No. 6 UCLA Hosts Oregon State on Thursday
Feb. 19, 2008
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Feb. 21, 2008
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
TIP-OFF: 7:30 p.m. PST
TELEVISION: FSN West
TALENT: Bill Macdonald (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst), Sean Farnham (sideline) and Patrick O'Neal (sideline)
RADIO: AM 570 KLAC
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: Channel 126
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play)
SERIES: UCLA leads 82-33
STREAK: UCLA +6
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
Michael Roll reruptured his plantar fascia in his left foot on Dec. 31 and will likely redshirt the season. He has missed 19 of the Bruins' 25 games this season.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute sustained a left ankle sprain in the second half of the Arizona game (Feb. 2). After missing the two games in Washington (Feb. 7 and Feb. 10), he came back to register his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win at USC (Feb. 17).
SERIES vs. OREGON STATE
This is the 116th meeting between UCLA and Oregon State with the Bruins leading the series 82-33. UCLA is 45-7 all-time in Los Angeles, including winning the last four and 18 of the last 19 in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA has won the last six meetings overall, including sweeping the season series a year ago, winning 71-56 at OSU on Jan. 4, 2007 and posting a huge 82-35 victory in Los Angeles, on Feb. 2, 2007. In last year's home win, the Bruins jumped out to a 20-5 lead and never looked back. UCLA led 48-18 at halftime after shooting 70 percent from the floor. Arron Afflalo led a trio of Bruins in double figures with 16 points. Marcel Jones was the lone Beaver to reach double figures with 16 points. In this year's 85-62 win (Jan. 26) in Corvallis, Ore., the Bruins were led by Darren Collison's career-high 33 points and Kevin Love's 16 points and 21 rebounds. Lathen Wallace came off the bench to lead the Beavers with 18 points. Seth Tarver added 16 points for OSU. UCLA head coach Ben Howland sports an 8-3 record against Oregon State.
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 36 straight weeks, which is tied with North Carolina for the longest active streak in the country. Kansas is third with 28 straight weeks, followed by Memphis with 22 consecutive weeks. Duke rounds out the top five with 13 straight weeks in the top 10. All streaks include final and preseason polls.
TWO FUTURE BRUINS NAMED AS McDONALD'S ALL-AMERICANS
Two of UCLA's top-rated 2008-09 recruiting class were named to the 2008 McDonald's All-American West Team today. Guards Jrue Holiday (6-4, 195, Campbell Hall, North Hollywood, Calif.) and Malcolm Lee (6-4, 165, John W. North High School, Riverside, Calif.) will join a list of 29 UCLA players to have played in the McDonald's All-American game. The guards are the fifth and sixth McDonald's All-Americans recruited by Head Coach Ben Howland and the first multiple McDonald's All-Americans at UCLA since 2004 when Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo were chosen and later led the Bruins to a Final Four appearance in 2006. The 2008 McDonald's All-American game will be played on March 26, 2008 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis. The game will be televised by ESPN and is slated for a 6:30 p.m. (PST) tip-off.
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.