LOS ANGELES – No. 23 UCLA will face California at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday evening. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The Bruins (20-5, 9-3) stand one game shy of first place in the Pac-12 standings. UCLA will continue its road trip in northern California with a game at Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Venue: Haas Pavilion (11,877)
Tipoff Time: 7:36 pm (PT)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: JB Long (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst), Ashley Adamson (sideline)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
UCLA will play at California on Wednesday evening, seeking its first win at the Golden Bears’ Haas Pavilion since a 76-75 overtime victory on Jan. 6, 2010. The Bruins defeated California, 76-64, in the two teams’ only other meeting this season (Jan. 26 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion). In that contest, David Wear led the Bruins with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while Kyle Anderson finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
DOWN THE STRETCH
UCLA will play four of its final six regular season games on the road. This week, the Bruins play at California (Feb. 19) and at Stanford (Feb. 23). After hosting Oregon and Oregon State, UCLA will close its regular-season schedule at Washington and Washington State.
The Bruins defeated Utah, 80-66, on Saturday afternoon to reach the 20-win plateau for the 48th time in school history and for the 31st time in the last 39 years (since John Wooden retired in 1975). Jordan Adams scored 24 points to lead the Bruins, while Kyle Anderson logged his conference-leading 14th double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds). UCLA enters this week’s game against California having won six of its last seven contests.
UCLA ranks 10th in the nation in scoring, second among Pac-12 teams (83.1 ppg), through Feb. 16.
The Bruins lead the Pac-12 in assists (17.5), steals (10.0), turnover margin (+4.3) and assist turnover ratio (1.6).
Through 25 games, Kyle Anderson (15.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.8 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.
Kyle Anderson has become the first NCAA Division I player to average at least 14.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 6.0 apg in one season since Ohio State’s Evan Turner finished the 2009-10 campaign with 20.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg and 6.0 apg.
UCLA’s roster features seven players who have scored at least 20 points in one career game, with six of those seven players having registered at least 20 points in one game this season.
No player in the country has averaged as close to a triple-double as has Kyle Anderson (15.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.8 apg). Through games played Feb. 16, Anderson was the nation’s only player averaging at least 10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 6.0 apg. In addition, Anderson is the only player to rank in the top five (in his conference, BCS conferences only) in rebounds, assists and steals and be among the top 15 scorers (includes AAC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC).
PROTECTING THE BALL
UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams in assists per game (17.5), steals per game (10.0), assist turnover ratio (1.6) and turnover margin (+4.3), through games played on Feb. 16. The Bruins have committed the second fewest turnovers per game (10.8) of any Pac-12 team. UCLA’s defense has forced the highest average of turnovers among Pac-12 teams (15.1). Kyle Anderson (169 assists, 80 turnovers) has accounted for 38.7 percent of UCLA’s total assists.
Sophomore guard Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 16.8 points per game, the seventh-highest scoring average among Pac-12 players (through Feb. 13). Adams scored a career-high 30 points against Morehead State (Nov. 22, 2013) and registered his third double-double of the season at Colorado with 14 points and 13 rebounds (Jan. 16). He finished second in scoring for UCLA last season, averaging 15.3 points per game as a freshman. Adams has shot 36.7 percent from three-point range (40 of 109) as a sophomore after having shot 30.7 percent from three-point distance (46 of 150) as a freshman.
PICKED THEIR POCKETS
UCLA has three players that rank among the Pac-12’s top seven leaders in steals. Jordan Adams (73 steals, 2.9 spg) leads all Pac-12 players, having logged at least two steals in 20 of 25 games. He had a career-high eight steals against Sacramento State on Nov. 12. Kyle Anderson (40 steals, 1.6 spg) ranks fourth in the conference, while Norman Powell (36 steals, 1.6 spg) is seventh. UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams with 10.0 steals per game.
Kyle Anderson became the fourth player on record in UCLA history to register a triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists) in UCLA’s 81-70 win over Morehead State on Nov. 22, 2013. 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. Since UCLA consistently tracked assists as a statistic beginning in 1971-72, the Bruins have had four triple-doubles (including one point-rebound-block effort from Jelani McCoy).
Kyle Anderson has made 22 of 42 three-point attempts (52.4 percent), a strong increase over his freshman year totals (8-for-28, 21.1 percent). Anderson shot a perfect 5-for-5 from long range in UCLA’s 74-69 loss to Utah on Jan. 18. That marked UCLA’s first “perfect” effort from three-point range with a minimum of five attempts since Ray Young went 5-for-5 from downtown on Feb. 22, 2003, in UCLA’s 93-84 loss to Stanford.
Norman Powell enters UCLA’s game against California as the Bruins’ third-leading scorer, averaging 11.4 points per game. Powell’s 55.9 overall field goal percentage ranks seventh among Pac-12 players (through Feb. 15). The junior guard from San Diego, Calif., has scored in double figures in 16 games this season, leading UCLA to a 15-1 record in those contests. Powell has played in more games in a UCLA uniform (93) than any other current Bruins’ player.
Kyle Anderson has become UCLA’s first player since 1994-95 (Charles O’Bannon) to register at least 200 rebounds and 100 assists in one season. A sophomore in 1994-95, O’Bannon finished the year with 201 rebounds and 110 assists (Anderson has 218 rebounds and 169 assists). Since UCLA officially recorded assists (1973-74), Anderson, O’Bannon and Bill Walton are UCLA’s only players to have logged 200+ rebounds and 100+ assists in one season.
Kyle Anderson is one of six players in the nation who have been named to “watch lists” for the John R. Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy and the Bob Cousy Award (top point guard). Anderson is among 30 players listed on the John R. Wooden Award midseason list and is one of 23 point guards selected to the latest Bob Cousy Award midseason list. Anderson was among five players to be named a “midseason” All-America selection by The Sporting News.
The Bruins have averaged 83.1 points through 25 games, the program’s highest per game offensive output through the first 23 games in any season since averaging 87.6 ppg after 25 games 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).
UCLA’s Zach LaVine, Bryce Alford and Tony Parker have played major roles off the bench. The Bruins’ bench has accounted for 28.5 percent of UCLA’s scoring (593/2078). LaVine ranks fourth on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg) and is sixth among Pac-12 players with a 42.2 three-point FG percentage (38/90). Both LaVine and Alford rank in UCLA’s freshman top-5 list for three-point field goal percentage (miminum 0.75 three-pointers made per games played). LaVine’s 38 three-point field goals is the sixth-highest total in school history for any freshman.
UCLA does not currently have any major injuries. Noah Allen missed 12 games after suffering multiple fractures to his face in a collision sustained with a player from Oakland (Nov. 12) in the game’s final minutes. Wanaah Bail missed UCLA’s first five games recovering from left knee surgery which was performed on June 28, 2013. Travis Wear missed UCLA’s first three games after having underwent an appendectomy on Oct. 28, 2013.