Feb. 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA basketball team will close its home schedule against Arizona (23-5, 11-5) on Saturday evening in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are one-half game behind first-place Oregon (23-6, 12-4) in the conference standings. Prior to the game Saturday night, UCLA will honor senior guard Larry Drew II, who will play his final home game for the Bruins. Saturday's contest will be nationally televised on ESPN and is slated to begin at 6 p.m.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 6:05 p.m. (PT)
TV Talent: Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst), Samantha Ponder (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 85
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 85
UCLA'S FINAL HOME GAME
More than three months after re-opening Pauley Pavilion, UCLA will host its final regular season game in the renovated arena against Arizona on Saturday evening. The Pac-12 contest will tip-off at 6:05 p.m. and will be nationally televised by ESPN. Neither UCLA nor Arizona has swept the season series since UCLA won both games in 2008. Earlier this season, UCLA downed then-No. 6 Arizona, 84-73, in Tucson, Ariz., (Jan. 24) before a capacity crowd at McKale Center.
In UCLA's 84-73 win over Arizona on Jan. 24, 2013, the Bruins opened the first half on a 21-5 run in the game's first eight minutes. The Bruins maintained a 40-30 cushion at halftime. Shabazz Muhammad scored 23 points, while Kyle Anderson finished with eight points, 12 rebounds and four steals.
UCLA will welcome ESPN's College GameDay Covered by State Farm on Saturday morning, prior to the Bruins' regular-season home finale against Arizona. The show will air at 7 a.m. (PT) on ESPNU and continues at 8 a.m. on ESPN. College GameDay Covered by State Farm is an eight-week Saturday morning and evening college basketball studio program that originates from the site of ESPN's Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast.
UCLA's three freshman starters - Jordan Adams (22 pts), Shabazz Muhammad (21 pts) and Kyle Anderson (21 pts) - helped lead the Bruins past Arizona State, 79-74, in overtime on Wednesday in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are in second place in the Pac-12 standings, one-half game behind first-place Oregon. That trio of freshmen accounted for 36 of the Bruins' 39 points in the first half and finished with 64 of UCLA's 79 total points
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Prior to this season, two or more UCLA freshmen had never recorded 20+ points in the same game. That feat has happened three times this year - in two games, UCLA has had three freshmen score at least 20 points (vs. Fresno State on Dec. 22, and vs. Arizona State on Feb. 27). Adams and Muhammad each reached the 20-point pleateau in UCLA's win against Long Beach State (Dec. 18).
TOP 10-YEAR TOTALS
UCLA has compiled more wins (229) and a higher winning percentage (.688) than any other Pac-12 program over the last 10 years, since Ben Howland took over as UCLA's head coach (2003-04 through 2012-13). UCLA is the only Pac-12 program to have recorded more than one 30-win season in the last 10 years - the Bruins had three consecutive years with at least 30 wins in 2006, 2007 and 2008. UCLA also leads the group of 12 teams, over the last 10 years, in Pac-12 wins (119), conference win percentage (.672), NCAA Tournament victories (15), NCAA Tournament win percentage (.714, 15-6 W-L), and Pac-12 regular-season titles (3).
UCLA leads the Pac-12 in scoring average, having registered 76.1 points per game (No. 22, nationally). The Bruins lead all Pac-12 teams in conference action with 71.9 points per game. UCLA has compiled the third-best scoring margin in the Pac-12 (all games), outscoring the opposition by 7.1 points per game. The Bruins are first in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (46.2 pct, No. 41 in nation) and are first in assists per game (17.2 apg, No. 6 in nation).
Shabazz Muhammad leads all NCAA Division I freshmen in scoring, having logged 18.3 ppg in 25 games. Arizona State freshman Jahii Carson has scored 17,7 points per game. Muhammad has scored at least 20 points in 12 games, leading the Bruins to a 11-1 record in those contests. He has scored in double figures in 23 of 24 games played. Muhammad was among 30 top men's college basketball players named to the Naismith Award Watch List earlier this week.
Freshman Kyle Anderson has logged eight of UCLA's 13 double-doubles. The 6-foot-9 product of Fairview, N.J., is the Pac-12's only player to rank in the top 10 in rebounding (6th, 8.1 rpg) and assists (6th, 3.7). Anderson has averaged 10.0 points per game and has compiled a 1.8 assist turnover ratio, the third-best mark among Pac-12 players. Anderson enters the weekend ranking fifth in the conference in steals per game (1.7 spg).
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Kyle Anderson enters Saturday's game having logged a team-leading 254 rebounds in 28 games. Anderson's 254-rebound total is the fifth-highest single-season total at UCLA in 10 seasons under head coach Ben Howland. Anderson's 9.1 rpg average is the second-highest mark in the Howland Era.
Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad are among 12 players who have been named to the Wayman Tisdale Award National Freshman of the Year midseason watch list. UCLA is the only program to have at least three freshmen selected to the award's midseason watch list. Michigan and UCLA are the only teams with at least two players on the watch list, as released by the U.S. Basketball Writers' Association on Jan. 31.
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 each in the same game on Dec. 22, 2012, helping lead UCLA past Fresno State, 91-78. Muhammad has twice scored 27 points this season, and Adams logged 26 against UC Irvine (Nov. 13).
UCLA's trio of freshman starters - Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad - have accounted for 54.8 percent of the Bruins' total points (1169 of 2130) and for 47.2 percent of the team's total rebounds (495 of 1049). These freshmen account for three of UCLA's top four scorers. Kyle Anderson's team-leading 254 rebounds are the most by any UCLA freshman since Kevin Love finished with 415 boards in 2007-08.
Larry Drew II made a game-winning jump shot at the buzzer against Washington on Feb 7, lifting the Bruins to a 59-57 win over Washington. Drew II's winning shot marked UCLA's first "buzzer beater" since Jan. 20, 2011, when Reeves Nelson scored on a tip-in at the buzzer in Pauley Pavilion to help UCLA beat California, 86-84. Earlier this season, Drew II made a driving layup at Utah (Jan. 10) in the final 10 seconds to help UCLA preserve a 57-54 win. He also made a game-winning layup with 17 seconds left in overtime to give UCLA an 80-79 win over UC Irvine (Nov. 13).
Freshman Kyle Anderson finished three assists shy of a triple-double against Fresno State (Dec. 22), posting season-highs of 20 points and 17 rebounds that night. UCLA's only previous triple-doubles took place in Dec. 1995. Toby Bailey finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 18, 1995. Jelani McCoy tallied 15 points, 11 blocks and 10 rebounds against Maryland on Dec. 9, 1995.
Freshman Jordan Adams ranks second on the team with 15.4 ppg, the eighth-highest scoring average in the Pac-12 (third-best mark among Pac-12 freshmen). The native of Atlanta has scored in double figures in 21 games and has recorded at least 20 points in 10 contests. Adams became the first freshman at UCLA to have scored 20+ points in each of his first four games (freshmen could not play varsity until 1972-73). He became UCLA's first player in any class to have opened a season with four straight games of 20+ points since 1990-91 (Don MacLean, six straight).
Junior forward Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (injury was sustained Oct. 26, 2012).