UCLA Takes On Georgia Tech At Seventh Annual Expanets John R. Wooden Classic

Nov. 30, 2000

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UCLA Head Coach Steve Lavin - Entering his fifth season as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the Bruin staff, with a school and career record of 93-40 (69.9, 133 games).

Lavin is 7-4 (63.6) in NCAA Tournament play. Since the NCAA Tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985, he is the first UCLA head coach to lead UCLA to three NCAA 'Sweet 16' appearances in a four-year stretch. In his four+ seasons, the Bruins have averaged almost 23 wins a year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons, including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16' twice (1998 and 2000) and also won the 1997 Pacific-10 title.

Lavin is one of just four coaches in the nation to lead his school to three Sweet 16'sin the last four years. The others are Purdue'sGene Keady, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke'sMike Krzyzewski

GTU Head Coach Paul Hewitt - In his first season at Georgia Tech, taking over for Bobby Cremins, who was Tech'shead coach for 19 seasons. For the last three years, Hewitt was head coach at Siena, where he was 66-27, leading Siena to the 2000 NIT and to the 1999 NCAA.

The Yellow Jackets - GTU is 3-1, losing its first game of the year on Tuesday at Iowa in a Big 10/ACC Challenge game, 85-67. Georgia Tech was led by Alvin Jones, with 24 points and seven rebounds.

Series History - UCLA leads it 2-0. The last meeting was in Pauley Pavilion during the 1969-70 season, with UCLA winning 121-90 and the first meeting was during the 1966-67 season, with the Bruins winning 91-72.

Nov. 29 - at UCLA 83, UC Santa Barbara 77

On Nov. 29 in Pauley Pavilion before 6,927, UCLA rallied from a 41-38 halftime deficit to defeat UC Santa Barbara, 83-77. The Bruins outscored UCSB 45-36 in the second half.

With 9:34 left in the game, UCSB led 64-63. But in the next seven minutes, the Bruins outscored Santa Barbara 11-5, to take a 74-68 lead with 2:27 left to play. In the final two minutes, Jason Kapono scored five points (a three-pointer and two free throws) to help seal the Bruin win.

Kapono led the Bruins with a game and season-high 24 points, along with seven rebounds, two assists and a career-high two blocked shots. Dan Gadzuric scored 21 points (one shy of tying his career-high) before fouling out with 2:13 to play. Gadzuric scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half.

The Bruins shot 43.8 (28-64) from the field, 28.0 (7-25) from three-point range and 71.4 (20-28) from the foul line, with a game-high 40 rebounds and 14 turnovers.

UCSB shot 49.1 (28-57) from the field, 54.5 (12-22, the Pauley Pavilion record for three-pointers is 13) from three-point range and 56.3 (9-16) from the foul line, with 28 rebounds and 16 turnovers. The Gauchos were led by Mark Hull's 23 points.

Local prep standouts, Cedric Bozeman, from Mater Dei HS and Dijon Thompson, from Redondo Union HS, along with Michael Fey, from Capital HS in Olympia, WA have signed National Letters of Intent to attend UCLA, Bruin head coach Steve Lavin announced Nov. 8 The trio will be incoming Bruin freshmen next fall.

'Our coaching staff is very excited to have Cedric, Dijon and Michael join our basketball program,' Lavin said. These three young men come from good families and sound high school programs. They are prime examples of the excellent student-athletes UCLA is able to attract because of the quality of our institution. We expect this recruiting class to impact our program as freshmen and allow us to continue a tradition of excellence.'

Bozeman, a 6-5, 183-pounder, is one of the top prep point guards in the U. S. Playing for coach Gary McKnight at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Bozeman enters his senior season as The Sporting New's No. 9 off-guard in the U. S. and Hoop Scoop's No. 10 player in the U. S. As a junior last season, Bozeman helped lead Mater Dei to the CIF Southern Section Division IA title. In 1999-00, he averaged 11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting 50.5 from the field, 35.4 (17-48) from three-point range and 69.5 from the foul line. At the end of his junior prep season, Bozeman earned USA Today honorable mention All-America. Bozeman selected UCLA over Florida, Kansas and Arizona.

Thompson, a 6-6, 180-pounder, is one of the top high school shooters in the U.S. At Redondo Union HS in Redondo Beach under coach Jim Nielsen, Thompson enters the 2000-01 season rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in the West and The Sporting New's No. 8 small forward in the U. S. As a junior last season, Thompson helped lead Redondo Union to a 25-5 record and averaged 14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists a game. He selected UCLA over Arizona and Connecticut.

Fey, a 6-11, 245-pounder, is one of the top prep centers on the west coast. Under coach Bob Dickson last season at Capital HS, Fey averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots a game, while earning first-team All-League selection. A Top 50 national high school prospect by Fox Student Sports.com, Fey selected UCLA over Washington, Oregon and Gonzaga.

On Nov. 9-10, the Bruins played in the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City. No. 17 UCLA placed third, losing to No. 7 Kansas 99-98 and beating No. 12 Kentucky 97-92 in overtime. Kansas defeated St. John's 82-74 for the title. UCLA senior guard Earl Watson earned All-Classic honors and Bruin freshman T. J. Cummings was named Sixth Man.

UCLA played two exhibitions to start the 2000-01 season. On Nov. 15, the Bruins beat EA Sports/CS SW All-Stars 81-78. The Bruins had three players score in double figures, led by Earl Watson's 26 and Dan Gadzuric's 22 points and 10 rebounds.

On Nov. 1 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA opened the exhibition season with a 118-64 win over Team Concept. The Bruins used 14 players and led 25-0 to start the game. UCLA was led by Earl Watson's 21 points, 11 assists and four steals and Jason Kapono's 20 points and seven rebounds. All five of UCLA's starters scored in double figures (six players in all).

Jason Kapono, 6-8 Bruin sophomore forward, is on the Wooden (Top 25) and Naismith (Top 30) Awards preseason Player of the Year lists. Last year as a true frosh, Kapono led the Bruins in scoring (16.0), was named the CBS SportsLine National Freshman of the Year and earned All-Pac-10 (first-team) and co-Freshman of the Year honors.

Here's a list of some of the Bruin team and individual preseason honors: Athlon - Team, No. 4 in Pac-10, Individual, Earl Watson, second-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, second-team All-Pac-10, Jason Kapono, third-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News - Team, No. 24 in U. S., No. 4 in Pac-10, Individual, Jason Kapono, second-team All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, second-team

All-Pac-10, Basketball Times - No. 4 in the Pac-10, Blue Ribbon - Team, No. 16 in U. S., Individual, Jason Kapono, fourth-team All-America, CBS SportsLine - Team, No. 13 in U. S., ESPN.com - Team, No. 15 in the U. S. , Fox Sports.com - Team, No. 21 in U. S., Lindy's - Team, No. 12 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10, Individual, Jason Kapono, No. 8 small forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, No. 8 center in the U. S., Earl Watson, third-team All-Pac-10, Los Angeles Times - No. 13 in the U. S., Preview Sports - Team, No. 25 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10, Slam - Team, No. 7 in the U. S., Street & Smith's - Team, No. 17 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10, Individual, T. J. Cummings, All-Midwest incoming freshman, Sports Illustrated - Team, No. 13 in the U. S., The Sporting News - Team, No. 18 in U. S, No. 3 in the Pac-10, Individual, Earl Watson, No. 14 point guard in the U. S., Jason, Kapono, No. 2 small forward in the U. S., second-team preseason All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, No. 17 center in the U. S., USBWA - No. 21 in the U. S., Individual, Jason Kapono, Top 25 preseason All-America, Vitale - Team, No. 19 in the U. S., No. 3 in the Pac-10, Individual, Earl Watson, third-team All-Rolls-Roycer, No. 3 point guard in U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Jason Kapono, No. 6 swing forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, No. 6 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.

The Bruins vs. Kansas hit 13 three-pointers, one shy of tying the school record (14), set last season vs. Maryland in the NCAA Tournament second round. Last year, the Bruins set a single-season school-record with 205 threes, breaking the old mark of 173, 1992. The 552 attempts in 1999-00 were the most in school history and the percentage of 37.1 ranks fifth all-time and is the highest since 1996, when the Bruins shot 37.6.

In 2000-01, the Bruins have used three different starting lineups (in four games) - UCSB (forwards, Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson), CS Northridge (forwards, Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center, T. J. Cummings, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson), Kentucky (forwards, Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson), Kansas (forwards, Matt Barnes /Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Billy Knight/Earl Watson).

In 1999-2000, the Bruins used 12 different starting lineups (in 33 games). In 1998-99, UCLA used 22 different starting lineups (in 31 games).

UCLA senior Rico Hines suffered a torn lateral meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee and had successful surgery on Nov. 1. The arthroscopic procedure was performed by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman at the UCLA Medical Center.

Hines, a 6-5, 210-pound senior from Greenville, NC, injured his right knee on Oct. 27 during practice. After a re-evaluation of the knee on Oct. 28, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) was ordered for Oct. 30, revealing the cartilage tear. The estimated rehabilitation time is approximately four-to-six weeks.

On Oct. 12, Bruin head coach Steve Lavin announced Hines will miss UCLA's first two games of this season for a violation of team rules. He was to miss the Bruin's exhibition home opener vs. Team Concept on Nov. 1 and UCLA's Nov. 9 season-opener vs. Kansas in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Hines will now serve his two-game suspension when he is cleared to play following his rehabilitation stint, Lavin said.

Hines has appeared in 72 games during his three-year Bruin career, starting 15 contests and averaging a career 12.8 minutes. As a junior last season, he appeared in 29 games with seven starts, averaging 14.7 minutes, 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.

UCLA true freshman Josiah Johnson has a stress fracture in his left foot and will be sidelined for the next four-to-six weeks, UCLA head coach Steve Lavin announced Oct. 27.

Because of chronic pain in his left foot, Johnson had x-rays taken Oct. 26, revealing the stress fracture. Placed in a walking boot, he will be on crutches for about a week and reevaluated after the first four weeks in the walking boot.

Johnson, a 6-7, 237-pound forward, last season was a senior high school standout at Montclair Prep. He averaged 24.2 points and 12.5 rebounds, earning USA Today honorable mention All-America.

Josiah is the son of Bruin great Marques Johnson and the younger brother of Kris Johnson, who was a UCLA standout from 1995-98.

UCLA has several eligible walkons on their 2000-01 roster - Ryan Mollins, 6-4 freshman from Redondo Union who last year averaged 18.0ppg, Sam Nelson, 6-4 sophomore who has a true freshman last season was on the UCLA men's volleyball roster. Nelson prepped at Estancia HS in Costa Mesa and was a two-year All-CIF basketball selection , Janou (ja-now) Rubin, 6-3 freshman who prepped last year at Logan HS in Union City, averaging 28.2ppg.

The Bruin's also have two ineligible newcomers - Spencer Gloger, 6-7 sophomore who last year started 28 games at Princeton, tying the Ivy League record for three-pointers (10) in a game and freshman school records for points in a game (34) and three-pointers (65) in a season. Gloger prepped at Santa Margarita HS and is from Mission Viejo, John Hoffart, 6-10 sophomore who attended Cal Poly-SLO last year, appearing in 26 games and averaging 11.8 minutes, 2.6 points and 2.5 rebounds. Hoffart attended Davis, CA HS.

On Nov. 1 at Pac-10 Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins were selected to finish fourth in the media preseason poll - 1. Arizona (290), 2. Stanford (255), 3. USC (206), 4. UCLA (205), 5. California (160), 6. Oregon (138), 7. Oregon State (133), 8. Arizona State (109), 9. Washington (58), 10. Washington State (41).

In the preseason national polls, UCLA was No. 17 in AP and No. 19 in USA Today.

On Oct. 23, the Pac-10 Chief Executive Officers approved the establishment of men's and women's postseason basketball tournaments. The men's tournament will be an eight-team event to be staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The women's tournament will be a 10-team event hosted on campus by one of the Pac-10 members. Both tournaments will begin in March 2002. The Conference previously conducted a men's tournament following the 1987-1990 seasons. It has never sponsored a similar event for women. In each case, the winner of the Tournament will earn the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Academic update: For the spring quarter of 2000, UCLA had five players on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (a 3.0gpg or higher) - (3.0-3.49gpa) - Brandon Brooks, at the time, Brooks was a two-sport participant (water polo/basketball), he is no longer on the basketball team, Sean Farnham (graduated in June 2000 and is now an assistant coach at Pepperdine), Jason Flowers and Earl Watson, (3.5-4.0gpa) - Todd Ramasar.

During the summer of 2000, eight of the nine players who were in summer school took classes to continue their advancement toward a degree (were not taking classes to remain eligible for the coming season).

UCLA's four seniors (Ryan Bailey, Jason Flowers, Rico Hines and Earl Watson), along with junior Billy Knight, who redshirted in 1998-99 because of an injury, are all on track to graduate in June 2001.

The 2000 NCAA Tournament was UCLA's 36th appearance in the 'Big Dance,' including bids the last 12 consecutive years. Currently, only three schools have advanced to the NCAA Tournament more consecutive times-North Carolina 26, Arizona 16 and Indiana 15. The Bruins hold the record for most NCAA titles (11), last winning in 1995, and are second in victories (81).

UCLA (1997, 1998, 2000) is one of just six schools to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 three times in the last four years. The others are Duke (1998, 1999, 2000), Kentucky (1997, 1998, 1999), Michigan State (1998, 1999, 2000), North Carolina (1997, 1998, 2000) and Purdue (1998, 1999, 2000).

UCLA has won multiple NCAA Tournament games in three of the last four years for the first times since 1995-97-98. The last time prior to that was 1973-74-75-76.

UCLA's victory over No. 1 Stanford last year on March 4, 2000 was the school's first over a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion. The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in the season was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the title game against Louisville.

According to Associated Press, UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team seven times to rank third on that list behind Notre Dame (nine) and Duke (eight). North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Ohio State have also recorded seven wins versus a No. 1 team.

With the win at California last season on March 2, 2000, UCLA stretched its NCAA-record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 52 (1948-49 to 1999-2000).

In the decade of the 1990s, UCLA ranked No. 10 in the U.S. in victories (241) and winning percentage (75.5, 241-78). In other college basketball historical categories from the last decade, UCLA was fourth in All-America rankings (28 different individuals, 43 total selections), second in most consecutive final wire-service Top 20 rankings (13, 1967-79) and third in most final wire-service Top 20 rankings (35).

UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes the last four seasons. The 1998 freshman class-guard Ray Young, forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush (declared for 2000 NBA Draft) and Jerome Moiso (now with Boston Celtics), along with center Dan Gadzuric, was judged No. 1 in the nation by The Sporting News, Hoop Scoop, PrepStar and Basketball News.

The frosh class of 1997, forward Travis Reed (now at Long Beach State), guard-forward Rico Hines, guard Earl Watson, guard Baron Davis (now with Charlotte in the NBA), forward Billy Knight and guard Todd Ramasar, was voted No. 2 in the nation.

During the 1998-99 year, the Bruins McDonald's HS All-America Jason Kapono.

In this season's early signing period, the Bruins have inked Cedric Bozeman, from Mater Dei HS, Dijon Thompson, from Redondo Union HS and Michael Fey, from Capital HS in Olympia, WA.

UCLA has led the NCAA in field goal percentage shooting two of the last five years -1997, 52.0 (932-1791) and 1996, 52.8 (897-1698). Entering the 1998 NCAA Tournament, the Bruins ranked sixth (49.8) in the NCAA. In 1999, the Bruins shot 45.4 to rank third in the Pac-10. In 33 games in 1999-2000, UCLA shot 48.0 from the field to lead the Pacifc-10 Conference and rank 16th in the NCAA.

After four games this year, UCLA is shooting 46.5 from the field.

The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in Pauley Pavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in the school's history. The Bruins have an overall record of 1,473-636 (69.8, 2,109 games) in 81+ years of college basketball. UCLA's winning percentage is No. 4 in the nation all-time behind Kentucky, North Carolina and UNLV. Kansas is fifth.

Pauley Pavilion (12,819) has been the home of Bruin basketball for 35+ seasons. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 501-59 (560 games, 89.5, Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, 1996 and the win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th on its homecourt).

On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC, the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilion history watched that game (13,382, previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon, 3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) in the 73-69 win over Duke, UCLA set a new attendance record 13,478, breaking the old one by 96.

The last time the Bruins were unbeaten at home for a regular season was in 1994-95 (15-0, California did beat UCLA at home that season but later forfeited the game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 15-1 at Pauley (losing only to Stanford).

The Bruins finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0).

Pauley Pavilion - In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 68-6 (91.9, 74 games). UCLA's 78-74 loss to CS Northridge on Nov. 21 in Pauley was just the sixth nonconference loss the Bruins have suffered at home since the 1989-90 season. The losses were against - CS Northridge, 78-74, season home opener of 2000-01, Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000, Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97, Tulsa, 77-76 OT, first game of 1996-97, Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92.

The Bruin's 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga last season. Prior to losing to CS Northridge, the Bruins had won three consecutive nonleague games in Pauley.

Pauley Pavilion got a new roof this summer and while working on it, the roofing company offered (and UCLA accepted) to put the UCLA script logo on the Pauley roof (for free). It (the letters are blue with a gold outline on top of a tan color roof) is located on the south side of the Pauley roof in letters large enough to identify UCLA from LAX.

The scoreboard in Pauley Pavilion is in its second season (the previous one was 14 years old). The scoreboard had been in the planning for three years. UCLA Athletics teamed with a marketing firm to package eight corporate sponsorship opportunities on a center-hung scoreboard and two statistical boards in Pauley Pavilion. The design of the eight-sided board includes four sides that house the speaker clusters and four sides that have team scoring, game time and period, possession indicator (all in LED digits) and video screen incorporated into each. Each video screen is 7' X 9' and is the best LED technology the market offers today. The board was sized to 'fit the house' and given excellent visibility to patrons in all seating locations. The board is 27' wide, 17' tall (manufactured by Daktronics Corp.). The total weight is 14,000 lbs. and it's attached to a 20,000-lb. hoist that can lower and/or raise the board for maintenance. The centerboard, statistic board and production room cost is about $1.4 million. The board is being paid for entirely by the corporate sponsorship that is displayed on the advertising panels over a 10-year financing plan.

Bruins in the 2000-01 NBA: UCLA in the NBA - Twelve former Bruins were listed on NBA preseason team rosters and eight remain for the current regular season. They are: Toby Bailey, Chicago Bulls (waived), Mitchell Butler, Indiana Pacers (waived), Baron Davis, Charlotte Hornets, Tyus Edney, Indiana Pacers, J. R. Henderson, Sacramento Kings (waived), Don MacLean, Miami Heat, Darrick Martin, Sacramento Kings, Jelani McCoy, Seattle Supersonics, Jerome Moiso, Boston Celtics, Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers, Tracy Murray, Denver Nuggets, Ed O'Bannon, Orlando Magic (waived). Three Pac-10 players were selected in the 2000 NBA Draft and Bruin sophomore Jerome Moiso (first round, 11th, Boston Celtics) was the first league player chosen.

Former Bruins Ed O'Bannon (1992-95) and Toby Bailey (1995-98) are playing for the ABA Los Angeles Stars.

In 1999-00, UCLA had 11 players on preseason rosters and six played during the regular season. They were-Charlotte, Baron Davis, Indiana, Reggie Miller, Washington, Tracy Murray, Phoenix, Toby Bailey, Sacramento, Darrick Martin and Seattle, Jelani McCoy. In the 1999 NBA Draft, six Pacific-10 Conference standouts were among the 58 players selected. The six selections were the second-highest total of all conferences (tied with the Western Athletic Conference). The first Pac-10 player taken was UCLA sophomore guard Baron Davis, the No. 3 pick by the Charlotte Hornets.

UCLA and the Pac-10 Conference led the way in the 1998 NBA Draft. The Bruins tied with Arizona and North Carolina for the most players drafted (the Bruins had three second-round selections-Jelani McCoy, Seattle, Toby Bailey, Phoenix (traded from the Lakers) and J. R. Henderson, Vancouver). The Pac-10 had a total of eight players drafted in 1998, the highest of any conference in the U. S.

From 1986-87 through 1995-96, UCLA sent more players (26) into the NBA than any school in the country. In 1995-96, UCLA's 11 former players on NBA rosters ranked second to North Carolina.

1999-00 NCAA Stats (Final)

3-Pt Field Goal Percentage - Jason Kapono, 8th, 47.7, Team stats: Field Goal Percentage, 16th, 48.0.

1999-00 Pac-10 Stats (Final)

Team-Scoring Offense-6th, 75.5, Scoring Defense-5th, 70.3, Scoring Margin-5th, +5.2, FT %-10th, 58.7, FG %-1st, 48.0, FG % Def.-3rd, 42.6, 3-Pt. FG %-2nd, 37.1, 3-Pt. FGs Made-4th, 6.21, 3-Pt. FG % Def.-2nd, 33.2, Reb. Off.- 4th, 37.9, Reb. Def.- 3rd, 34.2, Reb. Margin- 2nd, +3.8, Bkd. Shots- 3rd, 4.39, Asst.- 3rd, 16.52, Stls.- 3rd, 8.55, TO Margin- 6th, -0.45, Asst./TO Ratio- 6th, 0.99, Off. Reb.- 2nd, 13.55, Def. Reb.-3rd, 24.39.

UCLA Individual Leaders (Top 6) - Scoring -- Jason Kapono, 5th, 16.0, Rebounds - Jerome Moiso, 4th, 7.6, Blocks - Jerome Moiso, 2nd, 1.67, Dan Gadzuric, 3rd, 1.58, Field Goal Percentage - Dan Gadzuric, 3rd, 56.5, 3-Pt Field Goal Percentage - Jason Kapono, 1st, 47.4, Assists- Earl Watson, 2nd, 5.91.

2000-01 Special Team Stats

The Bruins have trailed twice at halftime this season, to UCSB (41-38) and to Kansas, 57-51. UCLA is 1-1 when trailing at half and 1-1 when leading (lost to CS Northridge after leading 39-32 at halftime).

UCLA has outrebounded its opponent the last two games (UCSB, 40-28 and CS Northridge, 36-35), after getting outrebounded in the first two games (Kansas, K41-U29 and Kentucky, K49-U43).

The Bruins were outshot from the field by UCSB (UCSB 49.1-U43.8) but outshot CSUN (U45.0-CSUN 44.1). At the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic, UCLA was outshot from the field by Kansas (K54.7-U50.8), but the Bruins outshot Kentucky (U46.5-K43.7). After four games, UCLA is shooting 46.5 and opponents are shooting 47.8 from the field.

After four games, UCSB is the first opponent to outshoot the Bruins from three-point range (UCSB54.5-U28.0, the Gauchos were 12-22, one shy of tying the Pauley Pavilion record for three-pointers). In UCLA's first three games, the Bruins outshot all three opponents from three-point range - CSUN (UCLA 40.0-CSUN 31.6), Kansas (U54.2-K43.8) and Kentucky (U38.1-K36.1). Against Kansas, the Bruins hit 13 (one shy of tying the school record, 14 vs. Maryland, 2000 NCAA)-24 from three. After four games, UCLA is shooting 40.0 (36-90) from three-point range and opponents 40.9 (38-93).

UCLA had 14 turnovers vs. UCSB but had a season-high 24 turnovers vs. CS Northridge, after getting 11 turnovers vs. Kentucky and 14 vs. Kansas at the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic. UCLA is averaging 15.3 turnovers a game and forcing its opponents into 15.8. Last season, the Bruins high turnover game was 26 vs. Arizona in Pauley Pavilion (1/20/00) and 24 at Arizona State (2/17/00).


Career Highlights-Chosen UCLA's head coach, the 11th in school history, on Feb. 11, 1997.

-On March 30, 1999, he was awarded a new six-year contract through the 2004-2005 season.

-In his fifth year as UCLA's head coach of the and 10th on the UCLA staff, he currently owns a school and career record of 93-40 (69.9, 133 games) as a head coach.

-Owns a 7-4 record in the NCAA Tournament as UCLA's head coach, leading UCLA to the Elite Eight in 1997 and the Sweet 16 in 2000 and 1998. He has led the Bruins to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. During his nine years as a Bruin assistant and head coach, UCLA's record is 17-9 (65.4) in the NCAA Tournament.

-He is one of just four coaches in the nation to lead his school to three Sweet 16's in the last four years. The others are Purdue's Gene Keady, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.

-During his four+ years as head coach, UCLA owns a record of 16-7 (69.6) in March, including 6-1 in 1997, 3-3 in 1998, 1-2 in 1999 and 6-1 in 2000.

-He is the only coach in school history to win at least 22 games in each of his first three seasons at UCLA.

-He is the only coach in school history to win at least 70.0% of his games in each of his first three years at UCLA.

-First UCLA coach to lead the Bruins to three Sweet 16 appearances in a four-year span since the NCAA Tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

-First UCLA head coach since John Wooden in 1974 (three) and �75 (five games, UCLA's 10th NCAA title) to lead the Bruins to at least five total NCAA Tournament victories in two consecutive seasons (1997 and �98).

-First Bruin head coach since Gary Cunningham in 1978 (25-3) and �79 (25-5) to record consecutive seasons of at least 24 victories (in both 1997 and �98). The last time a Bruin first-year coach won more games than Steve Lavin in 1997 (24) was in 1978, when Gary Cunningham won 25.

-UCLA's win over Maine in the first round of The 1999 Pearl Harbor Classic was Lavin's 75th victory as UCLA's head coach. He reached the 75-win plateau faster than any UCLA coach in modern history (post WWII), including John Wooden (Steve Lavin, 102nd game, 75-27, 73.5, Jim Harrick, 105th game, 75-30, 71.4, John Wooden, 106th game, 75-31, 70.8, Walt Hazzard, 121st game, 75-46, 62.0).

-UCLA's win over DePaul on Dec. 18, 1999 was Lavin's 200th as a member of the Bruin staff (ninth season).

-Won the 50th game of his career on Nov. 26, 1998 beating USF 69-62 in the first round of the 1998 Puerto Rico Shootout. His overall record after the win was 50-17 (67 games). Ironically, John Wooden's record after his first 67 games as the Bruin coach was also 50-17.

- In overtime games under Steve Lavin, the Bruins are 7-2 during his four+ years as head coach. In 2000-01, the Bruins are 1-0, beating Kentucky 97-92 for third-place in the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic, 2-0 in 1999-00, including a 94-93 win over No. 1 Stanford at Maples Pavilion and a 103-98 win over South Florida in the third-place game at The Pearl Harbor Classic. The Bruins have won six consecutive overtime games (2000-01, UCLA 97-Kentucky 92, 1999-2000, UCLA 94, at Stanford 93, UCLA 103, South Florida 98, 1998-99, at UCLA 88, Arizona State 85, 1997-98, UCLA 82, at USC 75, 1996-97, UCLA 74, Iowa State 73-NCAA Sweet 16) dating back to 1996-97, last losing at Oregon 87-85 during the 1997 Pac-10 season.

-During his four+ years as UCLA's head coach, the Bruins have signed the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes.

-In 1998-99, with the second-youngest team in the nation, Lavin, a candidate for the 1999 Naismith Coach of the Year Award, led the Bruins to their 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and 11th straight 20+ (22-9) game winning season.

-In 1997-98, he led the Bruins to a 24-9 overall record, 12-6 in the Pac-10 (third place) and to the school's 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament and 20+ game winning season. Lavin was again candidate for the 1998 Naismith Coach of the Year Award. In the �98 NCAA Tournament, he led the No. 6 seed Bruins to the Sweet 16, before losing to No. 2 seed and eventual champion Kentucky.

-In 1996-97, Lavin directed UCLA to a 24-8 overall record, the NCAA Midwest Regional final and third consecutive Pac-10 crown. He was named the Basketball Times National Rookie Coach of the Year.

-During his nine+ years on the Bruin staff, UCLA has won the 1995 NCAA Championship, four Pac-10 titles (1997, �96, �95 and �92) and participated in three NCAA Elite Eights (1997, �95, �92) and two Sweet 16 (2000, 1998) appearances.

-11 consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA and Purdue, including 1999-00.

Lavin Press Conference Dates - On most Tuesdays, Lavin will have his press conference (12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.) in the Chancellor's Room (upper NE corner of Pauley Pavilion). All Tuesdays unless noted: Dates -- Dec. 5, Dec. 12, no scheduled press conferences during Christmas and New Year's, there will be plenty of opportunities after practices during that time frame to meet with Lavin and the players (UCLA Sports Information will keep everyone informed of the holiday schedule), Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 6.

Lavin Pac-10 Teleconferences - The Pac-10 Teleconferences with the league's women's and men's head coaches will start on Wednesday, Dec. 13 (the first call of the 2000-2001 season), then will begin again on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and continue each Tuesday during the regular season. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the league's women's coaches (UCLA's Kathy Olivier at 10 a.m.), then at 10:30 a.m. the conference's men's calls will begin (Lavin is at 11:47 p.m.). The media number to call is 913-981-5507 and for a tape of the teleconference, media can call 402-220-9927.


Media Policy - UCLA will continue with the same media schedule it has had for the last several years. Practices (3-6 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion) on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are closed. Tuesday (after 4:30 p.m.) and Friday (after 4:30 p.m.) practices are open to the media and players are available after practice. The UCLA players will be unavailable for interviews during finals week (Dec. 11-15). Exceptions can and will be made, especially over the holiday weeks of Christmas and New Year's (UCLA Sports Information will keep everyone posted on changes in the schedule). Lavin and player interviews can also be set up at other times (strongly encouraged) during the day (not just after practice).

The 2000-01 basketball season is UCLA's fourth on XTRA 1150 Sports. Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his ninth season as the voice of the Bruins. Bob Myers, a Bruin basketball letterman from 1994-97, is in his first season as analyst.

UCLA games are also available via the internet at (www.uclabruins.com) and (www.broadcast.com). Fans can also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929).

UCLA releases and results for all sports are on the internet (www.uclabruins.com) and may also be acquired by using the Pac-10's InfoConnection system. If you have a PIN number, call 770-558-6000 from the handset of a fax machine. If you do not have a PIN number, please call 770/399-0096 to acquire one. The Pac-10 code number is 72210. UCLA's basketball codes are: release, 3115, first page of release, 3116, stats only, 3117, latest game stats, 3118 and latest game book, 3119.


Updated notes released each Monday beginning Nov. 13. Pac-10 information is available on the Pac-10 home page. Point your web browser to http://www.pac-10.org.

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