UCLA Basketball Set for This Week's Pac-12 Tournament
LAS VEGAS – No. 2-seed UCLA (23-8) will face No. 7-seed Oregon (23-8) in a quarterfinal meeting of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m. (PT) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Bruins finished second in the Pac-12 standings, having split a pair of road games last weekend against Washington and Washington State. The winner of Thursday’s quarterfinal will advance to a semifinal contest to begin at 8:40 p.m. (PT) on Friday, March 14.
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena (13,151) Thursday’s Game Time: 6:00 pm (PT) Thursday’s TV Station: Pac-12 Networks Thursday’s TV Talents: Ted Robinson, Don MacLean Radio: AM 570 (KLAC) Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst) Westwood One Radio Talent: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play), Bill Frieder (analyst) SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 157 SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 190
PREGAME FAN FESTIVITIES All UCLA alumni, friends and fans are invited to join the UCLA Spirit Squad, UCLA Athletics Staff and fellow Bruins in Las Vegas at MICHAEL MINA’s PUB 1842 at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino two (2) hours prior to each game the UCLA Men’s Basketball team plays during the Pac-12 Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.
PUB 1842 is located at the entrance of the Grand Garden Arena at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. PUB 1842 is an American pub featuring a wide selection of food and drink. This is a free, open to the public reception. Cash bar and cash menu will be available. Space is limited and is not guaranteed – please arrive early.
UCLA’s pregame receptions are as follows: Thursday, March 13 – PUB 1842, begins at 4 p.m., concludes at 6 p.m. Friday, March 14 - PUB 1842, begins at 6:30 p.m., concludes at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15 - PUB 1842, begins at 1 p.m., concludes at 3 p.m.
As a special “Thank You” for traveling to Las Vegas to cheer on the Bruins, the first 100 UCLA fans in attendance at PUB 1842 each night will be provided one free drink ticket courtesy of UCLA Athletics. Fans are encourage to arrive early, WEAR BLUE and make sure to get your free drink ticket from one of the UCLA Athletics Development staff members.
KEY NOTES ABOUT UCLA - UCLA closed its regular season with a 23-8 record, having split a pair of road games last week at Washington (91-82 win on March 6) and at Washington State (73-55 loss on March 8) ... the Bruins secured a second-place finish in the Pac-12 Conference standings, finishing three games behind first-place Arizona (28-3, 15-3 Pac-12). - The Bruins have won at least 20 games in 48 seasons, including 31 times in the last 39 years (since the late coach John Wooden retired in 1975) ... UCLA has won at least 23 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2007-08 and 2008-09 campaigns. - Kyle Anderson has averaged closer to a triple-double than any other player in the nation ... the Bruins’ sophomore 6-foot-9 guard enters the Pac-12 Tournament averaging 14.9 points per game, leading the team in rebounds per game (8.7) and assists per game (6.6) ... Anderson has registered a Pac-12-leading 15 double-doubles. - In his first season as UCLA’s head coach, Steve Alford has led the Bruins to their highest offensive output (82.0 ppg) since the 1997-98 squad averaged 83.1 ppg ... in his 23rd season as a college head coach, Alford has guided his teams to at least 22 wins in each of the last seven seasons (includes Alford’s six seasons at New Mexico). - Jordan Adams leads UCLA in scoring (17.5 ppg) and ranks seventh in that category in the Pac-12 ... Adams scored a career-high 31 points at Washington (March 6) to pass the 1,000 career point mark ... he also leads all Pac-12 players with 85 steals, the UCLA single-season record (surpassing Cameron Dollar’s 82 steals in 1997). - UCLA’s roster features seven players who have scored at least 20 points in one career game, with six of those seven having registered at least 20 points in a game this season ... Jordan Adams leads the Bruins with 12 games of 20 points or more and has scored in double figures in 26 of 30 games played. - The Bruins returned six of their primary eight contributors from the 2012-13 team ... this season, UCLA has primarily used an eight-man rotation that includes starters Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Norman Powell, David Wear and Travis Wear, with Zach LaVine, Bryce Alford and Tony Parker contributing off the bench.
ALL-PAC-12 ACCOLADES Jordan Adams (17.5 pgg, 5.3 rpg) and Kyle Anderson (14.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.6 apg) earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors, marking the second consecutive year in which two UCLA players secured first-team acclaim (last season, Larry Drew II and Shabazz Muhammad). In addition, Bryce Alford (8.5 ppg, 2.8 apg) and Zach LaVine (10.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg) were among five players named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
ELITE COMPANY Kyle Anderson is one of 30 players in program history to have secured All-Pac-12 Team acclaim in multiple seasons. Anderson was named a second-team All-Pac-12 selection as a freshman. He has become UCLA’s first player since Darren Collison (‘07, ‘08, ‘09) to earn the award in consecutive seasons.
ALL-FRESHMAN SELECTIONS UCLA leads all Pac-12 schools with 32 all-time All-Freshman Team selections. Bryce Alford and Zach LaVine earned the accolade this year, the second consecutive season in which at least two Bruins were named to the All Freshman Team (last season, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad).
THURSDAY NIGHT'S GAME UCLA will No. 7-seed Oregon in a quarterfinal game of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m. Thursday’s game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks. The Bruins split a pair of regular-season games against Oregon. Most recently, UCLA lost to the Ducks in double overtime, 87-73, (on Feb. 27) after having won at Matthew Knight Arena by a 70-68 margin on Jan. 30.
ABOUT KYLE ANDERSON - Through games played March 8, Anderson was the only player in the country averaging at least 10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 6.0 apg. He is the only player to rank in the top five in rebounds, assists and steals and be among the top 15 scorers not only in the Pac-12 Conference, but in any of the BCS conferences (AAC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC). - Kyle Anderson has been named as one of15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award and for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy. Anderson is also listed as one of 23 players on the midseason watch list for the Bob Cousy Award, honoring the nation’s top point guard. - Anderson, with 199 assists this season, stands one assist shy of becoming the first-ever player in the Pac-12 Conference to have recorded at least 200 rebounds and 200 assists in the same season. He will enter the Pac-12 Tournament with 261 rebounds and 199 assists during his sophomore campaign. - Anderson (14.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.8 apg) has become UCLA’s first player to average at least 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 5.0 apg since Bill Walton finished his senior season (1973-74) with 19.3 ppg, 14.7 rpg and 5.5 apg. Anderson and Walton are two of UCLA’s four players, on record, to have recorded a triple-double while at UCLA. - As a freshman in 2012-13, Kyle Anderson became the first Pac-12 player since Bill Walton in 1973-74 to have registered at least 300 rebounds and 100 assists in the same season. Last year, Anderson finished with 302 rebounds and 122 assists (Walton had 398 rebounds and 148 assists as a senior in 1973-74).
ABOUT JORDAN ADAMS - Jordan Adams has averaged 16.4 points per game in two seasons at UCLA (63 games). Adams, a sophomore from Atlanta, leads the Bruins with 17.5 points per game and has recorded a team-best 83.8 free throw percentage (140/167). He has scored at least 20 points in a team-leading 12 games this season. Adams has improved his three-point field goal percentage since last season by 6.4 percent (30.7 last season, 37.1 this year). - Adams has been named a first-team All-Pac-12 selection as a sophomore. Last season, he earned honorable mention All-Freshman Team accolades after having averaged 15.3 points per game, the second-highest total on the team behind then-freshman Shabazz Muhammad. - Adams has set UCLA’s single-season steals record (85 in 2013-14) after having registered a conference-leading 73 steals as a freshman in 2012-13 (the sixth-highest single-season total in school history). Adams’ 158 career steals in two seasons is tied for eighth place on the Bruins’ all-time steals list. The sophomore guard has averaged 2.51 career steals per game, the highest average in program history (minimum 60 games played). - Adams returns to Las Vegas this week for the second time since suffering a broken left foot at the 2013 Pac-12 Tournament (semifinal contest, 66-64 win against Arizona). UCLA previously played in Las Vegas this season on Nov. 28 and 29 (neutral site victories against Nevada and Northwestern). Adams’ injury on March 15, 2013, came on the final play of the game and ended his strong freshman season with the Bruins. - UCLA has gone 11-1 this season in games in which Adams has scored at least 20 points. He scored 30 points in the team’s 81-70 win against Morehead State (Nov. 22) and had a career-high 31 points in the Bruins’ 91-82 victory at Washington (March 7), connecting on 11 of 15 shots (73.3 percent) against the Huskies. - Adams has recorded each of his three career double-doubles this season. He finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Bruins’ 80-71 loss at Missouri (Dec. 7). He logged 12 points and 11 rebounds in a 79-75 loss to No. 1-ranked Arizona (Jan. 9) and had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the team’s 69-56 win at Colorado (Jan. 16).
PROTECTING THE BALL Entering the Pac-12 Tournament, UCLA led all Pac-12 teams in assists per game (17.3), steals per game (9.6), assist turnover ratio (1.65) and turnover margin (+4.3). The Bruins had committed the second-fewest turnovers per game (10.5) of any Pac-12 team. UCLA’s defense had forced the highest average of turnovers among Pac-12 teams (14.7). Kyle Anderson (199 assists, 96 turnovers) has accounted for 37.1 percent of UCLA’s total assists.
POWELL’S PRODUCTION Norman Powell enters the Pac-12 Tournament as the Bruins’ third-leading scorer, averaging 10.9 points per game. Powell’s 53.2 overall field goal percentage ranks seventh among Pac-12 players (through March 6). The junior guard from San Diego, Calif., has scored in double figures in 18 games this season, leading UCLA to a 15-3 record in those contests. Powell has played in more games in a UCLA uniform (99) than any other current Bruins’ player.
HIGH OCTANE The Bruins have averaged 82.0 points through 31 games, the program’s highest per game offensive output through the first 31 games in any season since averaging 87.9 ppg after 31 games in 1997-98. Earlier this year, UCLA compiled a seven-game streak of at least 80 points scored in victories. That feat had not been accomplished since the Bruins’ 1994-95 campaign (streak from Feb. 22-March 17, 1995).
MAKING STRIDES After having averaged just 6.3 minutes per game as a freshman last season, Tony Parker has averaged 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game this season. The sophomore from Atlanta leads all Pac-12 players in field goal percentage (60.4, 93/154) after having made 33 of 61 shots (54.1) one year ago. Parker has scored at least 10 points in eight games and has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in three games. He registered his first career double-double in a non-conference win over Oakland, totaling 21 points and 12 rebounds (Nov. 12, 2013).
EXPERIENCED BRUIN Junior guard Norman Powell has played in more games (99) in a UCLA uniform than any other current UCLA basketball player. Powell’s appearance in Thursday’s game at the Pac-12 Tournament will mark his 100th career game with the Bruins. The native of San Diego has made 41 career starts and has played in all 99 games since the start of the 2011-12 season. Powell has shot 71.1 percent from the free throw line (70/94), making more free throws than he had in the previous two years combined (entered this season having made 36 of 55).
SUCCESS AT THE LINE Travis Wear has made 23 of 27 free throw attempts (.852), raising his career percentage to 80.0 (180/225), including one season played at North Carolina. Travis’ twin brother David, also a senior forward on the team, had a streak of 19 consecutive free throws made from Nov. 28, 2013 through Feb. 8, 2014. In UCLA’s game agianst Nevada (Nov. 28), David Wear missed his first free throw attempt before making his next.
INJURY REPORT UCLA does not currently have any major injuries. Noah Allen missed 12 games after suffering multiple fractures to his face in a collision sustained with a player from Oakland (Nov. 12) in the game’s final minutes. Wanaah Bail missed UCLA’s first five games recovering from left knee surgery which was performed on June 28, 2013. Travis Wear missed UCLA’s first three games after having underwent an appendectomy on Oct. 28, 2013.