Feb. 25, 2013
LOS ANGELES - UCLA returns to Pauley Pavilion to host Arizona State (20-8, 9-6 Pac-12) on Wednesday evening. Game time is 8:30 p.m. (PT). The Bruins (20-7, 10-4 Pac-12) have reached the 20-win plateau for the sixth time in head coach Ben Howland's 10 seasons at the helm of the program. Wednesday night's game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks. The Bruins will close their home schedule against Arizona (23-4, 11-4 Pac-12) on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. in a game to be nationally televised by ESPN.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 8:36 p.m. PT
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst), Yogi Roth (reporter)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 91
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 91
UCLA returns home to face Arizona State in Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday (8:30 p.m., PT) after having played its last three games on the road. The Bruins are one-half game behind Arizona and Oregon in the Pac-12 standings with four regular-season contests remaining. UCLA's four-game winning streak in the series against the Sun Devils was snapped when the two schools last played, as Arizona State earned a 78-60 win in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 26.
Arizona State defeated UCLA, 78-60, before 9,337 in Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, Jan. 26. Carrick Felix scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Jordan Bachynski logged 22 points, 15 rebounds and a game-best six blocks in that contest for Arizona State.
BRUINS DEFEAT TROJANS
Jordan Adams scored a game-high 20 points to lead a group of five Bruins in double figures as UCLA won, 75-59, at USC on Sunday afternoon, evening the season series between the crosstown rivals. UCLA shot at a 58.6 percent clip in the first half and opened a 47-26 lead by halftime. David Wear logged his second double-double of the season, totaling 10 points and 11 rebounds. UCLA made 6 of 12 shots from three-point range, including 6 of 11 in the first half.
UCLA will welcome ESPN's College GameDay Covered by State Farm on Saturday morning, prior to the Bruins' regular-season home finale against Arizona at 6 p.m. that evening. College GameDay Covered by State Farm is an eight-week Saturday morning and evening college basketball studio program that originates from the site of ESPN's Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast. The ESPN program will make its second appearance in Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA leads the Pac-12 in scoring average, having registered 76.0 points per game (No. 22, nationally). The Bruins lead all Pac-12 teams in conference action with 71.4 points per game. UCLA has compiled the third-best scoring margin in the Pac-12 (all games), outscoring the opposition by 7.2 points per game. The Bruins are first in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (46.4 pct, No. 41 in nation) and are first in assists per game (17.1 apg, No. 6 in nation).
Shabazz Muhammad leads all NCAA Division I freshmen in scoring, having logged 18.2 ppg in 24 games. UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett has registered 17.0 ppg. Muhammad has scored at least 20 points in 11 games, leading the Bruins to a 10-1 record in those games. Muhammad has scored in double figures in 23 of 24 games played.
Kyle Anderson ranks sixth in the nation among freshmen in rebounds per game (8.9). Not only has Anderson logged seven double-doubles, but he is also the Pac-12's only player to rank in the top 10 in rebounding (6th, 8.9 rpg) and assists (6th, 3.7). Anderson has averaged 9.6 points per game and has compiled a 1.8 assist turnover ratio, the fifth-best mark among Pac-12 players. He ranks fifth in the conference in steals per game (1.7 spg).
Through games played Feb. 24, UCLA ranks fourth in the country in assist turnover ratio (1.5), while senior guard Larry Drew II ranks second in that category (3.66). UCLA's loss at California on Feb. 14 marked the Bruins' only game this season in which they did not force 10 or more turnovers. UCLA has recorded more assists and turnovers in all but two games this season (wins against Georgia on Nov. 20 and Washington on Feb. 7).
TOP 10-YEAR TOTALS
UCLA has compiled more wins (228) and a higher winning percentage (.687) than any other Pac-12 program over the last 10 years, since Ben Howland took over as UCLA's head coach (2003-04 through 2012-13). UCLA is the only Pac-12 program to have recorded more than one 30-win season in the last 10 years - the Bruins had three consecutive years with at least 30 wins in 2006, 2007 and 2008. UCLA also leads the group of 12 teams, over the last 10 years, in Pac-12 wins (118), conference win percentage (.670), NCAA Tournament victories (15), NCAA Tournament win percentage (.714, 15-6 W-L), and Pac-12 regular-season titles (3).
GIVING AN ASSIST
Through games played Sunday, Feb. 24, senior Larry Drew II ranks second in the country in assist turnover ratio (3.66) and ranks fourth, nationally, in assists per game (7.6). Drew II is currently sixth on UCLA's single-season assist list. His average of 7.59 assists per game is the second-best average in school history. Drew II has logged at least eight assists in 16 of 27 contests and has committed two or fewer turnovers in 19 of 27 games. He has become UCLA's first player to dish at least 200 assists in one season since 1995, when Tyus Edney finished with 216 assists.
With two weekends remaining in the regular season, four teams are currently within one game of each other in the Pac-12 standings (Arizona and Oregon are 11-4, UCLA is 10-4, and California is 10-5 in conference games). The conference's top four teams in the final regular-season standings earn a first-round bye in the four-day Pac-12 Tournament, to be played at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this season (March 13-16). UCLA has won the Pac-12 Tournament twice in head coach Ben Howland's previous nine seasons at the helm of the program (2006, 2008).
Larry Drew II made a game-winning jump shot at the buzzer against Washington on Feb 7, lifting the Bruins to a 59-57 win over Washington. Drew II's winning shot marked UCLA's first "buzzer beater" since Jan. 20, 2011, when Reeves Nelson scored on a tip-in at the buzzer in Pauley Pavilion to help UCLA beat California, 86-84. Earlier this season, Drew II made a driving layup at Utah (Jan. 10) in the final 10 seconds to help UCLA preserve a 57-54 win. He also made a game-winning layup with 17 seconds left in overtime to give UCLA an 80-79 win over UC Irvine (Nov. 13).
Freshman Kyle Anderson finished three assists shy of a triple-double against Fresno State (Dec. 22), posting season-highs of 20 points and 17 rebounds that night. UCLA's only previous triple-doubles took place in Dec. 1995. Toby Bailey finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 18, 1995. Jelani McCoy tallied 15 points, 11 blocks and 10 rebounds against Maryland on Dec. 9, 1995.
Freshman Jordan Adams ranks second on the team with 15.1 ppg, the 10th-highest scoring average in the Pac-12 (third-best mark among Pac-12 freshmen). The native of Atlanta has scored in double figures in 20 games and has recorded at least 20 points in nine contests. Adams became the first freshman at UCLA to have scored 20+ points in each of his first four games (freshmen could not play varsity until 1972-73). He became UCLA's first player in any class to have opened a season with four straight games of 20+ points since 1990-91 (Don MacLean, six straight).
Junior forward Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained the injury on Oct. 26, 2012).