Jan. 27, 2003
THURSDAY, JAN. 30 - UCLA (4-11, 2-5/Pac-10 seventh-place (with Oregon State) tie) vs. Oregon (14-4, 4-3/Pac-10 fourth-place tie), 7:30 P.M. PT, Pauley Pavilion. (TV - FSN/FSNW; Radio - XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean - KPOP in San Diego instead of XTRA 690).
SATURDAY, FEB. 1 - UCLA vs. Oregon State (9-7, 2-5/Pac-10 seventh-place tie (with UCLA) prior to visiting USC Thursday), 7:30 P.M. PT, Pauley Pavilion. (TV - FSNW2; Radio - XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean).
Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his seventh season as Bruin head coach with a school and career mark of 139-70 (209 games, 66.5) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (367 games, 265-102, 72.2). The Kansas contest was Lavin's 200th game as the Bruin head coach. The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the only current coaches who have guided their teams to five NCAA "Sweet 16s" in the last six seasons. Lavin entered 2002-03 as the 15th winningest active coach (minimum five years as a Div. I head coach/based on percentage-69.6, 135-59 entering this season). In his Bruin head coaching career, Lavin is 7-5 vs. Oregon, 5-1 at Pauley Pavilion. Lavin is 11-1 vs. Oregon State, 6-0 at Pauley Pavilion.
Last UCLA Games -
At No. 25 California 80, UCLA 69 - On Jan. 25, UCLA again found itself down early, tried to battle back in the second half but could get no closer than eight points in an 11-point loss to California at Haas Pavilion. Playing without Andre Patterson (sprained left ankle at Stanford), the Bruins started their seventh different lineup in 15 games. The Bruins never led, trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half and were behind 40-23 at halftime. Trailing by 19 early in the second half, UCLA outscored California 14-3 to pull within eight points (47-39) with 15:08 remaining on a three-point field goal by Jason Kapono. However, UCLA was outscored 8-0 over the next five minutes, increasing the deficit to 16 points. The Bruins cut the lead to 10 points (63-53) with 5:19 remaining but a 9-2 burst gave Cal a 17-point lead (72-55) with 3:30 remaining in the game. UCLA had three players in double figures, led by Jason Kapono's 23 points (8-13, 5-7, 2-4). Kapono (1,861) moved past Toby Bailey (1,846, 1995-98) into fourth place on UCLA's career scoring list in this game. Dijon Thompson, making his first start since the Duke contest, had 18 points, four steals, three assists and three rebounds while T.J. Cummings added 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Twelve Bruins played (only injured Andre Patterson did not) and 10 scored. Ryan Hollins played 15 minutes in the second half and had four points and three rebounds. UCLA shot 36.9 (24-65) from the field, 35.0 (7-20) from three-point range and 60.9 (14-23) from the foul line, with 36 rebounds, 13 assists and 13 turnovers. California shot 50.0 (29-58) from the field, 25.0 (3-12) from three-point range and 63.3 (19-30) from the foul line, with 43 rebounds, 19 assists and 17 turnovers. The Golden Bears were led by Joe Shipp's 23 points and 10 rebounds and Amit Tamir's 20 points and 10 rebounds.
At Stanford 52, UCLA 51 - On Jan. 23, UCLA rallied from eight points down in the second half but saw its final shots fail and lost a heartbreaker to Stanford, 52-51 at Maples Pavilion. The Bruins fell behind early and trailed by nine points (20-11) with 7:05 remaining in the first half. However, the Bruins outscored the Cardinal 18-9 down the stretch to tie the game, 29-29, at halftime. In the second half, UCLA scored the first five points, fell behind by eight and still trailed by seven, 51-44, with 6:38 remaining following a three-point play by Josh Childress. UCLA scored seven of the next eight points to pull within one point (52-51) on T.J. Cummings' dunk with 46 seconds remaining. Childress missed a reverse layup and UCLA called timeout with 13 seconds remaining. Cedric Bozeman found Cummings under the basket but his shot from the right side didn't go. Cummings got the offensive rebound to Jason Kapono, but his rushed, last-second shot was short. UCLA had two players in double figures, led by Jason Kapono's 13 points. Dijon Thompson scored 12 points and added four rebounds, three assists and three steals off the bench while Ray Young tied his career high with a game-high nine rebounds. Bruin starting forward Andre Patterson sprained his left ankle very early in the game and was able to only play three minutes (in the first half, with two points/one rebound). UCLA shot 37.7 (20-53) from the field, 23.1 (3-13) from three-point range and 61.5 (8-13) from the foul line, with 40 rebounds, 10 assists and 12 turnovers. Stanford shot 40.0 (22-55) from the field, 23.1 (3-13) from three-point range and 55.6 (5-9) from the foul line, with 32 rebounds, 12 assists and nine turnovers. The Cardinal was led by Childress' 18 points and seven rebounds and Rob Little's 12 points and eight rebounds.
*lineup based on last game, without injured Luke Jackson, who vs. Washington suffered a deep cut to his right ring finger.
Head Coach Ernie Kent - He is in his sixth season at Oregon and owns a record of 108-62. He is in his 12th season overall and has a record of 198-142. Kent is 4-6 overall vs. UCLA, including a 1-4 record at Pauley Pavilion.
The Ducks - Oregon has won four straight games since being swept in the Bay Area. Last week, it defeated Washington, 91-66, and Washington State, 76-66, at home, playing the latter game without injured forward Luke Jackson. The Ducks are 3-3 away from Mac Court, 2-2 on opposing home courts and 0-2 on the road in league play.
UCLA-OREGON SERIES - UCLA leads it, 71-20. The Ducks swept the series last year, winning 91-62 in Eugene and 65-62 at Pauley Pavilion. Prior to last year, Oregon had not won at Pauley since 1984.
The Bruins in the preseason were No. 14 (AP) and No. 12 (USA Today/ESPN). In week one, UCLA was 15th in AP; and in week two, the Bruins were No. 14 (AP/USA Today/ESPN; that was UCLA's last ranking).
UCLA PICKED THIRD IN CONFERENCE POLL
In a poll of media members released Nov. 6 at Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins were picked to finish third (195 votes) in the 2003 Pac-10 Conference race, behind unanimous No. 1 choice Arizona (27 first place votes/270 votes) and second-place Oregon (237). Behind Arizona, Oregon and UCLA were - fourth-place Arizona State (160), fifth-place California (154), sixth-place USC (152); seventh-place Stanford (136); eighth-place Washington (81); ninth-place Oregon State (71) and 10th-place Washington State (29).
2002-03 UCLA SCHEDULE
The Bruins' schedule features eight teams that were in last season's NCAA Tournament ("Sweet 16" Duke, Final Four Kansas, USC, St. John's, "Sweet 16" Arizona, Stanford, California and "Elite Eight" Oregon), and one NIT participant (Arizona State).
In 2001-02, UCLA's schedule was rated by Basketball Times as the No. 3 strongest schedule in the U. S. (trailing only No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 North Carolina) and the Pac-10 Conference was ranked No. 1 in the nation (based on strength of schedule among member schools).
BRUINS IN THE NBA
Entering the preseason, UCLA had 10 players on NBA rosters - Toby Bailey, New York Knicks (waived/playing in Greece); Matt Barnes, Cleveland Cavaliers (waived, drafted by Fayetteville, NC in the NBDL); Baron Davis, New Orleans Hornets; Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee Bucks; Darrick Martin, Denver Nuggets (waived); Jelani McCoy, Toronto Raptors; Jerome Moiso, New Orleans Hornets; Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray, Los Angeles Lakers and Earl Watson, Memphis Grizzlies.