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Men's Basketball Ready For No. 12 Seed Aggies
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Release:  03/15/2001

March 15, 2001

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No. 4 seed UCLA

vs.

No. 12 seed Utah State

NCAA East Region Second Round
Saturday, March 17
Greensboro, NC
Approx. 3:40 p.m. EST
TV - CBS
Radio - Fox Sports 1150am with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers

UCLA is 6-3 versus Utah State. The last time the two teams met was during the 1976-77 season, an 88-68 Bruin victory at Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN
The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin is currently in his fifth season as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the Bruin staff, with a school and career record of 113-46 (71.1, 159 games). Lavin is 8-4 in NCAA play, 3-0 in second round action.

Lavin is 8-4 (66.7) in NCAA Tournament play. Since the NCAA Tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985, he is the first UCLA head coach to lead UCLA to three NCAA 'Sweet 16' appearances in a four-year stretch. In his first four seasons, the Bruins averaged nearly 23 wins a year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons, including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16' twice (1998 and 2000) and also won the 1997 Pacific-10 title.

On March 30, 1999, he was awarded a six-year contract, including a rollover clause, through the 2004-2005 season.

Entering 2000-2001, Lavin was No. 1 (out of 28) in wins in the nation on the chart of current collegiate head coaches entering their fifth season (Top 5, record after four seasons: Lavin, 91-38, 70.5, Bill Donovan, Florida, 78-49, 61.4, Charlie Coles, Miami, Ohio, 77-44, 63.6, Ben Braun, California, 75-50, 60.0, Murray Bartow, Alabama-Birmingham, 73-52, 58.4).

UCLA's 79-73 road win over previously-unbeaten Stanford on Feb. 3 was Lavin's second over a No. 1 team in less than a year (UCLA defeated No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime on Mar. 4, 2000 at Maples Pavilion). It is believed that Lavin is the second coach in college history to record consecutive wins on a No. 1 ranked team's home floor (USC's Bob Boyd won at No. 1 UCLA in both 1969 and 1970).

UCLA's 93-65 win over Villanova on Jan. 13 in Pauley Pavilion was Lavin's 100th UCLA victory and it was also his 300th game as a member of the Bruin staff (Lavin's record at UCLA as a head and assistant coach (1992-96, 126-32, 79.7, 158 games) is 239-78, 317 games, 75.4). Lavin reached the 100-win plateau in 142 games, the second-fastest in modern school history (after WWII), behind Jim Harrick (who reached the 100-win milestone in the seventh game of his fifth season, 1992-93, 100-36, 136 games). John Wooden reached 100 wins as the Bruin coach at the conclusion of his fifth season (1952-53, 100-44, 144 games). Prior to WWII, UCLA's second coach, Caddy Works, recorded his 100th win in the third game of his 10th year (1930-31, 100-41, 141 games).

Lavin is one of just four coaches in the nation to lead his school to three Sweet 16's in the last four years. The others are Purdue's Gene Keady, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski

During his four+ years as head coach, UCLA owns a record of 19-9 (67.9) in March, including 6-1 in 1997, 3-3 in 1998, 1-2 in 1999, 6-1 in 2000 and 3-2 in 2001.

In overtime games under Steve Lavin, the Bruins are 9-2 during his four+ years as head coach. In 2000-01, the Bruins are 3-0, beating Kentucky 97-92 for third-place in the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic and beating then-No. 8 Arizona, 79-77 at Pauley Pavilion and Oregon State, 68-65 in Corvallis, 2-0 in 1999-00, including a 94-93 win over No. 1 Stanford at Maples Pavilion and a 103-98 win over South Florida in the third-place game at The Pearl Harbor Classic. The Bruins have won eight consecutive overtime games dating back to 1996-97, last losing at Oregon 87-85 during the 1997 Pac-10 season - (2000-01, UCLA 97-Kentucky 92, UCLA 79, Arizona 77, UCLA 68, Oregon State 65, 1999-2000, UCLA 94, at Stanford 93, UCLA 103, South Florida 98, 1998-99, at UCLA 88, Arizona State 85, 1997-98, UCLA 82, at USC 75, 1996-97, UCLA 74, Iowa State 73-NCAA Sweet 16).

UCLA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
UCLA enters the 2001 NCAA Tournament as the all-time leader in championships with 11 - 1964. 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975 and 1995.

The Bruins own a record of 82-29 in NCAA play. Entering the 2001 Tournament, UCLA ranked second in victories, trailing only Kentucky's 87 wins and just ahead of North Carolina's 80 victories. Its winning percentage of 73.6 also ranks second, trailing only Duke's 75.3. North Carolina and Kentucky, both at 70.2, are the only other schools over the 70.0% barrier. Between 1964 and 1974, UCLA won 38 consecutive NCAA Tournament games - a record.

This is UCLA's 37th appearance in the "Big Dance," including each of the last 13 years. Only three schools have a longer current streak-North Carolina 27, Arizona 17 and Indiana 16.

UCLA (1997, 1998, 2000) is one of just six schools to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 three times in the last four years. The others are Duke (1998, 1999, 2000), Kentucky (1997, 1998, 1999), Michigan State (1998, 1999, 2000), North Carolina (1997, 1998, 2000) and Purdue (1998, 1999, 2000).

UCLA has won multiple NCAA Tournament games in three of the last four years for the first times since 1995-97-98. The last time prior to that was 1973-74-75-76.

This is UCLA's highest seed (No. 4 East Region) since 1997, when the Bruins were No. 2 in the Midwest. Here are UCLA's year-by-year seedings since the process began in 1979: 2001 - No. 4 in East, 2000 - No. 6 in Midwest, 1999 - No. 5 in South, 1998 - No. 6 in South, 1997 - No. 2 in Midwest, 1996 - No. 4 in Southeast, 1995 - No. 1 in West, 1994 - No. 5 in Midwest, 1993 - No. 9 in West, 1992 - No. 1 in West, 1991 - No. 4 in East, 1990 - No. 7 in East, 1989 - No. 7 in Southeast, 1997 - No. 4 in West, 1983 - No. 2 in West, 1981 - No. 3 in East, 1980 - No. 8 in West, 1979 - No. 1 in West.

BRUIN HEADLINES
BRUIN ACADEMIC UPDATE: For the recently completed 2000 Fall Quarter, UCLA had two players on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (a 3.0gpg or higher) - (3.0-3.49gpa) - Spencer Gloger and John Hoffart.

For the 2000 spring quarter, the Bruins had five players on the AD's Honor Roll- (3.0-3.49gpa) - Brandon Brooks, at the time, Brooks was a two-sport participant (water polo/basketball), he is no longer on the basketball team, Sean Farnham (graduated in June 2000 and is now an assistant coach at Pepperdine), Jason Flowers and Earl Watson, (3.5-4.0gpa) - Todd Ramasar.

During the summer of 2000, eight of the nine players who were in summer school took classes to continue their advancement toward a degree (were not taking classes to remain eligible for the coming season).

The Bruin men's basketball squad had the best team annual gpa improvement (out of UCLA's 23 sports) from the 1998-99 school year to the 1999-2000 school year.

UCLA's four seniors (Ryan Bailey, Jason Flowers, Rico Hines and Earl Watson), along with juniors, Billy Knight (1998-99 redshirt) and Todd Ramasar (1999-2000 redshirt), are all on track to graduate in June 2001.

Of UCLA's eight losses, seven are to teams in the NCAA Tournament (Kansas, Cal State Northridge, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Arizona, California and Stanford).

UCLA is 7-7 versus the 2001 NCAA Tournament field. The Bruins were 2-0 versus USC, 1-0 against Kentucky and Hawaii, 1-1 versus Stanford, Arizona and California, and 0-1 against Kansas, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Cal State Northridge.

Of UCLA's eight losses, five were by six or fewer points, including one by one point, one by two, one by four, one by five and one by six.

Through games of March 11, UCLA had an RPI ranking of No. 11. Its strength of schedule was rated No. 8. The Bruins were No. 17 on the Sagerin Ratings and its strength of schedule is ranked eighth. UCLA is 3-4 versus teams in Sagerin's Top 10 and only Duke (four) has more than three wins against Top 10 teams.

Jason Kapono is one of 20 players listed on the final John Wooden Award ballot and this week earned All-America honorable mention from Associated Press.

Earl Watson and Jason Kapono have been selected first-team All-Pacific 10 by a vote of the league's coaches. Matt Barnes was an honorable mention selection. T.J. Cummings was selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.

Steve Lavin has been selected Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year by the league's coaches.

Earl Watson and Jason Kapono have been selected first-team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

UCLA's win over Arizona on Feb. 15 was its 16th of the year, clinching a winning season. UCLA now has a streak of 53 consecutive winning seasons (1948-49 to 2000-2001) -- the NCAA record.

UCLA's win over California on March 1 was its 20th of the year, giving the Bruins 20 wins for the 13th straight season. UCLA has won at least 20 games 40 times in its history.

After losing to North Carolina 80-70 on Dec. 23 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA has won 18 of 22 games and 14 of 18 in Pac-10 play. Under Steve Lavin's direction, dating back to last season, the Bruins have won 20 of their last 24 Pac-10 games (won last six in 2000 and have won 14 of 18 this season).

The press has become a defensive staple for the Bruins. Since using the press in the second half of the North Carolina game (it helped the Bruins erase an 18-point second half Tar Heel lead, UCLA led by two, twice late in the second half before losing, North Carolina had 22 turnovers, including 11 in the second half), UCLA has forced 381 turnovers (17.3) in the last 22 games (18-4 record).

In its last 22 games (18-4), UCLA is averaging 80.4 points and 37.4 rebounds while allowing 74.3 points and 35.1 boards. The Bruins are shooting 47.9 from the floor, 36.5 from three-point range and 65.9 from the line while holding opponents to 43.5 from the field and 30.4 from the three-point line.

UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team this season, on Feb. 3, was its second against the No. 1 team in the nation in less than one year. Its victory over No. 1 Stanford on March 4, 2000 was the school's first over a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion. The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in the season was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the title game against Louisville. According to Associated Press, UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team eight times. Notre Dame has done it nine times, followed by UCLA and Duke (eight times). North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Ohio State have recorded seven wins versus a No. 1 team.

UCLA'S LAST GAMES
Mar. 15 - No. 15 UCLA 61, Hofstra 48 Before 14,235 at the Greensboro Coliseum in an NCAA East Region first round game, No. 4 seed UCLA defeated No. 13 seed Hofstra, 61-48.

UCLA's 61 points was a season low and Hofstra's 48 was the second lowest by a Bruin opponent this year.

The Bruins trailed 33-29 at the half. UCLA is now 5-5 this season when trailing at halftime and has now trailed at halftime in three of the last four games, including the last two.

With 9:13 remaining in the contest, Hofstra hit its final field goal of the game to give the Pride a 45-41 lead. Hofstra would score just three more points -- all on free throws -- the remainder of the game. In the second half, UCLA limited Hofstra to just 15 points (an opponent season low) and held the Pride to 26.3 shooting on its field goal attempts and just 18.2 from three-point range

UCLA's largest deficit was six points, with 13:00 remaining in the game. From that point, the Bruins outscored the Pride, 24-5.

UCLA had three players in double figures, led by Billy Knight's game-high 17 points, Dan Gadzuric's 14 points and game-high 13 rebounds, and Earl Watson's 15 points, seven assists and four steals.

The Bruins shot 47.2 (25-53) from the field, 33.3 (5-15) from three-point range and 50.0 (6-12, second lowest percentage this season), with 29 rebounds, a season high-tying 13 steals and 11 turnovers.

Hofstra shot 35.7 (15-42) from the field, 36.0 (9-25) from three-point range and 60.0 (9-15) from the free throw line, with 32 rebounds and 21 turnovers.

BRUIN NOTES

THIS YEAR
UCLA finished 14-4 in the Pac-10, its best record since winning the title in 1997 with a 15-3 mark. Last year, the Bruins were 10-8 in league play.

UCLA's eight-game winning streak that was snapped against Stanford was its longest since last season when the Bruins won their final six regular-season contests and their first two NCAA games. The last time the Bruins had a longer streak was in 1997-98, when they won nine straight games after a season-opening loss to North Carolina.

UCLA has won 18 of its last 22 games and 20 of its last 25 contests.

CAREER CHARTS
Earl Watson - The Hofstra game was Watson's 127th straight career start and game ... He has tied the school record for starts (127, set by Don MacLean in 1989-92) and will break that record Saturday versus Utah State ... Watson is the 40th Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1416 -- No. 19, No. 18, Sidney Wicks, 1423, 1969-71, No. 17, Pooh Richardson, 1461, 1986-89) ... Ranks fourth on UCLA's career assist list with 599 (No. 3, Darrick Martin, 636, 1989-92) ... Ranks No. 1 on the career steals list with 233, having passed former record holder Tyus Edney (224) against Stanford on March 3 ... Ranks No. 4 on the career three-point field goal list with 132 (No. 3, Jason Kapono, 159, current) and No. 3 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 385 (No. 2, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92) ... Watson is looking to become the first player in school history to start every scheduled regular-season and NCAA Tournament game during his four-year career (Don MacLean during his four years, 1989-92, started 127 of the 129 games played -missed a game as a junior (at Stanford, eye injury) and senior (at San Diego State, flu), the school record for most games played is 130, Mitchell Butler, 1990-93) ... Watson is also looking to become only the second UCLA player in school history to get over 600 assists and 200 steals (Tyus Edney, 652 assists, 224 steals, 1992-95) ... He is only the fourth player in Pac-10 history to make the career Top 10 in both assists and steals.

Jason Kapono - On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 2 in percentage (159-345, 46.1), No. 3 (159) in three-point field goals (No. 2, Toby Bailey, 171, 1995-98) and No. 4 (345) in attempts (No. 3, Earl Watson, 385, current). He also ranks T-No. 8 in free throw percentage (194-242, 80.2) ... Kapono is the 41st Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1049) but only the third player to do it by the end of his sophomore season and just the fifth to do it in his first two seasons.

BRUINS IN CAREER CHARTS
Scoring - Earl Watson, 19th, 1416 points, Jason Kapono, 36th, 1049 points, 3-PT FG% - Jason Kapono, 2nd, 46.1 (159-345), Billy Knight, 4th, 41.2 (75-182), 3-PT FG - Jason Kapono, 3rd, 159, Earl Watson, 4th, 132, Billy Knight, 10th, 75, 3-PT FG Att. - Earl Watson, 3rd, 385, Jason Kapono, 4th, 345, Ray Young, 10th, 220, FT% - Jason Kapono, T-8th, 80.2, Assists - Earl Watson, 4th, 599, Steals - Earl Watson, 1st, 233, Starts - Earl Watson, T-1st, 127, Games - Earl Watson, T-4th, 127, Blocked Shots - Dan Gadzuric, 2nd, 136.

BRUINS IN SEASON CHARTS
Scoring -Jason Kapono, 42nd, 520 points, 3-PT FG% - Jason Kapono, 6th, 44.8 (77-172), Billy Knight, 8th, 43.2 (38-88), 3-PT FG - Jason Kapono, 3rd, 77, 3-PT FG Att. -Jason Kapono, 3rd, 172, FT% - Jason Kapono, 5th, 87.8, Steals - Earl Watson, T-9th, 60, Blocked Shots - Dan Gadzuric, 7th, 54.

The Bruins vs. Kansas hit 13 three-pointers (13-24, 54.2, season-high), one shy of tying the school record (14), set last season vs. Maryland in the NCAA Tournament second round. Their percentage of 64.7 (11-17) at DePaul is their highest of the season.

This year, the top three-point attempt games for the Bruins have been 25 vs. UC Santa Barbara (7-25, 28.0) and 24 vs. North Carolina (6-24, 25.0) and Kansas (13-24, 54.2). The school game record is 27 attempts in 1999 vs. Detroit Mercy in the NCAA first round and vs. Oregon State (1/7/99)

Last year, the Bruins set a single-season school-record with 205 threes, breaking the old mark of 173, 1992. This season, they have 180 through 30 games. The 552 attempts in 1999-00 were the most in school history and the percentage of 37.1 ranked fifth all-time and was the highest since 1996, when the Bruins shot 37.6.

2000-01 Special Team Stats
The Bruins have trailed 10 times at halftime this season, to Hofstra (33-29), Washington (47-40), Stanford (45-40), Oregon State (33-25), California (48-28), Oregon (48-42), North Carolina (46-30) UC Irvine (34-30), UCSB (41-38) and Kansas (57-51). UCLA is 5-5 when trailing at half (the Bruins beat Hofstra, Oregon State, Oregon, Irvine and Santa Barbara) and 16-3 when leading (lost to Arizona after leading 41-33 at halftime, lost to Georgia Tech after leading 28-22 at halftime and lost to CS Northridge after leading 39-32 at halftime). UCLA is 1-0 when tied at halftime.

UCLA has out-rebounded its opponent in eight of the last 12 games and in 19 of the last 27 (only North Carolina 47-36, USC 43-30, Arizona 44-34, Oregon 40-33, California 34-31, ASU, 39-28, Cal, 34-27, Stanford, 40-27, and Hofstra, 32-29, have out-rebounded UCLA during that span, the Bruins out-rebounded Washington 51-34, WSU 39-34, OSU 38-31, Oregon 51-44, Arizona 46-39, DePaul 38-32, USC 36-34, Stanford 34-31, Oregon State 38-29, Arizona State 44-38, Villanova 46-29, WSU 33-31, Washington 50-34, Purdue 39-27, UC Irvine 41-28, Hawai'i 37-24, Georgia Tech 49-44, UCSB 40-28 and CS Northridge 36-35). The Bruins were out-rebounded in the first two games (Kansas, K41-U29 and Kentucky, K49-U43). UCLA is 16-3 with the rebound advantage and 6-5 when out-rebounded.

In 30 games, UCLA has outshot its opponents in 10 of the last 12 games and 20 overall, including 17 of the last 22 games. UCLA has shot 50.0 or higher from the field 10 times this season (Washington, 50.0, 31-62, WSU 50.0, 33-66, Stanford, 50.7, 34-67, DePaul 52.8, 28-53, Stanford 50.0, 28-56, WSU, 55.3, 26-47, Washington, 53.6, 37-69, Purdue, 57.6, 34-59, season-high, Hawaii, 53.2, 33-62, Kansas, 50.8, 31-61). UCLA's season-low is 28.6 (18-63) vs. Georgia Tech. After 30 games, UCLA is shooting 46.3 and opponents are shooting 44.3 from the field. The Bruins are 18-2 when outshooting their opponent from the field and 4-6 when outshot. Last season, the Bruins' season-high from the field was 67.9 (38-56) vs. Morgan State and the season-low was 26.2 (16-61) vs. Gonzaga in Pauley).

In 30 games, the Bruins from the three-point line have outshot their opponents 19 times. UCLA has been outshot from three-point range in just nine of the last 25 games - Hofstra 35.7-33.3, WSU 47.4-40.0, Stanford 35.7-20.0, OSU 34.8-28.6, Oregon 26.5-14.3, California, (opponent high) 59.1-30.0, Purdue 38.1-37.5, North Carolina 30.8-25.0, UC Irvine 38.5-10.5 (season-low). UCLA's high is 64.7 (11-17) against DePaul. Against Kansas in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Bruins hit 13 (one shy of tying the school record, 14 vs. Maryland, 2000 NCAA)-24 three-pointers. After 30 games, UCLA is shooting 35.4 (180-508) from three-point range and opponents 31.9 (195-611). Last season, UCLA's season-high from three-point range was 62.5 (10-16) vs. Morgan State and the season-low was 00.0 (0-14) vs. Stanford in Pauley).

After outshooting its opponent from the free throw line in three of the first four games, UCLA has been outshot from the foul line in 16 of the last 26 contests. UCLA shot a season-low 43.8 (7-16) vs. Washington and a season-high 90.0 (18-20) vs. USC.

Only nine times this season, have the Bruins had more turnovers than their opponent (U24-Wash 17, U 17-UA 14, U 21-DePaul 15, U 14-Cal 13, U 21-UA 18, U 18-ASU 17, U 17-WSU 16, U 20-Purdue 13 and U24 (season-high)-CS Northridge 19). UCLA's low turnover game this season is seven vs. Stanford (second game). After 30 games, UCLA is averaging 15.8 turnovers and its opponents are at 17.5.

When the Bruins lead with 5:00 left to play, they are 20-0 and are 2-8 when trailing at the 5:00 mark, having defeated Arizona at Pauley Pavilion and Oregon State at Corvallis.

UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN
Career Highlights: -Chosen UCLA's head coach, the 11th in school history, on Feb. 11, 1997.
-He has been selected the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the year by the league's coaches.
-On March 30, 1999, he was awarded a six-year contract through the 2004-2005 season.
-In his fifth year as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the UCLA staff, he currently owns a school and career record of 113-46 (71.1, 159 games) as a head coach.
-Owns two wins over teams ranked No. 1, defeating No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime on Mar. 4, 2000 and defeating No. 1 and 20-0 Stanford, 79-73 on Feb. 3, 2001. Both games were on the road at Maples Pavilion. It is believed that Lavin is the second coach in college history to record consecutive wins on a No. 1 ranked team's home floor (USC's Bob Boyd won at No. 1 UCLA in 1969 and 1970).
- Entering 2000-2001, Lavin was No. 1 (out of 28) in wins in the nation on the chart of current collegiate head coaches entering their fifth season (Top 5, record after four seasons: Lavin, 91-38, 70.5, Bill Donovan, Florida, 78-49, 61.4, Charlie Coles, Miami, Ohio, 77-44, 63.6, Ben Braun, California, 75-50, 60.0, Murray Bartow, Alabama-Birmingham, 73-52, 58.4).
-Owns an 8-4 (66.7, 12 games) record in the NCAA Tournament as UCLA's head coach, leading UCLA to the Elite Eight in 1997 and the Sweet 16 in 2000 and 1998. He has led the Bruins to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. During his nine years as a Bruin assistant and head coach, UCLA's record is 18-9 (66.7, 27 games) in the NCAA Tournament.
-He is one of just four coaches in the nation to lead his school to three Sweet 16's in the last four years. The others are Purdue's Gene Keady, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.
-During his four+ years as head coach, UCLA owns a record of 19-9 (67.9) in March, including 6-1 in 1997, 3-3 in 1998, 1-2 in 1999, 6-1 in 2000 and 3-2 in 2001.
-He is the only coach in school history to win at least 22 games in each of his first three seasons at UCLA.
-He is the only coach in school history to win at least 70.0% of his games in each of his first three years at UCLA.
-First UCLA coach to lead the Bruins to three Sweet 16 appearances in a four-year span since the NCAA Tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
-First UCLA head coach since John Wooden in 1974 (three) and '75 (five games, UCLA's 10th NCAA title) to lead the Bruins to at least five total NCAA Tournament victories in two consecutive seasons (1997 and '98).
-First Bruin head coach since Gary Cunningham in 1978 (25-3) and '79 (25-5) to record consecutive seasons of at least 24 victories (in both 1997 and '98). The last time a Bruin first-year coach won more games than Steve Lavin in 1997 (24) was in 1978, when Gary Cunningham won 25.
-UCLA's win over Villanova on Jan. 13, 2001 was Lavin's 100th victory as UCLA's head coach. He reached the 100-win plateau in his 142nd game, second-fastest in school history, trailing only Jim Harrick, who earned his 100th win in his 136th game. The Villanova game was also Lavin's 300th as a member of the Bruin staff.
-UCLA's win over Maine in the first round of the 1999 Pearl Harbor Classic was Lavin's 75th victory as UCLA's head coach. He reached the 75-win plateau faster than any UCLA coach in modern history (post WWII), including John Wooden (Steve Lavin, 102nd game, 75-27, 73.5, Jim Harrick, 105th game, 75-30, 71.4, John Wooden, 106th game, 75-31, 70.8, Walt Hazzard, 121st game, 75-46, 62.0).
-UCLA's win over DePaul on Dec. 18, 1999 was Lavin's 200th as a member of the Bruin staff (ninth season).
-Won the 50th game of his career on Nov. 26, 1998 beating USF 69-62 in the first round of the 1998 Puerto Rico Shootout. His overall record after the win was 50-17 (67 games). Ironically, John Wooden's record after his first 67 games as the Bruin coach was also 50-17.
-- In overtime games under Steve Lavin, the Bruins are 9-2 during his four+ years as head coach. In 2000-01, the Bruins are 3-0, beating Kentucky 97-92 for third-place in the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic, Arizona 79-77 at Pauley Pavilion and Oregon State 68-65 in Corvallis, 2-0 in 1999-00, including a 94-93 win over No. 1 Stanford at Maples Pavilion and a 103-98 win over South Florida in the third-place game at The Pearl Harbor Classic. The Bruins have won eight consecutive overtime games dating back to 1996-97, last losing at Oregon 87-85 during the 1997 Pac-10 season - (2000-01, UCLA 97-Kentucky 92, at UCLA 79, Arizona 77, UCLA 68, at Oregon State 65, 1999-2000, UCLA 94, at Stanford 93, UCLA 103, South Florida 98, 1998-99, at UCLA 88, Arizona State 85, 1997-98, UCLA 82, at USC 75, 1996-97, UCLA 74, Iowa State 73-NCAA Sweet 16).
-During his four+ years as UCLA's head coach, the Bruins have signed the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes.
-In 1999-2000, Lavin led the Bruins to their third NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in the last four years. Before losing to Iowa State in the Sweet 16, UCLA had an eight-game winning streak. Overall, the Bruins were 21-12 and tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with a 10-8 record. It was UCLA's 12th consecutive NCAA appearance and 20+game winning season.
-In 1998-99, with the second-youngest team in the nation, Lavin, a candidate for the 1999 Naismith Coach of the Year Award, led the Bruins to their 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and 11th straight 20+ (22-9) game winning season.
-In 1997-98, he led the Bruins to a 24-9 overall record, 12-6 in the Pac-10 (third place) and to the school's 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament and 20+ game winning season. Lavin was again candidate for the 1998 Naismith Coach of the Year Award. In the '98 NCAA Tournament, he led the No. 6 seed Bruins to the Sweet 16, before losing to No. 2 seed and eventual champion Kentucky.
-In 1996-97, Lavin directed UCLA to a 24-8 overall record, the NCAA Midwest Regional final and third consecutive Pac-10 crown. He was named the Basketball Times National Rookie Coach of the Year.
-During his nine+ years on the Bruin staff, UCLA has won the 1995 NCAA Championship, four Pac-10 titles (1997, '96, '95 and '92) and participated in three NCAA Elite Eights (1997, '95, '92) and two Sweet 16 (2000, 1998) appearances.
-12 consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA and Purdue, including the 2001 Tournament.

UCLA MEDIA SERVICES
Media Policy - UCLA will continue with the same media schedule it has had for the last several years. Practices (3-6 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion) on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are closed. Tuesday (after 5:30 p.m.) and Friday (after 5 p.m.) practices are open to the media and players are available after practice. Lavin and player interviews can also be set up at other times (strongly encouraged) during the day (not just after practice).

The 2000-01 basketball season is UCLA's fourth on Fox Sports 1150. Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his ninth season as the voice of the Bruins. Bob Myers, a Bruin basketball letterman from 1994-97, is in his first season as analyst.

BRUIN STARTERS

Jason Kapono - UCLA's leading scorer, he's led the Bruins in scoring this season on 15 occasions. He's also tops the Bruins in minutes, three-point shooting and foul shooting and is UCLA's third-leading rebounder.

This season he's scored 20 or more points 14 times and has four double/doubles.

Against Hofstra, he scored seven points and added three rebounds, two assists and one steal. It's the seventh time this season he has scored in single digits and the Bruins are 4-3 in those games.

He's on the Wooden Award Final Ballot and has earned NABC first-team All-District 15. He has also been selected first-team All-Pac-10 and AP All-America honorable mention.

Earl Watson - The Bruins' second-leading scorer and second in minutes, he also leads UCLA in assists and steals. Against Hofstra, he scored 15 points -- 13 in the first half -- making seven of 10 field goal attempts. He added seven assists and four steals.

He is now the school all-time leader in steals with 233. He has also tied the school record with 127 starts -- all consecutive -- and will break that record on Saturday afternoon. He is also about to become only the second player in school history to record 600 assists (he has 599) and 200 steals (he has 233). Tyus Edney (652 assists and 224 steals) was the first player to do it. This season, he has led the Bruins in scoring on five occasions, has scored 20 or more points eight times, including a career-high 30 vs. North Carolina. In 2000-01, he has led the Bruins in assists on 24 occasions and in steals 16 times.

He is a first-team NABC All-Dist. 15 performer and has also been selected first-team All-Pac-10 by the league's coaches.

Dan Gadzuric - UCLA's No. 4 scorer and No. 1 rebounder, he also leads the Bruin regulars in FG% and blocked shots. He has led the Bruins in scoring twice this season (career-high tying 22 vs. Arizona, 19 Washington) and in rebounding on 14 occasions, including three straight and five of the last six games. He has 10 double/doubles this season, including the last three games and four of the last five. Vs. Purdue and Washington, Gadzuric made 15 consecutive field goals (8-8 at Purdue and hit his first seven vs. Washington, finished 8-10).

Gadzuric suffered a sprained left ankle at DePaul on Feb. 10. Came back vs. Arizona on Feb. 15 to lead the Bruin victory with a career-high tying 22 points and 17 rebounds.

Against Hofstra, Gadzuric had his 10th season double/double, 14 points and 13 rebounds, along with one assist and steal and two blocked shots.

Matt Barnes - UCLA's third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. He's led the Bruins in rebounding eight times this season, he has five double-doubles and has led the Bruins in scoring three times, including a career-high 32 points in UCLA's March 3 loss to Stanford.

Against Hofstra, he had another good all-around game with eight points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 35 minutes.

Billy Knight - Has started 16 games this year, including the last 12 (UCLA is 10-2 in the last 12 games, at Stanford, Knight had a career-high 22 points in a career-best 36 minutes) and the Bruins are 13-3 in those games, losing only the season-opener to Kansas, Stanford (March 3) and Washington (March 10).

Against Hofstra, Knight led the Bruins with 17 points, including three of six shots from three-point range, with two rebounds, two assists and a career high-tying three steals. He also took two charges.

He has moved into the Bruin career three-point field goal percentage chart. His 75-182 (41.2), is No. 4 on UCLA's career list.


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