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Bruins Hit The Road To Take On Washington State, Washington
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Release:  03/05/2001

March 5, 2001

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NO. 13 UCLA, 20-7 OVERALL AND WINNER OF EIGHT OF NINE, PLAYS FINAL TWO REGULAR-SEASON GAMES, TRAVELING TO WASHINGTON STATE ON THURSDAY NIGHT AND WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY,

BRUINS IMPROVE TO 13-2 IN PAC-10 (TIED FOR SECOND PLACE) AFTER SPLIT WITH BAY AREA SCHOOLS, DEFEATING CALIFORNIA 79-75 AND LOSING TO NO. 1 STANFORD, 85-79 AT PAULEY PAVILION,

UCLA HAS NOW WON 16 OF ITS LAST 19 GAMES OVERALL

Upcoming Games
Thursday, March 8 - No. 13 UCLA at Washington State, Beasley Coliseum, Pullman, WA, 7:05 p.m. PST (TV - None, Radio - Fox Sports 1150am with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

Saturday, March 10 - No. 13 UCLA at Washington, Seafirst Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle, WA, 3:00 p.m. PST (TV - Fox Sports Net, Radio - Fox Sports 1150am with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN
Currently in his fifth season as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the Bruin staff, with a school and career record of 111-45 (71.2, 156 games). Lavin is 9-0 vs. Washington State (4-0 in Paullman) and 6-3 vs. Washington (1-3 in Seattle).

On March 30, 1999, he was awarded a six-year contract, including a rollover clause, through the 2004-2005 season.

Entering 2000-2001, Lavin was No. 1 (out of 28) in wins in the nation on the chart of current collegiate head coaches entering their fifth season (Top 5, record after four seasons: Lavin, 91-38, 70.5, Bill Donovan, Florida, 78-49, 61.4, Charlie Coles, Miami, Ohio, 77-44, 63.6, Ben Braun, California, 75-50, 60.0, Murray Bartow, Alabama-Birmingham, 73-52, 58.4).

UCLA's 79-73 road win over previously-unbeaten Stanford on Feb. 3 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 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's record at UCLA as a head and assistant coach (1992-96, 126-32, 79.7, 158 games) is 237-77, 314 games, 75.5). Lavin 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).

Lavin is 7-4 (63.6) in NCAA Tournament play. Since the NCAA Tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985, he is the first UCLA head coach to lead UCLA to three NCAA 'Sweet 16' appearances in a four-year stretch. In his first four seasons, the Bruins averaged nearly 23 wins a year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons, including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16' twice (1998 and 2000) and also won the 1997 Pacific-10 title.

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

During his four+ years as head coach, UCLA owns a record of 17-8 (68.0) in March, including 6-1 in 1997, 3-3 in 1998, 1-2 in 1999, 6-1 in 2000 and 1-1 in 2001.

In overtime games under Steve Lavin, the Bruins are 9-2 during his four+ years as head coach. In 2000-01, the Bruins are 3-0, beating Kentucky 97-92 for third-place in the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic and beating then-No. 8 Arizona, 79-77 at Pauley Pavilion and Oregon State, 68-65 in Corvallis, 2-0 in 1999-00, including a 94-93 win over No. 1 Stanford at Maples Pavilion and a 103-98 win over South Florida in the third-place game at The Pearl Harbor Classic. The Bruins have won eight consecutive overtime games dating back to 1996-97, last losing at Oregon 87-85 during the 1997 Pac-10 season - (2000-01, UCLA 97-Kentucky 92, UCLA 79, Arizona 77, UCLA 68, Oregon State 65, 1999-2000, UCLA 94, at Stanford 93, UCLA 103, South Florida 98, 1998-99, at UCLA 88, Arizona State 85, 1997-98, UCLA 82, at USC 75, 1996-97, UCLA 74, Iowa State 73-NCAA Sweet 16).

BRUIN HEADLINES

BRUIN ACADEMIC UPDATE:
For the recently completed 2000 Fall Quarter, UCLA had two players on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (a 3.0gpg or higher) ? (3.0-3.49gpa) - Spencer Gloger and John Hoffart.

For the 2000 spring quarter, the Bruins had five players on the AD's Honor Roll (3.0-3.49gpa) - Brandon Brooks, at the time, Brooks was a two-sport participant (water polo/basketball), he is no longer on the basketball team, Sean Farnham (graduated in June 2000 and is now an assistant coach at Pepperdine), Jason Flowers and Earl Watson, (3.5-4.0gpa) - Todd Ramasar.

During the summer of 2000, eight of the nine players who were in summer school took classes to continue their advancement toward a degree (were not taking classes to remain eligible for the coming season).

The Bruin men's basketball squad had the best team annual gpa improvement (out of UCLA's 23 sports) from the 1998-99 school year to the 1999-2000 school year.

UCLA's four seniors (Ryan Bailey, Jason Flowers, Rico Hines and Earl Watson), along with juniors, Billy Knight (1998-99 redshirt) and Todd Ramasar (1999-2000 redshirt), are all on track to graduate in June 2001.

Through games of March 4, UCLA has an RPI ranking of No. 5. Its strength of schedule is rated No. 2 or No. 3, depending on the RPI service. The Bruins are No. 15 on the Sagerin Ratings and its strength of schedule is ranked fourth. UCLA is 3-4 versus team's in Sagerin's Top 10 and no school has more than three wins against Top 10 teams.

Jason Kapono is one of 20 players listed on the final John Wooden Award ballot.

Earl Watson and Jason Kapono have been selected first-team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

UCLA's seven losses are to teams with a combined record of 149-47. Five of those teams have won at least 20 games and four are listed among the nation's top nine teams on the Sagerin ratings.

UCLA's win over Arizona on Feb. 15 was its 16th of the year, clinching a winning season. UCLA now has a streak of 53 consecutive winning seasons (1948-49 to 2000-2001) -- the NCAA record.

UCLA's win over California on March 1 was its 20th of the year, giving the Bruins 20 wins for the 13th straight season. UCLA has won at least 20 games 40 times in its history.

UCLA's sweep of the Oregon trip was its first since 1996 and only its third in the last 14 years.

After losing to North Carolina 80-70 on Dec. 23 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA has won 16 of 19 games and 13 of 16 in Pac-10 play. Under Steve Lavin's direction, dating back to last season, the Bruins have won 19 of their last 22 Pac-10 games (won last six in 2000 and have won 13 of 16 this season).

The press has become a defensive staple for the Bruins. Since using the press in the second half of the North Carolina game (it helped the Bruins erase an 18-point second half Tar Heel lead, UCLA led by two, twice late in the second half before losing, North Carolina had 22 turnovers, including 11 in the second half), UCLA has forced 300 turnovers (17.1) in the last 19 games (16-3 record).

In their last 19 games (16-3), UCLA is averaging 80.4 points and 37.0 rebounds while allowing 74.4 points and 35.4 boards. The Bruins are shooting 47.7 from the floor, 36.0 from three-point range and 66.5 from the line while holding opponents to 43.6 from the field and 28.8 from the three-point line.

UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team this season, on Feb. 3, was its second against the No. 1 team in the nation in less than one year. Its victory over No. 1 Stanford on March 4, 2000 was the school's first over a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion. The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in the season was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the title game against Louisville.

According to Associated Press, UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team eight times. Notre Dame has done it nine times, followed by UCLA and Duke (eight times). North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Ohio State have recorded seven wins versus a No. 1 team.

UCLA'S LAST GAMES
Mar. 3 --
No. 1 Stanford 85, at No. 12 UCLA 79 - Before a season-high 12,523 at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA played the final home game for seniors Earl Watson, Ryan Bailey and Jason Flowers. Before a CBS national television audience, the Bruins played one of their best games of the season but came up short against No. 1 Stanford, 85-79.

The Bruins led early in the contest (18-13) but a 15-0 run by Stanford gave it a 10-point lead (28-18). UCLA cut the lead to one in the first half and trailed by five (45-40) at intermission. In the second half, UCLA cut the margin to four on a couple of occasions but the Cardinal built the lead to 12 (69-57) with 9:17 remaining and the Bruins could never get closer than six points.

Matt Barnes led the Bruins with a career-high 32 points (14-19, 4-7) and eight rebounds. His 32 points were the most by a Bruin since March 5, 1998, when Kris Johnson scored 33 points versus Arizona State. Earl Watson, playing his final home game, contributed 19 points (8-16, 3-6, 0-1), five assists, three steals, two rebounds and one blocked shot. His second steal set a new UCLA career record and he finished the day with 226. Dan Gadzuric added eight points and four rebounds, Jason Kapono had eight points and two boards and Billy Knight finished with six points and two rebounds.

UCLA shot 50.7 (34-67) from the field, 20.0 (3-15) from three-point range and 61.5 (8-13) from the free throw line, with 27 rebounds (tied for season low), 12 assists, seven steals, seven blocks and a season-low seven turnovers.

Stanford shot 51.8 (29-56) from the field, 35.7 (5-14) from three-point range and 78.6 (22-28) from the foul line, with 40 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, one block and 14 turnovers. The Cardinal had four players with 16 points -- Jason Collins, Jarron Collins, Ryan Mendez and Casey Jacobsen.

Mar. 1 --
at No. 12 UCLA 79, California 75 - Before 11,753 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA led 39-37 at halftime, tied the game at 73-all with 2:52 left to play, then outscored the Golden Bears 6-2 in the final 2:06 to seal the victory. With the win, the Bruins avenged their worst loss of the season, a 92-63 loss at Cal on Feb. 1.

With the score tied 74-all (1:59), Matt Barnes scored on an underhand scoop shot underneath, to give the Bruins a 76-74 lead (1:02 left). Then with 24 seconds left, Jason Kapono was fouled and hit two free throws (UCLA 78-Cal 74). Barnes iced the game for UCLA, hitting one of two foul shots (miss, made) with six seconds left to play, giving the Bruins their 79-75 advantage.

UCLA had all five starters score in double figures (second time this season, first was in overtime win over Kentucky in second game of season), led by Earl Watson's 20 points, Barnes' 13 points, nine rebounds and a career-high seven assists and Dan Gadzuric's 11 points , 11 rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots.

UCLA shot 49.0 (24-69) from the field, 47.1 (8-17) from three-point range and 76.7 (23-30) from the free throw line, with 27 rebounds, 13 assists, one steal, five blocks and eight turnovers.

California shot 48.3 (28-58) from the field, 44.4 (8-18) from three-point range and 64.7 (11-17) from the foul line, with 34 rebounds, 14 assists, one steal, three blocks and 11 turnovers. The Golden Bears were led by Sean Lampley's 19 points and 13 rebounds.

BRUIN NOTES
This week's UCLA Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee is junior forward Matt Barnes.

In Thurday's win over California, he started and played a fine all-around 29 minutes, contributing 13 points (5-9, 3-4), nine rebounds and a career-high seven assists. His scoop shot with just over one minute remaining gave the Bruins the lead for good. On Saturday against Stanford, he started and played a career-best 40 minutes. He led the team with a career-high 32 points (14-19, 4-7), the most by a Bruin since Kris Johnson scored 33 points against Arizona State on March 5, 1998. He also led the team with eight rebounds and added two assists, one steal and one blocked shot.

DEFENSE
In the last six games, UCLA has held its opponents to a shooting percentage of 42.2 from the field (152-360). In the last eight games, opponents are shooting just 29.2 from the three-point line (45-154).

During the eight-game winning streak, opponents are shot just 41.9 from the floor and 28.7 from three-point range.

FAST START
UCLA is 13-3 after 16 Pac-10 games. Last year, the Bruins were 8-8 after 16 games. In 1999, they were 11-5 after 16. In 1998, they were 11-5 after 14. In 1997, they were 13-3 after 16.

UCLA's eight-game winning streak that was snapped against Stanford was its longest since last season 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.

UCLA has won 16 of its last 19 games and 18 of its last 22 contests.

UCLA is 20-7 overall and 13-3 in Pac-10 play. Last year after 27 games, the Bruins were 17-10 overall and after 16 league games, UCLA was 8-8.

CAREER CHARTS
Earl Watson - The Stanford game was Watson's 124th straight career start and game ? Watson is the 40th Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1377 -- No. 21, No. 20, Kiki Vandeweghe, 1380, 1977-80, No. 19, Walt Hazzard, 1401, 1962-64) ? Ranks fourth on UCLA's career assist list with 585 (No. 3, Darrick Martin, 636, 1989-92) ? Ranks No. 1 on the career steals list with 226, having passed former record holder Tyus Edney (224) against Stanford on March 3 ? Ranks No. 4 on the career three-point field goal list with 130 (No. 3, Jason Kapono, 150, current) and No. 3 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 375 (No. 2, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92) ? Watson is looking to become the first player in school history to start every scheduled regular-season and NCAA Tournament game during his four-year career (Don MacLean during his four years, 1989-92, started 127 (school record) of the 129 games played -missed a game as a junior (at Stanford, eye injury) and senior (at San Diego State, flu), the school record for most games played is 130, Mitchell Butler, 1990-93) ? Watson is also looking to become only the second UCLA player in school history to get over 600 assists and 200 steals (Tyus Edney, 652 assists, 224 steals, 1992-95) ? He is only the fourth player in Pac-10 history to make the career Top 10 in both assists and steals.

Jason Kapono - On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (150-324, 46.3), No. 3 (150) in three-point field goals (No. 2, Toby Bailey, 171, 1995-98) and No. 4 (324) in attempts (No. 3, Earl Watson, 375, current).

Local prep standouts, Cedric Bozeman, from Mater Dei HS and Dijon Thompson, from Redondo Union HS, along with Michael Fey, from Capital HS in Olympia, WA have signed National Letters of Intent to attend UCLA, Bruin head coach Steve Lavin announced Nov. 8 The trio will be incoming Bruin freshmen next fall.

Bozeman, a 6-5, 183-pounder, is one of the top prep point guards in the U. S. Playing for coach Gary McKnight at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Bozeman enters his senior season as The Sporting News' No. 9 off-guard in the U. S. and Hoop Scoop's No. 10 player in the U. S. As a junior last season, Bozeman helped lead Mater Dei to the CIF Southern Section Division IA title. In 1999-00, he averaged 11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting 50.5 from the field, 35.4 (17-48) from three-point range and 69.5 from the foul line. At the end of his junior prep season, Bozeman earned USA Today honorable mention All-America. Bozeman selected UCLA over Florida, Kansas and Arizona.

Thompson, a 6-6, 180-pounder, is one of the top high school shooters in the U.S. At Redondo Union HS in Redondo Beach under coach Jim Nielsen, Thompson enters the 2000-01 season rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in the West and The Sporting News' No. 8 small forward in the U. S. As a junior last season, Thompson helped lead Redondo Union to a 25-5 record and averaged 14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists a game. He selected UCLA over Arizona and Connecticut.

Fey, a 6-11, 245-pounder, is one of the top prep centers on the west coast. Under coach Bob Dickson last season at Capital HS, Fey averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots a game, while earning first-team All-League selection. A Top 50 national high school prospect by Fox Student Sports.com, Fey selected UCLA over Washington, Oregon and Gonzaga.

On Dec. 2, UCLA lost to Georgia Tech 72-67 in the seventh annual John R. Wooden Classic at The Pond in Anaheim. It was UCLA's fifth appearance in the Wooden Classic and its first loss, after four victories - 1994 (inaugural) - UCLA 82, Kentucky 81, 1995 - UCLA 73, Maryland 63, 1997 - UCLA 69, New Mexico 58, 1998 - UCLA 69, Oklahoma State 66.

On Nov. 9-10, the Bruins played in the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City. No. 17 UCLA placed third, losing to No. 7 Kansas 99-98 and beating No. 12 Kentucky 97-92 in overtime. Kansas defeated St. John's 82-74 for the title. UCLA senior guard Earl Watson earned All-Classic honors and Bruin freshman T. J. Cummings was named Sixth Man.

UCLA played two exhibitions to start the 2000-01 season. On Nov. 15, the Bruins beat EA Sports/CS SW All-Stars 81-78. The Bruins had three players score in double figures, led by Earl Watson's 26 and Dan Gadzuric's 22 points and 10 rebounds.

On Nov. 1 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA opened the exhibition season with a 118-64 win over Team Concept. The Bruins used 14 players and led 25-0 to start the game. UCLA was led by Earl Watson's 21 points, 11 assists and four steals and Jason Kapono's 20 points and seven rebounds. All five of UCLA's starters scored in double figures (six players in all).

Jason Kapono, 6-8 Bruin sophomore forward, is on the Wooden Final Top 20 list. He was also on the Wooden (Top 25) and Naismith (Top 30) Awards preseason Player of the Year lists. He has already been selected first-team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Last year as a true frosh, Kapono led the Bruins in scoring (16.0), was named the CBS SportsLine National Freshman of the Year and earned All-Pac-10 (first-team) and co-Freshman of the Year honors.

Kapono is the Bruins' top scorer (17.0) and is third in assists (2.2), rebounding (5.7) and steals (1.1). He leads the Bruins in minutes (35.4), free throw shooting percentage (86.7, 117-135) and three-point field goal percentage (45.0, 68-151) and is shooting 43.8 (137-313) from the field. He's led the Bruins in scoring 13 times this season and in rebounding on seven occasions. He has scored 20 or more points 12 times this season.

In this week's Pac-10 stats (March 5, all games), Kapono is No. 4 (17.0) in scoring, T-No. 14 (5.7) in rebounding, No. 2 in free throw shooting (86.7), No. 3 in three-point shooting (45.0) and No. 1 in three-point field goals made (2.52). He was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts in UCLA's home wins over USC (80-75, Jan. 11, 20 points/nine rebounds) and Villanova (93-65, Jan. 13, career-high 28 points/eight rebounds) and was the BasketballNews.com Player of the Week for his efforts in UCLA's wins at USC (Feb. 8, 85-76, 20 points/seven rebounds) and at DePaul (Feb. 10, 94-88, career-high tying 28 points/11 rebounds).

Here's a list of some of the Bruin team and individual preseason honors: Athlon - Team, No. 4 in Pac-10, Individual, Earl Watson, second-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, second-team All-Pac-10, Jason Kapono, third-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News - Team, No. 24 in U. S., No. 4 in Pac-10, Individual, Jason Kapono, second-team All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, second-team

All-Pac-10, Basketball Times - No. 4 in the Pac-10, Blue Ribbon - Team, No. 16 in U. S., Individual, Jason Kapono, fourth-team All-America, CBS SportsLine - Team, No. 13 in U. S., ESPN.com - Team, No. 15 in the U. S. , Fox Sports.com - Team, No. 21 in U. S., Lindy's - Team, No. 12 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10, Individual, Jason Kapono, No. 8 small forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, No. 8 center in the U. S., Earl Watson, third-team All-Pac-10, Los Angeles Times - No. 13 in the U. S., Preview Sports - Team, No. 25 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10, Slam - Team, No. 7 in the U. S., Street & Smith's - Team, No. 17 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10, Individual, T. J. Cummings, All-Midwest incoming freshman, Sports Illustrated - Team, No. 13 in the U. S., The Sporting News - Team, No. 18 in U. S, No. 3 in the Pac-10, Individual, Earl Watson, No. 14 point guard in the U. S., Jason, Kapono, No. 2 small forward in the U. S., second-team preseason All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, No. 17 center in the U. S., USBWA - No. 21 in the U. S., Individual, Jason Kapono, Top 25 preseason All-America, Vitale - Team, No. 19 in the U. S., No. 3 in the Pac-10, Individual, Earl Watson, third-team All-Rolls-Roycer, No. 3 point guard in U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Jason Kapono, No. 6 swing forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, No. 6 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.

The Bruins vs. Kansas hit 13 three-pointers (13-24, 54.2, season-high), one shy of tying the school record (14), set last season vs. Maryland in the NCAA Tournament second round. Their percentage of 64.7 (11-17) at DePaul is their highest of the season.

This year, the top three-point attempt games for the Bruins have been 25 vs. UC Santa Barbara (7-25, 28.0) and 24 vs. North Carolina (6-24, 25.0) and Kansas (13-24, 54.2). The school game record is 27 attempts in 1999 vs. Detroit Mercy in the NCAA first round and vs. Oregon State (1/7/99)

Last year, the Bruins set a single-season school-record with 205 threes, breaking the old mark of 173, 1992. The 552 attempts in 1999-00 were the most in school history and the percentage of 37.1 ranked fifth all-time and was the highest since 1996, when the Bruins shot 37.6.

In 2000-01, the Bruins have used eight different starting lineups (in 27 games).

Stanford/California/OregonState/Oregon/Arizona State/Arizona/USC/Stanford/Kansas (forwards, Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Billy Knight/Earl Watson) -7-2.

DePaul (forwards, T.J. Cummings/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Billy Knight/Earl Watson) -1-0 (regular starter at forward, Matt Barnes, relinquished his starting position so freshman T. J. Cummings could start in front of his home town (Chicago) and his father (Terry Cummings), who was in attendance.

California/Oregon/OregonState/Villanova/USC/ Washington State/ Washington/Purdue (forwards, Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Jason Flowers/Earl Watson) - 7-1,

Arizona (forwards, T.J. Cummings/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Jason Flowers/Earl Watson) - 0-1,

Arizona State (forwards, Billy Knight/Jason Kapono, center, T.J. Cummings, guards, Jason Flowers/Earl Watson) - 1-0,

North Carolina/CS Northridge (forwards, Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center, T. J. Cummings, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson) 0-2,

UC Irvine/Hawaii (forwards, Billy Knight/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson) 2-0,

Georgia Tech/UCSB/Kentucky (forwards, Matt Barnes/ Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson) 2-1,

In 1999-2000, the Bruins used 12 different starting lineups (in 33 games). In 1998-99, UCLA used 22 different starting lineups (in 31 games).

UCLA senior Rico Hines suffered a torn lateral meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee and had successful surgery on Nov. 1. The arthroscopic procedure was performed by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman at the UCLA Medical Center. Hines began low impact team workouts in early January and is back practicing with the team. He will redshirt this season and return in 2001-2002.

Hines, a 6-5, 210-pound senior from Greenville, NC, injured his right knee on Oct. 27 during practice. After a re-evaluation of the knee on Oct. 28, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) was ordered for Oct. 30, revealing the cartilage tear.

Hines has appeared in 72 games during his three-year Bruin career, starting 15 contests and averaging a career 12.8 minutes. As a junior last season, he appeared in 29 games with seven starts, averaging 14.7 minutes, 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.

UCLA true freshman Josiah Johnson had a stress fracture in his left foot and has been sidelined since Oct. 27. Rehabilitation was estimated at four-to-six weeks. On Jan. 1, Johnson began team workouts. His foot was again placed in a boot the week of Jan. 22. He is again working out with the team.

Johnson, a 6-7, 237-pound forward, last season was a senior high school standout at Montclair Prep. He averaged 24.2 points and 12.5 rebounds, earning USA Today honorable mention All-America.

Josiah is the son of Bruin great Marques Johnson and the younger brother of Kris Johnson, who was a UCLA standout from 1995-98.

UCLA true scholarship freshman Ryan Walcott, from Shadow Mountain HS in Phoenix, will redshirt this season.

UCLA has several eligible walk-ons on its 2000-01 roster - Ryan Mollins, 6-4 freshman from Redondo Union who last year as a prepster averaged 18.0ppg, Sam Nelson, 6-4 sophomore who has a true freshman last season was on the UCLA men's volleyball roster. Nelson prepped at Estancia HS in Costa Mesa and was a two-year All-CIF basketball selection, Janou (Ja-now) Rubin, 6-3 freshman who prepped last year at Logan HS in Union City, averaging 28.2ppg.

The Bruins' also have two ineligible transfers - Spencer Gloger, 6-7 sophomore who last year started 28 games at Princeton, tying the Ivy League record for three-pointers (10) in a game and freshman school records for points in a game (34) and three-pointers (65) in a season. Gloger prepped at Santa Margarita HS and is from Mission Viejo, John Hoffart, 6-10 sophomore who attended Cal Poly-SLO last year, appearing in 26 games and averaging 11.8 minutes, 2.6 points and 2.5 rebounds. Hoffart attended Davis, CA HS.

On Nov. 1 at Pac-10 Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins were selected to finish fourth in the media preseason poll - 1. Arizona (290), 2. Stanford (255), 3. USC (206), 4. UCLA (205), 5. California (160), 6. Oregon (138), 7. Oregon State (133), 8. Arizona State (109), 9. Washington (58), 10. Washington State (41).

In the preseason national polls, UCLA was No. 17 in AP and No. 19 in USA Today.

On Oct. 23, 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 on campus by one of the Pac-10 members. Both tournaments will begin in March 2002. 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.

MORE BRUIN NOTES

Community Service

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Steve Lavin and the Bruins visited the People Helping People Homeless Shelter in South Central Los Angeles.

On Monday, Dec. 18, UCLA head coach Steve Lavin and the Bruins visited the children at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte.

On Friday morning, Dec. 1 at The Pond in Anaheim, UCLA players Matt Barnes, Jason Kapono, Dan Gadzuric, Ray Young and Earl Watson, participated in a clinic for Special Olympics (the charity for the Wooden Classic). Also participating were Lavin, Coach Wooden and Bruin great Bill Walton.

On Nov. 15, Coach Lavin and the Bruins hosted 16 Orange, CA, High School students as part of Chapman University's School of Education Literacy Partnership Program (instilling a commitment to education to the underserved youth of the Orange community). Lavin is a 1988 Chapman graduate. Chapman is located in Orange, CA.

The 2000 NCAA Tournament was UCLA's 36th appearance in the "Big Dance," including bids the last 12 consecutive years. Currently, only three schools have advanced to the NCAA Tournament more consecutive times?North Carolina 26, Arizona 16 and Indiana 15. The Bruins hold the record for most NCAA titles (11), last winning in 1995, and are second in victories (81).

UCLA (1997, 1998, 2000) is one of just six schools to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 three times in the last four years. The others are Duke (1998, 1999, 2000), Kentucky (1997, 1998, 1999), Michigan State (1998, 1999, 2000), North Carolina (1997, 1998, 2000) and Purdue (1998, 1999, 2000).

UCLA has won multiple NCAA Tournament games in three of the last four years for the first times since 1995-97-98. The last time prior to that was 1973-74-75-76.

In the decade of the 1990s, UCLA ranked No. 10 in the U.S. in victories (241) and winning percentage (75.5, 241-78). In other college basketball historical categories from the last decade, UCLA was fourth in All-America rankings (28 different individuals, 43 total selections), second in most consecutive final wire-service Top 20 rankings (13, 1967-79) and third in most final wire-service Top 20 rankings (35).

UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) classes the last four seasons. The 1998 freshman class?guard Ray Young, forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush (declared for 2000 NBA Draft) and Jerome Moiso (now with Boston Celtics), along with center Dan Gadzuric, was judged No. 1 in the nation by The Sporting News, Hoop Scoop, PrepStar and Basketball News.

The frosh class of 1997, forward Travis Reed (now at Long Beach State), guard-forward Rico Hines, guard Earl Watson, guard Baron Davis (now with Charlotte Hornets), forward Billy Knight and guard Todd Ramasar, was voted No. 2 in the nation.

During the 1998-99 season, the Bruins signed McDonald's HS All-America Jason Kapono.

In this season's early signing period, UCLA inked Cedric Bozeman, from Mater Dei HS, Dijon Thompson, from Redondo Union HS and Michael Fey, from Capital HS in Olympia, WA.

UCLA has led the NCAA in field goal percentage two of the last five years: 1997, 52.0 (932-1791) and 1996, 52.8 (897-1698). Entering the 1998 NCAA Tournament, the Bruins ranked sixth (49.8) in the NCAA. In 1999, the Bruins shot 45.4 to rank third in the Pac-10. In 33 games in 1999-2000, UCLA shot 48.0 from the field to lead the Pacifc-10 Conference and rank 16th in the NCAA.

After 27 games this year, UCLA is shooting 46.0 from the field and opponents are shooting 44.5. UCLA's single-game high is 57.6 at Purdue (34-59).

The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in Pauley Pavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in school history. The Bruins have an overall record of 1,491-641 (69.9, 2,132 games) in 81+ years of college basketball. UCLA's winning percentage is No. 4 in the nation all-time behind Kentucky, North Carolina and UNLV. Kansas is fifth.

Pauley Pavilion (12,819) has been the home of Bruin basketball for 35+ seasons. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 512-61 (573 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.

The Bruins the 2001 season 12-3 at home overall and 8-1 in the Pac-10. UCLA last finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0).

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).

Pauley Pavilion - In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 71-7 (91.0, 78 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since 1996-97), the Bruins are 28-5 (33 games, 84.8) and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s, the Bruins are 43-2 (45 games, 95.6).

UCLA's 80-70 loss to North Carolina on Dec. 23 in Pauley was just the seventh non-conference 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).

Pauley Pavilion got a new roof this summer and while working on it, the roofing company offered (and UCLA accepted) to put the UCLA script logo on the Pauley roof (for free). It (the letters are blue with a gold outline on top of a tan color roof) is located on the south side of the Pauley roof in letters large enough to identify UCLA from LAX.

The scoreboard in Pauley Pavilion is in its second season (the previous one was 14 years old). The scoreboard had been in the planning for three years. UCLA Athletics teamed with a marketing firm to package eight corporate sponsorship opportunities on a center-hung scoreboard and two statistical boards in Pauley Pavilion. The design of the eight-sided board includes four sides that house the speaker clusters and four sides that have team scoring, game time and period, possession indicator (all in LED digits) and video screen incorporated into each. Each video screen is 7' x 9' and is the best LED technology the market offers today. The board was sized to "fit the house" and given excellent visibility to patrons in all seating locations. The board is 27' wide, 17' tall (manufactured by Daktronics Corp.). The total weight is 14,000 lbs. and it's attached to a 20,000-lb. hoist that can lower and/or raise the board for maintenance. The centerboard, statistic board and production room cost is about $1.4 million. The board is being paid for entirely by the corporate sponsorship that is displayed on the advertising panels over a 10-year financing plan.

Bruins in the 2000-01 NBA
UCLA in the NBA -- Twelve former Bruins were listed on NBA preseason team rosters and eight remain for the current regular season. They are: Toby Bailey, Chicago Bulls (waived), Mitchell Butler, Indiana Pacers (waived), Baron Davis, Charlotte Hornets, Tyus Edney, Indiana Pacers, J. R. Henderson, Sacramento Kings (waived), Don MacLean, Miami Heat, Darrick Martin, Sacramento Kings, Jelani McCoy, Seattle Supersonics, Jerome Moiso, Boston Celtics, Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers, Tracy Murray, Denver Nuggets (traded to the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 13), Ed O'Bannon, Orlando Magic (waived). Three Pac-10 players were selected in the 2000 NBA Draft and Bruin sophomore Jerome Moiso (first round, 11th, Boston Celtics) was the first league player chosen.

Former Bruins Ed O'Bannon (1992-95), Toby Bailey (1995-98) and JaRon Rush (1999-00) are playing for the ABA 2000 Los Angeles Stars.

In 1999-00, UCLA had 11 players on preseason rosters and six played during the regular season. They were-Charlotte, Baron Davis, Indiana, Reggie Miller, Washington, Tracy Murray, Phoenix, Toby Bailey, Sacramento, Darrick Martin and Seattle, Jelani McCoy. In the 1999 NBA Draft, six Pacific-10 Conference standouts were among the 58 players selected. The six selections were the second-highest total of all conferences (tied with the Western Athletic Conference). The first Pac-10 player taken was UCLA sophomore guard Baron Davis, the No. 3 pick by the Charlotte Hornets.

UCLA and the Pac-10 Conference led the way in the 1998 NBA Draft. The Bruins tied with Arizona and North Carolina for the most players drafted (the Bruins had three second-round selections?Jelani McCoy, Seattle, Toby Bailey, Phoenix (traded from the Lakers) and J. R. Henderson, Vancouver). The Pac-10 had a total of eight players drafted in 1998, the highest of any conference in the U. S.

From 1986-87 through 1995-96, UCLA sent more players (26) into the NBA than any school in the country. In 1995-96, UCLA's 11 former players on NBA rosters ranked second to North Carolina.

2000-01 NCAA Stats (Feb. 26)
Individual-3pt. FG %-Jason Kapono, 9th (45.8))

2000-01 Pac-10 Stats (March 5)
Team Scoring Offense-3rd, 80.2, Scoring Defense-8th, 75.4, Scoring Margin-5th, +4.8, FT %-9th, 67.1, FG %-4th, 46.0, FG % Def.-6th, 44.5, 3-Pt. FG %-3rd, 34.9, 3-Pt. FGs Made-5th, 5.89, 3-Pt. FG % Def.-3rd, 31.0, Reb. Off.- 3rd, 37.6, Reb. Def.- 9th, 35.9, Reb. Margin- 4th, +1.7, Bkd. Shots- 4th, 3.89, Asst.- 7th, 14.41, Stls.- 3rd, 7.26, TO Margin- 2nd, +1.67, Asst./TO Ratio- 8th, 0.92, Off. Reb.- 3rd, 13.56, Def. Reb.-4th, 24.00.

UCLA Individual Leaders Scoring -- Jason Kapono, 4th, 17.0, Earl Watson, T-9th, 14.8, Matt Barnes, 20th, 11.6, Rebounding - Dan Gadzuric, 3rd, 7.9, Matt Barnes, 8th, 7.0, Jason Kapono, T-14th, 5.7, FG% - Dan Gadzuric, 8th, 52.3 (127-243), Assists - Earl Watson, 2nd, 5.33, FT% - Jason Kapono, 2nd, 86.7 (117-135), Ray Young, 3rd, 83.8 (57-68), Steals - Earl Watson, 1st, 1.96, Matt Barnes, 5th, 1.59, 3pt. FG% - Jason Kapono, 3rd, 45.0 (68-151), 3pt. FGs - Jason Kapono, 1st, 2.52, Blocked Shots- Dan Gadzuric, 3rd, 1.70, Assist/TO Ratio - Earl Watson, 7th, 1.71, Off. Rebounds - Dan Gadzuric, 4th, 2.78, Matt Barnes, 6th, 2.52, Def. Rebounds - Dan Gadzuric, 3rd, 5.15.

2000-01 Special Team Stats
The Bruins have trailed eight times at halftime this season, to Stanford (45-40), Oregon State (33-25), California (48-28), Oregon (48-42), North Carolina (46-30) UC Irvine (34-30), UCSB (41-38) and Kansas (57-51). UCLA is 4-4 when trailing at half (the Bruins beat Oregon State, Oregon, Irvine and Santa Barbara) and 16-3 when leading (lost to Arizona after leading 41-33 at halftime, lost to Georgia Tech after leading 28-22 at halftime and lost to CS Northridge after leading 39-32 at halftime).

UCLA has out-rebounded its opponent in six of the last nine games and in 17 of the last 24 (only North Carolina 47-36, USC 43-30, Arizona 44-34, Oregon 40-33, California 34-31, ASU, 39-28, Cal, 34-27, and Stanford, 40-27, have out-rebounded UCLA during that span, the Bruins out-rebounded OSU 38-31, Oregon 51-44, Arizona 46-39, DePaul 38-32, USC 36-34, Stanford 34-31, Oregon State 38-29, Arizona State 44-38, Villanova 46-29, 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 out-rebounded in the first two games (Kansas, K41-U29 and Kentucky, K49-U43). UCLA is 15-2 with the rebound advantage and 5-5 when out-rebounded.

In 27 games, UCLA has outshot its opponents in seven of the last nine games and 17 overall, including 14 of the last 19 games. UCLA has shot 50.0 or higher from the field eight times this season (Stanford 50.7, 34-67, DePaul 52.8, 28-53, Stanford 50.0, 28-56, 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 27 games, UCLA is shooting 46.0 and opponents are shooting 44.5 from the field. The Bruins are 16-1 when outshooting their opponent from the field and 4-6 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 27 games, the Bruins from the three-point line have outshot their opponents 18 times. UCLA has been outshot from three-point range in just seven of the last 22 games - Stanford 35.7-20.0, OSU 34.8-28.6, Oregon 26.5-14.3, California, (opponent high) 59.1-30.0, Purdue 38.1-37.5, North Carolina 30.8-25.0, UC Irvine 38.5-10.5 (season-low). UCLA's high is 64.7 (11-17) against DePaul. 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 27 games, UCLA is shooting 34.9 (159-455) from three-point range and opponents 31.0 (169-545). 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 14 of the last 23 contests. UCLA shot a season-low 43.8 (7-16) vs. Washington and a season-high 90.0 (18-20) vs. USC.

Only eight times this season, have the Bruins had more turnovers than their opponent (U 17, UA 14, U 21-DePaul 15, U 14-Cal 13, U 21-UA 18, U 18-ASU 17, U 17-WSU 16, U 20-Purdue 13 and U24 (season-high)-CS Northridge 19). UCLA's low turnover game this season is seven vs. Stanford (secord game). After 27 games, UCLA is averaging 15.67 turnovers and its opponents are at 17.33.

When the Bruins lead with 5:00 left to play, they are 18-0 and are 2-7 when trailing at the 5:00 mark, having defeated Arizona at Pauley Pavilion and Oregon State at Corvallis.

UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN
Career HighlightsChosen UCLA's head coach, the 11th in school history, on Feb. 11, 1997.

On March 30, 1999, he was awarded a six-year contract through the 2004-2005 season.

In his fifth year as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the UCLA staff, he currently owns a school and career record of 111-45 (71.2, 156 games) as a head coach.

Owns two wins over teams ranked No. 1, defeating No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime on Mar. 4, 2000 and defeating No. 1 and 20-0 Stanford, 79-73 on Feb. 3, 2001. Both games were on the road at Maples Pavilion. It is believed that Lavin is 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 1969 and 1970).

Entering 2000-2001, Lavin was No. 1 (out of 28) in wins in the nation on the chart of current collegiate head coaches entering their fifth season (Top 5, record after four seasons: Lavin, 91-38, 70.5, Bill Donovan, Florida, 78-49, 61.4, Charlie Coles, Miami, Ohio, 77-44, 63.6, Ben Braun, California, 75-50, 60.0, Murray Bartow, Alabama-Birmingham, 73-52, 58.4).

Owns a 7-4 (63.6, 11 games) record in the NCAA Tournament as UCLA's head coach, leading UCLA to the Elite Eight in 1997 and the Sweet 16 in 2000 and 1998. He has led the Bruins to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. During his nine years as a Bruin assistant and head coach, UCLA's record is 17-9 (65.4, 26 games) in the NCAA Tournament.

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

During his four+ years as head coach, UCLA owns a record of 17-8 (68.0) in March, including 6-1 in 1997, 3-3 in 1998, 1-2 in 1999, 6-1 in 2000 and 1-1 in 2001.

He is the only coach in school history to win at least 22 games in each of his first three seasons at UCLA.

He is the only coach in school history to win at least 70.0% of his games in each of his first three years at UCLA.

First UCLA coach to lead the Bruins to three Sweet 16 appearances in a four-year span since the NCAA Tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

First UCLA head coach since John Wooden in 1974 (three) and '75 (five games, UCLA's 10th NCAA title) to lead the Bruins to at least five total NCAA Tournament victories in two consecutive seasons (1997 and '98).

First Bruin head coach since Gary Cunningham in 1978 (25-3) and '79 (25-5) to record consecutive seasons of at least 24 victories (in both 1997 and '98). The last time a Bruin first-year coach won more games than Steve Lavin in 1997 (24) was in 1978, when Gary Cunningham won 25.

UCLA's win over Villanova on Jan. 13, 2001 was Lavin's 100th victory as UCLA's head coach. He reached the 100-win plateau in his 142nd game, second-fastest in school history, trailing only Jim Harrick, who earned his 100th win in his 136th game. The Villanova game was also Lavin's 300th as a member of the Bruin staff.

UCLA's win over Maine in the first round of the 1999 Pearl Harbor Classic was Lavin's 75th victory as UCLA's head coach. He reached the 75-win plateau faster than any UCLA coach in modern history (post WWII), including John Wooden (Steve 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).

UCLA's win over DePaul on Dec. 18, 1999 was Lavin's 200th as a member of the Bruin staff (ninth season).

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 overall 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.

-- In overtime games under Steve Lavin, the Bruins are 9-2 during his four+ years as head coach. In 2000-01, the Bruins are 3-0, beating Kentucky 97-92 for third-place in the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic, Arizona 79-77 at Pauley Pavilion and Oregon State 68-65 in Corvallis, 2-0 in 1999-00, including a 94-93 win over No. 1 Stanford at Maples Pavilion and a 103-98 win over South Florida in the third-place game at The Pearl Harbor Classic. The Bruins have won eight consecutive overtime games dating back to 1996-97, last losing at Oregon 87-85 during the 1997 Pac-10 season - (2000-01, UCLA 97-Kentucky 92, at UCLA 79, Arizona 77, UCLA 68, at Oregon State 65, 1999-2000, UCLA 94, at Stanford 93, UCLA 103, South Florida 98, 1998-99, at UCLA 88, Arizona State 85, 1997-98, UCLA 82, at USC 75, 1996-97, UCLA 74, Iowa State 73-NCAA Sweet 16).

During his four+ years as UCLA's head coach, the Bruins have signed the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes.

In 1999-2000, Lavin led the Bruins to their third NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in the last four years. Before losing to Iowa State in the Sweet 16, UCLA had an eight-game winning streak. Overall, the Bruins were 21-12 and tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with a 10-8 record. It was UCLA's 12th consecutive NCAA appearance and 20+game winning season.

In 1998-99, with the second-youngest team in the nation, Lavin, a candidate for the 1999 Naismith Coach of the Year Award, led the Bruins to their 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and 11th straight 20+ (22-9) game winning season.

In 1997-98, he led the Bruins to a 24-9 overall record, 12-6 in the Pac-10 (third place) and to the school's 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament and 20+ game winning season. Lavin was again candidate for the 1998 Naismith Coach of the Year Award. In the '98 NCAA Tournament, he led the No. 6 seed Bruins to the Sweet 16, before losing to No. 2 seed and eventual champion Kentucky.

In 1996-97, Lavin directed UCLA to a 24-8 overall record, the NCAA Midwest Regional final and third consecutive Pac-10 crown. He was named the Basketball Times National Rookie Coach of the Year.

During his nine+ years on the Bruin staff, UCLA has won the 1995 NCAA Championship, four Pac-10 titles (1997, '96, '95 and '92) and participated in three NCAA Elite Eights (1997, '95, '92) and two Sweet 16 (2000, 1998) appearances.

11 consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA and Purdue.

Lavin Press Conference Dates On most Tuesdays, Lavin will have his press conference (12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.) in the Chancellor's Room (upper NE corner of Pauley Pavilion). All Tuesdays unless noted: Dates -- March 6.

Lavin Pac-10 Teleconferences The Pac-10 Teleconferences with the league's women's and men's head coaches began on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and continue each Tuesday during the regular season. It begins at 9:30 a.m. with the league's women's coaches (UCLA's Kathy Olivier at 10 a.m.), then at 10:30 a.m. the conference's men's calls begins (Lavin is at 11:47 p.m.). The media number to call is 913-981-5507 and for a tape of the teleconference, media can call 402-220-9927.

UCLA MEDIA SERVICES
Media Policy UCLA will continue with the same media schedule it has had for the last several years. Practices (3-6 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion) on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are closed. Tuesday (after 5:30 p.m.) and Friday (after 5 p.m.) practices are open to the media and players are available after practice. Lavin and player interviews can also be set up at other times (strongly encouraged) during the day (not just after practice).

The 2000-01 basketball season is UCLA's fourth on Fox Sports 1150. Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his ninth season as the voice of the Bruins. Bob Myers, a Bruin basketball letterman from 1994-97, is in his first season as analyst.

UCLA games are also available via the internet at (www.uclabruins.com). Fans can 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) and may also be acquired by using the Pac-10's InfoConnection system. If you have a PIN number, call 770-558-6000 from the handset of a fax machine. If you do not have a PIN number, please call 770/399-0096 to acquire one. The Pac-10 code number is 72210. UCLA's basketball codes are: release, 3115, first page of release, 3116, stats only, 3117, latest game stats, 3118 and latest game book, 3119.

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.

UCLA PLAYER UPDATES
Seniors (4) 21 Ryan "Moose" Bailey, 6-3, 195, Sr., G, Los Angeles (Loyola/Penn State)

2000-01 Now in his third season of eligibility for the Bruins, Bailey is one of UCLA's three senior tri-captains, with Earl Watson and Rico Hines.

After 26 games (he missed the DePaul game due to a stomach virus), Bailey is averaging 12.5 minutes and 2.5 points. In the month of January (eight games), he averaged 17.8 minutes and 4.1 points, shooting 43.5 from the floor, 41.7 from three-point range and 66.7 from the line. In February, he averaged 13.1 minutes and 2.7 points while shooting 41.7 from the floor . In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 15.3 minutes and 3.4 points, shooting 44.4 from the floor and 33.3 from three-point range . In his 11 road games, he is averaging 3.0 points and shooting 47.4 on his field goal attempts.

Bailey came off the bench in both games at The Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic, playing seven minutes vs. Kansas (two points, two assists) and four minutes vs. Kentucky . Against Cal State Northridge, he played seven minutes off the bench and had three points and one steal. Vs. UC Santa Barbara, Bailey played one minute. In the Wooden Classic against Georgia Tech, he played 14 minutes and had one rebound, one assist and one steal . Against Hawaii, he played 10 minutes . Versus UC Irvine, he played six minutes and tallied one point . He played 13 minutes against North Carolina and contributed three points (1-2, 0-1, 1-2) and two rebounds . Played eight minutes at Purdue and had one assist and one rebound.

In the Pac-10 opener against Washington, he played a season-high 16 minutes and contributed three points (1-3, 1-1, 0-0), two assists and one steal. Vs. WSU, he played 11 minutes and had two points, two assists and one rebound. In the win over USC, he played a season-high 28 minutes and contributed seven points (2-7, 1-3, 2-2), a season-high three assists, one rebound and one steal . Against Villanova, he played 12 minutes and had two points and one rebound . At Arizona State, he played 23 minutes in place of injured Earl Watson and had three points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal while providing senior leadership . At Arizona, he played 24 minutes, running the team virtually the entire second half, and contributed a career-high 14 points (4-5, 3-3, 2-2), one assist, one steal and no turnovers . Against Oregon State, he played 16 minutes and contributed three points, two rebounds and one steal . Versus Oregon, he played 12 minutes and had two assists and one steal . At California, he played 13 minutes and finished with seven points (2-2, 3-4), two rebounds, two assists and one steal . In the win at No. 1 Stanford, he played seven minutes and had one rebound . In the win over USC, he ran the team for 12 minutes during the absence of Earl Watson (fouls) and finished with two rebounds but his contribution in running the offense does not show in the box score . Bothered the a stomach virus that night, he did not make the trip to DePaul . In the win over Arizona, he played six minutes and had one rebound . In the victory over Arizona State, he played 19 minutes and contributed four points (1-2, 2-2), two rebounds and one assist . In the win at Oregon, he played 26 minutes in place of Earl Watson fouls and did an outstanding job of running the team . His layin broke Oregon's 13-0 run and changed the momentum of the game . He finished with six points (1-3, 0-2, 4-6), a season-high five rebounds, a season-high four assists and one steal . In the win at OSU, he played nine minutes and had two points (1-2, 0-0) and one steal. In the win over California, he played five minutes and finished with two points (1-2, 0-1, 0-0). Against Stanford, he played 17 minutes and contributed two points (1-2, 0-1, 0-0), tied season highs with five rebounds and four assists and set a season high with two steals.

BAILEY'S SEASON HIGHS
28 minutes vs. USC (1/11/01), 14 vs. Arizona (1/20/01), five rebounds vs. Oregon (2/22/01) and Stanford (3/3/01), four assists vs. Oregon (2/22/01) and Stanford (3/3/01), two steals vs. Stanford (3/3/01).

UCLA Career
Bailey, younger brother of Bruin standout Toby Bailey, last season as a junior in 32 games (eight starts) averaged a career-high 16.8 minutes, 3.2 points, 2.4 assists (second on the team) and 1.8 rebounds.

As a sophomore in 1998-99, Bailey averaged 15.2 minutes, 4.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists (No. 3 on the team) and 0.8 steals, while shooting 45.4 from the field, a team-leading 39.3 (11-28, No. 3 on the team) from three-point range and 58.3 (28-48) from the foul line. His 1998-99 preseason honors included Preview Sports Top Newcomer in the Pac-10 and Vitale's Impact Transfer in the Pac-10.

BAILEY'S CAREER HIGHS
34 minutes vs. USC (2/9/00), 14 points vs. Arizona (1/20/01), seven rebounds vs. DePaul (12/18/99) and Syracuse (2/13/00), seven assists vs. Syracuse (2/13/00), four steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99).

Bailey sat out 1997-98 after transferring from Penn State. At Penn State during 1996-97, Bailey started for the Nittany Lions at point guard. He started 24 of 27 games and averaged 34 minutes, 4.2 assists (113, tying PSU freshman record), 1.1 steals and was third in scoring (8.4) and rebounding (4.0).

1 Jason Flowers, 6-0, 182, Sr., G, Bellflower (UC Irvine/Bellflower HS)

2000-01 - One of four seniors on this year's squad, Flowers has one year of eligibility after transferring to UCLA from UC Irvine. In his 17 games, he is averaging 1.2 points, 0.8 assists and 0.6 rebounds in 7.5 minutes.

Flowers did not play in New York City, but saw 19 minutes (three points, four assists, one steal) in UCLA's exhibition win over EA Sports. He played in a regular-season game for the first time in his Bruin career vs. Cal State Northridge with two minutes off the bench . Did not play against UCSB and Georgia Tech but played two minutes against Hawaii, passing for his first assist . Versus UC Irvine, he played two minutes and grabbed his first rebound . Did not play against North Carolina . Made the first start of his Bruin career at Purdue and played seven minutes, contributing three points, making his only field goal attempt.

In the Pac-10 opener against Washington, he started and played a career-high 22 minutes, contributing two points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Vs. WSU, he started and played 14 minutes, finishing with one assist. In the win over USC, he started and played 14 minutes, finishing with two points, two steals and one assist . Vs. Villanova, he started and played 14 minutes, contributing a career-high eight points (3-5, 1-1, 1-2), three assists and two rebounds . At Arizona State, he started and played four minutes . At Arizona, he started and played nine minutes, finishing with two points, two assists and two steals . Versus Oregon State, he started and played nine minutes, finishing with two points and one rebound . Against Oregon, he started and played nine minutes, finishing with one rebound and one assist . At California, he started and played seven minutes, finishing with one assist . He did not play at Stanford . In the win at USC, he played one minute . In the victory at DePaul, he played five minutes off the bench and made two key free throws with 28 seconds remaining and the Bruins ahead by six points . He finished with two points, one rebound and one assist . He did not play versus Arizona and played five minutes against Arizona State .He played one minute at Oregon and did not play against Oregon State, California and Stanford.

Flowers is 8-2 as a starter. During that 10-game span, he averaged 10.9 minutes and 1.9 points, 1.1 assists and 0.9 rebounds while shooting 40.0.

FLOWERS' SEASON HIGHS
22 minutes vs. Washington (1/4/01), eight points vs. Villanova (1/13/01), five rebounds vs. Washington (1/4/01), three assists vs. Villanova (1/13/01), two steals vs. USC (1/11/01) and Arizona (1/20/01), one blocked shot vs. Washington (1/4/01).

Career - Ineligible last season due to transferring from a four-year school, Flowers attended UCLA in 1996-97 (did not play basketball), then attended UC Irvine for two seasons, playing for Pat Douglass . As a sophomore in 1998-99, Flowers appeared in 23 games for the Anteaters, starting six and averaging 17.0 minutes, 5.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and shot 40.0 from the field, 47.2 (17-36) from three-point range and 79.5 from the foul line . As a freshman at Irvine in 1997-98, Flowers played in 24 games and started 15, averaging 21.1 minutes, 8.2 points (No. 4 on the team), 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting 36.7 from the field, 37.1 from three-point range an 84.0 from the foul line.

22 Rico Hines, 6-5, 210, Sr., F, Greenville, NC (Hargrave Military Academy/Saint John's at Prospect Hall)

2000-01 A senior tri-captain with Earl Watson and Ryan Bailey, Hines suffered a torn lateral meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee on Oct. 27 and had successful arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 1 . He will redshirt and return in 2001-02.

UCLA Career As a junior tri-captain last season, Hines in his 29 games (seven starts) averaged 14.7 minutes, 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.

In 1998-99 as a sophomore, Hines versatility and defensive prowess were missed when he was out for 11 games during mid-year with a right foot injury that required surgery (fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot, a pin was inserted on Jan. 14, 1999) . In 20 games (six starts) that year, Hines averaged 12.6 minutes, 2.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists and shooting 38.3 from the field, 33.3 (7-21) from three-point range and 43.8 (7-16) from the foul line.

In 1997-98 as a true frosh, Hines played in 23 games and had a strong NCAA Tournament.

HINES' CAREER HIGHS
33 minutes vs. San Francisco (11/26/98), 12 points vs. Washington State (1/8/00), six rebounds, twice, last vs. San Francisco (11/26/98), six assists vs. Loyola Marymount (12/29/98), three steals vs. North Carolina (1/15/00), one blocked shot, four times, last vs. Arizona State (2/17/00).

25 Earl Watson, 6-1, 195, Sr., G, Kansas City, KS (Washington)

2000-01 Preseason Honors - Athlon, second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's, third-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News, No. 14 point guard in the U. S, Vitale, third-team All-Rolls Roycer, No. 3 point guard in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10.

2000-01 - Now UCLA's career leader in steals, Earl has already been selected first-team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches . One of the top floor leaders in the country, he is a senior tri-captain with Rico Hines and Ryan Bailey . UCLA's iron man, Watson has started every UCLA game (124) the last three+ years and he's looking to become the first player in school history to start every scheduled regular-season and NCAA Tournament game during his four- year career (Don MacLean during his four years started 127 of the 129 games that were played during his four-year (1989-92 Bruin career - MacLean missed a game as a junior (at Stanford, eye injury) and senior (at San Diego State, flu) . Watson is also looking to become only the second UCLA player in school history to get over 600 assists and 200 steals (Tyus Edney, 652 assists, 224 steals, 1992-95) . Watson is playing with a right little finger tendon strain and he suffered a bruised right hip/back at Arizona State on Jan. 18.

After 27 games, Watson is UCLA's leader in assists (5.3) and steals (2.0) and ranks second in minutes (34.1), scoring (14.8) and field goal percentage (48.5) and third in three-point field goal percentage (37.6) . He's led the Bruins in assists in 21 of 27 games this season.

In his last 20 games, he is averaging 14.9 points, 5.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals while making 107 of 213 field goal attempts (50.2) and 24 of 64 three-pointers (37.5).

In the month of February, he averaged 14.1 points, 4.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 51.3 from the floor (second on the team), 30.0 from three-point range and 61.4 from the free throw line.

In 12 games away from Pauley Pavilion, he is averaging 14.4 points, 5.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds while shooting a team-best 51.2 on his field goal attempts and 36.8 on his three-point field goal attempts.

For the first time in his career, Watson scored 20 or more points in back-to-back games at the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic in New York City and earned All-Classic honors . Vs. Kansas, he played 38 minutes, with 21 points (7-15, 3-6, 4-7), five rebounds, eight assists, one steal and three turnovers . Vs. Kentucky, he played 43 minutes, with 20 points (8-14, 0-3, 4-6), five rebounds, nine assists, one steal and no turnovers.

Against Cal State Northridge, he started his 100th consecutive game and played 40 minutes, tying for the team lead with 15 points (5-14, 2-6, 3-4) . He also led the team with six assists and two steals and had two rebounds, one block and seven turnovers . Vs. UCSB, Watson played 39 minutes, with eight points and a game-high and season-high tying nine assists and two steals, with a career-high tying two blocked shots . Against Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic, he played 39 minutes and finished with 16 points (5-12, 2-3, 4-7), five rebounds, a season-high four steals, three assists and eight turnovers . Vs. Hawaii, he started and played 27 minutes, finishing with 13 points (5-7, 3-4, 0-1), five assists, one rebound and one steal . Against UC Irvine, he started and played 36 minutes, finishing with eight points (3-9, 0-3, 2-2), six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Against North Carolina, he started and played all 40 minutes . That afternoon, he scored a career-high 30 points, making 10 of 18 shots from the floor, three of eight three-point field goals and seven of 11 free throws . He also grabbed a season-high seven rebounds and led the team with four steals and three assists . His 30 points were the most by a Bruin since Kris Johnson scored 33 versus Arizona State on March 3, 1998 . He started at Purdue and played all 40 minutes, contributing nine points (4-10, 0-2, 1-3), seven assists, three rebounds and one steal.

In the Pac-10 opener against Washington, he started and played 30 minutes, contributing 15 points (7-13, 0-1, 1-2), seven assists, three rebounds and three steals . Vs. WSU, he started and played 36 minutes, finishing with a team-high 16 points (6-10, 0-1, 4-6), six assists, two steals and one rebound . In the win over USC, he started and played 28 minutes, contributing 17 points (6-11, 1-4, 4-4), four assists, two steals, one rebound, zero turnovers and played great defense on Brandon Granville (eight turnovers) . In the win over Villanova, he started his 110th consecutive game, played 33 minutes and contributed 17 points (6-13, 1-2, 4-6), eight assists, five rebounds and three steals . At Arizona State, he started and played just 23 minutes, suffering a bruised right hip/back with 16:24 remaining that sidelined him for the remainder of the game with the exception of a few seconds . He still finished with 16 first-half points (5-9, 3-4, 3-6), seven assists, three rebounds, three steals and one block . At Arizona, he started his 112th straight game but played a career-low 14 minutes due to foul trouble and his injured hip/back and finished with three points and one rebound . He picked up his fourth foul just 1:23 into the second half and never returned to the game . Playing with a brace for his sore back, he started and played 30 minutes versus Oregon State and finished with three points, five assists, four rebounds, one steal and no turnovers . In the win over Oregon, he started and played 39 minutes, contributing 20 points (6-13, 3-5, 5-8), seven assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block . At California, he started and played 34 minutes, finishing with 13 points (5-11, 1-5, 2-2), five assists, three rebounds and one steal.

In the win at No. 1 Stanford, he started, played 39 minutes and contributed 20 points (6-11, 0-3, 8-10), six assists, four rebounds and one steal . His second-half steal and reverse layup was the CNN/SI Panasonic Replay of the Day . That layin and free throw were the final three points in UCLA's 11-0 run that broke a 55-55 tie (he also had two free throws to start the run . In the win at USC, he started and played just 29 minutes due to foul trouble and contributed 11 points, three assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block . He played much of the second half with four fouls before fouling out with 1:41 remaining and UCLA up by six . In the win at DePaul, he started, played 34 minutes and finished with 20 points (8-13, 2-4, 2-4), six assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block . In the win over Arizona, he started and played 43 minutes, finishing with 10 points (4-12, 1-2, 1-2), seven assists, three rebounds and one steal . In the victory over Arizona State, he started and played 34 minutes (despite needing two stitches in his head in the first half), contributing 15 points (4-8, 7-13), a career-high eight steals, four assists and three rebounds . In the win at Oregon, he started but played just 14 minutes due to foul trouble and finished with four points (2-5, 0-2, 0-0), six rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block . In the win at OSU, he started for the 122nd straight game and played all 45 minutes . He contributed a game-high 20 points (5-10, 1-3, 7-13), five rebounds, five assists and one blocked shot . In the win over California, he started and played 37 minutes, contributing a team-high 20 points (7-12, 2-5, 4-6), three assists, two rebounds and one steal . Against Stanford, in the final home game of his career, he started his 124th straight game and played 38 minutes, finishing with 19 points (8-16, 3-6, 0-1), five assists, three steals, two rebounds and one block . His second steal broke Tyus Edney's school record for career steals (224) and he finished the game with 226.

WATSON'S SEASON HIGHS
45 minutes vs. Oregon State (2/24/01), 30 points vs. North Carolina (12/23/00), seven rebounds vs. North Carolina (12/23/00), nine assists vs. UCSB (11/29/00) and Kentucky (11/10/00), eight steals vs. Arizona State (2/17/01), two blocked shots vs. UCSB (11/29/00).

WATSON'S PAC-10 RANKINGS (Mar. 5) -
Scoring, T-9th, 14.8, Assists, 2nd, 5.33, Steals, 1st, 1.96, Asst./TO Ratio, 7th, 1.71.

UCLA Career
As a junior tri--captain, Watson was one of two Bruins (with Jason Kapono) to start all 33 games, tying the school record he also had tied as a freshman . Set the school assist single-game record vs. Maryland in the NCAA Tournament with 16, the best single-game effort in the 2000 Tournament . His 12 assists vs. Ball State in the 2000 NCAA tied for the fourth-best single-game Tourney effort . Scored in double figures 20 times last year and has done it 50 times in his career . In his 33 games in 1999-00, Watson averaged 34.7 minutes (first on the team), 11.4 points (third on the team among players with at least 10 games), 3.9 rebounds and a team-high 5.9 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting 45.1 from the field, 36.0 (41-114) from three-point range and 64.9 (61-94) from the foul line . His 195 assists last season ranked eighth on UCLA's single-season list and his 60 steals was ninth . In the 2000 final Pac-10 stats, Watson ranked second in assists (5.91) and seventh in steals (1.82)

In 1998-99 as a sophomore, Watson enjoyed a solid season and earned second-team All-Dist. 15 acclaim from the NABC and honorable mention All-Pac-10 for his efforts . In 1998-99, he led the team in minutes played (34.0) and was UCLA's second-leading scorer (13.3), fourth-leading rebounder (3.7) and was second in assists (4.6) and steals (1.6) . Watson shot 43.5 from the field, 32.0 (33-103) from three-point range and 70.3 (90-128) from the foul line, best among players with at least one attempt per game . In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, he was 16th in scoring (13.3) and sixth in assists (4.58) . His 1998-99 Preseason Honors included Athlon second-team All-Pac-10.

As a frosh in 1997-98, Watson, who was selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, was the only Bruin to start all 33 games, tying a UCLA single-season record, at the time last set by Ed and Charles O'Bannon and George Zidek during the Bruins' 1995 NCAA Championship season . He was the team's No. 5 scorer (5.8) and No. 5 rebounder (3.7) and was second in steals (1.9), third in assists (3.2) and fourth in minutes (32.0), while shooting 39.2 from the field, 32.3 from the three-point line and 60.6 from the foul line . His 64 steals in 1998 tied for No. 4 on UCLA's season list . In final 1998 Pac-10 stats Watson was sixth in steals (1.9) . In the 1998 NCAA Tournament, he averaged 6.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists . Watson started all three games in the 1997 Alaska Shootout and joined Baron Davis as the first set of true freshman starting guards in UCLA history since 1979-80.

WATSON'S CAREER CHARTS -
The Stanford game was Watson's 124th straight career start and game . Watson is the 40th Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1377 -- No. 21, No. 20, Kiki Vandeweghe, 1380, 1977-80, No. 19, Walt Hazzard, 1401, 1962-64) . Ranks fourth on UCLA's career assist list with 585 (No. 3, Darrick Martin, 636, 1989-92) . Ranks No. 1 on the career steals list with 226, having passed former record holder Tyus Edney (224) against Stanford on March 3 . Ranks No. 4 on the career three-point field goal list with 130 (No. 3, Jason Kapono, 150, current) and No. 3 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 375 (No. 2, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92) . Watson is looking to become the first player in school history to start every scheduled regular-season and NCAA Tournament game during his four-year career (Don MacLean during his four years, 1989-92, started 127 of the 129 games played -missed a game as a junior (at Stanford, eye injury) and senior (at San Diego State, flu), the school record for most games played is 130, Mitchell Butler, 1990-93) . Watson is also looking to become only the second UCLA player in school history to get over 600 assists and 200 steals (Tyus Edney, 652 assists, 224 steals, 1992-95) . He is only the fourth player in Pac-10 history to make the career Top 10 in both assists and steals.

WATSON'S CAREER HIGHS -
45 minutes at Stanford (3/4/00), at Oregon State (2/24/01), 30 points vs. North Carolina (12/23/00), 10 rebounds vs. Oregon (2/24/00), 16 assists (school record) vs. Maryland (3/18/00), eight steals vs. Arizona State (2/17/01), two blocked shots, seven times, last vs. UCSB (11/29/00).

Juniors (5)

23 Matt Barnes, 6-7, 230, Jr., F, Citrus Heights, (Del Campo)

2000-01 -
Matt has started 22 of 27 games at forward and is a key factor in the success of the fullcourt press . After 27 games, he's averaging 29.9 minutes (third on the team), 11.6 points, No. 3 on the squad, and 7.0 rebounds, second on the team . He also ranks second on the team in steals (1.6) and assists (2.3).

Barnes has led the Bruins in rebounding in eight games, including a career-high 11 against Washington and 10 vs. North Carolina, UC Irvine, UCSB and CS Northridge.

In his last four games, he is averaging 18.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists -- all team highs -- and is shooting a team-high 58.2 on his field goal attempts.

In the last 19 games (16-3), he is averaging 12.4 points (No. 3 on the team), 6.9 rebounds (No. 2) and 1.7 steals (No. 2) while shooting 48.4 from the field.

In the opener against Kansas, Barnes played 22 minutes, with five points and three rebounds and vs. Kentucky, he played 37 minutes, with 10 points and seven rebounds . Against Cal State Northridge, he played 27 minutes and finished with a season-high 11 points (4-6, 1-1, 2-3) and a team-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double . He also had two assists, a career-high tying two blocks and seven turnovers . Vs. UCSB, he played 31 minutes, with eight points and 10 rebounds . Against Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic, he played 16 minutes and finished with two points, three rebounds and two assists . Vs. Hawaii, he played 23 minutes off the bench and contributed nine points (4-7, 1-2, 0-0), six rebounds and a career-high six steals . Against UC Irvine, he played 29 minutes off the bench and recorded his second double-double with 16 points (4-7, 8-10), a team-high 10 rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot . Against North Carolina, he started and played 36 minutes, contributing a career-high 18 points (6-15, 0-3, 6-8), a team-high 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot . He started and played 34 minutes at Purdue and finished with 14 points (5-13, 0-2, 4-7), eight rebounds, a career high-tying four assists, one steal and one block.

In the Pac-10 opener against Washington, he started and played 30 minutes, finishing with six points (3-9, 0-1), a career-high 11 rebounds, three steals and two assists . In the win over WSU, he started and played 26 minutes and contributed 13 points (3-8, 7-11), three rebounds, one assist and one steal . In the win over USC, he started and played 31 minutes, contributing 12 points (6-13, 0-2, 0-1) and four rebounds . In the victory over Villanova, he started and played 33 minutes, finishing with 15 points (7-11, 1-3), seven rebounds, a career-high five assists and a career high-tying six steals . At Arizona State, he came off the bench and played 31 minutes, contributing 17 points (6-10, 5-7), nine rebounds and two steals but suffering a strained muscle in his right foot . At Arizona, he played 20 minutes off the bench and finished with six points (2-7, 0-2, 2-5), five rebounds and one assist . Against Oregon State, he started and played 28 minutes, finishing with 11 points (5-8, 0-1, 1-2), a team-high seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block . In the win over Oregon, he started and played 35 minutes . He led the team with a career-high (at the time) 26 points (9-11, 1-2, 7-10) and seven rebounds and added four assists, two steals and one block . In the second half, he led the Bruin comeback with 16 points (5-5, 6-8) and six rebounds . At California, he started and played 35 minutes and finished with zero points (0-7, 0-2, 0-0), a team-high eight rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal . In the win at No. 1 Stanford, he started and played 33 minutes and contributed six points (2-6, 2-3), seven rebounds, three assists and two steals . In the win at USC, he started and played 25 minutes, finishing with seven points (2-8, 0-1, 3-5), four rebounds, four assists and three steals . In the win at DePaul, he played 23 minutes off the bench and contributed nine points (2-6, 5-8) and five rebounds . In the win over Arizona, he started and played 38 minutes and contributed a double-double -- 16 points (7-17, 0-2, 2-4) and 10 rebounds -- and added five assists, a team-high four steals and two blocked shots . Against ASU, he started and played just 24 minutes, finishing with four points (2-3, 0-0) and four rebounds . In the win at Oregon, he started and played 38 minutes and led the team with 21 points (10-18, 0-1, 1-4), giving him 47 in two games against the Ducks . He added eight rebounds, four assists and three steals . In the win at OSU, he played 34 minutes and contributed seven points (3-9, 0-1, 1-2), seven rebounds, four assists and one steal . In the win over Cal, he started and played a fine all-around 29 minutes, contributing 13 points (5-9, 3-4), nine rebounds and a career-high seven assists . His scoop shot with just over one minute remaining gave the Bruins the lead for good . Against Stanford, he started and played a career-best 40 minutes . He led the team with a career-high 32 points (14-19, 4-7), the most by a Bruin since Kris Johnson scored 33 points against Arizona State on March 5, 1998 . He also led the team with eight rebounds and added two assists, one steal and one blocked shot.

BARNES' SEASON HIGHS -
40 minutes vs. Stanford (3/3/01), 32 points vs. Stanford (3/3/01), 11 rebounds vs. Washington (1/4/01), seven assists vs. California (3/1/01), six steals vs. Hawaii (12/9/00) and Villanova (1/13/01), two blocked shots vs. CSUN (11/21/00) and Arizona (2/15/01).

BARNES' PAC-10 RANKINGS (Mar. 5) -
Scoring, 20th, 11.6, Rebounding, 8th, 7.0, Stls, 5th, 1.59, Off. Reb., 6th, 2.52.

Career -
As a sophomore in 1999-00, Barnes was academically ineligible during the fall quarter and missed the first five games of the season . He became eligible on Dec. 20, 1999 . In his 28 games (one start), he averaged 14.8 minutes, 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds, while shooting 47.1 from the field. He averaged 6.1 points and shot 48.9 from the floor in Pac-10 play . In the four games in which he played at least 20 minutes (Purdue, Arizona State, h and the two Stanford games) last season, he averaged 12.3 points and 3.8 rebounds and shot 51.3 from the floor.

As a freshman in 1998-99, Barnes averaged 13.1 minutes, 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds and shot 43.4 from the field, 29.4 (10-34) from three-point range and 47.8 (22-46) from the foul line . He appeared in 30 games and started on eight occasions.

BARNES' CAREER HIGHS -
40 minutes vs. Stanford (3/3/01), 32 points vs. Stanford (3/3/01), 11 rebounds vs. Washington (1/4/01), seven assists vs. California (3/1/01), six steals vs. Hawaii (12/9/00) and Villanova (1/13/01), two blocked shots four times, last vs. Arizona (2/15/01).

50 Dan Gadzuric, 6-11, 235, Jr., C, Den Haag, Holland (Gov. Dummer Academy/Byfield, MA)

2000-01 Preseason Honors -
Athlon, second-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News, second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 8 center in the U. S., The Sporting News, No. 17 center in the U. S., Vitale, No. 6 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10

2000-01 -
Projected to be one of the top centers in the U. S. this season, Gadzuric is one of UCLA's three returning starters from a year ago, joining guard Earl Watson and forward Jason Kapono.

Gadzuric has established himself as perhaps the most dominating center in the Pac-10 . After 27 games (24 starts), Gadzuric is averaging 25.5 minutes (No. 4 on the team), 11.4 points (No. 4 on the squad) and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds . He leads the Bruins in field goal percentage (52.3) and blocked shots (1.7) . He has led the Bruins in rebounding 11 times this season.

During UCLA's last 17 games (16-3), he is averaging 10.8 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots while making 83 of 156 field goal attempts for a team-high percentage of 53.2 . In UCLA's 12 games away from Pauley Pavilion, he is averaging 11.9 points and 8.8 rebounds.

Started both games in New York City, playing 29 minutes vs. Kansas (eight points, two rebounds) and had a dominating game vs. Kentucky, playing 26 minutes, with his eighth career double-double (16 points, 14 rebounds) . Against Cal State Northridge, he played 27 minutes off the bench (had the flu) and contributed 12 points (6-12, 0-0), eight rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist . Dominated in the UCSB contest before fouling out with 2:13 left to play . Vs. the Gauchos, Gadzuric scored a season-high 21 points (10-12, 0-0, 1-5, one shy of tying career-best and getting 17 points in the first half), with five rebounds .Recorded his ninth career-double-double versus Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic . Played a career-high 36 minutes and contributed 17 points (7-17, 3-7), 12 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block . Vs. Hawaii, he started and played 23 minutes, finishing with 12 points (6-10, 0-4), five rebounds and three blocked shots . Against UC Irvine, he started and played 19 minutes, contributing nine points (4-6, 1-2), five rebounds and one blocked shot . He came off the bench against North Carolina and played 27 minutes after missing much of that week's practice due to the flu and his hand injury . He finished with seven points (2-10, 3-6), seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal and sprained his right index finger . Was at his best at Purdue, starting and playing 33 minutes . He recorded a double-double with 18 points, making all eight of his field goal attempts and two of four free throws, and 10 rebounds and added two blocks and one steal.

In the Pac-10 opener against Washington, he started and played 24 dominating minutes, recording his fourth double-double of the year . He scored a team-high 19 points, making eight of 10 field goals, including his first seven to stretch his streak to 15 straight over two games . He also grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds and added a career high-tying four blocked shots and one steal . In the win over WSU, he started and played 27 minutes, finishing with six points (3-5, 0-2), a team-high 12 rebounds, three blocks and one assist . In the win over USC, he started but played just 18 minutes due to foul trouble, contributing seven points (3-8, 1-2), five rebounds, one assist and one steal . Against Villanova, he started but played only nine minutes due to back spasms, finishing with two points (1-3, 0-0), two rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot . At Arizona State, he did not start due to his back spasms but still played 21 minutes and contributed six points (2-7, 2-2), a team-high 11 rebounds and one assist . At Arizona, he started and played 27 minutes, finishing with nine points (4-8, 1-2), nine rebounds, tied for the team high, two steals and two blocks . Against Oregon State, he started and played 21 minutes, finishing with 14 points (6-9, 2-3), four rebounds, three blocks, one assist and one steal . Versus Oregon, he started and played 20 minutes, contributing 15 points (7-14, 1-5), six rebounds and one blocked shot . At California, he started and played 22 minutes, finishing with nine points (2-6, 5-8) and six rebounds . In the win at No. 1 Stanford, he started and played 22 minutes, contributing 10 points (5-6, 0-1), five rebounds, one steal and one block . In the win at USC, he started and played 31 minutes, recording a double-double with 12 points (5-13, 2-5), a team-high 11 rebounds, one block and one steal . In the victory at DePaul, he started and played 28 minutes before spraining his left ankle and finished with seven points (3-7, 1-2), nine rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal.

In the overtime win against Arizona, after being doubtful all week due to the ankle sprain, he started and played a career-high 41 minutes . Gadzuric tied his career highs with 22 points (9-14, 4-7) and 17 rebounds (7-10) and added three blocks and two assists . He scored UCLA's final two baskets in regulation, both on rebounds, and scored what proved to be the game-winning basket with 1:03 left in overtime, giving UCLA a 79-75 lead . The last time a Bruin had more rebounds in a game was on Mar. 18, 1994, when Ed O'Bannon grabbed 18 in an NCAA loss to Tulsa . Two days later against ASU, he started but played just 13 minutes, finishing with no points and two rebounds . In the win at Oregon, he started and played 30 minutes, contributing 16 points (4-8, 8-17), eight rebounds, two blocks and one steal . In the win at OSU, he started and played 32 minutes, finishing with 15 points (6-11, 3-4), a team-high eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block . In the win over California, he started and played 35 minutes, recording a double-double with 11 points (3-8, 5-8) and 11 rebounds . He also set a career high with five blocked shots and added one assist . Against Stanford, he started and played 19 minutes due to foul trouble, finishing with eight points (4-8, 0-1), four rebounds, a career high-tying five blocks and one assist.

GADZURIC'S SEASON HIGHS -
41 minutes vs. Arizona (2/15/01), 22 points vs. Arizona (2/15/01), 17 rebounds vs. Arizona (2/15/01), two assists vs. Arizona (2/15/01), two steals vs. Georgia Tech (12/2/00) and Arizona (1/20/01), five blocked shots vs. California (3/1/01) and Stanford (3/3/01).

GADZURIC'S PAC-10 RANKINGS (Mar. 5) -
Rebounding, 3rd, 7.9, FG%, 8th, 52.3, Blocked Shots, 3rd, 1.70, Off. Rebounds, 4th, 2.78, Def. Rebounds, 3rd, 5.15.

Career -
Started 23 of 33 games last year as a sophomore . Did not start at California, breaking his string of starting 22 consecutive games, and came off the bench in the last seven games . In the final 2000 Pac-10 stats, Gadzuric ranked eighth in rebounding (7.0), third in blocked shots (1.58) and third in field goal percentage (56.5) . In his 33 games (tying a single-season school record in 1999-00), Gadzuric averaged 22.4 minutes, 9.7 points (fifth on the team), 7.0 rebounds (second on the team) and 1.6 blocked shots, while shooting a team-high 56.5 (140-248) from the field . He led the Bruins in rebounding 11 times and in blocked shots in 19 games . Gadzuric's 1999-00 preseason honors included Athlon second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 14 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News' No. 15 center in the U. S. and Vitale's No. 12 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.

In 1998-99 as a frosh, Gadzuric was selected to the five-man Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was on College Hoops Insider's All-Freshman squad . He suffered a season-ending injury in practice on Feb. 24, 1999, tearing the leteral meniscus in his left knee (underwent a 90-minute arthroscopic surgery procedure on Feb. 25, 1999) and missed the Bruins' final five games . Prior to his injury, Gadzuric averaged 20.0 minutes, 8.6 points and 5.7 rebounds (third on the team) and 1.3 blocked shots (team-leader) and shot a team-leading 54.0 (88-163) from the field and 50.0 (31-62) from the foul line . His 5.7 rebound average was the seventh-highest ever among Bruin freshmen . In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, Gadzuric was 16th in rebounding (5.7) and sixth in blocked shots (1.25) . Gadzuric started 17 of the 24 games in which he played . He led the Bruins three times in scoring, six times in rebounding and 16 times (including ties) in blocked shots . Gadzuric's 1998-99 preseason honors were Basketball News' Heavenly 100, Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, Lindy's No. 6 incoming frosh in U. S., third-team All-Pac-10, Preview Sports No. 1 incoming frosh in U. S, Sport All-Class of 2002, Street & Smith's Top Newcomer in Pac-10 and Vitale's No. 4 Diaper Dandy.

GADZURIC'S CAREER HIGHS -
41 minutes vs. Arizona (2/15/01), 22 points vs. California (3/2/00) and Arizona (2/15/01), 17 rebounds vs. Colorado State (12/22/99) and Arizona (2/15/01), three assists vs. CS Northridge (12/19/98), five steals vs. Oklahoma State (12/5/98), five blocked shots vs. California (3/1/01) and Stanford (3/3/01).

3 Billy Knight,
6-5, 203, Jr., F, Los Angeles (Westchester)

2000-01 -
Has won a starting guard position after starting nine games as a sophomore in 1999-00, including UCLA's final five contests last year, when UCLA was 4-1 and 2-1 in the NCAA.

After 27 games (13 starts), Knight is averaging 16.1 minutes, 6.9 points and 1.8 rebounds . He is second on the team in three-point field goal percentage (40.0) and third in both field goal percentage (48.4) and free throw percentage (71.7) . In Pac-10 games, he is averaging 8.7 points in 19.0 minutes, shooting 51.1 (47-92) from the floor.

In the last 19 games (16-3), he is averaging 8.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 18.5 minutes while shooting 52.5 from the floor (second on the team), 42.9 from three-point range (second on the team) and 74.4 from the free throw line.

The Bruins are 8-1 since he re-entered the starting lineup for the Stanford game . In the month of February, he averaged 13.0 points, third on the squad, and was first in field goal percentage (57.4) and three-point field goals (51.6) and third in free throws (72.0) . He averaged 19.8 points on the four Saturdays in February (79 points), shooting 66.7 (26 of 39) on his field goals, 60.0 (12 of 20) on three-point field goals and 75.0 (15 of 20) on his free throws.

Knight started vs. Kansas, playing 11 minutes, with six points and two rebounds and vs. Kentucky, he came off the bench to play 14 minutes, with two points . He came off the bench against Cal State Northridge and contributed two points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 10 minutes . Vs. UCSB, Knight played three minutes off the bench, with three points and two rebounds . Against Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic, he played six minutes, missing two free throws and grabbing one rebound . Vs. Hawaii, he started and played 22 minutes, finishing with eight points (2-5, 0-1, 4-4), two assists, two steals and one rebound . Knight started and played 18 minutes against UC Irvine, finishing with three points (1-5, 1-5, 0-0) . He played one minute against North Carolina . Knight played four minutes at Purdue and contributed three points (1-1, 1-1, 0-0), two rebounds and one assist.

In the Pac-10 opener against Washington, he played 15 minutes off the bench and contributed eight points (4-6, 0-2, 0-1), one rebound, one assist and one steal . In the win over WSU, he played 15 minutes off the bench and scored 14 points (4-6, 3-4, 3-4), including 11 in the first half . In the win over USC, he played eight minutes and finished with one assist and one blocked shot, which came on David Bluthenthal's three-point attempt from the left corner with about nine seconds remaining and UCLA protecting a three-point lead . In the victory over Villanova, he played 19 minutes and contributed two points, a career high-tying six rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot . At Arizona State, he started and played 12 minutes, finishing with six points (0-1, 6-8) and one rebound . He made three of four free throws at the 1:15 and 1:02-remaining mark to help preserve the victory . At Arizona, he played eight minutes off the bench and had one assist . Versus Oregon State, he played 11 minutes and finished with three points and one rebound . Against Oregon, he played four minutes and had two points and three rebounds . At California, he played 13 minutes and finished with six points (2-5, 2-5, 0-0) and one rebound . In the win at No. 1 Stanford, he started and played a career-high 36 minutes . Knight scored a career-high (at the time) 22 points in the win, making eight of 15 shots from the floor, including three of seven from three-point range, and three of six from the line . He added four rebounds, one assist and one block . In the win at USC, he started and played 20 minutes, finishing with five points (2-6, 1-3, 0-0), one rebound and one assist . In the win at DePaul, he started for the third straight game and played 24 minutes, contributing 18 points (4-5, 4-5, 6-6) and one rebound . He made six straight free throws in the final 1:37, including four in a row in the last 21 seconds, to help preserve the victory and his four three-point field goals tied his career high . In the win over Arizona, he started and played 29 minutes, finishing with nine points (4-6, 1-2, 0-0), three rebounds and one assist . In the victory over Arizona State, he started and played 28 minutes . He scored a career-high 23 points, making eight of 10 shots from the floor (2-3 from three-point range) and five of six free throws, and scored five of UCLA's final seven points . He added two rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot . In the win at Oregon, he started and played 18 minutes, finishing with five points (1-5, 0-1, 3-5) and four rebounds . In the win at OSU, he started and played a career-high 37 minutes, contributing 16 points (6-9, 3-5, 1-2) and five rebounds . He hit a key three-pointer late in regulation and gave UCLA a four-point lead in overtime with another three-point field goal . In the win over California, he started and played 29 points, contributing 14 points (4-9, 4-8, 2-2), all in the first half, and one assist . Versus Stanford, he started and played 21 minutes, finishing with six points (3-6, 0-2, 0-0) and two rebounds.

KNIGHT'S SEASON HIGHS -
37 minutes vs. Oregon State (2/24/01), 23 points vs. Arizona State (2/17/01), six rebounds vs. Villanova (1/13/01), two assists vs. CSUN (11/21/00) and Hawaii (12/9/00), two steals vs. Hawaii (12/9/00) and Arizona State (2/17/01), one blocked shot vs. USC (1/11/01), Villanova (1/13/01), Stanford (2/3/01) and Arizona State (2/17/01).

Career -
Last year as a sophomore, in 28 games (nine starts), Knight averaged 11.2 minutes, 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 45.3 from the field, 39.7 (25-63, second on the team) from three-point range and 65.6 (21-32) from the foul line . In Pac-10 play, he averaged 5.8 points in 11.7 minutes while shooting 51.5 (34-66) from the floor and 45.5 (15-33) from three-point range . Announced his intentions to transfer after the Pepperdine (Dec. 28, 1999) game (played two minutes), missed the Purdue (Dec. 30, 1999) game, then changed his mind and rejoined the team on Jan. 2, 2000.

In 1998-99, Knight was hampered with a severe groin strain and redshirted.

In 1997-98 as a true frosh, Knight appeared in 24 games and was the Bruins' No. 7 scorer (2.8), with an 0.9 rebound average and shot 44.4 (24-54) from the field, 38.7 (12-31) from the three-point line and 72.7 (8-11) from the foul line . The first start of his career was vs. CS Fullerton as a freshman, scoring a career-best 15 points (6-9, 3-6, 0-0).

KNIGHT'S CAREER HIGHS -
37 minutes at Oregon State (2/24/01), 23 points vs. Arizona State (2/17/01), six rebounds three times, last vs. Villanova (1/13/01), three assists, vs. Fairfield (11/23/99) and Arizona State (2/17/00), three steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99) and Washington (3/11/00), one blocked shot vs. Oregon (1/29/00), USC (1/11/01), Villanova (1/13/01), Stanford (2/3/01) and Arizona State (2/17/01).

11 Todd Ramasar, 6-4, 213, Jr., G, Corona (Riverside North)

2000-01 - Ramasar has been slowed in fall camp with back spasms and has played in just two games (Washington and Villanova) this season . During the week of practice for the Hawai'i game, Ramasar suffered a cut over his left eye (five stitches) and a mild concussion and could not play against the Rainbows . A slight tear of the labrum in his right shoulder kept him out of the UC Irvine, North Carolina and Purdue games . He played four minutes against Washington and had one rebound, one assist and one steal . Did not play versus WSU and USC . Played two minutes against Villanova, finishing with two points and one rebound . Did not play at Arizona State . Played three minutes at Arizona . Against Oregon State, he played five minutes and had three rebounds . Did not play versus Oregon . He played two minutes and had one assist at California . He did not play against Stanford, USC, DePaul, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, California or Stanford.

RAMASAR'S SEASON HIGHS -
5 minutes vs. Oregon State (1/25/01), two points vs. Villanova (1/13/01), three rebounds vs. Oregon State (1/25/01), one assist vs. Washington (1/4/01) and California (2/1/01), one steal vs. Washington (1/4/01), 0 blocked shots.

Career -
In 1999-00, Ramasar had left shoulder surgery on Oct. 18, 1999 and redshirted.

As a sophomore in 1998-99, Ramasar appeared in 13 games (he also started both of UCLA's exhibition contests) and averaged 2.7 minutes, 0.8 points and 0.2 rebounds and shot 23.1 (3-13) from the field and 66.7 (4-6) from the foul line.

As a freshman in 1997-98, Ramasar played in six games (Alaska-Anchorage, CS Fullerton, USC, WSU, Oregon and Kentucky).

RAMASAR'S CAREER HIGHS -
nine minutes vs. Washington State (2/25/99), six points vs. Washington State (2/25/99), three rebounds vs. Oregon State (1/25/01), one assist vs. Kentucky (3/20/98), Washington (1/4/01) and California (2/1/01), one steal vs. Alaska-Anchorage (11/28/97) and Washington (1/4/01).

34 Ray Young, 6-3, 210, Jr., G, Oakland (St. Joseph Notre Dame)

2000-01 -
Missed the Washington game with a sprained left foot . He has started seven of his 26 games and is averaging 24.4 minutes, fifth-highest on the squad . He is fifth in scoring with his 8.0 average . He ranks second in free throw percentage (83.8), fourth on the team in assists (1.6), fifth in steals (0.7) and is averaging 2.5 rebounds . In the 12 non-Pauley Pavilion games, he is averaging 9.1 points and shooting 42.7 from the field.

In New York City, he came off the bench to play 25 minutes vs. Kansas, 10 points and and a game-high tying three steals . As a starter vs. Kentucky, Young played a career-high 37 minutes and scored 20 points (second-highest total of his career, 7-12, 3-7, 3-4, including six points in overtime), with a season-high five rebounds, two asssits and steals and just one turnover . He started and played 22 minutes against Cal State Northridge, tying for the team lead with 15 points (4-10, 3-6, 4-4) and adding four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot . Vs. UCSB, Young started and played a career-high 38 minutes, with 16 points (6-14), 1-6, 3-3), a season-high tying five rebounds, a career-high tying six assists and a game-high tying two steals . Against Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic, he started and tied his career high with 38 minutes and finished with eight points ((1-9, 0-6, 6-7), a career high-tying six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block . Vs. Hawaii, he started and played 29 minutes, finishing with 13 points (5-11, 1-4, 2-2), three rebounds, one assist and six turnovers . Against UC Irvine, he started and played 33 minutes, finishing with nine points (2-9, 0-3, 5-6), four rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot . Vs. North Carolina, he started and played 27 minutes, finishing with zero points (0-8, 0-5, 0-0), two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot . He came off the bench and played 25 minutes at Purdue, finishing with 12 points (4-9, 1-5, 3-5), three assists, two steals, one rebound and one block.

He missed the Pac-10 opener against Washington due to a sprained left foot . Vs. WSU, he played 18 minutes off the bench and contributed five points (1-1, 1-1, 2-2), one rebound and one assist . In the win over USC, he played 14 minutes off the bench and had six points (3-8, 0-4, 0-0), one rebound, one assist and one block . Against Villanova, he played 18 minutes off the bench and finished with two points (1-8, 0-4, 0-0), four rebounds and one assist . At Arizona State, he played 23 minutes off the bench and finished with three assists, two steals, one rebound and one blocked shot . At Arizona, he played 31 minutes off the bench and contributed 18 points (7-16, 3-5, 1-4), his highest total since the Kentucky contest, and a career-high nine rebounds to tie for the team high . His 13 first-half points helped UCLA build a 41-33 halftime lead . Against Oregon State, he played 26 minutes off the bench and had four points (2-7, 0-3, 0-0), six rebounds and three assists . Versus Oregon, he played 26 minutes off the bench and contributed nine points (2-7, 0-1, 5-6), two rebounds, one assist and one steal . At California, he played 23 minutes off the bench and had seven points (2-6, 1-1, 2-2), one rebound and one steal . In the win at No. 1 Stanford, he played 17 minutes off the bench and contributed three points (1-2, 1-1, 0-0), one rebound, one assist and one block . In the victory at USC, he played 21 minutes off the bench and was a key to the victory with 19 points (4-6, 0-2, 11-12), three rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal . He scored 15 of UCLA last 22 points in the final 4:33, including nine of 10 from the line . On two occasions, he made two free throws after USC had cut the lead to four (0:46 and 0:38 remaining) . In the win at DePaul, he played 23 minutes off the bench and had two assists and one rebound . In the win over Arizona, he played 16 minutes off the bench and had twp points, two rebounds, one assist and one block . In the victory over Arizona State, he played 26 minutes off the bench and contributed 14 points (4-10, 1-3, 5-5), three rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal . In the win at Oregon, he played 25 minutes and contributed 12 points (6-7, 0-1, 0-0), one assist and one block . In the win at OSU, he played 17 minutes and finished with no points (0-4, 0-2, 0-0), one rebound and one assist . In the win over Cal, he played 18 minutes and contributed three points (0-1, 3-4) . Against Stanford, he played 18 minutes but did not score (0-4, 0-2, 0-0).

YOUNG'S SEASON HIGHS
38 minutes vs. UCSB (11/29/00) and Georgia Tech (12/2/00), 20 points vs. Kentucky (11/10/00), nine rebounds vs. Arizona (1/20/01), six assists vs. UCSB (11/29/00), three steals vs. Kansas (11/9/00), 2 blocked shots vs. Arizona State (2/17/01).

YOUNG'S PAC-10 RANKINGS (Mar. 5)
- FT%, 3rd, 83.8.

Career -
Last year as a sophomore, Young started 10 consecutive games before coming off the bench against North Carolina . In 33 games in 1999-00, he averaged 19.4 minutes, 5.8 points and 2.4 rebounds and shot 36.8 from the field and 31.5 (28-89) from three-point range.

As a true freshman in 1998-99, Young concluded the season averaging 16.1 minutes, 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds, while shooting 46.9 from the field, 40.8 (20-49, No. 1 on the team) from three-point range and 70.4 (19-27, No. 2 on the squad) from the free throw line . He played double-figure minutes in 21 of his last 25 games . Young's 1998-99 preseason honors included Lindy's No. 30 incoming frosh in U. S.

YOUNG'S CAREER HIGHS
38 minutes vs. UCSB (11/29/00) and Georgia Tech (12/2/00), 22 points vs. Oregon State (1/27/00), nine rebounds vs. Arizona (1/20/01), six assists vs. UCSB (11/29/00) and Oregon State (1/27/00), four steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99) and Washington (3/11/00), two blocked shots vs. Arizona State (1/4/99) and Arizona State (2/17/01).

Sophomore (1)
24 Jason Kapono, 6-8, 206, So., F, Lakewood (Artesia)

2000-01 Preseason Honors -
Athlon, third-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News, second-team All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, Blue Ribbon, fourth-team All-America, Lindy's, No. 8 small forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News, No. 2 small forward in the U. S., second-team preseason All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, Vitale, No. 6 swing forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.

2000-01 -
After earning CBS SportsLine National Freshman of the Year and All-Pac-10 honors in 2000, Kapono is on the Wooden (Top 25), Naismith (Top 30) and USBWA (Top 25) preseason 2000-01 Player of the Year lists . He returned for his sophomore season after "testing the waters" last summer with regard to the 2000 NBA Draft . One of the nation's top outside shooters.

As of March 3, Kapono is on the list of 20 finalists for the Wooden Award . He has also been selected first-team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

After 27 starts and leading the Bruins in scoring in 13 (DePaul and Villanova a career-high 28, Arizona State 25, UCSB 24, Purdue 22, Kentucky 21, Hawaii 21, USC 20 twice, Oregon State 19, UC Irvine 19, Georgia Tech 18, California 15) of the 27 contests, Kapono is averaging 35.4 minutes (No. 1 on the squad) and leads the Bruins in scoring (17.0), three-point field goal shooting (45.0, 68-151) and foul shooting (86.7, 117-135) . Kapono is third in assists (2.2), rebounding (5.7) and steals (1.1) . He has scored at least 20 points in 12 games and has been in double figures 21 times . He has also led the team in rebounding seven times . He has made at least one three-point field goal in all but four of his games this season . He made 28 free throws to start the year, missing for the first time on his first attempt versus Hawaii . He has made his last 10 free throws.

Kapono's 68 three-point field goals rank No. 5 on UCLA's single-season list (he set the school record with 82 in 2000) and his three-point field goal percentage of 45.0 ranks sixth . His free throw percentage of 86.7 ranks sixth on the single season list.

During UCLA's last 19 games (16-3), he is averaging 16.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting 45.1 from the field (97-215), 46.2 from three-point range (43-93) and 84.9 from the free throw line (79-93).

In the 12 away games, he is averaging 18.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 43.1 from the field, 47.2 on three-point field goals and 87.9 from the free throw line.

In February, he averaged 16.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in the month of February while shooting 43.8 from the floor, 47.4 from three-point range and 78.0 from the line.

In the week of Feb. 8-10 (at USC, DePaul), he averaged 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals while making 15 of 27 shots from the floor (55.6), eight of 12 shots from three-point range (66.7) and 10 of 11 free throws (90.9). He was the BasketballNews.com Player of the Week.

In New York City, Kapono had back-to-back 20+ point scoring games for the third time in his career and all but one of his field goals was a three-pointer (12-24 from the field, 11-16 from three-point range) . As a starter, played 39 minutes vs. Kansas, with 22 points (6-12, 6 (one shy of tying school record)-9, 4-4), a team-high eight rebounds and a career-high tying six assists . Vs. Kentucky, Kapono played 36 minutes (he fouled out with 3:35 left in regulation, for only the second time in his career), with a team-high 21 points (6-12, 5-7, 4-4), three assists and two steals.

Against Cal State Northridge, he started and played a career-high 40 minutes, finishing with six points (2-8, 2-6, 0-0), three rebounds, two steals and one assist . Vs. UCSB, Kapono played 38 minutes, and led the Bruins in scoring with a season-high 24 points (6-16, 4-12, 8-8, 12th time in career scoring 20 or more points), seven rebounds, two assists and a career-best two blocked shots . Against Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic, he played 35 minutes, led the team with 18 points (2-10, 2-7, 12-12) and added seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and five turnovers . Vs. Hawaii, he started, played 38 minutes and recorded a double-double with a team-high 21 points (8-13, 2-3, 3-6) and 12 rebounds . He also added a career high-tying six assists and one block . Against UC Irvine, he started and played 39 minutes, finishing with a team-high 19 points (6-14, 1-7, 6-6) and seven rebounds . Against North Carolina, he started and played 39 minutes, contributing 12 points (4-13, 3-7, 1-2), four rebounds, three steals and one assist . At Purdue, he started and played 36 minutes in a fine all-around performance, finishing with a team-high 22 points (8-13, 3-5, 3-4), nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

In the Pac-10 opener against Washington, he started and played 33 minutes, finishing with 18 points (6-12, 4-7, 2-2), two rebounds, two assists and one steal . Vs. WSU, he played 30 minutes as a starter and had six points (2-8, 1-5, 1-2), six rebounds, one assist and one steal . In the win over USC, he started and played 38 minutes, leading the team with 20 points (5-13, 2-5, 8-8) and nine rebounds and added two assists and two steals . In the victory over Villanova, he started and played 29 minutes, leading the team with a career-high 28 points (9-14, 2-3, 8-9) and eight rebounds and added one assist . He was selected Pac-10 Player of the Week and FoxSports.com's National Men's Player of the Week for his efforts versus USC and Villanova . At Arizona State, he started and played an outstanding 37 minutes, contributing 25 points (7-13, 3-6, 8-8), five rebounds and one steal . At Arizona, he started and played 34 minutes, finishing with four points (2-14, 0-6, 0-0), four rebounds, four assists and one steal . Against Oregon State, he started and played 27 minutes, finishing with a team-high 19 points (6-9, 5-6, 2-2), three rebounds, two assists and one steal . Versus Oregon, he started and played 32 minutes despite a sore wrist and contributed 18 points (5-11, 3-5, 5-7), four rebounds and three assists . In the second half, he scored eight straight points for the Bruins, including the first six in their 13-0 run that broke the game open . At California, he started and played 31 minutes, leading the team with 15 points (6-11, 2-6, 1-3) and adding three assists, two rebounds and one steal . In the win at No. 1 Stanford, he started and played 36 minutes, contributing 14 points (5-15, 3-4, 1-2), a team-high nine rebounds, one assist and one steal . In the victory at USC, he started and played all 40 minutes and led the team with 20 points (7-14, 3-6, 3-3), including a key three-pointer after USC had cut the lead to one point . He also had seven rebounds, two assists and two fouls . In the win at DePaul, he started, played 35 minutes and recorded his second double-double of the year. He tied his career high with 28 points, making eight of 13 shots from the floor, five of six from three-point range, and seven of eight free throws . He also led the team with 11 rebounds and three steals and added four assists . In the win over Arizona, he started and played 41 minutes, finishing with 20 points (6-13, 3-5, 5-7) and three steals . In the victory over ASU, he started but played just 21 minutes due to foul trouble, finishing with nine points (1-4, 0-1, 7-8), three rebounds and three assists . In the win at Oregon, he played 38 minutes and contributed his third double-double of the year with 20 points (5-15, 2-7, 8-9), one shy of the team high, and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds . He also had three assists and one steal . In the win at OSU, he played a career-best 42 minutes and finished with eight points (4-11, 0-3, 0-1), six rebounds and two assists . It marked only the third time all year he failed to make a three-point field goal or a free throw . In the win over Cal, he started and played 37 minutes and finished with 14 points (3-5, 2-3, 6-6) and three rebounds . Against Stanford, he started and played 34 minutes, contributing eight points (2-7, 0-4, 4-4), two rebounds and one steal.

KAPONO'S SEASON HIGHS -
42 minutes vs. Oregon State (2/24/01), 28 points vs. DePaul (2/10/01) and Villanova (1/13/01), 13 rebounds vs. Oregon (2/22/01), six assists vs. Kansas (11/9/00) and Hawaii (12/9/00), three steals vs. DePaul (2/10/01) and North Carolina (12/23/00), 2 blocked shots vs. UCSB (11/29/00).

KAPONO'S PAC-10 RANKINGS (Mar. 5) -
Scoring, 4th, 17.0, Rebounding, T-14th, 5.7, FT% - 2nd, 86.7 (117-135), 3pt. FG%, 3rd, 45.0 (68-151), 3pt. FGs, 1st, 2.52. KAPONO'S NCAA RANKINGS (Feb. 26) -3pt. FG%, 9th, 45.8.

Career:
His freshman honors last season included National Freshman of the Year by CBS SportsLine, first-team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 co-Freshman of Year by vote of the league's coaches . Also selected second-team District 9 by the USBWA and second-team Freshman All-America by Basketball Times.

The highest scoring freshman in the Pac-10 (16.0 points per game) last season, Kapono was one of two Bruins (Earl Watson) to start all 33 games, tying the school record. Kapono was the second-highest scoring freshman in UCLA history behind only Don MacLean (18.6) . He led the Bruins in scoring 16 times, including 13 of the final 24 games . Scored in double figures in 29 of 33 games, most on the team . He scored 20 or more points nine times in 1999-00.

Kapono in 1999-00 set a UCLA single-season record for three-point field goals with 82, breaking the old mark of 78, set by Tracy Murray in 1992. His 82 three-point field goals also ranked No. 1 on the Pac-10's list for freshmen . Kapono's percentage of 47.4 ranked third in school single-season history.

In the final 2000 NCAA stats, Kapono ranked eighth nationally in three-point field goal percentage (47.7) . In the final 2000 Pac-10 stats, Kapono ranked fifth in scoring (16.0), seventh in field goal percentage (51.9) and first in three-point field goal percentage (47.4).

In 33 games, Kapono averaged 32.7 minutes (second on the team), 16.0 points (first on the team) and 4.4 rebounds (fourth on the team) . He shot 51.9 from the field, 47.4 (82-173, first on the team) from three-point range and 68.4 (65-95, second on the team) from the foul line . Kapono shot at least 50.0 on his overall field goal attempts in 18 of his last 28 games.

In Pac-10 play, he averaged a team-leading 18.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists and shot 55.9 from the floor, 49.5 from three-point range and 67.2 from the free throw line.

Kapono's 1999-2000 preseason honors included Lindy's No. 7 incoming college/NBA freshman in the U. S., Street & Smith's All-West Freshman, Vitale's No. 7 Diaper Dandy in the U. S.

KAPONO'S CAREER CHARTS -
On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (150-324, 46.3), No. 3 (150) in three-point field goals (No. 2, Toby Bailey, 171, 1995-98) and No. 4 (324) in attempts (No. 3, Earl Watson, 375, current).

KAPONO'S CAREER HIGHS -
42 minutes vs. Oregon State (2/24/01), 28 points vs. DePaul (2/10/01) and Villanova (1/13/01), 13 rebounds vs. Oregon (2/22/01), six assists vs. Washington State (1/8/00), Kansas (11/9/00) and Hawaii (12/9/00), three steals four times, last vs. DePaul (2/10/01), two blocked shots vs. UCSB (11/29/00).

Freshmen (3)
43 T. J. Cummings, 6-8, 208, Fr., F, Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) 2000-01 -
One of the top freshmen in the U.S., after 27 games (five starts), Cummings is averaging 20.3 minutes and is averaging 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds (No. 4 on the squad) . He is fourth on the team with his 48.1 field goal percentage.

In January, he averaged 10.8 points, fourth on the squad, and 4.4 rebounds while shooting a team-best .571 (36 of 63) from the floor . In UCLA's last 19 games (16-3), he is averaging 7.2 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 51.4 from the field (55 of 107) to rank third on the squad.

Record-setting performance at the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic in New York City, where he was named the Classic's Sixth Man in All-Classic voting . Vs. Kansas, playing 29 minutes off the bench, and scoring a game-high tying 24 points (8-10, 0-0, 8-10), with seven rebounds and two blocked shots . The 24 points is the best performance ever by a Bruin freshman in his debut game (old mark, 22 points, by Don MacLean vs. Texas Tech, 1988 and Charles O'Bannon, vs. Loyola Marymount, 1993) . Coming off the bench vs. Kentucky, Cummings scored six points in overtime, including the Bruins' final three points and for the game, had eight points and four rebounds.

He made his first start against Cal State Northridge, playing 25 minutes, and contributed 10 points (5-8, 0-1), four rebounds and one assist . Vs. UCSB, Cummings came off the bench and played 22 minutes, with three points and four rebounds . In the Wooden Classic against Georgia Tech, he played 16 minutes off the bench and contributed six points (2-8, 0-1, 2-3) and a career high-tying seven rebounds . Against Hawaii, he played 26 minutes off the bench and contributed eight points (3-7, 2-2), a career high-tying seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block . Vs. UC Irvine, he played 18 minutes off the bench and finished with five rebounds . Against North Carolina, he started and played 17 minutes and finished with four rebounds . At Purdue, he played 13 minutes off the bench and had six points (3-4, 0-0) and three rebounds. In the Pac-10 opener against Washington, he played 23 minutes off the bench and contributed 13 points (6-8, 1-2), five rebounds, one assist and one steal . Vs. WSU, he played 20 minutes and finished with 11 points (5-6, 1-4), five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block . In the win over USC, he played 21 minutes off the bench and contributed nine points (3-6, 3-3) and four rebounds . In the victory over Villanova, he played 28 minutes off the bench with Dan Gadzuric sidelined by back spasms and contributed 13 points (5-10, 3-4) and five rebounds . At Arizona State, he started for Gadzuric and played 26 minutes, contributing 18 points (7-10, 4-8), four rebounds, one assist, one block and one huge charging call with just one one minute remaining and the Bruins leading by five points . At Arizona, he started at forward and played 30 minutes, finishing with eight points (3-9, 0-1, 2-2), three rebounds and one assist . Against Oregon State, he played 21 minutes and finished with six points (3-5, 0-0), five rebounds, one assist and one block . Versus Oregon, he played 23 minutes and contributed eight points (4-9, 0-0), four rebounds and one assist . At California, he played 20 minutes and finished with six points (2-8, 2-4) and five rebounds . In the win at Stanford, he played 10 minutes and contributed four points (1-1, 2-2) and one rebound . In the win at USC, he played 21 minutes off the bench and contributed 11 points (3-4, 5-6), two rebounds and one steal . In the win at DePaul, he started and played 28 minutes and finished with 10 points (3-7, 0-1, 4-6), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block . In the win over Arizona, he played 11 minutes off the bench and finished with three rebounds . In the victory over Arizona State, he tied his career high with 30 minutes and contributed four points (2-6, 0-0), a team-high five rebounds, two assists and two blocks . In the win at Oregon, he played 10 minutes and had four points (2-3, 0-0), four rebounds and one block . In the win at OSU, he played nine minutes and had one rebound . In the win over Cal, he played 10 minutes and finished with two points (1-3, 0-0) and one assist . Versus Stanford, he played 13 minutes and contributed four points (2-5, 0-0) and one rebound.

CUMMINGS' SEASON HIGHS -
30 minutes vs. Arizona (1/20/01) and Arizona State (2/17/01), 24 points vs. Kansas (11/9/00), seven rebounds vs. Kansas (11/9/00), Georgia Tech (12/2/00) and Hawaii (12/9/00), two assists vs. Arizona State (2/12/01), one steal, six times, last vs. DePaul (2/10/01), two blocked shots vs. Kansas (11/9/00) and Arizona State (2/17/01).

Prep Career -
The son of NBA and DePaul great Terry Cummings, T. J. is the first Chicago-land player to sign with UCLA in over 20 years . As a senior prepster at Homewood-Flossmoor under coach Roy Condotti, Cummings earned USA Today honorable mention All-America and as a junior, he was his Conference Player of the Year . As a senior he averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.2 blocked shots.


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