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Bruins Battle Beavers Saturday
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/23/2001

Feb. 23, 2001

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UCLA vs. Oregon State
Steve Lavin's No. 15 UCLA Bruins, 18-6 overall and winners of 14 of their last 16 games, including six in a row, and 11-2 in the Pacific-10, in second-place, continues conference action on Saturday, traveling to Corvallis to play Ritchie McKay's Oregon State Beavers, 10-16 overall and 4-10 in Pac-10 play, tied for sixth. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. at Gill Coliseum (TV-FSN/FSNW, Radio-Fox 1150am with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

Last Games
On Thursday night, UCLA in Eugene won at Oregon for just the third time (2001, 1999, 1996) in the last eight years, it was Lavin's second win at Oregon in five tries (2001, 1999), beating the Ducks 88-73. Also on Thursday night, the Beavers defeated USC 68-52.

Series History
UCLA leads it 70-29 and beat OSU in the first meeting this season in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 25, 67-40. The Bruins have won 14 of the last 15 games, losing only at Corvallis 65-63 in 1999.

The Bruins

Steve Lavin
In his fifth season as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the Bruin staff, he has a school and career record of 109-44 (71.2, 153 games). Lavin is 8-1 vs. Beavers. The Bruins are 11-2 after 13 Pac-10 games for the first time in the Steve Lavin era and under his direction, dating back to last season, the Bruins have won 17 of their last 19 Pac-10 games (last six of 2000 and have won 11 of 13 this season)..

On Feb. 3 when UCLA won at No. 1 and unbeaten Stanford, 79-73, it was the Bruins' second straight win at Stanford when the Cardinal was ranked No. 1 (last year, the Bruins beat No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime). 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. In the school's history, UCLA has beaten the No. 1 ranked team eight times, second on the all-time collegiate chart (tied with Duke, Notre Dame leads with nine).

UCLA's victory over Villanova on Jan. 13 was Lavin's 100th victory as UCLA's head coach. He reached the 100-win plateau the second-fastest in modern school history (13th game of his fifth season, 142 games), 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

In overtime games under Lavin, UCLA is 8-2, including 2-0 this season (UCLA beat Kentucky 97-92 in overtime in the second game of the season and beat then No. 8 Arizona 79-77 in Pauley) and overall has won seven consecutive overtime games dating back to 1996-97.

RPI
Through games of Feb. 18, UCLA had an RPI ranking of No. 6. Its strength of schedule was rated No. 3.

Beating Ranked Teams
UCLA has won six games in a row and among those victories in the last four weeks were three wins over ranked teams -- Feb. 3-UCLA won at then-unbeaten and ranked No. 1 Stanford, 79-73, On Feb. 8, UCLA won at then-No. 22 USC 85-76 and on Feb. 15, No. 24 UCLA beat No. 8 Arizona 79-77(OT) in Pauley.

Consecutive Winning Seasons
With it's 16th win on Feb. 15 over No. 8 Arizona, UCLA recorded its 53rd consecutive winning season (since 1948-49), an NCAA record.

The Press
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 291 turnovers (18.2) in the last 16 games (14-2 record).

Turn-around
UCLA is 18-6 overall and 11-2 in Pac-10 play. Last year after 24 games, the Bruins were 13-11 overall and after 13 league games, UCLA was 5-8. It was at this time last season when the Bruins began their six-game conference winning streak, getting into the NCAA and then reaching the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last four years.

No. 15 UCLA 88, at Oregon 73
Before 9,087 at Mac Court in Eugene, the Bruins led 45-33 at halftime and built a 21-point second half advantage (64-43, 14:36 left to play), before holding off a late Oregon rally (it was UCLA 69-Oregon 61 with 6:25 left in the game), to secure their 88-73 victory. It was only the third Bruin victory in Eugene in the last eight years (Lavin's second in five tries).

Just like in the first Oregon game this season (with UCLA winning 98-88 on Jan. 27 in Pauley), junior Matt Barnes led the way. On Thursday night, Barnes played a career-high tying 38 minutes, and led the Bruins with a game-high tying 21 points, along with eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots (in the Bruins' first win over Oregon this season, Barnes scored a career-high 26 points). The Bruins had three other players in double figures, led by Jason Kapono's 20 points and a career-best 13 rebounds.

UCLA shot 48.4 (31-64) from the field, 14.3 (second lowest percentage of the season, 2-14) from three-point range and 58.5 (24-41) from the foul line, with a season and game-high 51 rebounds and 15 turnovers.

Oregon shot 31.5 (opponent season-low percentage, 23-73) from the field, 9-34 (26.5) from three-point range and 64.3 (18-28) from the foul line, with 44 rebounds and 15 turnovers. The Ducks were led by Bryan Bracey's game-high tying 21 points.

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 junior Billy Knight, who redshirted in 1998-99 because of an injury, are all on track to graduate in June 2001.

Bruin Starters Career Charts

Earl Watson
The Arizona State game was Watson's 121th straight career start and game ... Watson is the 40th Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1318 -- 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 572 (No. 3, Darrick Martin, 636, 1989-92) ... Ranks No. 2 on the career steals list with 222, needs three just steals to overtake school leader Tyus Edney, 224, 1992-95) ... Ranks No. 4 on the career three-point field goal list with 124 (No. 3, Jason Kapono, 148, current) and No. 3 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 361 (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 (school record for starts) 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. The Bruins' second-leading scorer (14.2) and second in minutes (33.4), he also leads UCLA in assists (5.5) and steals (2.0). Vs. Oregon, Watson only played 14 minutes (tying his season low of 14 at Arizona) and fouled out with 12:07 left to play (it was only the fourth time this season he's fouled out, but the third time in the last five games). Watson did get four points, six rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot and three steals (to give him 222 for his career, needing just three to break the school record of 224, Tyus Edney, 1992-95). In Pac-10 stats going into the Oregon game, Watson was No. 9 in scoring, No. 2 in assists, No. 1 in steals and No. 6 in assists/turnover ration.

Jason Kapono
On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (148-314, 47.1), No. 3 (148) in three-point field goals (No. 2, Toby Bailey, 171, 1995-98) and No. 4 (314) in attempts (No. 3, Earl Watson, 359, current). UCLA's leading scorer (17.9), he's led the Bruins in scoring this season on 13 occasions He's also tops the Bruins in minutes (35.1), three-point shooting (46.8) and foul shooting (86.3) and is UCLA's third-leading rebounder (6.0, last year he averaged 4.4 a game). Vs. Oregon, Kapono played 38 minutes, scoring 20 points (the 12th time this season he has scored 20 or more points), with a career and game-high 13 rebounds (previous best of 12 was set this season vs. Hawaii, seventh time this season he's led UCLA in rebounding, it was his third double/double this year and second in last four games), three assists and one steal. In this week's NCAA stats, Kapono entered the week rated No. 4 in three-point field goal percentage. Going into the Oregon game in Pac-10 stats (all games), Kapono was third in scoring, 15th in rebounding, second in free throw percentage, second in three-point FG percentage and first in three-point FGs made. He's on the Midseason Wooden Award Top 30 list.

Dan Gadzuric
UCLA's No. 3 scorer (11.4) and No. 1 rebounder (8.0), he also leads the Bruin regulars in FG% (52.8) and blocked shots (1.5). He has led the Bruins in scoring twice this season (career-high tying 22 vs. Arizona, 19 Washington) and in rebounding on nine occasions. He has six double/doubles this season. 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, but vs. Arizona State on Feb. 17, he was only able to play 13 minutes because of the ankle and foul trouble. Vs. Oregon, Gadzuric started and played 30 minutes, with 16 points, eight rebounds, one steal and two blocked shots.

In Pac-10 stats entering the Oregon game, Gadzuric was fourth in rebounding, eighth in FG%, third in blocked shots, fifth in offensive rebounding and fourth in defensive rebounding.

Matt Barnes
UCLA's fourth-leading scorer (10.9) and second-leading rebounder (6.9). He's led the Bruins in rebounding seven times this season, he has four double-doubles and has led the Bruins in scoring twice, in both games vs. Oregon (in UCLA's 98-88 win over Oregon on Jan. 27, Barnes had a career-high 26 points).

Vs. Oregon on Thursday night in Eugene, Barnes played a career-high tying 38 minutes, with a game-high tying 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

In the Pac-10 stats going into Oregon, Barnes was ninth in rebounding, fifth in steals and sixth in offensive rebounding.

Billy Knight
Has started 10 games this year, including the last six (UCLA is 6-0 in the last six games, vs. Stanford, Knight had a career-high 22 points in a career-best 36 minutes) and the Bruins are 9-1 in those games, losing only the season-opener to Kansas.

Vs. Oregon, Knight played 18 minutes with five points and four rebounds.

He's averaging 6.3 points and 1.7 rebounds a game.

Bruin Notes

Key Substitutes
Vs. Oregon, junior Ray Young came off the bench to play 25 minutes, with 12 points, freshman T. J. Cummings played 10 minutes, adding four points and four rebounds and senior Ryan Bailey played 25 minutes, filling in for Earl Watson who was in foul trouble, getting six points, a season-high five rebounds, a season-high four assists and one steal.

2000-01 Special Team Stats
The Bruins have trailed six times at halftime this season, to California (48-28), Oregon (48-42), North Carolina (46-30) UC Irvine (34-30), UCSB (41-38) and Kansas (57-51). UCLA is 3-3 when trailing at half (the Bruins beat 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 four straight games prior to the ASU contest and has outrebounded its opponent in 16 of the last 22 (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 Oregon season-high 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 14-2 with the rebound advantage and 4-4 when out-rebounded.

In 24 games, UCLA has outshot from the field its opponents on six straight occasions and 16 overall, including 13 of the last 16 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 and the Bruins' opponent season low was set by Oregon on Thursday night (31.5). After 24 games, UCLA is shooting 45.7 and opponents are shooting 43.9 from the field. The Bruins are 15-1 when outshooting their opponent from the field and 3-5 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 24 games, the Bruins from the three-point line have outshot their opponents 17 times. UCLA has been outshot from three-point range in just five of the last 19 games - Oregon (26.5-14.3, second-lowest this season), 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 24 games, UCLA is shooting 35.2 (144-409) from three-point range and opponents 30.2 (148-490). 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 20 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. After 24 games, UCLA is averaging 16.6 turnovers and its opponents are at 18.1.

When the Bruins lead with 5:00 left to play, they are 17-0 and are 1-6 when trailing at the 5:00 mark, having defeated Arizona at Pauley Pavilion.

Looking Ahead
UCLA continues Pac-10 play next week in Pauley Pavilion, hosting the Bay Area schools. It will be UCLA's final regular season home games and the final games in Pauley Pavilion for UCLA's three senior guards - Earl Watson, Ryan Bailey and Jason Flowers. On Thursday, March 1, UCLA hosts California (7:30 p.m.) and on Saturday, March 3, the Bruins host No. 1 Stanford (1 p.m.)


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