Jan. 25, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - The UCLA men's basketball team (16-4, 6-1 Pac-12) will play at Arizona State (15-4, 4-2) on Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena. The Bruins have won 11 of their last 12 games and most recently defeated No. 6 Arizona, 84-73, on the road in a critical Pac-12 showdown.
Venue: Wells Fargo Arena (10,978)
Tip-Off Time: 1:06 p.m. PT/2:06 p.m. MT
Television: Fox Sports Net
TV Talent: Justin Kutcher (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst), Laura McKeeman (reporter)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 94
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 190
BRUINS AT ASU
UCLA squares off at Arizona State on Saturday afternoon, having won 11 of its past 12 games. Last season, the Bruins won both regular-season contests against the Sun Devils, securing a 75-58 decision at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., before defeating ASU on the road, 66-58. UCLA has won its last four games against Arizona State and six of its last eight contests against the Sun Devils. Under 10th-year head coach Ben Howland, UCLA has compiled a 14-4 mark against ASU. The Bruins have gone 5-2 away from home this season.
Shabazz Muhammad scored a team-leading 23 points, while David Wear and Jordan Adams each scored 15 points to help UCLA defeat No. 6 Arizona, 84-73, before 14,617 at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., on Thursday night. UCLA secured its first road victory against a top-25 opponent since Feb. 7, 2008 (at Washington State) and improved its record against top-25 teams to 2-2 this season. The Bruins opened a 21-5 advantage early in the first half against Arizona and led by a 40-30 margin at halftime.
UCLA has opened its conference record with a 6-1 mark and saw a season-long 10-game winning streak snapped at home versus Oregon last Saturday (lost, 76-67). The Bruins had not opened conference play with five straight wins since 2003-04, the first season at UCLA for head coach Ben Howland. The Bruins enter this weekend leading all Pac-12 teams with 77.9 points per game and a 47.7 field goal percentage. UCLA also ranks first in assists (17.4 per game) and assist turnover ratio (1.5) while standing third in the conference in scoring margin (9.4 ppg).
Shabazz Muhammad recorded his eighth game with at least 20 points on Thursday night, finishing with 23 in an 84-73 win over Arizona. UCLA has gone 8-0 this season when Muhammad has scored at least 20 points. The freshman from Las Vegas scored a season-high 27 points in consecutive games -- in victories over Fresno State (Dec. 22) and then-No. 7 Missouri (Dec. 28). Muhammad currently ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring and has logged the highest scoring average of any Pac-12 freshman.
Not only has Kyle Anderson logged six double-doubles, but the freshman from Fairview, N.J., is the Pac-12 Conference's only player to rank in the top 10 in rebounding (5th, 9.2 rpg) and assists (6th, 3.7). Anderson is averaging 9.8 points per game and has compiled a 1.7 assist turnover ratio, the fourth-best mark among all Pac-12 players. He is also tied for fifth in the conference in steals per game, having registered 34 steals in 20 contests (1.7 spg). Anderson totaled eight points and 12 rebounds in UCLA's 84-73 win at Arizona on Thursday night.
GIVING AN ASSIST
Through games played Thursday (Jan. 24), Larry Drew II leads the nation in assist turnover ratio (4.66) and ranks third, nationally, in assists per game (8.15). Drew II has logged at least eight assists in 14 of UCLA's 20 contests and has committed two or fewer turnovers in 16 of 20 games. Overall, Drew II has totaled 163 assists and 35 turnovers in 20 games while averaging 5.9 points per game. Drew II has registered more assists (154) than any UCLA player since Darren Collison finished the 2008-09 season with 166 assists as a senior.
UCLA's trio of freshman starters - Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad - have accounted for 52 percent of the Bruins' total points (808 of 1559) and for 45 percent of the team's total rebounds (346 of 771). These freshmen account for three of UCLA's top four scorers through 20 games this season. Kyle Anderson's team-leading 172 rebounds are the most by any UCLA freshman since Kevin Love finished with 406 boards in 2007-08. Muhammad has scored at least 20 points in eight games, while Adams has scored at least 20 points in seven games.