Jan. 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's basketball team (11-3, 1-0) hosts Stanford (9-5, 0-1) in New Pauley Pavilion on Saturday at 12 p.m. (PT). The Bruins have won their last six games, including all five contests on their current six-game homestand. Most recently, UCLA earned a 79-65 victory against California on Thursday night. Last season, UCLA and Stanford split the two-game regular season series.
Venue: New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 12:06 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 113
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 192
BRUINS VERSUS STANFORD
The Bruins return to action against Stanford on Saturday, Jan. 5, with a 12 p.m. tip-off in New Pauley Pavilion. UCLA and Stanford split the two-game regular season series last year, with each team winning on its home court. In nine seasons under head coach Ben Howland, UCLA has compiled a 12-9 record versus Stanford. The Bruins have won 10 of their last 12 meetings against the Cardinal and have won each of the last six contests played in Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA's most recent home loss to Stanford came on Jan. 20, 2005, as the Cardinal earned a 75-64 victory. Since then, the Bruins have won their last seven home meetings against Stanford, with the first six of those seven taking place in Pauley Pavilion (last season's "home" game was at the L.A. Sports Arena).
Kyle Anderson led UCLA with 19 points and 12 rebounds, registering his fourth double-double of the season, during Thursday night's 79-65 win over California in both teams' Pac-12 opener. Anderson led a group of four UCLA double-digit scorers and tallied his fifth game with at least 10 rebounds. UCLA led by 10 points at halftime (38-28) and pushed its advantage to 16 points early in the second half before California rallied to within four points (61-57) at the 6:32 mark. Shabazz Muhamad's 3-pointer with 4:11 to play gave UCLA an 11-point cushion.
Freshman Shabazz Muhammad secured Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week honors, as announced by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) on Monday. He also captured Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the week of Dec. 24-30 after having scored 27 points in the Bruins' 97-94 overtime win over then-No. 7 Missouri. Muhammad made 10 of 19 field goals, including three of six 3-point attempts, against the Tigers. He went 2-for-2 from 3-point range in overtime, and his 3-pointer with 1:01 left in the extra session gave UCLA the lead for good.
Shabazz Muhammad (27 pts), Jordan Adams (25 pts) and Kyle Anderson (20 pts) became UCLA's first-ever freshman trio to log at least 20 points in the same game (Dec. 22), leading UCLA past Fresno State, 91-78. Anderson finished that game with a season-high 17 rebounds, the most boards by a UCLA freshman in a game since Jan. 24, 2008 (Kevin Love, 18 rebounds). The freshman trio of Muhammad-Adams-Anderson has scored 51.5 percent of UCLA's total points and has accounted for 42.5 percent of the team's total rebounds.
HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE
UCLA has averaged a Pac-12-leading 80.8 points per game and has averaged 90.2 points in the last five games. Prior to a four-game span in December, UCLA had not scored 80 or more points in four straight games since Jan. 24-Feb. 2, 2008. UCLA logged 91 points against Fresno State (Dec. 22) and 97 points versus Missouri (Dec. 28), marking the first time since Jan. 13-18, 2001, that the Bruins scored 90 or more points in consecutive games.
Freshman Larry Drew II leads the conference with 8.6 assists per game and has tallied a Pac-12-best 5.5 assist turnover ratio entering Saturday's Pac-12 action.
LEADING POINT TOTALS
Freshmen Shabazz Muhammad, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson have each scored 20 points or more in at least one game. Muhammad and Adams became UCLA's first-ever freshman duo to score at least 20 points in the same game when UCLA downed Long Beach State, 89-70, on Dec. 18, 2012. Adams scored at least 20 points in each of UCLA's first four games this season, logging a season-best 26 points against UC Irvine (Nov. 13, 2012).
GIVING AN ASSIST
Through games played Thursday, Jan. 3, Larry Drew II ranks second in the nation in assists per game (8.6) and assist turnover ratio (5.6). He leads the Pac-12 Conference in both categories. Drew II has logged at least eight assists in 11 of UCLA's 14 contests. In the Bruins' last four games, Drew II has finished with 38 assists and five turnovers, translating to a 7.6 asist turnover ratio. He scored a season-high 14 points in UCLA's 89-70 win over Long Beach State (Dec. 18) and had a career-best 13 assists versus Cal State Northridge (Nov. 28) in an 82-56 victory.
Larry Drew II enters this Saturday's game with 121 assists and 22 turnovers. Drew II's assists per game and assist turnover ratio through 14 games is the best of any UCLA player under 10th-year head coach Ben Howland. Previously, Darren Collison owned the record for most assists in the Howland Era through the first 14 games, having compiled 90 assists and 45 turnovers midway through the 2006-07 season.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Kyle Anderson leads all UCLA players and all Pac-12 freshmen with 8.7 rebounds per game. Anderson ranks sixth among Pac-12 players in rebounds per contest. He finished three assists shy of a triple-double in UCLA's win over Fresno State on Dec. 22 (had season-highs with 20 points, 17 rebounds). UCLA's only previous triple-doubles occurred in Dec. 1995. Toby Bailey had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin (12/18/95) and Jelani McCoy registered 15 points, 11 blocks and 10 rebounds against Maryland (12/9/95).
Junior twin brothers Travis and David Wear scored 22 points and 16 points, respectively, in the Bruins' 97-94 win over Missouri on Dec. 28. The Wear brothers' combined 38 points against Missouri marked the duo's best career combined point total (previous combined high was 34 points against Arizona on Jan. 5, 2012, in Anaheim, Calif.). Travis Wear has scored in double figures in eight of UCLA's 14 games.
Freshman Jordan Adams ranks second on the team with 16.9 ppg, the sixth-highest scoring average in the Pac-12 (and the third-best mark among Pac-12 freshmen). Adams became the first freshman at UCLA to have scored 20+ points in each of his first four games (freshmen could not play varsity until 1972-73). He became UCLA's first player in any class to have opened a season with four straight games of 20+ points since 1990-91 (Don MacLean, six straight).
FOUR IN A ROW
Freshmen Jordan Adams and Shabazz Muhammad have each scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games this season. Regardless of class, that feat had not been accomplished by any UCLA player since the 2004-05 season, when Dijon Thompson had four straight games of 20+ points in January and February of 2005. Adams opened the 2012-13 season with four straight 20+ point performances and Muhammad achieved that feat in Dec. 2012.
The Bruins have gone 4-1 in games decided by five points or fewer this season. UCLA overcame a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes to defeat Missouri, 97-94 in overtime, on Dec. 28. Other narrow victories have come against Texas (65-63, Dec. 8), Georgia (60-56, Nov. 20) and UC Irvine (80-79, in overtime, Nov. 13). Midway through his 10th season as UCLA's head coach, Ben Howland has led UCLA to a 53-32 record in games decided by five points or fewer.
Sophomore Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL and is expected to miss 1-2 more weeks. He sustained the injury during practice on Oct. 26, 2012.
- Shabazz Muhammad (27 pts), Jordan Adams (25 pts) and Kyle Anderson (20 pts) became UCLA's first trio of players to each log at least 20 points in one game since March 8, 2003, when Dijon Thompson had 26, Jason Kapono had 20 and Ray Young had 20 in an 83-72 win over Washington in Pauley Pavilion.
- UCLA's 97-94 win over Missouri (Dec. 28) marked the first time since March 17, 2002, in which the Bruins allowed 90+ points in a victory (previously took place against Cincinnati, 105-01 in 2-OT, in NCAA Tournament).
- With four double-doubles through 14 games, Kyle Anderson has logged the most double-doubles by any UCLA freshman since Kevin Love finished the 2007-08 season with 23 double-doubles.
- With his 5-for-9 3-point effort against San Diego State (Dec. 1), Jordan Adams became UCLA's first freshman to make five or more 3-pointers in a game since Michael Roll nailed 5-of-6 against Washington (Jan. 14, 2006).
- UCLA scored over 90 points in consecutive games against Fresno State (Dec. 22) and Missouri (Dec. 28), marking the first time since January 2001 in which the Bruins had scored 90+ points in back-to-back contests.
- UCLA has played in New York City the last three years and in four of the last five (at Brooklyn, Nov. 19-20, 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.
- 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).
- The Bruins have posted a 118-25 record (.825) in Pauley Pavilion under head coach Ben Howland. Now in its 47th season in the building, UCLA has compiled a 646-100 record (.866) in Pauley Pavilion.
OPENING IN DOUBLE-DIGITS
Freshman Shabazz Muhammad has scored in double digits in each of his first 11 games at UCLA, becoming the first player to accomplish that feat since Kevin Love (2007-08) scored in double figures in all 38 games played as a freshman (missed the 13th game of the season). Muhammad and Love are the only players in head coach Ben Howland's 10-year tenure to have opened their UCLA career with at least seven consecutive double-digit efforts.