Bruins Return Home to Host Utah in Sports Arena

Jan. 25, 2012


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DATE: Jan. 26, 2012
SITE: Los Angeles Sports Arena (15,000)
TIP-OFF: 7:32 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
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SERIES RECORD: Series tied 4-4

This is the ninth meeting between UCLA and Utah with the series tied 4-4. UCLA is 2-1 all-time in games contested in Los Angeles. The Bruins lost the last meeting between the two teams, a Mar. 19 meeting in the Second Round of the 1983 NCAA Tournament. The 10th-seeded Utes upset 2nd-seeded UCLA 67-61 in Boise, Idaho. Kenny Fields led UCLA with 18 points while Rod Foster chipped in 14 points. Only five players scored for Utah, led by a trio of Peter Williams, Pace Mannion and Angelo Robinson, who each scored 18 points for the Utes. UCLA led 34-32 at halftime, but Utah shot 73.7 percent (14-for-19) from the field in the second half to end the Bruins' season (23-5 record). UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is 0-1 all-time against the Utes. Assistant Coach Scott Garson, who earned his master's degree from Utah in 2003, spent five seasons (administrative asst./head manager, 1999-2002; video coordinator, 2002-03 and assistant coach, 2003-04) on Rick Majerus' staff.

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 367-190 (.659), 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).

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is approaching 200 career victories at UCLA and currently sits at 199-92 (.684) at UCLA in his ninth season at the helm of the Bruins. With the win over Eastern Washington (Dec. 14), Howland 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).

Sophomore forward David Wear, who left the game in the final minutes at Oregon (Jan. 21) after hurting his left knee, had an MRI on Jan. 23, 2012. That MRI showed no significant injury (was negative) and he returned to practice on Monday, completing a full workout. He is listed as probable for the Utah contest on Jan. 26 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Senior point guard Lazeric Jones had his career-best eight straight games in double figures snapped in the loss at Cal (Dec. 31). He has scored in double figures in 12 of the last 14 games. The Bruins are 9-5 in the last 14 contests after starting the season 1-4. In the last 14 games, Jones has averaged 15.1 points, 4.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals while shooting 48.7 percent (75-for-154) from the field and 44.2 percent (23-for-52) from three-point range.

The Wear twins (David and Travis) have scored in double figures in the same game seven times this season and they have done so in five of the last eight contests. Additionally, they posted career-highs in scoring in back-to-back outings as David scored a career-best 17 points in the loss at California (Dec. 31) while Travis had a career-high 20 points in the win over Arizona (Jan. 5). In the last six games, David is averaging 13.0 points while Travis has averaged 16.0 points per game. David has shot 61.5 percent from the floor (32-for-52) while making his only three-point shot and draining 11-for-15 (.733) from the free-throw line. Travis has shot 67.9 percent (38-for-56) from the field while sinking 20-for-23 (.870) of his free throw attemtps. Combined, they are 70-for-108 (.648) from the field and 31-for-38 (.816) from the charity stripe.

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