UCLA Hosts Big East Foe Villanova Saturday
Jan. 12, 2001
Villanova at UCLA
Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins, 8-4 overall and on a four-gamewinning streak, and 3-0 in the Pacific-10 (tied for first place), return tononleague action, hosting Steve Lappas' Big East Villanova Wildcats Saturday at1 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion (TV-CBS, with Dick Enberg and Clark Kellogg,Radio-1150 am, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers). After the Villanova game, theBruins will have only one more regular season nonconference game left thisseason, playing at Conference USA foe DePaul on Saturday, Feb. 10.Last Games ' On Thursday in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins won their thirdconsecutive Pac-10 game, beating archrival No. 19 USC, 80-75. Villanova, 10-3overall and 2-1 in the Big East, had its three-game winning streak snapped onJan. 9 , losing at home to Providence, 76-67 in a Big East contest. Villanova'sother losses have been at Duke, 98-85 on Nov. 17 and at Georgia, 91-80, on Dec.28.
UCLA leads it 1-0. The teams have only met once and that waswhen John Wooden's UCLA Bruins defeated Villanova 68-62 to win the 1971 NCAAChampionship at Houston. At the time, it was UCLA's seventh NCAA title (andfifth straight). The Bruins have won 11 NCAA men's basketball crowns, more thanany other school in Div. I history.
UCLA Starters (8-4, 3-0 1st place tie)
Welcome Back Dick Enberg
During the 1960s and 70s, Enberg was UCLA's television play-by-play broadcaster on Channel 5.
In his fifth season as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the Bruinstaff, he has a school and career record of 99-42 (70.2, 141 games).
Should UCLA defeat Villanova, it would be Lavin's 100th UCLA victory and itwill be his 300th game as a member of the Bruin staff (Lavin's record at UCLA asa head and assistant coach (1992-96, 126-32, 79.7, 158 games) is 225-74, 299games, 75.3). If UCLA defeats Villanova on Saturday, Lavin will have reachedthe 100-win plateau the second-fastest in modern school history (after WWII),behind Jim Harrick (who reached the 100-win milestone in the seventh game of hisfifth season, 1992-93, 100-36, 136 games). John Wooden reached 100 wins as theBruin coach at the conclusion of his fifth season (1952-53, 100-44, 144 games).Prior to WWII, UCLA's second coach, Caddy Works, recorded his 100th win in thethird game of his 10th year (1930-31, 100-41, 141 games).
Other milestones in Lavin's Bruin head coaching career include ' UCLA'svictory over Maine in the first round of the 1999 Pearl Harbor Classic wasLavin's 75th win, reaching the 75-win plateau faster than any UCLA coach inmodern history (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). Lavin won the 50th game of his career on Nov. 26, 1998, beating USF 69-62in the first round of the 1998 Puerto Rico Shootout. His UCLA record after thewin was 50-17 (67 games). Ironically, John Wooden's record after his first 67games as the Bruin coach was also 50-17.
UCLA 80, No. 19 USC 75
Before 12,109, the largest crowd this season in PauleyPavilion, UCLA led 46-39 at halftime, led by as many as 19 in the second half(71-52, 11:26) and then withstood a late Trojan rally, to defeat USC 80-75. Ithad been 39 years since the teams had met when the Trojans were rated and theBruins were not (the Bruins have not been rated this season since the week ofNov. 27). On Feb. 2, 1962 at the Sports Arena, UCLA (unranked at the time)defeated No. 5 (by both AP and UPI) USC, 73-59.
The Bruins were led by three players in double figures, paced by JasonKapono's team-high 20 points and nine rebounds and Earl Watson's 17 points, fourassists, two steals and no turnovers. UCLA also had good efforts off the benchfrom T. J. Cummings, nine points and four rebounds and Ryan Bailey, sevenpoints, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes, all season-bests.UCLA shot 42.0 (29-69) from the field, 20.0 (second-lowest percentage of theseason, 4-20) from three-point range and a season-high 90.0 (18-20) from thefoul line, with 30 rebounds (second-lowest total of the season) and 15turnovers.
USC shot 45.0 (27-60) from the field, 13.3 (second-lowest opponent percentage ofthe season, 2-15) from three-point range and 79.2 (19-24) from the foul line,with a game-high 43 rebounds and opponent season-high 28 turnovers. The Trojanswere led by Sam Clancy's 31 points and 13 rebounds.
With the win over USC, UCLA leads the series 117-93, the Bruins have won 12 ofthe last 13 games vs. the Trojans, USC has now lost eight in a row in Pauley andLavin's record vs. USC is 8-1, losing only last year at the Sports Arena,91-79.
A tactic the Bruins have been using since the North Carolina game,it helped force USC into an opponent season-high 28 turnovers.Pauley Pavilion (12,819) - Has been the home of Bruin basketball for 35+seasons. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 506-60 (566 games, 89.4).Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, 1996 and the winover 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 PauleyPavilion 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, UCLAset 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 in1994-95 (15-0, California did beat UCLA at home that season but later forfeitedthe game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 at Pauley 15-1 (losing only to Stanford).
UCLA last finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0).Pauley Pavilion and Nonconference Games - In non-conference games in PauleyPavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 70-7 (90.9, 77 games). During Steve Lavin'stenure (since 1996-97), the Bruins are 27-5 (32 games, 84.4) and in theremaining seven years of the 1990s, the Bruins were 43-2 (45 games, 95.6).UCLA's 80-70 loss to North Carolina on Dec. 23 in Pauley was just the seventhnonconference defeat the Bruins have suffered at home since the 1989-90 season.
The losses were against - North Carolina, 80-70, fifth home game of 2000-01 andCS Northridge, 78-74, season home opener of 2000-01, Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth gameof 1999-2000 (the Bruins' 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snappedby the loss to Gonzaga), Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97 and Tulsa, 77-76OT, first game of 1996-97, Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92.In 11+ seasons, the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion have been unbeaten in non-leaguegames on seven occasions (1998-99, 7-0, 1997-98, 6-0, 1994-95, 6-0, 1993-94,6-0, 1992-93, 8-0, 1990-91, 8-0 and 1989-90, 6-0).
Bruin StartersJason Kapono - UCLA's leading scorer (17.4), he's led the Bruins in scoring thisseason on seven occasions. He's also tops the Bruins in minutes played (36.8),three-point shooting (43.8, 35-80) and foul shooting (89.7, 52-58) and is UCLA'sthird-leading rebounder (6.2, last year he averaged 4.4 a game) Vs. USC, he ledUCLA in both scoring (20) and rebounding (9). It's the second time this seasonhe's led UCLA in both scoring and rebounding (21/12 vs. Hawaii).
On UCLA's career three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (117-253,46.2), No. 4 (117) in three-point field goals (No. 6, Earl Watson, 110, No. 5,Kevin Walker, 116, 1987-90, No. 3, Gerald Madkins, 118, 1988, 90-92, No. 2, TobyBailey, 171, 1995-98, No. 1, Tracy Murray, 197, 1990-92) and No. 6 (tied) (253)in attempts (No. 6, Tyus Edney, 253, 1992-95, No. 5, Kevin Walker, 286,1987-90).
Going into the USC game in Pac-10 stats, Kapono was fifth in scoring, tied for15th in rebounding, second in free throw percentage, ninth in FG percentage andsecond in three-point FGs made. He's on the Midseason Wooden Award Top 30 list.
Earl Watson - The Bruins' second-leading scorer (15.7), he also leads UCLA inassists (5.9) and steals (2.1). Vs. USC, he had 17 points, one rebound, fourassists, two steals and no turnovers in 28 minutes. It's his third game thisseason with no turnovers.
This season, he has led the Bruins in scoring on three occasions, inassists in 11 of the 12 games and in steals eight times.
The USC game was Watson's 109th career start and game... Watson is the 40thBruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1166 -- 34th and 10 behind No.33 Mike Warren, 1176, 1966-68 and 15 behind No. 32 Walt Torrence, 1181, 1957-59)...Tied for fifth on UCLA's career assist list with 512 (No. 5, Roy Hamilton,512, 1976-79, No. 4, Ralph Jackson, 523, 1981-84) ' Ranks No. 3 on the careersteals list with 198 needs 27 steals to overtake school leader Edney, 224, No.2, Cameron Dollar, 214, 1994-97)... Ranks No. 6 on the career three-point fieldgoal list with 110 (No. 4, Jason Kapono, 117, No. 5, Kevin Walker, 116, 1987-90)and No. 3 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 327 (No. 2, TracyMurray, 479, 1990-92).
In Pac-10 stats going into the USC game, Watson was No. 8 in scoring, No. 1 inassists, No. 2 in steals and No. 7 in assists/turnover ration.
Dan Gadzuric - UCLA's No. 3 scorer (12.7) and No. 1 rebounder (8.4), he alsoleads the Bruin regulars in FG% (55.9, 66-118) and blocked shots ( 1.7). He hasled the Bruins in scoring once this season (19 Washington) and in rebounding onfive occasions, including three of the last four games. He has fourdouble/doubles this season. Vs. Purdue and Washington, Gadzuric made 15consecutive field goals (8-8 at Purdue and hit his first seven vs. Washington,finished 8-10).
In foul trouble and playing only 18 minutes vs. USC, Gadzuric contributed sevenpoints and five rebounds. His five rebounds broke a string of three-straightgames of double-digit rebounding.
In Pac-10 stats entering the USC game, Gadzuric was 19th in scoring, second inrebounding, sixth in FG%, third in blocked shots, sixth in offensive reboundingand second in defensive rebounding.
Matt Barnes - UCLA's fifth-leading scorer (10.3)) and second-leading rebounder(7.1). He's led the Bruins in rebounding four times this season, has threedouble-doubles and five double-digit rebounding efforts. He's scored indouble-digits the last two games (12 USC, 13 Washington State)
Vs. USC, Barnes scored 12 points, with four rebounds and one blocked shot.In the Pac-10 stats going into USC, Barnes was ninth in rebounding, eighth inoffensive rebounding and ninth in defensive rebounding.
Jason Flowers - Has started the last four games and the Bruins are 4-0 withFlowers in the starting lineup. In his four starts, he's averaged 14.25 minutes.Vs. USC, he played 14 minutes, with two points, one assist and two steals.
Off The Bench
Freshman T. J. Cummings and senior Ryan Bailey provided theBruins a lift from the bench in UCLA's win over USC. Cummings, who played 21minutes with Dan Gadzuric in early foul trouble, contributed nine points andfour rebounds (all in the first half), while Bailey played 28 minutes, withseven points and three assists, all season-bests. Junior Ray Young alsocontributed six points for the Bruins off the bench vs. USC.2000-01 Special Team Stats ' The Bruins have trailed four times at halftime thisseason, to North Carolina (46-30) UC Irvine (34-30), UCSB (41-38) and Kansas(57-51). UCLA is 2-2 when trailing at half (the Bruins beat Irvine and SantaBarbara) and 6-2 when leading (lost to Georgia Tech after leading 28-22 athalftime and lost to CS Northridge after leading 39-32 at halftime).
UCLA has outrebounded its opponent eight of the last 10 games (only USC43-30 and North Carolina, 47-36 have outrebounded UCLA during that span, theBruins outrebounded WSU 33-31, Washington 50-34, Purdue 39-27, UC Irvine 41-28,Hawai'i 37-24, Georgia Tech 49-44, UCSB 40-28 and CS Northridge 36-35). TheBruins were outrebounded in the first two games (Kansas, K41-U29 and Kentucky,K49-U43). UCLA's season-high is 50 rebounds vs. Washington and season low is 30rebounds vs. USC. UCLA is 6-2 with the rebound advantage and 2-2 whenoutrebounded.
In 12 games, UCLA has outshot its opponents on six occasions, includingthree of the last four games. UCLA has shot over 50.0 from the field five timesthis season, including three of the last four games (WSU, 55.3, 26-47,Washington, 53.6, 37-69, Purdue, 57.6, 34-59, season-high, Hawaii, 53.2, 33-62,Kansas, 50.8, 31-61). UCLA's season-low is 28.6 (18-63) vs. Georgia Tech. After12 games, UCLA is shooting 45.2 and opponents are shooting 44.9 from the field.The Bruins are 5-1 when outshooting their opponent from the field and 3-3 whenoutshot. Last season, the Bruins' season-high from the field was 67.9 (38-56)vs. Morgan State and the season-low was 26.2 (16-61) vs. Gonzaga in Pauley).
In 12 games, the Bruins from the three-point line have outshot theiropponents seven times, including the last three games. UCLA's season high is54.2 (13-24) vs. Kansas and season low is 10.5 (2-19) vs. UC Irvine. AgainstKansas in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Bruins hit 13 (one shy of tyingthe school record, 14 vs. Maryland, 2000 NCAA)-24 three-pointers. After 12games, UCLA is shooting 33.0 (75-227) from three-point range and opponents 32.3(76-235). Last season, UCLA's season-high from three-point range was 62.5(10-16) vs. Morgan State and the season-low was 00.0 (0-14) vs. Stanford inPauley).
After outshooting its opponent from the free throw line in three of thefirst four games, UCLA has been outshot from the foul line in six of the lasteight contests, but the Bruins hit a season-high 90.0 (18-20) in the win overUSC. UCLA shot a season-low 43.8 (71-6) vs. Washington.
Only three times this season, have the Bruins had more turnovers than theiropponent (U 17-WSU 16, U 20-Purdue 13 and U24 (season-high)-CS Northridge 19,there have been two ties). UCLA's turnovers have dropped in the last three games(23 Washington, 17 Washington State, 15 USC) and UCLA forced an opponent-seasonhigh 28 turnovers in their victory over USC. UCLA's low turnover game thisseason is nine vs. Kentucky. After 12 games, UCLA is averaging 17.1 turnoversand its opponents (18.6). 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) and thelow was 10 at Oregon State (1/27/00).
When the Bruins lead with 5:00 left to play, they are 8-0 and are 0-4 whentrailing at the 5:00 mark.
UCLA hits the road for the first time this season in Pac-10competition, playing at Arizona State on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 5:30 p.m. PST andat Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. PST.
2001 Pac-10 Standings
Villanova at UCLA
Oregon at Stanford
Oregon State at California
Arizona State at Washington
Arizona at Washington
at UCLA 80, USC 75
at Stanford 73, Oregon State 49
at California 78, Oregon 62
at Washington 70, Arizona State 68 (OT)
Arizona 84, Washington State 51 (at Spokane)