Feb. 26, 2001
UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN
Currently in his fifth season as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the Bruin staff, with a school and career record of 110-44 (71.4, 154 games). Lavin is 5-4 vs. California (2-2 at Pauley) and 3-6 vs. Stanford (1-3 at Pauley). He has won two straight against Stanford, which was ranked No. 1 in both games.
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 first coach in college history to record consecutive wins on a No. 1 ranked team's home floor.
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 236-76, 312 games, 75.6). Lavin reached the 100-win plateau 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 7-4 (63.6) 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.
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 16-7 (69.6) in March, including 6-1 in 1997, 3-3 in 1998, 1-2 in 1999 and 6-1 in 2000.
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).
Through games of Feb. 25, UCLA has an RPI ranking of No. 5. Its strength of schedule is rated No. 5. The Bruins are No. 14 on the Sagerin Ratings and its strength of schedule is ranked sixth.
UCLA's sweep of the Oregon trip was its first since 1996 and only its third in the last 14 years. In each of the other two (1992 and 1996), the Bruins won the Pac-10 Conference championship.
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
After losing to North Carolina 80-70 on Dec. 23 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA has won 15 of 17 games and 12 of 14 in Pac-10 play. Under Steve Lavin's direction, dating back to last season, the Bruins have won 18 of their last 20 Pac-10 games (won last six in 2000 and have won 12 of 14 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 300 turnovers (17.6) in the last 17 games (15-2 record).
In their last 17 games (15-2), UCLA is averaging 80.5 points and 38.2 rebounds while allowing 73.8 points and 35.2 boards. The Bruins are shooting 47.5 from the floor, 36.2 from three-point range and 65.9 from the line while holding opponents to 42.8 from the field and 27.8 from the three-point line.
During the seven-game winning streak, UCLA is averaging 80.9 points and 38.7 rebounds while allowing 74.3 points and 35.6 rebounds. The Bruins are shooting 47.9 from the floor, 39.4 from three-point range and 67.1 while holding opponents to 41.0 from the floor, 26.6 from three-point range and 70.4 from the 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
Feb. 24 -- No. 15 UCLA 68, at Oregon State 65 (OT)
Before 8,607 in Gill Coliseum, No. 15 UCLA trailed by eight points at halftime (33-25), cut the lead to two, trailed again by eight late in the game but rallied for a 68-65 overtime victory against the Beavers. The Bruins are 3-0 in extra play this season and have won eight straight overtime games dating back to the 1996-97 season.
The win also clinched UCLA's first sweep of the Oregon trip since 1996 and just its third in the last 14 years (in each of the other two years -- 1992 and 1996, UCLA won the Pac-10 title).
UCLA trailed by eight points (52-44) with just 8:18 remaining. A Billy Knight three-pointer from the left corner at 3:45 tied the game for the first time and Earl Watson's jumper in the lane gave UCLA its first lead with 2:50 remaining. OSU tied the game and Dan Gadzuric's off-balance attempt at the horn missed, sending the game into overtime. In the extra period, UCLA built a four-point lead on Knight's three-pointer from the right corner, set up by Watson's drive and pass. Late in OT, UCLA hit four of six free throws to preserve the win.
Watson led the Bruins with 20 points (6-10, 1-3, 7-13), five assists and five rebounds. Knight, continuing his hot shooting on Saturday's tossed in 16 points (6-9, 3-5, 1-2) and grabbed five rebounds. He has scored 79 points in his last four Saturday contests (19.8 average). Gadzuric contributed 16 points (6-11, 3-4) and a team-high eight rebounds, Matt Barnes had seven points, seven rebounds and four assists and Jason Kapono added eight points and six rebounds. UCLA's starters scored 66 of the team's 68 points.
UCLA shot 45.6 (26-57) from the field, 28.6 (4-14) from three-point range and 54.5 (12-22) from the free throw line, with 38 rebounds, 13 assists, three steals, two blocks and nine turnovers.
Oregon State shot 48.0 (24-50) from the field, 34.8 (8-23) from three-point range and 47.4 (9-19) from the foul line, with 30 rebounds, 20 assists, two steals, one block and nine turnovers. The Beavers were led by Jason Heide's 19 points.
This week's UCLA Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee is junior center Dan Gadzuric.
In the win at Oregon, he started and played 30 minutes, contributing 16 points (4-8, 8-17), eight rebounds, two blocks and one steal. In the win at Oregon State, he started and played 32 minutes, finishing with 15 points (6-11, 3-4), a team-high eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
In the last four games, UCLA has held its opponents to a shooting percentage of 38.6 from the field (95-246). In the last six games, opponents are shooting just 27.6 from the three-point line (32-116). During the seven-game winning streak, opponents are shooting just 41.0 from the floor and 26.6 from three-point range.
UCLA is 12-2 after 14 Pac-10 games for the first time in the Steve Lavin Era. Last year, the Bruins were 6-8 after 14 games. In 1999, they were 9-5 after 14. In 1998, they were 10-4 after 12. In 1997, they were 11-3 after 14.
UCLA has won seven straight games, 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 won seven straight regular-season contests was in 1997-98, when they won nine straight games after a season-opening loss to North Carolina.
UCLA has won 15 of its last 17 games and 17 of its last 20 contests.
UCLA is 19-6 overall and 12-2 in Pac-10 play. Last year after 25 games, the Bruins were 15-10 overall and after 14 league games, UCLA was 6-8.
Earl Watson - The Oregon State game was Watson's 122nd straight career start and game ? Watson is the 40th Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1338 -- No. 25, No. 24, Keith Wilkes, 1349, 1972-74, No. 23, Roy Hamilton, 1355, 1976-79, No. 22, Rod Foster, 1365, 1980-83, No. 21, Curtis Rowe, 1371, 1969-71) ? Ranks fourth on UCLA's career assist list with 577 (No. 3, Darrick Martin, 636, 1989-92) ? Ranks No. 2 on the career steals list with 222 needs three steals to overtake school leader Tyus Edney, 224) ? Ranks No. 4 on the career three-point field goal list with 125 (No. 3, Jason Kapono, 148, current) and No. 3 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 364 (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. 1 in percentage (148-317, 46.7), No. 3 (148) in three-point field goals (No. 2, Toby Bailey, 171, 1995-98) and No. 4 (317) in attempts (No. 3, Earl Watson, 364, current).
Local prep standouts, Cedric Bozeman, from Mater Dei HS and Dijon Thompson, from Redondo Union HS, along with Michael Fey, from Capital HS in Olympia, WA have signed National Letters of Intent to attend UCLA, Bruin head coach Steve Lavin announced Nov. 8 The trio will be incoming Bruin freshmen next fall.
Bozeman, a 6-5, 183-pounder, is one of the top prep point guards in the U. S. Playing for coach Gary McKnight at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Bozeman enters his senior season as The Sporting News' No. 9 off-guard in the U. S. and Hoop Scoop's No. 10 player in the U. S. As a junior last season, Bozeman helped lead Mater Dei to the CIF Southern Section Division IA title. In 1999-00, he averaged 11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting 50.5 from the field, 35.4 (17-48) from three-point range and 69.5 from the foul line. At the end of his junior prep season, Bozeman earned USA Today honorable mention All-America. Bozeman selected UCLA over Florida, Kansas and Arizona.
Thompson, a 6-6, 180-pounder, is one of the top high school shooters in the U.S. At Redondo Union HS in Redondo Beach under coach Jim Nielsen, Thompson enters the 2000-01 season rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in the West and The Sporting News' No. 8 small forward in the U. S. As a junior last season, Thompson helped lead Redondo Union to a 25-5 record and averaged 14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists a game. He selected UCLA over Arizona and Connecticut.
Fey, a 6-11, 245-pounder, is one of the top prep centers on the west coast. Under coach Bob Dickson last season at Capital HS, Fey averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots a game, while earning first-team All-League selection. A Top 50 national high school prospect by Fox Student Sports.com, Fey selected UCLA over Washington, Oregon and Gonzaga.
On Dec. 2, UCLA lost to Georgia Tech 72-67 in the seventh annual John R. Wooden Classic at The Pond in Anaheim. It was UCLA's fifth appearance in the Wooden Classic and its first loss, after four victories - 1994 (inaugural) - UCLA 82, Kentucky 81, 1995 - UCLA 73, Maryland 63, 1997 - UCLA 69, New Mexico 58, 1998 - UCLA 69, Oklahoma State 66.
On Nov. 9-10, the Bruins played in the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City. No. 17 UCLA placed third, losing to No. 7 Kansas 99-98 and beating No. 12 Kentucky 97-92 in overtime. Kansas defeated St. John's 82-74 for the title. UCLA senior guard Earl Watson earned All-Classic honors and Bruin freshman T. J. Cummings was named Sixth Man.
UCLA played two exhibitions to start the 2000-01 season. On Nov. 15, the Bruins beat EA Sports/CS SW All-Stars 81-78. The Bruins had three players score in double figures, led by Earl Watson's 26 and Dan Gadzuric's 22 points and 10 rebounds.
On Nov. 1 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA opened the exhibition season with a 118-64 win over Team Concept. The Bruins used 14 players and led 25-0 to start the game. UCLA was led by Earl Watson's 21 points, 11 assists and four steals and Jason Kapono's 20 points and seven rebounds. All five of UCLA's starters scored in double figures (six players in all).
KAPONO LIGHTS IT UP
Jason Kapono, 6-8 Bruin sophomore forward, is on the Wooden Midseason Top 30 list. He was also on the Wooden (Top 25) and Naismith (Top 30) Awards preseason Player of the Year lists. Last year as a true frosh, Kapono led the Bruins in scoring (16.0), was named the CBS SportsLine National Freshman of the Year and earned All-Pac-10 (first-team) and co-Freshman of the Year honors.
Kapono is the Bruins' top scorer (17.5) and is second in assists (2.4) and third in rebounding (6.0) and steals (1.2). He leads the Bruins in minutes (35.4), free throw shooting percentage (85.6, 107-125) and three-point field goal percentage (45.8, 66-164) and is shooting 43.9 (132-301) from the field. He's led the Bruins in scoring 13 times this season, including seven of the last 14 games and in rebounding on seven occasions. He has scored 20 or more points 12 times this season.
In this week's Pac-10 stats (Feb. 26, all games), Kapono is No. 4 (17.5) in scoring, No. 13 (6.0) in rebounding, No. 2 in free throw shooting (85.6), No. 2 in three-point shooting (45.8) and No. 1 in three-point field goals made (2.64). He was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts in UCLA's home wins over USC (80-75, Jan. 11, 20 points/nine rebounds) and Villanova (93-65, Jan. 13, career-high 28 points/eight rebounds) and was the BasketballNews.com Player of the Week for his efforts in UCLA's wins at USC (Feb. 8, 85-76, 20 points/seven rebounds) and at DePaul (Feb. 10, 94-88, career-high tying 28 points/11 rebounds).
SHOOTING THE THREE
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. 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.
ROTATING STARTING LINEUPS
In 2000-01, the Bruins have used eight different starting lineups (in 25 games).
DePaul (forwards, T.J. Cummings/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Billy Knight/Earl Watson) -1-0 (regular starter at forward, Matt Barnes, relinquished his starting position so freshman T. J. Cummings could start in front of his home town (Chicago) and his father (Terry Cummings), who was in attendance.
In 1999-2000, the Bruins used 12 different starting lineups (in 33 games). In 1998-99, UCLA used 22 different starting lineups (in 31 games).
HINES SUFFERS KNEE INJURY
UCLA senior Rico Hines suffered a torn lateral meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee and had successful surgery on Nov. 1. The arthroscopic procedure was performed by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman at the UCLA Medical Center. Hines began low impact team workouts in early January and is back practicing with the team. He will redshirt this season and return in 2001-2002.
Hines, a 6-5, 210-pound senior from Greenville, NC, injured his right knee on Oct. 27 during practice. After a re-evaluation of the knee on Oct. 28, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) was ordered for Oct. 30, revealing the cartilage tear.
Hines has appeared in 72 games during his three-year Bruin career, starting 15 contests and averaging a career 12.8 minutes. As a junior last season, he appeared in 29 games with seven starts, averaging 14.7 minutes, 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.
JOHNSON GOES DOWN WITH STRESS FRACTURE
UCLA true freshman Josiah Johnson had a stress fracture in his left foot and has been sidelined since Oct. 27. Rehabilitation was estimated at four-to-six weeks. On Jan. 1, Johnson began team workouts. His foot was again placed in a boot the week of Jan. 22. He is again working out with the team.
Johnson, a 6-7, 237-pound forward, last season was a senior high school standout at Montclair Prep. He averaged 24.2 points and 12.5 rebounds, earning USA Today honorable mention All-America.
Josiah is the son of Bruin great Marques Johnson and the younger brother of Kris Johnson, who was a UCLA standout from 1995-98.
UCLA true scholarship freshman Ryan Walcott, from Shadow Mountain HS in Phoenix, will redshirt this season.
WALK-ONS & TRANSFERS
UCLA has several eligible walk-ons on its 2000-01 roster - Ryan Mollins, 6-4 freshman from Redondo Union who last year as a prepster averaged 18.0ppg, Sam Nelson, 6-4 sophomore who has a true freshman last season was on the UCLA men's volleyball roster. Nelson prepped at Estancia HS in Costa Mesa and was a two-year All-CIF basketball selection, Janou (Ja-now) Rubin, 6-3 freshman who prepped last year at Logan HS in Union City, averaging 28.2ppg.
The Bruins' also have two ineligible transfers - Spencer Gloger, 6-7 sophomore who last year started 28 games at Princeton, tying the Ivy League record for three-pointers (10) in a game and freshman school records for points in a game (34) and three-pointers (65) in a season. Gloger prepped at Santa Margarita HS and is from Mission Viejo, John Hoffart, 6-10 sophomore who attended Cal Poly-SLO last year, appearing in 26 games and averaging 11.8 minutes, 2.6 points and 2.5 rebounds. Hoffart attended Davis, CA HS.
On Nov. 1 at Pac-10 Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins were selected to finish fourth in the media preseason poll - 1. Arizona (290), 2. Stanford (255), 3. USC (206), 4. UCLA (205), 5. California (160), 6. Oregon (138), 7. Oregon State (133), 8. Arizona State (109), 9. Washington (58), 10. Washington State (41).
In the preseason national polls, UCLA was No. 17 in AP and No. 19 in USA Today.
PAC-10 POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT
On Oct. 23, the Pac-10 Chief Executive Officers approved the establishment of men's and women's postseason basketball tournaments. The men's tournament will be an eight-team event to be staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The women's tournament will be a 10-team event hosted on campus by one of the Pac-10 members. Both tournaments will begin in March 2002. The Conference previously conducted a men's tournament following the 1987-1990 seasons. It has never sponsored a similar event for women. In each case, the winner of the Tournament will earn the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
MORE BRUIN NOTES
On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Steve Lavin and the Bruins visited the People Helping People Homeless Shelter in South Central Los Angeles.
On Monday, Dec. 18, UCLA head coach Steve Lavin and the Bruins visited the children at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte.
On Friday morning, Dec. 1 at The Pond in Anaheim, UCLA players Matt Barnes, Jason Kapono, Dan Gadzuric, Ray Young and Earl Watson, participated in a clinic for Special Olympics (the charity for the Wooden Classic). Also participating were Lavin, Coach Wooden and Bruin great Bill Walton.
On Nov. 15, Coach Lavin and the Bruins hosted 16 Orange, CA, High School students as part of Chapman University's School of Education Literacy Partnership Program (instilling a commitment to education to the underserved youth of the Orange community). Lavin is a 1988 Chapman graduate. Chapman is located in Orange, CA.
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 junior Billy Knight, who redshirted in 1998-99 because of an injury, are all on track to graduate in June 2001.
The 2000 NCAA Tournament was UCLA's 36th appearance in the "Big Dance," including bids the last 12 consecutive years. Currently, only three schools have advanced to the NCAA Tournament more consecutive times-North Carolina 26, Arizona 16 and Indiana 15. The Bruins hold the record for most NCAA titles (11), last winning in 1995, and are second in victories (81).
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.
In the decade of the 1990s, UCLA ranked No. 10 in the U.S. in victories (241) and winning percentage (75.5, 241-78). In other college basketball historical categories from the last decade, UCLA was fourth in All-America rankings (28 different individuals, 43 total selections), second in most consecutive final wire-service Top 20 rankings (13, 1967-79) and third in most final wire-service Top 20 rankings (35).
RECRUITING THE BEST
UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) classes the last four seasons. The 1998 freshman class-guard Ray Young, forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush (declared for 2000 NBA Draft) and Jerome Moiso (now with Boston Celtics), along with center Dan Gadzuric, was judged No. 1 in the nation by The Sporting News, Hoop Scoop, PrepStar and Basketball News.
The frosh class of 1997, forward Travis Reed (now at Long Beach State), guard-forward Rico Hines, guard Earl Watson, guard Baron Davis (now with Charlotte Hornets), forward Billy Knight and guard Todd Ramasar, was voted No. 2 in the nation.
During the 1998-99 season, the Bruins signed McDonald's HS All-America Jason Kapono.
In this season's early signing period, UCLA inked Cedric Bozeman, from Mater Dei HS, Dijon Thompson, from Redondo Union HS and Michael Fey, from Capital HS in Olympia, WA.
SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT
UCLA has led the NCAA in field goal percentage two of the last five years -1997, 52.0 (932-1791) and 1996, 52.8 (897-1698). Entering the 1998 NCAA Tournament, the Bruins ranked sixth (49.8) in the NCAA. In 1999, the Bruins shot 45.4 to rank third in the Pac-10. In 33 games in 1999-2000, UCLA shot 48.0 from the field to lead the Pacifc-10 Conference and rank 16th in the NCAA.
After 25 games this year, UCLA is shooting 45.7 from the field and opponents are shooting 44.1. UCLA's single-game high is 57.6 at Purdue (34-59).
The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in Pauley Pavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in school history. The Bruins have an overall record of 1,490-640 (70.0, 2,130 games) in 81+ years of college basketball. UCLA's winning percentage is No. 4 in the nation all-time behind Kentucky, North Carolina and UNLV. Kansas is fifth.
Pauley Pavilion (12,819) has been the home of Bruin basketball for 35+ seasons. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 511-60 (571 games, 89.5). Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, 1996 and the win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th on its homecourt.
This year the Bruins are 11-2 at home overall and 7-0 in the Pac-10. UCLA last finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0).
On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC, the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilion history watched that game (13,382, previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon, 3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) in the 73-69 win over Duke, UCLA set a new attendance record 13,478, breaking the old one by 96.
The last time the Bruins were unbeaten at home for a regular season was in 1994-95 (15-0, California did beat UCLA at home that season but later forfeited the game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 at Pauley 15-1 (losing only to Stanford).
In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 71-7 (91.0, 78 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since 1996-97), the Bruins are 28-5 (33 games, 84.8) and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s, the Bruins are 43-2 (45 games, 95.6).
UCLA's 80-70 loss to North Carolina on Dec. 23 in Pauley was just the seventh non-conference defeat the Bruins have suffered at home since the 1989-90 season. The losses were against - North Carolina, 80-70, fifth home game of 2000-01 and CS Northridge, 78-74, season home opener of 2000-01, Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000 (the Bruins' 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga), Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97 and Tulsa, 77-76 OT, first game of 1996-97, Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92.
In 11+ seasons, the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion have been unbeaten in non-league games on seven occasions (1998-99, 7-0, 1997-98, 6-0, 1994-95, 6-0, 1993-94, 6-0, 1992-93, 8-0, 1990-91, 8-0 and 1989-90, 6-0).
Pauley Pavilion got a new roof this summer and while working on it, the roofing company offered (and UCLA accepted) to put the UCLA script logo on the Pauley roof (for free). It (the letters are blue with a gold outline on top of a tan color roof) is located on the south side of the Pauley roof in letters large enough to identify UCLA from LAX.
The scoreboard in Pauley Pavilion is in its second season (the previous one was 14 years old). The scoreboard had been in the planning for three years. UCLA Athletics teamed with a marketing firm to package eight corporate sponsorship opportunities on a center-hung scoreboard and two statistical boards in Pauley Pavilion. The design of the eight-sided board includes four sides that house the speaker clusters and four sides that have team scoring, game time and period, possession indicator (all in LED digits) and video screen incorporated into each. Each video screen is 7' x 9' and is the best LED technology the market offers today. The board was sized to "fit the house" and given excellent visibility to patrons in all seating locations. The board is 27' wide, 17' tall (manufactured by Daktronics Corp.). The total weight is 14,000 lbs. and it's attached to a 20,000-lb. hoist that can lower and/or raise the board for maintenance. The centerboard, statistic board and production room cost is about $1.4 million. The board is being paid for entirely by the corporate sponsorship that is displayed on the advertising panels over a 10-year financing plan.
BRUINS IN THE 2000-01 NBA
Twelve former Bruins were listed on NBA preseason team rosters and eight remain for the current regular season. They are: Toby Bailey, Chicago Bulls (waived), Mitchell Butler, Indiana Pacers (waived), Baron Davis, Charlotte Hornets, Tyus Edney, Indiana Pacers, J. R. Henderson, Sacramento Kings (waived), Don MacLean, Miami Heat, Darrick Martin, Sacramento Kings, Jelani McCoy, Seattle Supersonics, Jerome Moiso, Boston Celtics, Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers, Tracy Murray, Denver Nuggets (traded to the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 13), Ed O'Bannon, Orlando Magic (waived). Three Pac-10 players were selected in the 2000 NBA Draft and Bruin sophomore Jerome Moiso (first round, 11th, Boston Celtics) was the first league player chosen.
Former Bruins Ed O'Bannon (1992-95), Toby Bailey (1995-98) and JaRon Rush (1999-00) are playing for the ABA 2000 Los Angeles Stars.
In 1999-00, UCLA had 11 players on preseason rosters and six played during the regular season. They were-Charlotte, Baron Davis, Indiana, Reggie Miller, Washington, Tracy Murray, Phoenix, Toby Bailey, Sacramento, Darrick Martin and Seattle, Jelani McCoy. In the 1999 NBA Draft, six Pacific-10 Conference standouts were among the 58 players selected. The six selections were the second-highest total of all conferences (tied with the Western Athletic Conference). The first Pac-10 player taken was UCLA sophomore guard Baron Davis, the No. 3 pick by the Charlotte Hornets.
UCLA and the Pac-10 Conference led the way in the 1998 NBA Draft. The Bruins tied with Arizona and North Carolina for the most players drafted (the Bruins had three second-round selections-Jelani McCoy, Seattle, Toby Bailey, Phoenix (traded from the Lakers) and J. R. Henderson, Vancouver). The Pac-10 had a total of eight players drafted in 1998, the highest of any conference in the U. S.
From 1986-87 through 1995-96, UCLA sent more players (26) into the NBA than any school in the country. In 1995-96, UCLA's 11 former players on NBA rosters ranked second to North Carolina.
2000-01 SPECIAL TEAM STATS
The Bruins have trailed seven times at halftime this season, to 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 4-3 when trailing at half (the Bruins beat Ortegon State, Oregon, Irvine and Santa Barbara) and 15-3 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 had out-rebounded its opponent in six of the last seven games, missing only versus ASU, and in 17 of the last 23 (only North Carolina 47-36, USC 43-30, Arizona 44-34, Oregon 40-33, California 34-31, and ASU, 39-28, have out-rebounded UCLA during that span, the Bruins out-rebounded 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 15-2 with the rebound advantage and 4-4 when out-rebounded.
In 25 games, UCLA had outshot its opponents on six straight occasions prior to the OSU game and 16 overall, including 13 of the last 17 games. UCLA has shot 50.0 or higher from the field seven times this season (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 25 games, UCLA is shooting 45.7 and opponents are shooting 44.1 from the field. The Bruins are 15-1 when outshooting their opponent from the field and 4-5 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 25 games, the Bruins from the three-point line have outshot their opponents 17 times. UCLA has been outshot from three-point range in just six of the last 20 games - 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 25 games, UCLA is shooting 35.0 (148-423) from three-point range and opponents 30.4 (156-513). 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 13 of the last 21 contests. UCLA shot a season-low 43.8 (7-16) vs. Washington and a season-high 90.0 (18-20) vs. USC.
Only eight times this season, have the Bruins had more turnovers than their opponent (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 eight vs. Oregon State (first game). After 25 games, UCLA is averaging 16.32 turnovers and its opponents are at 17.72.
When the Bruins lead with 5:00 left to play, they are 17-0 and are 2-6 when trailing at the 5:00 mark, having defeated Arizona at Pauley Pavilion and Oregon State at Corvallis.
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BRUINS ON THE RADIO & INTERNET
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.
UCLA games are also available via the internet at (www.uclabruins.com). Fans can also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929).
UCLA releases and results for all sports are on the internet (www.uclabruins.com) and may also be acquired by using the Pac-10's InfoConnection system. If you have a PIN number, call 770-558-6000 from the handset of a fax machine. If you do not have a PIN number, please call 770/399-0096 to acquire one. The Pac-10 code number is 72210. UCLA's basketball codes are: release, 3115, first page of release, 3116, stats only, 3117, latest game stats, 3118 and latest game book, 3119.