Dec. 16, 2009
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009
SITE: Joyce Center (9,154)
TIP-OFF: 11:05 a.m. (PT)/2:05 p.m. (ET)
TALENT: Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Greg Anthony (analyst)
RADIO: AM 570 KLAC
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: Channel 121
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
UCLA senior forward James Keefe suffered a dislocated left shoulder midway through the first half of the Bruins' 100-68 home win over New Mexico State on Dec. 15. His X-rays were negative, but he is slated to be out 2-3 weeks for strengthening and rehabilitation. It is the same shoulder that Keefe had surgery on in August of 2007 to repair a torn labrum that cost him to miss the first 12 games of the 2007-08 season.
SERIES VERSUS NOTRE DAME
This is the 48th meeting between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and UCLA with the Bruins leading the series 28-19. The Bruins have won the last two games in the series, including last year's 89-63 win in Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 7, 2009. UCLA is 11-11 all-time in games at Notre Dame and has won the last two meetings on the road, the last coming on Feb. 27, 2005 when the Bruins posted a 75-65 win. In last year's contest, Alfred Aboya scored a game-high 19 points and had seven rebounds while holding Luke Harangody to just five points and one rebound. Darren Collison had 17 points while Nikola Dragovic and Jerime Anderson each scored 10 points. UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is 5-7 against Notre Dame.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH
Notre Dame is 9-2 on the year and is 8-1 at home after losing its last game, an 87-85 heartbreak at home to Loyola Marymount on Dec. 12. All-American senior Luke Harangody is again averaging a double-double, leading Notre Dame in scoring (24.6 ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg). Junior forward Tim Abromaitis is averaging 15.7 points per game while leading the Fighting Irish in three-point shooting (29-for-59, .492). Senior guard Ben Hansbrough is the only other Notre Dame player averaging double figures at 12.5 ppg.