No. 13/13 UCLA Continues Pac-10 play in Pauley Pavilion, Hosting Cal Saturday At 5 P.M.

Jan. 25, 2002

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Between Game Notes - Jan. 26, 2002

No. 13/13 UCLA hosts CALIFORNIA (14-3, 5-2, 3rd (tie with Stanford) in Pac-10) - In a key Pac-10 matchup, Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins host Ben Braun's California Golden Bears on Saturday (Jan. 26) at 5 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion (TV-Fox Sports Net/For Sports Net West, Radio-Fox Sports AM 1150, with Chris Roberts and Boby Myers). On Thursday, UCLA lost to Stanford 86-76 and Cal defeated USC 92-91 (OT) at the Sports Arena.

UCLA vs. CAL - UCLA leads it 118-87. The teams split last season, with Cal winning 92-63 in Berkeley and UCLA winning 79-75 at Pauley (see attached box scores). Since 1997, UCLA leads it 6-4, including a 3-2 record in Pauley.

CAL - The Golden Bears have won four games in a row, since losing at Oregon 76-72 on Jan. 10 and have won 10 of their last 12 games. On Thursday at the Sports Arena, Cal defeated USC 92-91 (OT), when Cal junior guard Shantay Legans' three-point shot with two seconds remaining (in overtime) was good (erasing a 91-89 USC lead). Cal forced the overtime when junior guard Brian Wethers hit a three-pointer with 4.6 seconds (left in regulation) to tie the score at 79-all. Cal have five players in double figures, led by Wethers' 24 points and six rebounds, Joe Shipp's 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots and Jamal Sampson's 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Cal head coach Ben Braun is in his sixth season at Berkeley, with a school mark of 109-64 (173 games, 63.0) and in 16+ years as a Div. I head coach, he was at Eastern Michigan from 1986-96 (185-132), he's 294-160 (454 games, 64.8). Braun is 4-6 vs. UCLA.

UCLA's Last Game - Jan. 24 - No. 17 Stanford 86, at No. 13 UCLA 76 - Before 12, 243 in Pauley Pavilion, Stanford outscored UCLA 25-16 in the final 7:26 to defeat the Bruins 86-76. Stanford led 42-40 at halftime.

UCLA's final lead was 56-55, with 11:14 to play. At the 7:41 mark, Stanford led 61-60 after Jason Kapono's jumper. But in the next four minutes, Stanford led 75-63, helped by two, three-pointers from Casey Jacobsen.

The Bruins had four players in double figures-led by Matt Barnes' game-high 20 points, six rebounds and assists and four steals.

UCLA shot 40.3 (second-lowest of the season) from the field, 33.3 (5-15) from three-point range and 54.8 (lowest of the season, 17-31) from the foul line, with 37 rebounds and nine turnovers.

Stanford shot 49.1 from the field, 41.2 (7-17) from three-point range and 67.6 (23-34) from the foul line, with a gam-high 45 rebounds and 15 turnovers. The Cardinal was led by Julius Barnes' 23 points.

Bruin Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his sixth year as the Bruin head coach, he's 13-5 (72.2, 18 games) this season, directed the Bruins to nine consecutive wins (tied for second-longest winning streak in Lavin's Bruin tenure) before losing at USC, and has a school and overall mark of 127-52 (179 games, 70.9). Lavin is 6-4 vs. California.

Lavin, the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, with UCLA's 87-77 win over No. 1 Kansas in Pauley on Jan. 12, has now beaten the No. 1 ranked team three consecutive seasons (also winning at Stanford the last two years when the Cardinal was ranked No. 1). Lavin is 3-3 vs. the No. 1 ranked team in his career.

Lavin's five+ seasons have been highlighted by yearly winning streaks - 2001-02 - nine games, 2000-01- eight (later in the season) and six games (earlier), 1999-00- eight games (late in the season, including NCAA), 1998-99-eight games (early), 1997-98-nine games (early) and 1996-97-12 to end season, including NCAA (longest win streak of Lavin's career).

Under Lavin, the Bruins are 109-4 when leading at the five-minute mark.

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

Community Service - On Monday, Jan. 7 the Bruins took their annual visit to the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte. On Friday, Dec. 7, the day before UCLA's game vs. 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).

Starting Lineups - The Bruins have used three different starting lineups this season. When Rico Hines was in the starting lineup (did not play at the Arizona schools and vs. Stanford because of the lingering effects of a concussion), the Bruins were 10-1, including a nine-game winning streak. The starting lineup UCLA used vs. Stanford is now 3-4, with wins at Arizona State and at the Maui Invitational (victories over South Carolina and Houston) and losses to Stanford, at Arizona, Pepperdine and to Ball State at Maui.

2001-02 Special Team Stats (18 games)
The Bruins have led 11 times (9-2, led at Arizona 58-43 but lost 96-86, led Pepperdine 36-33 but lost 85-78) at halftime, trailed six times (3-3, Stanford 42-UCLA 40, at USC 37-UCLA 29, at WSU 37-UCLA 29 (came back to win 79-74), at Washington 37-UCLA 30 (came back to win 85-79), UC Irvine 29-UCLA 27 (came back to win 75-74), Ball State 44-UCLA 40) and have been tied once (1-0, UCLA 28-UC Riverside 28). .

UCLA has outrebounded 12 of 18 opponents (only Stanford (45-37), at USC (46-33), WSU (36-34), at Washington (36-33), UC Irvine (30-23) and Alabama (44-38) outrebounded the Bruins). After 18 games, UCLA is averaging 37.2 rebounds a game (34.0 opponents).

UCLA has outshot 13 (12-1, beating Houston, South Carolina, UC Riverside, Alabama, at Washington, at WSU, Columbia, Georgetown, Washington, WSU and Kansas, at Arizona State) of 18 opponents, including nine straight prior to the Arizona game. Stanford (49.1-40.3), Arizona (48.4-46.2), UC Irvine (52.1-45.3), Pepperdine (47.8-41.2) and Ball State (45.7-42.6) outshot UCLA from the field (1-4, beating UC Irvine). Vs. South Carolina, the Bruins shot 72.9 (35-48), No. 2 in school history and the current national team leader for single-game FG%. After 18 games, UCLA is shooting 47.9 from the field (42.9 opponents).

From three-point range, UCLA has outshot 12 (9-3, lost at Arizona, at USC and Pepperdine) of 18 opponents, only Ball State (BS 45.7-UCLA 33.3), UC Riverside (UCR 33.3-UCLA 26.7), Washington twice (at UW 42.1-UCLA 35.3 and UW 34.5-UCLA 23.1), Kansas (KU 39.3-UCLA 37.5) and Stanford (41.2-33.3) outshot the Bruins from three-point range (4-2, lost to Stanford and Ball State). After 18 games, UCLA is shooting 42.4 from the three-point line (32.9 opponents)

UCLA has been outshot at the free throw line in 10 of 18 games (Stanford 67.6/UCLA 54.8, at Arizona 78.6/UCLA 69.2, at ASU 72.2/UCLA 65.4, KU 80.8/UCLA 77.8, WSU 83.3/at UCLA 68.2, Georgetown 81.8/UCLA 69.0, at WSU 100.0/UCLA 58.6, UC Irvine 94.1/UCLA 80.0, Pepperdine 68.8/UCLA 56.0, Houston 68.4/UCLA 63.6, 7-3, losing Stanford, at Arizona and to Pepperdine). UCLA has had four contests of 80.0 or better (UCLA 80.0 vs. Columbia 62.5, UCLA 80.0 vs. UC Irvine, UCLA 85.0 vs. Alabama, UCLA 81.3 vs. South Carolina and UCLA 84.0 vs. Ball State). After 18 games, the Bruins are shooting 68.9 from the line (71.0 opponents).

UCLA has made fewer turnovers than its opponent in 10 of 18 games (one tie), including 10 of the last 14 contests (one tie) and is 11-3 in that span (losing only at USC, UCLA 14/USC 10). Overall, the Bruins are averaging 14.9 turnovers a game (14.3 opponents).

The Bruins are 12-0 when leading at the five minute mark, 0-5 when trailing and 1-0 when the game is tied (63-63 at WSU).

Jason Kapono - In 18 starts, Kapono is UCLA's leading scorer (18.4) and also leads the Bruins in minutes (36.1), foul shooting (84.6, 66-78) and three-point shooting (48.7, 56-115), No. 2 in assists (2.7) and No. 3 in rebounding (6.0). A Wooden Award Midseason (Top 30) selection, Kapono this season has set the school record for three-pointers (he now has 222) and holds the school record for three-point shooting (47.0, 222-472).

Vs. Stanford, Kapono played 37 minutes, with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and just one turnover. .

He's led the Bruins in scoring seven times this season, four times in rebounding (including season-high 11 vs. Columbia) and has scored in double figures in every game, including six games of 20 or more (including a career-tying high of 28 vs. Pepperdine). In UCLA's loss at Arizona, Kapono had a game-high 25 points, eight rebounds, six assists (career-high tying) and three steals (careeer-high tying) and tied for school record with seven three-pointers. In his last three games, he's averaging 20.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steals, while shooting 46.3 from the field (19-41), 52.0 (13-25) from three-point range and 90.9 (10-11) from the foul line.

Billy Knight - In 18 starts, Knight is the Bruins' No. 2 scorer (15.4), also No. 3 in minutes (29.9) and No. 2 in three-point shooting (45.9, 39-85) and foul shooting (82.5, 80-97). He leads the team in steals (1.5) and is averaging 1.4 steals a game.

Vs. Stanford, Knight played 27 minutes, with seven points, three rebounds and one blocked shot (career-high tying).

He's scored in double figures 15 of 18 games, has led the Bruins in scoring on three occasions (including a career-high 32 points vs. Washington State,h) and has six games of 20 or more. His string of five straight double scoring games was snapped vs. Stanford.

Matt Barnes - In 17 starts (and games, he did not play vs. UC Irvine because of a sprained left ankle), Barnes is UCLA's No. 3 scorer (15.0), No. 2 rebounder (6.2) and No. 3 in three-point shooting (45.1, 23-51) and leads in assists (3.6). He's shooting 52.0 from the field (No. 2 among starters) and averaging 1.2 steals.

Vs. Stanford, Barnes played 37 minutes, leading the Bruins with 20 points, six assists and four steals. He also grabbed six rebounds.

For the week of Jan. 10-12, Barnes was named the Sports Illustrated National and Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts in UCLA's loss at USC and victory over No. 1 Kansas in Pauley. Vs. USC, Barnes played 37 minutes, scoring a career-high 34 points, including tying the school record with seven three-pointers (7-11). He also added five rebounds and two assists. In the win over KU, Barnes led the Bruins with 27 points and added five rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. His two-game total of 61 points (30.5) was the best by a Bruin since Ed O'Bannon scored 64 points in back-to-back games vs. California (27, also tied the school record for three-pointers, originally set by Reggie Miller vs. Washington State, 12/19/86) and Duke (37) in 1995.

Barnes has led the Bruins in scoring in three of the last five games (34 vs. USC, 27 vs. Kansas and 20 vs. Stanford) and four times in rebounding. He's scored in double figures on 12 occasions this season, including the last eight games in a row. In his last five games, he's averaged 24.0 points (120), 6.4 rebounds (32), 4.0 assists (20) and 1.4 steals (7), while shooting 56.0 (42-75) from the field and 50.0 (14-28) from three-point range.

Dan Gadzuric - In 18 starts, Gadzuric is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (10.1) and No. 1 rebounder (6.4). He's shooting 55.6 from the field and leads the team in blocked shots (0.9). In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 13.1 points and 8.4 rebounds and shooting 60.6 from the field.

Vs. Stanford, Gadzuric played 20 minutes, with 19 points, seven rebounds and two steals.

On Dec. 20-22, Gadzuric had a huge weekend at the Washington schools, leading the Bruins to two victories at UW (23 points, career-high, 13 rebounds, at the time a season-high) and WSU (20 points). It was UCLA's first sweep at the Washington schools since 1997, the last year UCLA won the Pac-10.

Gadzuric has scored in double figures nine times this year, including the last four games, with two double-doubles. He's led the Bruins twice in scoring and seven times in rebounding. In his last six games, he's averaged 12.2 (73) points, 8.8 (53) rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots, while shooting 59.3 (32-54) from the field.

Cedric Bozeman - Made his first appearance vs. UW (in Pauley on Jan. 4) since arthroscopic right knee surgery on Dec. 3 (after starting the first four games, he missed seven games because of the injury and surgery).

He has now played in seven games since returning and in 11 contests (seven starts), Bozeman is averaging 21.1 minutes, 3.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

Vs. Stanford, he started and played a career-best 32 minutes, with one point, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Rico Hines - Suffered a mild concussion at practice on Tuesday, Jan. 8, two days before the game vs. USC at The Forum. Was cleared to play vs. USC and Kansas (said he was feeling OK with no headaches). But on Monday, Jan. 14, Hines admitted to the Bruin medical staff he had actually had headaches since Jan. 8. Since Jan. 14, Hines has appeared in a game, missing contests at ASU and Arizona plus Thursday's game versus Stanford.

The Bruins were 10-1 with Hines in the starting lineup, including a nine-game winning streak. On the court, he's UCLA's leader and top defensive performer.

T. J. Cummings - After 18 games (no starts), Cummings is UCLA's No. 5 scorer (9.9), No. 4 rebounder (3.4, tied with Billy Knight) and No. 3 shooter from the field (53.3, 73-137).

Vs. Stanford, Cummings played 18 minutes, with 11 points and four rebounds.

He's led the Bruins in scoring three times this year and twice in rebounding. He's scored in double figures off the bench seven times this season. He had a career-high 25 points vs. South Carolina and had his first career double-double (22 points and career-high 11 rebounds) in UCLA's win over Washington in Pauley.

Nine Players vs. Stanford - UCLA used nine players in the game against Stanford. Along with Cummings, also off the bench for the Bruins were - Dijon Thompson (13 minutes, one point, three rebounds, one assist, Andre Patterson, five minutes, and Ryan Walcott (11 minutes, one point and one steal).

Looking Ahead- UCLA will return to Pac-10 play next week in Oregon, facing the University of Oregon (Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.) and Oregon State (Saturday, Feb. 2, 7:05 p.m.).

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