UCLA Hosts Texas In Sports Arena

Dec. 2, 2011


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DATE: Dec. 3, 2011
SITE: Los Angeles Sports Arena (15,000)
TIP-OFF: 1:36 p.m. (PT)
TV: FSN/Prime Ticket
TALENT: Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst) and Rebecca Haarlow (sideline)
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 KLAC
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: Series Tied 2-2

This is the fifth meeting all-time against Texas with the series tied at 2-2. The first three meetings were in Pauley Pavilion with the Bruins winning the first two by a combined 95 points (1969 and 1971) and losing the last one, 63-61, in the Pac-10/Big 12 Hardwood Series on Dec. 2, 2007. D.J. Augustin threw up a prayer from the baseline with seven seconds left and the score tied at 61. His prayer was answered by Damion James, who grabbed the airball and slammed it home for the win, ending his night with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Augustin also finished with 19 points as Texas upset then No. 2 UCLA. The Bruins had four players reach double-digits in scoring, led by Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's 14 points. Darren Collison chipped in 12 points while Kevin Love and Josh Shipp each added 11 points. The Bruins lost the last meeting as A.J. Abrams scored 31 points, including the last six of the game for No. 8 Texas, which defeated No. 12 UCLA 68-64 on Dec. 4, 2008 in Austin. Abrams broke a 62-62 tie with a 3-pointer with 2:53 to play, then made two free throws a minute later to push Texas' lead back to three. Damion James added 13 points and 13 rebounds for Texas. Darren Collison scored 22 points for the Bruins and Shipp added 15. UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is 0-2 all-time vs. Texas.

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. Texas is unranked in both polls, but received two votes in the Coaches Poll.

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 359-185 (.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).

Junior guard De'End Parker has missed the last four games with patellar tendinitis and is out for the game against Texas (Dec. 3). Sophomore forward Travis Wear cut his foot while snorkeling in Hawaii (Nov. 24) and received five stitches. He missed practice on Nov. 26 but played against Pepperdine (Nov. 28). During the Pepperdine game, he had his two front teeth knocked out by an inadvertant elbow.

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