Tuesday, Nov. 23, at Pauley Pavilion - Texas women at UCLA (6 p.m.), Fairfield men at UCLA (30 minutes after conclusion of women's game, Radio-1150am with Chris Roberts)
Saturday, Nov. 27, at Pauley Pavilion - Iona men at UCLA (5 p.m., Radio-1150am with Chris Roberts)
Head Coach Steve Lavin: Enters his fourth season as head coach of the Bruins and ninth on the UCLA staff, with a school and career record of 70-26 (72.9, 96 games).
Lavin is 5-3 in NCAA Tournament play. In his first three seasons, the Bruins averaged over 23 wins a year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all three seasons, including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16' (1998) and also won the 1997 Pacific-10 title.
Lavin is the only coach in school history to win at least 22 games in each of his first three seasons at UCLA and also the only coach to win at least 70.0% of his games in each of his first three years.
On March 29, 1999, Lavin received a contract extension through 2004-2005. His current contract, which runs through the 2001-2002 season, will be extended through the 2004-2005 campaign, giving him a six-year contract that will also include a rollover clause. The annual compensation package will be $578,000.
No. 12 UCLA (0-0, 0-0, 1998-99 - 22-9 overall, 12-6 Pacific-10 3rd place)
UCLA Starting Lineup (AP-No. 12, ESPN/USA Today- Preseason No. 14, 1998-99 - AP - No. 15, before NCAA, ESPN/USAToday - No. 21, after Final Four)
Bruin Probable Starters (UCLA used this starting lineup for both exhibition games)
Bruin Headline: As the decade comes to a close, UCLA in the '90s has won one NCAA title (1995), advanced to the NCAA Tournament all 10 years, including three trips to the Elite Eight (97-95-92) and Sweet 16 (98-95-90), won four Pac-10 crowns (1997--96-95-92) and had 10 consecutive 20+game winning seasons.
Sophomore Matt Barnes is academically ineligible for first quarter (which ends Dec. 17).
In the '90s, the Bruins are 7-3 in season openers, losing to Santa Clara (78-69) at the 1995 Maui Classic, losing to Tulsa in Pauley (77-76, OT) in a 1996 first-round preseason NIT game and losing to North Carolina (109-68) at the 1997 Alaska Shootout. Lavin is 1-2 in openers, beating Santa Clara last year 89-76 in Pauley and losing to North Carolina and Tulsa.
In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1990-91, UCLA is 55-4 (93.2, 59 games). The losses were against -- Kansas, 96-83, 1996-97, Tulsa, 77-76 OT, 1996-97, Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92.
The Bruins will face their second straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team on Saturday, hosting Iona.
Injury Update: The Bruins have been slowed in fall camp because of nagging injuries (UCLA was only able to use six players in the first exhibition game vs. Kraitene). Here's a list-- sophomore center Dan Gadzuric (hyperextended left knee, tendonitis right knee), junior guard Ryan Bailey (plantar faciitis, right foot), sophomore forward JaRon Rush (right elbow strain), sophomore guard Ray Young (right thumb sprain) and junior guard Earl Watson (bruised tailbone). Junior guard Todd Ramasar had left shoulder surgery in mid-October and will be out a minimum of eight weeks.
1999 Pac-10 Standings (Final)
FAIRFIELD (0-2, 0-0, 1998-99 - 12-15 overall, 7-11 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 7th-place tie)
Fairfield Starting Lineup
Head Coach Tim O'Toole: Was 12-15 in 1998-99, in only his second season at Fairfield. A star player at Fairfield in the mid-1980s, O'Toole was an assistant coach at Fordham, Army, Iona, Syracuse, Duke and Seton Hall before becoming head coach at his alma mater.
The Stags: Are 0-2 this season, losing at Kansas (97-71 on Nov. 19 and losing at UNLV 92-68 on Nov. 21. In both games, the Stags were led by sophomore Jermaine Clark, who scored 17 points at Kansas and 22 vs. UNLV. The Stags started three freshmen at UNLV.
In 1998-99, Fairfield was 12-15 overall and 7-11 in the Metro Atlantic, tied for seventh-place with Rider. The Stags lost in the first round of the MAAC Postseason Tournament to Loyola, 75-72. From that team, Fairfield returns nine lettermen, including three starters, forwards, Darren Phillip and Jermaine Clark, along with guard Boo Farrow. The Bruins will face their second consecutive MAAC opponent on Nov. 27, hosting Iona.
Series History : This is the first meeting between the two schools.
Nov. 18-UCLA 83, CA Midwest All-Stars 73 - The score was tied at halftime 42-all, but UCLA pulled away in the second half, outscoring the All-Stars 41-31. The Bruins started the same five players as the Kraitene game (forwards, freshman Jason Kapono and sophomore Billy Knight, center, sophomore Jerome Moiso and junior guards, Rico Hines and Earl Watson) but against the All-Stars, nine Bruins participated (instead of six). UCLA had four players in double figures, led by Earl Watson's 19 points, five assists, four steals and two blocked shots in 38 minutes.
Nov. 10 - UCLA 90, Kraitene (Lithuania) 66 - Using only six players because of injury, the Bruins cruised to a 90-66 exhibition win over Kraitene, after leading 49-26 at halftime. UCLA's five starters played at least 32 minutes and senior Sean Farnham came off the bench to play 25. The Bruins were led by sophomore Jerome Moiso, with 31 points an 11 rebounds.
On Nov. 10, the Bruins inked 6-9, 205-pounder T. J. Cummings, son of DePaul and NBA great Terry Cummings, from Homewood-Flossmoor, IL HS. His many preseason honors, entering his senior campaign, include--Athlon's No. 7 power forward in the U. S., Basketball News' No. 20 player in the U. S. and The Sporting News' No. 23 player in the U. S. As a junior last season, he averaged 18.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals. Cummings chose UCLA over Duke.
Jason Flowers has been added to the Bruin roster. Ineligible this season, Flowers attended UCLA in 1996-97 (did not play basketball), then attended UC Irvine for two seasons, playing for Pat Douglass. As a sophomore last year, 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.
Here's how UCLA nationally ranks as a team in some of the preseason magazines- Basketball News (No. 10), Basketball Times (No. 4), Blue Ribbon (No. 11), Lindy's (No. 6), Playboy (No. 17), Sport (No. 17), Sports Illustrated (No. 10), Street & Smith's (No. 14), The Sporting News (No. 15), Vitale's (No. 11).
In the AP preseason poll, the Bruins were selected No. 12 and No. 14 by ESPN/USA Today.
In the Pac-10 preseason poll, UCLA was picked second, behind Arizona and ahead of defending champion Stanford.
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, UCLA's is 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).
In 1998-99, UCLA used 22 different starting lineups (in 31 games) and did not use the same lineup in back-to-back games since Louisville (Jan. 23) and Washington State (Jan. 28) - a span of 12 straight games
The 1999 NCAA Tournament was UCLA's 35th appearance in the "Big Dance," including bids the last 11 consecutive years. Currently, only three schools have advanced to the NCAA Tournament more consecutive times--North Carolina 25, Arizona 15 and Indiana 14. The Bruins hold the record for most NCAA titles (11), last winning in 1995, and are second in victories (79).
UCLA reached the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season (1997 and '98) for the first time since the 1979 and 1980 seasons. The Bruins are one of just six schools to reach the Sweet 16 in both 1997 and 1998. The others are Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina, Stanford and Utah. UCLA is one of just six schools to reach the Sweet 16 in at least three of the last four years. Kentucky has done it in all four years while Arizona, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Utah have also done it three times.
UCLA won multiple NCAA Tournament games in back-to-back years for the first time since the 1979 and '80 seasons. In 1998, the Bruins beat Miami (FL) and Michigan to advance to the Sweet 16 and in 1997, UCLA beat Charleston Southern, Xavier and Iowa State to move into the Elite Eight. In 1979, the Bruins beat Pepperdine and San Francisco (before losing to DePaul) and in '80, UCLA won five games (over Old Dominion, DePaul, Ohio State, Clemson and Purdue) before losing in the Championship contest to Louisville.
UCLA's victory over WSU on Feb. 25, 1999 gave the Bruins 20 wins for the season. That marked the 38th time in UCLA history that the Bruins have won 20 or more games in a season. It was also the 11th year in a row of 20 or more victories, dating back to 1989.
UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes the last three seasons. Last year's freshman class--guard Ray Young, forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush and Jerome Moiso, 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 in the NBA), forward Billy Knight and guard Todd Ramasar, was voted No. 2 in the nation.
This year the Bruins signed one recruit, McDonald's All-American Jason Kapono.
UCLA has led the NCAA in field goal percentage shooting two of the last four years --1997, 52.0 (932-1791) and 1996, 52.8 (897-1698). Entering the 1998 NCAA Tournament, the Bruins ranked sixth (49.8). In 1999, the Bruins entered the NCAA Tournament shooting 45.6, third in the Pac-10 (finished at 45.4, third in the Pac-10).
UCLA's total of 24 wins in 1998 and '97 has been exceeded only three times in the last 18 years - 1987 (25), 1992 (28) and 1995 (32).
The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in Pauley Pavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in the school's history. The Bruins have an overall record of 1,450-622 (70.0, 2,072 games) in 80 years of college basketball. UCLA's 70.0 winning percentage is No. 4 in the nation all-time behind Kentucky, North Carolina and UNLV. Kansas is fifth.
UCLA has now stretched its NCAA-record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 51 (1948-49 to 1998-99).
Pauley Pavilion (12,819) begins its 35th season in 1999-2000 as the home of the Bruins. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 488-54 (542 games, 90.0, Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, 1996).
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). 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 15-1 at Pauley.
The Bruins finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0).
The Bruins had won 16 straight games in Pauley before losing to Stanford on Feb. 12, 1998. The Bruins had won nine in a row in Pauley since dropping the 1997-98 final regular-season home game to Arizona, 91-87, before losing to Stanford, 72-59, on Jan. 16, 1999 and then won the last six home games of last year.
UCLA's nonconference losses to Kansas on Dec. 7, 1996 and to Tulsa on Nov. 20, 1996 were only the Bruins' third and fourth non-league defeats at home in the last nine years. In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1990-91, UCLA is 55-4 (93.2, 59 games). The losses were against -- Kansas, 96-83, 1996-97, Tulsa, 77-76 OT, 1996-97, Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92.
There's a new scoreboard (the old one was 14 years old) in Pauley Pavilion. The new 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 1999-2000 NBA: UCLA had 11 players on preseason rosters. They were-Charlotte, Baron Davis, Indiana, Reggie Miller, Mitchell Butler (waived), Washington, Tracy Murray, Houston, Don MacLean (waived), Phoenix, Toby Bailey (injured), Portland, Charles O'Bannon (waived), Sacramento, Darrick Martin, Seattle, Jelani McCoy (injured), Vancouver, J. R. Henderson (waived), Detroit, Jerome "Pooh" Richardson (waived). Henderson recently signed with the Las Vegas Silver Bandits (IBL) and Kris Johnson is with Quad Cities (CBA). Former Bruins Tyus Edney and George Zidek, two seniors who helped lead UCLA to the 1995 NCAA title, are playing in Europe. Mitchell Butler and Jack Haley have been practicing with Magic Johnson's All-Stars in Pauley Pavilion. Charles O'Bannon is playing for the CA West Coast All-Stars.
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.
UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN
Career Highlights--Chosen UCLA's head coach, the 11th in school history, on Feb. 11, 1997.
Lavin's UCLA Head Coaching Record
|1997-98||24-9 (NCAA Sweet 16)|
|1996-97||24-8 (NCAA Elite Eight & Pac-10 Champ)|
|Totals||70-26 (72.9, 96 games)|
Lavin's UCLA Assistant Coaching Record
|1995-96||23-8 (NCAA, Pac-10 Champ)|
|1994-95||32-1 (NCAA & Pac-10 Champ)|
|1991-92||28-5 (NCAA Elite Eight, Pac-10 Champ)|
|UCLA Totals||196-58 (77.2, 254 games)|
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
|Week One (Nov. 16)||12th||----|
|Week Two (Nov. 22)|
1998-99 Final Pac-10 Stats
Team--Scoring Offense-2nd, 77.2, Scoring Defense-4th, 70.7, Scoring Margin-3rd, +6.4, FT %-10th, 59.6, FG %-3rd, 45.4, FG % Def.-3rd, 41.2, 3-Pt. FG %-9th, 32.7, 3-Pt. FGs Made-7th, 5.26, 3-Pt. FG % Def.-4th, 32.3, Reb. Off.- 4th, 38.5, Reb. Def.- 7th, 36.9, Reb. Margin- 5th, +1.6, Bkd. Shots- 3rd, 3.65, Assts.- 3rd, 15.71, Stls.- 1st, 9.94, TO Margin- 2nd, +3.29, Asst./TO Ratio- 6th, 0.93, Off. Reb.- 1st, 15.45, Def. Reb.-9th, 23.10.
Team Highs (Leaders)-- Points- 114 vs. CS Northridge, FGs Made- 43 vs. CS Northridge, FG Atts.- 83 vs. Arizona State.
Individual (Top 10) --Scoring- Baron Davis, 7th, 15.9, Earl Watson, 16th, 13.3, Rebounding- JaRon Rush, 9th, 7.3, Jerome Moiso, 15th, 5.8, Dan Gadzuric, 16th, 5.7, Steals- Baron Davis, 2nd, 2.52, Blocks-Dan Gadzuric, 6th, 1.25, Jerome Moiso, 9th, 0.90, FG%- None, Assists- Baron Davis, 2nd, 5.11, Earl Watson, 6th, 4.58.
The 1999-2000 basketball season is UCLA's third on XTRA 1150 Sports. Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, enters his eighth season as the voice of the Bruins.
UCLA games are also available via the internet at (www.xtra1150.com), (www.uclabruins.com) and (www.broadcast.com). Fans can also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929).
Updated notes released each Monday beginning Dec. 7. Pac-10 information is available on the Pac-10 home page. Point your web browser to http://www.pac-10.org.
Pac-10 Men's Basketball Satellite Feed (Galaxy 3, Transponder K17 (KU Band). Thursday, Nov. 18--11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PST.
UCLA PLAYER UPDATES--
30 Sean Farnham, 6-6, Sr., F, Clayton, CA (Concord De LaSalle)
1999-2000 - The only senior on this year's team and a co-captain with juniors, Earl Watson and Rico Hines.
Career - Originally a true freshman walk-on, Farnham was given a scholarship before the start of the 1996-97 season ... Farnham had a breakthrough season in 1998-99 as a junior ... He appeared in a season-high 19 games, averaged a career-best 7.9 minutes and started seven times, including six of the Bruins' last seven contests ... UCLA's record was 6-1 (losing only to Detroit in the NCAA ) when Farnham started last year ... In 19 games last year, Farnham averaged 7.9 minutes, 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting 59.1 from the field (best on the team) and 57.1 (4-7) from the foul line ... In his last seven games (six starts), he averaged 12.6 minutes (88), 2.7 points (19) and 2.0 rebounds (14) while shooting 69.2 (9-13) from the floor. In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he started and played five minutes with one steal ... His career-high are--19 minutes vs. Washington State (2/25/99), six points, three times, last vs. Washington State (2/25/99), four rebounds vs. Washington State, (2/25/99), two assists, four times, last vs. Syracuse (2/21/99), one steal, five times, last vs. Detroit (3/11/99), two blocked shot vs. CS Fullerton (12/13/97).
21 Ryan "Moose" Bailey, 6-2, Jr., G, Los Angeles (Loyola/Penn State)
1999-2000 - Has been slowed this fall with plantar faciitis in his right foot ... Bailey will challenge for the starting guard spot opposite Earl Watson.
Career - Bailey, younger brother of Bruin standout Toby Bailey, now with the Phoenix Suns, in 1998-99, 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 ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he played nine minutes off the bench and missed his only field goal attempt from three-point range ... Bailey's 1998-99 season-highs were -- 26 minutes vs. Arizona (3/6/99), 11 points, twice, last vs. Washington State (2/25/99), four rebounds, twice, last vs. USC (1/20/99), five assists vs. Delaware State (12/2/98), three steals, three times, last vs. Arizona (3/6/99) ... His 1998-99 preseason honors included Preview Sports Top Newcomer in the Pac-10 and Vitale's Impact Transfer in the Pac-10 ... He 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) ... Prior to Penn State, Bailey spent 1995-96 at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA ... Originally signed with Portland (Bruin assistant coach Michael Holton was a coach at Portland at the time) after high school but instead enrolled at Hargrave ... Prep standout at Loyola HS, as a senior in 1994-95, Bailey averaged 24.0 points and 11.0 assists and was named to the Los Angeles Times All-Central City first-team.
22 Rico Hines, 6-4, Jr., F, Greenville, NC (Hargrave Military Academy/Saint John's at Prospect Hall)
1999-2000 - A valuable and experienced performer for the Bruins, Hines is a co-captain this year with fellow junior Earl Watson and senior Sean Farnham ... He started the Bruins' two exhibition games.
Career Highlights - In 1998-99, 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) ... Prior to the injury, Hines played in the Bruins' first 14 games and started six ... He came back to play in UCLA's final six games, but was not at full strength and averaged just 4.2 minutes a game ... In 20 games (six starts) last 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 the 1999 NCAA Tournament vs. Detroit, he played five minutes off the bench ... In 1997-98 as a true frosh, Hines played in 23 games and had a strong NCAA Tournament ... In the 1998 NCAA Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky, he played 18 minutes and contributed four points (1-2, 2-2), four rebounds and one steal ... In the NCAA win over Michigan, he played 15 minutes ... In the NCAA victory over Miami, he played 20 minutes, grabbed two rebounds and had one assist ... His career-highs are-33 minutes vs. San Francisco (11/26/98), 11 points vs. Delaware State (12/2/98), six rebounds, twice, last vs. San Francisco (11/26/98, six assists vs. Loyola Marymount (12/29/98), two steals, twice, last vs. Washington State (1/29/98), one blocked shot, three times, last vs. Delaware State (12/2/98).
11 Todd Ramasar, 6-5, Jr., G, Corona (Riverside North)
1999-2000 - Ramasar had left shoulder surgery on Oct. 18 and will miss at least 12 weeks of practice ... The three-and-one-half hour procedure, to stabilize the joint and repair a cartilage tear, was performed at the UCLA Medical Center by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman.
Career - Ramasar as a sophomore in 1998-99, 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) ... His career-highs are nine minutes vs. Washington State (2/25/99), six points vs. Washington State (2/25/99), one rebound, six times, last vs. Washington State (2/25/99), one assist vs. Kentucky (3/20/98), one steal vs. Alaska-Anchorage (11/28/97).
25 Earl Watson, 6-1, Jr., G, Kansas City, KS (Washington)
1999-2000 Preseason Honors - Athlon second-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News' No. 20 point guard in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's second-team All-Pac-10, Street & Smith's All-Pac-10 team, The Sporting News' No. 18 point guard in the U.S., second-team All-Pac-10, Vitale's No. 17 point guard in the U.S., first-team All-Pac-10, One of 25 players considered for selection to the Wooden Award preseason All-America team.
1999-2000 - A co-captain with fellow junior Rico Hines and senior Sean Farnham ... The Bruins' iron man, he has started every UCLA game (64) for the last two seasons ... Needs just 32 steals (has 113) and 70 assists (has 246) to enter UCLA's career Top 10 charts.
Career - 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 ... For the second consecutive year, he was the only Bruin to start every game (31) ... 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) ... In '99 Pac-10 stats for league games only, he finished 20th in scoring (13.4) and 10th in assists (4.06) ... On the offensive end, Watson scored in double figures in 25 of 31 games, most on the team. ... He led the Bruins in scoring last year seven times, including two of the last four games and in assists in 17 of 31 games ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, Watson started his 64th straight game and played a team-high 39 minutes, contributing nine points (4-9, 1-4, 0-2), a game-high seven assists, six rebounds, two blocks and one steal ... 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, 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-highs are 44 minutes vs. Arizona State (1/4/99), 24 points at Washington (1/31/99), nine rebounds, twice, last vs. Arizona State (3/4/99), 11 assists vs. Washington (1/31/98), seven steals vs. Northern Arizona (12/18/97), two blocked shots, three times, last vs. Detroit (3/11/99).
23 Matt Barnes, 6-7, So., F, Citrus Heights, (Del Campo)
1999-2000 - Barnes is academically ineligible for the fall quarter (the fall quarter ends on Friday, Dec. 17).
Career - Barnes in 1998-99 as a freshman 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 led the Bruins three times in rebounding (8 vs. Santa Clara and San Francisco and six vs. Oregon State,h) and started eight of his 30 games ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he played two minutes ... His career-bests are 28 minutes vs. Santa Clara (11/19/98), 11 points vs. CS Northridge (12/19/98), eight rebounds, twice, last vs. San Francisco (11/26/98), four assists vs. Oregon State (2/7/99), three steals vs. Kentucky (11/28/98), two blocked shots vs. USC (2/17/99).
50 Dan Gadzuric, 6-11, So., C, Den Haag, Holland (Gov. Dummer Academy/Byfield, MA)
1999-2000 Preseason Honors - 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., Vitale's No. 12 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.
1999-2000 - One of the top young centers in college basketball, the Bruins are looking for a healthy Gadzuric to bolster their inside scoring, rebounding and defense.
Career - 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, 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) ... In '99 Pac-10 stats for league games only, he finished 14th in rebounding (5.7) and ninth in blocked shots (0.93) ... 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 are 32 minutes vs. California (1/14/99), 16 points, twice, last vs. Washington State, 14 rebounds vs. Arizona State (1/4/99), three assists vs. CS Northridge (12/19/98), five steals vs. Oklahoma State (12/5/98), four blocked shots vs. Santa Clara (11/19/98).
3 Billy Knight, 6-5, So., F, Los Angeles (Westchester)
1999-2000 - Started the Bruins' first two exhibitions games ... Knight, after missing all of last year, will give UCLA depth and added outside shooting.
Career - 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 only start of his career was vs. CS Fullerton as a freshman, playing a career-high 26 minutes and scoring a career-best 15 points (6-9, 3-6, 0-0), with one rebound, a season-high tying one assist and one steal ... Knight's career-highs are 26 minutes vs. CS Fullerton (12/13/97), 15 points vs. CS Fullerton (12/13/97), three rebounds, twice, last vs. Illinois (12/30/97), one assist, three times, last vs. Northern Arizona (12/18/97), one steal, five times, last vs. Washington State (1/29/98).
0 Jerome Moiso (Moe-e-zoe), 6-10, So., F/C, Guadeloupe, West Indies (Milford Academy/Milford, CN)
1999-2000 Preseason Honors - Athlon third-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 19 power forward in the U. S., third-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News' No. 19 power forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Vitale's No. 13 power forward in the U. S..
1999-2000 - Moiso is one of the top young collegiate forwards in the U. S., who can also play center, combining size and agility with an outside jumper.
Career - As a true freshman in 1998-99, Moiso averaged 23.8 minutes per game and earned All-Pac-10 Freshman honorable mention and was on College Hoops Insider's All-Freshman team ... He was UCLA's second-leading rebounder (5.8) and No. 4 scorer (10.8) and shot 48.7 (131-269, No. 3 on the team) from the field and 61.5 (48-78) from the foul line ... His 5.8 rebound average ranked sixth all-time among Bruin freshmen and his 10.8 scoring average ranked seventh all-time among freshmen ... In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, he was 15th in rebounding (5.8) ... In '99 Pac-10 stats for league games only, he was 19th in rebounding (5.3) and eighth in blocked shots (0.86) ... He started 21 of 29 games in which he played and led the Bruins in scoring five times and in rebounding 11 times ... He scored in double figures in 16 of 29 games ... Moiso was bothered by arch problems in both feet over the last month of the season ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he started and played 35 minutes, contributing five points (2-5, 1-2), six rebounds, two blocks and one assist ... His 1998-99 preseason honors included Lindy's No. 14 incoming frosh in U. S. and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year ... Moiso's career-bests are 36 minutes at Louisville (1/23/99), 25 points vs. Kentucky (11/28/98), 11 rebounds vs. Loyola Marymount (12/29/98), three assists vs. Arizona (1/2/99), three steals vs. Washington State (1/28/99), three blocked shots vs. American (12/23/98).
4 JaRon Rush, 6-7, So., F, Kansas City, MO (Pembroke Hill School)
1999-2000 Preseason Honors - Athlon third-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News' No. 13 "slasher" in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 11 small forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Street & Smith's Top 5 small forward in the U.S., The Sporting News' No. 12 small forward in the U.S., second-team All-Pac-10, Vitale's No. 9 swing forward in the U.S., second-team All-Pac-10.
1999-2000 - Rush enters 1999-2000 as one of the country's top small forwards, after leading the Bruins in rebounding last year and earning Pac-10 All-Freshman honors.
Career - Rush, a member of the 1999 Pac-10 All-Freshman team and a second-team Basketball News freshman All-America, was a rebounding machine in 1998-99 as a true freshman ... He averaged 28.1 minutes (No. 3 on the team), 11.4 points (No. 3 on the team) and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds while shooting 37.2 from the field, 26.5 (27-102) from three-point range and 62.4 (63-101) from the foul line ... His 7.3 rebound average was the second-highest all-time among Bruin freshmen, trailing only Don MacLean's 7.5 in 1989, and his 11.4 scoring average was sixth on that list ... In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, Rush was ninth in rebounding (7.3) and in the '99 Pac-10 stats for league games only, he finished sixth in rebounding (8.2) ... He led the Bruins in rebounding a team-high 12 times, including eight of the last nine games (six straight prior to the Arizona State), and in scoring three times) ... In Pac-10 play, Rush averaged a team-best 8.2 rebounds ... He grabbed at least seven boards in 15 of his final 20 games (171 total for an 8.6 average), including 15 against Washington, 13 vs. Detroit, 12 at both Oregon State and Oregon, 11 at Stanford, 10 vs. USC and Arizona and nine five times ... Rush started 22 of 28 games in which he played ... In his final 10 games, Rush averaged 14.6 points (146) and shot 40.6 (52-128) from the floor and 35.1 (13-37) from three-point range and he averaged 10.2 rebounds in his last nine games (92, 5.1 (46) on the offensive end ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he started and played a career-high tying 36 minutes, recording his fifth double-double in nine games, finishing with 10 points (2-11, 2-6, 4-6), 13 rebounds (five offensive), three steals and one block ... Rush's 1998-99 preseason honors included Basketball News' Heavenly Hundred, Lindy's No. 17 incoming frosh in the U. S., Preview Sports' No. 6 incoming frosh in the U. S., The Sporting News' Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year ... His career-highs are 36 minutes, four times, last vs. Detroit (3/11/99), 23 points vs. Syracuse (2/21/99), 15 rebounds vs. Washington (2/27/99), three assists, three times, last vs. Louisville (1/23/99), six steals vs. Washington (2/27/99), two blocked shots, twice, last vs. Arizona State (3/4/99).
34 Ray Young, 6-3, So., G, Oakland (St. Joseph Notre Dame)
1999-2000 - Although slowed with a sprained right thumb, Young is competing for the starting guard spot opposite Earl Watson.
Career - 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 ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, Young played 25 minutes off the bench and contributed 11 points (4-7, 3-5, 0-0) and four rebounds ... Young's 1998-99 preseason honors included Lindy's No. 30 incoming frosh in U. S. ... His career-bests are--34 minutes at Louisville (1/23/99), 14 points vs. CS Northridge (12/19/98), six rebounds, three times, last vs. California (2/13/99), two assists five times, last vs Arizona State (3/4/99, three steals, twice, last vs. Stanford (2/11/99), two blocked shots vs. Arizona State (1/4/99).
24 Jason Kapono, 6-7, Fr., F, Lakewood (Artesia)
1999-2000 Preseason Honors - 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.
1999-2000 - Kapono, a McDonald's prep All-American, started the Bruins' two exhibition games and has looked strong in fall camp ... Fundamentally sound, Kapono will help the Bruins' outside and free throw shooting.
Prep Career - One of the top high school players in the nation last year at Artesia HS, Kapono signed with the Bruins on May 20 ... A 1999 first-team prep All-America honoree by McDonald's, Parade and Street & Smith's ... The O'Bannon brothers, Ed and Charles, also played at Artesia HS under coach Wayne Merino ... In 1998-99 as a senior prepster, Kapono led Artesia to 32 wins and led the team in scoring (23.5) and assists (7.6), was second in rebounding (9.0) and third in steals (3.3) and blocked shots (1.4), while leading his team in foul shooting (92.5) ... During his prep career, he hit a school-record 211 three-pointers.
FINAL 1998-99 TEAM STATS (31 Games)
|(Pts.-Reb.)||JaRon Rush (5)|
|Jerome Moiso (2)|
|(Pts.-Asts.)||Baron Davis (2)|
|Double Figures (Pts.)||Earl Watson (25)|
|Baron Davis (23)|
|Jerome Moiso (16)|
|JaRon Rush (16)|
|Dan Gadzuric (11)|
|Ray Young (8)|
|Travis Reed (6)|
|Ryan Bailey (3)|
|Matt Barnes (2)|
|Rico Hines (1)|
|Brandon Loyd (1)|
|20-Pt. Scoring||Baron Davis (9)|
|Jerome Moiso (4)|
|JaRon Rush (2)|
|Earl Watson (2)|
|Travis Reed (1)|
|Double Figures (Reb.)||JaRon Rush (7)|
|Jerome Moiso (3)|
|Dan Gadzuric (2)|
|Double Figures (Ast.)||Baron Davis (2)|
|Leading Scorers||Baron Davis (13)|
|(w/Ties)||Earl Watson (7)|
|Jerome Moiso (5)|
|Dan Gadzuric (3)|
|JaRon Rush (3)|
|Travis Reed (1)|
|Leading Rebounders||JaRon Rush (12)|
|(w/Ties)||Jerome Moiso (11)|
|Dan Gadzuric (6)|
|Matt Barnes (3)|
|Earl Watson (2)|
|Travis Reed (2)|
|Baron Davis (1)|
|Leading Assists||Earl Watson (17)|
|(w/Ties)||Baron Davis (15)|
|JaRon Rush (2)|
|Ryan Bailey (2)|
|Rico Hines (1)|
|Leading Steals||Earl Watson (12)|
|(w/Ties)||Baron Davis (12)|
|JaRon Rush (10)|
|Dan Gadzuric (5)|
|Jerome Moiso (3)|
|Ray Young (2)|
|Travis Reed (2)|
|Matt Barnes (1)|
|Ryan Bailey (1)|
FINAL FOR THE RECORD (1998-99 - 31 Games)
|UCLA 80 Pts. or Over||11-1|
|UCLA 79 Pts. or Under||11-8|
|Opp. 80 Pts. or more.||3-3|
|Opp Under 80 Pts.||19-6|
|Leading at Half||Tied||Trailing at Half|
|FG % of .500 or better||Less than .500|
|Opp. FG % under .400|
|Opp. FG% between .400-.500|
|Opp. FG% over .500|
|Outshooting Opp.||Outshot by Opp.|
|UCLA Reb. Advantage||Opp. Advantage||Tied|
|With five minutes to play (in regulation)|
|UCLA leads with 5:00 to play: 17-1|
|UCLA trails with 5:00 to play: 2-8|
|UCLA tied with 5:00 to play: 3-0|
|Margin of Victory|
|One Point: 0-0||Two Points: 2-1|
|Three Points: 4-1||Four Points: 0-2|
|5-10 Pts.: 5-1||11-15 Pts.: 3-1|
|16-19 Pts.: 4-3||20 or more: 4-0|
|Night and Day|