LOS ANGELES – UCLA plays at crosstown rival USC (10-12, 1-8) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (PT). The Bruins (17-5, 6-3) enter the week in sole possession of second place in the Pac-12 Conference standings. UCLA has won six of its last seven meetings against USC, most recently securing a 107-73 win over the Trojans in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 5.
The UCLA men’s basketball game will take place following a conference clash between the UCLA and USC women’s basketball programs at 3:00 p.m. (PT) at Galen Center.
Venue: Galen Center (10,258)
Tipoff Time: 7:36 pm (PT)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst), Yogi Roth (courtside)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
UCLA returns to action at USC on Saturday evening, having won six of the last seven meetings against the Trojans. The Bruins opened their Pac-12 schedule with a 107-73 victory over USC at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 5. That tied UCLA’s record for the most points scored in one game against USC. The Bruins have recorded a 5-2 all-time record at USC’s Galen Center since the Trojans opened the building in October 2006. UCLA has won its last two meetings against USC at Galen Center – a 66-47 win on Jan. 15, 2012, and a 75-59 victory on Feb. 24, 2013.
A LOOK BACK
Kyle Anderson scored 23 points and Bryce Alford added 20 as UCLA cruised past USC, 107-73, in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 5. The Bruins led by a 56-34 margin at halftime and finished the afternoon shooting 57.1 percent from the field while limiting USC to a 41.9 field goal percentage.
ON THE ROAD
The Bruins are in the midst of a seven-game stretch that includes five road games. UCLA has gone 4-4 in games played away from Pauley Pavilion this season (2-3 in road games, 2-1 in neutral site games). Last week, UCLA defeated Oregon, 70-68, at Matthew Knight Arena before suffering a 71-67 loss at Oregon State on Sunday afternoon. Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson each averaged 12.5 points per game in the two contests. Adams scored a team-leading 19 points and added six rebounds in UCLA’s two-point win at Oregon on Thursday.
Through games played Sunday, Feb. 2, UCLA ranked 13th in the nation in scoring (82.9 ppg), eighth in field goal percentage (49.4) and seventh in assists per game (17.2) ... UCLA ranks second in the Pac-12 in points per game.
Through 22 games, Kyle Anderson (15.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.6 apg) has become the first UCLA player to average at least 10.0/5.0/5.0 since Bill Walton finished with 19.3 ppg, 14.7 rpg and 5.5 apg as a senior in 1973-74.
Kyle Anderson has become the first NCAA Division I player to average at least 14.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 6.0 apg in one season since Ohio State’s Evan Turner finished the 2009-10 campaign with 20.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg and 6.0 apg.
Sophomore Jordan Adams has led UCLA in scoring, either by himself or tied with teammates, in 11 of 22 games ... he has scored in double figures in 20 of UCLA’s 22 contests and has reached the 20-point plateau eight times.
UCLA’s roster features seven players who have scored at least 20 points in one career game, with five of those seven players having registered at least 20 points in one game this season.
No player in the country has averaged as close to a triple-double as has Kyle Anderson (15.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.6 apg). Through games played Feb. 3, Anderson was the nation’s only player averaging at least 10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 6.0 apg. In addition, Anderson is the only player to rank in the top five (in his conference, BCS conferences only) in rebounds, assists and steals and be among the top 15 scorers (includes AAC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC).
PROTECTING THE BALL
Through games played on Feb. 2, UCLA led all Pac-12 teams in assists per game (17.2), assist turnover ratio (1.57), steals per game (10.5) and turnover margin (+4.4). UCLA has committed the fourth fewest turnovers per game (11.0) of any Pac-12 team. UCLA’s defense has forced the highest average of turnovers among Pac-12 teams (15.4). Kyle Anderson (145 assists, 70 turnovers) has accounted for 38.4 percent of UCLA’s total assists.
Sophomore guard Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 16.8 points per game, the seventh-highest scoring average among Pac-12 players (through Feb. 2). He scored a career-high 30 points against Morehead State (Nov. 22, 2013) and registered his third double-double of the season at Colorado with 14 points and 13 rebounds (Jan. 16, 2014). He finished second in scoring for UCLA last season, averaging 15.3 points per game as a freshman.
PICKED THEIR POCKETS
UCLA has three players that rank among the Pac-12’s top 10 leaders in steals. Jordan Adams (65 steals, 3.0 spg) leads all Pac-12 players, having logged at least at least two steals in 18 of 22 games. He had a career-high eight steals against Sacramento State on Nov. 12. Kyle Anderson (38 steals, 1.7 spg) ranks fourth in the conference, while Norman Powell (31 steals, 1.4 spg) is tied for 10th. UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams with 10.5 steals per game.
AT GALEN CENTER
UCLA has gone 5-2 all-time in seven meetings against USC at the Trojans’ Galen Center. Last season, the Bruins earned a 75-59 victory (Feb. 24, 2013) and recorded their highest point total in seven seasons at Galen Center (UCLA’s single-game low at Galen Center is 52 points in a 63-52 loss on Jan. 9, 2011).
Kyle Anderson became the fourth player on record in UCLA history to record a triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists) in UCLA’s 81-70 win over Morehead State on Nov. 22, 2013. That marked UCLA’s first triple-double since Dec. 18, 1995, when Toby Bailey had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin. Since UCLA consistently tracked assists as a statistic beginning in 1971-72, the Bruins have had four triple-doubles (including one point-rebound-block effort from Jelani McCoy).
Kyle Anderson has made 19 of 38 three-point attempts (50.0 percent), a strong increase over his freshman year totals (8-for-28, 21.1 percent). Anderson shot a perfect 5-for-5 from long range in UCLA’s 74-69 loss to Utah on Jan. 18. That marked UCLA’s first “perfect” effort from three-point range with a minimum of five attempts since Ray Young went 5-for-5 from downtown on Feb. 22, 2003, in a loss to Stanford.
Kyle Anderson has been named as one of 25 players to the John R. Wooden Award midseason list. Anderson is among four Pac-12 players on the midseason list (along with Arizona’s Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson and Oregon’s Joseph Young). The 6-foot-9 guard from Fairview, N.J., was among five players to be named a “midseason” All-America selection by The Sporting News. Joining Anderson on The Sporting News’ list of first-teamers included Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Nick Johnson (Arizona), Jabari Parker (Duke) and Doug McDermott (Creighton).
UCLA does not currently have any major injuries. Noah Allen missed 12 games after suffering multiple fractures to his face in a collision sustained with a player from Oakland (Nov. 12) in the game’s final minutes. Wanaah Bail missed UCLA’s first five games recovering from left knee surgery which was performed on June 28, 2013. Travis Wear missed UCLA’s first three games after having underwent an appendectomy on Oct. 28, 2013.