Feb. 15, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - The UCLA men's basketball team (18-7, 8-4) will play at Stanford (15-10, 6-6) on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m., PT). The Bruins' contest in Stanford, Calif., will be nationally televised on ESPN2. The Bruins won the previous meeting between the two school this season, earning a 68-60 win over Stanford in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 5.
Venue: Maples Pavilion (7,329)
Tip-Off Time: 1:05 p.m. PT
TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
BRUINS FACE STANFORD
UCLA plays at Stanford on Saturday afternoon after having dropped a 76-63 decision at California on Thursday night. The Bruins defeated the Cardinal in Pauley Pavilion, 68-60, on Saturday, Jan. 5, in both teams' second Pac-12 game of the season. UCLA has gone 2-2 in its last four contests against Stanford in Maples Pavilion. UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad enters the game ranked second in the conference in scoring (18.2 ppg). Stanford's leading scorer is Dwight Powell, who ranks eighth in the conference having averaged 15.2 ppg as a junior.
California defeated UCLA, 76-63, after having secured a 47-22 margin by halftime. Freshman Jordan Adams scored a team-leading 15 points for the Bruins at Berkeley, Calif., and classmate Shabazz Muhammad registered his third double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. UCLA used a 14-4 run to open the second half and reduce California's lead to 15 points before the Golden Bears used a 9-0 scoring run to reclaim a commanding 23-point cushion. UCLA won the earlier meeting against California this season (79-65, at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 3).
Larry Drew II made a game-winning jump shot at the buzzer against Washington on Feb 7, lifting the Bruins to a 59-57 win over Washington. Drew II's winning shot marked UCLA's first "buzzer beater" since Jan. 20, 2011, when Reeves Nelson scored on a tip-in at the buzzer in Pauley Pavilion to help UCLA beat California, 86-84. Earlier this season, Drew II made a driving layup at Utah (Jan. 10) in the final 10 seconds to help UCLA preserve a 57-54 win. He also made a game-winning layup with 17 seconds left in overtime to give UCLA an 80-79 win over UC Irvine (Nov. 13).
Shabazz Muhammad leads all NCAA Division I freshmen in scoring average, having logged 18.2 ppg through 22 games. UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett has registered 17.8 ppg (446 points, 25 games) entering the Rebels' Saturday night game against San Diego State. Muhammad has scored at least 20 points in 10 games (UCLA has gone 9-1 in those contests). Muhammad has scored in double figures in 21 of 22 games played, including each of his last nine contests. The 6-foot-6 freshman ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in three-point field goal percentage (42.3).
Thursday's loss at California marked the first game this year in which UCLA did not force 10 or more turnovers against its opponent. UCLA has committed more turnovers than assists in just two of its 24 contests (in wins against Georgia on Nov. 20 and Washington on Feb. 7). UCLA ranks fourth in the nation in assist turnover ratio (1.53), while Larry Drew II leads the country in that category (4.17) through games played on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Kyle Anderson ranks sixth in the nation among freshmen in rebounds per game (8.7). Not only has Anderson logged six double-doubles, but he is also the Pac-12's only player to rank in the top 10 in rebounding (6th, 8.7 rpg) and assists (7th, 3.7). Anderson has averaged 9.2 points per game and has compiled a 1.8 assist turnover ratio, the fifth-best mark among Pac-12 players. He ranks sixth in the conference in steals per game (1.7 spg).
Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad are among 12 players who have been named to the Wayman Tisdale Award National Freshman of the Year midseason watch list. UCLA is the only program to have at least three freshmen selected to the award's midseason watch list. Michigan and UCLA are the only teams with at least two players on the watch list, as released by the U.S. Basketball Writers' Association on Jan. 31.
Junior Travis Wear ranks third on the team with 12.0 ppg and has logged 5.4 rpg, the second-highest rebounding average on the team. He has scored in double figures in 15 of 25 games this season. In UCLA's 75-71 loss to USC on Wednesday, Jan. 30, Wear scored 16 points after having missed the Bruins' previous game with a concussion (at ASU, Jan. 26). He leads all UCLA players in field goal percentage (52.0 percent, 117-225 field goals).
GIVING AN ASSIST
Through games played Thursday, Feb. 14, Larry Drew II leads the nation in assist turnover ratio (4.17) and ranks fifth, nationally, in assists per game (7.7). He has logged at least eight assists in 16 of 25 contests and has committed two or fewer turnovers in 19 of 25 games. He has totaled 192 assists and 46 turnovers in 25 games while averaging 6.7 points per game. He has totaled more assists (192) than any UCLA player since Darren Collison had 199 in 2006-07.
DON'T BE OFFENDED
UCLA leads all Pac-12 programs in scoring average, having registered 75.5 points per game (the 30th highest scoring average in the nation). In addition, UCLA has compiled the third-best scoring margin among Pac-12 programs, having outscored the opposition by an average of 6.8 points per game. The Bruins are first in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (46.1 percent, No. 51 in nation) and are first in assists per game (17.0 apg, No. 8 in nation).