Nov. 12, 2012
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Ben Howland's Monday Press Conference
LOS ANGELES - The No. 13-ranked UCLA men's basketball team takes on UC Irvine (1-0) on Tuesday evening in New Pauley Pavilion. Tuesday's contest, slated to begin at 8:30 p.m., will be televised on Pac-12 Networks. The Bruins opened their season with an 86-59 win over Indiana State before a Pauley Pavilion-record crowd of 13,513 on Friday, Nov. 9.
Venue: New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 8:36 p.m. PST
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
STORY LINES - UC IRVINE vs. UCLA
UCLA opens Regional Round action of the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic against UC Irvine in New Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday, Nov. 13 ... both UCLA and UC Irvine won their season-opening games over the weekend ... the Bruins opened the season with an 86-59 win over Indiana State last Friday night, playing before a sold-out and record crowd of 13,513 in New Pauley Pavilion, the first athletic contest in UCLA's home arena since the venue closed for renovations in March 2011 ... Tuesday night's game will mark the third contest in as many seasons between UCLA and UC Irvine. The Bruins secured a 74-73 victory in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 23, 2010 and defeated UC Irvine, 89-60, at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Dec. 20, 2011.
FROM THE SEASON OPENER
JORDAN ADAMS: Freshman guard Jordan Adams, a 6-foot-5 product from Atlanta, scored a game-high 21 points in UCLA's season-opening, 86-59 win over Indiana State on Friday, Nov. 9 ... Adams recorded the most points scored in a season opener by any UCLA player since Nov. 9, 2007 (Kevin Love, 22 points, versus Portland State in a 69-48 victory in Pauley Pavilion) ... his 21 points were also the most by a UCLA freshman in his collegiate debut since Kevin Love (Nov. 9, 2007) ... Adams' 21 points were the most scored by a UCLA freshman in any game since Dec. 27, 2009 (Reeves Nelson, 21 points, versus Delaware State in a 66-49 victory in Pauley Pavilion) ... Adams became the fifth UCLA player under head coach Ben Howland to have logged at least 20 points in the Bruins' season-opening game (Howland's first season was 2003-04) - the other four players include Kevin Love (11/9/07), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (11/15/06), Arron Afflalo (11/15/05) and Michael Fey (11/29/03).
KYLE ANDERSON: Freshman guard Kyle Anderson, a 6-foot-9 product from Fairview, N.J., registered a point-rebound double-double (10 pts, 10 rbs) in his collegiate debut last Friday evening ... Anderson logged the first double-double by any UCLA freshman in his first collegiate game since Nov. 9, 2007 (Kevin Love, 22 points and 13 rebounds, versus Portland State in a 69-48 victory in Pauley Pavilion).
... IN ADDITION: Junior forward David Wear (13 pts, 10 rbs) and freshman guard Kyle Anderson (10 pts, 10 rbs) logged the first double-doubles in any UCLA season opener since Nov. 9, 2007, when then-freshman Kevin Love registered 22 points and 13 rebounds in a 69-48 win over Portland State in Pauley Pavilion.
EARLY SEASON NOTES
The Bruins opened the 2012-13 season ranked No. 13 in the preseason AP and USA Today Coaches polls ... now in his 10th season as the Bruins' head coach, Ben Howland has become just the third head coach in program history to have coached UCLA for at least 10 seasons (also Caddy Works and John Wooden) ... UCLA has gone 8-2 in 10 season-opening games under head coach Ben Howland - the Bruins have opened the season with a 2-0 record in seven of nine seasons under Howland's direction ... prior to Friday night's season opener, two of UCLA's 17 players had played in Pauley Pavilion's former configuration - juniors Tyler Lamb and Joshua Smith. David and Travis Wear were members of the 2010-11 team (UCLA's most recent season in Pauley Pavilion) but sat out due to NCAA rules after having transferred from North Carolina.
LAST MEETING VS. UC IRVINE
Norman Powell scored a career-high 19 points to lead five players in double figures as UCLA defeated UC Irvine, 89-60, in last season's meeting (Dec. 20, 2011) at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. That win helped push UCLA over the .500 plateau (6-5). Powell nailed 4 of 6 three-point shots in the win. UC Irvine was paced by Chris McNealy's 11 points. UCLA's Tyler Lamb scored a then-career-high 17 points, while Joshua Smith and David Wear each had 12 points.
A GLANCE AT UC IRVINE
UC Irvine opened its season with a 78-64 victory over Nevada on Saturday, Nov. 10, playing on campus at Bren Events Center. Daman Starring led the host Anteaters with 25 points, making 10-of-10 free throw shots. Michael Wilder registered the only double-double of the game, totaling 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. UC Irvine led by a 41-35 margin at halftime, limiting Nevada to a 34.5 field goal percentage (and just 2 of 16 shots from three-point range). Russell Turner enters his third season as UC Irvine's head coach and has logged a 26-39 overall record in two-plus seasons. After facing UCLA, the Anteaters will host Pacifica University (Covina, Calif.) on Thursday.
Beginning the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 13, UCLA will play four games as part of the Progressive Legends Classic. UCLA will host games against UC Irvine (Nov. 13) and James Madison (Nov. 15) before heading to Brooklyn to face Georgetown on Monday, Nov. 19, at Barclays Center. UCLA will take on either No. 1 Indiana or Georgia the following night. The Bruins will host Cal Poly (Nov. 25) and Cal State Northridge (Nov. 28) the week after Thanksgiving.
The Bruins return three starters from its 2011-12 team - junior forwards David Wear (10.2 ppg) and Travis Wear (11.5 ppg) and junior guard Tyler Lamb (8.8 ppg). Junior center Joshua Smith (9.9 ppg) and sophomore guard Norman Powell (4.6 ppg) saw significant action off the bench for UCLA last season. Lamb and Powell were two of three players on the team (along with then-senior Lazeric Jones) to have played in all 33 games.
WELCOME TO WESTWOOD
UCLA's program has welcomed eight newcomers - five freshmen, one sophomore, and two juniors - in addition to gaining the services of redshirt senior guard Larry Drew II, who sat out the 2011-12 season after transferring from North Carolina. ESPN.com has ranked UCLA's incoming class as the nation's No. 1 recruiting class (featuring true freshmen Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker).
UCLA played 19 home games on the road in 2011-12 - 14 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, four at the Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.) and one exhibition game at Citizens Business Bank Arena (Ontario, Calif.). After winning the exhibition game in Ontario, the Bruins posted a 14-4 record at their local "home" venues, including a perfect 4-0 mark at the Honda Center in Anaheim. UCLA went 10-4 in games played at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
UCLA plays its first season in New Pauley Pavilion in 2012-13 after the iconic arena underwent a 33-month, $136 renovation. Originally opened in 1965, Pauley Pavilion is one of the nation's premier all-around collegiate facilities. While calling Pauley Pavilion home, the men's basketball program has won nine NCAA Championships and 21 conference titles. The Bruins have logged an all-time 638-99 (.866) record in Pauley Pavilion (now in its 47th season).
UCLA's crowd of 13,513 against Indiana State on Friday, Nov. 9, broke the single-game record for Pauley Pavilion attendance. Previously, Pauley Pavilion had hosted 13,478 fans in a 73-69 win over Duke on Feb. 23, 1997. The arena's next-largest crowd came four days before (13,382 vs. USC on 2/19/97).
NEW PAULEY PAVILION
The complete renovation of UCLA's historic arena, Pauley Pavilion, took 33 months and cost just under $136 million. New Pauley Pavilion seats approximately 13,800 fans - 1,000 more than the "old" Pauley Pavilion. Other key features of the renovated facility include a custom-designed video board, additional LED hustle boards, major increases in restrooms and a wider variety of concession stands. Here are a few key features, at a glance:
- New Pauley Pavilion houses a 16-foot by 12-foot, LED, High Definition Daktronics Video board perched above center court with all four sides visible to fans.
- In addition, there are LED hustle boards in each of the corners that track player statistics, as well as an LED ribbon board encircling the top of the arena.
- New Pauley Pavilion now has 154% more restrooms thorugh the building, including on the event level.
- The pavilion's North side hosts a grand lobby that highlights the theme "Champions Made Here" as well as the multi-purpose Pavilion Club for game-day hospitality.
- Additional dining options include California Pizza Kitchen, Subway, Full Court Press Panini, Jamba Juice, Pavilion Market, Joe Brewin Coffee Stand, the outdoor South Plaza and traditional fare.
- Not only does New Pauley Pavilion have a wider variety of concession stands, the arena now features a UCLA team store in the Northeast corner, operated by ASUCLA.
- New Pauley Pavilion includes nearly 100 monitors throughout the building, many of which are used to show the game telecast. Other monitors can be used as menu boards at numerous concession points.
- The renovation established 70,000 additional square feet of usable space than existed in the building's previous configuration. Additions include two state-of-the-art locker rooms with cherry wood lockers and adjacent lounge areas, a 24-seat film room, weight room and sports medicine room.
UCLA was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 Conference men's basketball standings, according to a preseason poll of media members who regularly cover Pac-12 hoops. The Bruins trailed Arizona in the preseason poll by one point and received 16 of 35 first-place votes (Arizona gained 15 first-place votes). California, Stanford and Washington were selected third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the conference's preseason poll, in order, were Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Washington State, Arizona State and Utah. The last time that the predicted winner captured the conference's regular-season crown was in 2009-2010 (California). Washington won the 2011-12 regular-season crown, while Colorado won the 2011-12 Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
BRUINS ON TELEVISION
All 31 regular-season UCLA men's basketball games will be televised on either a regional or national basis. UCLA will have at least 11 games televised by the ESPN family of networks. Fox Sports Net will televise at least five games, while Pac-12 Networks will carry 13 contests. UCLA's home game against Oregon (Jan. 19) and road contest versus Washington (March 9, season finale) will be broadcast on CBS. Over the past 31 seasons, 762 games have been braodcast live in Los Angeles. ESPN will originate its weekly College Gameday program from Pauley Pavilion on March 2, 2013, when the Bruins host Arizona in their final regular-season home contest.
Junior guard Tyler Lamb missed four weeks prior to the season after having undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Oct. 9. He totaled four points and three rebounds in 14 minutes versus Indiana State (Nov. 9). Sophomore guard Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained during practice on Oct. 26) and is expcted to miss 1-2 months.