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Norman Powell and the Bruins host Cal State San Marcos on Monday (photo by Don Liebig)
No. 22 UCLA Basketball Set for Monday Night's Exhibition
By: UCLA Athletics

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:
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.

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.

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.

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.


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Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
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vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
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Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
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Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA