No. 24 Bruins Prepare For No. 8 Arizona, Arizona State

Feb. 12, 2001

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Thursday, Feb. 15 - No. 8 Arizona at No. 24 UCLA, Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. PST (TV - Fox Sports Net, with Steve Physioc, Marques Johnson and Bill Macdonald, Radio - XTRA Sports 1150am with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

Saturday, Feb. 17 - Arizona State at No. 24 UCLA, Pauley Pavilion, 1:00 p.m. PST (TV - CBS, with Craig Bolerjack and Clark Kellogg, Radio - XTRA Sports 1150am with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson - In his 18th season as head coach at Arizona, Olson owns a record of 439-133. In his 28th years as a head coach, he owns a record of 631-225. He is 21-15 versus UCLA while at Arizona

The Wildcats - They have won three straight and nine of their last 10 games, losing only at Oregon on Feb. 1. Last week, they swept the Washington schools at home.

Series History - UCLA leads the series with Arizona, 35-24, but the Wildcats have won four straight and six of seven.

Currently in his fifth season as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the Bruin staff, with a school and career record of 106-44 (70.7, 150 games). Lavin is 3-6 vs. Arizona (2-2 at Pauley Pavilion) and 8-1 vs. Arizona State.

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

UCLA's 79-73 road win over previously-unbeaten Stanford on Feb. 3 was Lavin's second over a No. 1 team in less than a year (UCLA defeated No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime on Mar. 4, 2000 at Maples Pavilion). It is believed that Lavin is the first coach in college history to record consecutive wins on a No. 1 ranked team's home floor.

UCLA's 93-65 win over Villanova on Jan. 13 in Pauley Pavilion was Lavin's 100th UCLA victory and it was also his 300th game as a member of the Bruin staff (Lavin's record at UCLA as a head and assistant coach (1992-96, 126-32, 79.7, 158 games) is 232-76, 308 games, 75.3). Lavin reached the 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 his fifth season, 1992-93, 100-36, 136 games). John Wooden reached 100 wins as the Bruin 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 the third game of his 10th year (1930-31, 100-41, 141 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 first four seasons, the Bruins averaged nearly 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's in the last four years. The others are Purdue's Gene Keady, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski

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 dating back to 1996-97, last losing at Oregon 87-85 during the 1997 Pac-10 season - (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).


The Bruins are ranked this week No. 24 by AP and No. 27 by USA Today/ESPN. It's the first time UCLA has cracked the Top 25 since since Nov. 20, when it was ranked No. 15 by AP and No. 17 by USA Today/ESPN.

UCLA has an NCAA-record streak of 52 consecutive winning seasons (1948-49 to 1999-2000). UCLA now has 15 wins. Its next win will be its 16th of the year and clinch a 53rd consecutive winning season.

UCLA junior center Dan Gadzuric sprained his left ankle at DePaul. After receiving treatment on Saturday and Sunday, Gadzuric is on crutches and is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game with Arizona.

Through games of Feb. 10, UCLA had an RPI ranking of 8th. Its strength of schedule was rated No. 2.

After losing to North Carolina 80-70 on Dec. 23 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA has won 11 of 13 games and eight of 10 in Pac-10 play.

The press has become a defensive staple for the Bruins. Since using the press in the second half of the North Carolina game (it helped the Bruins erase an 18-point second half Tar Heel lead, UCLA led by two, twice late in the second half before losing, North Carolina had 22 turnovers, including 11 in the second half), UCLA has forced 239 turnovers (18.4) in the last 13 games (11-2 record).

In their last 13 games (11-2), UCLA is averaing 81.6 points and 37.4 rebounds while allowing 74.7 points and 34.3 boards. The Bruins are shooting 47.7 from the floor, 38.0 from three-point range and 66.9 from the line while holding teams to 44.2 from the field and 27.5 from the three-point line.

UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team this season, on Feb. 3, was its second against the No. 1 team in the nation in less than one year. Its victory over No. 1 Stanford 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 eight times. Notre Dame has done it nine times, followed by UCLA and Duke (eight times). North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Ohio State have recorded seven wins versus a No. 1 team.

Feb. 10 - UCLA 94, at DePaul 88 - Playing on ABC for the second straight Saturday, the Bruins started quickly, building leads of 19 points in the first half and 23 points in the second half en route to a 94-88 victory at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.

The Bruins used a 28-11 run to build a 19-point lead (41-22) with 5:02 remaining in the first half but the Blue Demons cut the lead to 11, 45-44, at halftime. In the second half, DePaul cut the lead to six before UCLA went on a 26-9 run to build the lead to 23 (72-49) with 9:58 remaining.

However, fatigue, fouls and injuries hampered the Bruins the rest of the way. UCLA scored its final basket with 5:45 remaining but made 17 of 20 free throws to preserve the victory. During the latter portion of the game, Dan Gadzuric suffered a sprained left ankle, Earl Watson and Ray Young fouled out and the Bruins were already short-handed because Ryan Bailey did not make the trip due to a stomach virus.

Jason Kapono led the Bruins with 28 points, tying his career high, and 11 rebounds, one shy of his career high. He made eight of 13 shots from the floor, including six of six from three-point range, and seven of eight free throws. Watson continued his hot shooting, making eight of 13 shots from the floor (two of four from three-point range) en route to 20 points. He also had six assists and three rebounds. Billy Knight had his second straight spectacular Saturday, making four of five shots from the floor -- all three-pointers -- and all six of his free throws -- all in the last 1:37 -- and finished with 18 points. T.J. Cummings, starting against his father's alma mater, added 10 points and two rebounds and Gadzuric had seven points and nine rebounds prior to his injury.

On the afternoon, UCLA shot 52.8 from the floor, a season-high 64.7 from three-point range and 75.0 from the free throw line with 38 rebounds, 15 assists, six steals and 21 turnovers. DePaul shot 45.3 from the floor, 22.2 from three-point range and 81.3 from the free throw line and had 32 rebounds, 16 assists, nine steals and 15 turnovers.

This week's UCLA Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee is sophomore forward Jason Kapono.

In the victory at USC, he started and played all 40 minutes and led the team with 20 points (7-14, 3-6, 3-3), including a key three-pointer after USC had cut the lead to one point. He also had seven rebounds, two assists and two fouls. In the win at DePaul, he started, played 35 minutes and recorded his second double-double of the year. He tied his career high with 28 points, making eight of 13 shots from the floor, five of six from three-point range, and seven of eight free throws. He also led the team with 11 rebounds, one shy of his career high, and three steals, tying his career high, and added four assists.

Kapono is the National Player of the Week for his efforts vs. USC and DePaul.

UCLA is 8-2 after 10 Pac-10 games for the first time in the Steve Lavin Era. Last year, the Bruins were 4-6 after 10 contests and 4-8 after 12 games. In 1999, they were 7-3 after 10 games and 8-4 after 12. In 1998, they were 7-3 after 10 and 8-4 after 12. In 1997, they were 7-3 after 10 and 9-3 after 12.

UCLA's six-game winning streak was its longest since last season when the Bruins won their final six regular-season contests and their first two NCAA games.UCLA has won 11 of its last 13 games and 13 of its last 16 contests.

Earl Watson - The DePaul game was Watson's 118th straight career start and game ... Watson is the 40th Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1289 -- 27, No. 26, Henry Bibby, 1293, 1970-72, No. 25, Kris Johnson, 1294, 1995-98) ... Ranks fourth on UCLA's career assist list with 559 (No. 3, Darrick Martin, 636, 1989-92) ... Ranks No. 3 on the career steals list with 210 needs 15 steals to overtake school leader Edney, 224) ... Ranks No. 4 on the career three-point field goal list with 123 (No. 3, Jason Kapono, 143, current) and No. 3 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 357 (No. 2, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92). He's only the fourth player in Pac-10 history to make the all-time Top 10 charts in both assists and steals.

Jason Kapono - On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (143-301, 47.5), No. 3 (143) in three-point field goals (No. 2, Toby Bailey, 171, 1995-98) and No. 4 (301) in attempts (No. 3, Earl Watson, 357, current).

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 News' 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 News' 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, Fey selected UCLA over Washington, Oregon and Gonzaga.

On Dec. 2, UCLA lost to Georgia Tech 72-67 in the seventh annual John R. Wooden Classic at The Pond in Anaheim. It was UCLA's fifth appearance in the Wooden Classic and its first loss, after four victories - 1994 (inaugural) - UCLA 82, Kentucky 81, 1995 - UCLA 73, Maryland 63, 1997 - UCLA 69, New Mexico 58, 1998 - UCLA 69, Oklahoma State 66.

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 Midseason Top 30 list. He was also 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.

Kapono is the Bruins' top scorer (18.1) and is second in assists (2.4) and third in rebounding (6.0) and steals (1.2). He leads the Bruins in minutes (35.3), free throw shooting percentage (87.0, 87-100) and three-point field goal percentage (47.7, 61-128) and is shooting 45.0 (116-258) from the field. He's led the Bruins in scoring 13 times this season, including seven of the last 10 games and in rebounding on six occasions. He has scored 20 or more points 10 times this season.

The Bruins vs. Kansas hit 13 three-pointers (13-24, 54.2, season-high), one shy of tying the school record (14), set last season vs. Maryland in the NCAA Tournament second round. Their percentage of 64.7 (11-17) is their highest of the season.

This year, the top three-point attempt games for the Bruins have been 25 vs. UC Santa Barbara (7-25, 28.0) and 24 vs. North Carolina (6-24, 25.0) and Kansas (13-24, 54.2). The school game record is 27 attempts in 1999 vs. Detroit Mercy in the NCAA first round and vs. Oregon State (1/7/99)

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 ranked fifth all-time and was the highest since 1996, when the Bruins shot 37.6.

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).

In 2000-01, the Bruins have used eight different starting lineups (in 21 games).

DePaul (forwards, T.J. Cummings/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Billy Knight/Earl Watson) -1-0 (regular starter at forward, Matt Barnes, relinquished his starting position so freshman T. J. Cummings could start in front of his home town (Chicago) and his father (Terry Cummings), who was in attendance.

USC/Stanford/Kansas (forwards, Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Billy Knight/Earl Watson) -2-1.

California/Oregon/OregonState/Villanova/USC/ Washington State/ Washington/Purdue (forwards, Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Jason Flowers/Earl Watson) - 7-1,

Arizona (forwards, T.J. Cummings/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Jason Flowers/Earl Watson) - 0-1,

Arizona State (forwards, Billy Knight/Jason Kapono, center, T.J. Cummings, guards, Jason Flowers/Earl Watson) - 1-0,

North Carolina/CS Northridge (forwards, Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center, T. J. Cummings, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson) 0-2,

UC Irvine/Hawaii (forwards, Billy Knight/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson) 2-0, Georgia Tech/UCSB/Kentucky (forwards, Matt Barnes/ Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson) 2-1,

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 began low impact team workouts in early January and is back practicing with the team. He will redshirt this season and return in 2001-2002.

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.

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 had a stress fracture in his left foot and has been sidelined since Oct. 27. Rehabilitation was estimated at four-to-six weeks. On Jan. 1, Johnson began team workouts. His foot was again placed in a boot the week of Jan. 22. He is again working out with the team.

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 true scholarship freshman Ryan Walcott, from Shadow Mountain HS in Phoenix, will redshirt this season.

UCLA has several eligible walk-ons on its 2000-01 roster - Ryan Mollins, 6-4 freshman from Redondo Union who last year as a prepster 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 Bruins' also have two ineligible transfers - 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.

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Steve Lavin and the Bruins visited the People Helping People Homeless Shelter in South Central Los Angeles.

On Monday, Dec. 18, UCLA head coach Steve Lavin and the Bruins visited the children at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte.

On Friday morning, Dec. 1 at The Pond in Anaheim, UCLA players Matt Barnes, Jason Kapono, Dan Gadzuric, Ray Young and Earl Watson, participated in a clinic for Special Olympics (the charity for the Wooden Classic). Also participating were Lavin, Coach Wooden and Bruin great Bill Walton.

On Nov. 15, Coach Lavin and the Bruins hosted 16 Orange. CA High School students as part of Chapman University's School of Education Literacy Partnership Program (instilling a commitment to education to the underserved youth of the Orange community). Lavin is a 1988 Chapman graduate. Chapman is located in Orange, CA.

For the recently completed 2000 Fall Quarter, UCLA had two players on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (a 3.0gpg or higher) - (3.0-3.49gpa) - Spencer Gloger and John Hoffart.

For the 2000 spring quarter, the Bruins had five players on the AD's Honor Roll- (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).

The Bruin men's basketball squad had the best team annual gpa improvement (out of UCLA's 23 sports) from the 1998-99 school year to the 1999-2000 school year.

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 has recruited the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) 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 Hornets), forward Billy Knight and guard Todd Ramasar, was voted No. 2 in the nation.

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

In this season's early signing period, UCLA 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 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 21 games this year, UCLA is shooting 45.5 from the field and opponents are shooting 45.2. UCLA's single-game high is 57.6 at Purdue (34-59).

The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in Pauley Pavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in school history. The Bruins have an overall record of 1,486-640 (69.9, 2,126 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 509-60 (569 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.

This year the Bruins are 9-2 at home overall and 5-0 in the Pac-10.

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 at Pauley 15-1 (losing only to Stanford).

UCLA last finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0).

In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 71-7 (91.0, 78 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since 1996-97), the Bruins are 28-5 (33 games, 84.8) and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s, the Bruins are 43-2 (45 games, 95.6).

UCLA's 80-70 loss to North Carolina on Dec. 23 in Pauley was just the seventh non-conference 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 and CS Northridge, 78-74, season home opener of 2000-01, Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000 (the Bruins' 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga), Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97 and Tulsa, 77-76 OT, 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-league games 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).

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.

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 (traded to the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 13), 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), Toby Bailey (1995-98) and JaRon Rush (1999-00) are playing for the ABA 2000 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.

The Bruins have trailed six times at halftime this season, to California (48-28), Oregon (48-42), North Carolina (46-30) UC Irvine (34-30), UCSB (41-38) and Kansas (57-51). UCLA is 3-3 when trailing at half (the Bruins beat Oregon, Irvine and Santa Barbara) and 12-3 when leading (lost to Arizona after leading 41-33 at halftime, lost to Georgia Tech after leading 28-22 at halftime and lost to CS Northridge after leading 39-32 at halftime).

UCLA has out-rebounded its opponent in three straight games and 14 of the last 19 (only North Carolina 47-36, USC 43-30, Arizona 44-34, Oregon 40-33, and California 34-31, have out-rebounded UCLA during that span, the Bruins out-rebounded DePaul 38-32, USC 36-34, Stanford 34-31, Oregon State 38-29, Arizona State 44-38, Villanova 46-29, 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). The Bruins were out-rebounded in the first two games (Kansas, K41-U29 and Kentucky, K49-U43). UCLA is 12-2 with the rebound advantage and 3-4 when out-rebounded.

In 21 games, UCLA has outshot its opponents on 13 occasions, including 10 of the last 13 games. UCLA has shot 50.0 or higher from the field seven times this season (DePaul 52.8, 28-53, Stanford 50.0, 28-56, 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. After 21 games, UCLA is shooting 45.5 and opponents are shooting 45.2 from the field. The Bruins are 12-1 when outshooting their opponent from the field and 3-5 when outshot. 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 21 games, the Bruins from the three-point line have outshot their opponents 15 times. UCLA has been outshot from three-point range in just four of the last 16 games - California, (opponent high) 59.1-30.0, Purdue 38.1-37.5, North Carolina 30.8-25.0, UC Irvine 38.5-10.5 (season-low). UCLA's high is 64.7 (11-17) against DePaul. Against Kansas in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Bruins hit 13 (one shy of tying the school record, 14 vs. Maryland, 2000 NCAA)-24 three-pointers. After 21 games, UCLA is shooting 35.8 (134-374) from three-point range and opponents 30.8 (132-429). 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 in Pauley).

After outshooting its opponent from the free throw line in three of the first four games, UCLA has been outshot from the foul line in 11 of the last 17 contests. UCLA shot a season-low 43.8 (7-16) vs. Washington and a season-high 90.0 (18-20) vs. USC.

Only seven times this season, have the Bruins had more turnovers than their opponent (U 21-DePaul 15, U 14-Cal 13, U 21-UA 18, U 18-ASU 17, U 17-WSU 16, U 20-Purdue 13 and U24 (season-high)-CS Northridge 19). UCLA's low turnover game this season is eight vs. Oregon State. After 21 games, UCLA is averaging 16.43 turnovers and its opponents are at 18.19. 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 the low was 10 at Oregon State (1/27/00).

When the Bruins lead with 5:00 left to play, they are 15-0 and are 0-6 when trailing at the 5:00 mark.

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

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

-In his fifth year as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the UCLA staff, he currently owns a school and career record of 106-44 (70.7, 150 games) as a head coach.

-Owns two wins over teams ranked No. 1, defeating No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime on Mar. 4, 2000 and defeating No. 1 and 20-0 Stanford, 79-73 on Feb. 3, 2001. Both games were on the road at Maples Pavilion.

-Owns a 7-4 (63.6, 11 games) 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, 26 games) 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 Villanova on Jan. 13, 2001 was Lavin's 100th victory as UCLA's head coach. He reached the 100-win plateau in his 142nd game, second-fastest in school history, trailing only Jim Harrick, who earned his 100th win in his 136th game. The Villanova game was also Lavin's 300th as a member of the Bruin staff.

-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 dating back to 1996-97, last losing at Oregon 87-85 during the 1997 Pac-10 season - (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).

-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 1999-2000, Lavin led the Bruins to their third NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in the last four years. Before losing to Iowa State in the Sweet 16, UCLA had an eight-game winning streak. Overall, the Bruins were 21-12 and tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with a 10-8 record. It was UCLA's 12th consecutive NCAA appearance and 20+game winning season.

-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.

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