UCLA Closes Out 2008 Hosting Louisiana Tech on Dec. 28
Dec. 27, 2008
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
TELEVISION: FSN Prime Ticket
TALENT: Bill Macdonald (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst) and Chris McGee (sideline)
RADIO: AM 570
SIRIUS SATELLITE: Channel 152
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SERIES: First meeting
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
Mustafa Abdul-Hamid tore a ligament in his right wrist in practice and has missed the Bruins' last five games. He had surgery on Dec. 23 to repair the damage. Josh Shipp sprained his ulnar collateral ligament of the left thumb in practice (Dec. 19) and missed the Bruins' last two games but is probable for Louisiana Tech. Malcolm Lee is having a MRI on his left knee on Dec. 27 and is doubtful for Sunday's game.
SERIES vs. LOUISIANA TECH
This is the first meeting between UCLA and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Tech is 6-6 overall and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. They are 4-0 at home but 2-6 away (2-4 road, 0-2 neutral) from Ruston, La.
UCLA moved up two spots this week to No. 10 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and one spot to No. 13 in the Associated Press poll, released on Dec. 22, 2008. UCLA has been ranked in the top 25 in the Associated Press poll for 63 straight weeks (since the 2005-06 preseason rankings).
COACH HOWLAND WINS NO. 300
UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland earned his 300th victory of his career (14th season) with the 72-54 win over DePaul in the 15th Annual John R. Wooden Classic (Dec. 13, 2008). He is currently 303-146 (.675), which ranks 25th on the winningest active coaches list by percentage and 68th on the active list by victories. Howland's first career victory was his first game at Northern Arizona in 1994, a 71-69 victory over New Mexico Highlands. His 100th career victory came in his second season at Pittsburgh with the 77-65 win at home over Seton Hall (Jan. 13, 2001). His 200th win came in his third season at UCLA with the 56-37 home win over Delaware State (Nov. 19, 2005).
HOME SWEET HOME
UCLA sports an all-time record of 602-89 (.871) in Pauley Pavilion, which is in its 44th season as the home of the Bruins. UCLA has won 35 straight over unranked non-conference foes at home.
The UCLA Bruins posted their 35th straight home win over an unranked nonconference foe with the 113-62 victory over Wyoming (Dec. 23). The last unranked nonconference team to win in Pauley was Notre Dame (75-60) on Feb. 28, 2004.
UCLA ERUPTS FOR 113 POINTS
UCLA beat Wyoming 113-62 on Dec. 23, marking the first time the Bruins have eclipsed the century mark in over six years (208 games) when Steve Lavin's Bruin squad defeated Portland 105-67 in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 14, 2002. It also marked the most points for UCLA since defeating Cal State Northridge 114-97 at home on Dec. 19, 1998 (10 years, 553 games). It was Wyoming's worse loss since a 72-21 loss to Nome, Alaska, in 1908 and was UCLA's largest margin of victory (51 points) since the Bruins defeated Morgan State 100-39 (61 points) on Dec. 1, 1999 at home.