Nov. 14, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 13-ranked UCLA men's basketball team hosts James Madison (0-0) on Thursday night in New Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins (2-0) earned an 80-79 overtime win against UC Irvine on Tuesday night. Thursday's game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks at 8 p.m. UCLA's meeting against James Madison will be broadcast on AM 570 and will also be available on Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 128) and Sirius XM Satellite radio (channel 91).
Venue: New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 8:06 p.m. PST
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 128
SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio: Channel 91
PROGRESSIVE LEGENDS CLASSIC
UCLA continues Regional Round action of the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic against James Madison in New Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night ... James Madison will open its 2012-13 season on Thursday evening ... The Bruins defeated UC Irvine in overtime, 80-79, on Tuesday night ... against UC Irvine, Larry Drew II scored the game-winning basket on a layup with 17 seconds to play. Jordan Adams led UCLA with 26 points, connecting on 16-of-16 free throws ... following Thursday's game, UCLA will continue its season in the Progressive Legends Classic next week in Brooklyn, N.Y. (at Barclays Center) - the Bruins face Georgetown on Monday, Nov. 19, and will take on No. 1-ranked Indiana or Georgia the following night.
ABOUT FRESHMAN JORDAN ADAMS
CONSECUTIVE 20+ GAMES: Freshman guard Jordan Adams, a 6-foot-5 product from Atlanta, scored a game-high 26 points against UC Irvine on Tuesday after having recorded a game-high 21 points in UCLA's season-opening win on Friday, Nov. 9. In the process, Adams has put himself in elite company with his point totals and free throw shooting.
- Adams' 26 points against UC Irvine (Nov. 13) are the most by any UCLA freshman since Kevin Love registered 29 points in an 88-78 win over Western Kentucky in the "Sweet 16" (March 27, 2008).
- Adams has become the first UCLA freshman to score in double digits in his first two collegiate games since Kevin Love accomplished that feat in November 2007 (Love had 22 in his debut, followed by 21).
- Adams' 21 points versus Indiana State are the most by a UCLA freshman in his collegiate debut since Nov. 9, 2007 (Kevin Love, 22 points, versus Portland State in a 69-48 victory in Pauley Pavilion).
- Adams became the fifth UCLA player under head coach Ben Howland to have logged at least 20 points in the Bruins' season-opening game (Howland's first season was 2003-04). The other four players include Kevin Love (11/9/07), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (11/15/06), Arron Afflalo (11/15/05) and Michael Fey (11/29/03).
ADAMS' FREE THROW SHOOTING: Jordan Adams was 16-for-16 at the free throw line against UC Irvine (Nov. 13). He finished one free throw shy of Reggie Miller's Pauley Pavilion-record 17-for-17 effort against Arizona State (1/16/86).
- No UCLA player has made at least 16 free throws since Reggie Miller's 17-for-17 performance (1/16/86).
- Other recent "perfect" free throw efforts have come from Darren Collison (13/13, vs. Oregon State, 1/26/08) and Arron Afflalo (13/13, vs. Arizona, 2/4/06).
- Adams' 16-for-16 effort was five free throws shy of the Pac-12 Conference record for free throw percentage - John Block of USC made 21 of 21 free throws against Washington on Feb. 11, 1966.
- Adams' 16-for-16 effort was the best "perfect" free throw performance among Pac-12 players since Jan. 17, 2009, when Washington State's Taylor Rochestie went 16-for-16 at the line against Stanford in Pullman, Wash.
- As a senior in high school (2011-12) at Oak Hill Academy, Adams made 34 straight free throws during the first half of the season (over the course of 12 games), setting a school record for consecutive free throws made.
- Arron Afflalo was the last UCLA player to attempt 16 or more FTs, going 13-for-16 against Arizona (2/4/06).
In UCLA's season opener against Indiana State, David Wear (13 pts, 10 rbs) and Kyle Anderson (10 pts, 10 rbs) logged the first double-doubles in any UCLA season opener since Nov. 9, 2007 (Kevin Love, 22 pts/13 rbs, versus Portland State). David Wear has totaled three double-doubles at UCLA (two in 2011-12, one in 2012-13).
EARLY SEASON NOTES
- Now in his 10th season as the Bruins' head coach, Ben Howland has become just the third head coach in program history to have coached UCLA for at least 10 seasons (also Caddy Works and John Wooden).
- UCLA has gone 8-2 in 10 season-opening games under head coach Ben Howland. The Bruins have opened the season with a 2-0 record in seven of nine seasons under Howland's direction.
- The Bruins have opened the season 3-0 five times in Ben Howland's previous nine seasons at the helm. UCLA's best start to any season in the Howland Era took place in 2006-07, opening the year 14-0 (first loss was Jan. 6, 2007).
- Prior to the season-opening win over Indiana State (Nov. 9), two of UCLA's 17 players had played in "old" Pauley Pavilion - juniors Tyler Lamb and Joshua Smith. David and Travis Wear were members of the 2010-11 team (UCLA's most recent season in Pauley Pavilion) but sat out due to NCAA rules after having transferred from North Carolina.
- The Bruins have posted a 111-24 record (.822) in Pauley Pavilion under head coach Ben Howland. Now in its 47th season in the building, UCLA has compiled a 639-99 record (.866) in Pauley Pavilion.
BRUINS IN OVERTIME
With Tuesday night's 80-79 overtime victory against UC Irvine, UCLA improved its record to 11-7 in overtime during head coach Ben Howland's tenure (since 2003-04). UCLA did not play any overtime contests last season and has now won three of its last four games that have extended to overtime (Bruins went 2-1 in overtime in 2010-11). Against UC Irvine, Jordan Adams scored six of UCLA's 13 overtime points (going 4-for-4 at the free throw line).
A GLANCE AT JAMES MADISON
James Madison opens its season against UCLA on Thursday evening. The Dukes, hailing from Harrisonburg, Va., went 12-20 overall last season, posting a 5-13 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) to finish eighth in the league. After a 7-4 start, key injuries piled up as the Dukes went 5-16 the rest of the way. James Madison was picked to finish sixth out of 11 conference teams in the CAA preseason poll.
UCLA is currently in a 23-day span that features eight regular-season games (Nov. 9-Dec. 1). The Bruins will fly to Brooklyn this weekend and will face Georgetown on Monday and either Indiana or Georgia on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Bruins will host Cal Poly (Nov. 25) and Cal State Northridge (Nov. 28) the week after Thanksgiving. UCLA will face San Diego State (Dec. 1) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., in the annual John R. Wooden Classic in two weeks.
UCLA played 19 home games on the road in 2011-12 - 14 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, four at the Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.) and one exhibition game at Citizens Business Bank Arena (Ontario, Calif.). After winning the exhibition game in Ontario, the Bruins posted a 14-4 record at their local "home" venues, including a perfect 4-0 mark at the Honda Center in Anaheim. UCLA went 10-4 in games played at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
UCLA plays its first season in New Pauley Pavilion in 2012-13 after the iconic arena underwent a 33-month, $136 renovation. Originally opened in 1965, Pauley Pavilion is one of the nation's premier all-around collegiate facilities. While calling Pauley Pavilion home, the men's basketball program has won nine NCAA Championships and 21 conference titles. The Bruins have logged an all-time 639-99 (.866) record in Pauley Pavilion (now in its 47th season).
RECORD SETTING: UCLA's crowd of 13,513 against Indiana State on Friday, Nov. 9, broke the single-game record for Pauley Pavilion attendance. Previously, Pauley Pavilion had hosted 13,478 fans in a 73-69 win over Duke on Feb. 23, 1997. The arena's next-largest crowd came four days before (13,382 vs. USC on 2/19/97).