UCLA Returns Home To Host Pepperdine

Nov. 27, 2011


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DATE: Nov. 28, 2011
SITE: Los Angeles Sports Arena (15,000)
TIP-OFF: 8:02 p.m. (PT)
TV: Prime Ticket
TALENT: Joel Meyers (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst) and Courtney Jones (sideline)
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 KLAC
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 17-4

This is the 22nd meeting all-time against Pepperdine with UCLA leading the series 17-4. The last 17 games of the series have all been home games for the Bruins. UCLA is 16-3 all-time against the Waves at home. UCLA won the last meeting, 79-69, last year on Nov. 15, 2010. Reeves Nelson had 20 points and 11 rebounds and UCLA took control with a 26-2 run over both halves to beat Pepperdine in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off in Pauley Pavilion. Tyler Honeycutt added 16 points while Joshua Smith and Lazeric Jones each scroed 13 points for the Bruins. Starting guard Malcolm Lee hurt his left ankle in the first half and didn't return. Keion Bell scored 24 points off the bench for Pepperdine. Mychel Thompson had all of his 11 points in the first half. After trailing by eight (34-26 with 2:40 left in the first half), the Bruins put together their big run (26-2) to take a 52-36 lead that they would never reqlinquish. Pepperdine's last win over UCLA came on Nov. 28, 2001 when the Waves upset the 10th-ranked Bruins 85-78. Jimmy Miggins had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Craig Lewis added 18 for Pepperdine. With the win, the Waves snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Bruins (spanning 46 years). UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is 3-0 all-time against the Pepperdine Waves.

UCLA began the season ranked 17th in the AP Top 25 and 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, but has fallen out of both polls. Pepperdine is unranked in both polls.

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 358-185 (.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).

Junior guard De'End Parker has missed the last three games with a right right knee injury (injured in practice on Nov. 20) and is out for the game against Pepperdine (Nov. 28). He has an MRI scheduled for Monday afternoon. Sophomore forward Travis Wear cut his foot while snorkeling in Hawaii (Nov. 24) and received five stitches. He missed practice on Nov. 26 but returned on the 27th and should play against the Waves.

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