Nov. 24, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 11 UCLA men's basketball team faces Cal Poly (1-2) on Sunday evening in New Pauley Pavilion after having split a pair of games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. UCLA has registered a 5-0 record in the all-time series against Cal Poly. Game time on Sunday is 7 p.m. The contest will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.
Venue: New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 7:06 p.m. PST
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Paul Sunderland (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
UCLA hosts Cal Poly in New Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Nov. 25, in the sixth overall meeting between the two programs. The Bruins earned a 72-61 win over Cal Poly when the two schools last met on Dec. 11, 2010 (Pauley Pavilion). UCLA has registered a 5-0 all-time record against the Mustangs, with the series' first four contests having taken place from 1949 through 1955 (all on campus at UCLA). In his previous 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Ben Howland has logged a 2-1 record against Cal Poly (1-1 at Northern Arizona, 1-0 at UCLA).
RETURN FROM BROOKLYN
The Bruins went 1-1 in a pair of games played last Monday and Tuesday as part of the Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. UCLA dropped a 78-70 decision to Georgetown on Monday evening, before responding with a 60-56 win over Georgia on Tuesday night. Playing in his first two collegiate games, freshman Shabazz Muhammad averaged a team-high 18.0 points per game in Brooklyn, connecting on 11 of 22 total field goal attempts. The Bruins overcame a 30-25 halftime deficit against Georgia on Tuesday.
DEBUT OF SHABAZZ
Freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad scored 15 points in his collegiate debut versus Georgetown on Monday, Nov. 19. The following evening, the 6-foot-6 swingman led UCLA with 21 points in his first collegiate start. Hailed as one of the nation's top incoming freshmen in 2012, Muhammad made 8 of 11 free throws in UCLA's 60-56 win over Georgia while adding four rebounds and two steals. Muhammad and classmate Jordan Adams are the first UCLA freshmen to open their collegiate careers with back-to-back double-digit games since Kevin Love (Nov. 2007).
UCLA enters Sunday night's non-conference game against Cal Poly having tallied a 4-1 record. The Bruins are off to their best start since opening the 2008-09 season with a 4-1 mark (lost Game No. 6 to Texas, 68-64). With a win over Cal Poly on Sunday, the Bruins would be in position to have recorded their best start to a season since starting the 2007-08 campaign with a 7-0 record. UCLA's best start to any campaign under 10th-year head coach Ben Howland took place in 2006-07, when the Bruins opened the year with 14 consecutive victories.
Freshman guard Jordan Adams (Atlanta, Ga.) leads UCLA with 19.6 points per game. He has become the first freshman in program history to have scored at least 20 points in each of his first four collegiate games (freshmen were not eligible to play on the varsity team until 1972-73). Adams is UCLA's first player to score 20-plus points in four straight games since Dijon Thompson (Jan.-Feb. 2005). Additionally, he is the first Bruin to have opened any season with four straight games of 20+ points since Don MacLean (six consecutive 20+ point games in 1990-91).
MORE ON ADAMS
Jordan Adams has made 34 of 35 free throw attempts (.971) through UCLA's first five games. The freshman from Atlanta, Ga., has made his last 32 consecutive free throw attempts, just 11 shy of the school record (43) set by Darren Collison during his senior season (2008-09). Adams' streak of 32 free throws spans UCLA's five games (made his first two, missed his third attempt on Nov. 9). His 16-for-16 effort at the line on Nov. 13 (vs. UC Irvine) was one shy of Reggie Miller's Pauley Pavilion-record 17-for-17 FT effort against Arizona State (Jan. 16, 1986).
Prior to Adams' 16-for-16 FT effort on Nov. 13, 2012, no UCLA player had made 16 free throws in one game since Reggie Miller went 17-for-17 versus Arizona State (Jan. 16, 1986). Other recent "perfect" free throw efforts have come from Darren Collison (13-for-13 versus Oregon State on Jan. 26, 2008) and Arron Afflalo (13-for-13 versus Arizona on Feb. 4, 2006).
Adams' 16-for-16 FT effort stands five free throws shy of the Pac-12 Conference record for free throw percentage - John Block of USC made 21 of 21 free throws against Washington on Feb. 11, 1966. His 16-for-16 effort is the best free throw performance among Pac-12 players since Jan. 17, 2009, when Washington State's Taylor Rochestie went 16-for-16 at the line against Stanford in Pullman, Wash.
As a senior in high school (2011-12) at Oak Hill Academy, Adams made 34 straight free throws during the first half of the season (over the course of 12 games), setting a school record for consecutive free throws made.
POWELL'S CAREER NIGHT
A key component off the bench for UCLA last season, sophomore Norman Powell registered career highs in UCLA's victory over James Madison on Nov. 15, 2012, with 27 points, 10 field goals and 14 field goal attempts. The resident of San Diego, Calif., has averaged 6.3 points in UCLA's other four games. Powell's previous career high was 19 points, scored in a win over UC Irvine on Dec. 20, 2011.
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 (Bruins went 2-1 in overtime in 2010-11). Against UC Irvine, Jordan Adams scored six of UCLA's 13 overtime points (going 4-for-4 at the free throw line).
EARLY SEASON NOTES
- Jordan Adams has become UCLA's first freshman to score in double-digits in his first four collegiate games since Kevin Love accomplished that feat in November 2007 (Love had 22 in his debut, followed by 21, 19 and 18).
- Jordan Adams' 20 field goal attempts (8-for-20, with 22 points) in a 78-70 loss to Georgetown (Nov. 19) at the Barclays Center were the most field goal attempts by any Bruin since Jordan Farmar shot 9-for-20 in an 88-80 loss to Memphis on Nov. 23, 2005, in the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York's Madison Square Garden.
- The Bruins defeated James Madison, 100-70, on Thursday, Nov. 15, in New Pauley Pavilion. UCLA reached the 100-point plateau for the first time since Dec. 15, 2009 (def. New Mexico State, 100-68).
- With two games played at Barclays Center (Nov. 19, 20) in this year's Progressive Legends Classic, UCLA has played in New York City the last three seasons and in four of the last five years.
- The Bruins opened their season in New Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 9, 2012, after the building underwent a 33-month, $136 million renovation. Last year, UCLA played 18 regular-season "home" games at two local venues.
UCLA has won each of its last 11 games played in Pauley Pavilion, a streak that dates back to 2010-11. The Bruins won their final eight home games that season before the arena closed for the 2011-12 school year. UCLA has won its first three games in New Pauley Pavilion, marking the program's longest winning streak in the historic venue since logging a 15-game winning streak in Pauley Pavilion from Jan. 31, 2008 through Jan. 15, 2009.
UCLA played 19 home games on the road in 2011-12 - 14 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, four at the Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.) and one exhibition game at Citizens Business Bank Arena (Ontario, Calif.). After winning the exhibition game in Ontario, the Bruins posted a 14-4 record at their local "home" venues, including a perfect 4-0 mark at the Honda Center in Anaheim. UCLA went 10-4 in games played at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
UCLA plays its first season in New Pauley Pavilion in 2012-13 after the iconic arena underwent a 33-month, $136 renovation. Originally opened in 1965, Pauley Pavilion is one of the nation's premier all-around collegiate facilities. While calling Pauley Pavilion home, the men's basketball program has won nine NCAA Championships and 21 conference titles. The Bruins have logged an all-time 640-99 (.866) record in Pauley Pavilion (now in its 47th season).
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.
Junior David Wear is day-to-day with a sore back, sustained from a hard fall with 12:13 to play in the second half aaginst Georgetown on Nov. 19 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Freshman Tony Parker remains day-to-day with back spasms. He did not practice on Thursday, Nov. 22, but returned to practice on Friday, Nov. 23. Junior Tyler Lamb has missed UCLA's last four games with a swollen left knee and remains day-to-day. Lamb played in the season opener after having missed four weeks prior to the season recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee (Oct. 9). Sophomore Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained Oct. 26) and is expcted to miss 1-2 months.
UCLA'S LATEST SIGNEES
The UCLA men's basketball program received signed National Letters of Intent from high school standouts Noah Allen, Allerick Freeman and Zach LaVine during the early signging period, as announced on Nov. 22, 2012, by head coach Ben Howland. Currently seniors in high school, these three student-athletes will enroll at UCLA in the fall of 2013 and begin their freshman seasons in the Bruins' 2013-14 campaign.