No. 7 UCLA Faces No. 2 Florida in NCAA 3rd Round

March 18, 2011

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DATE: Mar. 19, 2011
SITE: St. Pete Times Forum (20,500)
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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.

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).

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.

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 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).

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Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA