Nov. 17, 2012
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The No. 13-ranked UCLA men's basketball team will play Georgetown (2-0) in a semifinal match of the Progressive Legends Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center) on Monday evening. Game time is 5 p.m. (PT). Monday night's game will be televised live on ESPN2.
The Bruins improved to 3-0 last Thursday evening, securing an 100-70 win over James Madison (0-1). Sophomore guard Norman Powell led UCLA with 27 points, and freshman guard Jordan Adams registered 25 points. Adams has become UCLA's first freshman to open his rookie season by scoring at least 20 points in each of the Bruins' first three games.
Venue: Barclays Center (18,000), in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tip-Off Time: 5:05 p.m. PST
TV Talent: Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst), Andy Katz (reporter)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
EARLY SEASON NOTES
- UCLA has opened its 2012-13 season with a 3-0 record, marking the sixth time in 10 years under head coach Ben Howland that UCLA has won its first three games (best start under Howland came in 2006-07 at 14-0).
- Freshman guard Jordan Adams (Atlanta, Ga.) has become the first freshman in UCLA history to record at least 20 points in each of his first three collegiate games (currently averaging 24.0 points per game).
- The NCAA announced on Friday, Nov. 16, that freshman Shabazz Muhammad's eligibility has been certified. The 6-foot-6 product from Las Vegas, Nev., will be eligible to play in UCLA's game against Georgetown on Monday.
- The Bruins defeated James Madison, 100-70, on Thursday evening in New Pauley Pavilion. UCLA reached the 100-point plateau for the first time since Dec. 15, 2009 (def. New Mexico State, 100-68).
- UCLA will play in New York City for the third consecutive season and for the fourth time in the last five seasons. The Bruins dropped a 66-63 decision to St. John's (at Madison Square Garden) on Feb. 18, 2012.
- 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.
SERIES VERSUS THE HOYAS
UCLA has won both previous meetings against Georgetown, securing a 71-70 decision in Washington D.C. on Feb. 8, 2003, after having defeated the Hoyas, 98-91, in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 29, 2001 ... in the Feb. 8 2003 meeting, Cedric Bozeman made two free throws with 4.9 seconds to play, snapping UCLA's nine-game losing streak ... Bozeman had entered that game as a 48 percent free throw shooter ... when the two schools faced on Dec. 29, 2001, Georgetown reduced UCLA's 22-point lead in the game's final minutes before the Bruins were able to secure the 98-91 win at home, pushing their record to 9-2.
ABOUT JORDAN ADAMS
Freshman guard Jordan Adams has scored at least 20 points in each of UCLA's first three games, becoming the only freshman in school history to have accomplished that feat (freshmen were not eligible to play on the varsity team until the 1972-73 season). Other notes on Adams' early-season accomplishments:
- First UCLA player to score 20-plus points in three straight games since Arron Afflalo (Jan. 20-28, 2007) ... Adams had 21 against Indiana State (Nov. 9), 26 versus UC Irvine (Nov. 13) and 25 against James Madison (Nov. 15).
- First UCLA player to open any season with three consecutive games of 20-plus points since Don MacLean in 1990-91 ... MacLean opened his junior campaign with six straight games of 20-plus points.
- Adams' 26 points versus UC Irvine (Nov. 13) are the most by any UCLA freshman since Kevin Love tallied 29 points on March 27, 2008 (UCLA def. Western Kentucky, 88-78, in the "Sweet 16").
- Adams became the first UCLA freshman to score in double digits in his first three collegiate games since Kevin Love accomplished that feat in November 2007 (Love had 22 in his debut, followed by 21 and 19).
ADAMS' FREE THROWS
Jordan Adams enters Monday's game against Georgetown having made 28 of 29 free throws this season, including each of his last 26 free throw attempts.
- Adams' current streak of 26 consecutive free throws made stands 17 shy of Darren Collison's school record (43) established during his senior season (2008-09) ... Adams' streak spans UCLA's three games this season.
- Adams made 16 of 16 free throws against UC Irvine (Nov. 13) ... he finished that game one free throw shy of Reggie Miller's Pauley Pavilion-record 17-for-17 FT effort against Arizona State (1/16/86).
- No UCLA player has made at least 16 free throws since Reggie Miller's 17-for-17 performance (1/16/86).
- Other recent "perfect" free throw efforts have come from Darren Collison (13/13, vs. Oregon State, 1/26/08) and Arron Afflalo (13/13, vs. Arizona, 2/4/06).
- Adams' 16-for-16 effort was 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.
- Adams' 16-for-16 effort was the best "perfect" 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 last Thursday with 27 points, 10 field goals and 14 field goal attempts. The resident of San Diego, Calif., had averaged 5.5 points over the Bruins' first two games before erupting with a game-high 27 points against the Dukes. Powell's previous career high was 19 points, scored in a win over UC Irvine on Dec. 20, 2011.
BRUINS IN OVERTIME
With last week's 80-79 overtime victory against UC Irvine, UCLA improved its record to 11-7 in overtime during head coach Ben Howland's tenure (since 2003-04). UCLA did not play any overtime contests last season and has now 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).
Georgetown enters Monday's game with a 2-0 record, having registered early-season wins over Duquesne (61-55) and Liberty (68-59). Led by ninth-year head coach John Thompson III, the Hoyas have been selected to the NCAA Tournament in six of the last eight seasons. Freshman D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera leads Georgetown with 15.0 points per game. Last season, Georgetown went 24-9 overall, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Bruins return three starters from its 2011-12 team - junior forwards David Wear (10.2 ppg) and Travis Wear (11.5 ppg) and junior guard Tyler Lamb (8.8 ppg). Junior center Joshua Smith (9.9 ppg) and sophomore guard Norman Powell (4.6 ppg) saw significant action off the bench for UCLA last season. Lamb and Powell were two of three players on the team (along with then-senior Lazeric Jones) to have played in all 33 games. The Bruins went 19-14 in 2011-12, recording an 11-7 mark in Pac-12 play (tied for fifth place).
WELCOME TO WESTWOOD
UCLA's program has welcomed eight newcomers - five freshmen, one sophomore, and two juniors - in addition to gaining the services of redshirt senior guard Larry Drew II, who sat out the 2011-12 season after transferring from North Carolina. ESPN.com has ranked UCLA's incoming class as the nation's No. 1 recruiting class (featuring true freshmen Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker). Entering Monday's game, Adams leads UCLA with 24.0 points per game and Anderson has logged a team-high 9.7 rebounds per game.
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.
SERIES VERSUS INDIANA
UCLA will face either Indiana or Georgia on Tuesday evening. The Bruins and Hoosiers are 6-6 against each other in the all-time series. The two storied programs last faced off in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, with UCLA securing a 54-49 victory to advance to the "Sweet 16" for the second consecutive season. In that contest, Darren Collison scored 15 point, hit two late free throws and made the game-deciding steal after Indiana had clawed back to tie the contest, 49-49. UCLA owned a 20-13 lead against Indiana at halftime.
UCLA-INDIANA, NCAA TOURNAMENT
UCLA has gone 2-2 in four meetings with Indiana in NCAA Tournament action. Aside from the second round meeting in 2007, the Bruins have played Indiana in the NCAA Tournament in 1992 (loss), 1976 (loss) and 1973 (win). UCLA's 70-59 victory over the Hoosiers on March 23, 1972, propelled the Bruins into the NCAA title match, where they defeated Memphis, 87-66, to win the NCAA Championship.
SERIES VERSUS GEORGIA
The Bruins have posted a 2-0 record in the all-time series against Georgia. Ranked No. 2 in the nation, UCLA defeated the Bulldogs in Pauley Pavilion, 87-80, in a non-conference meeting on Jan. 4, 1992. The following season, No. 13 UCLA downed Georgia, 68-63, in a neutral site contest played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. Led by head coach Mark Fox (now in his fourth year at the school), Georgia posted a 15-17 record last season (5-11 in the SEC).
Junior Tyler Lamb is currently listed as a gametime decision for Monday's contest against Georgetown. He did not play in either of UCLA's last two games (Nov. 13, Nov. 15). Lamb played in the season opener (14 minutes, Nov. 9) after having missed four weeks prior to the season recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee (Oct. 9). Freshman Kyle Anderson sustained a bone contusion on his right wrist in the first half of UCLA's game against UC Irvine (Nov. 13) but did not miss any significant time in that game or the next. Sophomore Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained during practice on Oct. 26) and is expcted to miss 1-2 months.
- Now in his 10th season as the Bruins' head coach, Ben Howland has become just the third head coach in program history to have coached UCLA for at least 10 seasons (also Caddy Works and John Wooden).
- Prior to the season-opening win over Indiana State (Nov. 9), two of UCLA's 17 players had played in "old" Pauley Pavilion - juniors Tyler Lamb and Joshua Smith. David and Travis Wear were members of the 2010-11 team (UCLA's most recent season in Pauley Pavilion) but sat out due to NCAA rules after having transferred from North Carolina.
- The Bruins have posted a 112-24 record (.824) in Pauley Pavilion under head coach Ben Howland. Now in its 47th season in the building, UCLA has compiled a 640-99 record (.866) in Pauley Pavilion.
- UCLA had entered the 2012-13 campaign having returned 63.6 percent of its scoring production and 64.1 percent of its rebound production from one year ago ... the Bruins' greatest loss was the departure of senior Lazeric Jones, who was UCLA's top scorer (13.5 ppg) and leader in overall assists (136 assists, 4.1 apg).