Dec. 6, 2012
LOS ANGELES - UCLA will face Texas in the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Showcase on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN at 2:15 p.m. (PT) with Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale calling the action and Kaylee Hartung serving as a sideline reporter.
Venue: Reliant Stadium (71,500)
Tip-Off Time: 2:20 p.m. (PT)
TV Talent: Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst), Kaylee Hartung (reporter)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SHOWCASE IN HOUSTON
For the fourth time in six seasons, UCLA will face Texas on Saturday in the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Showcase. The Bruins and Longhorns square off at Reliant Stadium in Houston, home to the NFL's Houston Texans. The Bruins have not played in a venue that holds over 40,000 fans since competing in the Alamodome (San Antonio) in the 2008 Final Four. Most recently, the Longhorns defeated UCLA in Dec. 2007 (Los Angeles), Dec. 2008 (Austin) and Dec. 2011 (Los Angeles). Last season, Texas secured a 69-59 victory against UCLA at the L.A. Sports Arena.
Saturday's matchup between UCLA and Texas will count as a "neutral site" game. UCLA will serve as the designated visiting team, while Texas will compete as the designated home team.
The UCLA women's basketball team, ranked No. 17 in this week's AP poll, will face Texas at Reliant Stadium on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (PT), prior to the game between both schools' men's basketball teams. Under the direction of second-year head coach Cori Close, UCLA has opened its 2012-13 campaign with a 4-1 record.
LAST YEAR'S MEETING
Texas overcame a 34-28 halftime deficit, outscoring the host Bruins by a 41-25 margin in the second half, to earn a 69-59 victory. J'Covan Brown scored a game-high 22 points to lead Texas, which shot 54.7 percent from the field (29-53) against UCLA. Lazeric Jones recorded a team-leading 21 points, and Travis Wear added 13 points to pace the Bruins in their seventh game of the season.
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
UCLA and Texas both enter Saturday's meeting with identical 5-3 records. The Bruins and Longhorns have each lost to Georgetown earlier this season - UCLA fell 78-70 on Nov. 19 in Brooklyn, and Texas lost 64-41 on Dec. 4 at the Jimmy V Classic in New York City. The Longhorns dropped a 59-53 decision (overtime) to UCLA's crosstown rival USC in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational on Nov. 20. Led by 15th-year head coach Rick Barnes, Texas has never faced UCLA in a neutral site game. Prior to 2007, the series' two meetings took place in Dec. 1969 and Dec. 1971.
Shabazz Muhammad scored a game-high 19 points and Kyle Anderson grabbed a team-leading 16 rebounds to lead UCLA past Cal State San Marcos, 83-60, in an exhibition game in New Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday evening. UCLA led the visiting Cougars at halftime, 42-30, and pushed its cushion to as many as 28 points late in the second quarter. UCLA did not open its 2012-13 campaign with an exhibition game in order to open New Pauley Pavilion with the team's regular-season opener after the arena underwent a 33-month, $136-million renovation.
DISHING IT OUT
Through games played Sunday, Dec. 2, senior Larry Drew II ranks second in the nation in assists per game (8.5) and fourth, nationally, in assist turnover ratio (6.2). Drew II leads all Pac-12 players in both categories, through Tuesday's action. He has registered eight or more assists in six of the Bruins' eight 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).
Freshman Shabazz Muhammad has averaged 16.0 points per game, becoming UCLA's first player since Kevin Love in 2007-08 to have opened his UCLA career with at least five consecutive double-digit scoring efforts. Muhammad is just the second player in Ben Howland's 10-year tenure as head coach to have accomplished that feat. In three games last week, he averaged 14.7 ppg and a team-best 7.7 rpg. Muhammad registered his first career double-double against Cal Poly on Nov. 25, totaling 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Through the season's first eight contests, Kyle Anderson leads UCLA with 8.1 rebounds per game. The freshman from Fairview, N.J., has grabbed a team-leading 22 offensive rebounds (of 65 total rebounds). Through games played Sunday, Anderson ranked eighth in the Pac-12 in rebounds per game (8.1). He recorded a double-double (10 pts, 10 rbs) in his collegiate debut against Indiana State (Nov. 9). Junior Travis Wear (7.0 rpg) and freshman Shabazz Muhammad (5.6 rpg) are UCLA's second- and third-leading rebounders, respectively.
- With his 5-for-9 3-point effort last Saturday, Jordan Adams became UCLA's first freshman to sink at least five 3-pointers in a game since Michael Roll accomplished the feat (5-for-6) against Washington (Jan. 14, 2006).
- Adams leads UCLA wtih 17.8 points per game, the second-highest scoring average among Pac-12 freshmen and the sixth-highest scoring average overall 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).
- Adams became UCLA's first player to score 20-plus points in four straight games since Dijon Thompson (Jan.-Feb. 2005) and the first Bruin to have opened any season with four straight games of 20+ points since Don MacLean (six consecutive in 1990-91).
AZTECS DEFEAT UCLA
UCLA lost to San Diego State, 78-69, before 17,204 at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, Dec. 1, playing in the 19th annual John R. Wooden Classic. Jordan Adams scored 23 points, connecting on 5-of-9 shots from 3-point range. Shabazz Muhammad (16 pts) and Norman Powell (10 pts) rounded out UCLA's list of double-digit scorers. Jamaal Franklin led SDSU with 28 points and seven rebounds, while Xavier Thames finished with 19 points, sinking 5-of-6 3-point attempts. Saturday's game marked the first meeting between the schools since 1991.
DOUBLE FIGURE GAMES
Jordan Adams and Travis Wear have each scored in double figures in six of UCLA's eight games this season. Shabazz Muhammad, who missed UCLA's first three contests, has scored in double figures in each of the Bruins' last five contests. Muhammad's five-game streak is the longest by a UCLA player since last season, when Lazeric Jones had eight consecutive games (Nov. 28-Dec. 29, 2011) scoring in double figures. No UCLA player has scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games or more since Josh Shipp (Feb.-March 2009).
BRUINS IN OVERTIME
With an 80-79 overtime victory against UC Irvine on Nov. 13, 2012, UCLA improved its record to 11-7 in overtime games during head coach Ben Howland's tenure (since 2003-04). UCLA did not play any overtime contests last season and has won three of its last four games that have extended to overtime. Against UC Irvine, Jordan Adams scored six of UCLA's 13 overtime points (going 4-for-4 at the free throw line). The Bruins last played a game into double overtime on Nov. 16, 2009 (season opener), dropping a 68-65 decision at home to Cal State Fullerton.
DOWN THE ROAD
UCLA returns to New Pauley Pavilion for a non-conference game against Prairie View A&M on Saturday, Dec. 15 (at 6 p.m.). UCLA last faced Prairie View A&M on Nov. 12, 2008, securing an 82-58 victory over the Panthers in the Bruins' season opener (played as part of the 2K Sports Classic in Pauley Pavilion). Darren Collison scored a team-best 19 points in that contest, while Malcolm Lee (12 pts) and Jrue Holiday (11 pts) each scored in double figures in their collegiate debuts. UCLA has recorded a 1-0 record in the all-time series.
BRUINS ON TELEVISION
All 31 regular-season UCLA men's basketball games will be televised on either a regional or national basis. UCLA will have at least 11 games televised by the ESPN family of networks. Fox Sports Net will televise at least five games, while Pac-12 Networks will carry 13 contests. UCLA's home game against Oregon (Jan. 19) and road contest versus Washington (March 9, season finale) will be broadcast on CBS. Over the past 31 seasons, 762 games have been braodcast live in Los Angeles. ESPN will originate its weekly College Gameday program from Pauley Pavilion on March 2, 2013, when the Bruins host Arizona in their final regular-season home contest.
Freshman Tony Parker suffered a sprained left ankle during pregame warmups last Wednesday (Nov. 28). Parker did not play in Saturday's game against San Diego State (Dec. 1) but returned to practice on Monday and played 20 minutes in Tuesday's exhibition victory against Cal State San Marcos (Dec. 4). Sophomore Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained Oct. 26) and is expected to miss 2-3 more weeks.