March 6, 2012
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Mar. 7, 2012
SITE: Staples Center (19,282)
TIP-OFF: 2:30 p.m. (PT)
TALENT: Kevin Calabro (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst) and Rebecca Haarlow (sideline)
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: n/a
SIRIUS XM SATELLITE RADIO: 128
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SERIES RECORD: UCLA leads 131-104
SERIES STREAK OVERALL: UCLA +3
SERIES RECORD IN PAC-12 TOURNAMENT: Series tied 1-1
SERIES STREAK IN PAC-12 TOURNAMENT: USC +1
UCLA IN PAC-12 TOURNAMENT
Fifth-seeded UCLA will face 12th-seeded USC on Wednesday, Mar. 7 in the first round of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Conference Tournament at Staples Center. The Bruins won the Tournament title in 2008, 2006 and in 1987, all three times as the No. 1 seed. The Bruins swept the regular season series with USC during 2011-12, winning 66-47 at USC on Jan. 15 and 64-54 at the Sports Arena on Feb. 15. UCLA sports an all-time record of 15-11 (.577) in the Pac-12 Tournament. Head Coach Ben Howland is 8-6 (.571) in the Pac-12 Tournament with two Tournament titles. The Bruins are 1-1 all-time against USC in the Pac-12 Tournament. The Trojans won the last meeting in the Pac-12 Tournament, upsetting then-15th-ranked UCLA 65-55 in the 2009 semifinals. In the history of the Pac-12 Tournament, the No. 5 seeds are just 6-13 overall in the Pac-12 Tournament and have only one Tournament title (Oregon in 2003).
CHARTING COACH HOWLAND
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 375-194 (.659), which ranks 35th 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).
COACH HOWLAND HITS MILESTONES
Head Coach Ben Howland attained his 200th career victory at UCLA with the win over Utah (Jan. 26, 2012) and currently sits at 207-96 (.683) in his ninth season at the helm of the Bruins. With the win over Eastern Washington (Dec. 14), Howland passed Jim Harrick for second place on the all-time UCLA career victories list. Harrick posted a 192-62 record in his eight seasons (1988-89 to 1995-96) as the Bruins' mentor. Coach John R. Wooden is the all-time leader at 620-147 (.808) in his 27 seasons (1948-49 to 1974-75).
BRUINS' INJURY REPORT
Sophomore center Joshua Smith injured his right calf in the win over Washington State (Mar. 1) but returned to play in the second half and played 18 minutes in the win over Washington (Mar. 3). Senior guard Lazeric Jones rolled his left ankle in the WSU game, but also returned to play and started in the win over the Huskies, scoring 20 points and was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for his efforts.
JONES LEADING UCLA
Senior point guard Lazeric Jones had his career-best eight straight games in double figures snapped in the loss at Cal (Dec. 31). He has scored in double figures in 18 of the last 24 games. The Bruins are 16-8 in the last 24 contests after starting the season 2-5. In the last 24 games, Jones has averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals while shooting 46.2 percent (123-for-266) from the field and 40.7 percent (37-for-91) from three-point range.
The Wear twins (David and Travis) have scored in double figures in the same game 10 times this season and they have done so in eight of the last 20 contests. Additionally, they both posted double-doubles in the home win over USC (Feb. 15) with David registering 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds and Travis recording 14 points and a then-career-high 11 boards. In the last 18 games, Travis has averaged 12.5 points while David is averaging 11.9 points per game. David has shot 55.6 percent from the floor (84-for-151) while making 61.1 percent (11-for-18) of his three-point shots and draining 36-for-47 (.766) from the free-throw line. Travis has shot 55.3 percent (84-for-152) from the field while sinking 45-for-56 (.804) of his free throw attempts. Combined, they are 168-for-303 (.554) from the field and 81-for-103 (.786) from the charity stripe in the last 18 games.
2012 PAC-12 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT COMBINED MEN'S & WOMEN'S ALL-SESSION PACKAGES
Experience the March to Madness and help your Bruins feel at home in Staples Center! There are 2012 Pac-12 Basketball all-session ticket packages available online or by calling (310) UCLA-WIN today.
All-Session $283: includes lower-level seat to both the men's and women's basketball Pac-12 Tournaments.
All-Session $115: includes an upper-level men's basketball seat and a lower-level women's basketball seat to the Pac-12 Tournaments.
All men's games are played at Staples Center. The first two rounds of the women's tournament are at Galen Center and the semifinals and finals will be held at Staples Center.