UCLA Men's Basketball Between-Game-Notes

Jan. 21, 2005

TV: CBS (Ian Eagle, Bill Raftery/Radio-XTRA 690/1150 (Chris Roberts, Don MacLean)

UCLA (10-5 overall, 4-3 Pac-10)
Probable Starters
F-1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, Sr., 17.5, 8.6
F-12 Josh Shipp, 6-5, Fr., 8.3, 4.8
C-45 Michael Fey, 7-0, Jr., 9.9, 4.8
G-4 Arron Afflalo, 6-5, Fr., 11.1, 2.7
G-11 Jordan Farmar, 6-2, Fr., 13.4, 3.2

UCLA hosts California - Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins on Saturday host Ben Braun's California Golden Bears in a Pac-10 contest on Nell and John Wooden Court at Pauley Pavilion.

Both teams will be out to stop losing streaks. On Thursday, the Bruins lost their second consecutive conference game and were beaten in Pauley Pavilion by Stanford, 75-64 (its was the Cardinal's eighth consecutive win over UCLA in Pauley). Cal lost its fourth straight league game, losing at USC, 83-66. The Bears were led by Marquise Kately's 12 points. Leading scorer (Richard Midgley/15.1) did not play (sprained right shoulder/listed as questionable for Saturday/game day decision).

Series History - UCLA leads it 121-91. The teams split last season, with UCLA winning 66-49 in Pauley and losing at Berkeley, 76-62. UCLA has won the last four yeas in a row in Pauley (Cal's last win was in 2000, 73-70).

UCLA's Last Game - Jan. 20 - Stanford 75, at UCLA 64 - Stanford led for the final 37 minutes of the game, beating UCLA, 75-64 before 8,255 in Pauley Pavilion. It was the Cardinal's eighth consecutive victory over the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion (it was Stanford's third consecutive Pac-10 win) and the Bruins' second straight conference loss.

UCLA led 5-2 (17:33 left in first half) on a Stanford goaltending call (allowing a Jordan Farmar basket). The Bruins would never lead again. In the first half, Stanford's biggest lead was 10 points (22-12,9:52) and the Cardinal led 33-28 at halftime.

In the second half, the Bruins closed the gap to six points, on a layin by Farmer (50-44, 9:28 remaining), but the Bruins would never get closer. Stanford's biggest second half lead was 14 points (75-61, 33 seconds left) and the Cardinal won by 11 points (75-64).

The Bruins were led by Michael Fey's first career double/double - 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Josh Shipp and Brian Morrison (off the bench) each added 12 points.

UCLA (10-5, 4-3) shot .407 (24-59) from the field, .250 (3-12) from three-point range and .765 (13-17) from the foul line, with a game-high 37 rebounds, nine assists and a game-high 20 turnovers.

Stanford (9-7, 3-3) shot .450 (27-60/56.0 in the second half, 14-25) from the field, .500 (5-10) from three-point range and .800 (16-20) from the foul line, with 33 rebounds, 14 assists and 17 turnovers. The Cardinal was led by Dan Grunfeld's 25 points.

Ben Howland - In his second season at UCLA, with a school mark of 21-22 and a career record of 189-121 (Howland is 4-1 vs. California/1-1 at UCLA). In his last two years (2002-03) at Pittsburgh, Howland guided thePanthers to two NCAA 'Sweet 16s', one Big East Tournament crown (2003) and in 2002, he was the consensus National Coach of the Year.

The Bruins -. . .In this week's AP poll, UCLA is No. 27 (up from last week's No. 30) ... The Bruins are 1-2 vs. ranked teams - losing to then No. 17 Arizona 76-73 (Jan. 15 at Tucson) and to then No. 23 Michigan State 76-64 (12/21 at East Lansing) and beating then No. 12 Washington 95-86 (1/8 in Pauley Pavilion) ...UCLA's 64 points vs. Stanford tied a season-low (the Bruins scored 64 points in losses to Boston College and at Michigan State and in their opening season victory over Chicago State) ... The Bruins are 8-3 when leading at the half (lost at Arizona, at Oregon State and to Boston College) and 2-2 when trailing (lost to Stanford and at Michigan State) ... The Bruins are 5-0 when shooting .500 or better from the field and 2-0 when the opponent has shoot over .500 . . . UCLA is 7-4 when it outrebounds its opponent and 3-1 when outrebounded (lost to Boston College) ... The Bruins have outrebounded their last eight opponents (4-4) . . . UCLA is 7-2 when it outshoots its opponent from the field, 10-1 from three-point range and 7-0 from the foul line ... The Bruins are 5-1 with less turnovers and 5-4 with more ...UCLA is 7-0 when it leads with five minutes to play.

Looking Ahead - UCLA 's next three games are on the road - Sat., Jan. 29 at USC; Thurs., Feb. 3 at Washington State and Sat., Feb. 5 at No. 10 Washington.

The Starters
Dijon Thompson - Thompson is UCLA's leading scorer (17.5, 3rd in the Pac-10) and rebounder (8.6, 2nd in the Pac-10), second in minutes (32.9), has scored in double figures 13 of 14 games (missed the Pepperdine contest with a hand injury) and has led the Bruins in scoring six times and in rebounding on 10 occasions. For the season, he has five double/doubles and has scored over 20 points on four occasions. He has career-highs this season in points (29, Washington/Michigan) and rebounds (16, Washington State/Western Illinois). Thompson was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his career-high 29 points vs. Michigan. On the Bruin career charts, he's the 45th Bruin in history to score over 1,000 points (1,187, No. 35/No. 34, Darrick Martin (LA Clippers), 1,195, 1989-92/No. 33 John Moore, 1,202, 1952-55). He's also No. 8 (108) in 3Pters and No. 10 in FT% (.793).

Vs. Stanford, in 32 minutes, Thompson had a season-low six points (he was scoreless at halftime), with six rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Jordan Farmar - UCLA's second-leading scorer (13.4) and leader in minutes (34.3, 3rd in the Pac-10) and assists (4.93, 3rd in th Pac-10) and is shooting .818 from the foul line. Farmar was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his career-high 25 points and game-winning shot vs. Pepperdine. Named as the nation's Top Mid-season Diaper Dandy by ESPN's Dick Vitale. Farmar, he's started every game, has scored in double figures 12 of 15 games (including six of the last seven), has led the Bruins in scoring on five occasions and has been the UCLA assist leader in 13 of 15 games. In the Pepperdine (7-7) and Boston College (8-8) games, he hit 15 consecutive free throws and has eight games of perfect free throw shooting.

Vs. Stanford, in 31 minutes, Farmar had eight points, a season-high tying six rebounds (he's averaged six rebounds in the last three contests) and a team-high four assists and three steals.

Arron Afflalo - Has started every game this season and is UCLA's third-leading scorer (11.1), third in minutes (31.5) and second in assists (2.6). He has scored in double figures in 10 games and has led the Bruins in scoring twice. Named with Jordan Farmar as one of five top Diaper Dandy Duos by ESPN's Dick Vitale.

Vs.Stanford, Afflalo played 35 minutes, with nine points, two rebounds and one assist and steal.

Michael Fey - A starter in 14 of 15 games, Fey is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (9.9), No. 2 rebounder (4.8, tied with Josh Shipp) and is No. 1 in FG% (.596, No. 2 in the Pac-10). He has scored in double figures seven times, led the Bruins in scoring twice (including a career-high 23 points at Oregon State), rebounding three times (including a career-high 11 vs. Stanford) and in blocked shots on four occasions. In his last seven starts, he has shot .604 (32-53) from the field and .762 (16-21) from the foul line.

In 31 minutes vs. Stanford, Fey recorded his first career double-double- scoring a team-high 17 points and a career and game-high 11 rebounds, with a team-high tying one blocked shot.

Josh Shipp - After 15 games, he's started the last 10 contests, Shipp is UCLA's No. 6 scorer (8.3) and No. 2 (tied) rebounder (4.8). Shipp has scored in double figures in six games, has led the Bruins in scoring once (season-high 18 points at Michigan State), rebounding twice (including a season-high 12 vs. Pepperdine) and in steals on five occasions.

Vs. Stanford, in 29 minutes, Shipp scored 12 points, with four rebounds and one steal.

Off the Bench -
Vs. Stanford, UCLA used four players off the bench -
• Brian Morrison (24 minutes, 12 points/8th time come off the bench this season to score in double figures, two rebounds and assists).
• Lorenzo Mata (8 minutes, one rebound).
• Ryan Hollins (6 minutes, one rebound, one blocked shot).
• Matt McKinney (4 minutes).