March 2, 2004
UCLA (11-14, 7-9), currently in three-way tie for fifth-place in the pac-10 race, takes to the road for the final two conference games of the regular season; Bruins at Oregon State on Thursday (7:30 p.m.) and at Oregon on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) needing one win to clinch a berth in the 2004 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament (March 11-13, Staples Center in Los Angeles)
UCLA'S NEXT GAME
THURSDAY, MARCH 4 - UCLA at OREGON STATE (11-15 overall, Pac-10 5-11, 9th place), Gill Coliseum, 7:30 p.m. (TV-FSN/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean). The Bruins enter the game with a three-game losing streak and the Beavers have lost their last two.
SATURDAY, MARCH 6 - UCLA at OREGON, McArthur Court, 1:00 p.m. (TV-CBS/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean). Oregon (12-11, 7-9 Pac-10, T-5th place) hosts USC on Thursday before playing at UCLA. The Ducks enter the USC contest with a four-game losing skid.
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his first season at UCLA and 10th year as a collegiate head coach.
2003-04 - UCLA (11-14, 25 games/44.0)
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Totals- 10th Season (179-113, 292 games/61.3)
In his last two seasons at Pittsburgh - in 2003, he led the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4 national ranking, NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament Championship and in 2002, Pittsburgh was 29-6 overall (school record for wins), advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was the consensus National Coach of the Year. Howland is 1-0 against Oregon State and Oregon as the Bruin head coach.
UCLA STAFF - Joining Howland are assistant coaches - Donny Daniels, for the last three seasons was the head coach at CS Fullerton; Ernie Zeigler, for the last two years served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and Kerry Keating, for the last two seasons was at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson, along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who for the last two seasons served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh. Rounding out the staff is Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson, in his 12th season.
UCLA'S LAST GAMES
Feb. 28 - Notre Dame 76, at UCLA 60
Before 8,486 in Pauley Pavilion, Notre Dame raced out to a 44-25 halftime lead and defeated UCLA 75-60 in a nonconference contest. It renewed the history rivalry (the last meeting had been in 1995-96) and it was the final game in Pauley Pavilion for UCLA's three seniors - T. J. Cummings, Jon Crispin and John Hoffart.
UCLA never led in the game. In the first half, the Fighting Irish jumped out to a 15-4 lead (13:43, Rick Cornett layin). ND's biggest lead in the first half was 20 points (29-9, 8:11, Chris Quinn three-pointer), although the Bruins cut it to eight (33-25, 3:45, Trevor Ariza driving five-footer), After UCLA narrowed the Irish lead to eight points, ND outscored the Bruins 11-0 to take a 19-point lead into intermission (44-25).
ND continued its double digit lead in the second half (largest was 17 on five occasions/ last time at 66-49, 5:20 remaining, Quinn bank shot), with UCLA closing to 11 points twice (final time at 71-60, 58 seconds left to play, Janou Rubin layin). The Irish then outscored UCLA 4-0 and settled for the 75-60 victory.
The Bruins had four players in double figures, led by Ryan Hollins' 13 points and Ariza's double/double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
UCLA shot 43.4 (23-53) from the field, 33.3 (4-12) from three-point range and 76.9 (10-13) from the foul line, with 32 rebounds and a game-high 13 turnovers.
The Fighting Irish shot 48.4 (30-62) from the field, 46.2 (12-26) from three-point range and 60.0 (3-5, both opponent season-lows) from the foul line, with 32 rebounds and an opponent season-low seven turnovers. ND was paced by three players with 20 or more points, led by Chris Thomas' 21 points, six rebounds and six assists. Notre Dame raised its record to 14-11 overall.
Feb. 25 - at USC 78, UCLA 77 (OT)
Before 10,147 at the Sports Arena, UCLA overcame a 17-point second-half deficit to force the game into overtime, but USC's Desmon Farmer's 11 overtime points propelled the Trojans to a 78-77 OT victory. It was USC's fourth consecutive victory over the Bruins (and second season sweep of the two game series). In the first half, the Bruins opened up a nine point lead (20-11, 11:27) on a jumper by T. J. Cummings.
But USC outscored the Bruins in the next nine minutes 27-10 and led by eight at halftime (38-30). In the second half, the Trojans opened up a 17-point lead (49-32, 17:41, on two free throws by Desmon Farmer). Over the next 16 minutes, UCLA mounted a comeback, and with 1:35 left in regulation, the Bruins tied the score at 65 (jumper by Ryan Hollins). That's how the first half ended (with five seconds left, Trevor Ariza tried hitting an open Bruin underneath, but the ball went out of bounds and the game headed into overtime).
In the overtime, UCLA jumped out to leads of five points twice, the final time at 74-69 (2:37, on a jumper by Cummings). But in the final 1:31 of overtime, Farmer scored nine of his 11 overtime points (he hit two three-pointers, a layup and a foul shot), to lead the Trojans from a 74-69 deficit to a 78-76 lead with 27 seconds left to play.
With .0.5 seconds left, USC's Nick Curtis fouled Dijon Thompson, who stepped to the foul line and missed the first shot (he inadvertently connected on the second shot/he was trying to bank it off the backboard to give the Bruins a chance at one more rebound and shot).
The Bruins had two players in double figures, Ariza's game and season-high tying 24 points (including a season-high tying four three-pointers) and Cummings' 14 points and team-high nine rebounds. UCLA shot 45.3 (29-64) from the field, 42.9 (6-14) from three-point range and 61.9 (13-21) from the foul line, with 39 rebounds and 12 turnovers.
USC shot 41.2 (28-68) from the field, 21.4 (6-28/28 is an opponent season-high) from three-point range and 76.2 (16-21) from the foul line, with a game-high 41 rebounds (second-highest opponent total this season) and 12 turnovers. The Trojans were led by Farmer's 28 points and Jeff McMillan's 19 points and 18 rebounds.
HEAD COACH JAY JOHN - In his second season at OSU (last year the Beavers were 13-15 overall and tied for sixth in the Pac-10, 6-12).
THE BEAVERS - Prior to their current two-game losing streak (OSU dropped both games last week at the Bay area schools), Oregon State won three of four games, including a 90-84 victory over Arizona on Feb. 21 in Corvallis. In this week's Pac-10 stats, OSU's David Lucas (along with UCLA's T. J. Cummings and Arizona's Hassan Adams and Channing Frye) are the only players who rank in the Top 10 for scoring (17.5, fourth) , rebounding (6.9, ninth) and FG% (53.8, ninth).
SERIES HISTORY - The Bruins lead it 75-30 and won the last meeting earlier this season, a 77-66 triumph at Pauley Pavilion (the Bruins had to battle back from a 34-24 halftime deficit). UCLA overall has a two-game winning streak vs. OSU (last losing in Pauley last season, 83-79) and a four-game winning streak in Corvallis (last losing 65-63, 1999).
PAC-10 MEDIA DAY-BRUINS SELECTED SIXTH IN PRESEASON VOTE - Nov. 6 was Pac-10 Media Day at the LAX Hilton. According to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball, Arizona was picked to win the 2004 conference title, the Bruins were selected sixth. Here's the vote total -1. Arizona (26) 339, 2. Stanford (7) 321, 3. California (1) 238, 4. Oregon 215, 5. USC (1) 207, 6. UCLA 188, 7. Arizona State 185, 8. Washington 108, 9. Washington State 69, 10. Oregon State 55.
Janou Rubin - when the Bruins swept the Oregon schools earlier this season, 6-3 junior Janou (Ja-now) Rubin (a walkon who was given a scholarship this season), came off the bench to pace UCLA in both victories. For his efforts, he was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (thought to be the first walkon to receive the honor).
In UCLA's 77-66 win over Oregon State in Pauley (Jan. 2), Rubin, in a then-career-high tying 18 minutes, set his career-best in points (13, 5-9, 3-3, 0-0/all in the second half to help UCLA come back from a 34-24 halftime deficit), with one rebound, a career-high tying three assists and just one turnover.
In UCLA's 81-74 victory over Oregon in Pauley (Jan. 4), Rubin posted a then-career-high 24 minutes, while matching his career-high of 13 points (4-5, 2-3, 3-6/he scored 12 points in the first half, including four points in the final 3:59 of the first half when the Bruins went on a 16-2 run and led 46-33 at halftime), tied his then career-high in rebounds (3) and added two assists and a career-high tying one steal and one blocked shot, with just one turnover.
Josiah Johnson - the 6-8 junior suffered a sprained left knee in practice on Monday, Feb. 16 and has missed the last four games (Cal, Stanford, USC and Notre Dame). Johnson, son of Bruin and NBA great Marques Johnson, has appeared in 20 games (one start) and is averaging 8.8 minutes, 1.4 points and 2.4 rebounds.
Brian Morrison - in the second half vs. Michigan State (12/20), Morrison, a 6-2 junior, suffered a left hamstring strain and missed nine games before returning on Jan. 28 vs. USC. At the time of his hamstring injury, he was UCLA's No. 3 scorer (11.8), No. 3 in minutes (31.7) and top three-point shooter (45.9, 17-37). In UCLA's 84-70 win over UC Riverside on Dec. 3 in Pauley Pavilion, Morrison scored a career-high 28 points.
In UCLA's statistics for its 11 wins (in those 11 victories, Morrison played in four games, including three starts), he is the team's No. 2 scorer (14.0), averaging 31.5 minutes, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists, while shooting 50.0 (19-38) from the field, 50.0 (13-26) from three-point range and 1.000 (5-5) from the foul line.
He has missed six of the last eight games, including the last four (Washington schools in Pauley, Bay Area schools in Pauley, at USC and home vs. Notre Dame) due to a sprained right ankle suffered Feb. 4. He could see action this week at the Oregon schools if he can practice.
T. J. CUMMINGS - Cummings, a 6-9 senior who has joined UCLA's elite 1,000 point club (No. 42 at 1,026, 44th Bruin to score 1,000 points), was cleared to play on Dec. 17 after being academically ineligible for the first quarter. In his debut contest vs. UC Santa Barbara, Cummings led the Bruins with 14 points in 26 minutes off the bench. He then started his first game of the season vs. Michigan State and again led UCLA in scoring (25 minutes, 13 points, five rebounds, a career-high tying three assists and one steal).
Trevor Ariza - the 6-7 freshman Ariza made his regular season debut in the Bruins' win over LMU (Dec. 13), playing 32 minutes, with 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists and blocked shots. Since Nov. 28, Ariza had been sidelined with spontaneous pneumothorax. (the presence of air within the pleural cavity of the lungs) and missed the Bruins' first three regular season games.
Matt McKinney - On Nov. 4, UCLA announced that McKinney, 6-8 redshirt freshman, would miss 6-8 weeks because of a fractured bone in his left foot. The foot was casted (with no surgery). McKinney originally injured his left foot on June 15 during his first game in the Say-No Summer League at West Los Angeles College. McKinney's left foot has been removed from the cast and after several weeks of rehabilitation, he has returned to practice.
NELL AND JOHN WOODEN COURT - On Saturday, Dec. 20, before 12,433, when UCLA defeated Michigan State, the floor of Pauley Pavilion was dedicated - "Nell and John Wooden Court", named after the Bruins' legendary coach John Wooden and his late wife, Nell. There were more than 60 of Coach Wooden's players who attended, including Bruin All-Americans -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor/1967-69), Bill Walton (1972-74), Marques Johnson (1977), Dave Meyers (1975), Jamaal Wilkes (Keith Wilkes/1973-74), Henry Bibby (1972), Sidney Wicks (1970-71), Michael Warren (1968), Lucius Allen (1968), Walt Hazzard (1963-64), John Green (1962), Willie Naulls (1956) and George Stanich (1950).
VINTAGE UNIFORMS - for the Michigan State game and the Wooden Court dedication, the Bruins wore jerseys similar to those of UCLA's 1964 NCAA title squad (the first UCLA NCAA Championship won by John Wooden/this is the 40th anniversary season of that first NCAA Championship won by UCLA in men's basketball. 1964/2004).
UCLA has worn the vintage uniforms in a total of five home games and is 4-1 in them. They have not been worn since the Jan. 17 loss to Arizona.
UCLA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE - Featuring nine NCAA Tournament teams (14 games), along with two NIT representatives. The teams from last season's NCAA are- "Elite Eight" Kentucky, Michigan State and Arizona; "Sweet 16" Notre Dame and Vermont, along with Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford and California. St. John's won the 2003 NIT title and UC Santa Barbara also played in last year's NIT.
UCLA SIGNS TOP 10 NATIONAL RECRUITING CLASS - ARRON AFFLALO, JORDAN FARMAR, LORENZO MATA AND JOSH SHIPP
UCLA head coach Ben Howland on Wednesday (Nov. 12) announced the National Letter of Intent signings of four players, all ranked in the nation's Top 100 among U. S. high school seniors. The four prep standouts, all from southern California are -6-5, 190-pound shooting guard Arron Afflalo from Compton Centennial HS; 6-2, 170-pound point guard Jordan Farmar from Taft HS in Woodland Hills; 6-9, 220-pound center Lorenzo Mata from South Gate HS and 6-5, 200-pound wing Josh Shipp from Los Angles Fairfax HS.
According to national recruiting experts, the Bruin class is ranked - No. 7 by Rob Harrington (prepstars.com), No. 9 by Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) and No. 10 by Dave Telep (the insidershoops.com).
Here's a biographical breakdown of UCLA's four recruits, all incoming UCLA freshman next fall.
As a junior last season at Compton Centennial HS under coach Rod Palmer (who lettered at UCLA from 1986-87 and concluded his collegiate career at UC Irvine), Afflalo led the Apaches to a 19-11 overall record, to the CIF SS Div. III-A title game, the Div. III regional semifinals and a share of the Bay League title. A prolific scorer, he averaged 26.2 points a game (he scored 30 or more points on seven occasions and had a career-high 42 points vs. Carson at the one-day Pangos Dream Tournament in Pauley Pavilion last January) and also contributed 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists. In 2003, Afflalo was the Wooden Award Div. III Player of the Year, All-State Cal-Hi Sports, the CIF-SS Div. III-A co-Player of the Year and the Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Player of the Year.
Howland on Afflalo
"Arron is a classic two guard. I'm excited about his toughness and how he plays the game so hard and aggressive, yet so skillful. He's a good passer and shooter who does a good job of putting the ball to the floor and getting to the basket. He also has a chance to be an excellent defender, but what I like best about Arron is he's a very good competitor."
As a junior last season under coach Derrick Taylor, Farmar led Taft to a 25-6 overall record and to the CIF Los Angeles City section semifinals (the first time in school history). He averaged 28.5 points, 9.0 assists and 8.0 rebounds. At last year's Simi Valley Tournament, Farmar averaged 43 points in four games. He was the 2003 Los Angeles Daily News co-Player of the Year.
Howland on Farmar
"Jordan is a true point guard. Looking at all the point guards (coming out of high school next year) from summer camps, Jordan was without a doubt among the top three in the country. He's an outstanding playmaker and shooter and I like his leadership qualities and competitive nature. Like all great point guards, he makes everyone else around him a better player."
Mata is the first South Gate HS boys basketball player in the school's history to receive a Div. I scholarship. As a junior last season under coach Sal Serrano, Mata had 25 double-doubles (in 26 contests) and averaged 21.4 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots. He earned All-Los Angeles City Section and was a Long Beach Press-Telegram first-team performer. Mata's only been playing basketball for four years and could be a candidate for the Mexican National Team in the future.
Howland on Mata
"I'm extremely pleased with Lorenzo's signing and what he brings to UCLA. He's a very strong, athletic inside player who can block shots and rebound. He's a good defender who has a nice touch around the basket."
As a junior last season at Fairfax HS under coach Harvey Kitani, Shipp helped lead Fairfax to the City finals and averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists and earned All-State underclassman and All-City second team honors. His father, Joe, was a USC football player; his older brother, Joe, was a senior forward last season at California and in 2003 he led the Pac-10 in scoring (20.4 points) and his sister, Britteny, attends UCLA.
Howland on Shipp
"Josh is an outstanding wing player. He is very skilled as an outside shooter and passer who comes from a great athletic family. Josh continues to get better and better each and every year and he will be an outstanding player here at UCLA."
WALT HAZZARD NAMED TO 2004 PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR - Hazzard, who led the Bruins to their first NCAA Championship (1964) and coached UCLA from 1985-88, will be UCLA's third inductee into the prestigious Pac-10 Hall of Honor (joining 2002 charter member John Wooden and 2003 inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). A three-year starter and two-time All-American (1963-64) for the Bruins as a 6-2 guard under Wooden, Hazzard was the keystone to UCLA's first NCAA Championship in 1964 and first unbeaten season (30-0). As a senior co-captain in 1964, he averaged a career-high 18.6 points, was named the Outstanding Player at the NCAA Final Four and earned National Player of the Year honors from the USBWA and the Helms Athletic Foundation. At the conclusion of his Bruin career, Hazzard's 1,401 points were tops in school history. In 1964 after winning the NCAA crown, Hazzard also won a gold medal representing the U. S. team at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. A first-round draft choice of the Lakers, he played 10 years in the NBA, including one appearance in the NBA All-Star game.
From 1985-88, Hazzard returned to UCLA as the Bruins' head men's basketball coach. In four winning seasons (his overall record was 77-47, 62.1), he led UCLA to two 20+ win campaigns, the 1987 Pac-10 regular and postseason championships, a 1987 NCAA second round advancement and two NIT bids, including the 1985 NIT Championship, in his first season as the Bruins' head coach. In 1987, Hazzard was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Joining Hazzard in the 2004 class are - Khalid Reeves (Arizona), Lafayette "Fat" Lever (Arizona State), Jason Kidd (California), Ron Lee (Oregon), Mel Counts (Oregon State), Howard "Howie" Dallmar (Stanford), Bob Boyd (USC), James Edwards (Washington) and George Raveling (Washington State).
The 2004 Pac-10 Hall of Honor banquet will take place on Wednesday, March 10 in conjunction with the 2004 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 11-13).
JEROME "POOH" RICHARDSON INDUCTED INTO UCLA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME - UCLA's standout point guard from 1986-89, Richardson was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 3. During his four years (1986-89) as the Bruins' point guard, Richardson earned All-Pac-10 honors for three consecutive seasons (1987-89) and ended his career as the school's all-time leader in assists (833), steals (189, now No. 4), three-point FG% (46.4, 52-112) and games played (122, now No. 15). Following his collegiate career, Richardson had a 10-year career in the NBA, last playing with the Los Angeles Clippers, and he has endowed a UCLA athletic scholarship.
HOWLAND PRESS CONFERENCES - held (most Tuesdays) in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room at 1:30 p.m./following Holland, Bruin players will be available in the press room at 2 p.m.) - Mar. 2 (last regular season press conference).
HOWLAND/PAC-10 WEEKLY HEAD COACHES MEDIA TELECONFERENCE CALL - Beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 30 (and every Tuesday during the regular season/last call Tuesday, March 9). It begins at 10:35 a.m. through 11:47 a.m. (Howland is 11:47-11:55 a.m.). The media telephone number is 913-981-5571.
UCLA VS. NO. 1 - UCLA's 96-89OT victory over No. 1 Arizona on Mar. 13, 2003, in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament, was the fourth over a top-ranked team in as many years. On Jan. 12, 2002, UCLA defeated No. 1 Kansas, 87-77, at Pauley Pavilion. On Feb. 3, 2001, UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team at the time, was its second against the No. 1 team in the nation in less than one year. Its victory over No. 1 Stanford on March 4, 2000 was the school's first over a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion. The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in the season was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the title game against Louisville. UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team on the Associated Press poll on 10 occasions, ranking first on the all-time list along with North Carolina. Behind the Bruins and the Tar Heels - Maryland (9), Duke (8), Oklahoma/Georgia Tech (7) and Kentucky,/Notre Dame/Ohio State (6). In Bruin history, during the regular season, UCLA is 7-12 vs. the No. 1 team, including this season's 73-60 loss to Stanford in Pauley Pavilion and last year's overtime win vs. Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, the Bruins have a record of 3-6 vs. the nation's No. 1 ranked team, including UCLA's 76-63 loss to Duke in the 2001 NCAA East Region "Sweet 16".
PAULEY PAVILION (12,819) - Pauley is in its 39th season as the home of Bruin basketball. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 537-81 (618 games, 86.9). The Bruins were 9-6 this season in Pauley, losing to UC Santa Barbara 61-60 on Dec. 17, Arizona 97-72 on Jan. 17, on Jan. 28, USC, 76-69, on Feb. 5, WSU, 55-48, on Feb. 21, No. 1 Stanford, 73-60, and on Feb. 28, Notre Dame, 75-60 (last year the Bruins were 5-10 at home).
UCLA's overtime win vs. No. 18 Cal on Feb. 20, 2003 was UCLA's 600th game in Pauley Pavilion. The win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th victory on its home court. On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC, the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilion history watched that game (13,382; previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon, 3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) in the 73-69 win over Duke, UCLA set a new attendance record 13,478, breaking the old one by 96. The last time the Bruins were unbeaten at home for a regular season was in 1994-95 (15-0, California did beat UCLA at home that season but later forfeited the game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 at Pauley 15-1 (losing only to Stanford).
UCLA HISTORY - Entering 2003-04 (84 years), the Bruins had an overall school record of 1,525-674 (2,199 games, .693), No. 11 on the all-time NCAA chart. With a current 11-14 record, UCLA's overall mark is 1536-688 (2,224 games, .691).
UCLA's 11 NCAA Championships is an NCAA record (Kentucky is second with seven), UCLA has been to 14 Final Fours (Kentucky 13) and the Bruins are second in NCAA Tournament appearances (36, Kentucky is first with 44). In NCAA play, the Bruins are also second in victories (85) and winning percentage (.733).
ON THE INTERNET - UCLA games are also available via the internet at (www.uclabruins.com). Fans could also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929). UCLA releases and results for all sports are on the internet (www.uclabruins.com).
PAC-10 - Updated notes released each Monday beginning Nov. 17 and continuing through the season. Pac-10 information is available on the Pac-10 home page. Point your web browser to http://www.pac-10.org.