No. 2/3 UCLA Hosts No. 11/12 Arizona in Big Pac-10 Game

Jan. 20, 2007


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DATE: Jan. 20, 2007
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,800)
TIP-OFF: 1:05 p.m. PST
TV: FSN Prime Ticket
TV: Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst)
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
SIRIUS RADIO: Channel 181
SERIES: UCLA leads 41-31

#2/3 UCLA vs. #11/12ARIZONA
This is the 73rd meeting between UCLA and Arizona with the Bruins leading the series 41-31, including winning the last three games. UCLA is 26-12 all-time against Arizona at home. After losing four consecutive games to the Wildcats in 2004 and 2005, the Bruins swept Arizona last year, including winning a semifinal matchup in the Pacific-10 Tournament 71-59. In that game Darren Collison led the Bruins with 15 points. In last year's 84-73 home win over Arizona (Feb. 4), the Bruins were led by Arron Afflalo's career-high 27 points. Afflalo also had 22 points in UCLA's 85-79 win at Arizona on Jan. 5, 2006. UA has won 11 of the last 17 meetings, including winning three out of the last four contests in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are 10-0 at home this season while the Wildcats are 2-3 on the road. Bruin head coach Ben Howland sports an overall record of 3-5 against Arizona and 1-2 in Pauley Pavilion versus the Wildcats. UA head coach Lute Olson is in his 24th season at Arizona.

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).

UCLA has won the last 14 games at home, including the last eight Pacific-10 Conference games. The last Pac-10 team to beat the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion was 13th-ranked Washington, which defeated the 11th-ranked Bruins 69-65 on Jan. 14, 2005. The last team to beat UCLA at home was 12th-ranked West Virginia, which posted a 60-56 over the 18th-ranked Bruins on Jan. 21, 2006.

UCLA junior Arron Afflalo (16 games), and sophomores Josh Shipp (12 games) and Darren Collison (11 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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