LOS ANGELES – UCLA (21-7, 10-5) will close its home schedule against Oregon State (15-12, 7-8) on Sunday evening in Pauley Pavilion. Game time is 6:00 pm (PT). UCLA’s game versus Oregon State will be nationally televised by FOX Sports 1 and available on AM 570 (KLAC). The Bruins have three regular-season games remaining and currently occupy second place in the Pac-12 Conference standings.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tipoff Time: 6:02 pm (PT)
TV: FOX Sports 1
TV Talent: Rob Stone (play-by-play), Jarron Collins (analyst)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 85
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 85
The Bruins will close their home schedule against Oregon State in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday evening (6 p.m., PT). UCLA looks to even the season series against Oregon State after having dropped a 71-67 decision in Corvallis, Ore., on Sunday, Feb. 2. Prior to Sunday evening’s game, UCLA will honor its three senior basketball players – Aubrey Williams, David Wear and Travis Wear in a special “Senior Night” ceremony.
Senior twin brothers David and Travis Wear have been mainstays in UCLA’s rotation each of the last three seasons after having transferred to UCLA in the summer of 2010 from North Carolina. David has averaged 8.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in 94 career games at UCLA. Travis has posted averages of 10.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in 87 career games for the Bruins.
SCORING IN PAULEY
UCLA has scored at least 75 points in each of its last 16 home games (14-2 record in that span), the longest active streak among any NCAA Division I program. Overall, UCLA has gone 15-2 in Pauley Pavilion this season, averaging 86.4 points per game in its home arena.
- UCLA enters Sunday’s game in sole possession of second place in the Pac-12 standings (10-5 conference mark).
- UCLA ranked eighth, nationally, in scoring and was second among Pac-12 teams (82.9 ppg), through Feb. 27.
- The Bruins have won 20 games or more for the 31st time in the last 39 years (since John Wooden retired in 1975).
- Currently in his first season as UCLA’s head coach, Steve Alford has guided his teams to at least 21 wins in each of the last seven seasons (this year at UCLA and in each of his six seasons at New Mexico, 2007-08 through 2012-13).
- Kyle Anderson (14.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 6.9 apg) has become UCLA’s first player to average at least 10.0/5.0/5.0 since Bill Walton finished his senior season (1973-74) with 19.3 ppg, 14.7 rpg and 5.5 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 during the 2013-14 season.
LAST TIME OUT
Bryce Alford scored a career-high 31 points in UCLA’s 87-83 double overtime loss to Oregon in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday evening. The Bruins erased a 65-59 deficit with 49 seconds to play. Alford scored eight points and Zach LaVine added three in the final minute before David Wear nailed a buzzer-beating three-pointer off a full-court inbounds pass from brother Travis Wear, sending the game to overtime tied, 71-71. UCLA played without its top two leading scorers, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson, who were serving one-game team-issued suspensions.
Bryce Alford’s 31 points versus Oregon is the second-highest single-game total for any freshman in school history. Don MacLean set the school’s single-game freshman record with 41 points against North Texas on Dec. 30, 1988. Rod Foster and J.R. Henderson each had one 28-point game as freshmen.
Kyle Anderson, a 6-foot-9 guard, is among 30 players listed on the midseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award and is one of 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy. In addition, he’s listed as one of 23 players on the midseason watch list for the Bob Cousy Award (point guard of the year). Anderson was among five players to be named a “midseason” first-team All-America selection by The Sporting News.
No player in the country has averaged as close to a triple-double as has Kyle Anderson (14.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 6.9 apg). Through games played Feb. 23, 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).
Sophomore guard Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 17.2 points per game, the seventh-highest scoring average among Pac-12 players (through Feb. 27). 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 scored in double figures in 24 of UCLA’s 27 games and has registered at least 20 points in 10 games.
PROTECTING THE BALL
UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams in assists per game (17.4), steals per game (9.7), assist turnover ratio (1.63) and turnover margin (+4.2), through games played on Feb. 27. The Bruins have committed the third fewest turnovers per game (10.68) of any Pac-12 team. UCLA’s defense has forced the highest average of turnovers among Pac-12 teams (14.9). Kyle Anderson (185 assists, 87 turnovers) has accounted for 37.9 percent of UCLA’s total assists.
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 44 three-point attempts (50.0 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 Oregon State as the Bruins’ third-leading scorer, averaging 11.3 points per game. Powell’s 55.0 overall field goal percentage ranks seventh among Pac-12 players (through Feb. 27). The junior guard from San Diego, Calif., has scored in double figures in 18 games this season, leading UCLA to a 15-3 record in those contests. Powell has played in more games in a UCLA uniform (96) 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 232 rebounds and 185 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.
The Bruins have averaged 82.9 points through 28 games, the program’s highest per game offensive output through the first 28 games in any season since averaging 88.0 ppg after 28 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 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.