UCLA to Close Regular Season at Washington on Saturday

March 8, 2013

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SEATTLE - UCLA closes its regular-season schedule at Washington on Saturday at 11 a.m. (PT). The Bruins can secure at least a share of the Pac-12 regular season crown by winning at Washington, as UCLA enters the weekend tied with Oregon for first place in the Pac-12 (both at 12-5 in conference play). The Bruins have lost their last eight games at Washington (most recent victory in Alaska Airlines Arena took place on Feb. 7, 2004).

Venue: Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000)
Tip-Off Time: 11:06 a.m. PT
Television: CBS
TV Talent: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Doug Gottlieb (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)

UCLA can clinch a share of the Pac-12 title with a win on Saturday. The Bruins can win the regular-season title in outright fashion with a win over Washington combined with Oregon losing at Utah. California, Oregon and UCLA can split the conference's regular-season crown with losses on Saturday by UCLA and Oregon. California, Oregon, UCLA and Arizona can split the conference title with losses by Oregon and UCLA and a win by Arizona (versus Arizona State).

Senior guard Larry Drew II nailed a jump shot at the buzzer to lead UCLA past Washington, 59-57, in Pauley Pavilion the evening of Feb. 7, 2013. Shabazz Muhammad led the Bruins with 22 points as UCLA's only player to score in double figures that night. Drew II had nine points and five steals in the win.

Shabazz Muhammad has been named one of eight finalists for the Integris Walter Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award, as announced by the U.S. Basketball Writers' Association on Monday. In addition, Kyle Anderson secured Pac-12 Player of the Week honors Monday after averaging 19.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg in two home victories last week. Anderson and Muhammad are UCLA's only players to have earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this season.

UCLA has gone 7-5 in games played away from Pauley Pavilion this season, including a 5-3 mark in Pac-12 road games. Larry Drew II has recorded a team-leading 44 assists on the road (5.5 apg) while compiling a 1.91 assist turnover ratio.

David Wear has averaged 8.8 ppg and 7.5 rpg in UCLA's last four games, stepping up for twin brother Travis Wear (right foot sprain). David averaged 35.5 minutes in two games last week against USC and Arizona State when Travis could not play. Travis played limited minutes in the Bruins' last two games. David totaled 15 points and eight rebounds in UCLA's 83-74 win at Arizona (Jan. 24) when Travis missed the second half (concussion).

UCLA guaranteed itself a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament with a 74-69 win over Arizona last Saturday night (top four teams in Pac-12 standings advance to quarterfinals). UCLA and Oregon are currently tied for first place in the Pac-12 standings, at 12-5, with one games remaining on their schedules. The Bruins can assure themselves of at least a tie for the conference's regular-season crown by winning at Washington on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Shabazz Muhammad leads UCLA with 18.1 ppg, the second-highest scoring average among Pac-12 players (behind California's Allen Crabbe, 18.4 ppg). Muhammad entered the week ranking No. 36, nationally, in points per game and first among all freshmen in the country. He is third in the Pac-12 in three-point field goal percentage (.415). Muhammad was named as one of 30 candidates to the Naismith College Player of the Year Award watch list last week.

UCLA leads the Pac-12 in scoring average, having registered 75.5 points per game (No. 23, 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 6.4 points per game. The Bruins are first in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (46.0 pct, No. 46 in nation) and are first in assists per game (17.0 apg, No. 5 in nation).

UCLA has compiled more wins (230) 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 (120), conference win percentage (.670), NCAA Tournament victories (15), NCAA Tournament win percentage (.714, 15-6 W-L), and Pac-12 regular-season titles (3).

Larry Drew II ranks second on UCLA's single-season assists list (233) and currently stands first on the school's single-season assists per game list (7.77). Through Sunday's games, Drew II ranked second in the nation in assist turnover ratio (3.39) and fourth in assists per game (7.83). He has logged at least eight assists in 18 of 30 contests and has committed two or fewer turnovers in 20 of 30 games during his senior season.

Freshman Kyle Anderson has logged eight of UCLA's 13 double-doubles. The 6-foot-9 product of Fairview, N.J., is the Pac-12's only player to rank in the top 10 in rebounding (6th, 9.0 rpg) and assists (6th, 3.6). Anderson has averaged 10.3 points per game and has compiled a 1.8 assist turnover ratio, the third-best mark among Pac-12 players. Anderson enters the week ranking fifth in the conference in steals per game (1.8 spg).

Junior forward Travis Wear sustained a sprained right foot on Feb. 23, missed UCLA's games against USC (Feb. 24) and Arizona State (Feb. 27) before returning against Arizona (March 2). He re-injured the foot grabbing a rebound with 15:11 remaining in the second half at Washington State (March 6) and missed the remainder of the contest. Sophomore guard Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained the injury on Oct. 26, 2012).

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