No. 1/2 UCLA Hosts No. 8/8 Texas in Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
Dec. 1, 2007
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Dec. 2, 2007
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
TIP-OFF: 5:07 p.m. PST
TV: FSN/FSN Prime Ticket
TALENT: Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Marques Johnson (analyst)
RADIO: AM 1150
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: Channel 110
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 2-0
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
Junior forward/center Alfred Aboya, who suffered a fractured orbital floor of his right eye in the Bruins' win over Yale (Nov. 23), started against George Washington (Nov. 28). All-American point guard Darren Collison saw his first action of the year against GWU after spraining his left knee (MCL) against Azusa Pacific (Nov. 2). Junior guard Michael Roll worked out on Nov. 27 with contact for the first time since rupturing his plantar fascia in his left foot during practice on Nov. 3. He is questionable for the Texas game. Sophomore forward James Keefe is rehabilitating from surgery he had on Aug. 10 to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and is definitely out.
UCLA sports a national ranking of No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and a No. 2 ranking in the Associated Press poll. Texas is rated No. 8 in both polls.
SERIES VS. TEXAS
This is just the third meeting between UCLA and Texas with the Bruins leading the series 2-0. Both prior meetings have been in Pauley with the Bruins winning the last meeting 115-65 in the opening round of the Bruin Classic on Dec. 29, 1971. UCLA went undefeated (30-0) that year as the Bill Walton-led Bruins won their fifth-straight national title. UCLA won the first meeting 99-54 on Dec. 23, 1969. Sidney Wicks went on to lead UCLA to its third-consecutive NCAA title in 1970 with a 28-2 record.
LOVE NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman center Kevin Love was named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for November 19-25. Love averaged over a double-double with 18.0 points and 10.7 rebounds in the Bruins' three wins during the week, leading them to the CBE Classic championship while earning CBE Classic MVP honors. Against Maryland, Love scored 18 points while shooting 5-12 FGs and 1-2 3FGs. Love also added 16 rebounds, a UCLA freshman record, to help UCLA win 71-59. The previous record was held by Jelani McCoy and JaRon Rush with 15. In the 68-63 win versus No. 10 Michigan State, Love posted 21 points and 11 rebounds, recording his third double-double of the season. He shot 6-15 FGs and 9-12 FTs in the first game this season involving two ranked teams. Against Yale, Love scored 15 points and added five rebounds. This is the first weekly honor for Love and UCLA's 46th Player of the Week all-time.
BRUINS IMPROVE STELLAR RECORD IN NOVEMBER
In the five years that Ben Howland has been the head coach at UCLA, the Bruins have amassed an overall record of 22-1 (.957) in the month of Novemeber. The only loss was when 11th-ranked Memphis defeated the 16th-ranked Bruins 88-80 in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Nov. 23, 2005.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Bruins are 584-87 (.870) all-time in Pauley Pavilion and have won their last 25home games, which ranks as the fourth-longest home court winning streak in the nation. The last team to beat UCLA at home was 12th-ranked West Virginia, which beat the 18th-ranked Bruins 60-56 on Jan. 21, 2006.