Dec. 10, 2004
UCLA HOSTS PEPPERDINE ON SATURDAY; BRUINS LOSE FIRST GAME OF SEASON LAST SUNDAY AT WOODEN CLASSIC, DROPPING A 74-64 DECISION TO BOSTON COLLEGE; UCLA OPENED 2004-05 REGULAR SEASON WITH FOUR CONSECUTIVE NONCONFERENCE WINS IN PAULEY PAVILION
UCLA'S NEXT GAME
SATURDAY, DEC. 11 - UCLA (4-1) VS. PEPPERDINE (7-1) - Pauley Pavilion, 3 p.m. (TV-FSNW2/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean). For the UCLA/Pepperdine contest, Bruin student-athletes are sponsoring a Food Drive - fans can participate by depositing canned goods in the bins upon entry into Pauley Pavilion.
LOOKING AHEAD - SATURDAY, DEC. 18 - UCLA VS. MICHIGAN (5-3, hosts South Florida (12/11) and Boston U. (12/14) before playing at UCLA) - Pauley Pavilion, 2 p.m. (TV-CBS/Radio-XTRA 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean). In a halftime ceremony, Bruin great Gail Goodrich will have his No. 25 jersey number retired, becoming the seventh Bruin in UCLA men's basketball history to achieve this honor.
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his second season at UCLA and 11th year as a collegiate head coach.
2004-05 - UCLA 4-1, 5 games/.800 - This is Howland's first career meeting vs. Pepperdine.
2003-04 - UCLA (11-17, 28 games/39.3)
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Totals- 11th Season (183-117, 300 games/.613)
In Howland's first year (2003-04) at UCLA, highlights included a 9-3 start (5-0 in the Pac-10), wins over NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and an appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament. In his last two seasons (2002-03) 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.
UCLA STAFF - Joining Howland are assistant coaches, all entering their second season - Donny Daniels, who was head coach at CS Fullerton for three seasons (2000-03); Ernie Zeigler, who for two years (2002-03) served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and Kerry Keating, who for two seasons (2002-03) was at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson, along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who two seasons (2002-03) served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh.
UCLA'S LAST GAME
Dec. 5 - Boston College 74, UCLA 64 (at 11th annual Wooden Classic) - Before 14,027 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Boston College limited UCLA to a season-low one/half output of 27 points in the second half and the Eagles rallied to defeat the Bruins 74-64 at the Wooden Classic. UCLA (4-1) had it's four game winning streak snapped.
The Bruins led by as many as 13 points twice (final time, 23-10, 9:41) in the first half and led 37-32 at halftime. In the second half, UCLA biggest margin was nine, 43-34 (17:34 left) on two technical free throws by Jordan Farmar. But in the next six minutes, Boston College (5-0) went on a 13-0 run and led 47-43 (11:30) on two free throws by Nate Doornekamp. UCLA closed to within one point (47-46, 11:15) on a jumper by Josh Shipp. But that was as close as the Bruins would get - BC led by as many 12 points, on three occasions and won with a 10 point margin (74-64).
The Bruins had four players in double figures- led by Farmar's team-high 14 points (he was 8-8 from the foul line) and game-high tying four assists and off the bench, Josh Shipp scored a season-high 13 second half points, including a seven-point run (11:15-9:24 left to play).
Dijon Thompson, with about five minutes left to play, reinjured the cut on his right hand and spent the remaining minutes of the game in the lockerroom getting 13 stitches to close the gash.
UCLA shot a season-low 38.3 (23-60/28.1, 9-32 in the second half) from the field, a season-low 22.7 (5-22) from three-point range and 61.9 (13-21) from the foul line, with 33 rebounds, 13 assists and 21 turnovers. BC shot an opponent season-high 45.3 (24-53) from the field, 25.0 (2-8) from three-point range and 80.0 (24-30) from the foul line, with a game-high 41 rebounds, 10 assists and a game-high 22 turnovers. The Eagles were led by Craig Smith's game-high 20 points and seven rebounds.
THE WOODEN CLASSIC - UCLA's appearance in the 2004 Wooden Classic was its eighth, with an overall mark of 5-3.
UCLA in the John R. Wooden Classic (5-3)
2004-05(L)-Boston College 74, UCLA 64
2003-04(L)-No. 9 Kentucky 52, UCLA 50
2001-02(W)-No. 20 UCLA 79, No. 16 Alabama 57
2000-01(L)-Georgia Tech 72, UCLA 67
1998-99(W)-No. 18 UCLA 69,No. 11 Okla. St. 66
1997-98(W)-No. 15 UCLA 69,No. 8 New Mex. 58
1995-96(W)-UCLA 73, No. 20 Maryland 63
1994-95(W)-No. 2 UCLA 82, No. 7 Kentucky 81
On Nov. 30, 2002 in Indianapolis, No. 14 UCLA's 84-73 loss to No. 4 Duke was the Bruins' only appearance in the then third-annual Wooden Tradition.
PEPPERDINE (Overall 7-1/West Coast Conference 0-0)
HEAD COACH PAUL WESTPHAL - In his fourth season at Pepperdine, with a school mark of 59-39. Before coming to Pepperdine, Westphal, an All-American guard at USC (1970-72) who had a 12-year (1972-84) NBA career (five-time NBA All-Star), was head coach of the NBA Seattle Supersonics (1999-01) and Phoenix Suns (1993-96).
THE WAVES - Are 7-1 overall and have won six straight contests after losing their opener to East Carolina (80-58, at the BCA Invitational in Raleigh, NC). In its last victory, an 86-78 win over UNLV in Malibu on Wednesday, Pepperdine was led by Glen McGowan's 27 points and 13 rebounds. The Waves have three players in double figures - McGowan (19.0), Alex Acker (15.6/team leading 7.9 rebounds) and Yakhouba Diawara (12.8).
SERIES HISTORY -The Bruins lead it 14-4. Pepperdine won the last meeting (11/28/01) in Pauley Pavilion, beating the Bruins 85-78. The Wave win in Pauley snapped a 12-game Bruin win streak over Pepperdine, dating back to 1949-50.
INJURY UPDATE - 6-7 senior Dijon Thompson reinjured his right shooting hand with about five minutes remaining in the Bruins' loss to Boston College in the Wooden Classic. He spent the final minutes of the game in the lockerroom getting 13 stitches to close the gash. He is not expected to play on Saturday vs. Pepperdine. Thompson originally injured the hand on Oct. 20 during a scrimmage. The cut is located in the webbing between his index and middle fingers (the cut then took four stitches) and the original stitches came out on Nov. 5.
-6-8 freshman Lorenzo Mata sprained his left ankle in practice on Friday (Nov. 19) and did not play vs. Chicago State and Western Illinois. His first game as a Bruin was vs. UC Irvine (Nov. 27, seven minutes, one rebound, one blocked shot).
-6-6 senior Cedric Bozeman, UCLA's starting point guard the last three seasons who in 2004 led the Pac-10 in assists, on Nov. 10 underwent a successful two-and-one-half hour arthroscopic procedure to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that was injured during practice on Nov. 4. Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman performed the surgery at the UCLA/Santa Monica Hospital. Recovery from this type of injury is usually in the eight-month range. Since he has never redshirted, Bozeman, a 6-6, 207-pounder from Santa Ana (Mater Dei HS), said he wants to return for the 2005-06 season.
THOMPSON JOINS 1,000 POINT CLUB - UCLA senior Dijon Thompson has joined the Bruin 1,000 point club. His 25 points (one shy of tying his career-high) vs. Long Beach State pushed him over the 1,000 point production. He now has 1,021 points, tied for No. 44 on the all-time Bruin scoring chart (No. 44, Don Bragg, 1,021, 1952-55; No. 43, Mitchell Butler, 1,023, 1990-93; No. 42, Dave Meyers, 1,046, 1973-75; No. 41 T. J. Cummings, 1,062, 2001-04).
TEAM STATISTICS - In UCLA's five-game stats, the Bruins have held their opponents to 41.1 from the field, 22.2% from the three-point line, have outrebounded their opponents (36.6/31.2) and limited their opponent's scoring to just 62.8 points a game.
The Bruins have three players averaging in double scoring figures (Dijon Thompson 15.8, Arron Afflalo 12.8 and Jordan Farmar 11.8). In the win over UC Irvine, the Bruins had four players in double scoring figures, five vs. WIU and four vs. CSU.
FRESHMEN STARTING GUARDS - This will be just the third time since 1980 that the Bruins will start a pair of freshmen at the guard positions (Jordan Farmar/Arron Afflalo). The last time was the 1997-98 season (Baron Davis/Earl Watson) and before that, the 1979-80 season (Michael Holton/Rod Foster).CO-DIAPER DANDIES OF THE WEEK - For the week of Nov. 29, ESPN's Dick Vitale named Bruin freshman guards Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo his Co-Diaper Dandies of the Week. In wins over UC Irvine and Western Illinois, Afflalo averaged 13.5 points and Farmar averaged 5.0 assists and 33+ plus minutes in the two victories.
STARTING FRESHMEN - The Bruins will start three freshmen vs. Pepperdine - forward Josh Shipp and guards, Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar. For most of the 1998-99 season, the Bruins started three freshmen - forwards, JaRon Rush and Jerome Moiso, along with center Dan Gadzuric, with sophomore guards, Baron Davis and Earl Watson (in the first two games of that season, the Bruins started four freshmen - Rush, Moiso, Gadzuric and Matt Barnes, along with Watson/Davis missed the first four games of that season because of a knee injury (that required surgery) the previous season during the NCAA Tournament).
WALKONS - The Bruins have two freshmen walkons this season - 6-5 freshman guard DeAndre Robinson (Riverside, CA/King HS) and 6-1 guard Joey Ellis (Hidden Hills/Crespi HS). Robinson, a two-year first-team All-League performer, as a senior led King HS to a No. 23 State ranking, averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Ellis in 2004 was Crespi's captain and team MVP and earned All-Mission League honors. As a senior, Ellis averaged 16.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.9 steals.
PAC-10 MEDIA DAY-BRUINS SELECTED FIFTH IN PRESEASON VOTE - Nov. 4 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 2005 conference title, the Bruins were selected fifth. Here's the vote total -1. Arizona (19) 253, 2. Washington (7) 237, 3. Stanford 194, 4. Oregon 167, 5. UCLA 156, 6. USC 116, 7. California 87, 8. Oregon State 86, 9. Washington State 73, 10. Arizona State 64.
UCLA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE - Eight teams on this year's Bruin schedule advanced to postseason play in 2004 - five in the NCAA Tournament (nonconference teams Boston College and Michigan State, along with league foes Stanford, Arizona and Washington) and three in the NIT (nonleague opponents Michigan, the 2004 NIT champion and Notre Dame, along with Pac-10 opponent Oregon, an NIT Final Four participant).
In the 2004-05 AP Preseason Top 25, the Bruins will play four ranked teams - No. 10 Arizona, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 20 Notre Dame and No. 22 Washington.
PRESEASON HONORS- Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors. -Athlon - Team-postseason prediction/NIT/5th in Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, 2nd team All-Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10/No. 5 USA (Bruin recruit ratings - No. 4 Jordan Farmar, No. 25 Lorenzo Mata, No. 54 Arron Afflalo, No. 55 Josh Shipp). -Basketball News -Team - No. 51 in the U. S./4th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, 2nd team All-Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10/No. 6 in the U. S. (Bruin recruit ratings-No. 20 Jordan Farmar, No. 25 Arron Afflalo). -Lindy's - Team - 6th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, third-team All-Pac-10; Jordan Farmar, No. 4 Fabulous Freshman in the U. S./Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10/No. 4 in the U. S. -Street & Smith's - Team- No. 7 in the Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10. -The Sporting News - Team-5th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, No. 14 small forward in the U. S./second-team All-Pac-10. Jordan Farmar, No. 13 top freshman in the U. S. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10.
UCLA'S NATIONAL-LETTERS-OF-INTENT Alfred Aboya, Darren Collison, Luc Richard Mbaha Moute, Michael Roll, Ryan Wright
Five players considered to be among the Top 150 high school performers in North America have signed National-Letters-of Intent to attend UCLA - 6-8, 242 pound Alfred Aboya (Tilton Prep Academy/Tilton NH), 6-0, 165-pound point guard Darren Collison (Etiwanda HS/Rancho Cucamonga, CA), 6-5 195-pound guard/forward Michael Roll (Aliso Niguel HS/Aliso Viejo, CA), 6-7, 215-pound Luc Richard Mbaha Moute (Montverde Academy/Montverde, FL) and 6-9 225-pound center/forward Ryan Wright (Loyola Catholic HS/Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). All will be freshmen at UCLA next fall.
Rated the No. 18 center in the U. S. by Athlon, Aboya's other preseason honors include - Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American, Lindy's No. 89 player in the U. S., The Sporting News' No. 91, Scout.com No. 92 and Basketball News' No. 100.
As a junior in 2004, Aboya led Tilton Prep to the New Hampshire Class B State title. He averaged 22.0 points and 12.0 rebounds as an inside player for coach Scott Willard.
From the African republic of Cameroon, he has played for the Cameroon National team.
"I'm very pleased with Alfred's commitment,"Bruin head coach Ben Howland said. "He was the last of our five commitments. He's a very gifted athlete at 6-9 and 242 pounds. He's tough, physical and athletic. As he continues to develop, he's going to be a very good player."
Luc Richard Mbaha Moute
A good rebounder and defender with exceptional quickness, Mbaha Moute is a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American, a Scout. Com Top 150 and rated the No. 15 prospect in Florida by FloridaHoops.com
Last summer, Mbaha Moute improved his perimeter play and he can play either guard position or small forward.
As a junior honor roll student in 2004 at the Montverde Academy, he averaged 12.0 points a game for coach Kevin Sutton.
Mbaha Moute, who came to the U. S. last season from the African republic of Cameroon, is slated to be a prince in his village after he graduates from UCLA.
"At 6-7, Luc has a long wing span and he is very athletic," Howland said. "He has good ball-handling skills, can pass and shoot the basketball. He has a chance to be an outstanding defender, who could guard three positions - the point, off-guard and wing. He's extremely versatile."
A pure point guard, Collison enters 2004-05 as the No. 2 point guard in the West by insider.com. His other preseason honors include - Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American, The Sporting News' No. 96 Player in the U. S. and second-team Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West.
Last summer, Collison competed for the West team (1-4) at the 2004 USA Men's Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, CO. He appeared in five games (two starts) and averaged 21.6 minutes, 9.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.2 steals, and shot .409 (18-44) from the field, .348 (8-23) from three-point range and .800 (4-5) from the foul line.
As a junior last season, Collison helped Etiwanda HS to a 31-3 overall record (No. 23 in the U. S.), 10-0 in the Baseline League and to the southern CA Regional final. In the final, Fairfax, led by current Bruin freshman Josh Shipp's 33 points, defeated Etiwanda 75-68OT. Fairfax went on to win the 2004 CA State Div. I Championship. In the Southern CA Regional semifinals, Etiwanda defeated Taft, led by current Bruin freshman Jordan Farmar, who scored 38 points in the loss.
The Div. 1-AA All-CIF Southern Section co-Player of the Year and an All-Area selection in 2004, Collison averaged a team-high 15.6 points and 5.4 assists for coach Dave Kleckner.
"Darren is an outstanding point guard," Howland said. "He's quick and fast. He has a feel for the game, with good passing abilities and court vision. He's a good on-ball defender with quick hands. He has a bright future in our program."
One of the premeir shooters in the western USA, Roll was recently named second-team Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West. Last summer, Roll was impressive at the adidas Superstar Camp in Suwanee, GA.
As a junior in 2004, Roll helped lead Aliso Niguel HS to a 17-11 record. He led his team in three-point shooting and averaged 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists for coach Keith Barnett.
A two-time All-Sea View League performer, as a sophomore in 2003, Roll averaged 13.0 points and in the CIF Playoffs, he averaged 20.0 points a contest.
"Michael is tough and hard-nosed," said Howland. "He's a good shooter who understands the game. He has an excellent work ethic. Michael is a solid player with a promising future as a Bruin."
A fleet-footed big man who is a great leaper, Wright is rated the No. 15 power forward and No. 54 overall by Rivals.com. His other preseason honors include - No. 50 HoopScoop, No. 52 Scout.com, No. 53 TheInsidersHoops.com and No. 54 Future Stars.
Last summer, Wright was the top prospect at the Nike All-Canada Camp and played well at the NBA Players Association Camp in Richmond, VA.
Wright, who grew up in Toronto and moved to the suburb of Mississauga, in 2004 averaged 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for coach Tony Santafonte. Regarded as a top Canadian Junior player, Wright is a potential 2008 Canada Olympic team candidate.
"Ryan has outstanding athletic talents," Howland said. "His ability to run and jump, at his size, is as good as any player of his size in the country. He has good hands and can block shots. I like his upside and as he develops, he has a chance to be a special player."
"I am happy with this year's class," said Howland. "I think we filled our team's needs with quality players, as well as outstanding young men who will be joining our program."
GAIL GOODRICH JERSEY NUMBER (25) RETIREMENT/PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR- On Saturday, Dec. 18, when UCLA hosts Michigan at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion, Bruin great Gail Goodrich will have his jersey number (25) retired in a halftime ceremony. The leading scorer on UCLA's 1964 (21.5) and 1965 (24.8) first two NCAA Championship teams under legendary head coach John Wooden, Goodrich earned All-American honors in 1965. In UCLA's 1965 NCAA title 91-80 win over Michigan, Goodrich scored 42 points, then a school record and NCAA Championship game record. In Goodrich's 14-year NBA career, he was a five-time NBA All-Star and in 1972, he was the leading scorer (25.9) on the LA Lakers' NBA Championship team, a squad that set the NBA record for consecutive regular season wins (33). A charter member (1984) of the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, Goodrich in 1996 was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He will be the seventh UCLA men's basketball player to have his jersey number retired, joining - 31 Ed O'Bannon, 32 Bill Walton, 33 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), 35 Sidney Wicks, 42 Walt Hazzard and 54 Marques Johnson.
Goodrich will also be UCLA's nominee for the 2005 Pac 10 Hall of Honor (March 9 at a dinner in Los Angeles). He will be joined by - Pete Williams (Arizona), Joe Caldwell (Arizona State), Darrall Imhoff (California), Blair Rasmussen (Oregon), Ed Lewis (Oregon State), Rich Kelley (Stanford), John Rudometkin (USC), Jack Nichols (Washington) and Gene Conley (Washington State).
Goodrich will be UCLA's fourth inductee into the prestigious Pac-10 Hall of Honor (joining 2002 charter member John Wooden, 2003 inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and 2004 inductee Walt Hazzard).
BIBBY, SLAUGHTER INDUCTED INTO UCLA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME - At a dinner on Oct. 8, Bruin basketball greats Henry Bibby and Fred Slaughter were among eight former UCLA athletes (Class of 2004) who were inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame (they were also introduced at halftime of the UCLA-Arizona football game at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 9). Under legendary Bruin coach John Wooden, Henry Bibby, the current USC coach, was a three-year starting guard on three (1970-72) UCLA NCAA Championship teams. He earned All-American honors as a senior in 1972. Under Coach Wooden, Fred Slaughter was a three-year starter (1962-64) at center who played on UCLA's first NCAA Championship team (1964).
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland
Ben Howland is in his second season as UCLA's head coach. Here's a quick year-by-year review of his previous Div. I collegiate head coaching career.
2003-04 (UCLA)- In Howland's first year at UCLA, highlights included a 9-3 start (5-0 in the Pac-10), wins over NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and an appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament.
HOWLAND PRESS CONFERENCES - held (most Tuesdays) in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room at 1:30 p.m./following Howland, Bruin players will be available in the press room at 2 p.m.. Here's the schedule - Dec. 14 (last press conference before holiday break/because of final exams (Dec. 13-17), players will not be available to the media), Dec. 28, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8
HOWLAND/PAC-10 WEEKLY HEAD COACHES MEDIA TELECONFERENCE CALL - Beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 28 (and every Tuesday during the regular season/last call Tuesday, March 9). It begins at 10:30 a.m. through 11:47 a.m. (Howland is 11:47-11:55 a.m.). The media telephone number is 913-981-5532(taped replay-402-222-9927).
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 (best in NCAA history, beating a No. 1 ranked team four years in a row). 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/Georgia Tech (8), Oklahoma/Notre Dame (7) and Kentucky/Ohio State (6).
In Bruin history, during the regular season, UCLA is 7-12 vs. the No. 1 team, including last season's 73-60 loss to Stanford in Pauley Pavilion and an overtime win vs. Arizona in the 2003 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 40th season as the home of Bruin basketball. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 541-81 (622 games, 87.0). The Bruins were 9-6 in Pauley in 2003-04 and 5-10 in 2002-03.
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).
On Dec. 20, 2003, the playing floor in Pauley Pavilion was dedicated "Nell and John Wooden Court".
UCLA HISTORY - Entering 2004-05 (85 years), the Bruins have an overall school record of 1,540-692 (2,232 games, .690).
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).
BRUINS IN THE NBA
The Bruins had 11 players on Fall Camp 2004-05 rosters (nine on regular season rosters): Trevor Ariza (New York Knicks, rookie season); Matt Barnes (Sacramento Kings, second season, spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers); Mitchell Butler (waived-Denver Nuggets, ninth season/retired from the NBA and returned to the Washington Wizards, where he played in 2003-04, and was named Director of Player Development); Baron Davis (New Orleans Hornets, sixth season); Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks, third season); Jason Kapono (Charlotte Bobcats, second season, spent his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers); Jelani McCoy (waived-Milwaukee Bucks/picked up by Atlanta Hawks, sixth season); Reggie Miller (injured-Indiana Pacers, 18th season); Jerome Moiso (Toronto Raptors, fifth season); Tracy Murray (waived-NY Knicks, 13th season, spent last year with Portland Trail Blazers) and Earl Watson (Memphis Grizzlies, fourth season).
XTRA SPORTS 690/1150 - The 2004-05 basketball season is UCLA's eight on XTRA Sports 690/1150. Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 13th season as the voice of the Bruins. Joining Roberts, who is a Wooden Award and Heisman Trophy voter, in his third season as analyst is Don MacLean, the leading scorer (2,608, 1989-92) in UCLA and Pac-10 history.
Roberts was nationally recognized on Oct. 27, 2003 by ESPN's Dick Vitale, when Vitale placed Roberts on his "All-Radio Voices Team". Vitale called it his "All-Cawood Ledford Team", in honor of the legendary Kentucky broadcaster. Roberts joined 15 other well-known college play-by-play voices on Vitale's "Sweet 16" broadcast team.
ON THE INTERNET - UCLA games were 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. 15 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.
UCLA PLAYER UPDATES/ALPHABETICAL
4 Arron Afflalo (A-fla-lo)
6-5, 206, Fr., F, Compton, CA (Centennial)
2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon No. 54 incoming freshman in the U. S., Basketball News No. 25 incoming freshman in the U. S..
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After five starts, Afflalo is averaging 31.0 minutes (No. 2 on the team), 12.8 points (No. 2), 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists (No. 2) and shooting .468 (22-47) from the field, .348 (8-23, No. 3T) from three-point range and .706 (12-17) from the foul line.
AFFLALO'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 36 minutes vs. LBS (11/30); 21 points vs. LBS (11/30); 5 rebounds vs. LBS (11/30); 6 assists vs. LBS (11/30); 2 steals vs. BC (12/5); blocked shot vs. .
AFFLALO'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (12/6) - Scoring - 14thT, 12.8.
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Chicago State, in his first collegiate start, Afflalo played 34 minutes, with five points, three rebounds and assists and one steal and limited opposing guard Terren Wilson to just two points ... In his second start vs. Western Illinois, he played 24 minutes, with a game-high tying 13 points (5-10, 207, 1-2) and two rebounds ... In his third start vs. UC Irvine, Afflalo played 31 minutes, with a team-high tying 14 points (4-9, 1-3, 5-6), four rebounds, two assists and one steal (with frershman backcourt teammate Jordan Farmar, for the week of Nov. 29, named a Dick Vitale Co-Diaper Dandy of the Week) ... In a season-high 36 minutes (fourth start) vs. Long Beach State, Afflalo missed only one shot and scored a season-best 21 points (7-7, 3-3, 4-5), and recorded season-highs in rebounds (team-high tying five), assists (team-high tying six) and one steal ...In his fifth start vs. Boston College, Afflalo played 30 minutes, with 11 points (4-10, 1-5, 2-4), three rebounds, three assists and a season-high two steals.
11 Jordan Farmar (Far-mar)
6-2, 170, Fr., G, Los Angeles, CA (Taft)
2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon No. 4 incoming freshman in the U. S., Basketball News No. 20 incoming freshman in the U. S., Lindy's No. 4 Fabulous Freshman in the U. S./Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year., The Sporting News No. 13 incoming freshman in the U. S.
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After five starts, Farmar is averaging a team-high 34.2 minutes, 11.8 points (No. 3 on the team), 2.0 rebounds, a team-high 5.0 assists and 1.0 steals (No. 3), and shooting .419 (18-43) from the field, a team-high .429 (6-14) from three-point range and and team-high .895 (17-19) from the foul line.
FARMAR'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 36 minutes vs. BC (12/5), WIU (11/23); 14 points vs. BC (12/5), UCI (11/27); 4 rebounds vs. CSU (11/20); 6 assists vs. LBS (11/30), WIU (11/23); 3 steals vs. LBS FARMAR'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (12/6) - Scoring - 20th, 11.8; Assists - 5th, 5.00; FT% - 6th, .895; Min. Played - 5th, 34.20.
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Chicago State, in his first collegiate start, Farmar played a game-high 35 minutes, with 11 points (3-6, 3-5, 2-2), a season-high four rebounds and a game-high five assists ... In his second start vs. Western Illinois, he played a season-high 36 minutes, with 12 points (4-9, 2-4, 2-2), two rebounds and a game and season-high six assists ... In his third start vs. UC Irvine, Farmar played 31 minutes, with a team tying and season -high 14 points (5-10, 1-2, 3-4), three rebounds, a team-high four assists and one steal (with freshman backcourt teammate Arron Afflalo, for the week of Nov. 29, named a Dick Vitale Co-Diaper Dandy of the Week) ... In his fourth start vs. Long Beach State, he played 33 minutes, with eight points, one rebound, a season-high tying six assists and a season and game-high three steals ... In his fifth collegiate start vs. Boston College, Farmar played a season-high tying 36 minutes, with a team and season-high tying 14 points (3-11, 0-3, 8-8), a game-high tying four assists and one steal.
45 Michael Fey (Fay), 7-0, 270, Jr., C,
Olympia, WA (Capital HS)
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After five starts, Fey is averaging 25.2 minutes (No. 5 on the team), 8.2 points (No. 4), 5.2 rebounds (No. 2) and shooting .552 (16-29, No. 2) from the field and .750 (9-12, No. 4) from the foul line.
FEY'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 33 minutes vs. UCI (11/27); 13 points vs. UCI (11/27); 9 rebounds vs. UCI (11/27); 2 assists vs. CSU (11/20); 1 steal vs. BC (12/5), CSU (11/20); 1 blocked shot vs. CSU (11/20).
FEY'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (12/6) - Rebounding - 17th, 5.2; FG% - 8th, .552.
FEY'S CAREER HIGHS - 33 minutes vs. UCI (11/27/04), UC Riverside (12/3/03); 20 points vs. Vermont (11/29/03); 9 rebounds vs. UCI (11/27/04); 2 assists vs. Chicago State (11/20/04), Arizona (1/17/04); 2 steals vs. Washington (1/10/04); 3 blocked shots vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03), Portland (12/14/02).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - In a start vs. Chicago State, Fey played 32 minutes, with six points, seven rebounds, a career-high tying two assists and one blocked shot and steal and held CSU center Deji Akindele scoreless ... In his second start vs. Western Illinois, he played 22 minutes, with 11 points (5-8, 0-0, 1-2), four rebounds and one assist ... In a career-high tying 33 minutes vs. UC Irvine (start), Fey scored a season-high 13 points (5-7, 0-0, 3-3/11 points in the first half), with a career and game-high nine rebounds ...In his fourth start vs. Long Beach State, Fey played 22 minutes, with six points and two rebounds ...In his fifth start vs. Boston College, Fey played 17 minutes, with five points, four rebounds and one steal.
15 Ryan Hollins, 7-0, 225, Jr., C,
Pasadena, CA (Muir HS)
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After five games (four starts), Hollins is averaging 25.6 minutes, 6.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, a team-high 1.6 blocked shots and shooting a team-high .632 (12-19) from the field.
HOLLINS' 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 29 minutes vs. WIU (11/23); 11 points vs. CSU (11/20); 7 rebounds vs. CSU (11/20); 2 assists vs. BC (12/5), UCI (11/27); steals vs.; 5 blocked shots vs. UCI (11/27).
HOLLINS' 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (12/6) - BLKS - 2ndT, 1.60.
HOLLINS' CAREER HIGHS - 36 minutes vs. Arizona State (2/12/04); 21 points vs. USC (1/28/04); 11 rebounds vs. Oregon (1/30/03); 4 assists vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03); 2 steals vs. California (2/19/04); 7 blocked shots vs. Oregon (1/30/03).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - In a start vs. Chicago State, Hollins played 24 minutes, with season-high 11 points (4-5, 0-0, 3-4), a season-best seven rebounds, one assist and a game-high two blocked shots ... In his second start vs. Western Illinois, he played a season-high 29 minutes, with nine points and three rebounds ... In 27 minutes vs. UC Irvine (start), Hollins had six points, three rebounds, a season-high two assists and a season and game-high (Pac-10 co-leader) five blocked shots ... In his fourth start vs. Long Beach State, Hollins played 22 minutes with four points, two rebounds and one assist and blocked shot ... In 26 minutes off the bench vs. Boston College, he contributed two points, one rebound and a season-high tying two assists.
54 JOSIAH (jo-sigh-a) JOHNSON, 6-8, 255, Sr., F,
Los Angeles, CA (Montclair Prep)
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After two games, Johnson is averaging 3.0 minutes and 0.5 points and 2.0 rebounds.
JOHNSON'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 3 minutes vs. WIU (11/23), CSU (11/20) ; 1 point vs. CSU (11/20); 3 rebounds vs. WIU (11/23); assists vs. ; steal vs. ; blocked shots vs. .
JOHNSON'S CAREER HIGHS - 26 minutes vs. Kentucky (12/06/03); 9 points vs. USD (11/26/02); 9 rebounds vs. Loyola (12/13/03); 2 assists vs. California (1/24/04); 2 steals vs. Arizona (1/18/03); 2 blocked shots vs. USD (11/26/02).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Played three minutes off the bench vs. Chicago State, with one point and rebound ... In three minutes off the bench vs. Western Illinois, Johnson played three minutes with a season-high three rebounds ...Did not play vs. UC Irvine, Long Beach State and Boston College.
14 Lorenzo Mata, 6-8, 231, Fr., C/F,
Huntington Park, CA (South Gate)
2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon No. 25 incoming freshman in the U. S.
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After three games, Mata is averaging 10.3 minutes, 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds, and shooting .500 (2-4) from the field.
MATA'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 18 minutes vs. BC (12/5); 4 points vs. BC (12/5); 5 rebounds vs. BC (12/5); assists vs.; steals vs.; 1 blocked shot vs. UCI (11/27).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Missed the Chicago State and Western Illinois games with a sprained left ankle ...In his first collegiate game vs. UC Irvine, Mata played seven minutes with one rebound and blocked shot ... In his second collegiate game vs. Long Beach State, he played six minutes with one point ... Vs. Boston College, Mata recorded season-highs in minutes (18), points (four) and rebounds (five).
25 Matt McKinney, 6-8, 222, So., F,
Santa Ynez, CA (Santa Ynez)
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After five games (one start), averaging 11.6 minutes, 1.0 points and 4.0 rebounds (No. 3 on the team).
McKINNEY'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 13 minutes vs. UCI (11/27), WIU (11/22); 3 points vs. UCI (11/27); 9 rebounds vs. WIU (11/23); 1 assist vs. UCI (11/27), WIU (11/23); 1 steal vs. BC (12/5); blocked shots vs.
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Chicago State, in the first game of his Bruin career, McKinney came off the bench and played 11 minutes with one rebound ... In a season-high 13 minutes off the bench vs. Western Illinois, he had two points and a season-high nine rebounds and one assist ... In 13 minutes vs. UC Irvine, McKinney played 13 minutes, with a season-high three points, three rebounds and one assist ... In 11 minutes off the bench vs. Long Beach State, he had three rebounds ... In his first career start (10 minutes) vs. Boston College, he had four rebounds and a season-high one steal.
3 Brian Morrison, 6-2, 192, Sr., G,
Redmond, WA (Lake Washington HS)
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After five games off the bench, Morrison is averaging 21.4 minutes, 8.0 points (No. 5 on the team), 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists and shooting .348 (8-23, No. 3T) from three-point range and .800 (8-10, No. 3) from the foul line.
MORRISON'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 26 minutes vs. WIU (11/23); 13 points vs. WIU (11/23); 4 rebounds vs. LBS (11/30), CSU (11/20); 4 assists vs. WIU (11/23); 1 steal, three times, last vs. UCI (11/27); blocked shot vs. .
MORRISON'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS () - .
MORRISON'S CAREER HIGHS - 40 minutes vs. Loyola Marymount (12/13); 28 points vs. UC Riverside (12/3); 9 rebounds vs. UC Riverside (12/3); 5 assists vs. UC Santa Barbara (12/17); 2 steals vs. Arizona State (2/12); 1 blocked shot vs. Kentucky (12/6), Michigan State (12/20).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Chicago State, in 21 minutes off the bench, Morrison had 11 points (4-9, 2-6, 1-3), four rebounds, two assists and one steal ... In a season-best 26 minutes off the bench vs. Western Illinois, Morrison had a season-best and game-high tying 13 points (4-10, 305, 2-2), two rebounds, a season-best four assists and a season-high tying one steal ... In 21 minutes off the bench vs. UC Irvine, Morrison had three points, two rebounds, one assist and steal ... In 23 minutes off the bench vs. Long Beach State, he had 10 points (2-5, 1-2, 5-5) and a season-high tying four rebounds ... Vs. Boston College (16 minutes), Morrison had three points and one rebound and fouled out.
2 JANOU (ja-now) RUBIN, 6-3, 208, Sr., G,
Union City, CA (Logan HS)
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After one game (Boston College), Rubin is averaging 2.0 minutes.
RUBIN'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 2 minutes vs. BC (12/5) ; points vs. ; rebounds vs. ; assists vs. ; steals vs. ; blocked shots vs. .
RUBIN'S CAREER HIGHS - 26 minutes vs. Notre Dame (2/28/04); 13 points vs. Oregon (1/4/04), Oregon State (1/2/04); 4 rebounds vs. USC (1/28/04), California (1/24/04); 4 assists vs. Washington (1/10/04); 1 steal, six times, last vs. USC (2/25/04); 2 blocked shots vs. Oregon State (3/4/04).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Did not play vs. Chicago State, Western Illinois, UC Irvine and Long Beach State ... Played two minutes off the bench vs. Boston College.
12 Josh Shipp, 6-5, 200, Fr., G/F,
Los Angeles, CA (Fairfax)
2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon No. 55 incoming freshman in the U. S.
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After five games, Shipp is averaging 12.4 minutes, 5.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.20 steals (No. 2) and shooting .522 (12-23, No. 3) from the field and .333 (3-9) from three-point range.
SHIPP'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 18 minutes vs. BC (12/5); 13 points vs. BC (12/5); 4 rebounds, three times, last vs. BC (12/5); 2 assists vs. BC (12/5); 3 steal vs. BC (12/5); blocked shots vs. .
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - In his first game as a Bruin, in 10 minutes off the bench vs. Chicago State, Shipp had two points and rebounds and one assist ... In 12 minutes off the bench vs. Western Illinois, Shipp had four points and a season-high four rebounds, one assist and one steal ... In 10 minutes off the bench vs. UC Irvine, Shipp had nine points (scored seven points in 59 seconds in the first half), with three rebounds and one steal ... In a12 minutes off the bench vs. Long Beach State, he had a season-high tying four rebounds and one steal ... In his best game of the season, coming off the bench vs. Boston College, Shipp had season-bests in minutes (18), points (13, 5-8, 2-4, 1-3/all in the second half, scored seven straight from 11:15-9:24), rebounds (four), assists (two) and steals (three).
1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, 209, Sr., F/G,
Inglewood, CA (Redondo Union)
2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon second-team All-Pac-10; Basketball News second-team All-Pac-10; Lindy's third-team All-Pac-10; The Sporting News No. 14 small forward in the U. S./second-team All-Pac-10.
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After five starts, Thompson is UCLA's scoring (15.8), rebound (8.2/leads Pac-10 in defensive rebounds/6.20/Dec. 6) and steals (1.4) leader, averaging 30.8 minutes (No. 3 on the team) and 2.2 assists (No. 3) and shooting .441 (26-59) from the field, .385 (5-13, No. 2) from three-point range and .880 (22-25, No. 2) from the foul line.
THOMPSON'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 35 minutes vs. LBS (11/30), WIU (11/23); 25 points vs. LBS (11/30); 16 rebounds vs. WIU (11/23); 4 assists vs. WIU (11/23); 2 steals, three times, last vs. LBS (11/30); 2 blocked shots vs. BC (12/5).
THOMPSON'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (12/6) - Scoring - 8th, 15.8; Rebounding - 4th, 8.2; FT% - 8th, .880; Steals - 9thT, 1.40; DEF Rebs. - 1st, 6.20.
THOMPSON'S CAREER HIGHS - 43 minutes vs. California (2/20/03); 26 points vs. Washington (3/8/03); 16 rebounds vs. Western Illinois (11/23/04); 6 assists vs. Washington (1/10/04), Oregon State (1/2/04), Washington State (3/6/03); 4 steals vs. California (1/25/03) and Kansas (12/21/02); 3 blocked shots vs. USC (2/5/03).
CAREER CHARTS - Pts. - 1021, 44thT Bruin in history to score 1,000 points (44th, Don Bragg, 1,021, 1952-55; No. 43, Mitchell Butler, 1,023, 1990-93; No. 42, Dave Meyers, 1,046, 1973-75); 3-Pters - 95, 9thT (9th, 95, Ray Young, 1999-03; 8th, Tyus Edney, 97, 1992-95); 3-PT Atts - 265, 9th (8th, 286, Kevin Walker, 1987-90).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - In 30 minutes (start), Thompson led the Bruins vs. Chicago State, scoring a game-high 17 points (8-13, 1-3, 0-0) and a game-high tying eight rebounds, with two assists and a game-high tying and season-best two steals ... In a season-best 35 minutes (start) vs. Western Illinois, Thompson had a career-best 16 rebounds (Pac-10 leader/most rebounds since Dan Gadzuric got 16 rebounds on Feb. 14, 2002 in UCLA's 77-76 win over Arizona in Pauley Pavilion), with 11 points (2-8, 2-4, 5-6/first season double/double, second career), four assists and a season-best one blocked shot ...In 27 minutes (start) vs. UC Irvine, Thompson scored a team-high tying 14 points (4-13, 1-2, 5-6), with six rebounds, two assists and a game-high two steals ... In a season-high tying 35 minutes (start) vs. Long Beach State, he scored a season and game-high 25 points (7-12, 0-0, 11-12/one shy of tying his career-high of 26), a game-high tying five rebounds, one assist and a season-high tying two steals and one blocked shot ... In his fifth start vs. Boston College, Thompson played 27 minutes, with 12 points (5-13, 1-4, 1-1), a team-high six rebounds, two assists, one steal and a season-high two blocked shots ... With about five minutes left in the game, Thompson reopened the cut on his right hand and spent the remainder of the game in the lockerroom getting stitches (13) to repair the wound ... He will not play on Saturday vs. Pepperdine.