Bruins Return Home to Host Arizona State

Jan. 17, 2007


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DATE: Jan. 18, 2007
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,800)
TIP-OFF: 7:33 p.m. PST
TV: FSN Prime Ticket
TV: Bill Macdonald (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
RADIO: AM 1150
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play)
SIRIUS RADIO: Channel 123
SERIES: UCLA leads 52-14

This is the 67th meeting between UCLA and Arizona State with the Bruins leading the series 52-14, including winning the last four games. After losing 22 consecutive games to the Bruins (from 1990-2000), ASU has posted a 5-8 record (since 2000). The Bruins have won three straight in Los Angeles, including last year's 69-60 win on Feb. 2, 2006. In that game, Jordan Farmar led the Bruins with 18 points while Arron Afflalo chipped in 17 more for the 14th-ranked Bruins. Bryson Krueger led the Sun Devils with 14 points and Antwi Atuahene added 12 for ASU. The last win for Arizona State in Pauley Pavilion was a 75-64 victory on Jan. 16, 2003. Curtis Millage scored a game-high 23 points for ASU in the win. The Bruins are 9-0 at home this season while the Sun Devils are 0-4 on the road. Bruin head coach Ben Howland sports an overall record of 6-4 against ASU and 3-0 in Pauley Pavilion versus the Sun Devils. Sun Devil head coach Herb Sendek is in his first season at Arizona State.

UCLA is currently ranked second in the ESPN/USA Today poll (six first-place votes) and third in the Associated Press poll (seven first-place votes). Earlier this year, UCLA spent six weeks (Nov. 27-Jan. 1) ranked first in the AP poll and five weeks (Dec. 4-Jan. 1) atop the Coaches poll. UCLA has spent more time (134 weeks) at number one in the history of the AP poll than any other program.

The Bruins are no strangers to early morning wake-up calls. UCLA is 3-1 this season in games that tip-off prior to noon. The Bruins handed then sixth-ranked Texas A&M a 65-62 loss in an 11:30 a.m. tip-off at Honda Center in the John R. Wooden Classic on Dec. 9. UCLA later crushed Michigan 92-55 with an 11:00 a.m. tip in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 23. Then the Bruins lost an 11:00 a.m. game 68-66 at 16th-ranked Oregon on Jan. 6. But the Bruins won their last morning game, a 65-64 win at USC in an 11:30 a.m. tip-off at Galen Center on Jan. 13. UCLA still has two more early morning games. The Bruins will tip at 10:00 a.m. (PST) at West Virginia on CBS (Feb. 10) and again at 10:00 a.m. (PST) at Arizona on CBS (Feb. 17).

One strength of this year's team has been in three-point shooting, where UCLA is connecting on 40.2 percent (121-of-301) of its shots from beyond the arc. In Pac-10 games, that percentage is up slightly at 40.4 percent (44-of-109). In overall games, UCLA leads the Pacific-10 Conference and ranks 23rd in the country in three-point percentage. Additionally, the Bruins have shot better than 34 percent from downtown in each of the last 10 games while allowing only USC to shoot better than 34 percent from three-point territory in the last 12 contests. The Trojans sizzled the nets for 52.9 percent (9-of-17).

UCLA junior Arron Afflalo (15 games), and sophomores Josh Shipp (11 games) and Darren Collison (10 games) are first, second and third, respectively, with the longest double-digit scoring streaks in the Pacific-10 Conference.

UCLA will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its 1967 NCAA Championship team on Saturday, Feb. 24, when the Bruins host Stanford. The team will have a pregame reception and be honored at halftime. Led by legendary Bruin head coach John Wooden, the '67 National Champions were 30-0 overall (the second time in school history UCLA recorded a perfect 30-0 record, matching the Bruins' first NCAA title team in 1964) and it was the Bruins' third NCAA title under Wooden (1964-65-67) in four years. UCLA was led by sophomore center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), who earned All-American honors. He averaged 29.0 points a game, set an NCAA record by shooting .667 from the field and set the school single-game scoring record with 61 points in a 100-78 victory over Washington State on Feb. 25, 1967 in Pauley Pavilion. He also recorded UCLA's second-best (56) and third-best (45) single-game scoring marks that season. Joining Abdul-Jabbar in the starting lineup were - at guards, junior captain Michael Warren (12.7 ppg) and sophomore All-Conference Lucius Allen (15.5 ppg), and at the forwards, sophomores, Ken Heitz (6.1 ppg) and Lynn Shackelford (11.4 ppg). Also on the coaching staff were varsity assistant Jerry Norman, head freshman coach Gary Cunningham and the trainer was Bruin Hall of Famer Ducky Drake. Like this year's Bruin squad, there was not a senior on the 1966-67 roster.

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