October 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men’s basketball team will host its first of two home exhibition games on Wednesday, Oct. 30, taking on Cal State San Bernardino in Pauley Pavilion. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The Bruins will also host Cal State San Marcos in an exhibition contest on Monday, Nov. 4.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion
Arena Capacity: 13,800
Time: 7:30 p.m. (PT)
Listen Online: www.uclabruins.com
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Ranked No. 23 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll, UCLA returns to the court with six of its primary eight contributors from last season’s team. Steve Alford enters his first season as the Bruins’ head coach and his 23rd overall as a collegiate head coach. Three of UCLA’s five starters from last season’s team – sophomores Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson and senior Travis Wear – return to this year’s squad along with senior David Wear, junior Norman Powell and sophomore Tony Parker, who each played at least 33 of 35 games for UCLA last season.
Fans should note that the Sunset Blvd. exit from the 405 Freeway is closed until December. To access the north side of Pauley Pavilion, exit Wilshire Blvd. East, turn left on Veteran Blvd., then right on Sunset Blvd. From the south side of Pauley Pavilion, fans are encouraged to park in Lot 8 (west side of Westwood Blvd.). From the north side of Pauley Pavilion, fans can park in either Lot 4 or turn right to Charles E. Young Drive North and enter Lot 7. More information about parking at UCLA can be viewed by clicking here.
UCLA’s 16-man roster includes five freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors and four seniors. Senior twin brothers Travis and David Wear enter their final collegiate seasons having played in 94 and 93 games, respectively, during two seasons at UCLA and one year at North Carolina. Junior Norman Powell (68 career games) is UCLA’s only other player who has competed in at least 40 collegiate contests.
OUR HEAD COACH
Steve Alford was named the 13th head coach in UCLA men’s basketball program history on March 30, 2013, after six highly-successful seasons as head coach at the University of New Mexico. A former NCAA Champion at Indiana University (1984-87) and starter on the United States’ gold medal-winning 1984 Olympic Team, Alford has served as head coach at Manchester College (1992-95), Missouri State (1996-99), Iowa (2000-07) and New Mexico (2008-13).
In six seasons at New Mexico, Alford guided the Lobos to four Mountain West Conference regular-season titles (four in the last five seasons) and back-to-back Mountain West Conference Tournament crowns in 2012 and 2013. The native of New Castle, Ind., inherits a UCLA program that went 25-10 last season, winning the Pac-12 regular-season title with a 13-5 conference mark.
Alford helped New Mexico secure its two highest single-season win totals. The Lobos went 30-5 in 2009-10, setting the school’s single-season record, before logging 29 wins in 2012-13. While at Iowa, he led the Hawkeyes to the their only trips to the Big Ten Tournament’s title game (tournament began in 1999). Iowa won the Big Ten Tournament crown in 2001 and 2006 and finished as the runner-up in 2002.
UCLA will host a pair of exhibition games against Cal State San Bernardino on Wednesday, Oct. 30, and versus Cal State San Marcos on Monday, Nov. 4. The Bruins will open their regular season against Drexel on Friday, Nov. 8. Last season, the Bruins defeated Cal State San Marcos, 83-60, in an exhibition contest on Dec. 4, 2012. UCLA’s upcoming exhibition games will mark the first contests in Pauley Pavilion for new head coach Steve Alford.
HISTORY WITH THE COYOTES
UCLA last faced Cal State San Bernardino in an exhibition contest on Nov. 6, 2011, played at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., as part of the “Bruin Road Show” that season. Backed by Joshua Smith’s game-high 26 points, the Bruins earned an 80-72 win against the Coyotes. UCLA won the only regular-season meeting against Cal State San Bernardino, 76-41, in the third game of the 2007-08 season (Nov. 13, 2007). Kevin Love led the Bruins with 19 points and nine rebounds in that game.
VERSUS CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
Eight games into the regular season last year, UCLA cruised past Cal State San Marcos, 83-60, in an exhibition game in Pauley Pavilion. Shabazz Muhammad led UCLA with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Kyle Anderson grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds and added nine points. UCLA did not open its 2012-13 campaign with an exhibition game so that the first true athletic contest played in renovated Pauley Pavilion would be the men’s basketball team’s regular-season opener.
UCLA will open its 95th basketball season against Drexel on Friday, Nov. 8, in a game televised by Pac-12 Networks at 9 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA won the only previous meeting against Drexel, defeating the Dragons by a 57-56 margin at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 25, 2005. The Bruins have gone 13-7 in their previous 20 season-opening games. Last fall, UCLA opened renovated Pauley Pavilion with an 86-59 victory over Indiana State before a sellout crowd of 13,513. Jordan Adams scored a game-high 21 points in his collegiate debut against the Sycamores.
UCLA head coach Steve Alford won each of his six regular-season openers at New Mexico. In fact, the Bruins’ new head coach has led his team to wins in each of his last 15 season-opening games. Alford’s teams have not lost a season opener since Nov. 16, 1997, when Missouri State dropped a 78-67 decision at TCU. He has guided his teams to season-opening wins in 17 of 18 seasons at the NCAA Division I level.
BY THE NUMBERS
UCLA returns 10 players from last season’s roster, a group that accounted for 66.5 percent of UCLA’s scoring production in 2012-13 and 78.0 percent of the team’s rebounding. Returning players accounted for 67.2 percent of the team’s total minutes last season. In addition, UCLA welcomes back 89.0 percent of its shot blocking production. UCLA’s returning players shot 75.2 percent at the free throw line and 29.8 percent from three-point territory last year.
UCLA was tabbed second out of 12 teams in the annual Pac-12 preseason media poll, as announced at Pac-12 Media Day in San Francisco on Oct. 17. Arizona was picked to finish first in the conference and collected 21 of 23 first-place votes. UCLA and Colorado each secured one first-place vote, finishing second and third, respectively, in the preseason poll. Last season, UCLA was picked to finish second (behind Arizona) and won the conference’s regular-season crown. The Bruins have won the Pac-12 regular-season title in four of the last eight seasons and last won the Pac-12 Tournament in March 2008.