No. 3/2 UCLA Hosts No. 7 Stanford with a Pac-10 Title on the Line
March 5, 2008
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Thursday, Mar. 6, 2008
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
TIP-OFF: 8:07 p.m. PT
TELEVISION: FSN and FSN Prime Ticket
TALENT: Barry Tompkins (play-by-play), Dan Belluomini (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 128-89
STREAK: UCLA +2
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 22 of the Bruins' 28 games this season.
Nikola Dragovic strained his left groin in practice on Feb. 25 and was questionable for the Bruins' game at Arizona State on Feb. 28, but played the final three minutes of the 70-49 UCLA victory, grabbing one rebound. He did not play in the Bruins' 68-66 win at Arizona (coaches decision).
SERIES vs. STANFORD
This is the 218th meeting between UCLA and Stanford with the Bruins leading the series 128-89. While the Bruins have won four of the last five meetings, Stanford is 10-7 against UCLA since 2000. Last year, the teams split their matchups, with each team winning on its home floor. Stanford erased a 17-point first half deficit to win 75-68 at home on Jan. 28, 2007. Then the Bruins posted a 75-61 win in Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 24, 2007 on the strength of Arron Afflalo's 20 points and six rebounds. Brook Lopez led the Cardinal with game-highs of 23 points and nine rebounds. In this year's earlier meeting, the Bruins opened Pac-10 play with a 76-67 victory in Maples Pavilion on Jan. 3, 2008. Josh Shipp led all scorers with 21 points. Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook each scored 15 points for the Bruins. Stanford was led by Anthony Goods' 17 points. Brook Lopez added 13 points while Mitch Johnson chipped in 10 points. Robin Lopez had eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds. UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is 4-5 all-time against Stanford.
TWO BRUINS NAMED TO NABC ALL-DISTRICT 15 TEAM
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2008 Division I All-District Teams on March 4 and UCLA's Kevin Love and Darren Collison were both named to the first team All-District 15 team. Collison was the only non-freshman on the five-man roster. Joining Collison and Love was Arizona's Jerryd Bayless, USC's O.J. Mayo and Arizona State's James Harden. The 150 student-athletes that made up the first and second teams in each of the 15 districts are now elgible for the State Farm Division I All-America teams, to be announced on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the NABC Convention in San Antonio.
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 38 straight weeks, which is tied with North Carolina for the longest active streak in the country. Kansas is third with 30 straight weeks, followed by Memphis with 24 consecutive weeks. Duke rounds out the top five with 15 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.