Nov. 7, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 13-ranked UCLA men's basketball team opens its 2012-13 season in New Pauley Pavilion against Indiana State on Friday, Nov. 9. The game will be televised live, nationally, on Fox Sports Net at 8 p.m. (PT). Friday's game marks the season opener for both teams.
NOTE TO UCLA'S FANS
As UCLA opens New Pauley Pavilion on Friday evening, fans are encouraged to arrive by 7:30 p.m., in time for a special pregame ceremony. In addition, UCLA will host a special "first ticket" ceremony along New Pauley Pavilion's North side at 6:10 p.m. (facing the intramural field). Doors to the arena will open to the general public at 6:30 p.m.
Venue: New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 8:08 p.m. PST
Television: Fox Sports Net
TV Talent: Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst), Laura McKeeman (sideline), Kevin Frazier (host)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
- UCLA returns to New Pauley Pavilion for its season opener against Indiana State on Friday, Nov. 9, playing the first athletic event in the new, state-of-the-art facility since the building closed for renovations in March 2011.
- The Bruins open the season ranked No. 13 in the preseason AP and USA Today Coaches polls.
- UCLA will face Indiana State for just the second time in program history. In head coach John Wooden's 17th season, the Bruins secured a 112-76 win over the Sycamores on Dec. 5, 1964 in Terre Haute, Ind.
- Ben Howland opens his 10th season as the Bruins' head coach this fall, becoming just the third head coach in program history to have coached UCLA for at least 10 seasons (also Caddy Works and John Wooden).
- UCLA has gone 7-2 in nine season-opening games under head coach Ben Howland.
- Two of UCLA's 17 players have played in 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) but sat out due to NCAA rules after having transferred from North Carolina.
- The Bruins have posted a 109-24 record (.820) in Pauley Pavilion under head coach Ben Howland. Through 46 seasons in the building, UCLA has compiled a 637-99 record (.865) in Pauley Pavilion.
- UCLA has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in six of nine seasons under head coach Ben Howland, including five straight tournament appearances from 2005 through 2009 (three consecutive Final Fours from 2006-08).
- Senior Larry Drew II returns to action after having transferred from North Carolina following the 2010-11 season. Drew II has played in 96 collegiate games and last competed in a Division I game on Feb. 1, 2011 (at Boston College).
- UCLA went 3-0 during a weeklong goodwill tour in China (Aug. 23-29, 2012), facing two Chinese university teams and the Shanghai Sharks (Chinese Basketball Association).
The UCLA men's basketball team opens its 94th season against Indiana State on Friday, Nov. 9. The Bruins' season opener marks UCLA's first athletic contest in New Pauley Pavilion since the building closed in March 2011 for an extensive renovation. The men's basketball team last played in Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 26, 2011, recording a 71-49 victory over No. 10-ranked Arizona before a crowd of 11,986.
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.
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).
AGAINST THE SYCAMORES
The Bruins will open New Pauley Pavilion against Indiana State, the university at which John Wooden served as head coach prior to assuming the same role at UCLA in 1948-49. Indiana State went 18-15 last season, finishing eighth in the Missouri Valley Conference with an 8-10 record. Led by third-year head coach Greg Lansing, the Sycamores return five letterwinners and one starter from last season's team.
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 Bruins' 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. UCLA has compiled an all-time 637-99 (.865) record in 46 seasons in Pauley Pavilion. Under 10th-year head coach Ben Howland, the Bruins have gone 109-24 (.820) in Pauley Pavilion.
NEW PAULEY PAVILION
The complete renovation of UCLA's historic arena, Pauley Pavilion, took 33 months and cost just under $136 million. New Pauley Pavilion seats approximately 13,800 fans - 1,000 more than the "old" Pauley Pavilion. Other key features of the renovated facility include a custom-designed video board, additional LED hustle boards, major increases in restrooms and a wider variety of concession stands. Here are a few key features, at a glance:
- New Pauley Pavilion houses a 16-foot by 12-foot, LED, High Definition Daktronics Video board perched above center court with all four sides visible to fans.
- In addition, there are LED hustle boards in each of the corners that track player statistics, as well as an LED ribbon board encircling the top of the arena.
- New Pauley Pavilion now has 154% more restrooms thorugh the building, including on the event level.
- The pavilion's North side hosts a grand lobby that highlights the theme "Champions Made Here" as well as the multi-purpose Pavilion Club for game-day hospitality.
- Additional dining options include California Pizza Kitchen, Subway, Full Court Press Panini, Jamba Juice, Pavilion Market, Joe Brewin Coffee Stand, the outdoor South Plaza and traditional fare.
- Not only does New Pauley Pavilion have a wider variety of concession stands, the arena now features a UCLA team store in the Northeast corner, operated by ASUCLA.
- New Pauley Pavilion includes nearly 100 monitors throughout the building, many of which are used to show the game telecast. Other monitors can be used as menu boards at numerous concession points.
- The renovation established 70,000 additional square feet of usable space than existed in the building's previous configuration. Additions include two state-of-the-art locker rooms with cherry wood lockers and adjacent lounge areas, a 24-seat film room, weight room and sports medicine room.
- Teams that called Pauley Pavilion home prior to the renovation (m/w basketball, m/w volleyball, and gymnastics) will continue to compete there. In addition, the 2013 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships and NCAA Men's Volleyball Championships will take place in Pauley.
COACH WOODEN'S CONNECTION
John Wooden served as head coach at Indiana State Teacher's College (now Indiana State University) in Terre Haute, Ind., during the 1946-47 and 1947-48 seasons. Coach Wooden's team went 17-8 in 1946-47 and 27-7 in 1947-48, posting a total record of 44-15 (.746). In addition to his work as the school's head basketball coach, he assisted with the baseball team and served as the athletic director while completing his master's degree in education. Coach Wooden served as the Bruins' head coach for 27 seasons (1948-49 through 1974-75), helping lead UCLA to 10 NCAA Championships, including an unprecedented seven consecutive NCAA titles (1966-1973).
NOTES ON BEN HOWLAND
- Embarking on his 10th season at UCLA, Howland has now spent over half his head coaching tenure at UCLA. He as announced as UCLA's head coach April 3, 2003, after four seasons as head coach at Pittsburgh.
- In nine trips to the NCAA Tournament, Howland has coached his teams to five "Sweet 16" appearances and three Final Four appearances (all with UCLA, from 2006-2008).
- Howland's 97 victories at UCLA from 2006 through 2008 stand as the highest three-year win total in school history. He became one of three coaches in NCAA Division I history to win at least 30 games in three consecutive seasons, joining Adolph Rupp (Kentucky, 1947-49) and John Calipari (2006-08).
- Howland has secured Conference Coach of the Year acclaim in three different leagues - 2006, Pac-10 Coach of the Year at UCLA; 2002, Big East Coach of the Year at Pittsburgh; and in 1997, Big Sky Coach of the Year at Northern Arizona.
- Through nine seasons as UCLA's head coach, Howland has helped produce 12 NBA Draft selections, the highest total among Pac-12 programs in that span. The Bruins' 12 NBA Draft selections rank among the top five, nationally, from 2004 through 2012.
UCLA was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 Conference men's basketball standings, according to a preseason poll of media members who regularly cover Pac-12 hoops. The Bruins trailed Arizona in the preseason poll by one point and received 16 of 35 first-place votes (Arizona gained 15 first-place votes). California, Stanford and Washington were selected third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the conference's preseason poll, in order, were Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Washington State, Arizona State and Utah. The last time that the predicted winner captured the conference's regular-season crown was in 2009-2010 (California). Washington won the 2011-12 regular-season crown, while Colorado won the 2011-12 Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
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 guard Tyler Lamb is day-to-day after having undergone successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday, Oct. 9. He is questionable for Friday's game against Indiana State. Freshman guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad is day-to-day after having suffered a right shoulder strain during practice on Thursday, Oct. 25. Sophomore guard Nick Kazemi is expected to miss 1-2 months with a sprained left MCL, sustained during practice on Friday, Oct. 26.