Jan. 9, 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 3-1 vs. Washington State and 3-2 vs. Washington.
2005-06 - UCLA (13-2, 15 games/.867)
2004-05 - UCLA (18-11, 29 games/.621)
2003-04 - UCLA (11-17, 28 games/.393)
UCLA Totals - 42-30, 72 games/.583
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Overall Totals - (210-129, 339 games/.619)
Last week, 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.
WASHINGTON STATE TENTATIVE STARTING LINEUP (Overall 9-3/Pac-10 2-1)
HEAD COACH DICK BENNETT - In his third season at WSU, with a school mark of 34-35 and in his 28th year of Div. I head coaching, he's 488-292. Prior to WSU, he was the head coach at Wisconsin (1995-2001), leading the Badgers to the 2000 NCAA Final Four. On Sept. 23, WSU announced that Coach Bennett's son Tony, in his third year as the Cougars' associate head coach, would take over the WSU head coaching reins whenever his father announced his retirement.
THE COUGARS - Have won their last two games and five of their last six, including last Saturday's 78-71 upset win at No. 10 Washington. WSU was led by 5-10 sophomore guard Josh Akognon, who made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining and then supplied the clinching free throws as Washington State recorded its first win ever over a Top 10 team on the road. Before Akognon's career-high 27 points and Kyle Weaver's own career high of 19, the Cougars were 0-52 on the road against Top 10 teams (the AP poll began on Jan. 20, 1949). WSU beat UW without sophomore starting point guard Derrick Low, who last week reinjured a foot (broken) in practice and is out at least five more weeks.
SERIES HISTORY - The Bruins lead it 87-13 and won both games last year - 80-77 (2OT in Pauley Pavilion) and 58-56 (OT in Pullman). In 2004, WSU won in Pauley 55-48, it's first win in Pauley (dating back to 1966) and it's first win over UCLA in Los Angeles (dating back to 1950). From 1993 to 2004, UCLA won 22 consecutive games against WSU.
UCLA'S LAST GAMES
Jan. 7- No. 17 UCLA 61, at Arizona State 60 - before 8,490 at the Wells Fargo Arena, Jordan Farmar's two baskets at the end of the game provided the winning margin as the Bruins overcame poor shooting from the field, beating Arizona State 61-60. Coupled with the win at No. 21 Arizona two nights before, UCLA swept the Arizona schools for the first time since 1997.
With :57 left to play, the score was tied 57-57. With :35 remaining, Farmar's jumper gave the Bruins a 59-57 lead. With :14 left, ASU's Bryson Krueger hit a three-pointer, giving the Sun Devils a 60-59 advantage. But with just :04 left to play, Farmar scored again, on a layup, to give the Bruins the 61-60 victory.
UCLA trailed at halftime 29-23 (season-low), but led at the five minute mark (51-46). UCLA had two players in double figures - Arron Afflalo's team-high 21 points (sixth consecutive game leading the Bruins in scoring) and seven rebounds and Josh Shipp's 10 points and season-high seven rebounds. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute led the Bruins in rebounding for the second straight game (14 out of 15 games) with a game-high eight.
UCLA overcame poor shooting and a tough ASU defense - the Bruins shot a season-low .360 (18-50) from the field, a season-low .067 (1-15) from three-point range and .828 (24-29) from the foul line, with a game-high 38 rebounds, seven assists, 13 turnovers, two blocked shots and four steals.
ASU shot .472 (25-53) from the field, .400 (4-10) from three-point range and .462 (6-13) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds, a game-high 18 assists, 13 turnovers, and one blocked shot and steal. The Sun Devils were led by Serge Angounou's 23 points.
Jan. 5 - No. 17 UCLA 85, at No. 21 Arizona 79 - before 14,591 at McKale Center, UCLA connected on eight consecutive free throws in the final 1:23, sealing its 85-79 win at Arizona. The Bruin victory snapped Arizona's eight-year winning streak vs. UCLA in Tucson.
Leading 39-35 at halftime, the Bruins never trailed in the second half. UCLA opened the second half with a 5-0 run, to lead 44-35 (18:33, the Bruins' biggest lead of the game, nine points) on a dunk by Lorenzo Mata. In the next 10 minutes, UCLA would lead by eight points on seven occasions (last time, 63-55, 8:53, dunk by Luc Richard Mbah a Moute).
With 6:29 left to play, Arizona cut UCLA's lead to three points (66-63), on a dunk by Hassan Adams. The Bruins would again increase their lead to eight points, twice (final time, 73-65, 4:30 left, on two free throws by Mbah a Moute).
With 3:18 left, Arron Afflalo would give the Bruins two, seven point leads on two layups (75-68, 3:18; 77-70, 2:08).
In the final :34 seconds, Arizona would cut the Bruin lead to two points, twice (final time, 81-79, :21, jumper by Marcus Williams). But UCLA would seal the win, hitting eight straight free throws in the final 1:23, including four consecutive foul shots by Jordan Farmar, playing with a sprained right ankle, in a 19 second span.
The Bruins had three players in double figures - led by Afflalo's game-high 22 points (9(ties career-high)-12 from the field, including 3-6 from three-point range/he's led the Bruins in scoring the last five games) and Josh Shipp's season-best 14 points and six rebounds. Mata played well in the post for the Bruins, in 19 minutes getting nine points (3-4 from the field, 3-4 from the foul line) and seven rebounds. Mbah a Moute had a game-high nine rebounds (with eight points).
UCLA shot .608 from the field (31-51, including .680 in the first half), .429 (6-14) from three-point range and .708 (17-24) from the foul line, with a game-high 29 rebounds (the Bruins are 10-0 when outshooting and outrebounding the opponent), 14 assists, a game and season-high 23 turnovers and one blocked shot, with six steals.
Arizona shot .525 (31-59) from the field, .222 (2-9) from the three-point range and .833 (15-18) from the foul line, with 26 rebounds, an opponent season-high 20 assists, 18 turnovers, one blocked shot and an opponent season-high 10 steals. The Wildcats were led by Hassan Adams' 21 points.