No. 10/11 UCLA Opens 2001-02 Home Season
Nov. 27, 2001
Pepperdine Head Coach Paul Westphal - A standout at USC in the early 1970s and a former NBA head coach, Westphal enters his first season as head coach at Pepperdine. From 1998-99 through the first 15 contests of the 2000-01 season, Westphal was the head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics and from 1992-93 through the first 33 games of 1995-96, he was the head coach of the Phoenix Sums. From 1985-86 through 1987-88, Westphal coached at the small college level (he led Grand Canyon to the 1988 NAIA National Championship). After his USC career, Westphal was a senior in 1971-72, he played 12 seasons in the NBA.
The Waves - Pepperdine is 1-1, winning its home opener vs. CS Fullerton, 75-58 on Nov. 17 and losing at UC Irvine, 96-93 (2 OT), on Nov. 20.
Series History - The Bruins lead it 14-3. In the last meeting, UCLA beat Pepperdine 68-66 in Pauley, on Dec. 27, 1999. In a series dating back to 1943-44, UCLA has won the last 12 games in a row.
UCLA'S LAST GAMES
From Nov. 19-21, UCLA, rated No. 3 last week by AP and No. 4 by USA Today/ESPN, competed in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational hosted by Chaminade University at the Lahaina Civic Center.
The Bruins placed third, winning their opening game over Houston, 71-60, losing a semi-final match to Ball State, 91-73 and beating South Carolina, 89-77, for third-place.
UCLA was led by Jason Kapono's 20.3 three-game scoring average. He was named to the All-Tournament team. During the Maui Invite, Kapono moved into second-place on UCLA's all-time three-point chart. UCLA center Dan Gadzuric suffered a sprained left ankle in the second half vs. Houston and played limited minutes (13.7 a game) for the remainder of the invitational. Because of Gadzuric's injury, T. J. Cummings in three games off the bench averaged 24.3 minutes, 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and shot 74.1 (20-27) from the field.
Duke won the 2001 Maui Invite, beating Ball State 83-71 in the championship game. Ball State defeated No. 4 Kansas and No. 3 UCLA to get to the title contest.
Nov. 19-No. 3 UCLA 71, Houston 60 - UCLA had three players in double figures and defeated Houston 71-60 in a first-round Maui Invitational contest. The Bruins led 30-27 at halftime.
UCLA, using nine players in the game, was led by Matt Barnes' 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, Jason Kapono's game-high 16 points and in his first start as UCLA's point guard, Cedric Bozeman's 13 points and a team-high four assists.
The Bruins shot 50.9 from the field, 50.0 (8-16) from three-point range and 63.6 (7-11) from the foul line, with 33 rebounds and 15 turnovers.
Houston shot 44.9 from the field, 16.7 (3-18) from three-point range and 68.4 (13-19) from the foul line, with 28 rebounds and 14 turnovers. The Cougars were led by Louis Truscott's 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Nov. 20 - Ball State 91, No. 3 UCLA 73 - Outscoring UCLA 47-33 in the second half, Ball State defeated the Bruins 91-73 in a Maui Invite semi-final contest. Ball State advanced to the championship game vs. Duke and UCLA played South Carolina for third-place. The Cardinals led UCLA 44-40 at halftime.
The Bruins had three players in double figures and were led by Jason Kapono's game-high 26 points, including 4-6 from three-point range and 10-10 from the foul line, with five rebounds and three assists.
UCLA shot 42.6 from the field, 33.3 (6-18) from three-point range and 84.0 (21-25) from the foul line, with 45 rebounds and 22 turnovers.
Ball State shot 45.7 from the field, 35.3 (12-34) from three-point range and 50.0 (5-10) from the foul line, with 36 rebounds and just three turnovers. The Cardinals were led by Patrick Jackson's 23 points, including 5-10 from three-point range.
Nov. 21 - No. 3 UCLA 89, South Carolina 77 -UCLA took third-place at the Maui Invite by defeating South Carolina 89-77 after leading by 18 (48-30) at halftime. The Gamecocks advanced to the third-place game by beating Chaminade and losing to Duke.
The Bruins had four players in double figures, led by T. J. Cummings' 33 minutes, 25 points (including 11-12 from field) and nine rebounds (all career-highs). Because of the left ankle injury to Dan Gadzuric, Cummings in Maui averaged 24.3 minutes, 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and shot 74.1 from the field.
UCLA shot 72.9 from the field (35-48, No. 2 in school history, the record is 73.1, 38-52, vs. USC, 1/24/96), 60.0 (6-10) from three-point range and 81.3 (10-15) from the foul line, with 28 rebounds and 21 turnovers.
South Carolina shot 45.9 from the field, 36.7 (11-30) from three-point range and 66.7 (10-150 from the foul line, with 21 rebounds and 15 turnovers.
It was UCLA's second trip to the Maui Invitational. In 1995, following UCLA's l995 NCAA Champion, the Bruins opened the 1995-96 season in Maui, finishing with a 1-2 record, losing to Santa Clara (78-69, beating Wisconsin (68-57) and losing to Vanderbilt (75-71).
UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN
The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin is entering his sixth season as UCLA's head coach and 11th on the Bruin staff, with a school and career record of 116-48 (70.7, 164 games).
In season openers, Lavin is 3-3 and UCLA's win over Houston was Lavin' first season-opening victory in a tournament setting.
In season home openers, Lavin is 3-2, losing last season to CS Northridge, 78-74 and in his first game as UCLA's head coach (lost to Tulsa, 77-76 (OT) in Pauley Pavilion in the 1996 Preseason NIT).
In his first five seasons, the Bruins have averaged nearly 23 wins a year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all five seasons, including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16' three times (1998, 2000 and 2001) and also won the 1997 Pacific-10 title. On March 30, 1999, he was awarded a six-year contract, including a rollover clause, through the 2004-2005 season.
Lavin is one of just three coaches in the nation to lead his school to four Sweet 16's in the last five years. The others are Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski
Entering 2001-02, Lavin is No. 1 in the nation in wins and percentage on the chart of current Div. I head coaches also entering their sixth season (Top 6, record after five seasons: Lavin, 114-47, 70.8, Billy Donovan, Florida, 102-56, 64.6, Charlie Coles, Miami, Ohio, 94-60, 61.0, Ben Braun, California, 95-61, 60.9, Gary Waters, Kent State, 92-60, 60.5).
UCLA's 79-73 road win over previously-unbeaten Stanford on Feb. 3, 2001 was Lavin's second over a No. 1 team in less than a year (UCLA defeated No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime on Mar. 4, 2000 at Maples Pavilion). It is believed that Lavin is only the second coach in college history to record consecutive wins on a No. 1 ranked team's home floor (USC's Bob Boyd won at No. 1 UCLA in both 1969 and 1970).
UCLA's 93-65 win over Villanova on Jan. 13 in Pauley Pavilion was Lavin's 100th UCLA victory and it was also his 300th game as a member of the Bruin staff. Lavin reached the 100-win plateau in 142 games, the second-fastest in modern school history (after WWII), behind Jim Harrick (who reached the 100-win milestone in the seventh game of his fifth season, 1992-93, 100-36, 136 games). John Wooden reached 100 wins as the Bruin coach at the conclusion of his fifth season (1952-53, 100-44, 144 games). Prior to WWII, UCLA's second coach, Caddy Works, recorded his 100th win in the third game of his 10th year (1930-31, 100-41, 141 games).
Lavin's initial three-year (1997-99) total of 70 wins (70-26, 72.9) was tied for No. 8 all-time (with seven other coaches, based on wins) on the NCAA coaching chart of best starts by a Div. I coach after his first three seasons.
In overtime games under Steve Lavin, the Bruins are 9-2 during his five years as head coach, including eight consecutive overtime victories dating back to 1997.
During his career as head coach, UCLA owns a record of 20-10 (66.7) in March, including 6-1 in 1997, 3-3 in 1998, 1-2 in 1999, 6-1 in 2000 and 4-3 in 2001.
Under Lavin's guidance, the Bruins have recruited the nation's No. 1 (2001/1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes.
Lavin has been to 12 consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA (10) and Purdue (2).
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. 23,2000 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).
UCLA 2-0 in Exhibition Season - UCLA won both of its exhibition games - UCLA 102-EA SPORTS 77 on Nov. 8 and UCLA 86-Global Sports 60 on Nov. 14. (Please see attached box scores).
Bruins Picked To Win 2002 Pacific-10 Title - On Oct. 31 in Los Angeles, at Pac-10 Media Day in the Staples Center, UCLA was an overwhelming favorite to finish first in the 2001-02 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover the league. The Bruins gathered 24 of 27 possible first-place votes. Here's the balloting - 1. UCLA (24) 267, 2. Stanford (1) 222, 3. USC 208, 4. Arizona (2) 200, 5. California 161, 6. Oregon 117, 7. Arizona State 111, 8. Oregon State 95, 9. Washington State 57, 10. Washington 47.
Kapono and Gadzuric Preseason Wooden Award Nominees - Junior forward Jason Kapono and senior center Dan Gadzuric are on the 2002 Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. Kapono is also on the Playboy All-American squad and the Naismith Preseason list (Top 30) and is a preseason AP second-team All-America. Last season, Kapono was a Wooden Award Finalist and first-team All-Pac-10 performer (for the second consecutive season).
Preseason UCLA Team and Individual Honors - Here's a list of the Bruin team and individual preseason honors.
- AP - Team, No. 5 in the U. S. Individual-Jason Kapono, second-team All-America.
- Athlon -Team- Advance to NCAA 'Elite Eight', first in the Pac-10. Individual-Jason Kapono/Dan Gadzuric, honorable mention All-America and first-team All-Pac-10, Matt Barnes, second-team All-Pac-10, Top 100 College Freshmen- No. 21 Dijon Thompson, No. 28 Cedric Bozeman, No. 55 Andre Patterson.
- Basketball News - Team-No. 5 in the U. S., first in the Pac-10. Individual- Jason Kapono, second-team All-American, Jason Kapono/Dan Gadzuric, first-team All-Pac-10, BN final 2001 U. S. high school rankings-No. 20 Cedric Bozeman, No. 29 Andre Patterson, No. 33 Dijon Thompson.
- College(Hoops) Insider.com - Team-No. 10 in the U. S.. Individual- Jason Kapono, All-American
- ESPN.com - Team, No. 7 in the U. S.
- FoxSports.com - Team-No. 7 in the U. S.
- Lindy's -Team-No. 4 in the U. S., first in the Pac-10. Individual-Bruin frontcourt is ranked No. 2 in the nation (behind Kentucky), Jason Kapono is No. 3 small forward in the U. S., Dan Gadzuric is No. 5 center in the U. S., Matt Barnes is No. 16 power forward in the U.S., Jason Kapono/Dan Gadzuric, first-team All-Pac-10, Matt Barnes, second-team All-Pac-10, Most Versatile.
- Slam Magazine - Team-No. 4 in the U. S.
- Sports Illustrated -Team, No. 6 in the U. S.
- Street & Smith's - Team-No. 6 in the U. S., first in Pac-10. Individual- Jason Kapono, second-team All-American/first-team All-Pac-10, Cedric Bozeman, Pac-10 Newcomer, All-West Incoming Freshmen-Cedric Bozeman, Andre Patterson, Dijon Thompson.
- The Sporting News - Team-No. 6 in the U. S., first in the Pac-10. Individual - Bruin frontcourt ranked No. 1 in the nation, Jason Kapono No. 5 small forward in the U. S., Dan Gadzuric No. 11 center in the U. S., Matt Barnes No. 18 power forward in the U. S., Jason Kapono/Dan Gadzuric first-team All-Pac-10, Matt Barnes, second team All-Pac-10.
- USA Today/ESPN - Team-No. 6 in the U. S.
Two New Assistant Coaches - Entering their first season as coaches on the Bruin staff are Gerald Madkins, filling a recruiting position, and Patrick Sandle (pronounced, San-dal). Madkins replaces Michael Holton, who took the head coaching position at the University of Portland and Sandle replaced Steve Spencer, who is the new head coach at Orange Coast College.
Madkins, who spent last year on the staff at CS Stanislaus, was a Bruin standout guard and senior captain in 1992. That season, with fellow seniors Don MacLean and Darrick Martin, Madkins helped lead the Bruins to the Pac-10 Championship and the NCAA West Regional final. Following his collegiate career, he played six years of professional basketball, including stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.
Sandle, who prepped at Crenshaw HS and was a senior in 1980 under the legendary Willie West, for the last five seasons has been on Ben Howland's staff at Pittsburgh (1999-01) and Northern Arizona (1996-99). Overall, he comes to UCLA with 16 years of coaching experience, including seven at the Div. I level.
Madkins and Sandle will join veteran Bruin top assistant Jim Saia, entering his sixth season on the UCLA staff.
Ray Young-Probable Redshirt for 2001-02 - UCLA head coach Steve Lavin announced on Nov. 8, before the game with EA SPORTS, that 6-4 senior Ray Young will probably redshirt for the 2001-02 season. Young has 94 career appearances, more than any other Bruin on this season's roster. Last year as a junior, he appeared in 31 games (started seven) and averaged 7.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists, while shooting 35.2 from the field, 21.2 from three-point range and 82.2 from the foul line.
Jon Crispin, Ineligible Transfer - Junior guard Jon Crispin, a two-year (1999-01) starter at Penn State, has transferred to UCLA and will sit out this season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2002-03 campaign. Last season, Crispin, along with his brother Joe, currently on the Lakers' roster, helped lead the Nittany Lions to the NCAA 'Sweet 16'. In 2001, Crispin started 31 of 33 games, averaging 27.8 minutes, 7.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals. His season-high was 26 points in Penn State's 73-68 upset over Kentucky on Nov. 25, 2000 in the Wildcats' home opener.
Spencer Gloger, Back To Princeton - Sophomore forward Spencer Gloger, who transferred to UCLA from Princton last season and sat out, has returned to Princeton. A standout freshman performer for the Tigers in 1999-00, Gloger, if he wants to continue with basketball, will again have to sit out this season to have two years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2002-03.
Freshman Walkons - There will be two freshman walkons on this year's roster - No. 13 Gene Barnes (5-10) and No. 15 Quinn Hawking (6-4).
Barnes, from Novata and The Branson School (Ross) was a four-year starter at point guard. An All-State, All-CIF and Bay Area All-Metro selection during his prep career, Barnes as a senior prepster in 2000-01, averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and just 2.0 turnovers a game, helping to lead The Branson School to a 29-5 overall record.
Hawking, from Brea and Anaheim HS, is the son of Bob Hawking, current head coach at Anaheim HS and former head coach at CS Fullerton, who also coached Bruin great Don MacLean at Simi Valley HS. As a senior last season, Quinn averaged 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while shooting 44.0% from the three-point line (he hit 94 three-pointers). Last season, Hawking earned All-League and All-County honors.
Matt McKinney Signs NLI to Play Basketball, Volleyball at UCLA - Matt McKinney, a 6-8, 200-pound basketball and volleyball standout at Santa Ynez, CA HS, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at UCLA and also compete in volleyball, Bruin head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin announced Nov. 13.
Entering his senior season on the basketball court, McKinney is rated the No. 3 forward in the State by PrepWestHoops. As a junior hoopster in 2000-01, McKinney averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds, earning All-CIF honors.
In volleyball, McKinney helped Santa Ynez win its third consecutive Southern Section Div. III championship and he is a two-time All-CIF outside hitter. Santa Ynez HS is a national prep volleyball power, producing U. S. National Team members George Roumain and Andy Witt.
'Matt McKinney is one of the nation's top two-sport high school athletes,' Lavin said. 'He has impressive athletic talents that enable him to excel at two different sports. His versatility and athletic ability will make him a great addition to our team next year.'
Bruin men's head volleyball coach Al Scates agrees with Lavin's assessment of McKinney's talents. 'Matt McKinney is an elite volleyball player with Olympic-team potential,' said Scates, who has won 18 NCAA Men's Volleyball crowns during his 39+years at UCLA. 'In my opinion, he's one of the two best high school volleyball players in the nation. We look forward to him playing volleyball for the Bruins after the men's basketball season is completed.'
On Nov. 13 UCLA also signed the nation's other top-ranked prep men's volleyball player - Pat Nihipali from Mira Costa HS in Manhattan Beach.
UCLA in the NBA - There were eight Bruins on NBA rosters when the season officially started on Oct. 30. - Mitchell Butler (Portland Trail Blazers, seventh year in the NBA), Baron Davis (Charlotte Hornets, third year in the NBA), Jelani McCoy (Los Angeles Lakers, fourth year in the NBA), Darrick Martin (Dallas Mavericks, eighth year in the NBA, released), Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers, 15th season with the Pacers), Jerome Moiso (Philadelphia 76ers, traded to Charlotte Hornets, second year in the NBA), Tracy Murray (Toronto Raptors, 10th year in the NBA) and Earl Watson (Seattle Supersonics, rookie season).
During the preseason fall camps, the Bruins had two other players on NBA rosters - Don MacLean, who was traded by the Miami Heat to the Toronto Raptors and then released, along with JaRon Rush, who was released by the Seattle Supersonics. MacLean has had a nine-year NBA career. During the week of Oct. 29, Rush was drafted by the Roanoke, VA Dazzle, a team in the newly formed National Basketball Development League.
UCLA's eight players in the NBA are No. 5 on the chart of schools with players in the NBA for the 2001-02 season. Leading the pack is North Carolina (13), followed by Arizona (11), Kentucky and Duke, each with 10, Michigan State (9) and UCLA, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, UConn and Michigan, all with eight.
John Wooden, Nine Others, In Pac-10 Basketball Hall of Honor Inaugural Class - Legendary Bruin coach John Wooden, who turned 91 on Oct. 14, heads a list 10 former conference coaches and athletes that the Pac-10 Conference will honor with their induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor, during the 2002 Pac-10 Postseason Men's Basketball Tournament, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 7-9).
During his 27 years (1949-75) as the Bruin men's basketball coach, Wooden led UCLA to a record 10 NCAA Championships (1964-65-67-68-69-70-71-72-73-75), including seven titles in a row from 1967-73 and 19 conference crowns. His overall Bruin record was 620-147 (80.8), including a 316-68 (82.3) conference mark.
Joining Wooden in the inaugural class are - former Cal head coach Pete Newell, Arizona's Sean Elliott, Arizona State's Byron Scott, Oregon's John Dick, Oregon State's Gary Payton, Stanford's Hank Luisetti, USC's Bill Sharman, Washington's Bob Houbregs and Washington State's Craig Ehlo.
Cunningham/Green Inducted Into UCLA Hall of Fame - Eleven new members, including Gary Cunningham, who was a UCLA player, assistant and head coach, and John Green, a 1962 All-American guard, were inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 12.
Cunningham, now the athletic director at UC Santa Barbara John Wooden, and '62 co-captain of the team that came within seconds of a chance at the NCAA championship (lost to Cincinnati 72-70 in a semifinal game and lost to Wake Forest 82-80 for third-place), was a three-year (1960-61-62) starter at forward for In 1960, Cunningham made 28 out of 28 free throws in league play, still a school record. He was the coach of Lew Alcindor's freshman team that defeated Wooden's defending NCAA championship team in the opening scrimmage of the 1965-66 season. Cunningham then served as an assistant coach to Wooden from 1969-75 and was a part of six National Championship teams. In 1976 and '77, he served as executive director of the UCLA Alumni Association before returning to the hardwood. Cunningham followed Gene Bartow as UCLA's head coach, during the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons, when the Bruins went 50-8, won two Pac-10 championships and two NCAA berths before resigning to enter the field of athletic administration.
Green, a teammate of Cunningham's, was a three-year starting guard for Wooden from 1960-62 and a consensus first-team All-American and All-Conference selection his senior season. In 1962, he led the Bruins to their first Final Four appearance in school history. In his senior year, Green led the Bruins in scoring with a 19.3 scoring average and his season total 559 points at the time ranked second on the all-time UCLA list.
Green's UCLA career averages were 14.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. He was a third-round pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1962 NBA draft.
The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1984 with 25 charter members. The Class of 2001 brings the total membership to 166.
Along with Cunningham and Green, the 2001 inductees are Jill Andrews, gymnastics, Sharron Backus, softball, Jim Brown, football, Charles Cheshire, football, Terry Donahue, football, Warren Edmonson, track and field, John Lee, football, Lisa Longaker, softball, and Ozzie Volstad, volleyball.
UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team at the time last season, on Feb. 3, 2001, 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.
In the NCAA Tournament, the Bruins have a record of 3-6 vs. the nation's No. 1 ranked team, including UCLA's 76-63 loss to Duke in the 2001 NCAA East Region 'Sweet 16'.
UCLA/PAC-10 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
UCLA concluded the 2001 NCAA Tournament as the all-time leader in championships with 11 - 1964. 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975 and 1995.
The Bruins own a record of 83-30 (73.5) in NCAA play. UCLA ranks second in victories (83), trailing only Kentucky's 89 wins and just ahead of North Carolina's 81 victories. Its winning percentage of 73.5 also ranks second, trailing only Duke's 75.3 (entering the 2001 Tournament). Between 1964 and 1974, UCLA won 38 consecutive NCAA Tournament games - a record.
2001 was UCLA's 37th appearance in the 'Big Dance,' including each of the last 13 years. Only three schools have a longer current streak-North Carolina 27, Arizona 17 and Indiana 16.
UCLA (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001) is one of just four schools to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 four times in the last five years. The others are Duke (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001), Kentucky (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001) and Michigan State (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001).
UCLA won multiple NCAA Tournament games in four of the last five years for the first time since 1972-73-74-75-76.
2001 was UCLA's highest seed (No. 4 East Region) since 1997, when the Bruins were No. 2 in the Midwest. Here are UCLA's year-by-year seedings since the process began in 1979: 2001 - No. 4 in East, 2000 - No. 6 in Midwest, 1999 - No. 5 in South, 1998 - No. 6 in South, 1997 - No. 2 in Midwest, 1996 - No. 4 in Southeast, 1995 - No. 1 in West, 1994 - No. 5 in Midwest, 1993 - No. 9 in West, 1992 - No. 1 in West, 1991 - No. 4 in East, 1990 - No. 7 in East, 1989 - No. 7 in Southeast, 1997 - No. 4 in West, 1983 - No. 2 in West, 1981 - No. 3 in East, 1980 - No. 8 in West, 1979 - No. 1 in West.
The Pac-10 placed five schools (UCLA, Arizona, Stanford, USC, California) in the 2001 NCAA Tournament for only the third time, advanced three schools (Arizona, Stanford, USC) to the 'Elite Eight' for the first time in league history and owned the best record (13-5, 72.2) of any conference in the Tournament. The Pac-10 became just the second conference in history to have three teams reach the NCAA 'Elite Eight' in men's basketball and to have three teams ranked in the Top 10 in the final AP football poll (No. 3 Washington, No. 4 Oregon State, No. 7 Oregon). The only previous time this rare double has been accomplished was 1986 when the Southeastern Conference had Auburn, Kentucky and LSU reach the basketball 'Elite Eight' and had Auburn (6th), Alabama (9th) and LSU (10th) in the Top 10 of the final AP football poll.
UCLA finished 14-4 (third-place) in the Pac-10 in 2001, its best record since winning the title in 1997 with a 15-3 mark.
Late in the 2001 season, UCLA's eight-game winning streak was snapped by Stanford in Pauley Pavilion. It was UCLA's longest since 2000 when the Bruins won their final six regular-season contests and their first two NCAA games. The last time the Bruins had a longer streak was in 1997-98, when they won nine straight games after a season-opening loss to North Carolina.
In 2000-01, UCLA won 19 of its final 24 games and 21 of its last 27 contests.
Jason Kapono - On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (176-372, 47.3), No. 2 (176) in three-point field goals ( No. 1, Tracy Murray, 197, 1990-92) and No. 4 (372) in attempts (No. 3, Earl Watson, 390, 1998-01). He also ranks No. 6 (tied) in free throw percentage (213-264, 80.7, No. 6, Kris Johnson, 80.7, 302-374, 1995-98, No. 5, Henry Bibby, 82.3, 275-334, 1970-72). Kapono is the 41st Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1141, No. 37) but only the third player to do it by the end of his sophomore season and just the fifth to do it in his first two seasons. He has 24 career, 20-point games.
Dan Gadzuric - No. 22 rebounder (646, No. 21, John Moore, 650, 1952-55, No. 20, Walt Torrance, 653, 1957-59), No. 10 in field goal percentage (54.6, 389-713, No. 9, Reggie Miller, 54.7, 769-1405), No. 2 in blocked shots (144, No. 1, Jelani McCoy, 188, 1996-98).
Billy Knight - No. 6 3pt. FG% (40.7, 81-199, No. 5, Kevin Dempsey, 40.8, 58-142, 40.8), No. 9 in 3pt. FGs (81, No. 8, Ed O'Bannon, 91, 1992-95).
In 2001-02, UCLA has used the same starting lineup for its first three games, with a 2-1 record (forwards-Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center-Dan Gadzuric, guards-Billy Knight/Cedric Bozeman).
In 2000-01, the Bruins used nine different starting lineups (in 32 games). The lineup used the most had UCLA's four returning starters-forwards, Matt Barnes and Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric and guard Billy Knight (13 games, 9-4 record, the other guard was senior Earl Watson).
In 1999-2000, the Bruins used 12 different starting lineups (in 33 games). In 1998-99, UCLA used 22 different starting lineups (in 31 games).
2002 Pac-10 Postseason Tournament, March 7-9, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA - On Oct. 23, 2000 the Pac-10 Chief Executive Officers approved the establishment of men's and women's postseason basketball tournaments. The men's tournament will be an eight-team event to be staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The women's tournament will be a 10-team event hosted by the University of Oregon (March 1-4). The Conference previously conducted a men's tournament following the 1987-1990 seasons. It has never sponsored a similar event for women. In each case, the winner of the Tournament will earn the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
MORE BRUIN NOTES
In the decade of the 1990s, UCLA ranked No. 10 in the U.S. in victories (241) and winning percentage (75.5, 241-78). In other college basketball historical categories from the last decade, UCLA was fourth in All-America rankings (28 different individuals, 43 total selections), second in most consecutive final wire-service Top 20 rankings (13, 1967-79) and third in most final wire-service Top 20 rankings (35).
UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1 (2001/1998) and No. 2 (1997) classes the last five seasons. The 2001 class - 6-6 McDonald's All-American guard Cedric Bozeman, 6-7 guard/forward Dijon Thompson and 6-7 forward Andre Patterson - was named the nation's top incoming class by Sports Illustrated when 6-11 center Michael Fey was a member of the group (the Bruins announced on June 29 that Fey would not be enrolling in the fall).
The 1998 freshman class-guard Ray Young, forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush (declared for 2000 NBA Draft) and Jerome Moiso (now with Charlotte Hornets), 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 (did not return for his senior season of 2000-01), 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 6-8 basketball/volleyball standout Matt McKinney from Santa Ynez, CA HS.
During Lavin's five-year tenure as UCLA's head coach, the Bruins have recruited six McDonald's All-Americans- 2001, Cedric Bozeman, 1999 Jason Kapono, 1998, Dan Gadzuric, JaRon Rush, Ray Young, 1997, Baron Davis.
UCLA has led the NCAA in field goal percentage two of the last six years -1997, 52.0 (932-1791) and 1996, 52.8 (897-1698). Entering the 1998 NCAA Tournament, the Bruins ranked sixth (49.8) in the NCAA. In 1999, the Bruins shot 45.4 to rank third in the Pac-10. In 33 games in 1999-2000, UCLA shot 48.0 from the field to lead the Pacific-10 Conference and rank 16th in the NCAA.
In 2000-2001, UCLA shot 46.3 (fourth in the Pac-10) from the field and opponents shot 43.7. UCLA's single-game high was 57.6 at Purdue (34-59).
In 2001-02 after three games in Maui, the Bruins are shooting 54.8 from the field, to their opponents' 45.5.
The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in Pauley Pavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in school history. The Bruins have an overall record of 1,496-644 (69.9, 2,140 games) in 82 years of college basketball. UCLA's winning percentage is No. 4 in the nation all-time behind Kentucky, North Carolina and UNLV. Kansas is fifth.
Pauley Pavilion (12,819) has been the home of Bruin basketball for 35+ seasons. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 512-61 (573 games, 89.4). 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.
The Bruins finished the 2001 regular season 12-3 at home overall and 8-1 in the Pac-10. UCLA last finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0).
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).
Pauley Pavilion got a new roof during the summer of 2000 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 third 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 gives 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 2001-02 NBA
UCLA in the NBA - There were eight Bruins on NBA rosters when the current 2001-02 season officially started on Oct. 30. - Mitchell Butler (Portland Trail Blazers, seventh year in the NBA), Baron Davis (Charlotte Hornets, third year in the NBA), Jelani McCoy (Los Angeles Lakers, fourth year in the NBA), Darrick Martin (Dallas Mavericks, eighth year in the NBA, released), Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers, 15th season with the Pacers), Jerome Moiso (Philadelphia 76ers, traded to Charlotte Hornets, second year in the NBA), Tracy Murray (Toronto Raptors, 10th year in the NBA) and Earl Watson (Seattle Supersonics, rookie season).
During the 2001 preseason fall camps, the Bruins had two other players on NBA rosters - Don MacLean, who was traded by the Miami Heat to the Toronto Raptors and then released, along with JaRon Rush, who was released by the Seattle Supersonics. MacLean has had a nine-year NBA career. During the week of Oct. 29, Rush was drafted by the Roanoke, VA Dazzle, a team in the newly formed National Basketball Development League.
UCLA's eight players in the NBA are No. 5 on the chart of schools with players in the NBA for the 2001-02 season. Leading the pack is North Carolina (13), followed by Arizona (11), Kentucky and Duke, each with 10, Michigan State (9) and UCLA, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, UConn and Michigan, all with eight.
The Pac-10 had more players selected in the 2001 NBA Draft, including second-round pick Earl Watson (Seattle Supersonics), than any other conference.
In 2000-01, twelve former Bruins were listed on NBA preseason team rosters and eight remained for the regular season. They were: 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.
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.
2001-02 Special Team Stats (from Maui Invite)
The Bruins led twice at halftime and trailed only once (Ball State 44-UCLA 40). The Bruins trailed 11 times at halftime last season.
UCLA outrebounded all three opponents in Maui, for a game average of 35.3 (28.3 opponents). In 2000-01, UCLA out-rebounded its opponent in 10 of the final 14 games and in 21 of the last 29
UCLA outshot two of three opponents, only Ball State (45.7-42.6) outshot UCLA from the field. Vs. South Carolina, the Bruins shot 72.9 (35-48), No. 2 in school history (the Bruins shot 50.9 vs. Houston). After three games, UCLA is shooting 54.8 from the field (45.5 opponents). In its 32 games last season, UCLA outshot its opponents in 11 of the last 14 games and 21 overall, including 17 of the last 23 games. UCLA shot 50.0 or higher from the field 11 times last season (Purdue, 57.6, 34-59, season-high). UCLA's season-low was 28.6 (18-63) vs. Georgia Tech. On the year, UCLA shot 46.3 and opponents shot 43.7 from the field. The Bruins were 19-2 when outshooting their opponent from the field and 4-7 when outshot.
From three-point range, UCLA outshot two of three opponents, only Ball State (BS 45.7 (12-34)-UCLA 33.3 (6-18) outshot the Bruins from three-point range. After three games, UCLA is shooting 45.5 from the three-point line (31.7 opponents) Last season, in 32 games, the Bruins from the three-point line outshot their opponents 21 times. UCLA was outshot from three-point range in just nine of the last 27 games. UCLA's high was 64.7 (11-17) against DePaul. Against Kansas in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Bruins hit 13 (one shy of tying the school record, 14 vs. Maryland, 2000 NCAA)-24 three-pointers. On the year, UCLA shot 35.5 (190-535) from three-point range and opponents 31.4 (207-660).
UCLA in two of three games had a better free throw percentage than its opponents (Houston 68.4/UCLA 63.6), including two contests over 80.0 (UCLA 81.3 vs. South Carolina and UCLA 84.0 vs. Ball State). After three games, the Bruins are shooting 78.8 from the line (63.6 opponents). In 2000-01, after outshooting its opponent from the free throw line in three of the first four games, UCLA was outshot from the foul line in 18 of the final 28 contests. UCLA shot a season-low 43.8 (7-16) vs. Washington and a season-high 90.0 (18-20) vs. USC.
UCLA had more turnovers in every game than their opponent, including a 22-3 disadvantage vs. Ball State. The Bruins are averaging 19.3 turnovers a game (10.7 opponents. Only 11 times last season did the Bruins have more turnovers than their opponent. UCLA's low turnover game last year was seven vs. Stanford (second game). On the year, UCLA averaged 16.1 turnovers and its opponents were at 17.4.
In Maui, UCLA was 2-1 when leading at the five minute mark (Ball State led 83-66 with five minutes left to play). In 2000-01, when the Bruins led with 5:00 left to play, they were 21-0 and were 2-9 when trailing at the 5:00 mark, having defeated Arizona at Pauley Pavilion and Oregon State at Corvallis.
UCLA MEDIA SERVICES
Media Policy - UCLA will close practices this year.
Steve Lavin's weekly press conferences are Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the UCLA Hall of Fame Press Room (the next press conference is Tuesday, Nov. 27). Players are available for interviews before practice (2:15-3:15 p.m.) in Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday and Friday. Lavin and player interviews can also be set up during the day (not just before practice) on Monday, Tuesday and Friday (strongly encouraged).
The Pac-10 Head Coaches Teleconference call begins on Thursday, Dec. 13, then continues every Tuesday during the Pac-10 season, starting Jan. 8. Lavin's time segment is 11:47-11:55 a.m. The media number is 913-981-5510. A taped replay of the teleconference will be available beginning at 4 p.m. PT following the teleconference (402-220-9927).
The 2001-02 basketball season will be UCLA's fifth on Fox Sports 1150. Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 10th season as the voice of the Bruins. Bob Myers, a Bruin basketball letterman from 1994-97, is in his second season as analyst.
UCLA games are also available via the internet at (www.uclabruins.com). Fans could 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).
Updated notes released each Monday beginning Nov. 13. Pac-10 information is available on the Pac-10 home page. Point your web browser to http://www.pac-10.org.
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