March 18, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. -
Online Coverage: Gametracker
DATE: Mar. 19, 2011
SITE: St. Pete Times Forum (20,500)
TIP-OFF: 11:45 a.m. (PT)/2:45 p.m. (ET)
TALENT: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst) and David Aldridge (sideline)
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 KLAC
SIRIUS XM SATELLITE RADIO: 243
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
IN THE POLLS
UCLA is unranked in the AP Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Bruins received 36 votes in the coaches poll (Mar. 14) to come in at No. 28 and received three votes in the AP poll (Mar. 14) to rank 40th. Florida is ranked 15th in the AP poll and 12th in the Coaches Poll.
UCLA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
This is UCLA's 44th NCAA Tournament appearance (ranks second nationally) and the sixth for the Bruins under head coach Ben Howland. UCLA has an all-time winning percentage of .735 in the NCAA Tournament with a record of 100-36, which ranks second behind Duke's .758 (94-30). UCLA's 100 victories rank third, only to North Carolina's 102 and Kentucky's 102 wins. UCLA made three straight trips to the Final Four (2006-08) and leads the country in National Championships (11) and Final Four appearances (18).
SERIES VS. FLORIDA
This is just the third all-time meeting with Florida, all in the NCAA Tourmament in the last six years, with the Gators winning the previous two contests. Florida posted a 76-66 victory in a 2007 National Semifinal game over UCLA and won its first of two consecutive NCAA Titles with a 73-57 win over the Bruins in the 2006 Championship game. UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is 0-2 against the Gators.
BRUINS' INJURY REPORT
Junior guard Malcolm Lee is playing with a small cartilage tear in his left knee and after last night's win over Michigan State, received three staples in his head to close up a cut from an errant elbow. Freshman center Joshua Smith took a hard fall in last night's game as well and has a contusion on his right elbow. He'll play tomorrow when the Bruins face Florida.
ALL UCLA LOSSES TO TEAMS IN POSTSEASON PLAY
All 10 of UCLA's losses during the 2010-11 season (23-10) were to teams involved in postseason play. Seven of the 10 losses (vs. No. 7 Villanova, vs. VCU, at No. 4 Kansas, vs. Washington, at USC, at Arizona and at Washington) were to NCAA Tournament teams. Two of the losses were to CBI teams (vs. Montana and vs. Oregon) and one was to a team in the NIT (OT loss at California).