season-at Arizona-16/10 and Detroit Mercy (NCAA)-10/13) - and six games of double digit rebounds.
Michael Roll - starting for the injured Josh Shipp, Roll's first two starts vs. the Washington schools were impressive - vs. Washington (a season-best and game-high 17 points (14 at halftime), 5-6 from three-point range, in a season-high 34 minutes) and vs. Washington State (then-season-highs of 10 points and 32 minutes).
Injury Update - vs. Washington, freshman forward Alfred Aboya had a right knee sprain; vs. Washington State, sophomore starting center Lorenza Mata suffered a nondisplaced right tibial plateau fracture (he will be out 6-8 weeks, but once the fracture is healed, Mata is expected to resume full activity); on Jan. 10, sophomore starting forward Josh Shipp, who had right hip surgery on Sept. 28, announced he will not play for the rest of the season because of continual and increasing pain and discomfort in the right hip (after missing the first 11 games, Shipp started UCLA's first four Pac-10 games, averaging 29.8 minutes, 11.3 points and 4.8 rebounds, while helping UCLA to a 3-1 Pac-10 start); senior center Ryan Hollins, who missed six games with a groin strain, played 17 minutes vs. Washington; senior center Michael Fey, who missed five games with a right ankle sprain, played one minute vs. Washington; senior forward/guard Cedric Bozeman, who has missed UCLA's first six Pac-10 games with a left shoulder injury, has been cleared this week to resume shooting and dribbling.