UCLA Concludes Honda Center Slate With Arizona State

Jan. 6, 2012


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DATE: Jan. 7, 2012
SITE: Honda Center (17,608)
TIP-OFF: 7:32 p.m. (PT)
TV: Fox Sports West
TALENT: Chris McGee (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst) and Courtney Jones (sideline)
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 59-17

This is the 77th meeting between UCLA and Arizona State with the Bruins leading the series 59-17 (.776). UCLA is 31-6 (.839) all-time against Arizona State at home. UCLA won last year's matchup in Pauley Pavilion 71-53 on Feb. 24, 2011. Reeves Nelson (12 points and 12 rebounds) and Lazeric Jones (10 points, 10 assists) both had double-doubles for UCLA. Malcolm Lee led all scorers with 16 points (12 in the first half) while Joshua Smith chipped in 12 points for the Bruins. Tyler Honeycutt was the fifth Bruin to reach double figures with 13 points, to go along with his six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal. Arizona State was led by Chanse Creekmur's nine points. Head Coach Ben Howland is 13-7 all-time against Arizona State while Herb Sendek is 3-7 against UCLA.

UCLA is 15-4 (.789) all-time in games in Honda Center. The Bruins are 11-4 (.733) in Honda Center in Wooden Classic games (1994-2012). UCLA is also 2-0 in Honda Center in NCAA Tournament games (2008). UCLA has won four-straight games in Honda Center, dating back to last year's 86-79 upset over No. 16 BYU on Dec. 18, 2011, and is 3-0 this season (beat Penn, UC Davis and Arizona).

UCLA began the season ranked 17th in the AP Top 25 and 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, but has fallen out of both polls. Arizona State is unranked in both polls.

Ben Howland earned his 300th victory of his career with the 72-54 win over DePaul in the 15th Annual John R. Wooden Classic (Dec. 13, 2008). He is currently 365-188 (.660), which ranks 35th on the winningest active coaches list by percentage and 50th 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 in 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). Howland is 19-9 (.679) in the NCAA Tournament (15-6 (.714) at UCLA).

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is approaching 200 career victories at UCLA and currently sits at 197-89 (.690) at UCLA in his ninth season at the helm of the Bruins. With the win over Eastern Washington (Dec. 14), Howland passed Jim Harrick for second place on the all-time UCLA career victories list. Harrick posted a 192-62 record in his eight seasons (1988-89 to 1995-96) as the Bruins' mentor. Coach John R. Wooden is the all-time leader at 620-147 (.808) in his 27 seasons (1948-49 to 1974-75).

Junior guard De'End Parker has missed the last 13 games with patellar tendinitis and is out for the game against Arizona State (Jan. 7). Sophomore center Joshua Smith sustained a concussion in practice on Jan. 4 and did not play in the win over Arizona (Jan. 5). He did not practice on Friday and is listed as day-to-day. He will be a gametime decision when the Bruins host Arizona State in Honda Center on Jan. 7.

Senior point guard Lazeric Jones had his career-best eight straight games in double figures snapped in the loss at Cal last week. But he has now scored in double figures in nine of the last 10 games. The Bruins are 7-3 in the last 10 games after starting the season 1-4. In the last 10 games, Jones has averaged 15.8 points, 4.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 54.0 percent (54-for-100) from the field and 50.0 percent (18-for-36) from three-point range.

The Wear twins (David and Travis) have scored in double figures in the same game four times this season and they have done so in two of the last four contests. Additionally, they have posted career-highs in scoring in back-to-back outings. David scored a career-best 17 points in the loss at California (Dec. 31) while Travis had a career-high 20 points in the win over Arizona (Jan. 5). In the last two games, David is averaging 15.5 points while Travis has averaged 14.0 points per game. David has shot 64.7 percent from the floor (11-for-17) while making his only three-point shot and draining all eight of his free throw attempts. Travis has shot 68.8 percent (11-for-16) from the field while sinking all six of his free throw attemtps. Combined, they are 22-for-33 (.667) from the field and 14-for-14 from the charity stripe.

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