Feb. 1, 2002
No. 13/13 UCLA faces OREGON STATE (10-10, 3-7 in Pac-10) - In another key Pac-10 matchup, Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins face Ritchie McKay's Oregon State Beavers on Saturday (Feb. 2) at 7:05 p.m. in Gill Coliseum (TV-Fox Sports Net West 2, Radio-Fox Sports AM 1150, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers). On Thursday, UCLA lost at Oregon 91-62 and Oregon State lost to USC 64-51.
UCLA vs. OSU - UCLA leads the series 71-29. UCLA swept the series last year, winning 67-40 at Pauley Pavilion and 68-65 in overtime in Corvallis. The Bruins have won 16 of the last 17 meetings, including seven of the last eight in Corvallis.
UCLA's Last Game - Jan. 31 - at Oregon 91, No. 13 UCLA 62 - Before 9,087 at McArthur Court in Eugene, OR, Oregon registered its largest win ever over UCLA, defeating the Bruins 91-62. The Ducks led 47-28 at halftime.
UCLA never led in the contest and trailed by double digits for the final 31:47. UCLA trailed by 20 early in the second half but Oregon went on a 15-0 run to make the score 69-34 with 13:38 remaining. The closest UCLA got after that was 22 points.
UCLA shot 41.8 (fourth-lowest of the season) from the field, a season-low 7.1 (1-14) from three-point range and 55.6 (5-9, both season lows) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds and 11 turnovers.
Oregon shot an opponent-high 56.7 from the field, an opponent-high 45.5 (10-22) from three-point range and 72.2 (13-18) from the foul line, with a game-high 41 rebounds and 13 turnovers. The Ducks had five players in double figures, led by Frederick Jones with 28 points.
Bruin Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his sixth year as the Bruin head coach, he's 14-6 (70.0, 20 games) this season, directed the Bruins to nine consecutive wins (tied for second-longest winning streak in Lavin's Bruin tenure) before losing at USC, and has a school and overall mark of 128-53 (181 games, 70.7). Lavin is 9-1 vs. Oregon State, 4-1 in Corvallis.
Lavin, the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, with UCLA's 87-77 win over No. 1 Kansas in Pauley on Jan. 12, has now beaten the No. 1 ranked team three consecutive seasons (also winning at Stanford the last two years when the Cardinal was ranked No. 1). Lavin is 3-3 vs. the No. 1 ranked team in his career.
Lavin's five+ seasons have been highlighted by yearly winning streaks - 2001-02 - nine games, 2000-01- eight (later in the season) and six games (earlier), 1999-00- eight games (late in the season, including NCAA), 1998-99-eight games (early), 1997-98-nine games (early) and 1996-97-12 to end season, including NCAA (longest win streak of Lavin's career).
Under Lavin, the Bruins are 110-4 when leading at the five-minute mark.
Athletic Director's Honor Roll - In fall quarter grades, the Bruins had two players make the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (a 3.0gpa or higher)- junior Jason Kapono (history major) and senior Matt Barnes (history major).
Community Service - On Monday, Jan. 7 the Bruins took their annual visit to the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte. On Friday, Dec. 7, the day before UCLA's game vs. Alabama at the Wooden Classic in Anaheim, the Bruins participated in a clinic with the Southern California Special Olympics (the designated charity for the Wooden Classic).
Starting Lineups - The Bruins have used three different starting lineups this season. When Rico Hines was in the starting lineup (did not play at the Arizona schools and vs. Stanford because of the lingering effects of a concussion), the Bruins were 10-1, including a nine-game winning streak. The starting lineup UCLA used vs. Oregon is now 4-5, with wins over California, at Arizona State and at the Maui Invitational (victories over South Carolina and Houston) and losses at Oregon, Stanford, at Arizona, Pepperdine and to Ball State at Maui.
2001-02 Special Team Stats (20 games)
The Bruins have led 12 times (10-2, led at Arizona 58-43 but lost 96-86, led Pepperdine 36-33 but lost 85-78) at halftime, trailed seven times (3-4, at Oregon 47-UCLA 28, Stanford 42-UCLA 40, at USC 37-UCLA 29, at WSU 37-UCLA 29 (came back to win 79-74), at Washington 37-UCLA 30 (came back to win 85-79), UC Irvine 29-UCLA 27 (came back to win 75-74), Ball State 44-UCLA 40) and have been tied once (1-0, UCLA 28-UC Riverside 28).
UCLA has outrebounded 13 of 20 opponents (only at Oregon (41-29), Stanford (45-37), at USC (46-33), WSU (36-34), at Washington (36-33), UC Irvine (30-23) and Alabama (44-38) outrebounded the Bruins). After 20 games, UCLA is averaging 36.5 rebounds a game (34.1 opponents).
UCLA has outshot 14 (13-1, beating Houston, South Carolina, UC Riverside, Alabama, at Washington, at WSU, Columbia, Georgetown, Washington, WSU, Kansas, at Arizona State and California) of 20 opponents, including nine straight prior to the Arizona game. Oregon (56.7-41.8), Stanford (49.1-40.3), Arizona (48.4-46.2), UC Irvine (52.1-45.3), Pepperdine (47.8-41.2) and Ball State (45.7-42.6) outshot UCLA from the field (1-4, beating UC Irvine). Vs. South Carolina, the Bruins shot 72.9 (35-48), No. 2 in school history and the current national team leader for single-game FG%. After 20 games, UCLA is shooting 47.7 from the field (43.3 opponents).
From three-point range, UCLA has outshot 13 (10-3, lost at Arizona, at USC and Pepperdine) of 20 opponents, only Ball State (BS 45.7-UCLA 33.3), UC Riverside (UCR 33.3-UCLA 26.7), Washington twice (at UW 42.1-UCLA 35.3 and UW 34.5-UCLA 23.1), Kansas (KU 39.3-UCLA 37.5), Stanford (41.2-33.3) and Oregon (45.5-07.1) outshot the Bruins from three-point range (4-3, lost to Oregon, Stanford and Ball State). After 20 games, UCLA is shooting 40.4 from the three-point line (32.8 opponents)
UCLA has been outshot at the free throw line in 12 of 20 games (at Oregon 72.2/556, California 80.0/60.9, Stanford 67.6/UCLA 54.8, at Arizona 78.6/UCLA 69.2, at ASU 72.2/UCLA 65.4, KU 80.8/UCLA 77.8, WSU 83.3/at UCLA 68.2, Georgetown 81.8/UCLA 69.0, at WSU 100.0/UCLA 58.6, UC Irvine 94.1/UCLA 80.0, Pepperdine 68.8/UCLA 56.0, Houston 68.4/UCLA 63.6 -- 8-4, losing at Oregon, Stanford, at Arizona and to Pepperdine). UCLA has had four contests of 80.0 or better (UCLA 80.0 vs. Columbia 62.5, UCLA 80.0 vs. UC Irvine, UCLA 85.0 vs. Alabama, UCLA 81.3 vs. South Carolina and UCLA 84.0 vs. Ball State). After 20 games, the Bruins are shooting 68.2 from the line (71.4 opponents).
UCLA has made fewer turnovers than its opponent in 11 of 20 games (one tie), including 11 of the last 16 contests (one tie) and is 12-4 in that span. Overall, the Bruins are averaging 14.75 turnovers a game (14.15 opponents).
The Bruins are 13-0 when leading at the five minute mark, 0-6 when trailing and 1-0 when the game is tied (63-63 at WSU).
Jason Kapono - In 20 starts, Kapono is UCLA's leading scorer (17.7) and also leads the Bruins in minutes (35.3), foul shooting (85.9, 73-85) and three-point shooting (47.9, 58-121), No. 3 in assists (2.5) and No. 3 in rebounding (5.7). A Wooden Award Midseason (Top 30) selection, Kapono this season has set the school record for three-pointers (he now has 224) and holds the school record for three-point shooting (46.9, 224-478).
Vs. Oregon, Kapono played 24 minutes, with a season-low four points, one rebound, one assist and two turnovers.
He's led the Bruins in scoring eight times this season, four times in rebounding (including season-high 11 vs. Columbia) and has scored in double figures in 19 of 20 games, including six games of 20 or more (including a career-tying high of 28 vs. Pepperdine).
Billy Knight - In 20 starts, Knight is the Bruins' No. 2 scorer (15.4), also No. 3 in minutes (29.7) and No. 2 in three-point shooting (43.5, 40-92) and foul shooting (81.4, 83-102). He ranks second on the team in steals (1.25) and is averaging 1.45 assists a game.
Vs. Oregon, Knight played 22 minutes, with 14 points, one shy of the team high, and one rebound.
He's scored in double figures 17 of 20 games, has led the Bruins in scoring on three occasions (including a career-high 32 points vs. Washington State,h) and has six games of 20 or more. His string of five straight double scoring games was snapped vs. Stanford.
Matt Barnes - In 19 starts (and games, he did not play vs. UC Irvine because of a sprained left ankle), Barnes is UCLA's No. 3 scorer (14.1), No. 2 rebounder (5.9) and No. 3 in three-point shooting (41.1, 23-56) and leads in assists (3.5). He's shooting 49.5 from the field (No. 2 among starters) and averaging a team-best 1.26 steals.
Vs. Oregon, Barnes played 24 minutes, finishing with two points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.
For the week of Jan. 10-12, Barnes was named the Sports Illustrated National and Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts in UCLA's loss at USC and victory over No. 1 Kansas in Pauley. Vs. USC, Barnes played 37 minutes, scoring a career-high 34 points, including tying the school record with seven three-pointers (7-11). He also added five rebounds and two assists. In the win over KU, Barnes led the Bruins with 27 points and added five rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. His two-game total of 61 points (30.5) was the best by a Bruin since Ed O'Bannon scored 64 points in back-to-back games vs. California (27, also tied the school record for three-pointers, originally set by Reggie Miller vs. Washington State, 12/19/86) and Duke (37) in 1995.
Barnes has led the Bruins in scoring in three of the last seven games (34 vs. USC, 27 vs. Kansas and 20 vs. Stanford) and four times in rebounding. He's scored in double figures on 13 occasions this season, and had a string of nine straight games snapped at Oregon. In his last seven games, he's averaged 19.0 points (133), 5.7 rebounds (40), 3.7 assists (26) and 1.4 steals (10), while shooting 50.0 (47-94) from the field and 42.4 (14-33) from three-point range.
Dan Gadzuric - In 20 starts, Gadzuric is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (10.2) and No. 1 rebounder (6.7). He's shooting 55.0 from the field and leads the team in blocked shots (0.9). In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 12.6 points and 8.5 rebounds and shooting 58.4 from the field.
Vs. Oregon, Gadzuric played 22 minutes, with eight points and seven rebounds.
On Dec. 20-22, Gadzuric had a huge weekend at the Washington schools, leading the Bruins to two victories at UW (23 points, career-high, 13 rebounds, at the time a season-high) and WSU (20 points). It was UCLA's first sweep at the Washington schools since 1997, the last year UCLA won the Pac-10.
Gadzuric has scored in double figures 10 times this year, including five of the last six games. He's led the Bruins twice in scoring and 10 times in rebounding, including each of the last three games.
Cedric Bozeman - Made his first appearance vs. UW (in Pauley on Jan. 4) since arthroscopic right knee surgery on Dec. 3 (after starting the first four games, he missed seven games because of the injury and surgery).
He has now played in nine games since returning and in 13 contests (nine starts), Bozeman is averaging 22.1 minutes, 3.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
Vs. Oregon, he started and played 20 minutes, with three rebounds and five assists.
Rico Hines - Suffered a mild concussion at practice on Tuesday, Jan. 8, two days before the game vs. USC at The Forum. Was cleared to play vs. USC and Kansas (said he was feeling OK with no headaches). But on Monday, Jan. 14, Hines admitted to the Bruin medical staff he had actually had headaches since Jan. 8. He missed games at ASU and Arizona plus last week's Stanford game.
The Bruins were 10-1 with Hines in the starting lineup, including a nine-game winning streak. On the court, he's UCLA's leader and top defensive performer.
T.J. Cummings - After 20 games (no starts), Cummings is UCLA's No. 5 scorer (9.7), No. 4 rebounder (3.4) and No. 3 shooter from the field (53.3, 80-150).
Vs. Oregon, Cummings played 19 minutes, with 15 points and six rebounds.
He's led the Bruins in scoring four times this year and twice in rebounding. He's scored in double figures off the bench eight times this season. He had a career-high 25 points vs. South Carolina and had his first career double-double (22 points and career-high 11 rebounds) in UCLA's win over Washington in Pauley.
Looking Ahead- UCLA will return to Pac-10 play next Wednesday night (Feb. 6), hosting USC at Pauley Pavilion (7:30 p.m.). The Bruins will then play their final non-conference game of the year, traveling to Philadelphia to face Villanova on Saturday, Feb. 9 (10:00 a.m. PST).