March 9, 2004
UCLA'S NEXT GAME
THURSDAY, MARCH 11 -
UCLA (11-16 overall, Pac-10 7-11, T-7th place)
WASHINGTON (17-10 overall, Pac-10 12-6, 2nd place), Staples Center, 6:15 p.m. (TV-FSN/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean). UCLA is the No. 7 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament while Washington is No. 2.
The other first round games on Thursday: No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 8 Washington State at 12:20 p.m.; No. 4 California vs. No. 5 Oregon at 2:50 p.m.; No. 3 Arizona vs. No. 6 USC at 8:45 p.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 12 - UCLA (if it defeats Washington) vs. winner of the Arizona - USC contest, 8:45 p.m. (TV-FSN/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
|UCLA BRUINS STARTING LINEUP|
(Overall 11-16/Pac-10 7-11, T-7th place)
|43||T. J. Cummings||F||6-9||Sr.||12.8||6.7|
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his first season at UCLA and 10th year as a collegiate head coach.
2003-04 - UCLA (11-16, 27 games/40.7)
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Totals- 10th Season (179-115, 294 games/60.9)
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 2-0 vs. Washington 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 IN THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT - In 2003, UCLA defeated No. 1-ranked Arizona, 96-89 in overtime and lost to Oregon in the semifinals, 75-74.
UCLA'S LAST GAMES
March 6 - at Oregon 60, UCLA 59 - Luke Jackson's two free throws with 13 seconds remaining gave Oregon a 60-59 win over UCLA before 9,087 at McArthur Court in Eugene. It was UCLA's fifth consecutive loss. The Bruins led 29-23 at halftime. But in the first seven minutes of the second half, Oregon outscored UCLA 21-8 to take a 44-37 lead with 13:20 left to play (on a three-pointer by James Davis). In the next five minutes, the Bruins went on an 11-4 run and tied the score at 48 (8:14, Janou Rubin one of two from the foul line). In the final 7:19, there were six lead changes and five ties. UCLA's last lead was 59-58, with 23 seconds remaining, on a basket by Cedric Bozeman. Then, with 13 seconds left to play, Jackson was fouled by Trevor Ariza and hit the winning free throws for Oregon. The Bruins had four players in double figures-led by Dijon Thompson's 14 points and T. J. Cummings' fifth double/double of the season (12 points/11 rebounds). UCLA shot 46.8 (22-47) from the field, 25.0 (3-12) from three-point range and 70.6 (12-17) from the foul line, with a game-high 33 rebounds and 20 turnovers. Oregon shot 38.3 (18-48) from the field, 39.1 (9-23) from three-point range and 60.0 (15-25) from the foul line, with 24 rebounds (tied opponent season-low) and 15 turnovers. The Ducks were led by Jackson's 21 points (he was appearing in his final game at Mac Court) and Oregon improved to 14-11 overall and 9-9 in the Pac-10.
March 4 - at Oregon State 65, UCLA 56 - Before 6,384 at Gill Coliseum, Chris Stephens' three-pointer with 2:08 left to play keyed Oregon State's 65-56 win over UCLA. The Beaver victory snapped a Bruin four-game winning streak in Corvallis. Oregon State led 28-24 at halftime. UCLA tied the game at 30 (16:57 left to play) on a basket by T. J. Cummings. OSU's biggest second-half lead was nine points (46-37, 10:29 remaining) on a layup by Angelo Tsagarakis. With 2:27 left, the Bruins closed the gap to one point (54-53) on a layup by Trevor Ariza. But with 2:08 remaining, Stephens' three-pointer gave OSU a 57-53 lead. In the next two minutes, the Beavers outscored UCLA 8-3 (OSU was 8-11 from the foul line). The Bruins were led by Dijon Thompson's season and game-high 25 points (including a career-high 7-9 from three-point range/the seven three-pointers tied a Gill Coliseum single-game record) and Cummings added 12 points and a team-high tying six rebounds.
UCLA shot 45.5 (20-44) from the field, 46.7 (7-15) from three-point range and 64.3 (9-14) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds and a game-high 18 turnovers. OSU shot 40.4 (21-52) from the field, 42.9 (6-14) from three-point range and 81.0 (17-21) from the foul line, with a game-high 33 rebounds and 12 turnovers. The Beavers were led by Stephens' 18 points and improved to 12-15 overall and 6-11 in the Pac-10.
HEAD COACH LORENZO ROMAR - The former UCLA assistant coach is in his second season as head coach at his alma mater and owns a record of 27-27. In eight years as a head coach, his career record is 120-115.
SERIES HISTORY - The Bruins lead it 86-29 and have won the last six meetings between the two schools. This season, UCLA defeated Washington in overtime, 86-84, at Bank of America Arena, and 80-75 at Pauley Pavilion.
BRUINS VS. WASHINGTON, 2004 - In its two games against Washington, UCLA averaged 83.0 points, 40.0 rebounds, 22.0 assists and 6.0 steals while shooting 52.0 from the floor, 16.7 from three-point range and 66.0 from the free throw line. The Huskies averaged 79.5 points, 35.0 rebounds, 11.5 assists and 10.5 steals while shooting 42.0 from the floor, 26.5 from three-point range and 72.7 from the line. T.J. Cummings led the Bruins with averages of 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds, shooting 70.8 (17-24) from the floor and 80.0 from the line. Trevor Ariza averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds and shot 48.1 from the floor while Dijon Thompson averaged 12.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 88.9 from the line. Michael Fey averaged 11.0 points, making 10 of 12 field goals, Cedric Bozeman averaged 6.5 points and 8.0 assists and Janou Rubin averaged also averaged 6.5 points.
TRENDS - UCLA is allowing opponents to shoot just .430 from the floor. Only five opponents (Stanford, .561; Arizona, .544; at Arizona, .535; UCSB, .522; USC, .509) have shot over .500. Eight have been held under .400 and 18 have been held to under .450. UCLA's 53 second-half point total against Oregon State is its highest output of the year for any half.
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.
Josiah Johnson - the 6-8 junior suffered a sprained left knee in practice on Monday, Feb. 16 and has missed the last six games (California, Stanford, USC, Notre Dame, Oregon State and Oregon). 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 missed six of eight games (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 saw limited action at the Oregon schools.
T. J. CUMMINGS - Cummings, a 6-9 senior who has joined UCLA's elite 1,000 point club (No. 41 at 1,050, 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.
THE WOODEN CLASSIC - UCLA's appearance in the 2003 Wooden Classic was its seventh, with an overall mark of 5-2. It was also announced the Bruins will appear in the 2004 Wooden Classic (Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004 - along with Arizona/the other two teams and the pairings will be announced at a later date). Last season, on Nov. 30, 2002 in Indianapolis, No. 14 UCLA's 84-73 loss to No. 4 Duke was the Bruins' first appearance in the third-annual Wooden Tradition.
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.
PRESEASON HONORS- Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors.
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.
Arron Afflalo 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."
Jordan Farmar 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."
Lorenzo Mata 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."
Josh Shipp 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.
STREET & SMITH'S COLLECTORS EDITION - GREATEST COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS - Seven Bruins are highlighted - No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor/1967-69), No. 2 Bill Walton (1972-74), No. 49 Gail Goodrich (1963-65), No. 66 Sidney Wicks (1969-71), No. 68 Walt Hazzard (1962-64), No. 73 Marques Johnson (1974-77) and No. 86 Keith (Jamaal) Wilkes (1972-74). Also noted is legendary Bruin head coach John Wooden, No. 81 during his playing days at Purdue (1929-32)