November 2, 2013
LOS ANGELES – Ranked No. 22 in the preseason AP poll, the UCLA men’s basketball team will host its second of two home exhibition games on Monday, Nov. 4, taking on Cal State San Marcos in Pauley Pavilion. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The Bruins open their season against Drexel on Friday, Nov. 8 in Pauley Pavilion (9 p.m. PT).
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Time: 7:30 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talents: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Ernie Kent (analyst)
Listen Online: www.uclabruins.com
Internet Audio: Dave Marcus (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
UCLA hosts its final of two preseason exhibition contests on Monday, Nov. 4, against Cal State San Marcos. The Bruins and Cougars have never faced each other before in the regular season. Eight games into the regular season last year, UCLA cruised past Cal State San Marcos, 83-60, in an exhibition game in Pauley Pavilion (Dec. 4, 2012). Shabazz Muhammad led UCLA with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting in that game, while Kyle Anderson grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds and added nine points. Monday’s game will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks at 7:30 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bruins opened their preseason with a commanding 96-66 win against Cal State San Bernardino in an exhibition contest on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Pauley Pavilion. Jordan Adams scored a game-high 25 points, and David Wear logged 12 points and a team-leading 13 rebounds. Wear and Kyle Anderson (10 pts, 10 rbs) each logged double-doubles. UCLA led 42-39 at halftime and used a 15-1 scoring run early in the second half to lead, 56-41, with 14:44 remaining. The Bruins led by no fewer than 20 points in the game’s final eight minutes.
Ranked No. 22 in the preseason Associated Press poll, UCLA returns to the court with six of its primary eight contributors from last season’s team. Steve Alford enters his first season as the Bruins’ head coach and his 23rd overall as a collegiate head coach. Three of UCLA’s five starters from last season’s team – sophomores Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson and senior Travis Wear – return to this year’s squad along with senior David Wear, junior Norman Powell and sophomore Tony Parker, who each played at least 33 of 35 games for UCLA last season.
UCLA’s 16-man roster includes five freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors and four seniors. Senior twin brothers Travis and David Wear enter their final collegiate seasons having played in 94 and 93 games, respectively, during two seasons at UCLA and one year at North Carolina. Junior Norman Powell (68 career games) is UCLA’s only other player who has competed in at least 40 collegiate contests.
UCLA’S HEAD COACH
Steve Alford was named the 13th head coach in UCLA men’s basketball program history on March 30, 2013, after six highly-successful seasons as head coach at the University of New Mexico. A former NCAA Champion at Indiana University (1984-87) and starter on the United States’ gold medal-winning 1984 Olympic Team, Alford has served as head coach at Manchester College (1992-95), Missouri State (1996-99), Iowa (2000-07) and New Mexico (2008-13).
In six seasons at New Mexico, Alford guided the Lobos to four Mountain West Conference regular-season titles (four in the last five seasons) and back-to-back Mountain West Conference Tournament crowns in 2012 and 2013. The native of New Castle, Ind., inherits a UCLA program that went 25-10 last season, winning the Pac-12 regular-season title with a 13-5 conference mark.
Alford helped New Mexico secure its two highest single-season win totals. The Lobos went 30-5 in 2009-10, setting the school’s single-season record, before logging 29 wins in 2012-13. While at Iowa, he led the Hawkeyes to the their only trips to the Big Ten Tournament’s title game (tournament began in 1999). Iowa won the Big Ten Tournament crown in 2001 and 2006 and finished as the runner-up in 2002.
UCLA will opens its 95th basketball season against Drexel on Friday in a game televised by Pac-12 Networks in Pauley Pavilion (9 p.m.). UCLA won the only previous meeting against Drexel, defeating the Dragons by a 57-56 margin at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 25, 2005. The Bruins have gone 13-7 in their previous 20 season-opening games. Last fall, UCLA opened renovated Pauley Pavilion with an 86-59 victory over Indiana State before a sellout crowd of 13,513. Jordan Adams scored a game-high 21 points in his collegiate debut against the Sycamores.
UCLA head coach Steve Alford won each of his six regular-season openers at New Mexico. In fact, the Bruins’ new head coach has led his team to wins in each of his last 15 season-opening games. Alford’s teams have not lost a season opener since Nov. 16, 1997, when Missouri State dropped a 78-67 decision at TCU. He has guided his teams to season-opening wins in 17 of 18 seasons at the NCAA Division I level.
BY THE NUMBERS
UCLA returns 10 players from last season’s roster, a group that accounted for 66.5 percent of UCLA’s scoring production in 2012-13 and 78.0 percent of the team’s rebounding. Returning players accounted for 67.2 percent of the team’s total minutes last season. In addition, UCLA welcomes back 89.0 percent of its shot blocking production. UCLA’s returning players shot 75.2 percent at the free throw line and 29.8 percent from three-point territory last year.