Dec. 11, 2012
LOS ANGELES - UCLA returns home to face Prairie View A&M (5-5) on Saturday, Dec. 15, in New Pauley Pavilion. Game time is 6 p.m. Saturday's non-conference game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks. UCLA (6-3) last faced Prairie View A&M in the 2008-09 season opener.
Venue: New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 6:06 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Jim Watson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 139
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 193
UCLA opens a six-game stretch of home games this Saturday, hosting Prairie View A&M in New Pauley Pavilion at 6 p.m. The Bruins' upcoming six-game homestand will mark the team's longest streak of home games all season. UCLA has not played six consecutive games in Pauley Pavilion since 1998-99. The Bruins last faced Prairie View A&M in the season opener in 2008-09, logging an 82-58 victory in a first round matchup of the 2K Sports Classic.
PREVIOUS MEETING VERSUS THE PANTHERS
In the first and only meeting between the two schools (Nov. 12, 2008), Darren Collison scored a team-best 19 points, while Malcolm Lee (12 pts) and Jrue Holiday (11 pts) each scored in double figures in their collegiate debuts. Darnell Hugee scored a game-high 22 points for Prairie View A&M.
RETURN FROM TEXAS
UCLA overcame a 61-53 deficit in the final four minutes against Texas on Saturday, securing a 65-63 win versus the Longhorns at Reliant Stadium (Houston) as part of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Showcase. Jordan Adams scored a game-high 18 points - including seven of UCLA's final 10 points in the game's final 1:59 - to help UCLA even the all-time series against Texas at 3-3. Adams keyed the comeback by converting on a pair of consecutive three-point plays, tying the game 61-61 with 1:15 to play in regulation.
Freshmen Jordan Adams and Shabazz Muhammad have been UCLA's top scorers in seven of nine games. Adams has led the Bruins in scoring five times (including each of UCLA's last two games) and has scored in double figures in seven of nine contests. Muhammad was UCLA's top scorer against Georgia (Nov. 20) and Cal Poly (Nov. 25) and has scored in double figures in all six games played. Norman Powell is UCLA's only other player to have led the team in scoring, having logged a career-high 27 points against James Madison and 17 versus Cal State Northridge (Nov. 28).
DISHING IT OUT
Through games played Sunday, Dec. 9, Larry Drew II ranks fourth in the nation in assists per game (8.2) and 10th, nationally, in assist turnover ratio (4.63). Drew II leads all Pac-12 players in both categories, entering Wednesday's games. He has registered eight or more assists in six of the Bruins' nine games, dishing a career-high 13 assists (with two turnovers) in UCLA's 82-56 win over Cal State Northridge (Nov. 28). Drew II had nine assists and no turnovers in a 70-68 loss to Cal Poly (Nov. 25) and 12 assists with three turnovers against James Madison (Nov. 15).
DREW II'S STRONG START
Larry Drew II's 74 assists through the team's first nine games marks the best start, in terms of assists per game, for any UCLA player under 10th-year head coach Ben Howland. Previously, no UCLA player had dished over 60 assists through his first nine games in the Howland Era. Russell Westbrook had registered 55 assists through his first nine games during his sophomore campaign (2007-08).
Freshman Shabazz Muhammad has averaged 16.0 points per game, becoming UCLA's first player since Kevin Love in 2007-08 (and second player in the Howland Era) to have opened his UCLA career with at least six consecutive double-digit scoring efforts. In fact, Muhammad is just the second player at UCLA to have accomplished that feat since 1993-94, when Charles O'Bannon scored in double figures in each of his first six games as a freshman.
Kyle Anderson leads all UCLA players and all freshmen in the Pac-12 with 7.9 rebounds per game. Entering Wednesday's Pac-12 games, Anderson ranks seventh (tied) among all Pac-12 players in rebounds per game. Anderson leads UCLA with 23 offensive rebounds and is tied with Travis Wear for the team lead in defensive rebounds (48). Travis Wear has averaged 7.1 rebounds per game, the second-highest average on the team and 14th-best in the Pac-12.
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) ... Adams leads UCLA wtih 17.8 points per game, the second-highest scoring average among Pac-12 freshmen and the fifth-highest scoring average overall among Pac-12 players ... Adams became the first freshman in program history to have scored at least 20 points in each of his first four games (freshmen could not play on the varsity team until 1972-73) ... Adams became UCLA's first player to score 20-plus points in four straight games since Dijon Thompson (Jan.-Feb. 2005) and the first Bruin to have opened any season with four straight games of 20+ points since Don MacLean (six consecutive in 1990-91).
Three of UCLA's freshmen - Jordan Adams (18 pts), Shabazz Muhammad (16 pts) and Kyle Anderson (11 pts) - accounted for 69.2 percent of the Bruins' total points in last Saturday's 65-63 win over Texas. In addition, those three freshmen grabbed 42.1 percent (16/38) of UCLA's total rebounds. Through nine games this season, UCLA's four freshmen - Adams (160 pts), Muhammad (96 pts), Anderson (64 pts) and Tony Parker (22 pts) - have scored 50.3 percent of the team's total points (342/680). They have collected 39.4 percent of UCLA's rebounds (144/365).
The Bruins have gone 3-1 in games decided by five points or fewer this season. Most recently, UCLA overcame an eight-point deficit in the final four minutes to defeat Texas, 65-63, at Reliant Stadium (Dec. 8). Other narrow victories have come against 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 52-32 record in games decided by five points or fewer.
FREE THROW SHOOTER
Jordan Adams has made 42 of 47 free throw attempts (.894), logging the third-highest percentage in the Pac-12. His streak of 33 consecutive free throws made ended with his first free throw attempt against San Diego State (Dec. 1), falling 10 short of the school record (43, Darren Collison in 2008-09).
Prior to Adams' 16-for-16 FT effort (11/13/12), no UCLA player had made 16 FTs in one game since Reggie Miller (17-for-17, vs. Arizona State, 1/16/86). Other recent top efforts have come from Darren Collison (13-for-13, vs. Oregon State, 1/26/08) and Arron Afflalo (13-for-13, vs. Arizona, 2/4/06).
Adams' 16-for-16 FT effort trails the Pac-12 record - John Block of USC made 21 of 21 free throws against Washington (2/1/66). His 16-for-16 effort is the best among Pac-12 players since Jan. 17, 2009 (Washington State's Taylor Rochestie went 16-for-16 vs. Stanford in Pullman, Wash.).
As a senior in high school (2011-12) at Oak Hill Academy, Adams made 34 straight free throws during the first half of the season (over the course of 12 games), setting a school record for consecutive free throws made. His team finished the season with a 44-0 record.
Jordan Adams and Shabazz Muhammad have become the first UCLA freshmen to score in double-digits in their first four collegiate games since Kevin Love (Nov. 2007) ... Jordan Adams' 20 field goal attempts (8-for-20, with 22 points) in a 78-70 loss to Georgetown (Nov. 19) at the Barclays Center were the most field goal attempts by any Bruin since Jordan Farmar shot 9-for-20 in an 88-80 loss to Memphis on Nov. 23, 2005, in the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York's Madison Square Garden ... the Bruins defeated James Madison, 100-70, on Nov. 15, in New Pauley Pavilion, reaching the 100-point plateau for the first time since Dec. 15, 2009 (def. New Mexico State, 100-68) ... with two games played at Barclays Center (Nov. 19, 20) in this year's Progressive Legends Classic, UCLA has played in New York City the last three seasons and in four of the last five years.
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 113-25 record (.819) in Pauley Pavilion under head coach Ben Howland. Now in its 47th season in the building, UCLA has compiled a 641-100 record (.865) in Pauley Pavilion.
Freshman Tony Parker suffered a sprained left ankle during pregame warmups on Wednesday, Nov. 28, but has since returned to the lineup (played in an exhibition Dec. 4 and against Texas on Dec. 8). Sophomore Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained Oct. 26) and is expected to miss 1-2 more weeks.