Dec. 16, 2011
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Dec. 17, 2011
SITE: Honda Center (17,608)
TIP-OFF: 12:02 p.m. (PT)
TV: Prime Ticket
TALENT: Joel Meyers (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst) and Courtney Jones (sideline)
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 KLAC
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: Channel 93
SIRIUS XM SATELLITE RADIO: 192
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 3-0
SERIES VS. UC DAVIS
This is just the third meeting between UC Davis and UCLA with the Bruins leading the series 2-0. UCLA won the last meeting with the Aggies, 74-67, in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 13, 2010. Josh Ritchart led the Aggies with 23 points while Malcolm Lee led four Bruins in double figures with 15 points. The Bruins led by 14 points (68-54) with 3:58 left before Ritchart hit three treys in the final 2:31 to make it a game. The Bruin frontcourt was dominant as Tyler Honeycutt had 10 points and 12 rebounds; Reeves Nelson had 13 points and nine rebounds and Joshua Smith had eight points and 11 rebounds. UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is 2-0 all-time against UC Davis.
IN THE POLLS
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. UC Davis is unranked in both polls.
CHARTING COACH HOWLAND
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 361-186 (.660), which ranks 35th 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).
COACH HOWLAND APPROACHING MILESTONE RECORD
UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is approaching 200 career victories at UCLA and currently sits at 193-87 (.689) at UCLA in his ninth season at the helm of the Bruins. Howland just passed Jim Harrick for second place on the all-time UCLA career victories list. Harrick posted a 192-62 record in his eight seasons (1988-89 to 1995-96) as the Bruins' mentor. Coach John R. Wooden is the all-time leader at 620-147 (.808) in his 27 seasons (1948-49 to 1974-75).
BRUINS' INJURY REPORT
Junior guard De'End Parker has missed the last seven games with patellar tendinitis and is out for the game against UC Davis (Dec. 17). Sophomore forward Travis Wear missed the Eastern Washington game (Dec. 14) with a skin infection (cellulitis) on his left foot. He did not practice on Thursday or Friday and is questionable for Saturday's game against UC Davis (Dec. 17).
NELSON DISMISSED FROM TEAM
UCLA Men's Basketball Coach Ben Howland has dismissed Junior forward Reeves Nelson from the team, he announced Dec. 9. Nelson had started in only one game this season and played in six of the seven contests. He was seventh on the team in scoring at 5.7 points per game and fourth on the team in rebounding (4.5 rpg). He was a first team All-Pac-10 selection after the conclusion of the 2010-11 season as he led UCLA in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (9.1 rpg).
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