Nov. 22, 2004
UCLA'S Next Game
Tuesday, Nov. 23 - UCLA vs. Western Illinois - Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. (TV-FSNW2/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
Saturday, Nov. 27 - UC Irvine at UCLA - Pauley Pavilion, 5 p.m. (TV-FSNW2/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150).
UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland - In his second season at UCLA and 11th year as a collegiate head coach.
2004-05 - UCLA 1-0, 1 game (1.000-Howland has won his last six season openers, 2-0 at UCLA/4-0 at Pitt).
2003-04 - UCLA (11-17, 28 games/39.3)
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Totals- 11th Season (180-116, 296 games/60.8)
In Howland's first year (2003-04) at UCLA, highlights included a 9-3 start (5-0 in the Pac-10), wins over NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and an appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament. In his last two seasons (2002-03) 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.
UCLA Staff - Joining Howland are assistant coaches, all entering their second season: Donny Daniels, who was head coach at CS Fullerton for three seasons (2000-03); Ernie Zeigler, who for two years (2002-03) served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff; and Kerry Keating, who for two seasons (2002-03) was at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson, along with Director of Operations, Chris Carlson, who served two seasons (2002-03) in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh.
UCLA'S Last Game
Nov. 20 - at UCLA 64, Chicago State 53 - Before 6,833 in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins opened the 2004-05 season with a victory, defeating Chicago State 64-53 in a nonconference contest.
In the first half, UCLA (1-0) broke a 25-25 tie (3:16) by scoring six points, all from Dijon Thompson, and holding CSU scoreless, and led 31-25 at halftime. In the second half, UCLA's biggest lead was 15 points (52-37, 9:05 left). Chicago State cut the margin to seven points three times late in the game, the final time with 2:36 remaining (UCLA 57-CSU 50). In the final 1:52, the Bruins outscored CSU 7-3 to clinch the victory.
The Bruins had four players in double figures- led by Thompson's game-high tying 17 points, a game-high eight rebounds and a game-high tying two steals. Ryan Hollins, Jordan Farmar and Brian Morrison all added 11 points, with Hollins also contributing seven rebounds and a game-high two blocked shots and Farmar a game-high five assists.
UCLA shot 44.4 (24-54) from the field, 35.0 (7-20) from three-point range and 52.9 (9-17) from the foul line, with a game-high 41 rebounds, 16 assists and a game-high 18 turnovers. CSU (0-1) shot 41.9 (18-43) from the field, 14.3 (2-14) from three-point range and 75.0 (15-20) from the foul line, with 21 rebounds, seven assists and 15 turnovers. The Cougars were led by Tony Weeden's 17 points.
Injury Update -
6-8 freshman Lorenzo Mata sprained his left ankle in practice on Friday (Nov. 19) and did not play vs. Chicago State. UCLA head coach Ben Howland said Mata probably would not play on Tuesday vs. WIU.
-senior Cedric Bozeman, UCLA's starting point guard the last three seasons who in 2004 led the Pac-10 in assists, on Nov. 10 underwent a successful two-and-one-half hour arthroscopic procedure to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that was injured during practice on Nov. 4. Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman performed the surgery at the UCLA/Santa Monica Hospital. Recovery from this type of injury is usually in the eight-month range. Since he has never redshirted, Bozeman, a 6-6, 207-pounder from Santa Ana (Mater Dei HS), said he wants to return for the 2005-06 season.
-on Oct. 20 during a scrimmage, senior Dijon Thompson suffered a cut to his right hand/shooting hand. The cut was located in the webbing between his index and middle fingers (the cut took four stitches). The stitches came out on Nov. 5 and Thompson did not miss any significant practice time.
Walkons - The Bruins have two freshmen walkons this season - 6-5 freshman guard DeAndre Robinson (Riverside, CA/King HS) and 6-1 guard Joey Ellis (Hidden Hills/Crespi HS). Robinson, a two-year first-team All-League performer, as a senior led King HS to a No. 23 State ranking, averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Ellis in 2004 was Crespi's captain and team MVP and earned All-Mission League honors. As a senior, Ellis averaged 16.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.9 steals.
Pac-10 Media Day -
Bruins selected fifth in preseason vote - Nov. 4 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 2005 conference title, the Bruins were selected fifth. Here's the vote total -1. Arizona (19) 253, 2. Washington (7) 237, 3. Stanford 194, 4. Oregon 167, 5. UCLA 156, 6. USC 116, 7. California 87, 8. Oregon State 86, 9. Washington State 73, 10. Arizona State 64.
Freshman Starting Guards - This will be just the third time since 1980 that the Bruins will start a pair of freshmen at the guard positions (Jordan Farmar/Arron Afflalo). The last time was the 1997-98 season (Baron Davis/Earl Watson) and before that, the 1979-80 season (Michael Holton/Rod Foster).
The Wooden Classic - UCLA's appearance in the 2004 Wooden Classic will be its eighth, with an overall mark of 5-2. On Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, UCLA will play Boston College (4 p.m.) and Arizona will face Mississippi State (1:30 p.m.).
UCLA Regular Season Schedule - Eight teams on this year's Bruin schedule advanced to postseason play in 2004 - five in the NCAA Tournament (nonconference teams Boston College and Michigan State, along with league foes Stanford, Arizona and Washington) and three in the NIT (nonleague opponents Michigan, the 2004 NIT champion and Notre Dame, along with Pac-10 opponent Oregon, an NIT Final Four participant).
In the 2004-05 AP Preseason Top 25, the Bruins will play four ranked teams - No. 10 Arizona, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 20 Notre Dame and No. 22 Washington.
Alfred Aboya, Darren Collison, Luc Richard Mbaha Moute, Michael Roll, Ryan Wright
Five players considered to be among the Top 150 high school performers in North America have signed National-Letters-of Intent to attend UCLA - 6-8, 242 pound Alfred Aboya (Tilton Prep Academy/Tilton NH), 6-0, 165-pound point guard Darren Collison (Etiwanda HS/Rancho Cucamonga, CA), 6-5 195-pound guard/forward Michael Roll (Aliso Niguel HS/Aliso Viejo, CA), 6-7, 215-pound Luc Richard Mbaha Moute (Montverde Academy/Montverde, FL) and 6-9 225-pound center/forward Ryan Wright (Loyola Catholic HS/Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). All will be freshmen at UCLA next fall.
Alfred Aboya Rated the No. 18 center in the U. S. by Athlon, Aboya's other preseason honors include - Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American, Lindy's No. 89 player in the U. S., The Sporting News' No. 91, Scout.com No. 92 and Basketball News' No. 100.
As a junior in 2004, Aboya led Tilton Prep to the New Hampshire Class B State title. He averaged 22.0 points and 12.0 rebounds as an inside player for coach Scott Willard.
From the African republic of Cameroon, he has played for the Cameroon National team.
"I'm very pleased with Alfred's commitment,"Bruin head coach Ben Howland said. "He was the last of our five commitments. He's a very gifted athlete at 6-9 and 242 pounds. He's tough, physical and athletic. As he continues to develop, he's going to be a very good player."
Luc Richard Mbaha Moute A good rebounder and defender with exceptional quickness, Mbaha Moute is a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American, a Scout. Com Top 150 and rated the No. 15 prospect in Florida by FloridaHoops.com
Last summer, Mbaha Moute improved his perimeter play and he can play either guard position or small forward.
As a junior honor roll student in 2004 at the Montverde Academy, he averaged 12.0 points a game for coach Kevin Sutton.
Mbaha Moute, who came to the U. S. last season from the African republic of Cameroon, is slated to be a prince in his village after he graduates from UCLA.
"At 6-7, Luc has a long wing span and he is very athletic," Howland said. "He has good ball-handling skills, can pass and shoot the basketball. He has a chance to be an outstanding defender, who could guard three positions - the point, off-guard and wing. He's extremely versatile."
Darren Collison A pure point guard, Collison enters 2004-05 as the No. 2 point guard in the West by insider.com. His other preseason honors include - Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American, The Sporting News' No. 96 Player in the U. S. and second-team Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West.
Last summer, Collison competed for the West team (1-4) at the 2004 USA Men's Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, CO. He appeared in five games (two starts) and averaged 21.6 minutes, 9.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.2 steals, and shot .409 (18-44) from the field, .348 (8-23) from three-point range and .800 (4-5) from the foul line.
As a junior last season, Collison helped Etiwanda HS to a 31-3 overall record (No. 23 in the U. S.), 10-0 in the Baseline League and to the southern CA Regional final. In the final, Fairfax, led by current Bruin freshman Josh Shipp's 33 points, defeated Etiwanda 75-68OT. Fairfax went on to win the 2004 CA State Div. I Championship. In the Southern CA Regional semifinals, Etiwanda defeated Taft, led by current Bruin freshman Jordan Farmar, who scored 38 points in the loss.
The Div. 1-AA All-CIF Southern Section co-Player of the Year and an All-Area selection in 2004, Collison averaged a team-high 15.6 points and 5.4 assists for coach Dave Kleckner.
"Darren is an outstanding point guard," Howland said. "He's quick and fast. He has a feel for the game, with good passing abilities and court vision. He's a good on-ball defender with quick hands. He has a bright future in our program."
Michael Roll One of the premeir shooters in the western USA, Roll was recently named second-team Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West. Last summer, Roll was impressive at the adidas Superstar Camp in Suwanee, GA.
As a junior in 2004, Roll helped lead Aliso Niguel HS to a 17-11 record. He led his team in three-point shooting and averaged 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists for coach Keith Barnett.
A two-time All-Sea View League performer, as a sophomore in 2003, Roll averaged 13.0 points and in the CIF Playoffs, he averaged 20.0 points a contest.
"Michael is tough and hard-nosed," said Howland. "He's a good shooter who understands the game. He has an excellent work ethic. Michael is a solid player with a promising future as a Bruin."
Ryan Wright A fleet-footed big man who is a great leaper, Wright is rated the No. 15 power forward and No. 54 overall by Rivals.com. His other preseason honors include - No. 50 HoopScoop, No. 52 Scout.com, No. 53 TheInsidersHoops.com and No. 54 Future Stars.
Last summer, Wright was the top prospect at the Nike All-Canada Camp and played well at the NBA Players Association Camp in Richmond, VA.
Wright, who grew up in Toronto and moved to the suburb of Mississauga, in 2004 averaged 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for coach Tony Santafonte. Regarded as a top Canadian Junior player, Wright is a potential 2008 Canada Olympic team candidate.
"Ryan has outstanding athletic talents," Howland said. "His ability to run and jump, at his size, is as good as any player of his size in the country. He has good hands and can block shots. I like his upside and as he develops, he has a chance to be a special player."
"I am happy with this year's class," said Howland. "I think we filled our team's needs with quality players, as well as outstanding young men who will be joining our program."
Howland Press Conferences - held (most Tuesdays) in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room at 1:30 p.m./following Howland, Bruin players will be available in the press room at 2 p.m.. Here's the schedule - Nov. 24, Dec. 3 (2 p.m./Wooden Classic Press Conference/Anaheim Marriott,Salon C & D)., Dec. 7, Dec. 14 (last press conference before holiday break/because of final exams (Dec. 13-17), players will not be available to the media), Dec. 28, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8
Howland/Pac-10 Weekly Head Coaches Media Teleconference Call - Beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 28 (and every Tuesday during the regular season/last call Tuesday, March 9). It begins at 10:30 a.m. through 11:47 a.m. (Howland is 11:47-11:55 a.m.). The media telephone number is 913-981-5532(taped replay-402-222-9927).
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 along with North Carolina. Behind the Bruins and the Tar Heels - Maryland (9), Duke (8), Oklahoma/Georgia Tech (7) and Kentucky,/Notre Dame/Ohio State (6).
In Bruin history, during the regular season, UCLA is 7-12 vs. the No. 1 team, including this season's 73-60 loss to Stanford in Pauley Pavilion and last year's overtime win vs. 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 40th season as the home of Bruin basketball. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 538-81 (619 games, 86.9). The Bruins were 9-6 in Pauley in 2003-04 and 5-10 in 2002-03.
UCLA's overtime win vs. 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).
On Dec. 20, 2003, the playing floor in Pauley Pavilion was dedicated "Nell and John Wooden Court".
UCLA History - Entering 2004-05 (85 years), the Bruins have an overall school record of 1,537-691 (2,228 games, .690).
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 The Bruins had 11 players on Fall Camp 2004-05 rosters (nine on regular season rosters): Trevor Ariza (New York Knicks, rookie season); Matt Barnes (Sacramento Kings, second season, spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers); Mitchell Butler (waived-Denver Nuggets, ninth season); Baron Davis (New Orleans Hornets, sixth season); Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks, third season); Jason Kapono (Charlotte Bobcats, second season, spent his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers); Jelani McCoy (waived-Milwaukee Bucks/picked up by Atlanta Hawks, sixth season); Reggie Miller (injured-Indiana Pacers, 18th season); Jerome Moiso (Toronto Raptors, fifth season); Tracy Murray (waived-NY Knicks, 13th season, spent last year with Portland Trail Blazers) and Earl Watson (Memphis Grizzlies, fourth season).
Media Services XTRA SPORTS 690/1150 - The 2004-05 basketball season is UCLA's eight on XTRA Sports 690/1150. Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 13th season as the voice of the Bruins. Joining Roberts in his third season as analyst was Don MacLean, the leading scorer (2,608) in UCLA and Pac-10 history.
Roberts was nationally recognized on Oct. 27, 2003 by ESPN's Dick Vitale, when Vitale placed Roberts on his "All-Radio Voices Team". Vitale called it his "All-Cawood Ledford Team", in honor of the legendary Kentucky broadcaster. Roberts joined 15 other well-known college play-by-play voices on Vitale's "Sweet 16" broadcast team.
On The Internet - UCLA games were also available via the internet at (www.uclabruins.com). Fans could also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929). UCLA releases and results for all sports are on the internet (www.uclabruins.com).
Pac-10 - Updated notes released each Monday beginning Nov. 15 and continuing through the season. Pac-10 information is available on the Pac-10 home page. Point your web browser to http://www.pac-10.org.