UCLA To Face Rival USC
Feb. 5, 2001
Thursday, Feb. 8 - UCLA at No. 22 USC, Sports Arena, 7:30 p.m. PST (TV - Fox Sports Net West 2, with Tom Kelly and Kurt Rambis, Radio - XTRA Sports 1150am with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).
Saturday, Feb. 10 - UCLA at DePaul, Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL, 12:30 p.m. PST (TV - ABC with Brent Musburger and Dick Vitale, Radio - XTRA Sports 1150am with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).
USC Head Coach Henry Bibby -
In his fifth full season as head coach at USC, Bibby owns a record of 73-62. The former UCLA All-America guard and starter for three NCAA title teams is 1-8 vs. his alma mater.
The Trojans -
They have won four of their last five games to improve their record to 16-5 overall and 6-3 in Pac-10 play. Last week, they split games in the Bay Area, losing at No. 1 Stanford on Thursday and winning at California on Saturday.
Series History -
UCLA leads the series with USC, 117-93, and has won two straight and 12 of the last 13.
Earlier this season (Jan. 11) at Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins defeated the Trojans, 80-75. Jason Kapono led the Bruins with 20 points and nine rebounds and Earl Watson had 17 points and four assists. Sam Clancy had 31 points and 13 rebounds for the Trojans. The Bruins, who led by 19 points in the second half before a USC rally, forced the Trojans into 28 turnovers.
The Bruins are 8-1 under Steve Lavin vs. USC, including 3-1 away at the Sports Arena.
For the 2000 spring quarter, the Bruins had five players on the AD's Honor Roll- (3.0-3.49gpa) - Brandon Brooks, at the time, Brooks was a two-sport participant (water polo/basketball), he is no longer on the basketball team, Sean Farnham (graduated in June 2000 and is now an assistant coach at Pepperdine), Jason Flowers and Earl Watson, (3.5-4.0gpa) - Todd Ramasar.
During the summer of 2000, eight of the nine players who were in summer school took classes to continue their advancement toward a degree (were not taking classes to remain eligible for the coming season).
The Bruin men's basketball squad had the best team annual gpa improvement (out of UCLA's 23 sports) from the 1998-99 school year to the 1999-2000 school year.
UCLA's four seniors (Ryan Bailey, Jason Flowers, Rico Hines and Earl Watson), along with junior Billy Knight, who redshirted in 1998-99 because of an injury, are all on track to graduate in June 2001.
UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team this season, on Feb. 3, was its second against the No. 1 team in the nation in less than one year. Its victory over No. 1 Stanford on March 4, 2000 was the school's first over a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion. The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in the season was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the title game against Louisville.
According to Associated Press, UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team eight times. Notre Dame has done it nine times, followed by UCLA and Duke (eight times). North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Ohio State have recorded seven wins versus a No. 1 team.
This week's UCLA Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee is junior guard Billy Knight.
In UCLA's upset over No. 1 and unbeaten Stanford, he started (only his second in the last 12 games) and scored a career-high 22 points, making eight of 15 shots from the floor, including three three-point field goals, and three of six free throws. He also added four rebounds, one steal and one block. He played a career-high 36 minutes.
In Thursday's game at California, he played 13 minutes of the bench and had six points and one rebound.
UCLA is 7-2 after the first round of Pac-10 play, four games better than in 1999-2000. Last year, the Bruins were 3-6 after nine contests. In 1999, they were 6-3 after nine games. In 1998, they were 7-2 after nine and in 1997, they were also 7-2 after nine.
UCLA's six-game winning streak was its longest since last season when the Bruins won their final six regular-season contests and their first two NCAA games.
UCLA has won nine of its last 11 games and 11 of its last 14 contests.
Earl Watson - The Stanford game was Watson's 116th career start and game ... Watson is the 40th Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1258 -- 27, No. 26, Henry Bibby, 1293, 1970-72, No. 25, Kris Johnson, 1294, 1995-98) ... Ranks fourth on UCLA's career assist list with 550 (No. 3, Darrick Martin, 636, 1989-92) ... Ranks No. 3 on the career steals list with 208 needs 17 steals to overtake school leader Edney, 224) ... Ranks No. 4 on the career three-point field goal list with 120 (No. 3, Jason Kapono, 135, current) and No. 3 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 352 (No. 2, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92).
Jason Kapono - On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (135-289, 46.7), No. 3 (135) in three-point field goals (No. 2, Toby Bailey, 171, 1995-98) and No. 5 (289) in attempts (No. 4, Gerald Madkins, 296, 1988-92).
BRUIN NOTESCommunity Service
On Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m., Steve Lavin and the Bruins will visit the People Helping People Homeless Shelter in South Central Los Angeles. The media contact is Rev. Harrison Soberanis (323-759-3454).
On Monday, Dec. 18, UCLA head coach Steve Lavin and the Bruins visited the children at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte.
On Friday morning, Dec. 1 at The Pond in Anaheim, UCLA players Matt Barnes, Jason Kapono, Dan Gadzuric, Ray Young and Earl Watson, participated in a clinic for Special Olympics (the charity for the Wooden Classic). Also participating were Lavin, Coach Wooden and Bruin great Bill Walton.
On Nov. 15, Coach Lavin and the Bruins hosted 16 Orange. CA High School students as part of Chapman University's School of Education Literacy Partnership Program (instilling a commitment to education to the underserved youth of the Orange community). Lavin is a 1988 Chapman graduate. Chapman is located in Orange, CA.
UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) classes the last four seasons. The 1998 freshman class-guard Ray Young, forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush (declared for 2000 NBA Draft) and Jerome Moiso (now with Boston Celtics), along with center Dan Gadzuric, was judged No. 1 in the nation by The Sporting News, Hoop Scoop, PrepStar and Basketball News.
The frosh class of 1997, forward Travis Reed (now at Long Beach State), guard-forward Rico Hines, guard Earl Watson, guard Baron Davis (now with Charlotte Hornets), forward Billy Knight and guard Todd Ramasar, was voted No. 2 in the nation.
During the 1998-99 season, the Bruins signed McDonald's HS All-America Jason Kapono.
In this season's early signing period, UCLA inked Cedric Bozeman, from Mater Dei HS, Dijon Thompson, from Redondo Union HS and Michael Fey, from Capital HS in Olympia, WA.
Pauley Pavilion (12,819) has been the home of Bruin basketball for 35+ seasons. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 509-60 (569 games, 89.5). Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, 1996 and the win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th on its homecourt.
This year the Bruins are 9-2 at home overall and 5-0 in the Pac-10.
On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC, the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilion history watched that game (13,382, previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon, 3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) in the 73-69 win over Duke, UCLA set a new attendance record 13,478, breaking the old one by 96.
The last time the Bruins were unbeaten at home for a regular season was in 1994-95 (15-0, California did beat UCLA at home that season but later forfeited the game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 at Pauley 15-1 (losing only to Stanford).
UCLA last finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0).
Pauley Pavilion -
In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 71-7 (91.0, 78 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since 1996-97), the Bruins are 28-5 (33 games, 84.8) and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s, the Bruins are 43-2 (45 games, 95.6).
UCLA's 80-70 loss to North Carolina on Dec. 23 in Pauley was just the seventh non-conference defeat the Bruins have suffered at home since the 1989-90 season. The losses were against - North Carolina, 80-70, fifth home game of 2000-01 and CS Northridge, 78-74, season home opener of 2000-01, Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000 (the Bruins' 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga), Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97 and Tulsa, 77-76 OT, first game of 1996-97, Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92.
In 11+ seasons, the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion have been unbeaten in non-league games on seven occasions (1998-99, 7-0, 1997-98, 6-0, 1994-95, 6-0, 1993-94, 6-0, 1992-93, 8-0, 1990-91, 8-0 and 1989-90, 6-0).
Pauley Pavilion got a new roof this summer and while working on it, the roofing company offered (and UCLA accepted) to put the UCLA script logo on the Pauley roof (for free). It (the letters are blue with a gold outline on top of a tan color roof) is located on the south side of the Pauley roof in letters large enough to identify UCLA from LAX.
The scoreboard in Pauley Pavilion is in its second season (the previous one was 14 years old). The scoreboard had been in the planning for three years. UCLA Athletics teamed with a marketing firm to package eight corporate sponsorship opportunities on a center-hung scoreboard and two statistical boards in Pauley Pavilion. The design of the eight-sided board includes four sides that house the speaker clusters and four sides that have team scoring, game time and period, possession indicator (all in LED digits) and video screen incorporated into each. Each video screen is 7' x 9' and is the best LED technology the market offers today. The board was sized to 'fit the house' and given excellent visibility to patrons in all seating locations. The board is 27' wide, 17' tall (manufactured by Daktronics Corp.). The total weight is 14,000 lbs. and it's attached to a 20,000-lb. hoist that can lower and/or raise the board for maintenance. The centerboard, statistic board and production room cost is about $1.4 million. The board is being paid for entirely by the corporate sponsorship that is displayed on the advertising panels over a 10-year financing plan.
Bruins in the 2000-01 NBA:
UCLA in the NBA - Twelve former Bruins were listed on NBA preseason team rosters and eight remain for the current regular season. They are: Toby Bailey, Chicago Bulls (waived), Mitchell Butler, Indiana Pacers (waived), Baron Davis, Charlotte Hornets, Tyus Edney, Indiana Pacers, J. R. Henderson, Sacramento Kings (waived), Don MacLean, Miami Heat, Darrick Martin, Sacramento Kings, Jelani McCoy, Seattle Supersonics, Jerome Moiso, Boston Celtics, Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers, Tracy Murray, Denver Nuggets (traded to the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 13), Ed O'Bannon, Orlando Magic (waived). Three Pac-10 players were selected in the 2000 NBA Draft and Bruin sophomore Jerome Moiso (first round, 11th, Boston Celtics) was the first league player chosen.
Former Bruins Ed O'Bannon (1992-95), Toby Bailey (1995-98) and JaRon Rush (1999-00) are playing for the ABA 2000 Los Angeles Stars.
In 1999-00, UCLA had 11 players on preseason rosters and six played during the regular season. They were-Charlotte, Baron Davis, Indiana, Reggie Miller, Washington, Tracy Murray, Phoenix, Toby Bailey, Sacramento, Darrick Martin and Seattle, Jelani McCoy. In the 1999 NBA Draft, six Pacific-10 Conference standouts were among the 58 players selected. The six selections were the second-highest total of all conferences (tied with the Western Athletic Conference). The first Pac-10 player taken was UCLA sophomore guard Baron Davis, the No. 3 pick by the Charlotte Hornets.
UCLA and the Pac-10 Conference led the way in the 1998 NBA Draft. The Bruins tied with Arizona and North Carolina for the most players drafted (the Bruins had three second-round selections-Jelani McCoy, Seattle, Toby Bailey, Phoenix (traded from the Lakers) and J. R. Henderson, Vancouver). The Pac-10 had a total of eight players drafted in 1998, the highest of any conference in the U. S.
From 1986-87 through 1995-96, UCLA sent more players (26) into the NBA than any school in the country. In 1995-96, UCLA's 11 former players on NBA rosters ranked second to North Carolina.
UCLA MEDIA SERVICES
Media Policy - UCLA will continue with the same media schedule it has had for the last several years. Practices (3-6 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion) on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are closed. Tuesday (after 5:30 p.m.) and Friday (after 4:30 p.m.) practices are open to the media and players are available after practice. Lavin and player interviews can also be set up at other times (strongly encouraged) during the day (not just after practice).
The 2000-01 basketball season is UCLA's fourth on XTRA Sports 1150. Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his ninth season as the voice of the Bruins. Bob Myers, a Bruin basketball letterman from 1994-97, is in his first season as analyst.
UCLA games are also available via the internet at (www.uclabruins.com). Fans can also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929).
UCLA releases and results for all sports are on the internet (www.uclabruins.com) and may also be acquired by using the Pac-10's InfoConnection system. If you have a PIN number, call 770-558-6000 from the handset of a fax machine. If you do not have a PIN number, please call 770/399-0096 to acquire one. The Pac-10 code number is 72210. UCLA's basketball codes are: release, 3115, first page of release, 3116, stats only, 3117, latest game stats, 3118 and latest game book, 3119.
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