LOS ANGELES – UCLA will host Utah on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins (19-5, 8-3) lost at Utah, 71-67, on Saturday, Jan. 18, in a game played at Huntsman Center. UCLA has compiled a 6-5 all-time record against the Utes (17-7, 6-6).
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tipoff Time: 2:05 pm (PT)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: JB Long (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 85
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 85
UCLA will host Utah on Saturday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion, two days after having defeated Colorado, 92-74. The Bruins dropped a 71-67 decision at Utah on Saturday, Jan. 18, and have won five of their last six games since the contest in Salt Lake City. In the previous meeting, Utah used a 15-0 run in the first half to secure a 30-18 advantage and led UCLA at halftime, 36-26. The Bruins reduced Utah’s 17-point advantage in the second half to one point but could not complete the comeback at the Huntsman Center. Kyle Anderson led UCLA with 28 points in that game.
Fans attending UCLA’s game on Saturday should be aware that I-405 north between Getty Center Dr. and Ventura Blvd. will be reduced to two open lanes during daytime and evening hours. Traffic is expected to be heavy in this stretch of the I-405 and surrounding streets, specifically Sepulveda Blvd. City officials are recommending that fans allow extra time for commutes to and from UCLA athletic events this weekend.
To help select the route that will present the least amount of delay and congestion, please log online to sigalert.com for real-time freeway conditions and trafficinfo.lacity.org for real-time City of Los Angeles surface street conditions. A few extra minutes checking these sites could save you a great deal of time.
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BRUINS DEFEAT BUFFALOES
Five UCLA players scored in double figures on Thursday evening as the Bruins downed Colorado, 92-74, before 8,431 in Pauley Pavilion. Kyle Anderson scored a game-high 22 points and dished 11 assists, while Jordan Adams finished with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Bryce Alford totaled 14 points for UCLA, connecting on 4-of-5 three-point attempts (including all four long-range shots in the second half). UCLA trailed by as many as 10 points twice in the first half. Colorado led at halftime, 40-36, before the Bruins outscored the Buffaloes, 56-34, after the break.
DID YOU KNOW?
UCLA is one of just nine teams in the nation to rank in the top-30 in both adjusted offense and adjusted defense, according to the latest KenPom ratings (through games played Feb. 13). The Bruins have logged the No. 17 adjusted offense and the No. 28 adjusted defense.
No player in the country has averaged as close to a triple-double as has Kyle Anderson (15.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.8 apg). Through games played Feb. 13, Anderson was the nation’s only player averaging at least 10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 6.0 apg. In addition, Anderson is the only player to rank in the top five (in his conference, BCS conferences only) in rebounds, assists and steals and be among the top 15 scorers (includes AAC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC).
PROTECTING THE BALL
UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams in assists per game (17.5), steals per game (10.2), assist turnover ratio (1.61) and turnover margin (+4.3), through games played Thursday, Feb. 13. The Bruins have committed the third fewest turnovers per game (10.9) of any Pac-12 team. UCLA’s defense has forced the highest average of turnovers among Pac-12 teams (15.2). Kyle Anderson (164 assists, 77 turnovers) has accounted for 39.0 percent of UCLA’s total assists.
Sophomore guard Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 16.8 points per game, the seventh-highest scoring average among Pac-12 players (through Feb. 13). Adams scored a career-high 30 points against Morehead State (Nov. 22, 2013) and registered his third double-double of the season at Colorado with 14 points and 13 rebounds (Jan. 16, 2014). He finished second in scoring for UCLA last season, averaging 15.3 points per game as a freshman.
PICKED THEIR POCKETS
UCLA has three players that rank among the Pac-12’s top six leaders in steals. Jordan Adams (69 steals, 2.9 spg) leads all Pac-12 players, having logged at least two steals in 19 of 24 games. He had a career-high eight steals against Sacramento State on Nov. 12. Kyle Anderson (39 steals, 1.6 spg) ranks fourth in the conference, while Norman Powell (35 steals, 1.5 spg) is sixth. UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams with 10.2 steals per game.
Kyle Anderson became the fourth player on record in UCLA history to record a triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists) in UCLA’s 81-70 win over Morehead State on Nov. 22, 2013. 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. Since UCLA consistently tracked assists as a statistic beginning in 1971-72, the Bruins have had four triple-doubles (including one point-rebound-block effort from Jelani McCoy).
Kyle Anderson has made 22 of 42 three-point attempts (52.4 percent), a strong increase over his freshman year totals (8-for-28, 21.1 percent). Anderson shot a perfect 5-for-5 from long range in UCLA’s 74-69 loss to Utah on Jan. 18. That marked UCLA’s first “perfect” effort from three-point range with a minimum of five attempts since Ray Young went 5-for-5 from downtown on Feb. 22, 2003, in UCLA’s 93-84 loss to Stanford.
Kyle Anderson has become UCLA’s first player since 1994-95 (Charles O’Bannon) to register at least 200 rebounds and 100 assists in one season. A sophomore in 1994-95, O’Bannon finished the year with 201 rebounds and 110 assists (Anderson has 208 rebounds and 164 assists). Since UCLA officially recorded assists (1973-74), Anderson, O’Bannon and Bill Walton are UCLA’s only players to have logged 200+ rebounds and 100+ assists in one season.
Kyle Anderson has been named as one of 25 players to the John R. Wooden Award midseason list and one of 30 players to the Naismith Trophy midseason list. The 6-foot-9 guard from Fairview, N.J., was among five players to be named a “midseason” All-America selection by The Sporting News, joined by fellow first-team selections Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Nick Johnson (Arizona), Jabari Parker (Duke) and Doug McDermott (Creighton).
The Bruins have averaged 83.2 points through 24 games, the program’s highest per game offensive output through the first 23 games in any season since averaging 87.5 ppg after 24 games in 1994-95, the last year in which UCLA won the NCAA Championship. Earlier this season, UCLA compiled a seven-game streak of at least 80 points scored in victories. That feat had not been accomplished since the 1994-95 campaign (streak from Feb. 22-March 17, 1995).
UCLA’s Zach LaVine, Bryce Alford and Tony Parker have played major roles off the bench. The Bruins’ bench has accounted for 28.5 percent of UCLA’s scoring (570/1998). LaVine ranks fourth on the team in scoring (10.8 ppg) and is fifth among Pac-12 players with a 43.2 three-point FG percentage (38/88). Both LaVine and Alford rank in UCLA’s freshman top-5 list for three-point field goal percentage (miminum 0.75 three-pointers made per games played). LaVine’s 38 three-point field goals is the sixth-highest total in school history for any freshman.
UCLA does not currently have any major injuries. Noah Allen missed 12 games after suffering multiple fractures to his face in a collision sustained with a player from Oakland (Nov. 12) in the game’s final minutes. Wanaah Bail missed UCLA’s first five games recovering from left knee surgery which was performed on June 28, 2013. Travis Wear missed UCLA’s first three games after having underwent an appendectomy on Oct. 28, 2013.