Bruins Conclude Regular Season This Week

Feb. 26, 2002

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THURSDAY, FEB. 28 - UCLA (18-9, 10-6, Pac-10 T-5th place, one game out of second) vs. Oregon State (12-15, 4-12, 8th place), Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. PT (TV - none, Radio - Fox Sports AM 1150, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

SATURDAY, MAR. 2 - UCLA vs. No. 13 Oregon (20-7, 12-4, Pac-10 1st place), Pauley Pavilion, 1:00 p.m. PT (TV - CBS, Radio - Fox Sports AM 1150, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

This season, UCLA is 6-2 vs. teams ranked in the Top 25 at game time, including wins over No. 1 Kansas, No. 9 Arizona and No. 10 Stanford. The Bruins also have wins over Alabama (No. 16 at game time, No. 6 this week), Georgetown (No. 20 at the time) and USC (No. 25 at game time).

Including last season's 19-5 overall final finish (final 24 games of 2000-01), UCLA has compiled a record of 37-14 (72.5) in its last 51 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 31 of their last 40 (77.5) Pac-10 games (the final six of 1999-00, 14-4 last year and 10-6 this season).

In Steve Lavin's five-plus seasons, the Bruins are 113-5 when leading at the five minute mark.

Oregon State Head Coach Ritchie McKay - He is in his second year at Oregon State, with a school record of 22-35 and in five+ seasons as a head coach, McKay is 73-77. McKay is 0-3 vs. UCLA as the Beaver head coach, 1-3 overall (he defeated UCLA 55-54 in Hawaii in 1999-2000 while at Colorado State).The Beavers - OSU is coming off one of its best games of the year, defeating Washington State 91-55 on Saturday.

OSU averages 62.0 points and 28.2 rebounds and shoots 45.6 from the field, 35.7 from three-point range and 71.9 from the line. Opponents average 64.0 points and 32.1 rebounds and shoot 43.8 from the field, 35.3 from three-point range and 71.1 from the line.

Series History - The Bruins lead the series 72-29 and have won six straight and 16 of the last 17. The Beavers have not won at Pauley Pavilion since 1988. Earlier this year, UCLA defeated Oregon State at Gill Coliseum, 70-48. UCLA shot 61.5 from the floor, held the Beavers to 35.3 and outrebounded the home team, 32-24. Jason Kapono led the Bruins with 19 points (81-12, 1-5, 2-2). Dan Gadzuric had 18 points (9-14, 0-0) and six rebounds and Billy Knight added 11 points, six rebounds and three steals. For Oregon State, Phillip Ricci had 11 points and five rebounds.


Feb. 23 - No. 25 UCLA 95, No. 10 Stanford 92 - Before 7,391 at Maples Pavilion, the UCLA Bruins took the lead for good with 6:59 remaining in the first half en route to its third consecutive victory on Stanford's home court, 95-92.

UCLA, playing without senior forward Matt Barnes (one-game NCAA-mandated suspension for fighting), led 49-40 at halftime. The Bruins still led by nine (64-55) with 9:12 remaining but went on an 11-0 run to build a 20-point lead, 75-55, with 5:20 remaining. The Bruins led by 14 (87-73) with 1:58 remaining and by eight (95-87) with five seconds left before two free throws and a three-point basket at the buzzer closed the gap to three points.

In the final three minutes of the game, the Bruins made 14 of 16 free throws, including four of four by Billy Knight and Dijon Thompson and six of eight by Ryan Walcott. In fact, UCLA's final 18 points came at the line (18 of 23) following Knight's layup with 4:32 remaining on Dan Gadzuric's career-high fourth assist.

Five Bruins scored in double figures. Jason Kapono led the Bruins with 22 points, making eight of 12 from the floor, including all three three-point attempts, and three of four free throws. He added five rebounds and a team-high five assists. Knight continued his fine play at Maples with 17 points, scoring nine of UCLA's final 20 points, making seven of nine free throws in the final 4:08, including his final six.

Gadzuric recorded his third double-double in four games, finishing with a game-high 15 rebounds, 12 points, a career-high four assists and three blocks in 40 minutes (he fouled out with five seconds remaining and was subbed for on offense in the last couple of minutes for a handful of seconds). Cedric Bozeman added 11 points (5-7, 1-1, 0-0), four rebounds and three assists and Dijon Thompson came off the bench to tally 13 points (4-5, 1-1, 4-4) in 14 minutes, making four straight free throws in crunch time, and added two boards, one assist and one steal.

T.J. Cummings, starting in place of Barnes, had six points and two rebounds. Andre Patterson contributed four points, four rebounds (three offensive) and one assist in 11 minutes. Rico Hines had a season-high four points, two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes and Ryan Walcott, playing the final four minutes, made six of eight free throws (he had attempted just five entering the game).

The Bruins shot 58.2 from the field (third-highest of the year), including 66.7 (12-18) in the second half, 70.0 (7-10) from three-point range, highest of the year, and 82.8 (24-29) from the foul line, third-highest of the year, with a game-high 37 rebounds (13 offensive), 20 assists and 14 turnovers.

Stanford shot 36.8 from the field (fourth lowest by a Bruin opponent), 33.3 (14-42) from three-point range and 81.5 (22-27) from the foul line, with 35 rebounds, 17 assists and just seven turnovers. Casey Jacobsen led the Cardinal with 24 points and five assists while Curtis Borchardt (14 rebounds) and Julius Barnes (five assists) each added 17 points.

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

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 132-56 (70.4, 188 games). He's 10-1 vs. Oregon State (5-0 at Pauley) and 7-4 vs. Oregon (5-0 at Pauley). This season, he is 6-2 versus teams in the Top 25 at game time, 3-0 vs. Top 10 teams.

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 KrzyzewskiEntering 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.

In the final six Pac-10 games of each season, UCLA is 26-8 under Lavin.

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).

This is the final weekend in Pauley Pavilion for four Bruin seniors - Matt Barnes, Dan Gadzuric, Rico Hines and Billy Knight - as well as head manager Merhawi Keflezighi and assistant Jason Tilton.

2001-02 NCAA Stats (Feb. 18)
In last week's NCAA statistics, UCLA team stats were - No. 24 FG% (47.8) and No. 10 3-pt. FG% (41.1). UCLA's 72.9 (35-48) FG% vs. South Carolina (Nov. 21 in Maui) is the nation's No. 1 single-game FG% best (it's also No. 2 in school history) and UCLA's 17 3-pt. FGs in the loss at Arizona is tied for the No. 7 in single-game highs (also a school record).Individual statistics - Jason Kapono, No. 8 3-pt. FG% (47.1). T. J. Cummings' 11-12 (91.7) from the field vs. South Carolina is tied for the No. 6 best effort this season.

2001-02 Pac-10 Stats (Feb. 25)
Team- Scoring Offense-6th, 75.2, Scoring Defense-7th, 72.9, Scoring Margin-7th, +2.3, FT %-6th, 69.1, FG %-2nd, 48.0, FG % Def.-5th, 42.8, 3-Pt. FG %-2nd, 40.8, 3-Pt. FGs Made-4th, 6.78, 3-Pt. FG % Def.-1st, 33.0, Reb. Off.-7th, 36.0, Reb. Def.- 3rd, 32.9, Reb. Margin-4th, +3.2, Blkd Shots-T-8th, 2.41, Assts-7th, 14.48, Stls-8th, 5.41, TO Margin-9th, -1.96, Asst/TO Ratio-8th, 0.95, Off. Reb.- 7th, 11.48, Def. Reb.-4th, 24.56.

Conference Team Highs - UCLA's 72.9 (35-48) FG% vs. South Carolina is a conference best. UCLA's 17 three-point field goals vs. Arizona is a Pac-10 best. UCLA's 70.0 on 3PT FG% (7-10) vs. Stanford is tied for a league best.

UCLA Individual Leaders - Scoring -- Jason Kapono, 6th, 17.5, Billy Knight, 14th, 14.5, Matt Barnes, 17th, 13.4, Rebounding - Dan Gadzuric, 7th, 7.4, Matt Barnes, 15th, 6.0, Jason Kapono, 17th, 5.5, FG% - Dan Gadzuric, 4th, 56.3 (129-229), Assists - Cedric Bozeman, 8th, 3.55, Matt Barnes, 10th, 3.44, FT% - Jason Kapono, 3rd, 86.9 (93-107), Billy Knight, 7th, 81.4 (96-118), Steals - none, 3pt. FG% - Jason Kapono, 3rd, 47.0 (79-168), Matt Barnes, 8th, 43.8 (32-73), 3pt. FGs - Jason Kapono, 2nd, 2.93, Billy Knight, 9th, 1.81, Blocked Shots - Dan Gadzuric, 9th, 1.11, Assist/TO Ratio - none, Off. Rebounds - Dan Gadzuric, 8th, 2.48, Def. Rebounds - Dan Gadzuric, 7th, 4.89, Matt Barnes, 8th, 4.68.

Conference Individual Highs - T. J. Cummings' 11-12 (91.7) FG% vs. South Carolina is a conference best. Jason Kapono's 1.000 (10-10) FT% vs. Ball State is tied for the conference best.

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