Bruins Conclude Three-Game Homestand With USC

Feb. 14, 2012


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DATE: Feb. 15, 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: UCLA leads 130-104

This is the 235th meeting between UCLA and the USC Trojans with the Bruins leading the series 130-104. The Bruins won this year's earlier meeting 66-47 in the Galen Center on Jan. 15. Travis Wear had 19 points and eight rebounds and Lazeric Jones added 15 points for the Bruins. Maurice Jones was the only player in double figures with 13 points for the Trojans. The Bruins' 19-point win marked the program's largest margin of victory at USC's home arena since an 82-52 win in 1974. UCLA had defeated USC by 18 points in a Pac-10 road game on Jan. 20, 1999. UCLA won the rebounding battle by a 44-19 tally. The 25-rebound margin was the largest of the Howland era at UCLA and the largest since the Bruins grabbed 30 more rebounds than Northern Arizona in 2002. The Bruins beat the Trojans 64-50 in Pauley Pavilion last year (Feb. 2, 2011). Joshua Smith led UCLA with 15 points while Nikola Vucevic led USC with 18 points. Head Coach Ben Howland is 11-8 all-time against USC.

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 371-192 (.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).

Head Coach Ben Howland attained his 200th career victory at UCLA with the win over Utah (Jan. 26, 2012) and currently sits at 203-94 (.684) 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 center Anthony Stover missed practice on Feb. 10 and the California game (Feb. 11) with tendonitis in his left foot. He was able to practice for an hour on Monday (Feb. 13) and complete a full practice on Tuesday. He is listed as probable for the Bruins' game on Feb. 15 when they host USC in 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 15 of the last 18 games. The Bruins are 12-6 in the last 18 contests after starting the season 2-5. In the last 18 games, Jones has averaged 14.7 points, 4.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals while shooting 47.5 percent (96-for-202) from the field and 41.2 percent (28-for-68) from three-point range.

The Wear twins (David and Travis) have scored in double figures in the same game eight times this season and they have done so in six of the last 14 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 12 games, Travis has averaged 13.0 points while David is averaging 12.1 points per game. David has shot 56.6 percent from the floor (56-for-99) while making 72.7 percent (8-for-11) of his three-point shots and draining 25-for-32 (.781) from the free-throw line. Travis has shot 56.4 percent (57-for-101) from the field while sinking 29-for-35 (.829) of his free throw attemtps. Combined, they are 113-for-200 (.565) from the field and 54-for-67 (.806) from the charity stripe.

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