Jan. 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES - UCLA (10-3, 0-0) opens Pac-12 play against California (8-4, 0-0) at 8 p.m. on Thursday in New Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins' conference opener will be nationally televised by Fox Sports Net (available on Fox Sports West in the Los Angeles area). The Bruins have won a season-high five games, most recently securing a 97-94 overtime win over then-No. 7 Missouri on Dec. 28.
Venue: New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 8:06 p.m. (PT)
Television: Fox Sports Network
TV Talent: Justin Kutcher (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 94
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 192
OPENING PAC-12 PLAY
UCLA opens its Pac-12 schedule against California on Thursday, Jan. 3, and will host Stanford two days later in New Pauley Pavilion. California won both regular-season meetings against UCLA last season, and the two teams did not face each other in Pac-12 Tournament action. The Golden Bears have won each of the last three games in the series. UCLA's most recent victory against California took place Jan. 20, 2011, in Pauley Pavilion (86-84).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad secured Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the week of Dec. 24-30 after having scored a season-high-tying 27 points in the Bruins' 97-94 overtime win over then-No. 7 Missouri. Muhammad made 10 of 19 field goals, including three of six 3-point attempts, against the Tigers. He went 2-for-2 from three-point range in overtime, with both three-pointers helping give UCLA the lead.
Shabazz Muhammad (27 pts), Jordan Adams (25 pts) and Kyle Anderson (20 pts) became UCLA's first-ever freshman trio to log at least 20 points in the same game on Dec. 22, 2012. UCLA earned a 91-78 non-conference win over Fresno State in New Pauley Pavilion that evening. Anderson also finished that game with a season-high 17 rebounds, the most boards by a UCLA freshman in a game since Jan. 24, 2008 (Kevin Love, 18 rebounds).
HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE
UCLA has averaged a Pac-12-leading 80.9 points per game, totaling at least 89 points in its last four games (93.0 ppg). The Bruins have not scored 80 or more points in four straight games since Jan. 24-Feb. 2, 2008. UCLA logged 91 points in a win over Fresno State (Dec. 22) and 97 points in its victory against Missouri (Dec. 28), marking the first time since Jan. 13-18, 2001, that the Bruins scored 90 or more points in consecutive games.
Freshman Larry Drew II leads the conference with 8.6 assists per game and has tallied a Pac-12-best 5.1 assist turnover ratio entering Thursday's games.
UCLA's 97-94 win over Missouri on Dec. 28, marked the first time since March 17, 2002, in which the Bruins had allowed 90 points or more in a victory. UCLA defeated Cincinnati, 105-101, in double overtime of a second round NCAA Tournament contest on March 17, 2002, advancing to the "Sweet 16" against Missouri four days later. UCLA has scored 90 points or more this season in four games (14 times total during head coach Ben Howland's tenure).
LEADING POINT TOTALS
Three of UCLA's freshmen - Shabazz Muhammad, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson - have each scored 20 points or more in at least one game this season. Muhammad and Adams became UCLA's first-ever freshman duo to score at least 20 points in the same game when UCLA downed Long Beach State, 89-70, on Dec. 18, 2012. Adams scored at least 20 points in each of UCLA's first four games this season, logging a season-best 26 points in the Bruins' 80-79 overtime win over UC Irvine on Nov. 13, 2012.
GIVING AN ASSIST
Larry Drew II ranks second nationally with 8.6 assists per game and is fourth in the nation with a 5.1 assist turnover ratio (leads the Pac-12 in both categories). He has logged at least eight assists in 10 of UCLA's 13 contests. In the Bruins' last three games, Drew II has finished with 29 assists and five turnovers. He scored a season-high 14 points in UCLA's 89-70 win over Long Beach State (Dec. 18). Entering Thursday's game, Drew II has recorded 112 assists and 22 turnovers. He dished a career-high 13 assists against Cal State Northridge (Nov. 28) in an 82-56 victory.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Kyle Anderson leads all UCLA players and all Pac-12 freshmen with 8.5 rebounds per game. Anderson ranks sixth among Pac-12 players in rebounds per contest. He finished three assists shy of a triple-double in UCLA's win over Fresno State on Dec. 22 (had season-highs with 20 points, 17 rebounds). UCLA's only previous triple-doubles occurred in Dec. 1995. Toby Bailey had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin (12/18/95) and Jelani McCoy registered 15 points, 11 blocks and 10 rebounds against Maryland (12/9/95).
Junior twin brothers Travis and David Wear scored 22 points and 16 points, respectively, in the Bruins' 97-94 win over Missouri on Dec. 28. The Wear brothers' combined 38 points against Missouri marked the duo's best career combined point total (previous combined high was 34 points against Arizona on Jan. 5, 2012, in Anaheim, Calif.). Travis Wear has scored in double figures in seven of UCLA's 13 games.
During UCLA's 91-78 win over Fresno State (Dec. 22), the Bruins received 72 of 91 total points from three freshmen - Shabazz Muhammad (27 pts), Jordan Adams (25) and Kyle Anderson (20). That trio accounted for 79.1 percent of UCLA's points and 73.8 percent of the team's rebounds (31 of 42). Through 13 games this season, that freshman trio has logged 51.3 percent of UCLA's scoring (540/1052) and 41.1 percent of the team's rebounds (211/514).