It's Pac-10 Vs. Big East As No. 15 UCLA Plays At Villanova Saturday

Feb. 7, 2002

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No. 15 UCLA at VILLANOVA (12-8, 4-6 Big East) - In a key nonconference matchup pitting the Pac-10 vs. The Big East, Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins play at Jay Wright's Villanova Wildcats on Saturday (Feb. 9) at 10 a.m. PT in Philadelphia at The Pavilion (TV-CBS, Radio-Fox Sports AM 1150, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers). In conference games involving the two teams earlier this week, Villanova lost at home to No. 12 Miami, Fl 65-56 on Feb. 5 and on Feb. 6 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA defeated archrival No. 25 USC 67-65.

UCLA vs. VILLANOVA - UCLA leads the series 2-0. The first time the teams met was in the 1971 NCAA Championship game, with the Bruins winning 68-62. The teams met again last season (Jan. 13) in Pauley Pavilion and UCLA won 93-65 (please see attached box).

Wright is in his first season as head coach at Villanova. In last year's NCAA Tournament play, Wright was the head coach at Hofstra when UCLA defeated Hofstra 61-48 in a first round East Regional game in Greensboro, NC.

UCLA's Last Game - Feb. 6 - at No. 15 UCLA 67, No. 25 USC 65 - Before 12,810 (largest home crowd of the season) in Pauley Pavilion, Billy Knight's three-point shot (with no time left and set up by an assist from Dan Gadzuric) led UCLA to a come-from-behind 67-65 win over archrival USC. The Trojans led 39-33 at halftime.

In the second half, the Bruins led by 11 points twice, the last time at 61-50, with 5:53 remaining, after two free throws by Jason Kapono. But in the next five minutes, USC outscored UCLA 15-3 and led 65-64 with 34 seconds left to play, on two free throws by Brandon Granville.

After a UCLA timeout, the Bruins had several missed shots underneath. Gadzuric followed a miss with a rebound and an assist to Knight, who drilled a 24-foot jumper from the left side, to give the Bruins the 67-65 victory.

UCLA had four players in double figures - led by Kapono's game-high 26 points and eight rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for the Bruins were - Knight's 14 points, Dan Gadzuric's 11 points and 10 rebounds and Matt Barnes' 10 points and six rebounds.

The Bruins shot 44.9 from the field, 50.0 (8-16) from three-point range and 68.2 (15-22) from the foul line, with 32 rebounds and 18 turnovers.

USC shot 38.7 from the field (including 29.6, 8-27 in the second half), 23.1 (6-26, including 16.7, 2-12 in the second half) from three-point range and 64.7 (11-17) from the foul line, with a game-high 35 rebounds and 12 turnovers. The Trojans were led by Sam Clancy's 24 points and 14 rebounds.

UCLA and USC split the 2002 series. USC won the first contest 81-77, on Jan. 12 at The Forum. UCLA's seniors are 6-2 vs. the Trojans and Bruin head coach Steve Lavin has a 10-2 career record vs. USC. Since 1995, UCLA is 14-2 vs. the Trojans.

Bruin Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his sixth year as the Bruin head coach, he's 16-6 (72.7, 22 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 on Jan. 12, and has a school and overall mark of 130-53 (183 games, 71.0). Lavin is 1-0 vs. Villanova..

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 112-4 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 3.0gpa 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. USC is now 6-5, with wins over USC, at Oregon State, California, at Arizona State and at the Maui Invitational (victories over South Carolina and Houston) and losses at Oregon, Stanford, at Arizona, Pepperdine and to Ball State at Maui.

2001-02 Special Team Stats (22 games)
The Bruins have led 13 times (11-2, led at Arizona 58-43 but lost 96-86, led Pepperdine 36-33 but lost 85-78) at halftime, trailed eight times (4-4, USC 39, at UCLA 33 (came back to win 67-65), at Oregon 47-UCLA 28, Stanford 42-at 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-at UCLA 27 (came back to win 75-74), Ball State 44-UCLA 40, in Maui) and have been tied once (1-0, UCLA 28-UC Riverside 28).

UCLA has outrebounded 14 of 22 opponents (only USC (35-32), at Oregon (41-29), 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 a 4-4 record when outrebounded). After 22 games, UCLA is averaging 36.2 rebounds a game (33.7 opponents).

UCLA has outshot 16 (15-1, beating Houston, South Carolina, UC Riverside, Alabama, at Washington, at WSU, Columbia, Georgetown, Washington, WSU, Kansas, at Arizona State, California, at Oregon State, USC) of 22 opponents, including 12 of the last 15. Oregon (56.7-41.8), Stanford (49.1-40.3), at 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%. UCLA shot 61.5 (32-52) at Oregon State. After 22 games, UCLA is shooting 48.1 from the field (42.8 opponents).

From three-point range, UCLA has outshot 15 (12-3, lost at Arizona, at USC and Pepperdine) of 22 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), Stanford (41.2-33.3) and at Oregon (45.5-07.1) outshot the Bruins from three-point range (4-3, lost to Oregon, Stanford and Ball State). After 22 games, UCLA is shooting 40.9 from the three-point line (31.8 opponents)

UCLA has been outshot at the free throw line in 13 of 22 games (at Oregon State 62.5/50.0, at Oregon 72.2/556, California 80.0/60.9, 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 -- 9-4, losing at Oregon, 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 22 games, the Bruins are shooting 67.9 from the line (70.9 opponents).

UCLA has made fewer turnovers than its opponent in 12 of 22 games (one tie), including 12 of the last 18 contests (one tie) and is 14-4 in that span. Overall, the Bruins are averaging 14.95 turnovers a game (14.04 opponents).

The Bruins are 15-0 when leading at the five minute mark, 0-6 when trailing and 1-0 when the game is tied (63-63 at WSU).

Jason Kapono - In 22 starts, Kapono is UCLA's leading scorer (18.1) and also leads the Bruins in minutes (35.4), foul shooting (87.4, 83-95) and three-point shooting (46.3, 63-136), No. 3 in assists (2.4) and No. 3 in rebounding (5.7). A Wooden Award Midseason (Top 30) selection, Kapono this season has set the school record for three-pointers (he now has 229) and holds the school record for three-point shooting (46.5, 229-493, Toby Bailey, 1995-98, holds the school record for attempts, 501).

Vs. USC, Kapono played 38 minutes, with a game-high 26 points (two short of tying his career-high), eight rebounds and one assist.

He's led the Bruins in scoring 10 times this season, three of the last four games, four times in rebounding (including season-high 11 vs. Columbia) and has scored in double figures in 21 of 22 games, including seven games of 20 or more (including a career-tying high of 28 vs. Pepperdine). In his last two games, he's averaged 22.5 points.

Billy Knight - In 22 starts, Knight is the Bruins' No. 2 scorer (15.1), also No. 3 in minutes (29.3) and No. 2 in three-point shooting (44.3, 43-97) and foul shooting (81.0, 85-105). He ranks first on the team in steals (1.3) and is averaging 1.4 assists a game.

Vs. USC, Knight played 30 minutes, with 14 points, and one rebound, assist and steal. He hit the game winning jumper (a three-pointer) with no time left on the clock.

He's scored in double figures 19 of 22 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. He has scored in double figures the last four games.

Matt Barnes - A recent addition to the list of players eligible for the John Wooden Award, in 21 starts (and games, he did not play vs. UC Irvine because of a sprained left ankle), Barnes is UCLA's No. 3 scorer (13.7), No. 2 rebounder (5.8) and No. 3 in three-point shooting (44.1, 26-59) and leads in assists (3.5). He's shooting 49.8 from the field (No. 2 among starters) and averaging 1.2 steals.

Vs. USC, Barnes played 34 minutes, finishing with 10 points, six rebounds and two assists.

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 on three occasions (34 vs. USC, 27 vs. Kansas and 20 vs. Stanford) and four times in rebounding. He's scored in double figures on 14 occasions this season (his 10 points vs. USC snapped two consecutive games of single-digit scoring).

Dan Gadzuric - In 22 starts, Gadzuric is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (10.5) and No. 1 rebounder (6.8). He's shooting 55.8 from the field and leads the team . In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 12.9 points and 8.1 rebounds and shooting 59.7 from the field.

Vs. USC, Gadzuric played a season-high tying 35 minutes, with 11 points, a team-high 10 rebounds (it was his fourth season double-double), with one assist (producing the game-winning shot by Billy Knight) and steal, and a game-high two blocked shots.

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 12 times this year, including seven of the last eight games. He's led the Bruins twice in scoring and 12 times in rebounding, including each of the last five games.

Cedric Bozeman - Made his first appearance vs. Washington (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 11 games since returning (starting the last six games) and in 15 contests (10 starts), Bozeman is averaging 22.5 minutes, 3.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists (in his last four games, he's averaged 5.5 assists, including a season-high eight at Oregon State).

Vs. USC, he started and played 24 minutes, with three points, two rebounds and a team-high four assists, and only one turnover.

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. He missed games at ASU and Arizona, plus vs. Stanford in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 24. Since returning to action vs. California on Feb. 26, the Bruins are 3-1.

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.

Vs. USC, Hines played 20 minutes, his highest total since returning from the concussion, with two points and rebounds and three assists. He also took two charges.

T. J. Cummings - After 22 games (no starts), Cummings is UCLA's No. 5 scorer (9.2), No. 4 rebounder (tied with Billy Knight, 3.2) and No. 3 shooter from the field (53.2, 83-156).

Vs. USC, Cummings played 14 minutes, with one point and rebound.

He's led the Bruins in scoring four times this year and twice in rebounding. He's scored in double figures off the bench eight times this season. He had a career-high 25 points vs. South Carolina (11-12 from the field, 91.7, tied for No. 3 on the single-game NCAA chart this season) 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. USC - Also playing for UCLA in the Bruins' victory over USC Wednesday night in Pauley Pavilion were - Dijon Thompson (three minutes) and Ryan Walcott (two minutes).

Looking Ahead- UCLA will return to Pauley Pavilion and Pac-10 play next week, hosting No. 11 Arizona (Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.) and Arizona State (Saturday, Feb. 16, Noon).

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