Bruins Host UC Irvine Thursday Night

Dec. 22, 2010

LOS ANGELES -

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GAMEDAY CENTRAL
DATE: Dec. 23, 2010
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
TIP-OFF: 7:37 p.m. (PT)
TV: Prime Ticket
TALENT: Bill Macdonald (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst) and Courtney Jones (reporter)
RADIO (UCLA ISP SPORTS): AM 570 KLAC
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: 127
SIRIUS XM SATELLITE RADIO: n/a
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 5-2

IN THE POLLS
UCLA is unranked in the AP Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (Dec. 20). The Bruins are no longer receiving votes in either poll. The UC Irvine Anteaters are 6-5 on the season and also unranked in both polls.

SERIES VS. UC IRVINE
This is just the eighth meeting between the UC Irvine Anteaters and UCLA with the Bruins leading the series 5-2. UCLA has won the last four meetings since 1990, including the last meeting, a 76-65 win on Nov. 27, 2004 in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA is 4-1 against UC Irvine in Pauley with the only loss coming in the very first meeting between the two teams, an 80-74 setback in the first round of the 1986 NIT. UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is 2-1 all-time against UC Irvine.

BRUINS' INJURY REPORT
Sophomore forward Tyler Honeycutt has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. He sustained the injury in the second half of the Bruins' win over Montana State on Dec. 21, 2010. He will not play in the Bruins' game against UC Irvine (Dec. 23) and is day-to-day.

UCLA AND THE BIG WEST
Thursday night's contest with UC Irvine marks the fifth time this season UCLA has hosted a team from the Big West Conference. The Bruins are currently 4-0 against Big West foes, posting wins over Cal State Northridge (83-50), Pacific (57-44), Cal Poly (72-61) and UC Davis (74-67). Last year, the Bruins dropped both games they played against Big West teams, a 65-68 double overtime loss in the season opener to Cal State Fullerton at home and a 68-79 defeat to Long Beach State in Anaheim, Calif.

NELSON NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
UCLA's Reeves Nelson was named Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 13-19, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. The sophomore forward led the Bruins to a pair of victories over UC Davis and previously unbeaten No. 16 BYU last week. The Modesto, Calif., native scored a career-high 23 points in the 86-79 win over BYU on Saturday, helping the Bruins snap a five-game losing streak to ranked teams. Nelson finished 8-for-17 from the field and 7-for-13 from the free-throw line while adding four rebounds and two assists. In the 74-67 win over UC Davis earlier in the week, Nelson had 13 points, nine rebounds, one block and one assist. For the week, he averaged 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting 54.5 percent (12-for-22) from the field. It is Nelson's second career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor, second of the season and the 53rd weekly recognition for UCLA all-time.

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EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 77
Sunday, Dec 06
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 76
Saturday, Dec 12
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
W, 71 - 66
Tuesday, Dec 15
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
W, 89 - 80
Saturday, Dec 19
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
L, 76 - 89
Tuesday, Dec 22
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 67 - 53
Friday, Jan 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 93 - 96 (2OT)
Sunday, Jan 03
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 78 - 85
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 84
Saturday, Jan 09
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 74
Wednesday, Jan 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 75 - 89
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
W, 82 - 73
Saturday, Jan 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 72 - 86
Thursday, Jan 28
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 84 - 86
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 50
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
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
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 09 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, Mar 10 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 8:30 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Mar 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, Mar 15 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Four
Dayton, OH
Thursday, Mar 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
TBA
Saturday, Mar 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
Thursday, Mar 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Saturday, Mar 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Saturday, Apr 02 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
Monday, Apr 04 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS