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UCLA Opens The 2004 Pac-10 Conference Season At Home This Week
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Release:  12/30/2003

Dec. 30, 2003

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UCLA'S NEXT GAME

UCLA (4-3) hosts OREGON STATE (6-4) - Friday, Jan. 2, Pauley Pavilion, 8p.m.PT (TV-Fox Sports Net West 2/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150,with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).

LOOKING AHEAD
UCLA hosts OREGON - Sunday, Jan. 4, Pauley Pavilion, 2 p.m.PT (TV-Fox Sports Net/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150,with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean). The Ducks (5-2) play at USC on Friday.

UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his first season at UCLA and 10th year as a collegiate head coach.

In his last two seasons at Pittsburgh - in 2003, he led the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4 national ranking, NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament Championship and in 2002, Pittsburgh was 29-6 overall (school record for wins), advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was the consensus National Coach of the Year.

This will be Howland's first meeting vs. the Oregon schools.

UCLA STAFF - Joining Howland are assistant coaches - Donny Daniels, for the last three seasons was the head coach at CS Fullerton; Ernie Zeigler, for the last two years served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and Kerry Keating, for the last two seasons was at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson, along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who for the last two seasons served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh. Rounding out the staff is Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson, in his 12th season.

UCLA'S LAST GAME -
Dec. 27 - at Michigan 70, UCLA 66 - Dion Harris' free throw with six seconds left sealed Michigan's 70-66 victory over UCLA before 12,987 at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.

The Bruins trailed 36-28 at halftime and were down by 11 points (63-52), with 4:38 remaining. Two minutes later, UCLA had closed the gap to three points (63-60, 2:41) on a layup by T. J. Cummings. Michigan increased the advantage to seven points twice (last time at 67-60, 1:47 left to play), but the Bruins closed to within three on one last occasion, on a three-pointer by Dijon Thompson (69-66, eight seconds left to play/in the final 4:28, Thompson hit four three-point shots). At the six second mark, Thompson fouled Harris, who connected on his second free throw to give the Wolverines their winning four-point margin (70-66).

The Bruins were led by three players in double figures-Thompson's season-high 21 points (including a career-high five three-pointers); Trevor Ariza's season-high 35 minutes, 15 points, 14 rebounds (first season double/double) and three steals and T. J. Cummings' 12 points and a season-high six rebounds.

UCLA shot 43.4 (26-60) from the field, 29.4 (5-17) from three-point range and 60.0 (9-15) from the foul line, with a game-high 39 rebounds (it was UCLA's first loss of the season when outrebounding its opponent) and 20 turnovers.

Michigan shot 46.3 (25-54) from the field, 31.6 (6-19) from three-point range and 66.7 (14-21) from the foul line, with 30 rebounds and 17 turnovers. The Wolverines improved to 8-1 overall and were led by Daniel Horton's 19 points.

HEAD COACH JAY JOHN -In his second season as the head coach at OSU. Last year the Beavers were 13-15 overall and 6-12 in the Pac-10 (sixth-place tie). Prior to Oregon State, John was an assistant coach for 14 seasons and from 1999-02 was under Lute Olson at Arizona.

THE BEAVERS - Have won their last two games, both in Corvallis, beating Jackson State 71-59 on Dec. 28 and Sacramento State 76-73 on Dec. 22. OSU has had three overtime contests this season, winning one (L-97-89,2OT to Portland in Corvallis, Nov. 25; W-87-82,3OT over Kansas State in Corvallis on Dec. 6 and L-70-67,OT at Hawaii on Dec. 15).

SERIES HISTORY - The Bruins lead it 74-30. The teams split last season, with UCLA losing 83-79 in Pauley and beating the Beavers in Corvallis, 69-66.

BRUIN HEADLINES

PAC-10 OPENERS - Last season, the Bruins won their Pac-10 opening series, winning at the Washington schools. Since the 2000 Pac-10 campaign, UCLA is 3-1, winning their last three conference openers (2003, 77-67 at Washington; 2002, 85-79 at Washington; 2001, 86-64 vs. Washington in Pauley) and losing in 2000 (63-62 at Washington). In the 1990s, the Bruins were 7-3 in Pac-10 openers.

PAC-10 MEDIA DAY-BRUINS SELECTED SIXTH IN PRESEASON VOTE - Nov. 6 was Pac-10 Media Day at the LAX Hilton. According to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball, Arizona was picked to win the 2004 conference title, the Bruins were selected sixth. Here's the vote total -1. Arizona (26) 339, 2. Stanford (7) 321, 3. California (1) 238, 4. Oregon 215, 5. USC (1) 207, 6. UCLA 188, 7. Arizona State 185, 8. Washington 108, 9. Washington State 69, 10. Oregon State 55.

CO-CAPTAINS - Bruin head coach Ben Howland has appointed juniors, Cedric Bozeman and Dijon Thompson, as UCLA's season-long captains.

NELL AND JOHN WOODEN COURT - On Saturday, Dec. 20, before 12,433, when UCLA defeated Michigan State, the floor of Pauley Pavilion was dedicated - "Nell and John Wooden Court", named after the Bruins' legendary coach John Wooden and his late wife, Nell.

There were more than 60 of Coach Wooden's players who attended, including Bruin All-Americans -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor/1967-69), Bill Walton (1972-74), Marques Johnson (1977), Dave Meyers (1975), Jamaal Wilkes (Keith Wilkes/1973-74), Henry Bibby (1972), Sidney Wicks (1970-71), Michael Warren (1968), Lucius Allen (1968), Walt Hazzard (1963-64), John Green (1962), Willie Naulls (1956) and George Stanich (1950).

VINTAGE UNIFORMS - for the Michigan State game and the Wooden Court dedication, the Bruins wore jerseys similar to those of UCLA's 1964 NCAA title squad (the first UCLA NCAA Championship won by John Wooden/this is the 40th anniversary season of that first NCAA Championship won by UCLA in men's basketball. 1964/2004).

THE WOODEN CLASSIC - UCLA's appearance in the 2003 Wooden Classic was its seventh, with an overall mark of 5-2. It was also announced the Bruins will appear in the 2004 Wooden Classic (Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004 - along with Arizona/the other two teams and the pairings will be announced at a later date).

Last season, on Nov. 30, 2002 in Indianapolis, No. 14 UCLA's 84-73 loss to No. 4 Duke was the Bruins' first appearance in the third-annual Wooden Tradition.

UCLA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE - Featuring nine NCAA Tournament teams (14 games), along with two NIT representatives. The teams from last season's NCAA are- "Elite Eight" Kentucky, Michigan State and Arizona; "Sweet 16" Notre Dame and Vermont, along with Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford and California. St. John's won the 2003 NIT title and UC Santa Barbara also played in last year's NIT.

PRESEASON HONORS- Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors. -Athlon - Team-postseason prediction/NIT, No. 7 in Pac-10; Individual - Dijon Thompson. 2nd team All-Pac-10; Trevor Ariza, No. 29 incoming freshman in the U. S.; Coaches - Kerry Keating, Top 10 assistant coach in the U. S.

-Basketball News -Team - No. 4 in the Pac-10; Individual - Brian Morrison, Impact Transfer; Dijon Thompson, 2nd team All-Pac-10.

-Lindy's - Team - No. 7 in the Pac-10; Individual - Dijon Thompson, No. 13 small forward in the U. S./second-team All-Pac-10.

-Sporting News - Team- No. 7 in the Pac-10; Individual - Dijon Thompson, No. 12 small forward in the U. S./2nd team All-Pac-10; Ten Other Formidable Front Courts-(Trevor Ariza, T. J. Cummings, Ryan Hollins, Dijon Thompson).

-Street & Smith's - Team-No. 6 in the Pac-10; Individual - Trevor Ariza, All-West Incoming Freshman (Top 100 College Freshmen).

WALT HAZZARD NAMED TO 2004 PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR - Hazzard, who led the Bruins to their first NCAA Championship (1964) and coached UCLA from 1985-88, will be UCLA's third inductee into the prestigious Pac-10 Hall of Honor (joining 2002 charter member John Wooden and 2003 inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). A three-year starter and two-time All-American (1963-64) for the Bruins as a 6-2 guard under Wooden, Hazzard was the keystone to UCLA's first NCAA Championship in 1964 and first unbeaten season (30-0). As a senior co-captain in 1964, he averaged a career-high 18.6 points, was named the Outstanding Player at the NCAA Final Four and earned National Player of the Year honors from the USBWA and the Helms Athletic Foundation. At the conclusion of his Bruin career, Hazzard's 1,401 points were tops in school history. In 1964 after winning the NCAA crown, Hazzard also won a gold medal representing the U. S. team at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. A first-round draft choice of the Lakers, he played 10 years in the NBA, including one appearance in the NBA All-Star game. From 1985-88, Hazzard returned to UCLA as the Bruins' head men's basketball coach. In four winning seasons (his overall record was 77-47, 62.1), he led UCLA to two 20+ win campaigns, the 1987 Pac-10 regular and postseason championships, a 1987 NCAA second round advancement and two NIT bids, including the 1985 NIT Championship, in his first season as the Bruins' head coach. In 1987, Hazzard was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

Joining Hazzard in the 2004 class are - Khalid Reeves (Arizona), Lafayette "Fat" Lever (Arizona State), Jason Kidd (California), Ron Lee (Oregon), Mel Counts (Oregon State), Howard "Howie" Dallmar (Stanford), Bob Boyd (USC), James Edwards (Washington) and George Raveling (Washington State).

The 2004 Pac-10 Hall of Honor banquet will take place on Wednesday, March 10 in conjunction with the 2004 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 11-13).

JEROME "POOH" RICHARDSON INDUCTED INTO UCLA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME - UCLA's standout point guard from 1986-89, Richardson was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 3. During his four years (1986-89) as the Bruins' point guard, Richardson earned All-Pac-10 honors for three consecutive seasons (1987-89) and ended his career as the school's all-time leader in assists (833), steals (189, now No. 4), three-point FG% (46.4, 52-112) and games played (122, now No. 15). Following his collegiate career, Richardson had a 10-year career in the NBA, last playing with the Los Angeles Clippers, and he has endowed a UCLA athletic scholarship.

STREET & SMITH'S COLLECTORS ADDITION - GREATEST COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS - Seven Bruins are highlighted - No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor/1967-69), No. 2 Bill Walton (1972-74), No. 49 Gail Goodrich (1963-65), No. 66 Sidney Wicks (1969-71), No. 68 Walt Hazzard (1962-64), No. 73 Marques Johnson (1974-77) and No. 86 Keith (Jamaal) Wilkes (1972-74). Also noted is legendary Bruin head coach John Wooden, No. 81 during his playing days at Purdue (1929-32)

BRUIN NOTES
UCLA VS. NO. 1 - UCLA's 96-89OT victory over No. 1 Arizona on Mar. 13, 2003, in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament, was the fourth over a top-ranked team in as many years. On Jan. 12, 2002, UCLA defeated No. 1 Kansas, 87-77, at Pauley Pavilion. On Feb. 3, 2001, UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team at the time, was its second against the No. 1 team in the nation in less than one year. Its victory over No. 1 Stanford on March 4, 2000 was the school's first over a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion. The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in the season was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the title game against Louisville.

UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team on the Associated Press poll on 10 occasions, ranking first on the all-time list. Behind UCLA (as of Dec 12) - North Carolina/Maryland (9), Duke (8), Oklahoma/Georgia Tech (7) and Kentucky,/Notre Dame/Ohio State (6).

In Bruin history, during the regular season, UCLA is 7-11 vs. the No. 1 team, including last season's overtime win over Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, the Bruins have a record of 3-6 vs. the nation's No. 1 ranked team, including UCLA's 76-63 loss to Duke in the 2001 NCAA East Region "Sweet 16".

PAULEY PAVILION (12,819) - Pauley is in its 39th season as the home of Bruin basketball. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 532-76 (608 games, 87.5). The Bruins are 4-1 this season in Pauley, losing to UC Santa Barbara 61-60 on Dec. 17.

UCLA overtime win vs. then-No. 18 Cal on Feb. 20, 2003 was UCLA's 600th game in Pauley Pavilion. The win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th victory on its home court.

On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC, the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilion history watched that game (13,382; previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon, 3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) in the 73-69 win over Duke, UCLA set a new attendance record 13,478, breaking the old one by 96.

The last time the Bruins were unbeaten at home for a regular season was in 1994-95 (15-0, California did beat UCLA at home that season but later forfeited the game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 at Pauley 15-1 (losing only to Stanford).

UCLA HISTORY - Entering 2003-04 (84 years), the Bruins had an overall school record of 1,525-674 (.693), No. 11 on the all-time NCAA chart. With a current 4-2 record, UCLA's overall mark is 1529-677 (2,206 games, .693).

UCLA's 11 NCAA Championships is an NCAA record (Kentucky is second with seven), UCLA has been to 14 Final Fours (Kentucky 13) and the Bruins are second in NCAA Tournament appearances (36, Kentucky is first with 44). In NCAA play, the Bruins are also second in victories (85) and winning percentage (.733).

BRUINS IN THE NBA
2003-04 - Entering the preseason, UCLA had 11 players on NBA rosters - Matt Barnes (Seattle Supersonics, released; signed with ABA Long Beach); Mitchell Butler (Washington Wizards, eighth season); Baron Davis (New Orleans Hornets, fifth season); Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks, second season); Jason Kapono (Cleveland Cavaliers, rookie); Jelani McCoy (Cleveland Cavaliers, sixth season, released); Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers, 17th season); Jerome Moiso (Toronto Raptors, fourth season); Tracy Murray (Portland Trail Blazers, 12th season) and Earl Watson (Memphis Grizzlies, third season) and Ray Young (Boston Celtics, released, signed with the CBA Gary, IN Steelheads).

In all, the Pac-10 had 41 players on opening day NBA rosters, the second-highest conference total (behind the ACC's 50).

Darrick Martin (1989-92, who played seven years in the NBA), is a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. On Nov. 1, the Globetrotters, with Earvin "Magic" Johnson a member of the team, defeated Michigan State (Magic's alma mater), 97-83 and were led by Martin's 38 points.


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