UCLA Faces Mississippi State in John R. Wooden Classic
Dec. 11, 2009
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009
SITE: Honda Center (17,608)
TIP-OFF: 1:40 p.m. PT
TALENT: Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst) and Michael Eaves (sideline)
RADIO: AM 570 KLAC
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
Freshman forward Reeves Nelson suffered a corneal abrasion in the second half of the Bruins' last game against No. 1 Kansas. He returned later in the second half, sporting a pair of goggles, but couldn't see out of his right eye. UCLA took Monday and Tuesday off for finals week. He missed Wednesday's practice, but returned to practice on Thursday and should be able to play this week when UCLA faces Mississippi State.
SERIES VERSUS MISSISSIPPI STATE
This is just the second meeting between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and UCLA with the Bruins leading the series 1-0. The only previous meeting occurred in the Bruins' national championship run of the 1995 NCAA Tournament. UCLA posted an 86-67 victory over the Bulldogs in the West Regional Semifinal at Oakland, Calif. UCLA jumped out to a 40-19 halftime lead and never looked back. Ed O'Bannon led the Bruins with 21 points. Toby Bailey added 12 points while George Zidek and Tyus Edney chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is 0-1 against MSU.
UCLA IN THE JOHN R. WOODEN CLASSIC
This is UCLA's 13th appearance in the John R. Wooden Classic. The Bruins are 9-3 (.750) all-time in Wooden Classic matchups. UCLA is 8-0 in the Wooden Classic when they are ranked and 1-3 as an unranked team. The Bruins entered last year's Classic ranked No. 16 in the nation and handed unranked DePaul a 72-54 defeat (Dec. 13, 2008), to give UCLA its fourth-consecutive Wooden Classic victory. Josh Shipp and Jrue Holiday scored 14 points each, giving coach Ben Howland his 300th career victory. Darren Collison added 10 points and five assists while Nikola Dragovic had 10 points for the Bruins.