No. 9/11 UCLA Plays At No. 15/18 Arizona Saturday

Jan. 18, 2002

No. 9/11 UCLA Starters (13-3, 5-1, tied for first place in Pac-10)

F-23 Matt Barnes 6-7 Sr. 14.3ppg 6.1rpg
F-24 Jason Kapono 6-8 Jr. 18.2 5.9
C-50 Dan Gadzuric 6-11 Sr. 9.5 6.5
G-3 Billy Knight 6-6 Sr. 15.9 3.4
G-21 Cedric Bozeman 6-6 Fr. 3.7 2.1

No. 9/11 UCLA at No. 15/18 Arizona (12-4, 5-2) - In akey Pac-10 matchup, Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins playat Lute Olson's Arizona Wildcats on Saturday (Jan. 19)at 11 a.m. PT at McKale Center in Tucson (TV-CBSwith Kevin Harlan and Clark Kellog, Radio-Fox SportsAM1150, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers). UCLA istied for first place in the Pac-10 (with USC and Oregon)and Arizona is in fourth place.

UCLA vs. UA - The Bruins lead the series 36-24,although the Wildcats have won six of the last eightgames, including the last four at McKale. Last year, theteams split, with Arizona winning 88-63 in Tucson andthe Bruins winning 79-77 (OT) in Pauley Pavilion. Afterlast year's loss to the Bruins in Pauley, Arizona went onan 11-game winning streak and did not lose until theNCAA Championship game vs. Duke (82-72). UCLA'slast win in Tucson was Lavin's first season as headcoach (1996-97), beating the Wildcats 66-64 on Feb. 13,1997 (on Feb. 11, Lavin was named the Bruin headcoach and was no longer 'interim'). That season,UCLA won its last Pac-10 title and advanced to theNCAA 'Elite Eight' and Arizona went on to win the1997 NCAA Championship. Should UCLA win inTucson on Saturday (combined with Thursday's 82-79win at Arizona State), it would be the Bruins' firstsweep of the desert since the 1997 Pac-10 season(winning at UA 66-64 and at ASU 92-81). Earlier thisconference season, the Bruins had their first sweep (alsosince 1997) at the Washington schools.

No. 15 Arizona - On Thursday in Tucson, No. 15Arizona defeated No. 18 USC, 97-80, behind LukeWalton's first career triple-double (27 points, 11rebounds, 10 assists). Arizona's win snapped USC'snine-game winning streak and knocked the Trojansfrom the unbeaten conference ranks. The Wildcatsopened the season as one of the hottest teams in the U.S., beating ranked opponents Maryland and Florida towin the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York City,winning at Texas and beating Illinois in Phoenix.Arizona's two conference losses are to Oregon, butsince losing to the Ducks 90-80 on Jan. 4 in Tucson, the'Cats have won four games in a row.

UCLA's Last Game - Jan. 17 - No. 9 UCLA 82, atArizona State 79 - Before 9,013 at Wells Fargo Arena,UCLA withstood a late Arizona State rally and defeatedthe Sun Devils 82-79. The Bruins led 36-31 at halftimebut were outscored 48-46 in the second half. It wasUCLA's third consecutive win over ASU and the Bruinshave won 25 of the last 26 meetings between the twoschools.

Four of UCLA's five starters scored in doublefigures - Billy Knight, 21 points, seven rebounds andthree steals, Jason Kapono, 20 points, five reboundsand three assists, Matt Barnes, 19 points, a game-highnine rebounds, four assists and two steals and DanGadzuric, 14 points and eight rebounds.

The Bruins shot 49.2 from the field, 35.7 (5-14)from three-point range and 65.4 (17-26) from the foulline, with a game and season-high 50 rebounds and 18turnovers.

ASU shot 39.0 from the field, just 35.3 (12-34) inthe first half, 22.2 (6-27) from three-point range,including 0.00 (0-7) in the first half and 72.2 (13-18)from the foul line, with 35 rebounds and seventurnovers (second lowest by an opponent this season).The Sun Devils were led by Chad Prewitt's 22 pointsand eight rebounds.

Bruin Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his sixth year as theBruin head coach, he's 13-3 (81.3, 16 games) thisseason, directed the Bruins to nine consecutive wins(tied for second-longest winning streak in Lavin's Bruintenure) before losing at USC, and has a school andoverall mark of 127-50 (177 games, 71.8). Lavin is 4-6vs. Arizona.

UCLA's 13-3 overall mark ties Lavin's best startever as Bruin head coach (in 1997-98, UCLA after 16games was also 13-3, and won its next four games).Lavin's 5-1 conference start matches his best leaguebeginning (last season, the Bruins started league play at5-1, won their next conference game, then lost atCalifornia, in 1996-97, the Bruins opened at 5-1 in theconference, and won their next league game beforelosing at Oregon).

Lavin's five+ seasons have been highlighted byyearly winning streaks - 2001-02 - nine games,2000-01- eight (later in the season) and six games(earlier), 1999-00- eight games (late in the season,including NCAA), 1998-99-eight games (early),1997-98-nine games (early) and 1996-97-12 to endseason, including NCAA (longest win streak of Lavin'scareer).

Under Lavin, the Bruins have won 25 of their last30 Pac-10 games, including the final six of 1999-00, 14-4(third-place) last year and 5-1 this season.Under Lavin, the Bruins are 109-4 when leading atthe five-minute mark.

Athletic Director's Honor Roll - In fall quarter grades,the Bruins had two players make the Athletic Director'sHonor Roll (a 3.0gpa or higher)- junior Jason Kapono(history major) and senior Matt Barnes (historymajor).

Community Service - On Monday, Jan. 7 the Bruinstook their annual visit to the City of Hope CancerCenter in Duarte. On Friday, Dec. 7, the day beforeUCLA's game vs. Alabama at the Wooden Classic inAnaheim, the Bruins participated in a clinic with theSouthern California Special Olympics (the designatedcharity for the Wooden Classic).

Starting Lineups - The Bruins have used three differentstarting lineups this season. When Rico Hines was in thestarting lineup (questionable for the Arizona gamebecause of a concussion, did not play at Arizona State),the Bruins were 10-1, including a nine-game winningstreak. The starting lineup UCLA used at ASU is now3-2, with wins at Arizona State and at the MauiInvitational, with victories over South Carolina andHouston (losses to Pepperdine in Pauley Pavilion and toBall State at Maui).

Update-Bruins in the Professional Ranks -JaRon Rushhas been signed by the ABA's Kansas City Knights as apractice player.

2001-02 Special Team Stats (16 games) The Bruins have led 10 times (9-1, led Pepperdine36-33 but lost 85-78) at halftime, trailed five times (3-2,at USC 37-UCLA 29, at WSU 37-UCLA 29 (came backto win 79-74), at Washington 37-UCLA 30 (came backto win 85-79), UC Irvine 29-UCLA 27 (came back towin 75-74), Ball State 44-UCLA 40) and have been tiedonce (1-0, UCLA 28-UC Riverside 28).

UCLA has outrebounded 11 of 16 opponents (onlyat USC (46-33), WSU (36-34), at Washington (36-33),UC Irvine (30-23) and Alabama (44-38) outreboundedthe Bruins), for an average of 36.3 (33.1 opponents).After 16 games, UCLA is averaging 37.2 rebounds agame (33.2 opponents).

UCLA has outshot 13 (12-1, beating Houston,South Carolina, UC Riverside, Alabama, atWashington, at WSU, Columbia, Georgetown,Washington, WSU and Kansas, at Arizona State) of 16opponents, including the last nine straight. UC Irvine(52.1-45.3), Pepperdine (47.8-41.2) and Ball State(45.7-42.6) outshot UCLA from the field (1-2, beatingUC Irvine). Vs. South Carolina, the Bruins shot 72.9(35-48), No. 2 in school history and the current nationalteam leader for single-game FG%. After 16 games,UCLA is shooting 48.6 from the field (42.2 opponents).

From three-point range, UCLA has outshot 11 (9-2,lost at USC and Pepperdine) of 16 opponents, only BallState (BS 45.7-UCLA 33.3), UC Riverside (UCR33.3-UCLA 26.7), Washington twice (at UW 42.1-UCLA35.3 and UW 34.5-UCLA 23.1) and Kansas (KU39.3-UCLA 37.5) outshot the Bruins from three-pointrange (4-1, lost to Ball State). After 16 games, UCLA isshooting 41,8 from the three-point line (32.0 opponents)

UCLA has been outshot at the free throw line ineight of 16 games (at ASU 72.2/UCLA 65.4, KU80.8/UCLA 77.8, WSU 83.3/at UCLA 68.2, Georgetown81.8/UCLA 69.0, at WSU 100.0/UCLA 58.6, UC Irvine94.1/UCLA 80.0, Pepperdine 68.8/UCLA 56.0, Houston68.4/UCLA 63.6, 7-1, losing to Pepperdine). UCLA hashad four contests of 80.0 or better (UCLA 80.0 vs.Columbia 62.5, UCLA 80.0 vs. UC Irvine, UCLA 85.0vs. Alabama, UCLA 81.3 vs. South Carolina and UCLA84.0 vs. Ball State). After 16 games, the Bruins areshooting 70.0 from the line (70.6 opponents).

UCLA has made fewer turnovers than its opponentin nine of 16 games (one tie), including nine of the last12 contests (one tie) and is 11-1 in that span (losing onlyat USC, UCLA 14/USC 10). Overall, the Bruins areaveraging 15.2 turnovers a game (14.4 opponents).

The Bruins are 12-0 when leading at the fiveminute mark, 0-3 when trailing and 1-0 when the gameis tied (63-63 at WSU).

Jason Kapono - In 16 starts, Kapono is UCLA's leadingscorer (18.2) and also leads the Bruins in minutes (36.1)and foul shooting (84.2, 64-76), is No. 2 in three-pointshooting (46.9, 45-96) and assists (2.5) and No. 3 inrebounding (5.9). A Wooden Award Midseason (Top30) selection, Kapono this season has set the schoolrecord for three-pointers (he now has 211) and holdsthe school record for three-point shooting (46.6,211-453).

At ASU, Kapono in 37 minutes had 20 points, withfive rebounds, three assists and just one turnover.

He's led the Bruins in scoring six times this season,three times in rebounding (including season-high 11 vs.Columbia) and has scored in double figures in everygame, including five games of 20 or more (including acareer-tying high of 28 vs. Pepperdine). He's averaging6.6 (46) rebounds and 2.7 assists (19) in his last sevengames.

Billy Knight - In 16 starts, Knight is the Bruins' No. 2scorer (15.9), also No. 2 in minutes (30.2) and foulshooting (82.8, 77-93) and No. 3 in three-point shooting(46.6, 34-73). He leads the team in steals (1.5) and isaveraging 1.6 steals a game.

At ASU, Knight in 31 minutes had a game-high 21points, a career-high tying seven rebounds, three stealsand one assist.

He's scored in double figures 14 of 16 games, hasled the Bruins in scoring on three occasions (including acareer-high 32 points vs. Washington State,h) and hassix games of 20 or more. In his last four games, he'saveraged 22.5 points (90), 3.5 rebounds (14) and 1.5 (6)steals. He's led the Bruins in steals eight times thisseason.

Matt Barnes - In 15 starts (and games, he did not playvs. UC Irvine because of a sprained left ankle), Barnesis UCLA's No. 3 scorer (14.3), No. 2 rebounder (6.1)and leads in three-point shooting (50.0, 21-42) andassists (3.3). He's shooting 53.8 from the field(second-best among starters) and averaging 1.1 steals.

At ASU, in 34 minutes he scored 19 points, with agame-high nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.Last week, Barnes was named the Sports IllustratedNational and Pac-10 Player of the Week for his effortsin UCLA's loss at USC and victory over No. 1 Kansas inPauley. Vs. USC, Barnes played 37 minutes, scoring acareer-high 34 points, including tying the school recordwith seven three-pointers (7-11). He also added fiverebounds and two assists. In the win over KU, Barnesled the Bruins with 27 points and added five rebounds,two assists and one blocked shot. His two-game total of61 points (30.5) was the best by a Bruin since EdO'Bannon scored 64 points in back-to-back games vs.California (27, also tied the school record forthree-pointers, originally set by Reggie Miller vs.Washington State, 12/19/86) and Duke (37) in 1995.

Barnes has led the Bruins twice in scoring and fourtimes in rebounding. He's scored in double figures on10 occasions this season, including the last six games ina row. In his last six games, he's averaged 20.3 points(122), 6.3 rebounds (38), 5.0 assists (30) and 1.2 steals(7), while shooting 58.7 (44-75) from the field and 55.2(16-29) from three-point range.

Dan Gadzuric - In 16 starts, Gadzuric is UCLA's No. 5scorer (9.5) and No. 1 rebounder (6.5). He's shooting53.5 from the field and leads the team in blocked shots(1.0).

At ASU, Gadzuric played 22 minutes, with 14points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.Last year vs. Arizona in UCLA's 79-77 (OT) win inPauley on Feb. 15, Gadzuric had a monster game vs. theWildcats (but going into the contest, it wasn't sure hewas going to even play). In the game before at DePaul,Gadzuric sprained his left ankle and did not practicemuch leading up to the Arizona contest. But against theWildcats, Gadzuric did start, played a career-high 41minutes and tied his careeer-high in points (22, sincebroken this season at Washington with 23) andrebounds (17).

Four weeks ago, Gadzuric had a huge weekend atthe Washington schools, leading the Bruins to twovictories at UW (23 points, career-high, 13 rebounds, atthe time a season-high) and WSU (20 points). It wasUCLA's first sweep at the Washington schools since1997, the last year UCLA won the Pac-10.

Gadzuric has scored in double figures seven timesthis year, including the last two games, with twodouble-doubles. He's led the Bruins twice in scoringand seven times in rebounding. In his last four games,he's averaged 10.8 (43) points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.3blocked shots, while shooting 54.3 (19-35) from thefield.

Cedric Bozeman - Made his first appearance vs. UW(in Pauley on Jan. 4) since arthroscopic right kneesurgery on Dec. 3 (after starting the first four games, hemissed seven games because of the injury and surgery).

He has now played in five games since returningand in nine contests (five starts), Bozeman is averaging19.7 minutes, 3.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

At ASU, he started (for Rico Hines (concussion),Bozeman's first start since Dec. 28 vs. Pepperdine) andplayed 23 minutes, with a season-high tying fourrebounds and a career-high seven assists.

In the last two games, he's averaged 25.0 (50)minutes, 4.0 rebounds (8) and 5.0 (10) assists.

Rico Hines - Suffered a mild concussion at practice onTuesday, Jan. 8, two days before the game vs. USC atThe Forum. Was cleared to play vs. USC and Kansas(said he was feeling OK with no headaches). But onMonday, Jan. 14, Hines admitted to the Bruin medicalstaff he had actually had headaches since Jan. 8. SinceJan. 14, Hines has not been allowed to practice or playuntil his headaches go away for 24 hours (he missed thegame at ASU and is questionable for Saturday's game at Arizona).

The Bruins were 10-1 since he was inserted into thestarting lineup on Dec. 5 vs. UC Riverside, including anine-game winning streak. On the court, he's UCLA'sleader and top defensive performer.

T. J. Cummings - After 16 games (no starts),Cummings is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (10.4), No. 4rebounder (3.4, tied with Billy Knight) and No. 2shooter from the field (54.4, 68-125).

At ASU, Cummings played 16 minutes, with fourpoints, two rebounds and one assist.

He's led the Bruins in scoring three times this yearand twice in rebounding. He's scored in double figuresoff the bench six times this season. He had a career-high25 points vs. South Carolina and had his first careerdouble-double (22 points and career-high 11 rebounds)in UCLA's win over Washington in Pauley.

Nine Players vs. USC - UCLA used nine players in thewin at ASU. Along with Cummings, also off the benchfor the Bruins were - Dijon Thompson (17 minutes,four points, three rebounds, Andre Patterson, eightminutes, two rebounds, one steal, he leads the Bruins inFG% (58.3, 21-36) and Ryan Walcott (a career-high 12minutes, a career-high tying two rebounds, one assist,Walcott is from Shadow Mountain HS in Phoenix).

Looking Ahead- UCLA will return to Pac-10 play nextweek in Pauley Pavilion, hosting the Bay Area schools -Stanford (Thursday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.) and California(Saturday, Jan. 26, 5 p.m.).

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