LOS ANGELES – No. 4-seed UCLA (26-8) will face No. 13-seed Tulsa (21-12) in a second-round matchup of the NCAA Tournament’s South Region this Friday night at Viejas Arena in San Diego. The Bruins earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after having won the Pac-12 Tournament title in Las Vegas last Saturday. Game time on Friday is slated for 6:57 p.m. (PT). UCLA’s contest against Tulsa will be nationally televised by truTV.
FRIDAY’S GAME IN SAN DIEGO
Venue: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (11,564)
Game Time: 6:57 pm (PT)
TV Station: truTV
TV Talents: Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 157
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 190
KEY NOTES ABOUT UCLA
- UCLA will make its 46th appearance in the NCAA Tournament this week, having earned its highest tournament seed (No. 4) since entering the 2008 field as the No. 1 seed in the West Region ... the Bruins are one of six Pac-12 Conference programs in the 68-team field (joining Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon and Stanford).
- The Bruins secured the Pac-12 Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning its fourth Pac-12 Tournament title in the 17-year history of the tournament ... UCLA defeated Arizona, 75-71, in the title game ... Jordan Adams nailed a tie-breaking three-pointer to give UCLA a 71-68 cushion with 45 seconds to play.
- Under the leadership of head coach Steve Alford, in his first season at UCLA, the Bruins have gone 26-8 overall, recording their highest single-season win total since going 26-9 in 2008-09 ... UCLA won its three games in the Pac-12 Tournament by an average of 16.0 points per game, averaging 80.3 points per contest.
- UCLA finished its regular season schedule with a second-place finish in the competitive Pac-12 Conference standings (12-6 Pac-12 record), trailing first-place Arizona (15-3 Pac-12) by three games.
- The Bruins have won at least 20 games in 48 seasons, including 31 times in the last 39 years (since John Wooden retired in 1975) ... UCLA has won at least 26 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2008-09.
- Kyle Anderson has averaged closer to a triple-double than any other player in the nation ... the Bruins’ sophomore 6-foot-9 point guard enters the NCAA Tournament averaging 14.9 points per game, leading the team in rebounds per game (8.8) and the conference in assists per game (6.6) ... he has registered a Pac-12-best 16 double-doubles.
- Under Coach Alford’s direction, UCLA has averaged its highest offensive output (81.8 ppg) since the Bruins averaged 83.1 points per game in 1997-98 ... in his 23rd season as a college head coach, Alford has guided his teams to at least 22 wins in each of the last seven seasons (includes his six seasons as New Mexico’s head coach).
- Jordan Adams leads UCLA in scoring (17.2 ppg) and ranks seventh in that category in the Pac-12 ... Adams scored a career-high 31 points at Washington (March 6) to pass the 1,000 career point mark ... he also leads all Pac-12 players with 90 steals, the UCLA single-season record (surpassing Cameron Dollar’s 82 steals in 1997).
- UCLA’s roster features seven players who have scored at least 20 points in one career game, with six of those seven having registered at least 20 points in a game this season ... Jordan Adams leads the Bruins with 12 games of 20 points or more and has scored in double figures in 28 of 33 games played.
- The Bruins returned six of their primary eight contributors from the 2012-13 team ... this season, UCLA has primarily used an eight-man rotation that includes starters Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Norman Powell, David Wear and Travis Wear, with Zach LaVine, Bryce Alford and Tony Parker contributing off the bench.
Jordan Adams (17.2 pgg, 5.3 rpg) and Kyle Anderson (14.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 6.6 apg) earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors, marking the second consecutive year in which two UCLA players secured first-team acclaim (last season, Larry Drew II and Shabazz Muhammad). In addition, Bryce Alford (8.1 ppg, 2.7 apg) and Zach LaVine (10.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg) were among five players named to the conference’s All-Freshman Team.
Kyle Anderson secured Most Outstanding Player accolades at the Pac-12 Tournament last weekend, having averaged 15.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists in three games. Anderson registered his conference-leading 16th double-double (21 points, 15 rebounds) in the championship win over Arizona.
Head coach Steve Alford has become the 12th head coach in college basketball history to have led at least four NCAA Division I programs to the NCAA Tournament (Missouri State, Iowa, New Mexico and UCLA). He has guided his teams to conference tournament titles in each of the past three seasons and is the first UCLA head coach to have led the Bruins to the Pac-12 Tournament Championship in his first year at the helm. The other 11 coaches to have led at least four NCAA Division I teams to the NCAA Tournament include John Beilein, Lefty Driesell, Cliff Ellis, Larry Eustachy, Jim Harrick, Lon Kruger, Fran McCaffery, Tom Penders, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith and Eddie Sutton. Eight of those 11 coaches are active head coaches
UCLA has compiled a 3-2 all-time record against Tulsa, having met the Golden Hurricane once in NCAA Tournament action. The Bruins suffered a 112-102 overtime loss to Tulsa in the first round of the 1994 Tournament. UCLA and Tulsa did not share any common opponents this season. Since the NCAA Tournament featured seeds in 1978-79, UCLA has gone 9-4 in its first NCAA Tournament game when seeded No. 4 or higher.
THE KYLE ANDERSON FILE
No player in the nation has averaged as close to a triple-double as has Kyle Anderson (14.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 6.6 apg). The chart below analyzes the country’s other players who are averaging close to a triple-double. Through games played March 16, Anderson was the only player in the country averaging at least 10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 6.0 apg. He is the only player to rank in the top five in rebounds, assists and steals and be among the top 15 scorers not only in the Pac-12 Conference, but in any of the BCS conferences (AAC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC).
Kyle Anderson has been named as one of15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award and for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy. Last week, he was listed as one of six finalists for this season’s Bob Cousy Award, presented by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation’s premier point guard.
With six assists against Oregon on March 13, Anderson became the first-ever player in Pac-12 Conference history to have logged at least 200 rebounds and 200 assists in the same season. He will enter the NCAA Tournament having totaled 292 rebounds and 217 assists in 33 games played this season.
Kyle Anderson (14.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 6.6 apg) has become UCLA’s first player to average at least 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 5.0 apg since Bill Walton finished his senior season (1973-74) with 19.3 ppg, 14.7 rpg and 5.5 apg. Anderson and Walton are two of UCLA’s four players, on record, to have registered a triple-double while at UCLA.
As a freshman in 2012-13, Kyle Anderson became the first Pac-12 player since Bill Walton in 1973-74 to have tallied at least 300 rebounds and 100 assists in the same season. Last year, Anderson finished with 302 rebounds and 122 assists (Walton had 398 rebounds and 148 assists as a senior in 1973-74).
Kyle Anderson became the fourth player on record in UCLA history to register a triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists) in UCLA’s 81-70 win over Morehead State (Nov. 22, 2013). That marked UCLA’s first triple-double since Dec. 18, 1995 (Toby Bailey versus Stephen F. Austin). Since UCLA consistently tracked assists beginning in 1971-72, the Bruins have had four triple-doubles.
Kyle Anderson has made 26 of 54 three-point attempts (48.1 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.
ALL ABOUT JORDAN ADAMS
Jordan Adams has averaged 16.2 points per game in two seasons at UCLA (66 games). Adams, a sophomore from Atlanta, leads the Bruins with 17.2 points per game and has recorded a team-best 83.7 free throw percentage (149/178). He has scored at least 20 points in a team-leading 12 games this season.
Adams has improved his three-point field goal percentage since last season by 5.4 percent (30.7 last season, 36.1 this year).
Adams’ 3-pointer with 45 seconds to play against Arizona in the Pac-12 title game (March 15, 2014) snapped a 68-68 tie and gave the Bruins the lead for good. He averaged 11.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg in three tournament games.
Adams was named a first-team All-Pac-12 selection at the conclusion of the regular season. Last year, he earned honorable mention All-Freshman Team accolades after having averaged 15.3 points per game, the second-highest total on the team behind then-freshman Shabazz Muhammmad.
Adams has set UCLA’s single-season steals record (90 in 2013-14) after having registered a conference-leading 73 steals as a freshman in 2012-13 (the sixth-highest single-season total in school history). Adams’ 163 career steals in two seasons ranks eighth place on the Bruins’ all-time steals list. The sophomore guard has averaged 2.47 career steals per game, the highest average in program history (minimum 60 games played).
Adams will make his first career appearance in the NCAA Tournament this week. As a freshman in 2012-13, Adams broke his left foot in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals (66-64 win against Arizona) and was forced to miss the remainder of the season. Adams underwent surgery and was fully recovered in time for the 2013-14 season.
UCLA has gone 11-1 this season in games in which Adams has scored at least 20 points. He scored 30 points in the team’s 81-70 win against Morehead State (Nov. 22) and had a career-high 31 points in the Bruins’ 91-82 victory at Washington (March 7), connecting on 11 of 15 shots (73.3 percent) against the Huskies.
Adams has recorded each of his three career double-doubles this season. He finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Bruins’ 80-71 loss at Missouri (Dec. 7). He logged 12 points and 11 rebounds in a 79-75 loss to No. 1-ranked Arizona (Jan. 9) and had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the team’s 69-56 win at Colorado (Jan. 16).
PROTECTING THE BALL
Entering the NCAA Tournament, UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams in assists per game (17.2), steals per game (9.4), assist turnover ratio (1.63) and turnover margin (+4.0). The Bruins have committed the third-fewest turnovers per game (10.5) of any Pac-12 team. UCLA’s defense has forced the highest average of turnovers among Pac-12 teams (14.5). Kyle Anderson (217 assists, 101 turnovers) has accounted for 37.1 percent of UCLA’s total assists.
Norman Powell enters the NCAA Tournament as the Bruins’ third-leading scorer, averaging 11.3 points per game. Powell’s 53.9 overall field goal percentage ranks seventh among Pac-12 players (through March 15). The junior guard from San Diego has scored in double figures in 20 games this season, leading UCLA to an 18-3 record in those contests. Powell has played in more games in a UCLA uniform (102) than any other current Bruins’ player.
The Bruins have averaged 81.8 points through 34 games, the program’s highest per game offensive output in any season since averaging 83.1 points per game during the 1997-98 campaign. Earlier this year, UCLA compiled a seven-game streak of at least 80 points scored in victories. That feat had not been accomplished since the Bruins’ 1994-95 NCAA championship season (streak ran from Feb. 22 through March 17, 1995).
After having averaged just 6.3 minutes per game as a freshman last season, Tony Parker has averaged 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game this season. The sophomore from Atlanta has registered a team-best 59.4 field goal percentage (98/165) after having made 33 of 61 shots (54.1) one year ago. Parker has scored at least 10 points in eight games and has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in three games. He registered his first career double-double in a non-conference win over Oakland, totaling 21 points and 12 rebounds (Nov. 12, 2013).
HAILING FROM SAN DIEGO
Junior guard Norman Powell has played in more games (102) in a UCLA uniform than any other current UCLA basketball player. Powell’s appearance in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal against Oregon (March 13) marked his 100th career game with the Bruins. The native of San Diego has made 44 career starts and has played in all 102 games since the start of the 2011-12 season. Powell has shot 76.8 percent from the free throw line (86/112), making more free throws than he had in the previous two years combined (entered this season having made 36 of 55).
SUCCESS AT THE LINE
Travis Wear has made 23 of 28 free throw attempts (.82.1), registering a career 79.6 percentage (180/226), including one season played at North Carolina. Travis’ twin brother David, also a senior forward on the team, had a streak of 19 consecutive free throws made from Nov. 28, 2013 through Feb. 8, 2014. In UCLA’s game agianst Nevada (Nov. 28), David Wear missed his first free throw attempt before making his next.
UCLA’s Zach LaVine, Bryce Alford and Tony Parker have played major roles off the bench. The Bruins’ bench has accounted for 28.7 percent of UCLA’s scoring (778/2782). LaVine and Alford rank sixth and ninth, respectively, in three-point field goal percentage among Pac-12 players. Both freshmen are among the top five in UCLA’s all-time freshman three-point percentage list (mininum 0.75 three-pointers made per games played).
Bryce Alford’s 31 points in the Bruins’ 87-83 double overtime loss to Oregon on Feb. 27 are the second-most points scored by any UCLA freshman in one game. Don MacLean set the school’s freshman record with 41 points against North Texas on Dec. 30, 1988. Alford’s 31 points are the most scored by any UCLA freshman in a conference game. The freshman from Albuquerque, N.M., connected on 7 of 17 field goals and made a season-high 12 of 13 free throws.
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.