March 3, 2006
No. 15 UCLA (23-6/13-4, 1st-place) at STANFORD (15-11/11-6, 3rd-place tie) - Saturday, March 4/Stanford, CA/Maples Pavilion/1 p.m. PT/TV-CBS with Kevin Harlan and Dan Bonner/Radio-570AM, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean; Sirius Satellite 146.
NEXT GAMES- 2006 Pac-10 Tournament, March 8-11 at The Staples Center in Los Angeles- March 8 - No. 8 vs. No. 9, 6:12 p.m./No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10, 8:42 p.m.; March 9 - No. 4 vs. No. 5, 12:20 p.m./No. 1 vs. No. 8/9winner, 2:50 p.m./No. 3 vs. No. 6 USC, 6:20 p.m./No. 2 vs. No. 7/10 winner, 8:50 p.m.; March 10 - Semis at 6:20 p.m./8:50 p.m.; March 11 - Championship Game, 3:15 p.m. (all games on FSN, except Championship Game on CBS).
Saturday's Game - No. 15 Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins (23-6 overall/Pac-10 13-4, 1st-place) plays at Trent Johnson's Stanford Cardinal (15-11 overall /Pac-10 11-6, 3rd-place tie) at 1 p.m. PT in Maples Pavilion. On Wednesday, UCLA's RPI was 15.
Tentative UCLA Starters
F- 21 Cedric Bozeman 6-6, Sr., 8.0, 3.3
F-23 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 6-8, Fr., 8.7, 8.4
C- 15 Ryan Hollins 7-01/2, Sr., 5.1, 4.0
G-1 Jordan Farmar 6-2, So., 14.0, 2.9
G-4 Arron Afflalo 6-4, So., 17.1, 4.6
Stanford - On Thursday at Maples, the Cardinal defeated USC 58-56, led by Chris Hernandez's 16 points (he hit two free throws with four seconds left to secure the Stanford win), Dan Grunfeld's 14 points and Matt Haryasz's nine points and 11 rebounds. It was Stanford's second win in a row (prior to that, the Cardinal has lost four of their last five games).
Series History - The Bruins lead it 125-88, including UCLA's 71-54 win in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 29. UCLA's last win in Palo Alto was in 2002 (95-92/from 2000-02, the Bruins won three consecutive years in Palo Alto- including twice when the Cardinal were ranked No. 1- 2000, 94-93 (OT), 2001, 79-73).
Last UCLA/SU Meeting - Dec. 29 - at No. 11 UCLA 71, Stanford 54 - before 10,984 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA's defensive intensity led the Bruins to a 71-54 win over Stanford in both teams' 2006 Pac-10 opener. The Bruin win snapped two Cardinal winning streaks over UCLA (Stanford had won the last eight games in Pauley and the last six games overall).
To start the game, Stanford missed its first 12 shots from the field and the Bruins led 18-1 (14:25), on a jumper by Ryan Wright. In the first half, UCLA limited the Cardinal to .200 (5-25) from the field and .167 (1-6) from three-point range and led 38-19 at halftime.
In the second half, UCLA's biggest lead was 24 points (58-34, 7:33, Arron Afflalo corner jump shot).
The Bruins had three players in double figures - Afflalo's game and career-high tying 23 points (eighth-time this season he's led UCLA in scoring, including last three games); Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's 12 points and 12 rebounds (fourth season double/double, second consecutive for second time this season/has led the Bruins in rebounding every game this year) and in his first game back since right hip surgery on Sept. 28, Josh Shipp played 29 minutes, with 11 points and three rebounds.
UCLA (11-1, 1-0) shot .509 (27-53) from the field, .438 (7-16) from three-point range and .667 (10-15) from the foul line, with a game-high 36 rebounds, 18 assists, 14 turnovers, a season-high tying eight blocked shots and six steals.
Stanford (4-5, 0-1) shot an opponent season-low .292 (14-48) from the field, .273 (3-11) from three-point range and .742 (23-31) from the foul line, with 31 rebounds, 10 assists, 13 turnovers, three blocked shots and five steals. The Cardinal was led by Matt Haryasz's 13 points and seven rebounds.
UCLA'S LAST GAME March 2 - No. 15 UCLA 67, at California 58 (OT) - before 11,877 at Haas Pavilion, the Bruins overcame a 31-20 halftime deficit, outscored the Golden Bears 12-3 in overtime and Arron Afflalo scored 21 of his game-high 25 points after halftime as UCLA defeated California 67-58 (OT). The UCLA victory clinched a share of the 2006 Pac-10 regular season title for UCLA (it's first since 1997), it was UCLA's first overtime game of the season and the Bruins have now won two years in a row at Haas Pavilion.
UCLA fell behind at halftime 31-20 (a half season low for the Bruins). California ended the first half on an 11-0 run. In the first half, the Golden Bears were led by Leon Powe's 15 points.
In the second half, the Bruins scored the first seven points and went on a 17-5 run, to lead 37-36 (two free throws by Darren Collison). With less than a minute remaining, UCLA had a 55-52 lead (following Afflalo's two free throws). But with :27 left to play, California's Theo Robertson hit a three-pointer, to force the overtime.
In the overtime, UCLA scored the final 12 points, outscoring the Golden Bears 12-3.
Afflalo scored 21 of his 25 points after halftime, making seven of 11 from the floor and 5-8 from three-point range, with a team-high seven rebounds, in a career-high 43 minutes. Collison added 11 points for the Bruins.
UCLA (23-6, 13-4) shot .435 (20-46) from the field (including .667, 2-3 in overtime), .438 (7-16) from three-point range (including .500, 1-2 in overtime) and .769 (20-26) from the foul line (including .875, 7-8 in overtime), with a game-high 31 rebounds, 10 assists, 14 turnovers, three blocked shots and nine steals.
California (17-9, 11-6) shot .388 (19-49) from the field (including .563, 9-16 in the first half), .462 (6-13) from three-point range (including .667, 2-3 in the first half) and .824 (14-17) from the foul line (including .917, 11-12 in the first half), with 28 rebounds, 13 assists, 14 turnovers, four blocked shots and three steals. Powe led the Golden Bears with 20 points, but scored only five points (2-6) after halftime.
Ben Howland - On March 1, Howland was announced as a finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award and was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. In his third season at UCLA, with a school mark of 52-34 (the Oregon State victory was Howland's 50th as UCLA's head coach). This year, in conference play, Howland has led UCLA to a share of the Pac-10 regular-season title (first since 1997), including conference road sweeps (at Arizona schools, first time since 1997/at Oregon schools, first time since 2000-01), for the first time since 1997 (sweeping at the Arizona and Washington schools). This season the Bruins have swept the home/away series vs. the Oregon schools (first time since 2001) and the Arizona schools (first time since 1997). Last year, he led the Bruins back to the NCAA Tournament (for the first time since 2002) and became only the 28th coach in NCAA history to lead three schools to the NCAA Tournament -2005 UCLA, 2003 Pittsburgh ("Sweet 16"), 2002 Pittsburgh ("Sweet 16") and 1998 Northern Arizona. In his 12th year as a collegiate head coach (it's his 25th season in college basketball as an assistant and head coach), in 2002 Howland was the National Coach of the Year while at Pittsburgh, he is 220-133 (UCLA's loss at USC on Feb. 19 was Howland's 350th game as a collegiate head coach/UCLA's 56-37 win over Delaware State on Nov. 19 in Pauley was Howland's 200th career win). Howland is 1-4 vs. Stanford.
Bruin Bits Pac-10 Championships - Since it became the Pac-10 Conference (1978-79), the Bruins, with the win at California on Thursday, have won at least a share of their eighth league crown (and first since 1997). Since 1944-45, UCLA has won 29 conference titles, including 16 under legendary head coach John Wooden. A UCLA victory at Stanford will allow the Bruins to claim sole possession of first-place after the 2006 Pac-10 regular-season, giving them the No. 1 seed going into the Pac-10 Tournament.
First Half/Second Half - In the last five games, the Bruins have trailed at halftime and in the last six games, UCLA's highest first half total has been 26 points (twice). In the last five games, UCLA's first half scoring average has been 23.6 and in the second half 44.0. In the last three games, UCLA has outscored the opponent by 20 or more points after halftime (at California - 20 points, 11 in the second half/nine in OT, 44-24/held California to 10-33 shooting (.303) after halftime; vs. Oregon - 22 points, 47-25, the 47 points was UCLA's second-highest second-half total/held Oregon to 8-27 shooting (.296) after halftime; vs. Oregon State - 24 points, 52-28, the 52 points was UCLA's highest half total of the season/held Oregon State to 12-27 shooting (.444) after halftime).
20 Wins - It's the 42nd time in school history the Bruins have won 20 games (last time, 2001-02, 21-12). UCLA has won 20 games on 34 occasions in the last 40 years (1967-2006). This is UCLA's fastest to 20 wins (the Bruins were 20-4 with their win at Washington State on Feb. 9, since the 1994-95 NCAA Championship season (20-1, went on to a 32-1 overall record, the 32 wins is a school record).
Fast Starts - In three Pac-10 games this season, the Bruins have gotten off to fast starts - in UCLA's 71-54 win over Stanford in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins led 18-1 (14:25); in UCLA's 66-45 win over USC in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins led 18-2 (13:00) and in UCLA's Thursday night 50-30 victory at Washington State, the Bruins led 18-2 (12:56).
UCLA Is - the Bruins are 23-5 when holding the opponent under 80 points; 17-1 when leading at halftime; 11-1 when shooting .500 or better from the field and 11-1 when holding the opponent to under .400; 19-2 when outshooting the opponent from the field; 13-2 when outshooting the opponent from three-point range, 19-3 with a rebound advantage and 21-1 when leading with five minutes to play (the Bruins are 6-5 when trailing at halftime).
Defense - In 11 of UCLA's 17 conference games, the opponent has been held to 61 points or less (UCLA is 11-0). In conference games only statistics, the Bruins are No. 2 in scoring defense (59.6), No. 2 in scoring margin (+7.6), No. 3 in FG% defense (.427), No. 3 in 3PTFG% defense (.329) and No. 1 in rebounding defense (28.3). Offensively, the Bruins are also first in Pac-10 only games in FG% (.467).
NCAA Statistics - As of Feb. 27, here's where UCLA ranks - Team - Scoring Defense - 24th, 60.0; Scoring Margin - 49th, 7.8; FG% - 34th, 47.7; Rebound Margin - 27th, 4.9; Fouls Per Game - 36th, 16.3; FG% in a Game - 7thT, .673 vs. Sacramento State. Individual - Assists- Jordan Farmar, 30th, 5.4; FT% in a Game- Arron Afflalo (12-12) at Arizona State.
CollegeInsider.com - on March 1- named Ben Howland the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar the league's Most Valuable Player (California's Leon Powe was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year).
Best Backcourt - SI.com on Jan. 25 named UCLA's backcourt of Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo the third-best in the U. S. - behind Villanova (Randy Foye and Allan Ray) and Michigan State (Maurice Ager and Shannon Brown).
Jordan Farmar - The Pac-10 leader in assists (5.41) is one of only four players in the nation, and the only underclassman, who is on the Midseason (Top 30) Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy lists and a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (joining senior guards-Illinois' Dee Brown, Pittsburgh's Carl Krauser and Syracuse's Gerry McNamara). He's also a first-team NABC All-Dist. 15 selection.
Arron Afflalo - A first-team NABC All-Dist. 15 selection, he's a Scout.com early season All-American and was an All-Tournament choice at the NIT Preason Tip-Off.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - When the Bruins swept the Oregon schools on the road, Mbah a Moute was named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week - leading the Bruins in scoring in both games (at Oregon-season and game-high 15 points/game-high 10 rebounds; at Oregon State-team-high 14 points/eight rebounds). He's also been named to Seth Davis' SI.com "All-Glue Team" (given to players who emphasize team play over individualism.
INJURY UPDATE (every scholarship player has suffered an injury this season/ seven players have missed a total of 78 games.)
Jordan Farmar - A first-team NABC All-Dist. 15 choice and named by CollegeInsider.com as the Pac-10's Most Valuable Player, he's one of just four players in the nation, and the only underclassman, named to the Midseason (Top 30) Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy lists and is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award. Farmar is the Pac-10 assist leader (5.41), and for the Bruins, No. 2 in scoring (14.0/No. 12 in the Pac-10) and No. 2 in minutes (30.9). He's second on the team in steals (1.1) and is averaging 2.9 rebounds. At California, had eight points, two rebounds, one blocked shot and a game-high tying six assists. He'd been playing with a sprained right ankle suffered in the second half (played only four minutes) of the Stanford game in Pauley Pavilion (originally sprained vs. Temple, has missed two games this season because of the injury). Sprained his left ankle in the second half vs. Arizona in Pauley Pavilion. He has scored in double figures 20 times (his eight points at California snapped a string of 11 straight games in double figures), and has seven games of 20 or more points, including consecutive games at USC and vs. Oregon State (two of the last four games). He has a career-high 28 vs. Memphis in the NIT Season Tipoff. Farmar has led the Bruins in scoring nine times. He led the Bruins in scoring in consecutive wins over Nevada (24) at the Wooden Classic and at Michigan (21). He's led UCLA in assists on 23 occasions, including the last five games and 16 of the last 17 games (he had a career-best 12 assists vs. Washington and 10 vs. Coppin State).
Arron Afflalo - an NABC All-Dist. 15 choice, Scout.com early-season All-American and was named to the NIT Season Tipoff All-Tournament team, Afflalo is UCLA's leading scorer (17.1, No. 5 in Pac-10), tops in minutes (34.3, No. 4 in Pac-10), is averaging 4.6 rebounds (No. 20 in the Pac-10) and 1.8 assists, and shooting .477 from the field, .360 from three-point range and .803 (No. 9 in Pac-10) from the foul line. At California, in a career-high 43 minutes, led the Bruins with a game-high 25 points and team-high seven rebounds, with one steal. He had 21 of his 25 points after halftime, making 7-11 from the floor, including 5-8 from three-point range. UCLA's top defender - at WSU's Josh Akognon (held to four points/was averaging 11.4 points), ASU's Kevin Kruger (held to eight points, including two in the first half/is averaging 14.5 points), at OSU's Chris Stephens (held to four points, two each half/is averaging 13.6 points) and at UO's Malik Hairston (held to six points, 0 in the second half/is averaging 14.8 points). At Oregon State, had his first career double/double (11 points/career-high 10 rebounds). He's led the Bruins in scoring 15 (of 29) games this season (including the last two contests), including a streak of seven in a row (Wagner-Washington State). He's scored 20 or more points 11 times (including two of the last three games), including a career-high 27 vs. Arizona in Pauley Pavilion and 23 vs. Stanford and New Mexico State. He's started 28 (of 29 games-did not start Senior Day vs. Oregon) and scored in double figures 27 of 29 games.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - A member of Seth Davis' SI.com "All-Glue Team", he's started 28 (of 29 games, did not start Senior Day vs. Oregon) at forward. Mbah a Moute is UCLA's leading rebounder (8.4/all-time Bruin freshman leader, old mark, 7.5 Don MacLean, 1989/first freshman to lead UCLA in rebounding since JaRon Rush, 7.3, 1999/ No. 3 in Pac-10). As of March 1 (before at California) among freshmen in the NCAA statistics, he was tied for second with seven double/doubles, the No. 3 rebounder (8.5) and No. 4 in offensive rebounding (3.2). Also in all-game Pac-10 statistics, he's No. 2 in offensive rebounds (3.07) and No. 4 in defensive (5.31). He's led the Bruins in rebounding 24 of 29 games and is averaging 8.7 points. Mbah a Moute is shooting .522 (No. 2 in Pac-10) from the field and averaging 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals (team-high 32) and has a team-best 20 blocked shots. He's had leading rebounding streaks of 12 (first 12 games-the longest Bruin streak since 1977-78, David Greenwood, the last 13 regular season games), was snapped when he had three rebounds vs. Cal, and seven games (stopped at Oregon State, eight). At California, in a season-high 37 minutes, had five points and rebounds, one assist and blocked shot, with a season-high tying four steals. Was named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week for his play at the Oregon schools (at Oregon-season and game-high 15 points/game-high 10 rebounds; at Oregon State-team-high 14 points/eight rebounds). He has seven season double/doubles (new UCLA freshman record, old mark, 6, Jelani McCoy, 1996) and 10 double digit rebounding games - including consecutive double/doubles vs. Stanford (12/12)/Sacramento State (13/10) and Albany (13/season-high13)/Coppin State (11/10) - the last UCLA freshman to have consecutive double/doubles was JaRon Rush in 1998-99/final two games that season, 16/10 at Arizona, 10/13 vs. Detroit Mercy (NCAA).
Cedric Bozeman - Started UCLA's first 11 games, then missed eight games with a left shoulder injury (cartilage). He's returned to play in the last 10 games and started the last nine. UCLA is 18-3 with Bozeman in the lineup (17-3 as a starter). In 21 (20 starts), he's averaging 28.8 minutes, 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists and shooting .530 from the field, .425 from three-point range and .744 from the foul line. At California, in 28 minutes, he was perfect in his shooting (2-2, 1-1, 2-2), with two rebounds and one assist and steal.
Ryan Hollins - Started UCLA's first five games, then on Dec. 23 vs. Sacramento State, suffered a severe groin strain in warmups and missed six contests. He's returned to play the last 13 games and started nine of the last 10 games, including the last two (did not start vs. Oregon State in Pauley). Overall, in 23 games (14 starts), he's averaging 5.1 points and 4.0 rebounds, and shooting .545, from the field, with 19 blocked shots (No. 2 on the team). At California in 19 minutes, Hollins had three points, five rebounds and one blocked shot. Since returning from the groin injury, he's had season-bests in minutes (35 at Oregon State), points (12 vs. Arizona), rebounds (9, at WSU), blocked shots (4, Oregon) and steals (2 at WSU). His 91 career blocked shots is tied for No. 6 in school history (with Tracy Murray, 1990-92/No. 5 Ed O'Bannon, 95, 1992-95).
Off the Bench - Vs. OSU - the Bruins used five players off the bench-
Alfred Aboya - in 29 minutes (playing with a left hip flexor strain), he had eight points and two rebounds and one steal. Since missing the first six games with knee injuries, he's played in the last 23 games, and started vs. USC and West Virginia. He's averaging 14.1 minutes, 4.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and shooting .650 from the field.
Darren Collison - 18 minutes - 11 points (one shy of tying his season-best), one rebound, two assists, one steal and just one turnover. In 29 games (two starts), Collison is averaging 19.0 minutes, 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.44 assists, and shooting .789 from the foul line.
Michael Roll- in 11 minutes, had one rebound and steal. He's appeared in 28 games and started five times, including a season-high 17 points in the Bruins' home loss to Washington. He's averaging 15.7 minutes, 3.5 points, 1.0 rebounds and shooting .833 from the foul line.
Ryan Wright - in 5 minutes, had two rebounds. He's appeared in 25 games, started four times, and is averaging 10.9 minutes, 2.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and shooting a team-high .659 from the field.
Michael Fey - 1 minute, had one rebound. Since returning from a sprained right ankle, he's started two of the last three games. He's appeared in 13 contests (started twice), and is averaging 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds.