UCLA Sets Out to Defend Pac-10 Tournament Title
March 11, 2009
LOS ANGELES -
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
UCLA IN THE PACIFIC LIFE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
COACH HOWLAND WINS NO. 300
THREE SENIORS SET RECORD
Collison had built his consecutive free throw streak back to 18, but missed his first attempt against California (Jan. 29).
Darren Collison's free-throw percentage of 92.3 percent (96-for-104) this season currently leads the team, the Pac-10 and the nation and is second on UCLA's single-season charts.
Collison also leads the team, Pac-10 and ranks 41st nationally in assist turnover ratio at 2.18. He also leads the team, is second in the Pac-10 and ranks 44th nationally in assists per game at 5.0 apg. He also ranks 4th in the Pac-10 and 55th nationally in field goal percentage at .536 (164-for-306).
Nikola Dragović has made at least one three-point field goal in each of the last 18 games, the longest streak on the team. He shot 44.0 percent (44-for-100) from long range in Pac-10 games (8th in the league) and has shot slightly better since being elevated as a starter at USC (Jan. 11), draining 45.7 percent (42-for-92) from three-point range. He made 2.4 three-pointers per game in league play, which ranked sixth in the Pac-10.
In the last four seasons, UCLA and Head Coach Ben Howland are 58-14 (.806) in Pacific-10 Conference play and 121-24 (.834) overall.
In the last four years in Pacific-10 Conference play, Head Coach Ben Howland is 27-9 (.750) on the road (27-5 everywhere, excluding Seattle) and 31-5 (.861) at home.
In the last four years, Head Coach Ben Howland and UCLA are 31-1 (.969) in the first game of a two-game Pac-10 weekend series and 21-11 (.656) in the second game (this doesn't include USC and non-conference weekends). The Bruins had won 32 consecutive games opening a Pac-10 weekend series until the loss at Arizona State (Feb. 12). Overall, UCLA is 41-7 (.854) in the opening game of a weekend series in the Howland era, but just 27-21 (.563) in the second game.
Josh Shipp became the 47th player in UCLA history to score 1,000 points in a career with 13 points at California (Jan. 5, 2008). He now has 1,671 career points, which ranks 14th on UCLA's career charts.
Darren Collison became the 48th player in UCLA history to score 1,000 points in a career with 24 points vs. #7 Stanford (Mar. 6, 2008). He now has 1,595 career points, which ranks 17th on UCLA's career charts.
UCLA sports an all-time record of 610-91 (.870) in Pauley Pavilion, which is in its 44th season as the home of the Bruins.
Senior guard Darren Collison was named a third team All-American by the Associated Press at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season and as a first team preseason All-American in 2008-09.
The Bruins' offense is averaging 77.1 points per game, which is the most since the 2000-01 squad averaged 79.5 ppg. The defense is allowing 63.5 points per game, which is the most since the 2004-05 team allowed 71.7 points per game.
Last year, Darren Collison's three-point field goal percentage of .525 (53-for-101) was the single best season mark in UCLA history. This year, junior guard Michael Roll is off to a good start, shooting a percentage of .533 (48-for-90) from downtown.
Darren Collison was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2K Sports Classic Los Angeles Regional and was later named to the All-Tournament team in New York.
UCLA saw its national-leading streak of 42 straight weeks ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll come to a halt on Nov. 24, 2008 when the Bruins slipped to No. 13 in the AP poll. That streak included final and preseason polls (streak began with final poll of the 2005-06 season, Mar. 6, 2006).
UCLA has held 11 opponents in 2008-09 to fewer than 60 points, going 10-1 (.909) in those games. Last year, the Bruins held 21 opponents to fewer than 60 points and was undefeated when doing so. The Bruins have held 77 opponents under 60 points in the Ben Howland era (6th season) and are 74-3 (.961) in those games (two of the losses were in his first year and this year to Michigan, 52-55).
UCLA's scoring defense of 63.5 in 2008-09 is the highest in the last four years. The Bruins have allowed fewer than 60 points per game in each of the previous three seasons (59.0 in 2008, 59.9 in 2007 and 58.7 in 2006).
With the loss at Arizona State, the Bruins were swept for the first time since Washington pulled off the feat in 2005-06. It also marked ASU's first sweep of UCLA since 2002-03.
UCLA leads the nation in field goal percentage at 50.6 percent (888-for-1756). The Bruins also rank 7th in the country in three-point field goal percentage at 40.7 percent (236-for-580), which ranks 3rd on UCLA's all-time charts. The 236 three-point field goals made rank tied for 2nd on the all-time team season records while the 580 attempts rank 4th. UCLA leads the Pac-10 and ranks 44th nationally in steals (8.2 spg, 255), which also ranks 9th on UCLA's single season charts.
The Bruins posted their 37th straight home win over an unranked nonconference foe with the 89-63 victory over Notre Dame on Feb. 7, 2009. The last unranked nonconference team to win Pauley was Notre Dame (75-60) on Feb. 28, 2004.
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