LOS ANGELES – The No. 18/17 UCLA basketball team will host UC Santa Barbara (3-2) in Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday evening. Game time is 8 p.m. The non-conference contest will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks. The Bruins (7-0) earned a pair of wins against Nevada and Northwestern in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-off Time: 8:05 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Roxy Bernstein, Don MacLean
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Ch. 93
SIRIUS XM Radio: Ch. 190
UCLA has opened the season 7-0 for the first time since 2007-08 and can become the Bruins’ first team to open a season 8-0 since the 2006-07 team started 14-0. The Bruins have averaged 90.9 points per game this season and have scored an average of 102.0 points in the team’s last three contests. Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 21.4 points per game, having scored at least 16 points in all seven games. Kyle Anderson has recorded four double-doubles (including one triple-double) in seven games, averaging 13.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
In his 23rd year as a collegiate head coach, Steve Alford has become UCLA’s first head coach to open his coaching career in Westwood with a 7-0 record. John Wooden won his first six games as the Bruins’ head coach in 1948-49. Since Coach Wooden retired following the 1974-75 NCAA Championship season, UCLA has opened its season with at least seven consecutive victories five previous times. The Bruins opened the 2006-07, 1993-94 and 1991-92 seasons with 14-0 records. The Bruins’ 1990-91 team began its regular season with an 8-0 mark.
AGAINST THE GAUCHOS
UCLA has registered an 18-1 all-time record against UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos edged UCLA, 61-60, in the two teams’ last meeting (Dec. 17, 2003) in Pauley Pavilion. Led by 16th-year head coach Bob Williams, UC Santa Barbara went 11-20 with a 7-11 mark in the Big West Conference last season. Most recently, the Gauchos defeated South Dakota State by an 83-64 margin on Nov. 29 at the Thunderdome in Santa Barbara, Calif. UC Santa Barbara has been led by Alan Williams, who has averaged 29.0 points and 11.7 rebounds per game in three contests.
Kyle Anderson registered the third triple-double on record in school history on Nov. 22, logging 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. That marked UCLA’s first triple-double since Dec. 18, 1995, when Toby Bailey had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin. Anderson clinched the triple-double with his 10th assist, a dish to Jordan Adams who knocked down a shot to finish with a career-high 30 points.
BIG OFF THE BENCH
UCLA freshmen Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford have played instrumental roles off the bench. The Bruins’ reserve corps has accounted for 30.8 percent of its total scoring (196/636). LaVine ranks second on the team with 14.3 points per game, while Alford has scored 6.9 points per game and averaged 3.6 assists per game. LaVine scored 21 points against Nevada last Thursday and followed that with an 18-point effort versus Northwestern on Friday. Alford scored a season-high 18 points against Northwestern, connecting on 7 of 9 shots (went 4 for 4 from 3-point range).
BY THE NUMBERS
With seven games under their belt, the Bruins have opened the year shooting at a 55.6 percent clip (sixth-best, nationally). Through games played Sunday, Jordan Adams ranks fourth in the conference with 21.4 points per game. Kyle Anderson is the only player in the conference to rank among the top 10 in rebounds and assists. In fact, Anderson ranks first in assists (7.6) and third in rebounds (9.7) and steals (1.9). Adams leads all Pac-12 players with 23 steals and ranks second in steals per game (3.3). He logged a career-high eight steals against Sacramento State (Nov. 18).
Through games played on Sunday, Dec. 1, UCLA ranks sixth in the nation in points per game (90.9) and second in field goal percentage (55.6), trailing Gonzaga’s 55.8 field goal percentage. The Bruins are also ranked No. 3 in assists per game (20.1), No. 4 in assist turnover ratio (1.86) and No. 8 in scoring margin (23.0). UCLA’s field goal percentage defense ranks No. 22, nationally (37.6 pct). Kyle Anderson ranks third in the country in assists per game (7.6), while classmate Jordan Adams ranks fifth in steals per game (3.29).
ON THE HORIZON
UCLA returns to the road later this week, playing at Missouri (7-0) on Saturday, Dec. 7, in a nationally-televised contest by CBS. The Bruins have gone 6-1 in the all-time series against the Tigers, most recently securing a 97-94 overtime victory against Missouri in Pauley Pavilion last season (Dec. 28, 2012). Prior to last year’s game, UCLA and Missouri’s previous two meetings came in the 2002 and 1995 NCAA Tournaments. The 1995 contest, a second-round NCAA Tournament game, is best remembered for Tyus Edney’s 4.8-second game-winning layup at the buzzer.
Freshman Noah Allen suffered multiple fractures to his face after a collision with one of Oakland’s players on Nov. 12. He underwent surgery on Nov. 14. A timetable for his return has not been determined. Freshman Wanaah Bail missed UCLA’s first five games of the season recovering from left knee surgery before making his collegiate debut in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 28. Senior Travis Wear missed UCLA’s first three games (appendectomy on Oct. 28).
UCLA scored 105 points or more in consecutive games (Nov 24, Nov. 28) for the first time since Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 1993. The Bruins had not reached the 100-point plateau in back-to-back contests since Nov. 27 and Dec. 1, 1999. Following UCLA’s 105-84 win against Nevada on Nov. 28, the Bruins came five points shy of the 100-point mark against Northwestern (95-79, Nov. 29). UCLA has not scored 100+ points in three straight games since opening the 1971-72 season with seven consecutive wins with 100 or more points (Dec. 3-29, 1971).