Feb. 8, 2013
LOS ANGELES - UCLA returns to action against Washington State (11-12, 2-8 Pac-12) in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 9. Game time is 7 p.m. UCLA's game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks and is available on the radio on AM 570 (KLAC). The Bruins are currently in a three-way tie for second place in the Pac-12 standings, trailing first-place Arizona by one game.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 7:06 p.m. PT
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 85
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 85
UCLA closes a three-game homestand against Washington State on Saturday evening after having edged Washington, 59-57, on Thursday night. The Bruins swept the two-game series against Washington State last season. UCLA has won the last seven meetings against Washington State and 15 of the last 16 contests in the series. Since the start of the 1993-94 season, UCLA has gone 37-2 versus the Cougars.
UNDER BEN HOWLAND
In his 10th season as UCLA's head coach, Ben Howland has registered a 17-2 record against Washington State. Howland has led the Bruins to a 7-2 record against Washington State at home the past nine seasons (includes last year's 78-46 home victory at the Los Angeles Sports Arena).
Larry Drew II made a game-winning jump shot at the buzzer on Thursday, lifting the Bruins to a 59-57 win over Washington in Pauley Pavilion. Drew II finished with nine points, six assists and five steals, having provided his third game-winning or game-icing shot of the season. His driving layup at Utah in the game's final 10 seconds on Jan. 10 helped preserve a 57-54 win for UCLA. Drew II also made a game-winning layup with 17 seconds left in overtime on Nov. 13, 2012, helping UCLA defeat UC Irvine, 80-79, in the regional round of the Progressive Legends Classic.
Shabazz Muhammad led UCLA with 22 points in the Bruins' 59-57 win over Washington on Thursday. The freshman from Las Vegas has scored at least 20 points in 10 games (UCLA has gone 9-1 in those contests). Muhammad leads all UCLA players with 18.6 points per game, the second-highest scoring average in the Pac-12 behind California's Allen Crabbe. He has scored in double figures in 19 of 20 games played, including each of his first 12 contests.
Shabazz Muhammad leads all NCAA Division I freshmen in scoring average (18.6 ppg, 371 points, 20 games). His 22-point effort against Washington last Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion pushed his scoring avearge ahead of UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett (18.3 ppg, 421 points, 23 games).
UCLA has forced at least 10 turnovers in all 23 games this season. The Bruins have committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 12 of 23 games (last year, that figure was 10 of 33 games). UCLA has committed more turnovers than assists in just two of its 23 contests (in wins against Georgia on Nov. 20 and Washington on Feb. 7). UCLA ranks fourth in the nation in assist turnover ratio (1.54), while Larry Drew II leads the country in that category (4.76).
Not only has Kyle Anderson logged six double-doubles, but the freshman from Fairview, N.J., is the Pac-12 Conference's only player to rank in the top 10 in rebounding (6th, 9.0 rpg) and assists (8th, 3.6). Anderson has averaged 9.3 points per game and has compiled a 1.8 assist turnover ratio, the third-best mark among Pac-12 players. He ranks fifth in the conference in steals per game, having registered 40 steals in 23 contests (1.7 spg).
TOP 10-YEAR TOTALS
UCLA has compiled more wins (225) and a higher winning percentage (.686) than any other Pac-12 program over the last 10 years, since Ben Howland took over as UCLA's head coach (2003-04 through 2012-13). Over that 10-year span, Washington ranks second in victories (222) and winning percentage (.677). Following on the list are Arizona (219 wins, .672 pct), Stanford (199 wins, .628 pct) and California (180 wins, .579 pct).
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
UCLA has gone 2-2 against teams ranked in the top-25 this season (team must be ranked on day of game) and has posted a 2-0 mark against top-10 ranked opponents. This marks the fourth season in Ben Howland's 10-year tenure as UCLA's head coach that the Bruins have earned two wins against top-10 teams - UCLA downed No. 7 Missouri (97-94, overtime) on Dec. 28 and knocked off No. 6 Arizona (84-73) on Jan. 24.
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 12.2 ppg and has logged 5.6 rpg, the second-highest rebounding average on the team. He has scored in double figures in 14 of 23 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 (51.7 percent, 109-211 field goals).
GIVING AN ASSIST
Through games played Thursday, Larry Drew II leads the nation in assist turnover ratio (4.76) and ranks fourth, nationally, in assists per game (7.9). He has logged at least eight assists in 15 of 23 contests and has committed two or fewer turnovers in 19 of 23 games. He has totaled 181 assists and 38 turnovers in 23 games while averaging 6.4 points per game. He has totaled more assists (181) 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 76.8 points per game (the 25th 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 7.6 points per game. The Bruins are second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (46.5 percent, No. 42 in nation) and are first in assists per game (17.3 apg, No. 7 in nation).
UCLA's trio of freshman starters - Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad - have accounted for 52.8 percent of the Bruins' total points (923 of 1749) and for 45.3 percent of the team's total rebounds (397 of 876). These freshmen account for three of UCLA's top four scorers. Kyle Anderson's team-leading 199 rebounds are the most by any UCLA freshman since Kevin Love finished with 406 boards in 2007-08.
Freshman Kyle Anderson finished three assists shy of a triple-double against Fresno State (Dec. 22), posting season-highs of 20 points and 17 rebounds that night. UCLA's only previous triple-doubles took place in Dec. 1995. Toby Bailey finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 18, 1995. Jelani McCoy tallied 15 points, 11 blocks and 10 rebounds against Maryland on Dec. 9, 1995.
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 7-2 in games decided by five points or fewer. UCLA overcame a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes to defeat Missouri, 97-94 in overtime (Dec. 28). Other victories have come against Washington (59-57), Colorado (78-75), Utah (57-53), Texas (65-63), Georgia (60-56) and UC Irvine (80-79, overtime). In 10 seasons as head coach, Ben Howland has led UCLA to a 55-33 record in games decided by five points or fewer.