LOS ANGELES – The No. 23 UCLA men’s basketball team (8-1) returns to action against Prairie View A&M (2-7) on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m. (PT). The Bruins have compiled an all-time 2-0 record against the Panthers, who are set to face BYU on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Most recently, UCLA’s season-opening eight game winning streak was snapped with an 80-71 loss at Missouri on Dec. 7.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-off Time: 5:06 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Jim Watson, Don MacLean
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Ch. 85
SIRIUS XM Radio: Ch. 85
Sophomore guard Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 21.6 points per game, having scored at least 20 points in seven of the Bruins’ nine contests. Adams has led UCLA in scoring in all nine games (twice tied with at least one other teammate), having scored a career-high 30 points against Morehead State on Nov. 22 in Pauley Pavilion. Adams logged his first collegiate double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds) in UCLA’s 80-71 loss at Missouri on Dec. 7.
No player in the country is averaging as close to a triple-double as is UCLA’s Kyle Anderson (13.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 7.1 apg). Through games played Sunday, Dec. 8, Anderson was the nation’s only player to be averaging at least 10.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 7.0 apg. Eastern Washington’s Drew Brandon (11.6/7.3/4.9), Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier (15.3/7.0/5.9) and BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth (12.1/8.4/5.4) all trail Anderson in that vaunted category.
Kyle Anderson registered the third triple-double on record in school history on Nov. 22, logging 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against Morehead State. 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. Previously, Anderson had finished three assists shy of a triple-double three times in his UCLA career (once earlier this season, twice in 2012-13).
Since the assist became an official stat in 1983-84, UCLA has just three triple-doubles on record (including Anderson’s) – Toby Bailey’s on Dec. 18,1995 and a point-rebound-block triple-double by Jelani McCoy against Maryland (Dec. 9, 1995) with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocks.
In his 23rd year as a collegiate head coach, Steve Alford became UCLA’s first head coach to open his coaching career in Westwood with eight consecutive wins. 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 had opened its season with at least eight consecutive victories five previous times.
UCLA had compiled a seven-game streak of at least 80 points scored in victories, a feat that had not been accomplished at UCLA since Feb. 22-March 17, 1995. The last time UCLA had scored at least 80 points in seven or more consecutive games was in 1998 (Jan. 17-Feb. 22) when the Bruins totaled at least 80 points in 11 straight games (7-4 during that stretch). Ironically, the streaks this season and in 1995 were both disrupted by Missouri.
HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE
UCLA has averaged 88.4 points per game, the 10th highest scoring average in the nation (through Sunday, Dec. 8). The Bruins currently rank second in the Pac-12 Conference in scoring (88.4) and three-point FG percentage (40.5) and are third in field goal percentage (53.3).
BIG OFF THE BENCH
UCLA freshmen Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford have played instrumental roles off the bench. In all, the Bruins’ bench this season has accounted for 30.2 percent of its total scoring (240/796). LaVine ranks second on the team with 14.2 points per game, while Alford has scored 6.9 points per game and averaged 3.1 assists per game. LaVine scored 21 points against Nevada on Nov. 28 and followed that with an 18-point effort versus Northwestern on Nov 29. Alford scored a season-high 18 points against Northwestern, connecting on 7 of 9 shots.
ON THE HORIZON
UCLA will face Duke at Madison Square Garden in the CARQUEST Auto Parts Classic on Thursday, Dec. 19. The non-conference contest will be nationally televised by ESPN at 4:30 p.m. (PT). UCLA has not faced Duke on the hardwood since dropping an 84-73 decision to the Blue Devils on Nov. 30, 2002 in the Wooden Tradition (Indianapolis, Ind.). UCLA has registered a 6-9 all-time record against Duke, including a 2-7 mark during Mike Krzyzewski’s tenure as the Blue Devils’ head coach. UCLA last defeated Duke on Feb. 23, 1997, earning a 73-69 win in Pauley Pavilion.
Through games played on Sunday, Dec. 8, UCLA ranked 10th in the nation in points per game (88.4), fourth in field goal percentage (53.3) and fifth in assists per game (18.8). Likewise, the Bruins were fifth nationally in assist turnover ratio (1.8) and third in the country in steals per game (11.2). Jordan Adams ranked fifth in steals per game (3.3), while Kyle Anderson was seventh in assists per game (7.1) and one of 45 players to have logged at least four double-doubles. Anderson is one of just five players in the nation to have compiled one triple-double.
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).