PULLMAN, Wash. – UCLA (23-7, 12-5 Pac-12) will play its final regular-season contest on Saturday evening at Washington State (9-20, 2-15). Game time is 8 p.m. (PT). Saturday’s game will be nationally televised by FOX Sports 1. The Bruins have won 17 of their past 19 meetings against Washington State. The two schools split a pair of regular-season games last season and have yet to play each other this year.
Venue: Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
Tipoff Time: 8:02 pm (PT)
TV: FOX Sports 1
TV Talent: Daron Sutton (play-by-play), Corey Williams (analyst)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
UCLA has secured the No. 2 seed in next week’s Pac-12 Tournament and has locked up a second-place finish in the conference’s regular-season standings. The Bruins will face the winner of Wednesday’s No. 7-seed vs. No. 10-seed matchup in a quarterfinal contest on Thursday (6 p.m. PT). UCLA currently stands three games shy of first-place Arizona (28-2, 15-2 Pac-12).
- Jordan Adams led UCLA with a career-high 31 points at Washington on Thursday and became the Bruins’ 50th all-time player to have scored at least 1,000 career points (Adams is currently No. 47 in school history at 1,024).
- UCLA has won at least 23 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2007-08 and 2008-09. Last year, the Bruins went 25-10 as the Pac-12 Conference’s regular-season champions.
- UCLA currently ranks second in the Pac-12 in points per game (82.9) behind Oregon and ranked ninth in the nation in scoring through games played on Sunday, March 2.
- Steve Alford has led his teams to at least 22 wins in each of the last seven seasons. This year, the Bruins have gone 23-7 overall. In each of Coach Alford’s six seasons at New Mexico, the Lobos won at least 22 contests.
- Kyle Anderson (14.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 6.7 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.
Sophomore Jordan Adams scored a career-high 31 points in UCLA’s 91-82 win at Washington on Thursday. In addition, Adams crossed the 1,000 career point threshold in the first half of that game in addition to setting uCLA’s single-season steals record (83, surpassing Cameron Dollar’s 82 steals set in 1997). Adams scored 31 points on 11 of 15 shooting from the field (8 of 9 from the free throw line). Zach LaVine scored 11 of his 14 points in the game’s final four minutes to help the Bruins record their 23rd win of the season.
Bryce Alford scored a career-high 31 points in UCLA’s 87-83 double overtime loss to Oregon in Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 27. The Bruins erased a 65-59 deficit with 49 seconds left, with Alford scoring eight of the Bruins’ final 16 points in the last 49 seconds of regulation. His 31-point total is the second-highest among any UCLA freshman in program history (Don MacLean had 41 against North Texas on Dec. 30, 1988). Making his first career start that night, Alford established the school’s freshman record for most points scored in a conference game.
Kyle Anderson, a 6-foot-9 guard from Fairview, N.J., 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 (14.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 6.8 apg). Through games played Thursday, March 6, Anderson was the nation’s only player averaging at least 10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 6.0 apg. In addition, he 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 17.9 points per game, the sixth-highest scoring average among Pac-12 players (through March 6). Adams scored a career-high 31 points at Washington (March 6) 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 26 of 29 games played this season, having registered at least 20 points in 12 games.
PROTECTING THE BALL
Through games played March 5, UCLA led all Pac-12 teams in assists per game (17.5), steals per game (9.7), assist turnover ratio (1.66) and turnover margin (+4.4). The Bruins had committed the second-fewest turnovers per game (10.5) of any Pac-12 team. UCLA’s defense has forced the highest average of turnovers among Pac-12 teams (14.9). Kyle Anderson (195 assists, 94 turnovers) has accounted for 37.1 percent of UCLA’s total assists.
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.