UCLA Squares Off With No. 15 Michigan

Nov. 23, 2011

LAHAINA, Hawaii -

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DATE: Nov. 23, 2011
SITE: Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
TIP-OFF: 4:33 p.m. (PT)/2:33 p.m. (HT)
TALENT: Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery and Jay Bilas
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 KLAC
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 11-4

This is the 16th meeting between UCLA and Michigan with the Bruins leading the series 11-4. This two teams met seven straight seasons from 2002-03 to 2008-09, with UCLA winning four of the last five meetings. The Wolverines won the last meeting, posting a 55-52 upset of No. 4 UCLA in the semifinals of the 2008 2K Sports Classic (Nov. 20) in Madison Square Garden. DeShawn Sims scored 18 points and Manny Harris added 15 for Michigan. With his team trailing 48-46 with 4:16 left, Stu Douglass hit a long 3-pointer to give Michigan the lead. Darren Collison was stripped on the other end, leading to a layup by Sims that made it 51-48 Wolverines. UCLA cut the deficit to two when Josh Shipp made one of two free throws with 56 seconds left. After Michigan worked the shot clock down, Anthony Wright found Sims on a backdoor cut for an emphatic, two-handed dunk that gave the Wolverines a four-point lead with 23.8 seconds left. Nikola Dragovic's 3-pointer with five seconds to go cut it to 53-52. But Harris hit two free throws and blocked Collison's potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. Collison and Jrue Holiday each had 13 points to lead UCLA. UCLA held a 29-23 halftime lead before Michigan opened the second half with a 10-2 run to take its first lead of the game.

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. Michigan is ranked No. 15 in both polls this week.

This marks the fourth time UCLA has competed in the EA Sports Maui Invitational (7-4 record). UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is 4-1 in the Maui Invitational.

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 358-184 (.661), which ranks 33rd 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 missed the Chaminade game (Nov. 21) and the Kansas game (Nov. 22) with a sprained right knee (injured in practice on Nov. 20) and is doubtful for the game against No. 15 Michigan (Nov. 23). Sophomore forward David Wear (concussion) returned to action against No. 14 Kansas (Nov. 22) after missing the Chaminade game (Nov. 21).

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