No. 4/5 UCLA Travels to No. 17 Washington State
Feb. 5, 2008
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Feb. 7, 2008
SITE: Friel Court (11,871)
TIP-OFF: 7:37 p.m. PST
TELEVISION: FSN and FSN West
TALENT: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst) and Michael Eaves (sideline)
RADIO: AM 570 KLAC
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: Channel 126
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 92-13
STREAK: UCLA +7
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute sustained a left ankle sprain in the second half of the Arizona game (Feb. 2). He is out for at least seven days and will miss the Washington State and Washington contests.
Michael Roll reruptured his plantar fascia in his left foot on Dec. 31 and will be out for the next two weeks.
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. He played against Arizona (Feb. 2).
SERIES vs. WASHINGTON STATE
This is the 106th meeting between UCLA and Washington State with the Bruins leading the series 92-13. UCLA has won the last seven meetings, including the last 14 meetings in Pullman, Wash. UCLA is 40-8 against the Cougars all-time in Pullman, Wash. During the last seven-game winning streak over WSU, the Bruins have averaged 62.9 points per game while holding the Cougars to 56.4 points per game. Earlier this year, the Bruins were cruising to their seventh-straight win over Washington State, leading 68-53 with 1:46 remaining. But WSU caught fire, draining seven straight three-pointers in the final 1:34, the last of which by Daven Harmeling cut the Bruins' lead to 77-74 with 13 seconds left. UCLA made 9-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the win 81-74. Kevin Love led the Bruins with 27 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Darren Collison had 18 points, followed by Josh Shipp with 14 and Russell Westbrook with 12 points. Derrick Low led a trio of Cougars in double figures with 24 points. Taylor Rochestie added 13 points while Harmeling chipped in 10 points.
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.
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