#6 UCLA Looks to Rebound at USC
Feb. 12, 2008
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Feb. 17, 2008
SITE: Galen Center (10,258)
TIP-OFF: 7:00 p.m. PST
TELEVISION: FSN and FSN Prime Ticket
TALENT: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst) and Michael Eaves (sideline)
RADIO: AM 570 KLAC
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: Channel 123
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 124-100
STREAK: USC +1
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute sustained a left ankle sprain in the second half of the Arizona game (Feb. 2). He missed both games of the Washington trip but is probable for the USC contest (Feb. 17).
Michael Roll reruptured his plantar fascia in his left foot on Dec. 31 and will definitely be out this week.
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 has played in the last four games.
SERIES vs. USC TROJANS
This is the 225th meeting between UCLA and USC with the Bruins leading the series 124-100. USC won this year's earlier meeting in Pauley Pavilion 72-63 on Jan. 19th. Davon Jefferson led the Trojans with 25 points and nine rebounds. O.J. Mayo finished with 16 points while Dwight Lewis added 11 points. Josh Shipp led the Bruins with 21 points and Kevin Love turned in a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Darren Collison added 11 points. The Trojans shot 60.9 percent (28-for-46) from the field field while holding the Bruins to a season-low 33.3 percent (22-for-66) from the field. Bruin head coach Ben Howland is 5-4 against the Trojans, while Tim Floyd is 2-3 against UCLA. Last year, UCLA won the inaugrual meeting in the Galen Center, posting a 65-64 win on Jan. 13, 2007. Arron Afflalo's right wing jumper with four seconds left proved to be the game winner. He ended with 15 points. Collison led the Bruins with a game-high 17 points. Lorenzo Mata-Real had 12 points and eight boards. Nick Young led USC with 14 points, followed by Lodrick Stewart with 13.
UCLA LEADS THE NATION IN CONSECUTIVE WEEKS IN THE TOP 10
UCLA has been ranked in the top 10 in the Associated Press poll for 35 straight weeks, which is tied with North Carolina for the longest active streak in the country. Kansas is third with 27 straight weeks, followed by Memphis with 21 consecutive weeks. Georgetown rounds out the top five with 18 straight weeks in the top 10. All streaks include final and preseason polls.
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 by clicking here. 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.