Second-Seeded UCLA Faces Top-Seeded Kansas in Regional Final

March 23, 2007

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DATE: March 24, 2007
SITE: HP Pavilion (San Jose, Calif.)
TIP-OFF: 4:05 p.m. PDT
TALENT: Dick Enberg (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst)
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
KU SERIES: UCLA leads 9-4

#2 UCLA vs. #1 KANSAS
This is the 14th meeting between Kansas and UCLA with the Bruins leading the all-time series 9-4. The Jayhawks won the last meeting 87-70 in Lawrence, Kans., on Dec. 21, 2002. The last time the two teams met in the NCAA Tournament was a second-round contest on March 18, 1990 when 7th-seeded UCLA upset 2nd-seeded Kansas 71-70. Darrick Martin and Trevor Wilson each scored 18 points to lead the Bruins while the Jayhawks were led by Kevin Pritchard's 15 points. UCLA is 4-0 all-time against Kansas in the NCAA Tournament.

This is UCLA's 41st NCAA Tournament appearance and the third-straight for the Bruins under head coach Ben Howland. Last year the Bruins were a Final Four participant, falling in the championship game to Florida. UCLA has an all-time winning percentage of .738 in the NCAA Tournament with a record of 93-33. UCLA's 93 victories rank second only to Kentucky's 100 wins. The .738 winning percentage also ranks second behind Duke's .752.


UCLA ...
• Won its second-straight Pacific-10 Conference title in 2007 with a 15-3 record.
• Completed the first true undefeated home season (16-0) since 1974-75 (32 seasons). The 1994-95 squad was 15-0 at home, but it included a forfeit win over California (after the Bruins originally lost the game 100-93).
• Has made 232 three-point field goals (four shy of last year's school record 236 three-pointers), which is second on the season list while the 620 attempts rank second.
• Has registered 248 steals, which is 10th on the UCLA all-time list.
• Averages 33.4 points and shoots .456 from the floor, .339 from three and .608 from the line in the first half of games. In the second half, it averages 38.0 points and is shooting .506 from the floor, .416 from three and .697 from the line.
• Has won 29 or more games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since coach John Wooden's 1971-72 and 1972-73 national championship squads posted back-to-back 30-0 seasons.
• Has advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year, which is actually tied with Florida, Georgetown and Memphis for the longest current most consecutive appearances in the Sweet 16. This is UCLA's 16th Sweet 16 appearance, which ranks fourth all-time.


UCLA ...
• Is making its 20th appearance in a Regional Final with a record of 16-3 (.842) in Elite Eight games.
• Is making its first back-to-back appearances in a Regional Championship game since the 1979 and 1980 Tournaments. The top-seeded Bruins lost 91-95 to second-seeded DePaul in the 1979 West Regional Final. Then the eighth-seeded Bruins upset sixth-seeded Clemson 85-74 in the 1980 West Regional Final. UCLA ultimately lost 54-59 to second-seeded Louisville in the National Championship game.
• Head Coach Ben Howland is the first UCLA head coach to reach back-to-back Regional Championship games since legendary coach John Wooden accomplished the feat from 1967 to 1975 (nine straight).
• UCLA is holding its NCAA Tournament opponents to 48.7 points per game (only Pittsburgh, with 55, has scored more than 50 points). The Bruins have also held all three opponents to under 37 percent shooting from the floor. For the three games, UCLA is allowing its opponents to shoot just 34.5 percent (50-for-145) from the field and 34.2 percent (13-for-38) from three-point range. Additionally, the opponents are only shooting 57.9 percent (33-for-57) from the free-throw line.

• Increase UCLA's NCAA-leading Final Four appearances to 17 (North Carolina also currently has 16 Final Four appearances and plays its Regional Semifinal against USC on Friday).
• Improve its record to 10-4 overall against Kansas and 5-0 in the NCAA Tournament vs. the Jayhawks.
• Give the Bruins back-to-back 30-win seasons (first time since the 1971-72 and 1972-73 national championship squads each went 30-0).
• Improve the Bruins record in Regional Final games to 17-3 (.850).
• Improve UCLA's neutral court record to 8-1 this season and to 14-5 away from Pauley Pavilion.
• Improve UCLA's record against ranked teams to 11-1 (.917) this season.
• Improve UCLA's record against teams in the 2007 NCAA Tournament to 17-2 (.895) this season.

The UCLA Bruins sport an impressive 10-1 (.909) record against ranked teams in 2006-07. UCLA defeated #20 Kentucky and #19 Georgia Tech in the Maui Invitational and #6 Texas A&M in the John R. Wooden Classic at Honda Center. Then the Bruins posted Pac-10 wins over #13 Washington, #11 Arizona, #9 Oregon, #19 USC, at #19 Arizona and at #13 Washington State. The Bruins only loss to a ranked team was at #16 Oregon, a 68-66 nail-biter on Jan. 6, 2007 in Eugene, Ore. UCLA defeated #10 Pittsburgh in the Sweet 16.

The UCLA Bruins sport an impressive 16-2 (.889) record against teams in the 2007 NCAA Tournament field. UCLA has defeated Brigham Young, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Long Beach State, Texas A&M, Weber State, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Oregon, Stanford, Arizona (twice), USC (twice) and Washington State (twice). The Bruins' losses were to Oregon and Stanford. UCLA also has a 5-1 record against teams that advanced to the Sweet 16 (2-0 vs. USC, 1-0 vs. Texas A&M, 1-0 vs. Pittsburgh and 1-1 vs. Oregon).

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is one of only five coaches in the NCAA to reach the Sweet 16 four times in the last six years. Howland (Pittsburgh in 2002-03 and UCLA in 2006-07) is joined by Roy Williams (Kansas in 2002-03 and North Carolina in 2005 and 2007), Rick Barnes (Texas in 2002-03-04 and 2006) and Jim Calhoun (Connecticut in 2002-03-04-06). Duke's Mike Krzyzewski leads the field with five Sweet 16 appearances (2002-03-04-05-06).

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