Jan. 18, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The No. 24 UCLA basketball team (15-3, 5-0) will host No. 21 Oregon (15-2, 4-0) in a Pac-12 showdown in New Pauley Pavilion on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Bruins' home contest will be televised nationally by CBS and can be heard on the radio on AM 570. UCLA has won its last 10 games and has opened conference play with a 5-0 record for the first time since 2003-04, the first season in which Ben Howland served as UCLA's head coach.
Venue: New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 1:05 p.m. PT
TV Talent: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Doug Gottlieb (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 134
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 196
BRUINS DEFEAT OREGON STATE
Travis Wear each netted 17 points in UCLA's 74-64 win over Oregon State on Thursday evening. The Bruins led at halftime by a 37-26 margin and pushed their cushion to as many as 20 points early in the second half to secure their 10th straight win.
The Bruins have opened their Pac-12 schedule with a perfect 5-0 mark for the first time since 2003-04, the first season at UCLA for head coach Ben Howland. UCLA last won its first six conference games in 1993-94, when the Bruins opened Pac-10 play with a 7-0 mark and finished the year 13-5 in Pac-10 action.
WHO'S ON DECK
The Bruins will play at Arizona next Thursday night and at Arizona State next Saturday afternoon. Arizona is scheduled to play at Arizona State at 11:30 a.m. (PT) on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Bruins split a pair of regular-season meetings against Arizona last season before losing to the Wildcats in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament at Staples Center (Los Angeles). UCLA won both regular-season contests against Arizona State in 2011-12.
UCLA improved its Pac-12 record to 5-0 on Thursday night with a 74-64 win over Oregon State. Last weekend, the Bruins became the first Pac-12 team to win both games at the "mountain" schools since Utah and Colorado formally joined the conference in 2011-12 - no team had accomplished that feat in nine previous road trips to Utah/Colorado between eight schools last season and USC this month.
Travis Wear has averaged 12.3 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game as a redshirt junior this season. The resident of Huntington Beach, Calif., scored a career-high 23 points in UCLA's victory at Colorado (Jan. 12), recording 15 points in the second half. He had a stretch of nine consecutive points in the game's final 5:08. He has scored in double figures in each of UCLA's last six games, dating back to a 22-point effort against Missouri (Dec. 28).
Travis Wear has shot 51.7 percent (91-176) from the field this season, the highest percentage of any UCLA player and 11th-best in the Pac-12. Wear has also made 80.0 percent of his free throws (36-45). He has scored in double figures 12 times this season and in 32 of 48 career games at UCLA.
Freshman guard Kyle Anderson has registered five of UCLA's eight double-doubles this season and ranks in the top five in the Pac-12 in that category. The resident of Fairview, N.J., is the only Pac-12 player to rank in the top seven in the conference in rebounds per game (8.9) and assists per game (3.6) - he also ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in steals per game (1.6) and fourth in assist turnover ratio (1.8).
AT THE LINE
Kyle Anderson has made 41 of 47 free throws (.872) in UCLA's last 12 games since opening the season making 13 of 26 (.500) in the first six contests. Anderson made all six free throws in UCLA's 78-75 win at Colorado last Saturday, including four free throws in the game's final 1:01.
GIVING AN ASSIST
Through games played Thursday (Jan. 17), senior Larry Drew II leads the nation in assist turnover ratio (4.71) and ranks fourth, nationally, in assists per game (8.1). Drew II has logged at least eight assists in 12 of UCLA's 18 contests and has committed two or fewer turnovers in 14 of 18 contests. Overall, Drew II has totaled 146 assists and 31 turnovers in 18 games while averaging 5.7 points per game.
Freshman swingman Shabazz Muhammad leads UCLA with 18.4 points per game, the fourth-highest scoring average in the Pac-12 and the top scoring average for any Pac-12 freshman. Muhammad has scored in double figures in 14 of 15 games played and has tallied 20 or more points in seven games. The resident of Las Vegas has logged two double-doubles. He scored a season-high 27 points in wins over Fresno State (Dec. 22) and Missouri (Dec. 28).
Freshman Shabazz Muhammad secured Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week honors, as announced by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) for the week of Dec. 24-30. He also earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors that week after having scored 27 points in the Bruins' 97-94 overtime win over then-No. 7 Missouri. Muhammad made 10 of 19 field goals, including three of six 3-point attempts, against the Tigers.
Under 10th-year head coach Ben Howland, UCLA has recorded four winning streaks of 10 games or longer. The Bruins last won 10 or more games in 2008-09, posting a 10-game winning streak. In 19 seasons as a college head coach, Howland's teams have won 10 or more consecutive games eight times (includes five seasons at Northern Arizona, four seasons at Pittsburgh). Two of Howland's teams at UCLA logged 14-game winning streaks.
PROTECTING THE BALL
UCLA enters Saturday's game versus Oregon having compiled a 1.57 assist turnover ratio, the highest ratio in 10 seasons under head coach Larry Drew II leads the nation in assist turnover ratio (4.89). The Bruins have had just one game this season (Nov. 20, vs. Georgia in Brooklyn, N.Y.) with more turnovers than assists.
Freshman Kyle Anderson finished three assists shy of a triple-double against Fresno State (Dec. 22), posting season-highs of 20 points and 17 rebounds that night. UCLA's only previous triple-doubles took place in Dec. 1995. Toby Bailey finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 18, 1995. Jelani McCoy tallied 15 points, 11 blocks and 10 rebounds against Maryland on Dec. 9, 1995.
MORE ON DREW II
Senior Larry Drew II recorded a career-high 13 assists (with just two turnovers) in UCLA's 82-56 win against Cal State Northridge (Nov. 28). He has dished 10 or more assists in five games this season - 12 against James Madison (Nov. 15), 13 versus Cal State Northridge (Nov. 28), 11 against San Diego State (Dec. 1), and 10 in wins against Fresno State (Dec. 22) and Missouri (Dec. 28).
The Bruins have gone 6-1 in games decided by five points or fewer. UCLA overcame a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes to defeat Missouri, 97-94 in overtime (Dec. 28). Other victories have come against Colorado (78-75), Utah (57-53, Jan. 10), Texas (65-63, Dec. 8), Georgia (60-56, Nov. 20) and UC Irvine (80-79, overtime, Nov. 13). In 10 seasons as head coach, Ben Howland has led UCLA to a 54-32 record in games decided by five points or fewer.
Sophomore Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL and is expected to miss 1-2 more weeks. He sustained the injury during practice on Oct. 26, 2012.