No. 5 UCLA Hosts Red-Hot Arizona in Key Pac-10 Game
Feb. 1, 2008
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Feb. 2, 2008
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
TIP-OFF: 6:03 p.m. PST
TALENT: Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst) and Erin Andrews (sideline)
RADIO: AM 570 KLAC
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: Channel 130
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 43-31
STREAK: UCLA +5
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
Lorenzo Mata-Real sustained a left wrist injury in the final minute of the Arizona State game (Jan. 31). X-rays and a MRI were both negative and he is probable for the Arizona contest (Feb. 2).
Michael Roll reruptured his plantar fascia in his left foot on Dec. 31 and will be out for the next two weeks.
Mustafa Abdul-Hamid missed the Arizona State game (Jan. 31) due to swelling in his left knee. An MRI was slated for Friday (Feb. 1) evening. He is questionable for the Arizona contest (Feb. 2).
SERIES vs. ARIZONA
This is the 75th meeting between UCLA and Arizona with the Bruins leading the series 43-31, including winning the last five games. UCLA is 27-12 all-time against Arizona at home. After losing four consecutive games to the Wildcats in 2004 and 2005, the Bruins have swept Arizona the last two years, including posting a 73-69 victory last year in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 20, 2007. The then-No. 3 Bruins held on to defeat the No. 11 Wildcats, led by Arron Afflalo's game-high 22 points. Darren Collison had 14 points and seven assists while Michael Roll added 13 points off the bench for UCLA. Ivan Radenovic led Arizona with 20 points and eight rebounds. Mustafa Shakur added 12 points and eight assists while Marcus Williams completed a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Chase Budinger rounded out a quartet of Wildcats in double figures with 10 points. He also added eight rebounds. UCLA head coach Ben Howland sports an overall record of 5-5 against Arizona and 2-2 in Pauley Pavilion versus the Wildcats.
LOVE AMONG MIDSEASON TOP 30 CANDIDATES FOR JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD
UCLA freshman Kevin Love was named among the top 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, the nation's most coveted college basketball award, by The Los Angeles Athletic Club's John R. Wooden Award Committee on Jan. 26, 2008. Love is one of six freshmen on the list and one of seven Pac-10 representatives (which is the most by any conference). Players who do not make the Midseason list are still eligible for the national ballot, which will be selected in March and will consist of approximately 20 players, chosen by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board Committee.
LOVE AND SHIPP ON THE MIDSEASON TOP 30 LIST FOR NAISMITH AWARD
UCLA freshman Kevin Love and junior guard/forward Josh Shipp were named as midseason top 30 candidates for the Naismith Award, by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Jan. 29, 2008. Love is one of six freshmen on the list while Shipp is one of seven Pacific-10 Conference representatives. Again this year AT&T will give fans an unprecedented voice in selecting the winner. Fan voting, through the power and ease of text messaging, will account for 25 percent of the selection process. This program sets the standard in college athletics for integrating fans into the voting process and providing them with more input than with any other major collegiate sports award.
COLLISON NAMED AS A BOB COUSY AWARD FINALIST
UCLA junior point guard Darren Collison was selected as a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in conjunction with The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) on Feb. 1, 2008. The award is presented by The Hartford annually to the nation's top collegiate point guard. The 16 Finalists were chosen from a pool of over sixty top candidates from NCAA Division I, II and III institutions across the country. Beginning today, college basketball fans nationwide will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite candidate online at www.cousyaward.com. The top vote-getter from the on-line poll will receive the 'Fan Vote', representing one vote to be cast by the Blue Ribbon committee selecting the Award winner.
WHAT'S WITH THE 'C'?
Several Bruin teams will be wearing special jerseys or patches in 2007-08 to commemorate UCLA being the First to 100 NCAA Championships. The men's basketball team will don the new jerseys that have a different-colored 'C' in UCLA. The 'C' signifies the Roman numeral for 100.