Feb. 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's basketball team returns to action against Washington (13-9, 5-4 Pac-12) in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, Feb. 7. Game time is 6 p.m. The Bruins' game will be nationally televised on ESPN, with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton calling the action. Last season, UCLA (16-6, 6-3) split a pair of regular-season meetings against the Huskies.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 6:05 p.m. PT
TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: TBD
SIRIUS XM Radio: TBD
LEADING THE WAY
Freshman Shabazz Muhammad leads UCLA with 18.4 points per game, the second-highest scoring average among all Pac-12 players. Freshman Kyle Anderson has logged six double-doubles this season and is averaging 9.4 ppg and a team-leading 9.0 rpg. Junior Travis Wear ranks third on the team with 12.4 ppg and leads UCLA with a 53.0 field goal percentage (107-202). Freshman Jordan Adams is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 15.2 ppg.
HONORING DON BARKSDALE
The late Don Barksdale will have his No. 11 jersey retired at halftime during Thursday's game against Washington. Barksdale is one of three former UCLA stars to be honored with a jersey retirement this season - Jamaal Wilkes' No. 52 was retired Jan. 17, and Reggie Miller's No. 31 jersey was retired Jan. 30. Barksdale was the first African-American to earn All-America honors at UCLA (1947) and the first to capture an Olympic basketball gold medal (1948).
Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad are among 12 players who have been named to the Wayman Tisdale Award National Freshman of the Year midseason watch list. UCLA is the only program to have at least three freshmen selected to the award's midseason watch list. Michigan and UCLA are the only teams with at least two players on the watch list, as released by the U.S. Basketball Writers' Association on Jan. 31.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
UCLA has gone 2-2 against teams ranked in the top-25 this season (team must be ranked on day of game) and has posted a 2-0 mark against top-10 ranked opponents. This marks the fourth season in Ben Howland's 10-year tenure as UCLA's head coach that the Bruins have earned two wins against top-10 teams - UCLA downed No. 7 Missouri (97-94, overtime) on Dec. 28 and knocked off No. 6 Arizona (84-73) on Jan. 24.
Shabazz Muhammad recorded his ninth game with at least 20 points, totaling a team-best 22 points in UCLA's 75-71 overtime loss to USC on Jan. 30. UCLA has gone 8-1 this season when Muhammad has scored at least 20 points. The freshman from Las Vegas scored a season-high 27 points in consecutive games in December - in victories over Fresno State (Dec. 22) and then-No. 7 Missouri (Dec. 28).
Not only has Kyle Anderson logged six double-doubles, but the freshman from Fairview, N.J., is the Pac-12 Conference's only player to rank in the top 10 in rebounding (6th, 9.0 rpg) and assists (7th, 3.6). Anderson is averaging 9.4 points per game and has compiled a 1.8 assist turnover ratio, the third-best mark among Pac-12 players. He is sixth in the conference in steals per game, having registered 38 steals in 22 contests (1.7 spg).
UCLA's trio of freshman starters - Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad - have accounted for 52.7 percent of the Bruins' total points (891 of 1690) and for 45.0 percent of the team's total rebounds (378 of 840). These freshmen account for three of UCLA's top four scorers. Kyle Anderson's team-leading 199 rebounds are the most by any UCLA freshman since Kevin Love finished with 406 boards in 2007-08. Muhammad has scored at least 20 points in nine games, while Adams has scored at least 20 points in seven games.
Junior Travis Wear ranks third on the team with 12.4 ppg and has logged 5.7 rpg, the second-highest rebounding average on the team. He has scored in double figures in 14 of 22 games this season. In UCLA's last game (vs. USC, Jan. 30), Wear scored 16 points after having missed the Bruins' previous game with a concussion (at ASU, Jan. 26). He leads all UCLA players in field goal percentage (53.0 percent, 107-202 FGs).
GIVING AN ASSIST
Through games played Sunday, Larry Drew II leads the nation in assist turnover ratio (4.9) and ranks fourth, nationally, in assists per game (8.0). He has logged at least eight assists in 15 of 22 contests and has committed two or fewer turnovers in 18 of 22 games. Drew II has totaled 175 assists and 36 turnovers in 22 games while averaging 6.3 points per game. He has totaled more assists (175) than any UCLA player since Darren Collison had 199 in 2006-07.
DON'T BE OFFENDED
UCLA leads all Pac-12 programs in scoring average, having registered 76.8 points per game (the 25th highest scoring average in the nation). In addition, UCLA has compiled the third-best scoring margin among Pac-12 programs, having outscored the opposition by an average of 7.6 points per game. The Bruins are second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (46.5 percent, No. 42 in nation) and are first in assists per game (17.3 apg, No. 7 in nation).
Shabazz Muhammad (27 pts), Jordan Adams (25 pts) and Kyle Anderson (20 pts) became UCLA's first-ever freshman trio to log at least 20 points each in the same game on Dec. 22, 2012, helping lead UCLA past Fresno State, 91-78. Muhammad has twice scored 27 points this season, and Adams logged 26 against UC Irvine (Nov. 13).
PROTECTING THE BALL
UCLA enters Thursday night's contest against Washington having compiled a 1.56 assist turnover ratio, the highest ratio in 10 seasons under head coach Larry Drew II leads the nation in assist turnover ratio (4.86). The Bruins have had just one game this season (Nov. 20, vs. Georgia in Brooklyn, N.Y.) with more turnovers than assists.
Freshman Kyle Anderson finished three assists shy of a triple-double against Fresno State (Dec. 22), posting season-highs of 20 points and 17 rebounds that night. UCLA's only previous triple-doubles took place in Dec. 1995. Toby Bailey finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 18, 1995. Jelani McCoy tallied 15 points, 11 blocks and 10 rebounds against Maryland on Dec. 9, 1995.
The Bruins have gone 6-2 in games decided by five points or fewer. UCLA overcame a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes to defeat Missouri, 97-94 in overtime (Dec. 28). Other victories have come against Colorado (78-75), Utah (57-53, Jan. 10), Texas (65-63, Dec. 8), Georgia (60-56, Nov. 20) and UC Irvine (80-79, overtime, Nov. 13). In 10 seasons as head coach, Ben Howland has led UCLA to a 54-33 record in games decided by five points or fewer.
Junior Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained the injury on Oct. 26, 2012).