LOS ANGELES – UCLA (11-2) opens its Pac-12 schedule at home against USC (9-4) this Sunday at 12 p.m. (PT). Sunday’s game will be televised live by Fox Sports 1. Last season, the Bruins and Trojans split a pair of regular-season games, with each team winning on the road. UCLA has won five of its last six games against USC.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tipoff Time: 12:02 pm (PT)
TV: Fox Sports 1
TV Talent: Justin Kutcher (play-by-play), Sean Elliott (analyst)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 91
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 91
UCLA has opened its season with 11 wins in its first 13 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 Sunday, Dec. 29, UCLA ranked 14th in the nation in scoring (85.5 ppg), second in field goal percentage (52.2) and fifth in assists per game (18.4) ... UCLA’s 85.5 points per game is third in the Pac-12.
UCLA has logged a 1.72 assist to turnover ratio, the fifth-best mark in the nation and second-best ratio in the Pac-12 (through Dec. 30) ... UCLA has totaled more assists than turnovers in each of its 11 victories.
Sophomore Jordan Adams has led UCLA in scoring, either by himself or tied with teammates, in 10 of 13 games ... he has scored in double figures in 12 of UCLA’s 13 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 (8.7 rpg), assists (6.7 apg) and steals (1.8 spg).
Freshman Bryce Alford (6.8 ppg, 3.4 apg) ranks first in the Pac-12 with a 3.4 assist-turnover ratio, and sophomore Kyle Anderson has posted a 2.2 ratio (sixth-best in the Pac-12) with a team-high 87 assists in 13 games.
UCLA and USC split a pair of regular-season games last year, with each team winning on the road ... UCLA overcame a 75-71 overtime loss at home (Jan. 30, 2013) by winning at USC, 75-59, nearly four weeks later (Feb. 24, 2013).
The Bruins own a 133-105 all-time advantage in the series against the Trojans ... UCLA has won five of the last six meetings against USC ... UCLA owns a 14-9 record against USC over the last 10 seasons (since 2003-04) … UCLA has not opened its Pac-12 schedule against USC since Jan. 2, 1991 (UCLA won that game, 98-81) … this marks the first season in which UCLA and USC have welcomed new head coaches in the same year since the 1979-80 campaign, when UCLA hired Larry Brown and USC named Stan Morrison its head coach.
Sophomore guard Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 18.5 points per game, having scored at least 20 points in seven of 13 contests. Adams scored a career-high 30 points against Morehead State (Nov. 22, Pauley Pavilion) and registered his first collegiate double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds) in UCLA’s 80-71 loss at Missouri (Dec. 7). He 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 (14.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.7 apg). Through games played Monday, Dec. 30, 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 (11.5/6.8/5.6), Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier (15.4/6.3/5.9) and BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth (12.8/8.0/5.3) all trail Anderson in that 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 30.8 percent of its total scoring (343/1112). LaVine ranks third on the team with 12.2 points per game. Alford has scored 6.8 points per game and ranks first in the Pac-12 with a 3.4 assist to 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 85.5 points through their first 13 games, the program’s highest per game offensive output this early in a season since averaging 87.6 ppg after 13 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).
Through nearly one season and a half at UCLA, sophomore Jordan Adams has scored 746 career points and needs 254 more points to become the 50th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Adams could reach that mark this season by averaging 14.1 points per game over the final 18 regular-season games. Sophomore Kyle Anderson has grabbed 415 career rebounds, needing 212 more boards to break into UCLA’s all-time top 25 rebounding leaders (Tracy Murray’s 627 rebounds ranks 25th on the school’s all-time list).
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 three games, Wear has averaged 9.7 points per game, making 12 of 15 field goal attempts (.800) and 4 of 4 three-point field goal attempts. He enters Sunday’s game against USC having averaged 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Wear has shot 58.0 percent from the field (40/69).
PICKED THEIR POCKETS
Through games played Dec. 29, UCLA has three players that rank among the Pac-12 Conference’s top 10 in steals. Jordan Adams (43 steals, 3.3 spg) leads all Pac-12 players, having logged at least at least two steals in 11 of 13 games this season. Adams had a career-high eight steals against Sacramento State on Nov. 12, 2013. Kyle Anderson (24 steals, 1.8 spg) ranks third in the conference in steals per game. Norman Powell (20 steals, 1.3 spg) is tied for seventh among Pac-12 players in that category. Overall, UCLA ranks first in the Pac-12 in steals (10.7 spg).
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).