Jan. 23, 2004
LOOKING AHEAD - Following the Bay area games, the Bruins return home to Pauley Pavilion for more Pac-10 action, then hit the road for a nonconference contest. On Wednesday, Jan. 28, UCLA hosts archrival USC at 7:30 p.m. (TV-FSNW2/Radio-XTRA 690/1150) and then travels to New York City to play Big East foe St. John's on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30p.m.ET in Madison Square Garden (TV-CBS/Radio-XTRA 690/1150).
SATURDAY - Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins, 9-5 overall and 5-2 (second-place) in the Pac-10, the Bruins have lost their last two Pac-10 contests after starting the league season with five consecutive wins, face Ben Braun's California Golden Bears, 7-8 overall and 3-3 in league play (fifth-place), at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.
UCLA'S LAST GAME - Jan. 22 - at No. 2 Stanford 67, UCLA 52 - Before a sellout crowd of 7,391 at Maples Pavilion, UCLA could not overcome a strong first half Stanford performance and lost to the Cardinal 67-52. It was the Bruins' second consecutive Pac-10 loss (both to nationally ranked teams, at No. 2 Stanford and last week to then-No. 7 Arizona in Pauley Pavilion) after the starting the 2004 league campaign with five straight victories.
In the first half, Stanford, one of only two remaining unbeaten teams in the nation (St. Joseph's is the other), used a 15-3 run and jumped out to a 42-21 halftime lead. In the first half, Stanford shot 58.6 (17-29) from the field and outrebounded UCLA 20-9. The Bruins outscored Stanford 31-25 in the second half.
UCLA had one player in double figures- junior Dijon Thompson, with 15 points and one steal.
The Bruins shot 44.7 (21-47) from the field, 44.4 (4-9) from three-point range and 54.5 (6-11) from the foul line, with a game-low 25 rebounds and a game-high 15 turnovers. The Bruins this season are 0-4 when they are outrebounded (at Stanford, Arizona, UCSB, Kentucky).
Stanford shot 46.6 (27-58) from the field (UCLA is 1-3 when it is outshot from the field), 37.5 (6-16) from three-point range and 63.6 (7-11) from the foul line, with a game-high 36 rebounds (including a 16-8 advantage on the offensive boards), a game-low 11 turnovers and an opponent season-high 21 assists and seven blocked shots. The Cardinal had three players in double figures, led by Justin Davis' 21 points (he made his first nine shots and was 10-11 from the field). Stanford improved to 15-0 overall and 6-0 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal has beaten UCLA two straight times at Maples (the Bruins had won on three consecutive occasions at Maples, 2000-02, twice beating Stanford when the Cardinal was ranked No. 1 in 2001 and 2000).
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his first season at UCLA and his 10th year as a collegiate head coach. Howland is 0-1 vs. Stanford and 3-0 vs. California. 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.
UCLA vs. CALIFORNIA - The Bruins lead it 120-89. Last season the teams split, with UCLA losing 80-69 at Berkeley and winning 76-75(OT) in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA has lost the last three games at Berkeley, last winning in 2000 (83-62).
THE BEARS - On Thursday, defeated USC 63-62 behind point guard Richard Midgley's season-high 22 points, a career-high tying seven rebounds and a career-best five assists. With 36 seconds left to play, the Trojans led 62-61, but Ayinde Ubaka's two free throws were the winning Cal margin (with 17.8 seconds remaining). It was Cal's 11th win in its last 12 home games vs. USC. Cal has won two of its last three games (USC 63-62, losing at Stanford 68-61 and winning at Arizona State 74-62). Cal head coach Ben Braun, in his eighth year at Berkeley, is 7-8 vs. the Bruins.
TRENDS - UCLA is holding opponents to shoot just 41.6 from the field. Only four opponents (Arizona .544, UCSB .522, Stanford .466, Michigan .463) have shot better than .435 and five have been held below .400. In seven Pac-10 games, the Bruins are shooting 47.3 from the field and holding opponents to 43.0. UCLA has outrebounded six of its last nine opponents (with one tie). Overall, the Bruins have been outrebounded just four times in 14 games (the Bruins are 0-4 in those games-at Stanford, Arizona, UCSB, Kentucky). UCLA's 53 second-half point total against Oregon State is its highest output of the year for any half (17 points vs. Kentucky in the first half is the lowest, 20 vs. WSU in the first half is the second-lowest). UCLA opponent halftime low is 19 vs. WSU.
Brian Morrison - in the second half vs. Michigan State (12/20), Morrison suffered a left hamstring strain and has not played since (missed eight games). At the time of his 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.
F - 4 Trevor Ariza, 6-7, 194, Fr., Los Angeles, CA (Westchester HS) - UCLA's No. 2 scorer (tied, 12.6) and No. 2 rebounder (6.4), he's the team leader in steals (21, 1.9). Was mentioned the week of the Arizona home games by Dick Vitale as a Dazzling Dozen Diaper Dandy (one of the Top 12 freshman in the U. S.) In Pac-10 play, he's averaging a team-high 13.9 points and 5.7 rebounds (No. 2). Has scored in double figures on six occasions and has led the Bruin in scoring once (season-high 24 vs. Oregon State) and in rebounding three times (a three game stretch/Oregon State 9, at Michigan 14, Michigan State 7). Ariza has scored in double figures in three of the last four Pac-10 games (AZ 18, ASU 16, at UW 21, with eight rebounds). At Stanford in 32 minutes, Ariza scored a season-low two points, equaled his season-low of two rebounds, with a season-high tying three steals and one blocked shot. Ariza had two outstanding games in a row - Oregon State (a season and game-high 24 points (11-13, 2-4, 0-2/20 points in the second half/most points by a Bruin freshman starter since Jason Kapono scored 27 points, twice in 2000) and a game-high nine rebounds) and at Michigan (first career double-double (15 points/game and season-high 14 rebounds, the most rebounds by a Bruin freshman starter since 1998-99, JaRon Rush had 15 rebounds vs. Washington (2/27/99) and Dan Gadzuric had 14 rebounds vs. Arizona State (1/4/99). Ariza did not play vs. Vermont, UC Riverside or Kentucky (spontaneous pneumothorax/the presence of air within the pleural cavity of the lungs/diagnosed on Nov. 28).
F - 43 T. J. CUMMINGS, 6-9, 215, Sr., Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) - The Bruins' No. 2 scorer (tied, 12.6) and No. 1 rebounder (6.6), he is shooting 53.1 from the field and a team-best 87.0 (20-23) from the foul line. In seven Pac-10 starts, Cummings is averaging 12.4 points (No. 3) and a team-high 7.7 rebounds. He's led the Bruins in rebounding in five of the last six games and in scoring, three of the last five. In 28 minutes at Stanford, his six points (with seven rebounds) snapped a double-figure scoring streak at five games. Cummings has scored in double figures in eight of 10 games this season. In UCLA's home win vs. Arizona State, Cummings recorded his second consecutive double-double with a game-high 21 points (7-15, 0-2, 7-7) and a season-high 12 rebounds, plus two assists in 36 minutes. In UCLA's wins over ASU and at Washington (season-high 22 points/11 rebounds), Cummings averaged 37.5 minutes, 21.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and only 2.0 turnovers, while shooting 55.6 (15-27) from the field, 40.0 (2-5) from three-point range and 91.7 (11-12) from the foul line. Missed UCLA's first four regular season games (was academically ineligible) and then led the Bruins in scoring in his first two games back (UC Santa Barbara 14 /Michigan State 13).
C- 15 Ryan Hollins, 7-0, 225, So., Pasadena, CA (Muir HS) - In 14 games (four starts, started his first game at center vs. Stanford, his other three starts were at forward), he's averaging 4.8 points and 4.6 rebounds, leads the team with 17 blocks (1.2) and is shooting 53.3 from the field. In 25 minutes at Stanford, Hollins had six points and seven rebounds. Scored a season-best 11 points in UCLA's win over Oregon State, 10 points with eight rebounds vs. Kentucky and a season-high nine rebounds in UCLA's win vs. LMU. Last season, Hollins started the Bruins' final 14 games at center and earned Honorable Mention All Pac-10 Freshman honors. Last summer, Hollins was a member of the USA Junior World team.
G- 1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, 198, Jr., Inglewood, CA (Redondo Union) - A co-captain, UCLA's No. 1 scorer (14.6) and No. 3 rebounder (5.1), he's shooting 75.6 (34-45) from the foul line, 32.3 (21-65) from three-point range and is the minutes leader (35.1), with 2.5 assists. He's led UCLA in scoring the last two games (at Stanford 15, Arizona 19). He's scored in double figures the last six games and on 13 occasions this season (got six points in UCLA's home win vs. Oregon State). He's led UCLA in scoring five times and in rebounding on two occasions. In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 13.7 points (No. 2), 4.6 rebounds (No. 3), with 3.0 assists. In 34 minutes vs. Stanford, Thompson led the Bruins with 15 points. Averaged 19 points vs. the Arizona schools. Hit the winning free throws in UCLA victories at the Washington schools and made two free throws with 14 seconds remaining to help secure UCLA's victory over Arizona State. In UCLA's loss at Michigan, Thompson had a season and game-high 21 points (including a career-best five three-pointers/he made four in the final 4:28) and it was his 11th straight double scoring game (7 this season, four in 2002-03/6 points vs. Oregon State this season snapped the streak).
G - 21 Cedric Bozeman, 6-6, 199, Jr., Los Angeles, CA (Mater Dei HS) - A co-captain, he's UCLA's No. 5 scorer (9.4) and No. 4 rebounder (4.5) and leads the Bruins in assists (5.6, entered the week as the Pac-10 leader) and ranks No. 2 in minutes (34.5). In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 7.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.86 assists and shooting 77.8 (14-18) from the foul line. In 35 minutes at Stanford, Bozeman scored six points, with two rebounds, a game-high tying six assists, with one steal and just one turnover. In his last five games, he has averaged 6.0 assists and just 1.6 turnovers. In his last three games, he's 9-12 (75.0) from the foul line. Vs. LMU, Bozeman's three-point shot with with two seconds left in overtime gave UCLA the 69-66 victory (in that game, he had his first ever double/double-16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds). Scored a career-high tying 17 points vs. UC Riverside and dished out a career-high nine assists vs. Vermont. OFF THE BENCH - At Stanford, UCLA had four players come off the bench - junior Janou Rubin (17 minutes, eight (2-3, 2-2, 2-2) points, two rebounds, one assist, no turnovers); sophomore Michael Fey (12 minutes, four points, one rebound, one assist, no turnovers, fouled out); junior Josiah Johnson (12 minutes, two points, one rebound, one assist, no turnovers) and junior Ryan Walcott (five minutes, one rebound, two turnovers).
2003-04 SPECIAL TEAM STATS (14 Games)
HALFTIME - UCLA is 2-4 when it trails at halftime, 7-1 when it leads at halftime and 0-0 when the score is tied at halftime.
REBOUNDING - UCLA is 8-1 when it outrebounds its opponent (ASU, WSU, Oregon, Oregon State, Michigan State, Loyola, Vermont, UC Riverside/lost at Michigan) and 0-4 when it is outrebounded (at Stanford, Arizona, UCSB, Kentucky) and 1-0 when the rebounding is even (Washington).
FG % - UCLA is 8-2 when it outshoots its opponent and 1-3 when its is outshot (lost at Stanford, Arizona, at Michigan/beat LMU).
3 PT FG% - UCLA is 5-1 (lost at Stanford) when it outshoots its opponent and 4-4 when it is outshot.
FT% - UCLA is 0-2 when it outshoots its opponent and 9-3 (at Stanford, Arizona, at Michigan) when it is outshot .
TOs- UCLA is 0-0 when it has fewer turnovers than its opponent, 6-4 when it has more and 3-1 when it is even.
5 MIN. MARK - UCLA is 7-0 when it leads with five minutes remaining in regulation and 2-5 when it trails at the five-minute mark.
MARGIN - Three of the Bruins five losses have been by a total of seven points (at Michigan 70-66, UCSB 61-60, Kentucky 52-50).