Jan. 14, 2003
UCLA (4-7, 2-1/Pac-10 fourth-place tie) vs. Arizona State (11-4, 3-1/ Pac-10 third-place)
7:30 P.M. PT, Pauley Pavilion. (TV - None; Radio - XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean).
SATURDAY, JAN. 18
UCLA vs. No. 2 Arizona (11-1, 4-0/Pac-10 first-place/at USC Thursday)
3:00 P.M. PT, Pauley Pavilion. (TV - ABC; Radio - XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean).
Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his seventh season as Bruin head coach with a school and career mark of 139-66 (205 games, 67.8) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (363 games, 265-98, 73.0). The Kansas contest was Lavin's 200th game as the Bruin head coach. The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the only current coaches who have guided their teams to five NCAA "Sweet 16s" in the last six seasons. Lavin entered 2002-03 as the 15th winningest active coach (minimum five years as a Div. I head coach/based on percentage-69.6, 135-59 entering this season). In his Bruin head coaching career, Lavin is 10-2 vs. Arizona State, including a 5-1 mark at Pauley Pavilion. He is 5-7 vs. Arizona, 4-2 at Pauley.
Last UCLA Games --
St. John's 80, at UCLA 65 - In the first meeting between the schools since December of 1987, the Redmen built a 12-point halftime lead and defeated the Bruins, 80-65 on Jan. 11 before 8,503 at Pauley Pavilion.
The game was tied at 18 with 6:21 remaining in the first half. From that point, St. John's outscored the Bruins 17-5 to assume a 12-point halftime lead.
In the second half, the Redmen built an early 16-point lead but a 15-5 run by the Bruins cut the deficit to six points (44-38) with 12:54 remaining. St. John's countered with a 10-0 run of its own to take a 16-point lead (54-38) with 10:25 remaining and the Bruins could get no closer than nine points (five times) the rest of the way.
The Bruins were led by Jason Kapono's 22 points and eight rebounds and T.J. Cummings added 17 points and five boards. Andre Patterson also grabbed eight rebounds to go with his six points, Cedric Bozeman had seven points and Dijon Thompson had five points, five rebounds and five assists.
UCLA shot 43.5 (27-62) from the field, 31.3 (5-16) from three-point range and 54.5 (6-11) from the foul line, with 34 rebounds, 14 assists and 17 turnovers.
St. John's shot 43.3 (26-60) from the field, 36.4 (4-11) from three-point range and 77.4 (24-31) from the foul line, with 43 rebounds, 12 assists and 15 turnovers. The Redmen were led by Marcus Hatten's 23 points and Anthony Glover's 22 points.
USC 80, at UCLA 75 - On Jan. 8 before 12,736 at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA saw its second-half rally come up short and dropped an 80-75 decision to USC. It was the Bruins' first Pac-10 Conference loss of the year after two victories in the state of Washington.
The Bruins opened a 10-point lead (33-23) in the first half and led 40-38 at halftime. In the second half, UCLA trailed by as many as 11 points but cut the deficit to two (70-68) with 3:14 remaining. However, USC scored eight of the next 10 points to open a 78-70 lead with 38 seconds left in the contest.
UCLA had five players in double figures, led by Dijon Thompson's 16 points off the bench. T.J. Cummings recorded his second career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, Cedric Bozeman and Andre Patterson (eight rebounds) added 11 points each and Jason Kapono had 10. Ryan Walcott contributed a career-high 11 assists.
UCLA shot 41.3 (31-75) from the field, 15.4 (4-26) from three-point range and 75.0 (9-12) from the foul line, with 41 rebounds, 19 assists and 11 turnovers.
USC shot 47.5 (29-61) from the field, 50.0 (8-16) from three-point range and 53.8 (14-26) from the foul line, with 41 rebounds, 10 assists and 14 turnovers. The Trojans were led by Desmon Farmer's 25 points and Errick Craven's 24 points.
UCLA-ARIZONA STATE SERIES - UCLA leads it 47-11. The two schools split the series last year, with UCLA winning in Tempe, 82-79, and ASU winning at Pauley, 69-68.
UCLA has won 25 of the last 27 meetings and is 10-2 under head coach Steve Lavin.
Head Coach Rob Evans - He is in his fifth season at Arizona State and owns a record of 71-64. He is in his 11th season overall and has a record of 157-145.
The Sun Devils - Arizona State swept the Washington schools at home last week, defeating Washington, 89-57, on Thursday and Washington State, 96-55, on Saturday.
The Bruins in the preseason were No. 14 (AP) and No. 12 (USA Today/ESPN). In week one, UCLA was 15th in AP; and in week two, the Bruins were No. 14 (AP/USA Today/ESPN; that was UCLA's last ranking).
UCLA PICKED THIRD IN CONFERENCE POLL
In a poll of media members released Nov. 6 at Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins were picked to finish third (195 votes) in the 2003 Pac-10 Conference race, behind unanimous No. 1 choice Arizona (27 first place votes/270 votes) and second-place Oregon (237). Behind Arizona, Oregon and UCLA were - fourth-place Arizona State (160), fifth-place California (154), sixth-place USC (152); seventh-place Stanford (136); eighth-place Washington (81); ninth-place Oregon State (71) and 10th-place Washington State (29).
After three league games, UCLA is 2-1 and tied for fourth.
2002-03 UCLA SCHEDULE
The Bruins' schedule features eight teams that were in last season's NCAA Tournament ("Sweet 16" Duke, Final Four Kansas, USC, St. John's, "Sweet 16" Arizona, Stanford, California and "Elite Eight" Oregon), and one NIT participant (Arizona State).
In 2001-02, UCLA's schedule was rated by Basketball Times as the No. 3 strongest schedule in the U. S. (trailing only No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 North Carolina) and the Pac-10 Conference was ranked No. 1 in the nation (based on strength of schedule among member schools).
BRUINS IN THE NBA
Entering the preseason, UCLA had 10 players on NBA rosters - Toby Bailey, New York Knicks (waived); Matt Barnes, Cleveland Cavaliers (waived, drafted by Fayetteville, NC in the NBDL); Baron Davis, New Orleans Hornets; Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee Bucks; Darrick Martin, Denver Nuggets (waived); Jelani McCoy, Toronto Raptors; Jerome Moiso, New Orleans Hornets; Reggie Miller,Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray, Los Angeles Lakers and Earl Watson, Memphis Grizzlies.
Is on the preseason lists for the Wooden and Naismith Awards, given annually to the nation's top player. Last season, Kapono was a finalist for the Naismith honor and as a sophomore, he was a finalist for the Wooden Award. He's also nominated for the second annual Senior Class (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award, presented annually to the nation's senior Div. I Player of the Year (Maryland's Juan Dixon won the award in 2002) and for the first-ever Collegiate Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year Award, presented by the Albuquerque, NM Convention & Visitors Bureau.
ANDRE PATTERSON RETURNS TO THE BRUINS
UCLA sophomore Andre Patterson on Friday, Dec. 13 was ruled academically eligible and was readmitted to UCLA. Saturday, Dec. 14 was his first day of UCLA eligibility and Patterson played in the game vs. Portland (seven minutes, three points, one rebound, two blocked shots, two steals). Patterson, a 6-7 forward who appeared in 29 games for the Bruins as a true freshman in 2001-02, was declared academically ineligible by UCLA last September (before the start of UCLA's fall quarter). He spent the fall semester at Santa Monica City College and has met the academic conditions for readmission to UCLA. Patterson will begin winter quarter classes at UCLA on Monday, Jan. 6. As a true freshman last season, Patterson averaged 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds and shot 50.0 (28-56) from the field, with 18 blocked shots. As a senior in 2000-01, he attended high school at Washington Prep in Los Angeles.
MATT McKINNEY TO REDSHIRT
6-8 freshman Matt McKinney will redshirt this season in men's basketball and have four years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2003-04 campaign. McKinney, one of the nation's top prep volleyball players during his career at Santa Ynez HS, will join Al Scates' Bruin men's volleyball team at the conclusion of the 2002-03 basketball season. Also redshirting will be 6-1 freshman walkon guard Ike Williams, from Murrieta, CA Valley HS. As a guard last season at MVHS, Williams was named to the Top 50 So Cal Hoops Class of 2002.
BRIAN MORRISON SITS OUT THIS SEASON
6-2 junior guard Brian Morrison will sit out this season after transferring to UCLA from North Carolina. As a sophomore last season for the Tar Heels, Morrison appeared in all 28 games and averaged 7.1 points, led NC with 42 three-pointers and was third on the team in assists (72). He prepped at Lake Washington HS in Redmond, WA.
MARCEDES LEWIS TO JOIN BRUINS AFTER FOOTBALL
Marcedes Lewis, a 6-6 forward who was a tight end for the football team, joined the basketball squad on Jan. 6. From Long Beach Poly, Lewis last season as a senior in high school was considered the nation's No. 1 tight end prospect. (and has seen playing time on this year's squad as a freshman tight end). In basketball last season, he averaged 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds and was a Hoop Scoop National Top 100 performer.
UCLA SIGNS TREVOR ARIZA, SEAN PHALER TO NLI
Trevor Ariza, 6-8 from Westchester HS (Los Angeles) and Sean Phaler, 6-9 from Villa Park, CA HS, signed NLI with UCLA during the early signing period.
Entering his senior campaign, Ariza is one of the most honored players in southern California. His preseason national accolades include - Street & Smith's All-America Top 20 (fourth-team All-America) and first-team All-Metro (Los Angeles), The Sporting News No. 4 power forward in the U. S. and No. 14 senior in the U. S., Athlon's No. 12 power forward in the U. S. and Lindy's No. 33 senior in the U. S. PacWestHoops rates Ariza as the No. 2 player at his position on the West Coast.
As a junior starter last season, Ariza averaged 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Comets. In 2002, as a consistent double figure scorer and rebounder, Ariza helped lead Westchester to a 32-2 overall record, the CA State Div. I championship, a City Section title and Westchester was ranked fourth in the U. S. in the Student Sports FAB 50 poll.
Phaler's preseason prep honors include - Street Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American and first-team All Metro (Los Angeles) and Lindy's No. 57 senior in the U. S.
As a junior last season at Villa Park, Phaler, a long-range shooting threat, averaged 19.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. He shot 42% from three-point range, connecting on 107.