Dec. 13, 2011
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Dec. 14, 2011
SITE: Los Angeles Sports Arena (15,000)
TIP-OFF: 7:32 p.m. (PT)
TV: Fox Sports West
TALENT: Joel Meyers (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst) and Courtney Jones (sideline)
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 KLAC
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: Channel 93
SIRIUS XM SATELLITE RADIO: 191
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SERIES: First meeting
SERIES VS. EASTERN WASHINGTON
This is the first meeting all-time against Eastern Washington and UCLA. However, the Bruins' head coach is very familiar with the Eagles. When Coach Howland was the head coach at Northern Arizona, the Lumberjacks were also in the Big Sky Conference as Howland guided NAU to a 9-1 record against Eastern Washington. Last season, the Bruins were 1-1 against Big Sky competition. UCLA beat Montana State 75-59 on Dec. 21, but fell to Montana 57-66 on Dec. 5.
IN THE POLLS
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. Eastern Washington is unranked in both polls.
CHARTING COACH HOWLAND
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 360-186 (.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).
COACH HOWLAND APPROACHING MILESTONE RECORD
UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is approaching 200 career victories at UCLA and currently sits at 192-87 (.688) at UCLA in his ninth season at the helm of the Bruins. Additionally, with his next victory, Howland will pass Jim Harrick for second place on the all-time UCLA career victories list. He is currently tied with Harrick, who 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).
BRUINS' INJURY REPORT
Junior guard De'End Parker has missed the last six games with patellar tendinitis and is out for the game against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). Sophomore center Anthony Stover injured his right foot in the first half of the Penn game (Dec. 10) and didn't play in the second half (coaches decision). He practiced on Dec. 12 and will play against Eastern Washington on Dec. 14.
NELSON DISMISSED FROM TEAM
UCLA Men's Basketball Coach Ben Howland has dismissed Junior forward Reeves Nelson from the team, he announced Dec. 9. Nelson had started in only one game this season and played in six of the seven contests. He was seventh on the team in scoring at 5.7 points per game and fourth on the team in rebounding (4.5 rpg). He was a first team All-Pac-10 selection after the conclusion of the 2010-11 season as he led UCLA in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (9.1 rpg).
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