UCLA Opens Pac-12 Play At Stanford

Dec. 28, 2011


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DATE: Dec. 29, 2011
SITE: Maples Pavilion (7,329)
TIP-OFF: 8:07 p.m. (PT)
TV: Fox Sports Net and Prime Ticket
TALENT: Steve Physioc (play-by-play) and Marques Johnson (analyst)
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 KLAC
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 135-90

This is the 226th meeting between UCLA and Stanford with the Bruins leading the series 135-90 (.600). UCLA has won nine of the last 11 meetings, including posting a 69-65 victory over Stanford in Maples Pavilion last season (Feb. 17). Last year, the Bruins never trailed in the contest in Maples Pavilion and led by as many as 16 points (57-41 with 7:26 left) before Stanford closed out the game on a 24-12 run. Jeremy Green scored a game-high 27 points for the Cardinal while Reeves Nelson led UCLA with 18 points and seven rebounds. UCLA swept Stanford last year with a 68-57 victory in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 22, 2011. UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is 11-6 against Stanford and 4-4 against the Cardinal on the road.

UCLA is 23-10 (.697) in Pac-12 Conference openers (since 1978-79). The Bruins are 7-9 (.438) when opening league play on the road (since 1978-79). UCLA is 29-4 (.879) all-time in Pac-12 home openers. This is the fourth time (2-1) the Bruins have opened Pac-12 play with Stanford and the third time they have done so at Stanford (1-1). The Last time was a 76-67 win on Jan. 3, 2008.

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. Stanford is unranked in both polls, but sits at #30 with 11 votes in the Coaches Poll and at #32 with 10 votes in the AP 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 364-186 (.662), 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).

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is approaching 200 career victories at UCLA and currently sits at 196-87 (.693) at UCLA 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).

Junior guard De'End Parker has missed the last 10 games with patellar tendinitis and is out for the game against Stanford (Dec. 29). Senior point guard Lazeric Jones and freshman guard Norman Powell both suffered left ankle sprains yesterday (Dec. 27) in practice. However, both guards returned to practice on Dec. 28 and will play in the Pac-12 opener at Stanford on Dec. 29.

Senior point guard Lazeric Jones has scored in double figures in seven straight games, a personal-best, while leading UCLA to a 6-1 record during that stretch after the Bruins started the season at 1-4. In the last seven games, Jones has averaged 16.1 points, 4.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals while shooting 60.9 percent (39-for-64) from the field and 56.5 percent (13-for-23) from three-point range.

UCLA extended its win streak to five games with an 89-60 win over UC Irvine (Dec. 20) and a 71-63 win over Richmond (Dec. 23) last week. Jones led an incredibly balanced scoring attack for UCLA on the week as seven different Bruins averaged double figures with Jones averaging a team-high 13.5 points per game. David Wear averaged 12.0 points and Joshua Smith averaged 11. 5 points per game while Norman Powell and Jerime Anderson both averaged 10.5 points per game. Travis Wear and Tyler Lamb each scored 10 points per game last week.

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