No. 14 UCLA (7-1) Travels To No. 26 Michigan (7-0) For Saturday's Pac-10/Big 10 Showdown
Dec. 13, 2005
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA and 12th year as a collegiate head coach (in his 25th season of college basketball, as an assistant and head coach). Howland is 1-1 vs. Michigan.
2005-06 - UCLA (7-1, 8 games/.875)
2004-05 - UCLA (18-11, 29 games/.621)
2003-04 - UCLA (11-17, 28 games/.393)
UCLA Totals - 36-29, 65 games/.554
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Overall - (204-128, 332 games/.614)
UCLA's 67-56 win over No. 17 Nevada at the Wooden Classic was Howland's first victory over a ranked nonleague opponent while at UCLA. He recorded his 200tth career victory on Nov. 19, when UCLA defeated Delaware State 56-37 in Pauley Pavilion. In Howland's second year (2004-05) at UCLA, he joined an elite list of college coaches (28) who have led three different teams to the NCAA Tournament (Howland's overall NCAA record is 4-4) - 2005 UCLA, 2003 Pittsburgh ('Sweet 16), 2002 Pittsburgh ('Sweet 16') and 1998 Northern Arizona. In 2005, Howland led the Bruins back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002; he directed the Bruins to a win over nationally-ranked Washington; led UCLA to a third-place tie in the Pac-10 and to a Pac-10 Tournament appearance. In Howland's first year (2003-04) at UCLA, highlights included a 9-3 start (5-0 in the Pac-10), wins over NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and an appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament.
In his last two seasons (2002-03) at Pittsburgh - in 2003, he led the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4 national ranking, NCAA 'Sweet 16' and the Big East Tournament Championship and in 2002, Pittsburgh was 29-6 overall (school record for wins), advanced to the NCAA 'Sweet 16' and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was the consensus National Coach of the Year.
NO.26/NO. 26 MICHIGAN TENTATIVE STARTING LINEUP (Overall 7-0/Big 10 0-0)
HEAD COACH TOMMY AMAKER - In his five seasons at Michigan, with a school mark of 72-59. In his ninth season as a head coach, he was at Seton Hall (1997-2001), he's 140-114. The former Duke standout was an assistant coach at Duke from 1988-97.
THE WOLVERINES - are 7-0 for the first time since 1996-97. In their last game (Dec. 10), Michigan won at South Florida, 68-47, led by Lester Abram's 18 points. Junior center Courtney Sims leads the Wolverines with a 16.4 scoring average (also is the team's No. 2 rebounder-8.0). In 2004-05, Michigan was 13-18 overall and 4-12 in the Big 10 (ninth-place). The Wolverines return all five starters from last season (with a roster featuring 10 juniors and seniors).
SERIES HISTORY - This is the fourth consecutive season the teams will play. On Dec. 18, 2004 in Pauley Pavilion, when UCLA retired Gail Goodrich's No. 25 jersey number, the Bruins defeated Michigan 81-79; on Dec. 27, 2003 in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines beat UCLA 70-66 and on Dec. 28, 2002 in Pauley Pavilion, Michigan defeated UCLA 81-76. UCLA leads the series 8-3. UCLA and Michigan have met four times in the NCAA Tournament (UCLA leads 3-1), including in the 1965 NCAA Championship (UCLA winning 91-80, behind Goodrich's then NCAA Championship game record 42 points).
UCLA'S LAST GAMES
Dec. 10 - No. 16 UCLA 67, No. 17 Nevada 56 - in the 12th annual Wooden Classic before 12,109 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, UCLA, behind Jordan Farmar's game-high tying 24 points, including 15 in the second half, defeated Nevada 67-56.
The Bruins led 33-24 at halftime. With 8:42 left to play, Nevada had cut UCLA's lead to one point (46-45). In the next three minutes, Farmar scored seven of UCLA's 10 points (and the Bruins held Nevada to two points), giving UCLA a 56-47 lead with 5:30 remaining (8:22-Farmar three-pointer, UCLA 49-N 45; 7:23-Farmar jumper, UCLA 51-N 45; 5:30-Farmar layup, UCLA 56-N 47). Nevada would never threaten again (with 3:57 left, Farmar's three-pointer gave the Bruins a 62-47 advantage).
Farmar hit a career-high tying 10 field goals, including 3-3 from three-point range. Also in double figures for the Bruins - Arron Afflalo, 18 points and a season-high eight rebounds and 10 points (tying his season-high in the first half) with a season-best four assists and three steals from Darren Collison. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute led the Bruins in rebounding for the eighth consecutive game (nine, with eight points).
The Bruins shot .522 (24-46) from the field, .400 (4-10) from three-point range and a season-low tying .652 (15-23) from the foul line, with 31 rebounds, 11 assists, a season and game-high 19 turnovers, three blocked shots and a season and game-high 10 steals.
Nevada shot a season-low .373 (19-51) from the field, .375 (6-16) from three-point range and .706 (12-17) from the foul line, with a game-high 33 rebounds, an opponent season-high 14 assists, 18 turnovers, four blocked shots and three steals. The Wolf Pack was led by Nick Fazekas' 24 points.
It was UCLA's third consecutive appearance in the Wooden Classic, snapped a two-game Classic losing streak and UCLA is now 6-3 overall in the Wooden Classic.
Start the Season - UCLA's 7-1 start is the best under Howland (in his third season) - last year, 6-1, lost next game at Michigan State; 2003-04 - started 3-1, lost next game to UC Santa Barbara in Pauley Pavilion. It's UCLA's best start since 1997-98 (started 9-1, lost at Arizona).
Opponent FG% - UCLA held Nevada to .373 from the field (it was Nevada's season-low), the fourth time this season UCLA has held an opponent to under .400 from the field (the Bruins are 4-0 in those games).Jordan Farmar - A Preseason Wooden Award/Naismith candidate, Farmar's game-high tying 24 points in the Wooden Classic was the second time this season he's scored over 20 points (At the NIT Season Tip-Off semis in New York City, Farmar scored a career-high 28 points, including 23 in the second half, and a career-high tying four, three-pointers, in the Bruins' 88-80 loss to Memphis). He's UCLA's second leading scorer (16.0) and assist leader (6.5, also Pac-10 leader).
Arron Afflalo - UCLA's leading scorer (18.1), he was named to the NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team. Afflalo is the only Bruin to have started every game and scored in double figures every game. He's led UCLA in scoring in five games this season - Coppin State (20), Albany (22), Memphis (18 points), Temple (18) and New Mexico State (career-high 23). He also leads the team in free throw percentage (.811/30-37) and minutes (35.4).
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - The Bruins' leading rebounder (8.9), he's been UCLA's leading rebounder in every game - Nevada (9), Coppin State (10), Albany (season-high 13), Drexel (8, tied with Lorenzo Mata), Memphis (7), Delaware State (6), Temple (10) and New Mexico State (8). Mbah a Moute recorded double/doubles in two consecutive games (Coppin State, 11 points/10 rebounds; Albany, season-high 13 points/season-high 13 rebounds) - the first starting freshman to accomplish that feat since JaRon Rush (1998-99-final two games that season-at Arizona-16/10 and Detroit Mercy (NCAA)-10/13).
Darren Collison - vs. Nevada, tied his season-best of 10 points (in the first half) and had season-highs of four assists and three steals.
Ryan Wright - started his second consecutive game at center (vs. Nevada) and recorded season-bests in minutes (33), points (3), rebounds (3), steals (2) and blocked shots (1).