UCLA Faces Chaminade in EA Sports Maui Invitational

Nov. 20, 2011

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DATE: Nov. 21, 2011
SITE: Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
TIP-OFF: 6:35 p.m. (PT)/4:35 p.m. (HT)
TALENT: Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery and Jay Bilas
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TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 1-0

This is just the second meeting between UCLA and Chaminade with the Bruins opening the 2006 EA Sports Maui Inviational with an 88-63 win over the Silverswords. Bruin Head Coach Ben Howland is 2-0 all-time against Chaminade. The Bruins sport an all-time mark of 35-22 (.614) against this year's tournament field (Chaminade, 1-0; Duke, 6-9; Georgetown, 2-0; Kansas, 10-6; Memphis, 4-3; Michigan, 11-4 and Tennessee, 1-0).

This marks the fourth time UCLA has competed in the EA Sports Maui Invitational (6-3 record). The first was in 1995 when the Bruins finished sixth with a 1-2 record. UCLA opened that tournament with a 78-69 defeat to Santa Clara and then beat Wisconsin 68-57 in the consolation bracket. Vanderbilt later won the fifth place game 75-71. The second trip to Maui came in 2001 with UCLA finishing in third place (2-1). The Bruins opened the tournament with a 71-60 victory over Houston before losing to Ball State 91-73 in the semifinals. UCLA won the third place game 89-77 over South Carolina. The third trip was in 2006 with the Bruins winning the title. The fifth-ranked Bruins opened the 2006 Tournament with an 88-63 win over Chaminade and then defeated No. 20 Kentucky 73-68 in the semifinals. UCLA defeated No. 19 Georgia Tech 88-73 in the title game as Darren Collison was named the MVP. The Bruins were moved to the No. 1 spot in the country following their EA Sports Maui Invitational championship and won the next 10 games (14-0 to start the season).

Ben Howland earned his 300th victory of his career with the 72-54 win over DePaul in the 15th Annual John R. Wooden Classic (Dec. 13, 2008). He is currently 357-183 (.661), which ranks 33rd on the winningest active coaches list by percentage and 50th on the active list by victories. Howland's first career victory was his first game at Northern Arizona in 1994, a 71-69 victory over New Mexico Highlands. His 100th career victory came in his second season at Pittsburgh in the 77-65 win at home over Seton Hall (Jan. 13, 2001). His 200th win came in his third season at UCLA with the 56-37 home win over Delaware State (Nov. 19, 2005). Howland is 19-9 (.679) in the NCAA Tournament (15-6 (.714) at UCLA).

Sophomore center Anthony Stover suffered a subluxated left shoulder on Oct. 26 and returned to full practice this week. He is listed as probable for the game against Chaminade (Nov. 21). Sophomore forward David Wear suffered a mild concussion in practice on Nov. 17 and missed practices on Nov. 18-20. He is listed as day-to-day and is being monitored daily. He is questionable for the Chaminade contest.

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