UCLA Faces DePaul in 15th Annual John R. Wooden Classic

Dec. 11, 2008


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DATE: Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008
SITE: Honda Center (17,608)
TIP-OFF: 4:00 p.m. PT
TALENT: Kenny Rice (play-by-play) and Tom Walsh (analyst)
SIRIUS XM RADIO: Channel 122
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads the series 11-6

Junior guard Mustafa Abdul-Hamid tore a ligament in his right wrist in practice earlier in the year and will follow-up with a hand and wrist specialist on Dec. 12, 2008. He will miss the Bruins' game against DePaul on Dec. 13. Drew Gordon suffered a sprained left wrist after taking a charge in the first half at Texas (Dec. 4), but played 16 minutes in the win over Cal State Northridge (Dec. 7).

This is the 18th meeting between UCLA and the DePaul Blue Demons with the Bruins leading the series 11-6. The Bruins have won the last five meetings, including the last matchup in Chicago, a 94-88 win on Feb. 10, 2001. UCLA is 7-2 against DePaul in Pauley Pavilion, 3-3 in Chicago and 1-1 in neutral settings. The last time these two teams met on a neutral court was in the second round of the 1980 NCAA Tournament. DePaul was a No. 1 seed and the No. 1 ranked team in the country and was upset by unranked and eighth-seeded UCLA, 77-71 on March 9, 1980 in Tempe, Ariz. In the last meeting in 2001, the Bruins were led by Jason Kapono's double-double and game-highs of 28 points and 11 rebounds. Earl Watson added 20 points and six assists while Billy Knight poured in 18 points. T.J. Cummings completed the Bruin quartet of double-figure scorers with 10 points. Imari Sawyer led a quartet of Blue Demons in double figures with 24 points.

UCLA sports a national ranking of No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 16 in the Associated Press poll, released on Dec. 1, 2008. UCLA has been ranked in the top 25 in the Associated Press poll for 61 straight weeks (since the 2005-06 preseason rankings).

This is UCLA's 12th appearance in the John R. Wooden Classic and its fifth time entering as the highest ranked team. The Bruins are 8-3 all-time in Wooden Classic matchups. UCLA is 7-0 in the Wooden Classic when they are ranked and 1-3 as an unranked team. The Bruins entered last year's Classic ranked No. 7 in the nation and handed unranked Davidson a 75-63 defeat (Dec. 8, 2007), to give UCLA its third-consecutive Wooden Classic victory. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute led five Bruins in double figures with 21 points in front of 17,440 fans in the Honda Center.

The 15th annual John R. Wooden Classic is a legendary experience for Bruin fans. The weekend begins with a golf tournament and coaches dinner on December 11th and 12th, then your UCLA Bruins men's basketball team takes on DePaul at Honda Center on December 13th. For more information and tickets CLICK HERE.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 77
Sunday, Dec 06
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 76
Saturday, Dec 12
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
W, 71 - 66
Tuesday, Dec 15
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
W, 89 - 80
Saturday, Dec 19
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
L, 76 - 89
Tuesday, Dec 22
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 67 - 53
Friday, Jan 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 93 - 96 (2OT)
Sunday, Jan 03
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 78 - 85
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 84
Saturday, Jan 09
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 74
Wednesday, Jan 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 75 - 89
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
W, 82 - 73
Saturday, Jan 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 72 - 86
Thursday, Jan 28
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 84 - 86
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 50
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 09 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, Mar 10 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 8:30 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Mar 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, Mar 15 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Four
Dayton, OH
Thursday, Mar 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Mar 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Thursday, Mar 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Mar 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Apr 02 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
Monday, Apr 04 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX