No. 13 Bruins Return To Pauley To Host Stanford, Cal

Jan. 21, 2002

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THURSDAY, JAN. 24 - No. 13 UCLA (13-4, 5-2, Pac-10 4th place) vs. No. 17 Stanford (11-4, 4-2, Pac-10 5th place tie with California), Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m. PT (TV - Fox Sports Net/Fox Sports Net West, Radio - Fox Sports AM 1150, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

SATURDAY, JAN. 26 - No. 13 UCLA vs. California (13-3, 4-2, Pac-10 5th place tie with Stanford), Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, 5 p.m. PT (TV - Fox Sports Net/Fox Sports Net West, Radio - Fox Sports AM 1150, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

UCLA (No. 13AP/No. 13 USA Today-ESPN) TENTATIVE STARTING LINEUP (2001-02 Record - Overall 13-4, Pac-10 5-2).

No. Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Ppg Rpg
23 Matt Barnes F 6-7 Sr. 14.7 6.2
24 Jason Kapono F 6-8 Jr. 18.6 6.0
50 Dan Gadzuric C 6-11 Sr. 9.6 6.4
3 Billy Knight G 6-6 Sr. 15.9 3.4
21 Cedric Bozeman G 6-6 Fr. 4.1 2.3
or 22 Rico Hines G 6-5 Sr. 0.8 2.9

Including last season's 19-5 overall final finish (final 24 games of 2000-01), UCLA has compiled a record of 32-9 (78.0) in its last 41 games, beginning with a victory at Purdue on Dec. 30, 2000.

UCLA's nine-game winning streak (snapped at USC on Jan. 10) was its longest since the 1997-98 season. The last time UCLA won 10 consecutive games was in 1996-97 (12 straight, including three in the NCAA Tournament).

The Bruins have won 25 of their last 31 Pac-10 games (the final six of 1999-00, 14-4 last year and 5-2 this season).

In Steve Lavin's five-plus seasons, the Bruins are 109-4 when leading at the five minute mark.

SU Head Coach Mike Montgomery - Is in his 16th season at Stanford. The Cardinal has won outright or shared the last three Pac-10 titles and placed second in 1997 (tied) and '98. Montgomery is 330-150 at Stanford and 484-226 in 23+ years (was at Montana, 1979-86, 154-77) of head coaching. He's 14-17 vs. UCLA.

The Cardinal - Has won five of their last seven games, including the last two, beating the Washington schools last week in Palo Alto (83-50 over Washington State and 105-60 over Washington). Stanford is led by Casey Jacobsen's 19.7 points and Curtis Borchardt's 16.1 points and 10.3 rebounds.

Series History - UCLA leads the series 123-81. The home court has not been much of a factor in this series the last few years. Stanford has beaten UCLA four consecutive years in Pauley (UCLA's last win at home over the Cardinal was 1997, 87-68) and UCLA since 1997 is 2-3 at Stanford, winning the last two years in Maples when Stanford was ranked No. 1 in 2000 and 2001.

Jan. 19 - at No. 15 Arizona 96, No. 9 UCLA 86 -Arizona's furious second half comeback overcame UCLA's 20-point lead as the Wildcats defeated the Bruins 96-86 before 14,571 at the McKale Center.

UCLA led 58-43 at halftime and by 20 points, 73-53, with 13:41 left to play. But in the next four minutes, Arizona outscored the Bruins 23-2 and led 76-75 with 9:46 remaining. UCLA closed to within one point, 87-86, on a three-pointer by Matt Barnes, with 5:02 remaining. But the Wildcats sealed the win by hitting seven straight free throws down the stretch.

The Bruins had four players in double figures, led by Jason Kapono's 25 points (he tied the school record by hitting seven three-pointers), eight rebounds, six assists and three steals, with just one turnover in 35 minutes.

UCLA shot 46.2 from the field, 51.5 (17-33, both new school single-game team records for three pointers and attempts) from three-point range and 69.2 (9-13) from the foul line, with a game-high 37 rebounds and 17 turnovers.

Arizona shot 48.4 from the field, 40.0 (14-35) from three-point range and 78.6 (22-28) from the foul line, with 35 rebounds and 12 turnovers. The Wildcats were led by Channing Frye's 19 points and eight rebounds.

Jan. 17 - No. 9 UCLA 82, at Arizona State 79 - Before 9,013 at Wells Fargo Arena, UCLA withstood a late Arizona State rally and defeated the Sun Devils 82-79. The Bruins led 36-31 at halftime but were outscored 48-46 in the second half. It was UCLA's third consecutive win over ASU and the Bruins have won 25 of the last 26 meetings between the two schools.

Four of UCLA's five starters scored in double figures - Billy Knight, 21 points, seven rebounds and three steals, Jason Kapono, 20 points, five rebounds and three assists, Matt Barnes, 19 points, a game-high nine rebounds, four assists and two steals and Dan Gadzuric, 14 points and eight rebounds.

The Bruins shot 49.2 from the field, 35.7 (5-14) from three-point range and 65.4 (17-26) from the foul line, with a game and season-high 50 rebounds and 18 turnovers.

ASU shot 39.0 from the field, just 35.3 (12-34) in the first half, 22.2 (6-27) from three-point range, including 0.00 (0-7) in the first half and 72.2 (13-18) from the foul line, with 35 rebounds and seven turnovers (second lowest by an opponent this season). The Sun Devils were led by Chad Prewitt's 22 points and eight rebounds.

The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin is in his sixth season as UCLA's head coach and 11th on the Bruin staff, with a school and career record of 127-51 (71.3, 178 games). He's 3-7 vs. Stanford and 6-4 vs. Cal.

UCLA's 87-77 win over Kansas on Jan. 12, 2002 in Pauley Pavilion was Lavin's third over the nation's No. 1 team in as many years. His record vs. the No. 1 team is now 3-3.

UCLA's nine-game winning streak earlier this year was tied for the second-longest of Lavin's tenure. The Bruins also won nine straight in 1997-98 and had a 12-game winning streak (last nine regular-season games and three NCAA contests) in 1996-97.

In his first five seasons, the Bruins have averaged nearly 23 wins a year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all five seasons, including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16' three times (1998, 2000 and 2001) and also won the 1997 Pacific-10 title. On March 30, 1999, he was awarded a six-year contract, including a rollover clause, through the 2004-2005 season.

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

Entering 2001-02, Lavin was No. 1 in the nation in wins and percentage on the chart of current Div. I head coaches also entering their sixth season (Top 6, record after five seasons: Lavin, 114-47, 70.8, Billy Donovan, Florida, 102-56, 64.6, Charlie Coles, Miami, Ohio, 94-60, 61.0, Ben Braun, California, 95-61, 60.9, Gary Waters, Kent State, 92-60, 60.5).

UCLA's 79-73 road win over previously-unbeaten Stanford on Feb. 3, 2001 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 only the second coach in college history to record consecutive wins on a No. 1 ranked team's home floor (USC's Bob Boyd won at No. 1 UCLA in both 1969 and 1970).

UCLA's 93-65 win over Villanova on Jan. 13, 2001 in Pauley Pavilion was Lavin's 100th UCLA victory and it was also his 300th game as a member of the Bruin staff. Lavin reached the 100-win plateau in 142 games, 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's initial three-year (1997-99) total of 70 wins (70-26, 72.9) was tied for No. 8 all-time (with seven other coaches, based on wins) on the NCAA coaching chart of best starts by a Div. I coach after his first three seasons.

In overtime games under Steve Lavin, the Bruins are 9-2, including eight consecutive overtime victories dating back to 1997.

During his career as head coach, UCLA owns a record of 20-10 (66.7) in March, including 6-1 in 1997, 3-3 in 1998, 1-2 in 1999, 6-1 in 2000 and 4-3 in 2001.

Under Lavin's guidance, the Bruins have recruited the nation's No. 1 (2001/1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes.

Lavin has been to 12 consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA (10) and Purdue (2).


Jason Kapono-UCLA Pac-10 Player of the Week Nominee
Junior Jason Kapono is the UCLA Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee for his performances against ASU and Arizona. In 35 minutes at Arizona, he led the Bruins with a game-high 25 points (8-16, 7-11, 2-2), a game-high tying eight rebounds, a career-high tying six assists and a career-high tying three steals, with just one turnover. His seven three-point field goals tied the school record set by Reggie Miller in 1987 and tied by Ed O'Bannon in 1995 and Matt Barnes at USC on Jan. 10. In 37 minutes at Arizona State, he had 20 points, five rebounds and three assists, with only one turnover.

In UCLA's 96-86 loss at Arizona on Jan. 19, the Bruins broke or tied three school three-point records.

  • Individual 3-pointers-Jason Kapono hit seven vs. the Wildcats, tying the school individual single-game record, set by Reggie Miller in 1987, Ed O'Bannon in 1999 and Matt Barnes this season.

  • Team 3-pointers - UCLA made 17 three-pointers vs. Arizona, breaking the school single-game team mark of 14, vs. Maryland, 3/18/00, in an NCAA second round Midwest Regional game in Minneapolis.

  • Team 3-point attempts - UCLA's 33 three-point attempts in McKale was also a school single-game team record, old mark 27, vs. Detroit Mercy, 3/11/99, in an NCAA first round South Regional game in Indianapolis and vs. Oregon State, 1/7/99 in Corvallis.

    LAVIN'S BRUINS DEFEAT NO. 1 - AGAIN On Jan. 12, the Bruins upset No. 1 Kansas, 87-77, at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins have now defeated a No. 1 team in three consecutive seasons, having won at Stanford in Feb. 2001 and March 2000, and are 3-2 under Lavin in their last five games vs. No. 1.

    In the win over Kansas, UCLA held the Jayhawks to 41.0% shooting and their lowest point total of the season (at the time) - 77 points. Offensively, UCLA was the first team since the middle of the 2001 season (25 games) to shoot over 50.0% against Kansas (52.6%).

    UCLA's 87-77 victory over No. 1 Kansas on Jan. 12 at Pauley Pavilion was the third win over a top-ranked team in as many years. On Feb. 3, 2001, UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team at the time, 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.

    UCLA has now defeated the nation's No. 1 team on the Associated Press poll on nine occasions, tying Notre Dame for the top spot on that list. Duke has done it eight times and North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Ohio State have recorded seven wins versus a No. 1 team.

    In Bruin history, during the regular season, UCLA is 6-10 vs. the No. 1 team. In the NCAA Tournament, the Bruins have a record of 3-6 vs. the nation's No. 1 ranked team, including UCLA's 76-63 loss to Duke in the 2001 NCAA East Region 'Sweet 16'.

    UCLA Wins Over No. 1
    Jan. 12, 2002 - at UCLA 87, No. 1 Kansas 77
    Feb. 3,2001- UCLA 79 at No. 1 Stanford 73
    March 4, 2000-UCLA 94, at No. 1 Stanford 93 (OT)
    Dec. 1, 1986-at UCLA 89, No. 1 North Carolina 84
    March 9, 1980-UCLA 77, No. 1 DePaul 71 (NCAA Second Round)
    Feb. 11, 1979-UCLA 56, at No. 1 Notre Dame 52
    Jan. 26, 1974-at UCLA 94, No. 1 Notre Dame 75
    March 22, 1968 UCLA 101, No. 1 Houston 69 (NCAA Semi-final)
    March 20, 1965-UCLA 91, No. 1 Michigan 80 (NCAA Final)

    UCLA IN THE POLLS (Top 25)
    Jan. 21 -- 13th -- 13th

    UCLA's RPI ranking this week (Jan. 21) is No. 15.

    Against Kansas (Jan. 12), Kansas closed to within three points (80-77) with 1:42 remaining, but UCLA scored the final seven points for an 87-77 win.

    Against Washington State (Jan. 6), UCLA led WSU 62-61 with 6:39 remaining in the game and 72-67 with 2:21 remaining. From that point, UCLA scored nine of the final 11 points of the game.

    Against Washington (Jan. 4), UCLA led UW 60-59 with 6:36 remaining in the game. The Bruins then held UW scoreless on 10 straight possessions and outscored the Huskies 14-3 to finish the game.

    UCLA used two second-half comebacks to sweep at the Washington schools on Dec. 20 and Dec. 22. It was UCLA's first sweep at the Washington schools since 1997, Steve Lavin's first season as the Bruin head coach.

    At WSU on Dec. 22, the Bruins trailed 37-29 at halftime (outscored the Cougars 50-37 in the second half), and in the second half, the Bruins shot 68.0 (17-25) from the field and 57.1 (4-7) from three-point range. Using the press in the second half, UCLA limited WSU to 46.4 (13-28) from the field, 23.1 (3-13) from three-point range and forced six turnovers.

    At UW on Dec. 20, the Bruins trailed 37-30 at halftime and outscored the Huskies 55-42 in the second half. In the second half, UCLA shot 57.6 (19-33) from the field and 45.5 (5-11) from three-point range. The Bruin defense limited UW to 44.8 (13-29) from the field and 44.4 (4-9) from three-point range and forced 12 turnovers.

    Athletic Director's Honor Roll
    In fall quarter grades, the Bruins had two players make the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (a 3.0gpa or higher) - junior Jason Kapono (history major) and senior Matt Barnes (history major).

    Community Service
    On Jan. 7, the Bruins made their annual visit to the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte. On Dec. 7, the day before UCLA's game with Alabama at the Wooden Classic in Anaheim, the Bruins participated in a clinic with the Southern California Special Olympics (the designated charity for the Wooden Classic).

    NCAA Stats (Jan. 14)
    In this week's NCAA statistics, UCLA highlight team stats were - No. 20 FG% (48.5), No. 6 3-pt. FG% (42.2).

    Individual highlights include - Jason Kapono, No. 15 3-pt. FG% (47.8) and T-No. 29 3-pts. (3.00). Billy Knight, 3 pt. FG%, No. 20, (50.0).

    Pac-10 Stats (Jan. 21)
    In this week's Pac-10 statistics, UCLA highlight (Top 3) team stats are - No. 2 FG% (48.4, 475-981), No. 1 3-pt. FG% (42.9, 127-296), No. 3 rebounding margin (+3.8), T-No. 3 defensive rebounds (25.18) and No. 3 in three-pointers (7.47 a game).

    Individual highlights include - Jason Kapono, No. 3 scoring (18.6), No. 16 rebounding (6.0), No. 7 FT% (84.6, 66-78), No. 3 3-pt. FG% (48.6, 52-107) and No. 2 3-pts. (3.06). Billy Knight, No. 10 scoring (15.9), No. 10 FT% (82.8, 77-93), No. 5 3 pt. FG% (47.0, 39-83), No. 4 3pt. FG (2.29). Matt Barnes, No. 13 scoring (14.7), No. 14 rebounding (6.2), No. 8 assists (3.44), No. 4 3-pt. FG% (47.9, 23-48), No. 8 defensive rebounds (4.94).

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