Dec. 16, 2012
LOS ANGELES - UCLA will host Long Beach State (4-6) on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in New Pauley Pavilion. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks and is slated to begin at 8 p.m. (PT). The Bruins (7-3) have won their last two regular-season games, earning wins against Texas (65-63) and Prairie View A&M (95-53). Following Tuesday's game, the Bruins (5-6) will host Fresno State on Saturday, Dec. 22 (8 p.m.).
Venue: New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 8:06 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 93
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 191
UCLA continues a six-game homestand against Long Beach State on Tuesday evening (8 p.m.). The Bruins have gone 2-1 against Big West Conference foes this season and have not faced Long Beach State since Nov. 29, 2009 (in Anaheim, Calif., at the 76 Classic). UCLA's current six-game stretch of home games marks the team's longest such homestand since 1998-99. Long Beach State is one of nine teams from the state of California (and one of four Big West teams) on UCLA's 2012-13 regular-season schedule.
HISTORY AGAINST THE 49ERS
UCLA has compiled an 11-1 record in the all-time series against Long Beach State. The 49ers secured a 79-68 victory over UCLA in both programs' last meeting, as part of the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center (Nov. 29, 2009). UCLA's last victory in the series came on Nov. 28, 2006 in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins earned an 88-58 victory in that non-conference affair.
A LOOK AT DECEMBER
After dropping a 78-69 decision to No. 23 San Diego State on Dec. 1, the Bruins posted a pair of wins over Texas-based programs. UCLA defeated Texas, 65-63, at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Dec. 8. Most recently, the Bruins earned a 95-53 win over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 15. Shabazz Muhammad totaled a season-high 25 points, and Kyle Anderson logged his second double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.
RETURN FROM TEXAS
UCLA overcame a 61-53 deficit in the final four minutes against Texas on Dec. 1, securing a 65-63 win versus the Longhorns at Reliant Stadium (Houston) as part of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Showcase. Jordan Adams scored a game-high 18 points - including seven of UCLA's final 10 points in the game's final 1:59. Adams keyed the comeback by converting on a pair of consecutive three-point plays, tying the game 61-61 with 1:15 to play in regulation.
Freshmen Jordan Adams and Shabazz Muhammad have been UCLA's top scorers in eight of 10 games. Adams has led the Bruins in scoring five times and has scored in double figures in seven of 10 contests. Muhammad has been UCLA's top scorer against Prairie View A&M (25 pts), Cal Poly (15 pts) and Georgia (21 pts) and has scored in double figures in all seven games played. Norman Powell is UCLA's only other player to have led the team in scoring, having logged a career-high 27 points against James Madison and 17 versus Cal State Northridge.
DISHING IT OUT
Larry Drew II leads all Pac-12 players in assists per game (8.3) and assist turnover ratio (4.9), entering Tuesday's games. He has registered eight or more assists in seven of the Bruins' 10 games, dishing a career-high 13 assists (with two turnovers) in UCLA's 82-56 win over Cal State Northridge (Nov. 28). Drew II had nine assists and no turnovers in a 70-68 loss to Cal Poly (Nov. 25) and 12 assists with three turnovers against James Madison (Nov. 15).
DREW II'S TOP START
Larry Drew II's 83 assists through the team's first 10 games marks the best start, in terms of assists per game, for any UCLA player under 10th-year head coach Ben Howland. Previously, Darren Collison owned the record for most assists (60, in 2006-07) through the Bruins' first 10 games in the Howland Era.
Kyle Anderson leads all UCLA players and all freshmen in the Pac-12 with 8.2 rebounds per game. Entering Tuesday's Pac-12 games, Anderson ranks seventh (tied) among all Pac-12 players in rebounds per game. Anderson leads UCLA with 23 offensive rebounds and has grabbed a team-high 59 defensive rebounds. Travis Wear has averaged 6.8 rebounds per game, the second-highest average on the team and 17th-best mark in the Pac-12.
With his 5-for-9 3-point effort against San Diego State (Dec. 1), Jordan Adams became UCLA's first freshman to make five or more 3-pointers in a game since Michael Roll nailed 5-of-6 against Washington (Jan. 14, 2006). He ranks second on the team with 16.9 points per game, the sixth-highest scoring average among Pac-12 players. Adams became the first freshman in program history to have scored at least 20 points in each of his first four games (freshmen could not play on the varsity team until 1972-73).
Four of UCLA's freshmen - Shabazz Muhammad (25 pts) and Kyle Anderson (16 pts), Jordan Adams (9 pts) and Tony Parker (9 pts) - accounted for 62.1 percent of the Bruins' total points in UCLA's 95-53 win against Prairie View A&M (Dec. 15). Through 10 games this season, UCLA's four freshmen - Adams (169 pts), Muhammad (121 pts), Anderson (80 pts) and Parker (31 pts) - have scored 51.7 percent of the team's total points (401/775). The group of four freshmen has collected 40.4 percent of UCLA's rebounds (164/405) through 10 games.
The Bruins have gone 3-1 in games decided by five points or fewer this season. Most recently, UCLA overcame an eight-point deficit in the final four minutes to defeat Texas, 65-63, at Reliant Stadium (Dec. 8). Other narrow victories have come against Georgia (60-56, Nov. 20) and UC Irvine (80-79, in overtime, Nov. 13). Midway through his 10th season as UCLA's head coach, Ben Howland has led UCLA to a 52-32 record in games decided by five points or fewer.
OPENING IN DOUBLE-DIGITS
Freshman Shabazz Muhammad has scored in double digits in each of his first seven games at UCLA, becoming the first player to accomplish that feat since Kevin Love (2007-08) scored in double figures in all 38 games played as a freshman (missed the 13th game of the season). Muhammad and Love are the only players in head coach Ben Howland's 10-year tenure to have opened their UCLA career with at least seven consecutive double-digit efforts.
Sophomore Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained Oct. 26) and is expected to miss 1-2 more weeks.