LOS ANGELES – No. 25 UCLA (13-3, 2-1) will play at Colorado (14-3, 3-1) on Thursday evening, opening its Pac-12 road schedule in Boulder, Colo. UCLA has recorded a 6-1 all-time record against Colorado, including a perfect 2-0 mark since the Buffaloes joined the Pac-12 Conference prior to the 2011-12 school year. Last season, the Bruins secured a 78-75 victory over Colorado at the Coors Events Center (UCLA did not host a Pac-12 game against Colorado last season).
Venue: Coors Events Center (11,604)
Tipoff Time: 5:06 p.m. PT/6:06 p.m. MT
TV: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst), Jill Savage (sideline)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
UCLA enters its game this Thursday with a 13-3 overall record after having opened the 2013-14 campaign with eight straight wins (UCLA’s first 8-0 start since going 14-0 to begin the 2006-07 campaign) … through games played Sunday, Jan. 12, UCLA ranked ninth in the nation in scoring (86.3 ppg), third in field goal percentage (51.4) and fourth in assists per game (18.1) ... UCLA ranks second in the Pac-12 in points per game.
Sophomore Jordan Adams has led UCLA in scoring, either by himself or tied with teammates, in 10 of 16 games ... he has scored in double figures in 15 of UCLA’s 16 contests and has reached the 20-point plateau eight times.
Sophomore Kyle Anderson has emerged as one of the country’s most dynamic players and is the only Pac-12 player to rank among the conference’s top five leaders in rebounds (9.3 rpg), assists (6.6 apg) and steals (1.8 spg) … through 16 games, Anderson (15.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 6.6 apg) has become the first UCLA player to average at least 10.0/5.0/5.0 since Bill Walton finished with 19.3 ppg, 14.7 rpg and 5.5 apg as a senior in 1973-74.
Most recently, UCLA defeated Arizona State by a 87-72 margin in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday evening ... the Bruins opened a 50-33 lead by halftime, pushed its margin to 23 points and held on for their 13th win of the season.
No player in the country is averaging as close to a triple-double as is UCLA’s Kyle Anderson (15.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 6.6 apg). Through games played Sunday, Jan. 12, Anderson was the nation’s only player to be averaging at least 10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 6.0 apg. Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane (16.5/7.3/6.1), BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth (13.5/8.4/5.6) and Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier (16.1/6.5/5.7) trail Anderson in that category.
PROTECTING THE BALL
Through games played on Jan. 12, UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams in assists per game (18.1), assist turnover ratio (1.72), steals per game (10.6), turnover margin (+4.5) and fewest turnovers per game (10.5, tied with California). UCLA ranked fourth in assists per game, fifth in assist turnover ratio, second in steals per game and 11th in turnover margin. Kyle Anderson (105 assists, 48 turnovers) and Bryce Alford (50 assists, 18 turnovers) have combined for 155 of the Bruins’ 289 assists (53.6 percent). Alford ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with a 2.8 assist turnover ratio.
UCLA has recorded the nation’s third-highest field goal percentage (51.4 pct) through games played Jan. 12. The Bruins have five of their primary eight contributors making at least 50 percent of their shots. Tony Parker has made a team-leading 60.2 percent of his field goal attempts (third-best mark in the Pac-12), while Norman Powell has connected on 56.0 percent of his shots (ninth-highest percentage in the Pac-12). Zach LaVine’s 54.5 field goal percentage ranks second in the Pac-12 among all freshmen (behind USC’s Nikola Jovanovic, 54.8 pct.).
Sophomore guard Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 18.1 points per game, the fifth-highest scoring average among Pac-12 players (through Jan. 13). 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.
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 32.8 percent of its total scoring (453/1381). LaVine ranks third on the team with 12.6 points per game. Alford has scored 8.4 points per game and ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with a 2.8 assist 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 20 points in his first-ever Pac-12 game (vs. USC, Jan. 5).
Junior guard Norman Powell has played in more games (84) in a UCLA uniform than any other current UCLA basketball player. He has made 26 career starts and has played in all 84 UCLA games since the start of the 2011-12 season. This season, Powell has shot 77.1 percent from the free throw line (37/48), making nearly as many free throws as he had in the previous two seasons combined (entered this season having made 36 of 55 free throw attempts). A resident of San Diego, Calif., Powell has averaged 10.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 16 games.
PICKED THEIR POCKETS
UCLA has three players that rank among the Pac-12’s top 13 in steals. Jordan Adams (55 steals, 3.4 spg) leads all Pac-12 players, having logged at least at least two steals in 14 of 16 games. He had a career-high eight steals against Sacramento State on Nov. 12. Kyle Anderson (29 steals, 1.8 spg) ranks fourth in the conference in steals. Norman Powell (22 steals, 1.4 spg) is tied with two other players for 10th among Pac-12 players in that category.
UCLA does not currently have any major injuries. Freshman Noah Allen missed 12 games earlier this season after suffering multiple fractures to his face in a collision sustained against Oakland (Nov. 12). Allen returned against USC on Jan. 5. Freshman Wanaah Bail missed UCLA’s first five games of the season recovering from left knee surgery performed on Nov. 28. Senior Travis Wear missed UCLA’s first three games (appendectomy on Oct. 28).