UCLA Battles Stanford At Maples Pavilion

Feb. 22, 2002

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No. 25 UCLA vs. No. 10 STANFORD (17-7, 10-5) - In another key Pac-10 contest, Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins host Mike Montgomery's Stanford Cardinal on Saturday (Feb. 23) at 1:00 p.m. PT at Maples Pavilion (TV-CBS, Radio-Fox Sports AM 1150, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

UCLA vs. STANFORD - UCLA leads the series 123-82. The visiting team has won the last five games of the series. In both 2000 and 2001, UCLA defeated No. 1-ranked Stanford at Maples. Earlier this season (Jan. 24), Stanford won its fifth straight game at Pauley Pavilion, 86-76. The Cardinal led 42-40 at halftime. Matt Barnes led the Bruins with 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Dan Gadzuric added 19 points (9-12, 1-3) and a team-high seven rebounds, Jason Kapono had 16 points and six rebounds and T.J. Cummings scored 11 points off the bench. For the Cardinal, Julius Barnes scored 23 points, Casey Jacobsen added 20 points and Josh Childress came off the bench to contribute 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Stanford shot 49.1 percent from the floor (41.2% from three-point range) while UCLA shot 40.3 from the floor (33.3 from three-point range).

UCLA's Last Game - Feb. 21 - California 69, No. 25 UCLA 51 - Before 12,000 at Haas Pavilion, the California Golden Bears built a 15-point halftime lead (33-18) en route to a 69-51 victory over the UCLA Bruins.

Dan Gadzuric led the Bruins with his sixth double-double of the season. He scored 18 points, making all seven field goal attempts, to lead the team in scoring for the third straight game. The last time someone other than Jason Kapono led UCLA in scoring for three straight games was late in the 1998-99 season, when Baron Davis led the team in six straight contests. Gadzuric also grabbed 10 rebounds. Kapono was the only other Bruin in double figures (10 points).

The Bruins shot 42.6 from the field, 16.7 (3-18) from three-point range and 80.0 (8-10) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds and 22 turnovers.

California shot 46.3 from the field, 35.0 (7-20) from three-point range and 66.7 (12-18) from the foul line, with 28 rebounds and 13 turnovers. The Golden Bears were led by Amit Tamir's 18 points.

Bruin Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his sixth year as the Bruin head coach, he's 17-9 (65.4, 26 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 131-56 (187 games, 70.1). Lavin is 3-8 vs. Stanford, including road wins in each of the last two seasons.

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 112-5 when leading at the five-minute mark.

Player Honors - Jason Kapono is one of 20 finalists for the Naismith Award, He is also on the Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 30 list. In addition, he has been selected first-team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Matt Barnes has been selected to the NABC All-District 15 second team. In addition, he is a recent addition to the list of players eligible for the Wooden Award.

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. California is now 7-8, with wins over Arizona, USC, at Oregon State, California, at Arizona State and at the Maui Invitational (victories over South Carolina and Houston) and losses at California, Arizona State, at Villanova, at Oregon, Stanford, at Arizona, Pepperdine and to Ball State at Maui.

2001-02 Special Team Stats (26 games)
The Bruins have led 13 times (11-2, led Arizona 58-43 but lost 96-86, led Pepperdine 36-33 but lost 85-78) at halftime, trailed 12 times (5-7, California 33-UCLA 18, ASU 36-UCLA 31, Arizona 40-UCLA 34, Villanova 31-UCLA 30, USC 39-UCLA-33, Oregon 47-UCLA 28, Stanford 42-UCLA 40, USC 37-UCLA 29, WSU 37-UCLA 29, Washington 37-UCLA 30, UC Irvine 29-UCLA 27, Ball State 44-UCLA 40) and have been tied once (1-0, UCLA 28-UC Riverside 28).

UCLA has outrebounded 18 of 26 opponents and are 12-6 in those games (only USC (35-32), Oregon (41-29), Stanford (45-37), USC (46-33), WSU (36-34), Washington (36-33), UC Irvine (30-23) and Alabama (44-38) outrebounded the Bruins), for an average of 36.0 (32.8 opponents).

UCLA has outshot 18 (16-2, beating Houston, South Carolina, UC Riverside, Alabama, at Washington, at WSU, Columbia, Georgetown, Washington, WSU, Kansas, Arizona State, California, at Oregon State, USC, Arizona) of 26 opponents, including 14 of the last 19. California (46.3-42.6), Villanova (46.0-43.8), Oregon (56.7-41.8), 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 (1-7, beating UC Irvine). Vs. South Carolina, the Bruins shot 72.9 (35-48), No. 2 in school history. After 26 games, UCLA is shooting 47.6 from the field (43.1 opponents).

From three-point range, UCLA has outshot 17 (12-5, lost to ASU, Villanova, Arizona, USC and Pepperdine) of 26 opponents, only Ball State (BS 45.7-UCLA 33.3), UC Riverside (UCR 33.3-UCLA 26.7), Washington twice (UW 42.1-UCLA 35.3 and UW 34.5-UCLA 23.1), Kansas (KU 39.3-UCLA 37.5), Stanford (SU 41.2-UCLA 33.3), Oregon (UO 45.5-UCLA 7.1), Arizona (UA 50.0-UCLA 34.8) and California (CAL 35.0-UCLA 16.7) outshot the Bruins from three-point range (5-4, lost to Ball State, Stanford, Oregon and California). After 26 games, UCLA is shooting 40.1 from the three-point line (33.0 opponents)

UCLA has been outshot at the free throw line in 15 of 26 games (UA 73.3/UCLA 62.5, VIL 100.0/UCLA 66.7, OSU 62.5/UCLA 50.0, UO 72.2/UCLA 55.6, CAL 80.0/UCLA 60.9, SU 67.6/UCLA 54.8, UA 78.6/UCLA 69.2, ASU 72.2/UCLA 65.4, KU 80.8/UCLA 77.8, WSU 83.3/UCLA 68.2, Georgetown 81.8/UCLA 69.0, 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, 10-5, losing to Villanova, Oregon, Stanford, Arizona and Pepperdine). UCLA has had five contests of 80.0 or better (UCLA 80.0 vs. California 66.7, 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 26 games, the Bruins are shooting 68.3 from the line (70.9 opponents).

UCLA has made fewer turnovers than its opponent in 12 of 26 games (one tie), including 12 of the last 22 contests (one tie) and is 15-7 in that span. Overall, the Bruins are averaging 15.31 turnovers a game (13.58 opponents).

The Bruins are 15-1 when leading at the five minute mark, losing to ASU, 1-7 when trailing (defeating Arizona) and 1-1 when the game is tied (50-50 at Villanova and 63-63 at WSU).

Jason Kapono - In 26 starts, Kapono is UCLA's leading scorer (17.3) and also leads the Bruins in minutes (35.3), foul shooting (87.4, 90-103) and three-point shooting (46.1, 76-165), No. 3 in assists (2.2) and No. 3 in rebounding (5.5). A Naismith Award finalist (one of 20), Wooden Award Midseason (Top 30) selection and NABC District 15 first-team selection, Kapono this season has set career school records for three-pointers (he now has 242) and three-point field goal attempts (522) and already holds the school record for three-point shooting percentage(46.4, 242-522). In addition, his 76 this season rank No. 4 on the single-season list (he already ranks first with 84 last year and 82 in 2000).

Vs. California, Kapono played 30 minutes and had 10 points and five rebounds.

He's led the Bruins in scoring 10 times this season, three of the last eight games, four times in rebounding (including season-high 11 vs. Columbia) and has scored in double figures in 24 of 26 games, including eight games of 20 or more (including a career-tying high of 28 vs. Pepperdine).

Billy Knight - In 26 starts, Knight is the Bruins' No. 2 scorer (14.4), also No. 3 in minutes (29.3) and No. 3 in three-point shooting (40.9, 47-115) and No. 2 in foul shooting (81.7, 89-109). He ranks first on the team in steals (1.3) and is averaging 1.4 assists a game. In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 14.1 points and shooting 47.7 from the floor.

Vs. California, he had six points and one steal.

He's scored in double figures 21 of 26 games, has led the Bruins in scoring on four occasions (including a career-high 32 points vs. Washington State,h) and has six games of 20 or more.

Matt Barnes - A recent addition to the list of players eligible for the John Wooden Award, in 25 starts (and games, he did not play vs. UC Irvine because of a sprained left ankle), Barnes is UCLA's No. 3 scorer (13.4), No. 2 rebounder (6.0) and No. 2 in three-point shooting (43.8, 32-73) and is second in assists (3.4). He's shooting 48.4 from the field (No. 2 among starters) and averaging 1.2 steals (second on the team). Earlier this month, Barnes was named to the second unit of the NABC's All-District 15 team.

Vs. California, Barnes played 30 minutes and had eight points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal.

Head coach Steve Lavin has announced that Barnes will not start vs. Stanford because of his flagrant foul on Shantay Legans in Thursday's game at California.

Barnes has led the Bruins in scoring on four occasions (34 vs. USC, 27 vs. Kansas, 20 vs. Stanford and 17 vs. Villanova) and five times in rebounding. He's scored in double figures on 17 occasions this season.

Dan Gadzuric - In 26 starts, Gadzuric is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (11.3) and No. 1 rebounder (7.1). He's shooting a team-high 57.2 from the field. In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 14.1 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds and shooting 60.8 from the field. He has led the Bruins in scoring in each of the last three games. The last Bruin other than Jason Kapono to do that was Baron Davis late in the 1998-99 season (six games).

Vs. California, Gadzuric recorded his sixth double-double of the year with 18 points, making all seven of his field goal attempts, and 10 rebounds. He also had three blocked shots and two assists.

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 15 times this year, including 10 of the last 12 games. He's led the Bruins five times in scoring and 14 times in rebounding, including seven of the last nine games. He is averaging 8.6 rebounds (121) in the last 14 games. In his last 12 games, he has made 74 of 118 field goal attempts (62.7).

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 15 games since returning (starting the last 11 games) and in 19 contests (15 starts), Bozeman is averaging 22.7 minutes, 3.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and a team-high 3.6 assists.

Vs. California, he started and played 24 minutes, with four assists and three rebounds.

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. He returned to action vs. California.

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. California, Hines played 13 minutes with one rebound and one assist.

T. J. Cummings - After 26 games (no starts), Cummings is UCLA's No. 5 scorer (8.2), No. 5 rebounder (3.1) and No. 3 shooter from the field (50.9, 88-173).

Vs. California, Cummings played 15 minutes, with seven points, one rebound and one steal.

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.

Ryan Walcott - The Bruins' reserve point guard is averaging 1.6 points in 8.4 minutes of action. Against California, he played 14 minutes, with two assists and two steals.

Looking Ahead- UCLA returns to Pauley Pavilion next week, hosting Oregon State on Thursday night (7:30 p.m., no TV) and Oregon on Saturday afternoon (1:00 p.m., CBS).

(17-9 overall, 9-6 Pac-10)
Nov. 8-at UCLA 102, EA SPORTS 77
Nov. 14-at UCLA 86, Global Sports 60
Nov. 19-No. 3 UCLA 71, Houston 60*
Nov. 20-Ball State 91, No. 3 UCLA 73*
Nov. 21-No. 3 UCLA 89, South Carolina 77*
Nov. 28-Pepperdine 85, at No. 10 UCLA 78
Dec. 5-at No. 20 UCLA 65, UC Riverside 50
Dec. 8-No. 20 UCLA 79, No. 16 Alabama 57**
Dec. 15-at No. 17 UCLA 75, UC Irvine 74
Dec. 20-No. 19 UCLA 85, at Washington 79
Dec. 22-No. 19 UCLA 79, at Washington State 74
Dec. 27-at No. 15 UCLA 64, Columbia 55
Dec. 29-at No. 15 UCLA 98, No. 20 Georgetown 91
Jan. 4-at No. 14 UCLA 74, Washington 62
Jan. 6-at No. 14 UCLA 81, Washington State 69
Jan. 10-at USC (Forum) 81, No. 11 UCLA 77
Jan. 12-at No. 11 UCLA 87, No. 1 Kansas 77
Jan. 17-No. 9 UCLA 82, at Arizona State 79
Jan. 19-at No. 15 Arizona 96, No. 9 UCLA 86
Jan. 24-No. 17 Stanford 86, at No. 13 UCLA 76
Jan. 26-at No. 13 UCLA 64, California 57
Jan. 31-at Oregon 91, No. 13 UCLA 62
Feb. 2-No. 13 UCLA 70, at Oregon State 48
Feb. 6-at No. 15 UCLA 67, No. 25 USC 65
Feb. 9-at Villanova 58, No. 15 UCLA 57
Feb. 14-at No. 20 UCLA 77, No. 9 Arizona 76
Feb. 16-Arizona State 69, at No. 20 UCLA 68
Feb. 21-at California 69, No. 25 UCLA 51
Feb. 23-at Stanford (1 p.m./CBS)
Feb. 28-Oregon State (7:30 p.m.)
March 2-Oregon (1 p.m./CBS)
March 7-9-Pac-10 Postseason Tournament***
*Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center
**John R. Wooden Classic, Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim
***Pac-10 Postseason, Staples Center, Los Angeles
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