Jan. 13, 2009
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
TIP-OFF: 8:06 p.m. PT
TELEVISION: FSN and FSN Prime Ticket
TALENT: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst) and Michael Eaves (sideline)
RADIO: AM 570
SIRIUS SATELLITE: Channel 122 (UCLA's) or 217 (Arizona's)
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 45-31
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
Mustafa Abdul-Hamid tore a ligament in his right wrist in practice in October. He had surgery on Dec. 23 to repair the damage and is out the rest of the season. Malcolm Lee had a MRI on his left knee on Dec. 27, which was inconclusive, and has missed the Bruins' last four games. He is probable for Thursday's game vs. Arizona. J'mison Morgan strained his left groin at Oregon and is questionable for the Arizona game.
SERIES vs. ARIZONA
This is the 77th meeting between UCLA and Arizona with the Bruins leading the series 45-31. UCLA has won the last seven meetings, sweeping the series the last three years. UCLA is 28-12 all-time against Arizona at home. UCLA won last year's meeting in Pauley Pavilion 82-60 on Feb. 2, 2008. UCLA jumped out to a 42-22 lead at halftime and never looked back. UCLA was led by Kevin Love's double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Russell Westbrook added 21 points and Josh Shipp and Darren Collison chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively. Head Coach Ben Howland is 7-5 all-time against Arizona.
UCLA stayed at No. 7 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and moved up one spot to No. 9 in the Associated Press poll, released on Jan. 12, 2009. UCLA has been ranked in the top 25 in the Associated Press poll for 66 straight weeks (since the 2005-06 preseason rankings) and in the top 25 in the Coaches Poll for 68 straight weeks (since the final poll of 2004-05), which is the longest streak in the nation.
COACH HOWLAND WINS NO. 300
UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland earned his 300th victory of his career (14th season) with the 72-54 win over DePaul in the 15th Annual John R. Wooden Classic (Dec. 13, 2008). He is currently 307-146 (.678), which ranks 25th on the winningest active coaches list by percentage and 68th 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 with 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).
COLLISON BREAKS UCLA FREE THROW RECORD
Darren Collison extended his UCLA record of consecutive made free throws to 43 before missing at USC on Jan. 11, 2009. He surpassed Henry Bibby's streak of 36 straight (1972) at Oregon (Jan. 4).