No. 15 UCLA Opens 2002-03 Campaign Against Toreros, No. 6 Blue Devils

Nov. 25, 2002

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Head Coach Steve Lavin - Entering his seventh season as Bruin head coach with a school and career mark of 135-59 (194 games, 69.6) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (352 games, 261-91, 74.1). The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the only current coaches who have guided their teams to five NCAA "Sweet 16s" in the last six seasons. This will be Lavin's first meeting with USD and he's 1-2 vs. Duke.

Season Openers - Under Lavin, the Bruins are 3-3. Last season, UCLA opened the season with a 71-60 win over Houston at the Maui Invitational

The Bruins - In the exhibition season, the Bruins lost both games - Branch West 92-UCLA 67 (Nov. 13) and EA Sports East 70-UCLA 64 (Nov. 19, UCLA senior Jason Kapono did not play, held out with a sprained right thumb).

UCLA-USD Series History - UCLA leads it 2-0 (both games in Pauley - 1992-93, UCLA 90-USD 63; 1989-90, UCLA 83-USD 74).

USD Head Coach Brad Holland - A UCLA standout as a player and former Bruin assistant coach, Holland is entering his ninth year as head coach of the Toreros, with a school mark of 127-99 and in 10 years as a head coach, he was at CS Fullerton from 1993-94, he's 150-130. As a UCLA guard from 1976-79, Holland as a senior earned All-Pac-10 and Honorable Mention All-America. He was a UCLA assistant from 1988-92.

The Toreros - On Nov. 23 in San Diego, USD opened the regular season with a 77-75 victory over Nevada. USD had four players in double figures, led by Jason Keep's 19 points and five rebounds and Jason Blair's 17 points and six rebounds. USD won both its exhibition games - USD 95- CP Pomona 72 (Nov. 5) and USD 80-Global Sports 72

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski - Entering his 23rd year at Duke, with a school record of 565-168 and in 27 years of head coaching, he was at Army from 1976-80, he's 638-227. During his Duke tenure, he has led the Blue Devils to three NCAA titles (2001-92-91) and six other Final Fours, including four runner-ups.

The Blue Devils - Before playing UCLA on Saturday, Duke will host Davidson on Nov. 25. Duke opened the regular season on Nov. 23 at Durham, beating Army, 101- 53. The Blue Devils had four players in double figures, led by Shavlik Randolph's 23 points and seven rebounds. Duke opened their season with exhibition wins over EA Sports (102-744, Nov. 14) and Nike (103-63, Nov. 4). Duke returns two starters from last season - senior forward Dahntay Jones and junior guard Chris Duhon.

UCLA-Duke Series - Duke leads it 8-6 and has won the last two games (76-63, 2001 NCAA "Sweet 16", Duke went on to win NCAA title; 120-84, 1998 Duke home game). UCLA's last win was in Pauley, 73-69, Feb. 23, 1997.

In a poll of media members released Nov. 6 at Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins were picked to finish third (195 votes) in the 2003 Pac-10 Conference race, behind unanimous No. 1 choice Arizona (27 first place votes/270 votes) and second-place Oregon (237). Behind Arizona, Oregon and UCLA were - fourthplace Arizona State (160), fifth-place California (154), sixth-place USC (152); seventh-place Stanford (136); eighth-place Washington (81); ninth-place Oregon State (71) and 10th-place Washington State (29).

This will be UCLA's first appearance in the third-annual Wooden Tradition (2001-Purdue, Stanford, Missouri, Xavier; 2000-Purdue, Arizona, Notre Dame, Cincinnati). In the Wooden Classic, held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, No. 20 UCLA's win over No. 16 Alabama, 79- 57, on Dec. 8, 2001, was UCLA's fifth victory (in six games) at the Wooden Classic. Steve Lavin is 3-1 in the Wooden Classic, beating Alabama (2001), New Mexico (1997) and Oklahoma State (1998) and losing to Georgia Tech (2000).

In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 76-8 ( 9 0 . 5 , 84 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since 1996-97), the Bruins are 33-6 (39 games, 84.6) and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s, the Bruins were 43-2 (45 games, 95.6). UCLA's 85-78 loss to Pepperdine on Nov. 28, 2001 in Pauley was just the eighth non-conference defeat the Bruins have suffered at home since the 1989-90 season. Along with Pepperdine last season, the losses were against - North Carolina, 80-70, fifth home game of 2000-01 and CS Northridge, 78-74, season home opener of 2000-01; Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000 (the Bruins' 20- game nonconference home winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga); Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97 and Tulsa, 77-76 OT, first game of 1996-97; Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92. In 12 seasons, the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion have been unbeaten in non-league games on seven occasions (1998-99, 7-0; 1997-98, 6-0; 1994-95, 6-0; 1993-94, 6-0; 1992-93, 8-0; 1990-91, 8-0 and 1989-90, 6-0).

The Bruins' upcoming schedule will feature eight teams that were in last season's NCAA Tournament ("Sweet 16" Duke, Final Four Kansas, USC, St. John's, "Sweet 16" Arizona, Stanford, California and "Elite Eight" Oregon), and one NIT participant (Arizona State).

In 2001-02, UCLA's schedule was rated by Basketball Times as the No. 3 strongest schedule in the U. S. (trailing only No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 North Carolina) and the Pac- 10 Conference was ranked No. 1 in the nation (based on strength of schedule among member schools).

Entering the preseason, UCLA had 10 players on NBA rosters - Toby Bailey, New York Knicks (waived); Matt Barnes, Cleveland Cavaliers (waived, drafted by Fayetteville, NC in the NBDL); Baron Davis, New Orleans Hornets; Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee Bucks; Darrick Martin, Denver Nuggets (waived); Jelani McCoy, Toronto Raptors; Jerome Moiso, New Orleans Hornets; Reggie Miller,Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray, Los Angeles Lakers and Earl Watson, Memphis Grizzlies.

Is on the preseason lists for the Wooden and Naismith Awards, given annually to the nation's top player. Last season, Kapono was a finalist for the Naismith honor and as a sophomore, he was a finalist for the Wooden Award. He's also nominated for the second annual Senior Class Award, presented annually to the nation's senior Player of the Year for NCAA Div. 1 men's and women's basketball. Maryland's Juan Dixon won the award last year.

6-1 sophomore Ryan Walcott will sit out UCLA's first two regular season games, vs. U. of San Diego on Nov. 26 and against Duke on Nov. 30 in the Wooden Tradition. Even though Walcott redshirted the 2000-01 campaign as a true freshman, he did play nine minutes in the Bruins' first exhibition game of that season (UCLA 118-Team Concept 64, Nov. 1, 2000; Walcott had three points and two rebounds, he did not play in another exhibition or regular season game the remainder of the year). Because of his exhibition appearance, UCLA had to petition the NCAA to restore a season of eligibility (the petition was approved by the NCAA in Dec. 2001, but it ruled that Walcott would have to sit out the first two regular season games of 2002-03).

6-8 freshman Matt McKinney will redshirt this season in men's basketball and have four years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2003-04 campaign. McKinney, one of the nation's top prep volleyball players during his career at Santa Ynez HS, will join Al Scates' Bruin men's volleyball team at the conclusion of the 2002-03 basketball season.

6-2 junior guard Brian Morrison will sit out this season after transferring to UCLA from North Carolina. As a sophomore last season for the Tar Heels, Morrison appeared in all 28 games and averaged 7.1 points, led NC with 42 three-pointers and was third on the team in assists (72). He prepped at Lake Washington HS in Redmond, WA.

At the conclusion of the current Bruin football season, 6-6 Marcedes Lewis is scheduled to join the UCLA men's basketball team. From Long Beach Poly, Lewis last season as a senior in high school was considered the nation's No. 1 tight end prospect. (and has seen playing time on this year's squad as a freshman tight end). In basketball last season, he averaged 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds and was a Hoop Scoop National Top 100 performer.

Trevor Ariza, 6-8 from Westchester HS (Los Angeles) and Sean Phaler, 6-9 from Villa Park, CA HS, signed NLI with UCLA during the early signing period.

Entering his senior campaign, Ariza is one of the most honored players in southern California. His preseason national accolades include - Street & Smith's All-America Top 20 (fourth-team All-America) and first-team All-Metro (Los Angeles), The Sporting News No. 4 power forward in the U. S. and No. 14 senior in the U. S., Athlon's No. 12 power forward in the U. S. and Lindy's No. 33 senior in the U. S. PacWestHoops rates Ariza as the No. 2 player at his position on the West Coast.

As a junior starter last season, Ariza averaged 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Comets. In 2002, as a consistent double figure scorer and rebounder, Ariza helped lead Westchester to a 32-2 overall record, the CA State Div. I championship, a City Section title and Westchester was ranked fourth in the U. S. in the Student Sports FAB 50 poll.

Phaler's preseason prep honors include - Street Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American and first-team All Metro (Los Angeles) and Lindy's No. 57 senior in the U. S. As a junior last season at Villa Park, Phaler, a longrange shooting threat, averaged 19.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. He shot 42% from three-point range, connecting on 107.

In its second year, the Pac-10 Hall of Honor's 2003 class will include UCLA's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. As Lew Alcindor during his Bruin playing days (1967-69), he led UCLA to three consecutive NCAA titles, three straight Conference championships and an overall record of 88-2 (including a perfect 30-0 in 1966-67). He received the Most Outstanding Player award at the NCAA Four three years in a row, the only player to earn that honor three consecutive times. At the end of his Bruin career, Abdul-Jabbar was the school's all-time leading scorer (2,325, now No. 2) and the leading rebounder (1,367, now No. 2).

As the greatest offensive player in basketball history, he was the first player taken in the 1969 NBA Draft, and played 20 years in the league with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. Abdul-Jabbar was selected the league's Most Valuable Player on six occasions, won six NBA titles (five with the Lakers) and holds the league's scoring record with 38, 387 points.

Joining Abdul-Jabbar in the 2003 class are - Steve Kerr (Arizona), Coach Ned Wulk (Arizona State), Kevin Johnson (California), Coach Howard Hobson (Oregon), Coach Amory "Slats" Gill (Oregon State), Todd Lichti (Stanford), Fred "Tex" Winter (USC), Coach Marv Harshman (Washington) and Coach Jack Friel (Washington State).

In it's first season (2002), UCLA legendary coach John Wooden was a charter member in the Pac-10 Hall of Honor.

The 2003 Pac-10 Hall of Honor banquet will take place during the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament, held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 13-15).

Don MacLean, the UCLA and Pac-10 all-time leading scorer (2,608 points), has been named radio analyst for this year's Bruin games, joining play-by-play announcer Chris Roberts on Fox Sports AM 1150 in Los Angeles. MacLean takes over for former Bruin Bob Myers who was the analyst for the last two seasons. Myers now hosts the pre and post-game shows.

MacLean, from Simi Valley, was a four-year Bruin starter from 1989-92. He earned All-American honors in 1992, leading the Bruins to the NCAA "Elite Eight" and a Pac- 10 title. He was also a three-time first-team All Pac-10 performer. He's a 2002 inductee into the UCLA Hall of Fame.

Following his Bruin career, MacLean played nine years in the NBA, last with the Miami Heat in 2001.

Mike DeCourcy's recent book highlights the Top 100 alltime players in the history of college basketball. UCLA has six selections-including No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor, 1966-69), No. 2 Bill Walton (1971- 74), No. 33 Sidney Wicks (1973-76), No. 41 Walt Hazzard (1961-64), No. 59 Gail Goodrich (1962-65) and No. 63 Marques Johnson (1973-77). UCLA's legendary head coach John Wooden is also on the list for his playing days (1929-32) at Purdue, No. 58.

Lavin is one of just two coaches in the nation to lead his school to five Sweet 16's i n the last six years. The other is Duke's Mike Krzyzewski

Lavin is 11-6 (64.7, 17 games) as a head coach in the NCAA Tournament, including a 5 - 0 record in NCAA second round games. Lavin has been to 13 consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA (11) and Purdue (2). In overtime games under Lavin, the Bruins are 10-2, including nine consecutive overtime victories dating back to 1997.

In Lavin's six seasons, the Bruins are 115- 5 when leading at the five minute mark. UCLA's 87-77 win over Kansas on Jan. 1 2 , 2002 in Pauley Pavilion was Lavin's third over the nation's No. 1 team in as many years. Hi s record vs. the No. 1 team is now 3-3. UCLA's 79- 73 road win over previously-unbeaten Stanford on Feb. 3, 2001 was Lavin's second over a No. 1 team in less than a year (UCLA defeated No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime on Mar. 4, 2000 at Maples Pavilion). It is believed that Lavin is only the second coach in college history to record consecutive wins on a No. 1 ranked team's home floor (USC's Bob Boyd won at No. 1 UCLA in both 1969 and 1970).

UCLA's nine-game winning streak earlier last year was tied for the second-longest of Lavin's tenure. The Bruins also won nine straight in 1997-98 and had a 12-game winning streak (last nine regular-season games and three NCAA contests) in 1996-97. In his six seasons, the Bruins have advanced to the NCAA Tournament all s i x seasons, including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16' four times (1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002), won the 1997 Pacific-10 title and has guided the Bruins to at least 20 wins in all six of his seasons. On March 30, 1999, he was awarded a six-year contract, including a rollover clause, through the 2004-2005 season. Entering 2002-03, Lavin is No. 1 in the nation in wins and percentage on the chart o f current Div. I head coaches also entering their seventh season. UCLA's 93-65 win over Villanova on Jan. 13, 2001 in Pauley Pavilion was Lavin's 100th UCLA victory and it was also his 300th game as a member of the Bruin staff. Lavin reached the 100-win plateau in 142 games, the second-fastest in modern school history (after WWII), behind Jim Harrick (who reached the 100-win milestone in the seventh game of his fifth season, 1992-93, 100-36, 136 games). John Wooden reached 100 wins as the Bruin coach at the conclusion of his fifth season (1952-53, 100-44, 144 games). Prior to WWII, UCLA's second coach, Caddy Works, recorded his 100th win in the third game of his 10th year (1930-31, 100-41, 141 games). Lavin's initial three-year (1997-99) total of 70 wins (70-26, 72.9) was tied for No. 8 alltime (with seven other coaches, based on wins) on the NCAA coaching chart of best starts by a Div. I coach after his first three seasons. Under Lavin's guidance, the Bruins have recruited the nation's No. 1 (2001/1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes.

UCLA's media availability will be similar to last season - Lavin's press conferences are on most Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the J. D. Morgan Hall of Fame Press Room and players will be available on most Tuesdays (before practice) and Friday's (before practice) starting at 2:30 p.m. UCLA's daily practices are closed to the media. Lavin's Press Conference dates are - Monday, Nov. 25; Tuesday, Dec. 3; Tuesday, Dec. 10; Wednesday, Dec. 18 (last press conference before the holidays, schedule to be set during holidays); Tuesday, Jan. 7; Tuesday, Jan. 14; Tuesday, Jan. 21; Tuesday, Jan. 28; Tuesday, Feb. 4; Tuesday, Feb. 11; Tuesday, Feb. 18; Tuesday, Feb. 25; Tuesday, March 4; Tuesday, March 11.

The first teleconference is Tuesday, Dec. 1 7 . From 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., the conference women's coaches are featured and the Pac-10 men's coaches from 10:35 a.m.-11:55 a.m. (Lavin is 11:47 a.m.-11:55 a.m.). The media telephone number to call is 913-981-5510 (taped replay at 402-222-9927 after 4 p.m.). The dates are - Tuesday, Dec. 17; Tuesday, Jan. 7; Tuesday, Jan 14; Tuesday, Jan. 21; Tuesday, Jan. 28; Tuesday, Feb. 4; Tuesday, Feb. 11; Tuesday, Feb. 18; Tuesday, Feb. 25; Monday, March 3 (women's coaches only); Tuesday, March 4 (men's coaches only).

UCLA has produced 54 consecutive winning seasons, dating back to the 1948-49 season, John Wooden's first at UCLA. The streak is the longest current streak in the nation.

UCLA won 21 games in 2001-02, giving the Bruins 14 straight years of 20 or more wins, beginning with the 1987-88 season.

On Dec. 20, 2001 in Seattle, UCLA recorded the 1,500th win in school history, defeating the University of Washington, 85-79. Entering the 2001-02 season, only eight schools in the history of college basketball had 1,500 or more wins - Kentucky (1,795), North Carolina (1,781), Kansas (1,738), Duke (1,649), St. John's (1,621), Temple (1,571), Syracuse (1,549) and Pennsylvania (1,508). Indiana became the ninth school last season to get its 1,500th win. Along with UCLA, Oregon State last season also joined the ranks of 1,500 game winners (for a total of 11 schools in college basketball history). The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in Pauley Pavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in school history. The Bruins now have an overall record o f 1,515-655 (69.8, 2,170 games) in 83 years o f college basketball. Entering 2001-02, UCLA's winning percentage (70.0) was No. 5 in the nation all-time behind Kentucky (76.3), North Carolina (73.9), UNLV (72.2) and Kansas (70.1).

On Sunday, Nov. 10, the Bruins hosted a basketball clinic at Pauley Pavilion for children in grades K-8 (for a donation to the UCLA Foundations' Riordan Programs, children were able to participate). Contributors also had the option of donating on behalf of a less-privileged child to participate in the clinic.

In the decade of the 1990s, UCLA ranked No. 1 0 in the U.S. in victories (241) and winning percentage (75.5, 241-78). In other college basketball historical categories from the last decade, UCLA was 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 wireservice Top 20 rankings (35). UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1 (2001/1998) and No. 2 (1997) classes the last six seasons. During Lavin's six-plus year tenure as UCLA's head coach, the Bruins have recruited six McDonald's All-Americans- 2001, Cedric Bozeman; 1999 Jason Kapono; 1998, Dan Gadzuric, JaRon Rush, Ray Young; 1997, Baron Davis. In this season's early signing period, UCLA inked 6-8 Trevor Ariza, from Westchester HS (Los Angeles) and 6- 9 Sean Phaler, from Villa Park, CA HS. The 2001 class - 6-6 McDonald's All-American guard Cedric Bozeman, 6-7 guard/forward Dijon Thompson and 6- 7 forward Andre Patterson - was named the nation's top incoming class by Sports Illustrated when 6-11 center Michael Fey was a member of the group (the Bruins announced on June 29, 2001 that Fey would not be enrolling in the fall-Fey is a true freshman this season). The 1998 freshman class-guard Ray Young; forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush (declared for 2000 NBA Draft) and Jerome Moiso (now with Charlotte Hornets), 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 Hornets), forward Billy Knight and guard Todd Ramasar (did not return for his senior season of 2000-01), was voted No. 2 in the nation. During the 1998-99 season, the Bruins signed McDonald's HS All-America Jason Kapono. UCLA has led the NCAA in field goal percentage twice in the last seven 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 shot 45.4 to rank third in the Pac-10. In 33 games in 1999-2000, UCLA shot 48.0 from the field to lead the Pacific-10 Conference and rank 16th in the NCAA. In 2000-2001, UCLA shot 46.3 (fourth in the Pac-10) from the field and opponents shot 43.7. UCLA's singlegame high was 57.6 at Purdue (34-59). In 2001-02, the Bruins shot 47.2 from the field, to their opponents' 42.5. Pauley Pavilion (12,819) has been the home o f Bruin basketball for 37+ seasons. UCLA's alltime Pauley Pavilion record is 523-65 (588 games, 88.9). Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, 1996 and the win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th on its homecourt. The Bruins finished the 2002 season 11-4 at home overall and 6-3 in the Pac-10. UCLA last finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0). 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) i n 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). Pauley Pavilion got a new roof during the summer of 2000 and while working on it, the roofing company offered (and UCLA accepted) t o put the UCLA script logo on the Pauley roof (for free). It (the letters are blue with a gold outline on top of a tan color roof) is located on the south side of the Pauley roof in letters large enough to identify UCLA from LAX. The scoreboard in Pauley Pavilion is in i t s fourth season (the previous one was 14 years old). The 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 gives 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.

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