CORVALLIS, Ore. – The UCLA men’s basketball team (17-4, 6-2 Pac-12) closes its road swing at Oregon State on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. (PT). The Bruins’ game in Corvallis, Ore., will be nationally televised on ESPNU. UCLA has won five of its last six games, most recently having defeated Oregon, 70-68, at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday evening. Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 17.3 points per game, while Kyle Anderson has averaged 15.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game.
Venue: Gill Coliseum (9,604)
Tipoff Time: 11:35 am (PT)
TV Talent: Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Corey Williams (analyst)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
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UCLA has won five of its last six games, heading into Sunday morning’s matchup at Oregon State. The Bruins have gone 17-4 overall, sporting a 6-2 record in conference play and in sole possession of second place in the Pac-12 standings. Most recently, UCLA edged Oregon on the road, 70-68, on Thursday evening. Jordan Adams scored 19 points and Norman Powell tallied 14 of his 17 points in the second half. Travis Wear hit the game-winning shot at Oregon, scoring on a eight-foot jump shot with 5.3 seconds to play in regulation that snapped a 68-68 tie.
ON THE ROAD
The Bruins are in the midst of a seven-game stretch that includes five road games. UCLA has gone 4-3 in games played away from Pauley Pavilion this season (2-2 in road games, 2-1 in neutral site games). The Bruins will play at Oregon State at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, marking the Bruins’ first trip to Corvallis since Jan. 2012. Since the start of the 2005-06 season, the Bruins have gone 14-1 against Oregon State, including a 6-1 record at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers have been led by Roberto Nelson, who has averaged a Pac-12-best 22.3 points per game.
Through games played Thursday, Jan. 30, UCLA ranked 11th in the nation in scoring (83.6 ppg), seventh in field goal percentage (49.8) and seventh in assists per game (17.5) ... UCLA ranks second in the Pac-12 in points per game.
Through 21 games, Kyle Anderson (15.0 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.
Sophomore Jordan Adams has led UCLA in scoring, either by himself or tied with teammates, in 11 of 21 games ... he has scored in double figures in 20 of UCLA’s 21 contests and has reached the 20-point plateau eight times.
UCLA’s roster features seven players who have scored at least 20 points in one career game, with five 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 (15.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.8 apg). Through games played Jan. 30, 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
Through games played on Jan. 30, UCLA led all Pac-12 teams in assists per game (17.5), assist turnover ratio (1.61), steals per game (10.5) and turnover margin (+4.4). UCLA has committed the second fewest turnovers per game (10.9) of any Pac-12 team. UCLA’s defense has forced the highest average of turnovers among Pac-12 teams (15.2). Kyle Anderson (143 assists, 69 turnovers) has accounted for 39.0 percent of UCLA’s total assists.
Sophomore guard Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 17.3 points per game, the sixth-highest scoring average among Pac-12 players (through Jan. 26). He 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, 2014). He finished second in scoring for UCLA last season, averaging 15.3 points per game as a freshman.
PICKED THEIR POCKETS
UCLA has three players that rank among the Pac-12’s top 11 leaders in steals. Jordan Adams (63 steals, 3.0 spg) leads all Pac-12 players, having logged at least at least two steals in 17 of 21 games. He had a career-high eight steals against Sacramento State on Nov. 12. Kyle Anderson (37 steals, 1.8 spg) ranks fourth in the conference, while Norman Powell (29 steals, 1.4 spg) is 11th. UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams with 10.5 steals per game.
Kyle Anderson became the fourth player on record in UCLA history to record 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 18 of 36 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 a loss to Stanford.
Kyle Anderson has been named as one of 25 players to the John R. Wooden Award midseason list. Anderson is among four Pac-12 players on the midseason list (along with Arizona’s Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson and Oregon’s Joseph Young). The 6-foot-9 guard from Fairview, N.J., was among five players to be named a “midseason” All-America selection by The Sporting News. Joining Anderson on The Sporting News’ list of first-teamers included Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Nick Johnson (Arizona), Jabari Parker (Duke) and Doug McDermott (Creighton).
The Bruins have averaged 83.6 points through 21 games, the program’s highest per game offensive output through the first 21 games in any season since averaging 86.2 ppg after 21 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).
Junior guard Norman Powell has played in more games (89) in a UCLA uniform than any other current UCLA basketball player. He has made 31 career starts and has played in all 89 UCLA games since the start of the 2011-12 season. Powell has twice scored a season-high 19 points this year, most recently in UCLA’s 69-56 win at No. 21-ranked Colorado (Jan. 16). He has shot 75.0 percent from the free throw line (48/64), making more free throws than he had in the previous two seasons combined (entered the year having made 36 of 55 free throw attempts).
UCLA does not currently have any major injuries. Noah Allen missed 12 games after suffering multiple fractures to his face in a collision sustained against Oakland (Nov. 12). Wanaah Bail missed UCLA’s first five games recovering from left knee surgery (performed on June 28, 2013). Travis Wear missed UCLA’s first three games (underwent an appendectomy on Oct. 28, 2013).