LOS ANGELES – UCLA (10-2) will host Alabama (5-6) in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. (PT). The Bruins’ final non-conference game will be nationally televised on ESPN2 with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton on the call. UCLA has registered a 2-1 all-time record against the Crimson Tide with both teams last meeting in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tipoff Time: 7:05 pm (PT)
TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 91
LISTEN TO THE BRUINS
UCLA’s game against Alabama can be heard at 570AM or listen free via the TuneIn radio app (link available here).
UCLA has opened its season with 10 wins in its first 12 games for the first time since beginning the 2008-09 campaign with a 14-2 mark ... the Bruins opened this year with an 8-0 record … through games played Monday, Dec. 23, the Bruins ranked seventh in the nation in scoring (86.4 ppg), second in field goal percentage (52.6) and fifth in assists (18.4 apg) ... UCLA’s 86.4 points per game ranks second in the Pac-12.
UCLA has posted a 1.77 assist to turnover ratio through 12 games, the second-best mark in the Pac-12 through Dec. 23 ... UCLA has registered more assists than turnovers in each of its 10 victories … sophomore Jordan Adams has led UCLA in scoring, either by himself or tied with teammates, in 10 of 12 games ... he scored in double figures in the Bruins’ first 11 games and has reached the 20-point plateau seven times.
Sophomore Kyle Anderson has emerged as one of the country’s most dynamic players, currently the only Pac-12 player to rank among the top five in rebounds (8.9 rpg), assists (6.7 apg) and steals (1.8 spg) … freshman Bryce Alford (7.4 ppg, 3.5 apg) ranks first in the Pac-12 with a 3.5 assist-turnover ratio, and sophomore Kyle Anderson has posted a 2.2 ratio (seventh-best in the Pac-12) with a team-high 80 assists in 12 games.
UCLA has recorded a 2-1 all-time record against Alabama. Most recently, the Bruins defeated the Crimson Tide, 62-59, in a second-round matchup at the 2006 NCAA Tournament en route to advancing to the NCAA Championship game against Florida. Previously, UCLA downed Alabama 79-57 in Anaheim at the 2001 John R. Wooden Classic (Dec. 8, 2001). Alabama won the first-ever meeting against UCLA on Nov. 28, 1983 in Pauley Pavilion. The Crimson Tide enter this Saturday’s game led by senior guard Trevor Releford’s 17.0 points per game.
Sophomore guard Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 18.9 points per game, having scored at least 20 points in seven of 12 contests. Adams scored a career-high 30 points against Morehead State (Nov. 22, Pauley Pavilion) and registered his first collegiate double-double in UCLA’s 80-71 loss at Missouri (Dec. 7). The resident of Atlanta, Ga., finished second in scoring for UCLA last season, having averaged 15.3 points per game as a freshman.
No player in the country is averaging as close to a triple-double as is UCLA’s Kyle Anderson (14.7 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 6.7 apg). Through games played Tuesday, Dec. 24, Anderson was the nation’s only player to be averaging at least 10.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 6.0 apg. Eastern Washington’s Drew Brandon (11.3/7.1/5.8), Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier (15.5/6.7/5.6) and BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth (12.8/8.0/5.3) 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 in UCLA’s 81-70 victory 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. Through his UCLA career, Anderson has finished three assists shy of a triple-double in five games (twice last season, three times this season). Against Duke on Dec. 19, Anderson had 15 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
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 31.1 percent of its total scoring (322/1037). LaVine ranks third on the team with 12.8 points per game. Alford has scored 7.4 points per game and ranks first in the Pac-12 with 3.5 assists-turnover ratio. 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.
The Bruins have averaged 86.4 points through their first 12 games, the program’s highest per game offensive output this early in a season since averaging 88.5 ppg after 12 contests 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).
Senior forward David Wear scored a team-leading 16 points in UCLA’s 80-63 loss to Duke at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 19. In UCLA’s last two games, Wear has averaged 12.5 points per game, making 10 of 12 field goal attempts (.833) and 4 of 4 three-point field goal attempts. He enters Saturday evening’s game against Alabama having averaged 8.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Wear has shot 57.6 percent from the field (38/66).
DOWN THE ROAD
Following UCLA’s game against Alabama on Dec. 28, the Bruins will open Pac-12 play against USC (Jan. 5) before hosting games against No. 1 Arizona (Jan. 9) and Arizona State (Jan. 12). Last season, the Bruins went 3-0 against Arizona, including a 66-64 win in a Pac-12 Tournament semifinal game. The Wildcats could enter that game maintaining their current No. 1 ranking in both the AP and USA Today Coaches’ polls. The game on Jan. 9 would mark the first time UCLA has played the nation’s No. 1 team since Dec. 6, 2009 (lost to Kansas, 73-61, in Pauley Pavilion).
Norman Powell has played in more games in a UCLA uniform than any other current UCLA basketball player. Powell has played in 80 career contests, making 22 starts, having played in all 80 games since the start of the 2011-12 season. He scored 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting against Chattanooga on Nov. 24. Powell has logged career averages of 6.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He has scored in double figures in seven of 12 games this year.
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).