Jan. 31, 2000
Thursday, Feb. 3 - No. 2 Stanford at UCLA, 7:30 p.m., Pauley Pavilion, (TV-Fox Sports Net (Fox Net 2 in Los Angeles), Radio- XTRA Sports 1150am with Chris Roberts)
Saturday, Feb. 5 - California at UCLA, Noon, Pauley Pavilion, (TV-ABC (Channel 7 in Los Angeles), Radio- XTRA Sports 1150am with Chris Roberts, Westwood One nationwide)
Head Coach Steve Lavin: In his fourth season as head coach of the Bruins and ninth on the UCLA staff, with a school and career record of 82-32 (71.9, 114 games). In his career, Lavin is 1-5 vs. Stanford and 4-2 vs. California.
UCLA's win over Maine in the first round of The 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 was Lavin's 200th as a member of the Bruin staff (ninth season, as a Bruin assistant coach (1992-96) and in his fourth season as head coach). During his eight+ seasons on the UCLA staff as head coach and assistant, he is 208-64 (76.5, 272 games). This season's Gonzaga contest was Lavin's 100th game as the Bruin head coach. UCLA's win at North Carolina was the Bruins' first-ever victory at Chapel Hill.
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 30, 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.
Lavin's weekly press conferences are on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room, upper NE corner of Pauley Pavilion. Dates - Feb. 1-8 (USC Luncheon)-15-22-29, March 7.
Pac-10 Conference men's head coaches teleconference schedule is - Feb. 1-8-15-22-29, March 7. The teleconference call starts at 10:35 a.m. and Lavin is the 10th coach at 11:47-11:55 a.m. The taped replay number is 402-220-9927.
UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week Nominee-Earl Watson. In the win at Oregon State, he played 39 minutes with 15 points (4-9, 0-5, 7-13), a career-high tying nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and just two turnovers. In the loss at Oregon, he played all 40 minutes and had six points, four rebounds, five assists, three steals and three turnovers.
On the trip, Watson moved into UCLA's career Top 10 in steals (he is already in the Top 10 for assists). In his career, he now has 147 steals to rank No. 6 on that list.
UCLA's win at North Carolina was the first in school history (at Chapel Hill, the Bruins had lost 107-70 in 1985-86 and 104-78 in 1988-89) and it snapped the Tar Heels' four-game winning streak against the Bruins (the series record is now NC 5-UCLA 3). UCLA's win at Chapel Hill was, at the time, North Carolina's second home nonconference loss this season (also lost to Michigan State earlier this year) and the Tar Heels have not lost two home nonconference games since 1943-44.
Sophomore forward JaRon Rush was suspended from competition on Dec. 10. UCLA's report to NCAA was received on Jan. 14.
Junior guard Earl Watson now ranks No. 10 on UCLA's career assist list with 339, having passed Bill Walton against North Carolina. He also ranks No. 6 on UCLA's career steals list with 147, having passed Baron Davis, Shon Tarver and Ralph Jackson (all tied with 145), and Ed O'Bannon and Gerald Madkins, tied at 146, at Oregon.
UCLA is 2-2 this season vs. ranked teams, beating DePaul (at No. 18 UCLA 83, No. 19 DePaul 58, Dec. 18) and North Carolina (UCLA 71, at No. 13 North Carolina, Jan. 15) and losing to Gonzaga (No. 24 Gonzaga 59, at No. 11 UCLA 43, Dec. 11) and Arizona (No. 2 Arizona 76, at No. 25 UCLA 61, Jan. 20).
In overtime games under Steve Lavin, the Bruins are 5-2 during his three+ years as head coach, including a 103-98 (OT) win over South Florida this season in the third-place game at The Pearl Harbor Classic. The Bruins have won four overtime games in a row (1999-2000, UCLA 103-South Florida 98 (OT), 1998-99, at UCLA 88-Arizona State 85 (OT), 1997-98, UCLA 82-at USC 75 (OT), 1996-97, UCLA 74-Iowa State 73 (OT)-NCAA Sweet 16) dating back to 1996-97, last losing at Oregon 87-85 (OT) during the 1997 Pac-10 season.
In games decided by three points or less this season, UCLA is 3-2, beating North Carolina (71-68), Purdue (55-53) and Pepperdine (68-66) and losing to Colorado State (54-55) and Washington (63-62). In Steve Lavin's three+ years as the Bruin head coach, UCLA is 10-6 in games decided by two points or less and 19-9 in games decided by three-points or less.
UCLA's 22-point victory at Washington State (86-64) was its largest in a Pac-10 road game since the 1988-89 season when the Bruins defeated Oregon, 97-66, at Eugene.
The Bruins' 10 turnovers at Oregon State were a season low and the 40 free throw attempts were a season high. UCLA's 11 blocked shots in the win over Arizona State in Pauley was UCLA's highest since 12 in a 73-63 win over Maryland at the 1995 Wooden Classic.
Injury Update: On Jan. 22 against Arizona State, junior guard Rico Hines suffered a jammed right big toe and did not play in either Oregon game. Freshman forward Brandon Brooks (left ankle sprain) and junior guard Todd Ramasar (off-season left shoulder surgery) are out.
The Bruins have been slowed in fall camp and during the early season because of nagging injuries (UCLA was only able to use six players in the first exhibition game vs. Kraitene and had only eight players for Gonzaga). Here's a list-- sophomore center Dan Gadzuric (hyperextended left knee, tendonitis right knee, flu), junior guard Ryan Bailey (plantar faciitis, right foot, missed Gonzaga contest), sophomore forward JaRon Rush (right elbow strain), sophomore guard Ray Young (right thumb sprain, neck strain), junior guard Earl Watson (bruised tailbone), sophomore forward Jerome Moiso (flu), senior forward Sean Farnham (concussion, left knee, right elbow) and freshman forward Jason Kapono (concussion).
Junior guard Todd Ramasar had left shoulder surgery in mid-October and has been sidelined since that time.
NCAA Stats (Week of Jan. 24, before Oregon games)
Team Field goal percentage - UCLA, 67.9 (38-56) vs. Morgan State, Dec. 1
Individual - Three-point field goal percentage-Jason Kapono - 17th, 48.5 (33-68)
Pac-10 Stats (Jan. 31 - 18 games, before Stanford)
Team--Scoring Offense-7th, 74.9, Scoring Defense-4th, 67.0, Scoring Margin-5th, +7.9, FT %-10th, 59.0, FG %-3rd, 47.2, FG % Def.-3rd, 41.1, 3-Pt. FG %-3rd, 36.5, 3-Pt. FGs Made-T-4th, 6.00, 3-Pt. FG % Def.-3rd, 31.5, Reb. Off.- 3rd, 38.9, Reb. Def.- 5th, 34.2, Reb. Margin- 2nd, +4.7, Bkd. Shots- 3rd, 4.61, Asst.- T-5th, 15.78, Stls.- 4th, 8.39, TO Margin- 7th, +0.61, Asst./TO Ratio- 8th, 0.95, Off. Reb.- 2nd, 14.44, Def. Reb.-3rd, 24.44.
UCLA Individual Leaders (Top 5) -- Field Goal Percentage - Dan Gadzuric, 2nd, 54.8, Blocks - Dan Gadzuric, 3rd, 1.67, Jerome Moiso, 4th, 1.61, 3-Pt Field Goal Percentage - Jason Kapono, 1st, 49.4, Assists- Earl Watson, 5th, 5.17.
Special Team Stats
The Bruins have trailed seven times at halftime this season, DePaul (24-26), Colorado State (20-29), Pepperdine (32-37), at USC (34-47), Arizona (28-30), Arizona State (39-42) and at Oregon State (33-37). They are 4-3 in those games. UCLA's highest first half output is 54 vs. South Florida and the lowest is 20 vs. Colorado State.
UCLA has scored over 100 points on three occasions this season (105-73 vs. Iona, 100-39 vs. Morgan State, 103-98, OT vs. South Florida). The Bruins high-game output is 105 vs. Iona and the low is 43 vs. Gonzaga. The opponent game-high is 98 (OT) by South Florida and 91 at USC in regulation. The low is 39 by Morgan State. UCLA is averaging 75.9 points and giving up 66.6.
The Bruins have outrebounded 15 of 18 opponents, including 12 of the last 13 games. Only Gonzaga (43-46, a 59-43 loss), DePaul (43-55, a 76-58 win) and at USC (35-45, a 91-79 loss) have outrebounded the Bruins.
The Bruins have held four opponents below 35.9 shooting from the field (35.9, Pepperdine, 35.4, Purdue, 30.4, Morgan State, 30.1, DePaul) and six others under 42.0 (41.5, WSU, 40.4, Gonzaga, 40.3 Iona, Washington, 39.3, Arizona State, 37.5, Oregon State, 37.1). Only six schools (49.3, USC, 49.1, North Carolina, 49.0, Oregon, 47.4, Arizona, 46.9, South Florida, 46.3, Colorado State) have shot better than 44.0 against UCLA.
UCLA from the field has outshot 12 of 18 opponents. Five of UCLA's losses occurred when it was outshot from the field (Gonzaga (26.2-40.4), Colorado State (37.7-46.3), USC (45.7-49.3), Arizona (44.4-47.4) and Oregon (39.3-49.0). Washington is the only team to defeat the Bruins while shooting a lower percentage from the field (42.1-39.3) and the North Carolina game is the only Bruin win when they were outshot (49.1-44.4). The Bruins' highest FG% this year is 67.9 (38-56) vs. Morgan State and the low is 26.2 (16-61) vs. Gonzaga. UCLA's opponent high is 49.3 by USC and the low is 30.1 by DePaul. Against Morgan State, the Bruins shot over 60.0 from the field (67.9) and three-point range (62.5).
UCLA (12-6 overall, 3-4 Pacific-10)
UCLA Starting Lineup
(Rankings - AP-not ranked, ESPN/USA Today- not ranked (26))
Bruin Starters (UCLA used this starting lineup on Saturday)
No. 2 Stanford (17-1 overall, 6-1 Pacific-10)
Stanford Starting Lineup
The Cardinal - Stanford is currently 17-1 with the only losing coming at home to Arizona. The Cardinal is currently ranked second by both AP and USA Today/ESPN.
Series History - UCLA leads the series, 121-79. However, Stanford has won the last four meetings and six of the last seven. The Cardinal has won two straight at Pauley Pavilion.
Jan. 29 - Oregon 73, UCLA 58 - Before 9,087 at McArthur Court, UCLA squandered a 12-point first half lead and dropped a 73-58 decision to Oregon at Eugene.
The Bruins, who led 31-29 at halftime, were outscored 44-27 and outshot 57.7 to 36.7 in the final 20 minutes. Billy Knight, making his first start of the year, tied for the team lead with 13 points (6-7, 1-2, 0-0) and grabbed a career-high six rebounds. Jerome Moiso also tied for the team lead with 13 points (5-10, 3-3) and led the Bruins with seven rebounds. Jason Kapono scored 12 points on four three-point field goals, Dan Gadzuric grabbed six rebounds to go with six points and Earl Watson finished with six points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. He moved into eighth place on UCLA's career steals list. Matt Barnes added eight points off the bench.
UCLA shot 39.3 on its field goal attempts, 33.3 (6-18) from three-point range and 66.7 (4-6) from the line with 33 rebounds, 10 assists, four blocked shots, six steals and 19 turnovers.
Oregon was led by A.D. Smith (18 points and six rebounds) and Darius Wright (17 points and nine assists). The Ducks shot 49.0 from the floor, 20.0 (3-7) from the three-point line and 83.3 (20-24) from the free throw line with 26 rebounds, 16 assists, 10 steals and 13 turnovers.
Jan. 27 - UCLA 85, Oregon State 74 - Before 6,014 at Gill Coliseum, UCLA used a 31-5 spurt in the second half to defeat Oregon State, 85-74, at Corvallis.
Sophomore Ray Young came off the bench to enjoy the best game of his career. He scored a career-high 22 points, making eight of 11 field goal attempts (5-6 from three-point range) and also had a career-high six assists. Sophomore Jerome Moiso recorded his third double-double in four games with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Earl Watson chipped in with 15 points, a career-high tying nine rebounds and three assists, freshman Jason Kapono added 16 points and five assists and sophomore Dan Gadzuric contributed 13 points and seven rebounds.
UCLA shot 50.0 on its field goal attempts (third highest of the year), 42.9 (9-21) from three-point range and 50.0 (20-40) from the line with 41 rebounds, 18 assists, four blocked shots, four steals and a season-low 10 turnovers.
Oregon State was led by Deaundra Tanner (17 points and six assists) and Brian Jackson (14 points). The Bruins held the Beavers to just 32.3 shooting in the second half. On the game, OSU shot 37.1 from the floor, 26.7 (8-30) from the three-point line and 69.0 (20-29) from the free throw line with 40 rebounds, 17 assists, five steals, four blocks and 11 turnovers.
Over the holidays, the Bruins competed in The Pearl Harbor Classic, hosted by BYU-Hawaii in Laie, HI. UCLA placed third, beating Maine in the first round, 83-62, losing to eventual champion Colorado State, 55-54 in a semi-final game and beating South Florida, 10-398, OT, in the third-place contest. Bruin junior guard Earl Watson was named to the All-Tournament team.
UCLA visited the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte on Wednesday, Dec. 15.
UCLA's margin of victory vs. Morgan State (100-39, 61, the school record is 65, three times, last vs. Portland, 122-57, 1/20/67, in Pauley) was the fifth greatest in school history. Morgan State's 39 points was the least scored by a Bruin opponent since 1981-82 when the Bruins won at Stanford, 42-34 and the least scored by a Bruin opponent in Pauley Pavilion since 1972-73, when UCLA beat Bradley, 73-38, in the second game of the season.
In UCLA's second and third games of the current season, the Bruins scored at least 100 points, defeating Morgan State, 100-39 and beating Iona 105-73 on Nov. 27, both games in Pauley Pavilion. It's the first time (back-to-back 100-point games) since the NCAA Championship season of 1994-95 (UCLA 104-@ California 88 and UCLA 100-Duke 77 in Pauley). The last time UCLA scored 100 or more points in three consecutive games was at the start of the 1971-72 season, when UCLA actually scored over 105 points for seven straight games. That team scored over the century mark 12 times and won UCLA's eighth NCAA title with an unbeaten 30-0 record.
In all, the Bruins have scored over 100 points three times this season (including a 103-98, OT over South Florida in the third-place game at The Pearl Harbor Classic).
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.
The Bruins have added to their roster true freshman Brandon Brooks (No. 44), a 6-6, 225-pound forward, from Punahou HS in Honolulu. He's made two appearances this season, playing five minutes vs. Maine at The Pearl Harbor Classic and five minutes at Washington State. Brooks was the starting goalkeeper on the UCLA men's water polo team that won the NCAA Championship on Dec. 5. At the NCAA Water Polo Final Four, in UCLA's 14-6 semifinal win over UMass on Dec. 4, Brooks tied a career-high with 11 saves and in the Bruins' 6-5 win over Stanford in the NCAA title game on Dec. 5, Brooks knocked down a possible Cardinal game-winning two-point shot with six seconds left to play. He was selected honorable mention All-American for his efforts. As a prepster at Punahou during his basketball career, he earned All-State honors three times and as a senior last spring, led Punahou to the HI State Championship title, while earning tournament MVP honors. He was named Mr. Basketball by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
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 ranked 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 1999-2000, the Bruins have used eight different starting lineups (in 18 games). Oregon - forwards, sophomore Jerome Moiso and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, junior Earl Watson and sophomore Billy Knight, Oregon State - forwards, sophomores Jerome Moiso and Matt Barnes, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, junior Earl Watson and freshman Jason Kapono, Arizona State/Arizona/North Carolina - forwards, sophomore Jerome Moiso and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, juniors Earl Watson and Rico Hines, USC/WSU/Washington/Purdue/ Pepperdine/ South Florida/ Colorado State/Maine/ DePaul - forwards, sophomore Jerome Moiso and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, junior Earl Watson and sophomore Ray Young, Gonzaga-forwards, junior Rico Hines and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Jerome Moiso, guards, junior Earl Watson and sophomore Ray Young, Morgan State-forwards, senior Sean Farnham and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, juniors, Rico Hines and Earl Watson, Iona-forwards, senior Sean Farnham and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Jerome Moiso, guards, juniors, Rico Hines and Earl Watson, Fairfield (and both exhibition games) - forwards, freshman Jason Kapono and sophomore Billy Knight, center, sophomore Jerome Moiso and junior guards, Rico Hines and Earl Watson.
In 1998-99, UCLA used 22 different starting lineups (in 31 games) and did not use the same lineup in back-to-back games after the Louisville (Jan. 23, 1999) and Washington State (Jan. 28, 1999) games - 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 1998-99 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.
Entering 1999-2000, 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 the NCAA. 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).
After 18 games in 1999-2000, UCLA is shooting 47.2 from the field.
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 1,462-628 (70.0, 2,090 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 stretched its NCAA-record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 51 (1948-49 to 1998-99).
Pauley Pavilion (12,819) is in its 35th season in 1999-2000 as the home of the Bruins. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 495-56 (551 games, 89.8, 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). 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 15-1 at Pauley (losing only to Stanford).
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. Overall, the Bruins' nine-game home winning streak in Pauley (last six home games of last season and first three this year) was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga.
In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 67-5 (93.1, 72 games). The losses were against - Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000, Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97, Tulsa, 77-76 OT, first game of 1996-97, Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92. The Bruins' 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga.
There's a new scoreboard (the previous 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, Portland, Charles O'Bannon (waived), Sacramento, Darrick Martin, Seattle, Jelani McCoy, Vancouver, J. R. Henderson (waived), Detroit, Jerome "Pooh" Richardson (waived). Henderson is with the Las Vegas Silver Bandits (IBL) and Kris Johnson is with Quad Cities (CBA). Former Bruins Tyus Edney (Italy) and George Zidek (Lithuania), 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 in Poland.
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.
- On March 30, 1999, had his current contract (through 2001-2002) extended through the 2004-2005 season, giving him a six-year contract that includes a rollover clause.
- In his fourth year as head coach of the Bruins and ninth on the UCLA staff, he currently has a school and career record of 82-32 (71.9, 114 games).
- Owns a 5-3 record in the NCAA Tournament, leading UCLA to the Elite Eight in 1997 and the Sweet 16 in 1998. He has led the Bruins to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
- 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 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 Maine in the first round of The 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 was Lavin's 200th as a member of the Bruin staff (ninth season, as a Bruin assistant coach (1992-96) and in his fourth season as head coach). In his eight+ seasons as a Bruin assistant and head coach, Lavis is 208-64 (76.5, 272 games). The Gonzaga contest was his 100th game as the Bruin head coach.
- 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.
- During his three years as UCLA's head coach, the Bruins have signed the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes.
- 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 eight years on the Bruin staff prior to 1999-2000, UCLA 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 a Sweet 16 (1998) appearance.
- 10 consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA and Purdue, including 1998-99.
Lavin's UCLA Head Coaching Record
|1997-98||24-9 (NCAA Sweet 16)|
|1996-97||24-8 (NCAA Elite Eight & Pac-10 Champ)|
|Totals||82-32 (71.9, 114 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)|
|Totals||126-32 (79.7, 158 games)|
|UCLA Totals||208-64 (76.5, 272 games)|
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
|Week One (Nov. 16)||12th||----|
|Week Two (Nov. 22)||13th||12th|
|Week Three (Nov. 29)||12th||13th|
|Week Four (Dec. 6)||11th||11th|
|Week Five (Dec. 13)||18th||17th|
|Week Six (Dec. 20)||18th||16th|
|Week Seven (Dec. 27)||23rd||21st|
|Week Eight (Jan. 3)||24th||20th|
|Week Nine (Jan. 10)||**||25th|
|Week 10 (Jan. 17)||25th||19th|
|Week 11 (Jan. 24)||--||20th|
|Week 12 (Jan. 31)||--||--|
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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 Has started two games this season (Morgan State/Iona, in his career, the Bruins are 8-1 when he starts, losing only to Detroit Mercy last year in the NCAA first round) Started for the first time this year vs. Iona, playing a career-high 20 minutes, with a career-high eight points (3-3, 0-0, 2-4), a career-high five rebounds (1-4) and a career-high tying one steal. In his 10 games, Farnham is averaging 7.4 minutes, 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds, shooting 60.0 (9-15, best on the team) from the field. On Jan. 8 at Washington State, he played seven minutes, his longest stint since theGonzaga game on Dec. 11, and had one rebound, one assist and one steal. He had not played in four consecutive contests before playing four minutes at Oregon State and one minute at Oregon. His season-bests are-a career-high 20 minutes vs. Iona, a career-high eight points vs. Iona, a career-high five rebounds vs. Iona, a career-high tying two assists vs. Morgan State, a career-high tying one steal vs. Iona and WSU. UCLA 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-highs are--20 minutes vs. Iona (11/27/99), eight points vs. Iona (11/27/99), five rebounds vs. Iona (11/27/99), two assists, five times, last vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), one steal, seven times, last vs. WSU (1/8/00), two blocked shots 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 that flares up from time to time Missed the Gonzaga game because of the foot injury On Dec. 18 against DePaul, he came off the bench to play a career-high tying 26 minutes and contributed four points (1-4, 2-4), a career-high seven rebounds, a career-high tying five assists and three steals. In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 4.3 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting .545 from the field in 20.3 minutes. He scored a season-high nine points (4-7, 1-2) in the game against South Florida.
On Jan. 6 at Washington, he played 16 minutes and contributed four assists, two rebounds and one steal. On Jan. 8 at Washington State, he had three points (his first three-point field goal of the year), two rebounds and one assist in seven minutes.
On Jan 12 at USC, he played 21 minutes and tied his season high with nine points (4-10, 1-2, 0-0) and added two rebounds, two assists and one steal. On Jan. 15 at North Carolina, he made two free throws with 14.9 seconds remaining to give UCLA it's final three-point margin. On the day, he played 20 minutes and finished with six points (2-3, 2-2), three rebounds, two steals and one assist.
On Jan. 20, he played 11 minutes against Arizona and had four assists and one rebound. On Jan. 22 against Arizona State, he played 16 minutes and contributed five points (2-2, 1-2), two rebounds and two assists.
Thursday night at Oregon State, he played 10 minutes and had one assist. Saturday at Oregon, he played 12 minutes and finished with two rebounds and one assist.
In his 17 games, Bailey is averaging 15.9 minutes, 2.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals and shooting 66.7 (8-12) from the free throw line.
His season-bests are - a career-high tying 26 minutes vs. DePaul, nine points vs. South Florida and USC, a career-high seven rebounds vs. DePaul, a career-high tying five assists vs. DePaul, a career-high four steals vs. Morgan State.
UCLA 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 UCLA career-highs are -- 26 minutes vs. Arizona (3/6/99) and DePaul (12/18/99), 11 points, twice, last vs. Washington State (2/25/99), seven rebounds vs. DePaul (12/18/99), five assists vs. Delaware State (12/2/98) and DePaul (12/18/99), four steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99) 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).
22 Rico Hines, 6-4, Jr., F, Greenville, NC (Hargrave Military Academy/Saint John's at Prospect Hall)
1999-2000 -- Hines is a co-captain this year with fellow junior Earl Watson and senior Sean Farnham Has started seven games, including the first four before coming off the bench against DePaul Versus Iona, he played 18 minutes, with nine points, three rebounds and two assists and steals.
In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 4.7 points, making five of nine field goals, in 14.7 minutes. Last week, he played 16 minutes against Pepperdine and contributed seven points (3-6, 0-1, 1-2), four rebounds and two assists. In the win over Purdue, he played a season-high 26 minutes and contributed a season-high five rebounds and two points in addition to outstanding defense down the stretch.
On Jan. 6 at Washington, he played 10 minutes but did not score. On Jan. 8 at Washington State, he scored a career-high 12 points (4-6, 1-2, 3-4) in 23 minutes. He also contributed five assists, one shy of his career high, two rebounds and two steals as well as his usual fine defensive effort.
At USC on Jan. 12, he played 17 minutes off the bench and had two points and two rebounds. On Jan. 15, playing near his Greenville, NC home, he returned to the starting lineup and sparked the Bruin defensive effort. He played a season-high tying 26 minutes and contributed six points (3-6, 0-2, 0-1), four rebounds, a career-high three steals and two assists.
On Jan. 20 against Arizona, he started and played 24 minutes, finishing with two points, three assists and two rebounds. On Jan. 22 against Arizona State, he jammed his big toe (right foot) early in the game and played just four minutes, finishing with three rebounds and one assist.
Hines did not play Thursday at Oregon State or Saturday at Oregon.
In his 16 games, Hines is averaging 17.8 minutes, 4.0 points and 2.4 rebounds.
His season-highs are - 26 minutes vs. Purdue and North Carolina, a career-high 12 points at WSU, five rebounds vs. Purdue, five assists at WSU, a career-high three steals at North Carolina.
UCLA Career - 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), 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, 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 has been sidelined since that time 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.
UCLA 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 One of two Bruins (with Jason Kapono) to start all 18 games UCLA's iron man, Watson has started every UCLA game (82) for the last two+ seasons Ranks No. 10 on UCLA's career assist list with 339, having passed Bill Walton (316) against North Carolina Ranks No. 6 on the career steals list with 147, having passed Baron Davis, Shon Tarver and Ralph Jackson, all tied with 145 steals, and Ed O'Bannon and Gerald Madkins, tied at 146, at Oregon Has led the Bruins in scoring three times (Iona, 18, Colorado State, 15, South Florida, season-high 20) and in rebounding once (eight vs. Gonzaga) Has scored in double figures nine times this season and 39 times in his career Including ties, Watson has led the Bruins in assists 15 times and in steals on seven occasions.
After 18 games, Watson is averaging 35.1 minutes (first on the team), 10.4 points (third among active players), 4.3 rebounds and a team-high 5.2 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting 39.8 from the field, 30.0 (18-60) from three-point range and 60.7 (34-56) from the foul line.
In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 36.1 minutes, 10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists while shooting 40.9 from the floor.
In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he was named to the All-Tournament team, Watson averaged 13.7 points, 6.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting .536 from the field, .667 from three-point range and .778 from the free throw line. In the third-place game against South Florida, he scored a season-high 20 points (7-10, 3-5, 3-4) and added seven assists, four rebounds and three steals in a career-high tying 44 minutes. He nailed a three-point field goal to give the Bruins a lead with 22 seconds remaining in regulation and another three-pointer with 3:18 left in overtime to give UCLA the lead for good. In the opener against Maine, he passed for a season-high 10 assists.
In the win over Pepperdine, he scored 11 points, grabbed a career-high tying nine rebounds and had three assists. Against Purdie, he was limited to just 21 minutes because of foul trouble (he fouled out of both games) and finished with four points, three rebounds and two steals.
At Washington, he played 36 minutes and finished with nine points (4-8, 1-3, 0-0), four assists and three rebounds. In the win at WSU, he played 31 minutes and contributed eight points (3-6, 0-2, 2-2), six assists, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
On Jan. 12 at USC, he played 39 minutes and contributed 18 points, including a career-high four three-point field goals, six assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block. In the Jan. 15 win at North Carolina, he helped key the defensive effort and contributed 11 points (3-14, 2-5, 3-4), six assists, two steals and one board in 38 minutes of action. After the contest, he gave his jersey to a young girl into whom he had banged while trying to save the ball during the game.
On Jan. 20 against Arizona, he played 35 minutes and contributed 12 points (6-14, 0-6, 0-0), seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block. On Jan 22, he started and played 33 minutes. Concentrating on distributing the ball and playing defense, he took just one shot (it was a follow of a teammate's miss) and finished with three points, five assists, three rebounds and one steal.
On Thursday at Oregon State, played 39 minutes and contributed 15 points (4-9, 0-5, 7-13), a career-high tying nine rebounds, three assists and one steal and his usual outstanding defense. On Saturday at Oregon, he started his 82nd consecutive game and played all 40 minutes, finishing with six points (3-13, 0-3, 0-2), five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
In his last 12 games, he is averaging 11.0 points (132) while shooting 43.5 from the floor (50-115).
In the current Pac-10 stats, Watson is fifth in assists (5.17) and seventh in steals (1.89).
His season-highs are - a career-high tying 44 minutes vs. South Florida, 20 points vs. South Florida, a career-high tying nine rebounds vs. Purdue and Oregon State, 10 assists vs. Maine, two blocked shots at WSU, four steals vs. Fairfield and DePaul.
UCLA 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) and South Florida (12/23/99), 24 points at Washington (1/31/99), nine rebounds, three times, last vs. Purdue (12/30/99), 11 assists vs. Washington (1/31/98), seven steals vs. Northern Arizona (12/18/97), two blocked shots, four times, last vs. WSU (1/8/00).
23 Matt Barnes, 6-7, So., F, Citrus Heights, (Del Campo)
1999-2000 - Barnes was academically ineligible during the fall quarter and missed the first five games of the year. He became eligible on Dec. 20.
In three games off the bench at the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 5.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 12.3 minutes. In the opener against Maine, he grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and added eight points.
Against Purdue, he played an important role in the win with a season-high 10 points, one shy of his career high, and six rebounds. On Jan. 6, he played 14 minutes at Washington, finishing with four points and three rebounds in 14 minutes. Against WSU on Jan. 8, he contributed six points, five rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes.
On Jan. 12 at USC, he played 15 minutes and tied his season-high with 10 points (4-7, 1-1, 1-5) and added two rebounds and one assist. He played 10 minutes at North Carolina (Jan. 15) and had four points (2-4, 0-0) and one rebound.
Against Arizona on Jan. 20, he played 15 minutes and had two points, two rebounds and one blocked shot. On Jan. 22 against ASU, he played 24 minutes off the bench and scored a career-high 17 points (6-13, 1-2, 4-6) and added six rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal.
Thursday at Oregon State, he started and played 11 minutes, finishing with two points, one rebound and one steal. Saturday at Orego, he played 14 minutes off the bench and finished with eight points (3-5, 1-2, 1-1), one steal and one assist.
In his 13 games, he is averaging 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes while shooting 46.4 from the field (58.0 from two-point range).
His season-highs are - a career-high tying 28 minutes vs. Purdue, a career-high 17 points vs. Arizona State, a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Maine, two assists vs. WSU and ASU, a career-high tying two blocked shots vs. Arizona State, one steal, four times, last vs. Oregon.
UCLA 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) and Purdue (12/30/99), 17 points vs. Arizona State (1/22/00), 10 rebounds vs. Maine (12/21/99), four assists vs. Oregon State (2/7/99), three steals vs. Kentucky (11/28/98), two blocked shots vs. USC (2/17/99) and Arizona State (1/22/00).
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 - Has been slowed all fall camp with a hyper extended left knee and tendinitis in the right knee Has started 15 of 18 games, including each of the last 14 On Dec. 18 vs. DePaul, he played a career-high 35 minutes and recorded a double-double with a season-high 15 points (7-9, 1-2) and a career-high tying 14 rebounds He also added three blocked shots, one assist and one steal.
In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 12.0 points and 10.7 rebounds, making 15 of 30 field goal attempts. Against Colorado State, he accounted for 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. His 17 boards were the most by a Bruin since Ed O'Bannon grabbed 17 in the 1995 NCAA title game against Arkansas. The last time a Bruin had more boards was in the 1994 NCAA Tournament when O'Bannon grabbed 18 in the loss to Tulsa. Gadzuric also had 14 points and eight rebounds versus Maine.
During the last week of December, he contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes against Pepperdine and seven points, six rebounds and three blocks in 24 minutes versus Purdue.
On Jan. 6 in Seattle, he played 32 minutes and just missed a double-double with nine points (4-9, 1-4) and 13 rebounds and added four blocks, two steals and two assists. On Jan. 8 at Washington State, he tied his career high with 16 points (7-9, 2-6) and added a team-high seven rebounds in 21 minutes of action.
On Jan. 12 at USC, he played 22 minutes and finished with four points, five rebounds, one block, one assist and one steal. On Jan. 15 at North Carolina, he recorded his third double-double of the year, finishing with 10 points (4-10, 2-4) and 10 rebounds (seven offensive) in a career-high tying 35 minutes.
On Jan. 20 against Arizona, he played 21 minutes because of his tendinitis and finished with six points (3-7, 0-0), one rebound and one blocked shot. On Jan. 22 against Arizona State, he played just 17 minutes and finished with two points, three rebounds, two blocks and one assist.
Thursday night at Oregon State, he played 25 minutes and helped lead the second-half rally. He finished with 13 points (6-10, 1-5), seven rebounds, two blocks and one assist. Saturday at Oregon, he played just 17 minutes and finished with six points (3-5, 0-0), six rebounds and one block.
In the current Pac-10 stats, Gadzuric is second in field goal percentage (54.8), seventh in rebounding (7.2) and third in blocked shots (1.67).
In his last 14 games, he is averaging 9.6 points (135) and 7.9 rebounds (111) while shooting 54.1 (60 of 111) from the field.
After 18 games, Gadzuric is averaging 23.2 minutes, 9.3 points (fourth among active players), 7.2 rebounds (second on the team) and a team-high 1.7 blocked shots, while shooting 54.8 (74-135, second on the team among players with at least four games) from the field. He has led the Bruins in rebounding five times and in blocked shots in 11 of 18 games.
Gadzuric's season-highs are - 35 minutes vs. DePaul and North Carolina, a career-high tying 16 points vs. Washington State, a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Colorado State, two assists three times, last vs. Washington State, two steals vs. Washington, a career-high tying four blocked shots vs. Washington.
UCLA 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 35 minutes vs. DePaul (12/18/99) and North Carolina (1/15/00), 16 points, three times, last vs. Washington State (1/8/00), 17 rebounds vs. Colorado State (12/22/99), 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) and Washington (1/6/00).
3 Billy Knight, 6-5, So., F, Los Angeles (Westchester)
1999-2000 - Announced his intentions to transfer after the Pepperdine game (played two minutes), missed the Purdue game, then changed his mind and rejoined the team on Jan. 2 UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee for his play vs. Morgan State Played a career game vs. Morgan State, coming off the bench and playing 16 minutes, with a career-high tying and game-high 15 points (5-7, 3-4, 2-2), a career-high four rebounds, one assist and a career-high three steals Started vs. Fairfield (his second career start), playing 21 minutes, with 10 points, three rebounds, a career-high three assists and one steal. He did not play against DePaul.
On Jan. 8, he played 16 minutes at Washington State and scored 14 points (5-8, 4-7, 0-0), one shy of his career high, and added one rebound and one steal. On Jan. 12 at USC, he played seven minutes off the bench and had two points, three rebounds and one assist. On Jan. 15 at North Carolina, he played three minutes and recorded one point and one rebound. His free throw gave UCLA it's 38-37 halftime lead. On Jan. 20 -- his 21st birthday -- he came off the bench to score seven points (2-3, 1-2, 2-4) and grab two rebounds in nine minutes. He played three minutes against ASU (Jan. 22) and had one rebound and one assist.
On Thursday at Oregon State, he played eight minutes and finished with five points and three rebounds. On Saturday at Oregon, he started for the second time this season. In a career-high 29 minutes, he tied for the team lead with 13 points (6-7, 1-2, 0-0) and added a career-high six rebounds, two assists and one block.
In his 15 games (one start vs. Fairfield), Knight is averaging 11.3 minutes, 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 47.6 from the field, 37.8 (14-37, third on the team) from three-point range and 68.2 (15-22) from the foul line. In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 5.9 points in 11.1 minutes while shooting a team-high 63.6 (14-22) from the floor and 46.2 (6-13) from three-point range.
His season-highs are - 29 minutes at Oregon, a career-high tying 15 points vs. Morgan State, a career-high six rebounds at Oregon, a career-high three assists vs. Fairfield, a career-high three steals vs. Morgan State.
UCLA 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 first 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 29 minutes at Oregon (1/29/00), 15 points, twice, last vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), six rebounds at Oregon (1/29/00), three assists, vs. Fairfield (11/23/99), three steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99).
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 - Jerome is currently second on the team in scoring (14.2) and first in rebounding (7.7) Has started 17 of 18 games (did not start vs. Morgan State because of the flu) Moiso has led the Bruins in scoring seven times (a season-high 22 against Arizona, 20 vs. Fairfield and South Florida, 19 at North Carolina, 15 vs. Maine and Pepperdine and 13 at Oregon) and eight times in rebounding (a career-high 14 versus Arizona, 11 at North Carolina and at Oregon State, 10 vs. Iona and Fairfield, eight vs. South Florida and seven against Arizona State and Oregon) Has scored in double figures in 15 of 18 games and 31 times in his career Has recorded six double-doubles this season (seven in his career), including back-to-back double-doubles twice (Fairfield/Iona and North Carolina/Arizona). He has three double-doubles in his last five games.
In the current Pac-10 stats, Moiso is 13th in scoring (14.2), sixth in rebounding (7.7), fourth in blocked shots (1.61) and 10th in field goal percentage (51.3).
On Dec. 18 against DePaul, he started and played 30 minutes, contributing 17 points (6-10, 5-6), six rebounds and two blocks. In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 15.0 points and 8.7 rebounds. In the third-place game against South Florida, he tied for the team lead with 20 points, including five in the overtime period, and led the squad with eight boards and a career-high tying four steals.
In the last week of December, he led the Bruins with 15 points and added six rebounds in the 68-66 win over Pepperdine. His bank shot with 43 seconds remaining gave the Bruins a 67-66 lrad and he added a free throw with 23 seconds to play. Against Purdue, he played just 19 minutes due to foul trouble and finished with four points and two rebounds. One of his two baskets gave UCLA a 53-51 lead with 1:36 remaining in the contest.
On Jan. 6 at Washington, he recorded his third double-double of the year, finishing with 13 points (4-11, 0-1, 5-10), 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. His rebound and pass to Jason Kapono set up the final basket of the game. On Jan. 8 at WSU, he played 26 minutes and contributed six points (3-8, 0-0), five rebounds and three blocked shots.
On Jan. 12 versus USC, he played 29 points and contributed 12 points (5-8, 2-3), six rebounds, three blocks and two assists. On Jan. 15 at North Carolina, he led the Bruins with 19 points (9-15, 1-2), a career-high tying 11 rebounds (his fourth double-double of the year), three blocks, two steals and two assists in a career-high 40 minutes. He made two key baskets down the stretch to preserve UCLA's lead.
On Jan. 20 against Arizona, he played 40 minutes for the second straight game and contributed a season-high 22 points (11-16, 0-0), a career high 14 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. On Jan. 22 against ASU, he tied his season high with 22 points (7-13, 8-10), including 15 in the second half, and added a team-high seven rebounds, two assists and a career-high five blocked shots. He was UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee after averaging 22.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in the two games.
On Thursday at Oregon State, he recorded his third double-double in four games, finishing with 12 points (3-10, 6-8), 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes. On Saturday, he played 30 minutes and tied for the team lead with 13 points (5-10, 3-3), led the team with seven rebounds and added two blocks and one assist.
After 18 games, Moiso is first on the team in rebounding (7.7), second in scoring (14.2) and blocked shots (1.6) and third in minutes (29.1) and is shooting 51.3 from the field and 66.3 from the line. In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 14.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 32.3 minutes while shooting 50.0 from the floor and 70.6 from the free throw line.
In his last five games, Moiso is averaging 17.6 points (88), 10.0 rebounds (50), 2.6 blocks (13) and 36.8 minutes (184) while shooting 54.7 (35-64) from the floor and 78.3 (18-23) from the line.
Moiso's season-high are - 40 minutes vs. North Carolina and Arizona, 22 points vs. Arizona and Arizona State, 14 rebounds vs. Arizona, two assists, eight times, last vs. Oregon State, a career-high five blocked shots vs. Arizona State, a career-high four steals vs. Colorado State and South Florida.
UCLA 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 40 minutes at North Carolina (1/15/00) and Arizona (1/20/00), 25 points vs. Kentucky (11/28/98), 14 rebounds vs. Arizona (1/20/00), three assists vs. Arizona (1/2/99), four steals vs. Colorado State (12/22/99) and South Florida (12/23/99), five blocked shots vs. Arizona State (1/22/00).
4 JaRon Rush, 6-7, So., F, Kansas City, MO (Pembroke Hill School)
1999-2000 Preseason Honors - One of 28 players on the USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy preseason Player of the Year list, 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 - Was suspended on Dec. 10 while UCLA investigates a possible NCAA violation (UCLA has concluded its investigation and a report was received by the NCAA on Jan. 14) and has missed the last 13 contests Had been slowed most of fall camp with a strained right elbow Came off the bench for UCLA's first three games Has led the Bruins in rebounding once (seven vs. Morgan State) Vs. Morgan State, Rush played a season-high 20 minutes, with season-high totals in points (14), rebounds (seven), assists (four, career-high) and steals (two).
In his three games, Rush is averaging 11.3 points (No. 4 on the team), 4.7 rebounds (third on the team) and shooting 56.5 from the field (third on the team), 33.3 (3-9) from three-point range and 83.3 (5-6, No. 2 on the team) from the foul line.
His season-highs are-20 minutes vs. Morgan State, 14 points vs. Morgan State, seven rebounds vs. Morgan State, a career-high four assists vs. Morgan State, two steals, twice, last vs. Morgan State.
UCLA 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), four assists vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), 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 -He had started 10 consecutive games before coming off the bench against North Carolina Came off the bench to play 17 minutes vs. Iona, and scored a career-high (at the time) 17 points, including a career-best 5-6 from three-point range (the most three-pointers since Toby Bailey hit five vs. Arizona State on 1/16/97) Started against DePaul and contributed 15 points (5-15, 0-5, 5-9), a career-high tying six rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes.
In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 8.0 points and 2.7 rebounds while shooting .533 from the floor, .444 from three-point range and 1.000 from the free throw line.
On Jan 6, he contributed eight points (3-7, 1-2, 1-2), three rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes at Washington. On Jan. 8, he played just 15 minutes because of foul trouble and scored one point. On Jan. 12 against USC, he played 12 minutes and finished with one point, one assist and one steal. He came off the bench Saturday at North Carolina (Jan. 15) and had one rebound and one assist in six minutes. On Jan. 20 against Arizona, he played just 10 minutes and finished with one rebound.
On Jan. 22 against Arizona State, he played 27 minutes off the bench and contributed 10 points (4-8, 2-4, 0-0), three rebounds and two assists and had an outstanding defensive effort against Eddie House, who scored just six points (scored 18 for the game, he can into the contest averaging 23.7) in the final 34 minutes of the game.
Thursday night at Oregon State, he came off the bench to produce the finest game of his career. Playing 32 minutes, he scored a career-high 22 points (8-11, 5-6, 1-2), recorded a career-high six assists and added three rebounds. It was the second time this season he made five three-point baskets. On Saturday at Oregon, he played 27 minutes and finished with three rebounds, one steal and no points (he missed all eight of his shot attempts).
In 18 games, Young is averaging 22.2 minutes, 7.1 points and 2.8 rebounds and shooting 39.5 from the field and 40.7 (24-59, third on the team) from three-point range.
In this week's Pac-10 stats, he is eighth in three-point field goal percentage (40.7).
His season-highs are- 33 minutes vs. Purdue, a career-high 22 points vs. Oregon State, a career-high tying six rebounds, three times, last vs. DePaul, a career-high six assists vs. Oregon State, a career-high four steals vs. Morgan State.
UCLA 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), 22 points vs. Oregon State (1/27/00), six rebounds, six times, last vs. DePaul (12/18/99), six assists vs. Oregon State (1/27/00), four steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), 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 - The highest scoring freshman in the Pac-10, Kapono is one of two Bruins (Earl Watson) to have started all 18 games.
Kapono is the second-highest scoring freshman in UCLA history behind only Don MacLean Has led the Bruins in scoring eight times (20, DePaul, 10, Gonzaga, 15 Maine, 19, Purdue, 19. Washington, 20, Washington State, 21, USC, 24, Arizona State), including five of the last nine games Has scored in double figures in 16 of 18 games, most on the team A true freshman, Kapono started his very first Bruin game, playing 30 minutes vs. Fairfield, with 16 points (in UCLA's opener last season vs. Santa Clara, JaRon Rush and Jerome Moiso both started as true freshmen, and scored 19 and 16 points, respectively), seven rebounds, one assist and two steals.
On Dec. 18 against DePaul, he led the Bruins with 20 points (7-14, 3-6, 3-4) and added four rebounds. In the three games of the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds, making seven of 13 three-point field goal attempts (.538). In the game against South Florida, he contributed 17 points and a career-high tying seven rebounds.
Against Pepperdine, he recorded his first career double-double, finishing with 13 points (5-10, 1-2, 2-3) and a career-high 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. Against Purdue, he scored eight of UCLA's final 11 points, including the winning basket with 1.1 seconds remaining on a coast-to-coast layin (Purdue had tied the game with 7.2 seconds remaining). On the night, he led the team with 19 points (8-14, 3-5, 0-0) and added four rebounds and a career-high four assists in a career-high tying 39 minutes. He also played the point when Earl Watson was on the bench in foul trouble. He was UCLA's nominee for Pac-10 Player of the Week.
On Jan. 6 in Seattle, he led the Bruins with 19 points (8-11, 3-4, 0-0) in the loss at Washington, including a buzzer-beating basket that could have forced the game to overtime. However, his foot was on the three-point line and the hoop counted for two points instead of three. He added three rebounds, two steals and one assist. On Jan. 8 at Washington State, he led the team with 20 points (8-12, 2-3, 2-2) and added a career-high six assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.
On Jan. 12, against USC, he played 38 minutes and led the Bruins with 21 points (9-16, 1-5, 2-4) and seven rebounds and added a career-high three steals. On Jan. 15 at North Carolina, he played just 22 minutes due to foul trouble but still contributed 14 points (5-9, 3-4, 1-1) and five rebounds.
On Jan 20, he played 35 minutes and contributed 10 points (4-10, 2-6, 0-0), five rebounds, two steals, one assist and 10 turnovers. He rebounded on Jan. 22 against Arizona State. In 37 minutes, he set a career high with 24 points (8-12, 4-6, 4-4) and added four rebounds and three assists. His four three-pointers were a career high and his 24 points are the most by a Bruin this season.
Thursday night at Oregon State, he played 36 minutes and contributed 16 points (6-11, 4-7, 0-0), five assists and one rebound. On Saturday at Oregon, he played 30 minutes and finished with 12 points (4-11, 4-8, 0-0), three rebounds and one steal.
In the current Pac-10 stats, Kapono is 10th in scoring (15.2), eighth in field goal percentage (52.0) and first in three-point field goal percentage (49.4). In last week's NCAA stats, Kapono was 17th in three-point field goal percentage (48.5, 33-68).
In 18 games, Kapono is averaging 33.1 minutes (second on the team), 15.2 points (first on the team) and 4.5 rebounds (third on the team). He is shooting 52.0 from the field, 49.4 (41-83, first on the team) from three-point range and 77.4 (24-31, first on the team among players with two attempts per game) from the foul line. He has made at least three three-point field goals in nine of the last 14 games and is shooting 53.6 (37 of 69) from the arc in that span. He has shot at least 50.0 on his overall field goal attempts in nine of his last 11 games.
In his last nine games, he is averaging 17.2 points (155), 4.0 rebounds (36) and 2.4 assists (22) while shooting 56.6 (60 of 106) from the field, 54.2 (26-48) from three-point range and 81.8 (9-11) from the line.
In Pac-10 play, he is averaging a team-leading 17.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists and shooting 56.6 from the floor, 51.3 from three-point range and 80.0 from the free throw line.
His career and season-highs are-39 minutes vs. DePaul and Purdue, 24 points vs. Arizona State, 11 rebounds vs. Pepperdine, six assists vs. Washington State, three steals vs. USC.
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.
1999-2000 TEAM STATS (18 Games)
Jerome Moiso (6)
Dan Gadzuric (3)
Jason Kapono (1)
Double Figures (Pts.)
Jason Kapono (16)
Jerome Moiso (15)
Dan Gadzuric (9)
Earl Watson (9)
Ray Young (5)
Billy Knight (4)
Matt Barnes (3)
JaRon Rush (2)
Rico Hines (1)
Jason Kapono (4)
Jerome Moiso (4)
Earl Watson (1)
Ray Young (1)
Double Figures (Reb.)
Jerome Moiso (6)
Dan Gadzuric (4)
Jason Kapono (1)
Matt Barnes (1)
Double Figures (Ast.)
Earl Watson (1)
Jason Kapono (8)
Jerome Moiso (7)
Earl Watson (3)
Billy Knight (2)
Ray Young (1)
Jerome Moiso (8)
Dan Gadzuric (5)
Jason Kapono (2)
Matt Barnes (2)
JaRon Rush (1)
Earl Watson (1)
Earl Watson (15)
Ryan Bailey (3)
Ray Young (3)
Jason Kapono (2)
JaRon Rush (1)
Earl Watson (7)
Jerome Moiso (6)
Jason Kapono (4)
Rico Hines (3)
Ray Young (2)
Ryan Bailey (2)
Dan Gadzuric (2)
Matt Barnes (1)
1999-2000 FOR THE RECORD (18 Games)
|UCLA 80 Pts. or Over||7-0|
|UCLA 79 Pts. or Under||5-6|
|Opp. 80 Pts. or more.||1-1|
|Opp Under 80 Pts.||11-5|
|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: 12-1|
|UCLA trails with 5:00 to play: 0-5|
|UCLA tied with 5:00 to play: 0-0|
|Margin of Victory|
|One Point: 0-2||Two Points: 2-0|
|Three Points: 1-0||Four Points: 0-0|
|5-10 Pts.: 2-0||11-15 Pts.: 1-3|
|16-19 Pts.: 2-1||20 or more: 4-0|
|Night and Day|