LOS ANGELES – The No. 24 UCLA basketball team returns to action in Pauley Pavilion against Oakland University (Rochester, Mich.) on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. The non-conference affair will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks and can be heard on the radio in southern California on AM 570 (KLAC).
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tipoff Time: 6:02 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
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UCLA opened its 95th season of basketball with a 72-67 victory against Drexel last Friday evening in Pauley Pavilion. Jordan Adams led a group of four double-digit scorers for UCLA, logging 16 points and five rebounds. Kyle Anderson finished with 12 points, a team-leading 12 rebounds and seven assists, recording his ninth career double-double. The Bruins led Drexel by a 42-31 margin at halftime and held off a late Dragons’ rally in the game’s final minutes.
The Bruins continue their schedule against Oakland on Tuesday, Nov. 12. UCLA won the only previous meeting versus the Grizzlies, securing a 74-53 victory in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 16, 2006. UCLA looks to extend its home winning streak to six games when the Grizzlies come to town Tuesday. The Bruins are entering an 18-day stretch that will feature six games, including back-to-back contests against Nevada and Northwestern in Las Vegas (Nov. 28-29).
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. Three of UCLA’s five starters return from last season’s team – sophomores Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson and senior Travis Wear – 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.
Tuesday night’s contest will mark the 700th career game for Steve Alford as a collegiate head coach. Alford has gone 464-235 (.664) in his previous 699 career contests as head coach. He was named the 13th head coach in UCLA’s 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).
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 94 games each the last two-plus seasons at UCLA and in one year at North Carolina. Junior Norman Powell (69 career games) is UCLA’s only other player who has competed in at least 40 collegiate contests.
Kyle Anderson has come within three assists of recording a triple-double in two games at UCLA. As a freshman (Dec. 22, 2012), he finished with 20 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists in a 91-78 win over Fresno State. In UCLA’s season opener last Friday, he totaled 12 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Anderson is looking to become the first UCLA player to record a point-rebound-assist triple-double since Toby Bailey had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin during his sophomore season (Dec. 18, 1995).
Since the assist became an official stat in 1983-84, UCLA has just two triple-doubles on record – Toby Bailey’s on Dec. 18, 1995 and a point-rebound-block triple-double by Jelani McCoy against Maryland on Dec. 9, 1995. McCoy registered 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocks versus the Terrapins.
BY THE NUMBERS
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.