No. 15 UCLA Opens 2002-03 Campaign Against Toreros, No. 6 Blue Devils

Nov. 25, 2002

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Head Coach Steve Lavin - Entering his seventhseason as Bruin head coach with a school and career mark of135-59 (194 games, 69.6) and 12th year on the UCLA staff(352 games, 261-91, 74.1). The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of theYear, Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the onlycurrent coaches who have guided their teams to five NCAA'Sweet 16s' in the last six seasons.This will be Lavin's first meeting with USD and he's 1-2vs. Duke.

Season Openers - Under Lavin, the Bruins are 3-3. Lastseason, UCLA opened the season with a 71-60 win overHouston at the Maui Invitational

The Bruins - In the exhibition season, the Bruins lostboth games - Branch West 92-UCLA 67 (Nov. 13) and EASports East 70-UCLA 64 (Nov. 19, UCLA senior JasonKapono did not play, held out with a sprained right thumb).

UCLA-USD Series History - UCLA leads it 2-0(both games in Pauley - 1992-93, UCLA 90-USD 63;1989-90, UCLA 83-USD 74).

USD Head Coach Brad Holland - A UCLA standout as aplayer and former Bruin assistant coach, Holland is enteringhis ninth year as head coach of the Toreros, with a schoolmark of 127-99 and in 10 years as a head coach, he was atCS Fullerton from 1993-94, he's 150-130. As a UCLAguard from 1976-79, Holland as a senior earned All-Pac-10and Honorable Mention All-America. He was a UCLAassistant from 1988-92.

The Toreros - On Nov. 23 in San Diego, USD openedthe regular season with a 77-75 victory over Nevada. USDhad four players in double figures, led by Jason Keep's 19points and five rebounds and Jason Blair's 17 points and sixrebounds. USD won both its exhibition games - USD 95-CP Pomona 72 (Nov. 5) and USD 80-Global Sports 72

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski - Entering his 23rdyear at Duke, with a school record of 565-168 and in 27years of head coaching, he was at Army from 1976-80, he's638-227. During his Duke tenure, he has led the BlueDevils to three NCAA titles (2001-92-91) and six otherFinal Fours, including four runner-ups.

The Blue Devils - Before playing UCLA on Saturday,Duke will host Davidson on Nov. 25. Duke opened theregular season on Nov. 23 at Durham, beating Army, 101-53. The Blue Devils had four players in double figures, ledby Shavlik Randolph's 23 points and seven rebounds. Dukeopened their season with exhibition wins over EA Sports(102-744, Nov. 14) and Nike (103-63, Nov. 4). Dukereturns two starters from last season - senior forwardDahntay Jones and junior guard Chris Duhon.

UCLA-Duke Series - Duke leads it 8-6 and has wonthe last two games (76-63, 2001 NCAA 'Sweet 16', Dukewent on to win NCAA title; 120-84, 1998 Duke homegame). UCLA's last win was in Pauley, 73-69, Feb. 23,1997.

In a poll of media members released Nov. 6 at Pac-10 Men'sBasketball Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins werepicked to finish third (195 votes) in the 2003 Pac-10Conference race, behind unanimous No. 1 choice Arizona(27 first place votes/270 votes) and second-place Oregon(237). Behind Arizona, Oregon and UCLA were - fourthplaceArizona State (160), fifth-place California (154),sixth-place USC (152); seventh-place Stanford (136);eighth-place Washington (81); ninth-place Oregon State(71) and 10th-place Washington State (29).

This will be UCLA's first appearance in thethird-annual Wooden Tradition (2001-Purdue,Stanford, Missouri, Xavier; 2000-Purdue,Arizona, Notre Dame, Cincinnati).In the Wooden Classic, held at the Arrowhead Pond inAnaheim, No. 20 UCLA's win over No. 16 Alabama, 79-57, on Dec. 8, 2001, was UCLA's fifth victory (in sixgames) at the Wooden Classic.Steve Lavin is 3-1 in the Wooden Classic, beatingAlabama (2001), New Mexico (1997) and Oklahoma State(1998) and losing to Georgia Tech (2000).

In non-conference games in PauleyPavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 76-8 ( 9 0 . 5 ,84 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since1996-97), the Bruins are 33-6 (39 games, 84.6)and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s,the Bruins were 43-2 (45 games, 95.6).UCLA's 85-78 loss to Pepperdine on Nov. 28,2001 in Pauley was just the eighth non-conference defeatthe Bruins have suffered at home since the 1989-90 season.Along with Pepperdine last season, the losses were against- North Carolina, 80-70, fifth home game of 2000-01 andCS Northridge, 78-74, season home opener of 2000-01;Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000 (the Bruins' 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snapped bythe loss to Gonzaga); Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97and Tulsa, 77-76 OT, first game of 1996-97; Louisville,78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92.In 12 seasons, the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion havebeen unbeaten in non-league games on seven occasions(1998-99, 7-0; 1997-98, 6-0; 1994-95, 6-0; 1993-94, 6-0;1992-93, 8-0; 1990-91, 8-0 and 1989-90, 6-0).

The Bruins' upcoming schedule will feature eight teams thatwere in last season's NCAA Tournament ('Sweet 16' Duke,Final Four Kansas, USC, St. John's, 'Sweet 16' Arizona,Stanford, California and 'Elite Eight' Oregon), and one NITparticipant (Arizona State).

In 2001-02, UCLA's schedule was rated by BasketballTimes as the No. 3 strongest schedule in the U. S. (trailingonly No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 North Carolina) and the Pac-10 Conference was ranked No. 1 in the nation (based onstrength of schedule among member schools).

Entering the preseason, UCLA had 10 players on NBArosters - Toby Bailey, New York Knicks (waived); MattBarnes, Cleveland Cavaliers (waived, drafted byFayetteville, NC in the NBDL); Baron Davis, NewOrleans Hornets; Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee Bucks;Darrick Martin, Denver Nuggets (waived); JelaniMcCoy, Toronto Raptors; Jerome Moiso, New OrleansHornets; Reggie Miller,Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray,Los Angeles Lakers and Earl Watson, MemphisGrizzlies.

Is on the preseason lists for the Wooden and NaismithAwards, given annually to the nation's top player. Lastseason, Kapono was a finalist for the Naismith honor and asa sophomore, he was a finalist for the Wooden Award. He'salso nominated for the second annual Senior Class Award,presented annually to the nation's senior Player of the Yearfor NCAA Div. 1 men's and women's basketball.Maryland's Juan Dixon won the award last year.

6-1 sophomore Ryan Walcott will sit out UCLA's firsttwo regular season games, vs. U. of San Diego on Nov.26 and against Duke on Nov. 30 in the WoodenTradition. Even though Walcott redshirted the 2000-01campaign as a true freshman, he did play nine minutes inthe Bruins' first exhibition game of that season (UCLA118-Team Concept 64, Nov. 1, 2000; Walcott had threepoints and two rebounds, he did not play in anotherexhibition or regular season game the remainder of theyear). Because of his exhibition appearance, UCLA had topetition the NCAA to restore a season of eligibility (thepetition was approved by the NCAA in Dec. 2001, but itruled that Walcott would have to sit out the first tworegular season games of 2002-03).

6-8 freshman Matt McKinney will redshirt this season inmen's basketball and have four years of eligibilityremaining starting with the 2003-04 campaign.McKinney, one of the nation's top prep volleyballplayers during his career at Santa Ynez HS, will join AlScates' Bruin men's volleyball team at the conclusion ofthe 2002-03 basketball season.

6-2 junior guard Brian Morrison will sit out this seasonafter transferring to UCLA from North Carolina. As asophomore last season for the Tar Heels, Morrisonappeared in all 28 games and averaged 7.1 points, led NCwith 42 three-pointers and was third on the team inassists (72). He prepped at Lake Washington HS inRedmond, WA.

At the conclusion of the current Bruin football season, 6-6Marcedes Lewis is scheduled to join the UCLA men'sbasketball team. From Long Beach Poly, Lewis lastseason as a senior in high school was considered thenation's No. 1 tight end prospect. (and has seen playingtime on this year's squad as a freshman tight end). Inbasketball last season, he averaged 13.0 points and 8.0rebounds and was a Hoop Scoop National Top 100performer.

Trevor Ariza, 6-8 from Westchester HS (Los Angeles) andSean Phaler, 6-9 from Villa Park, CA HS, signed NLI withUCLA during the early signing period.

Entering his senior campaign, Ariza is one of the mosthonored players in southern California. His preseasonnational accolades include - Street & Smith's All-AmericaTop 20 (fourth-team All-America) and first-team All-Metro(Los Angeles), The Sporting News No. 4 power forward inthe U. S. and No. 14 senior in the U. S., Athlon's No. 12power forward in the U. S. and Lindy's No. 33 senior in theU. S. PacWestHoops rates Ariza as the No. 2 player at hisposition on the West Coast.

As a junior starter last season, Ariza averaged 12points and 12 rebounds for the Comets. In 2002, as aconsistent double figure scorer and rebounder, Ariza helpedlead Westchester to a 32-2 overall record, the CA State Div.I championship, a City Section title and Westchester wasranked fourth in the U. S. in the Student Sports FAB 50poll.

Phaler's preseason prep honors include - Street Smith'sHigh Honorable Mention All-American and first-team AllMetro (Los Angeles) and Lindy's No. 57 senior in the U. S.As a junior last season at Villa Park, Phaler, a longrangeshooting threat, averaged 19.8 points and 8.5rebounds. He shot 42% from three-point range, connectingon 107.

In its second year, the Pac-10 Hall of Honor's 2003 classwill include UCLA's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.As Lew Alcindor during his Bruin playing days (1967-69),he led UCLA to three consecutive NCAA titles, threestraight Conference championships and an overall recordof 88-2 (including a perfect 30-0 in 1966-67). He receivedthe Most Outstanding Player award at the NCAA Fourthree years in a row, the only player to earn that honorthree consecutive times. At the end of his Bruin career,Abdul-Jabbar was the school's all-time leading scorer(2,325, now No. 2) and the leading rebounder (1,367,now No. 2).

As the greatest offensive player in basketball history, hewas the first player taken in the 1969 NBA Draft, andplayed 20 years in the league with the Milwaukee Bucksand Los Angeles Lakers. Abdul-Jabbar was selected theleague's Most Valuable Player on six occasions, won sixNBA titles (five with the Lakers) and holds the league'sscoring record with 38, 387 points.

Joining Abdul-Jabbar in the 2003 class are - Steve Kerr(Arizona), Coach Ned Wulk (Arizona State), KevinJohnson (California), Coach Howard Hobson (Oregon),Coach Amory 'Slats' Gill (Oregon State), Todd Lichti(Stanford), Fred 'Tex' Winter (USC), Coach MarvHarshman (Washington) and Coach Jack Friel(Washington State).

In it's first season (2002), UCLA legendary coach JohnWooden was a charter member in the Pac-10 Hall ofHonor.

The 2003 Pac-10 Hall of Honor banquet will take placeduring the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament, held at The StaplesCenter in Los Angeles (March 13-15).

Don MacLean, the UCLA and Pac-10 all-time leadingscorer (2,608 points), has been named radio analyst forthis year's Bruin games, joining play-by-play announcerChris Roberts on Fox Sports AM 1150 in Los Angeles.MacLean takes over for former Bruin Bob Myers whowas the analyst for the last two seasons. Myers nowhosts the pre and post-game shows.

MacLean, from Simi Valley, was a four-year Bruin starterfrom 1989-92. He earned All-American honors in 1992,leading the Bruins to the NCAA 'Elite Eight' and a Pac-10 title. He was also a three-time first-team All Pac-10performer. He's a 2002 inductee into the UCLA Hall ofFame.

Following his Bruin career, MacLean played nine years inthe NBA, last with the Miami Heat in 2001.

Mike DeCourcy's recent book highlights the Top 100 alltimeplayers in the history of college basketball. UCLA hassix selections-including No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar(Lew Alcindor, 1966-69), No. 2 Bill Walton (1971-74), No. 33 Sidney Wicks (1973-76), No. 41 WaltHazzard (1961-64), No. 59 Gail Goodrich (1962-65)and No. 63 Marques Johnson (1973-77).UCLA's legendary head coach John Wooden is alsoon the list for his playing days (1929-32) at Purdue, No.58.

Lavin is one of just two coaches in thenation to lead his school to five Sweet 16's i nthe last six years. The other is Duke's MikeKrzyzewski

Lavin is 11-6 (64.7, 17 games) as a headcoach in the NCAA Tournament, including a 5 - 0record in NCAA second round games.Lavin has been to 13 consecutive NCAATournaments at UCLA (11) and Purdue (2).In overtime games under Lavin, the Bruinsare 10-2, including nine consecutive overtimevictories dating back to 1997.

In Lavin's six seasons, the Bruins are 115-5 when leading at the five minute mark.UCLA's 87-77 win over Kansas on Jan. 1 2 ,2002 in Pauley Pavilion was Lavin's third overthe nation's No. 1 team in as many years. Hi srecord vs. the No. 1 team is now 3-3. 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 ayear (UCLA defeated No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime onMar. 4, 2000 at Maples Pavilion). It is believed that Lavinis only the second coach in college history to recordconsecutive wins on a No. 1 ranked team's home floor(USC's Bob Boyd won at No. 1 UCLA in both 1969 and1970).

UCLA's nine-game winning streakearlier last year was tied for the second-longestof Lavin's tenure. The Bruins also won ninestraight in 1997-98 and had a 12-game winningstreak (last nine regular-season games and threeNCAA contests) in 1996-97.In his six seasons, the Bruins haveadvanced to the NCAA Tournament all s i xseasons, including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16'four times (1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002), won the 1997Pacific-10 title and has guided the Bruins to at least 20 winsin all six of his seasons. On March 30, 1999, he wasawarded a six-year contract, including a rollover clause,through the 2004-2005 season.Entering 2002-03, Lavin is No. 1 in thenation in wins and percentage on the chart o fcurrent Div. I head coaches also entering theirseventh season.UCLA's 93-65 win over Villanova onJan. 13, 2001 in Pauley Pavilion was Lavin's100th UCLA victory and it was also his 300thgame as a member of the Bruin staff. Lavinreached the 100-win plateau in 142 games, thesecond-fastest in modern school history (afterWWII), behind Jim Harrick (who reached the 100-winmilestone in the seventh game of his fifth season, 1992-93,100-36, 136 games). John Wooden reached 100 wins as theBruin 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 ofhis 10th year (1930-31, 100-41, 141 games).Lavin's initial three-year (1997-99) totalof 70 wins (70-26, 72.9) was tied for No. 8 alltime(with seven other coaches, based on wins) on theNCAA coaching chart of best starts by a Div. I coach afterhis first three seasons.Under Lavin's guidance, the Bruins haverecruited the nation's No. 1 (2001/1998) and No. 2(1997) recruiting classes.

UCLA's media availability will be similar to last season -Lavin's press conferences are on most Tuesdays at 1:30p.m. in the J. D. Morgan Hall of Fame Press Room andplayers will be available on most Tuesdays (before practice)and Friday's (before practice) starting at 2:30 p.m. UCLA'sdaily practices are closed to the media.Lavin's Press Conference dates are - Monday,Nov. 25; Tuesday, Dec. 3; Tuesday, Dec. 10; Wednesday,Dec. 18 (last press conference before the holidays, scheduleto be set during holidays); Tuesday, Jan. 7; Tuesday, Jan.14; Tuesday, Jan. 21; Tuesday, Jan. 28; Tuesday, Feb. 4;Tuesday, Feb. 11; Tuesday, Feb. 18; Tuesday, Feb. 25;Tuesday, March 4; Tuesday, March 11.

The first teleconference is Tuesday, Dec. 1 7 .From 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., the conference women'scoaches are featured and the Pac-10 men's coaches from10:35 a.m.-11:55 a.m. (Lavin is 11:47 a.m.-11:55 a.m.).The media telephone number to call is 913-981-5510(taped replay at 402-222-9927 after 4 p.m.).The dates are - Tuesday, Dec. 17; Tuesday, Jan. 7;Tuesday, Jan 14; Tuesday, Jan. 21; Tuesday, Jan. 28;Tuesday, Feb. 4; Tuesday, Feb. 11; Tuesday, Feb. 18;Tuesday, Feb. 25; Monday, March 3 (women's coachesonly); Tuesday, March 4 (men's coaches only).

UCLA has produced 54 consecutive winning seasons, datingback to the 1948-49 season, John Wooden's first at UCLA.The streak is the longest current streak in the nation.

UCLA won 21 games in 2001-02, giving the Bruins14 straight years of 20 or more wins, beginning with the1987-88 season.

On Dec. 20, 2001 in Seattle, UCLArecorded the 1,500th win in school history,defeating the University of Washington, 85-79.Entering the 2001-02 season, only eightschools in the history of college basketball had1,500 or more wins - Kentucky (1,795), NorthCarolina (1,781), Kansas (1,738), Duke (1,649), St. John's(1,621), Temple (1,571), Syracuse (1,549) andPennsylvania (1,508).Indiana became the ninth school last season to getits 1,500th win. Along with UCLA, Oregon State lastseason also joined the ranks of 1,500 game winners (for atotal of 11 schools in college basketball history).The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in PauleyPavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in school history.The Bruins now have an overall record o f1,515-655 (69.8, 2,170 games) in 83 years o fcollege basketball. Entering 2001-02, UCLA'swinning percentage (70.0) was No. 5 in thenation all-time behind Kentucky (76.3), NorthCarolina (73.9), UNLV (72.2) and Kansas(70.1).

On Sunday, Nov. 10, the Bruins hosted a basketball clinicat Pauley Pavilion for children in grades K-8 (for adonation to the UCLA Foundations' Riordan Programs,children were able to participate). Contributors also had theoption of donating on behalf of a less-privileged child toparticipate in the clinic.

In the decade of the 1990s, UCLA ranked No. 1 0in the U.S. in victories (241) and winningpercentage (75.5, 241-78). In other college basketballhistorical categories from the last decade, UCLA was fourthin All-America rankings (28 different individuals, 43 totalselections), second in most consecutive final wire-serviceTop 20 rankings (13, 1967-79) and third in most final wireserviceTop 20 rankings (35).UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1(2001/1998) and No. 2 (1997) classes the lastsix seasons.During Lavin's six-plus year tenure asUCLA's head coach, the Bruins have recruitedsix McDonald's All-Americans- 2001, CedricBozeman; 1999 Jason Kapono; 1998, Dan Gadzuric,JaRon Rush, Ray Young; 1997, Baron Davis.In this season's early signing period, UCLA inked 6-8Trevor Ariza, from Westchester HS (Los Angeles) and 6-9 Sean Phaler, from Villa Park, CA HS.The 2001 class - 6-6 McDonald's All-American guardCedric Bozeman, 6-7 guard/forward Dijon Thompson and 6-7 forward Andre Patterson - was named the nation's topincoming class by Sports Illustrated when 6-11 centerMichael Fey was a member of the group (the Bruinsannounced on June 29, 2001 that Fey would not beenrolling in the fall-Fey is a true freshman this season).The 1998 freshman class-guard Ray Young;forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush (declared for 2000 NBADraft) and Jerome Moiso (now with Charlotte Hornets),along with center Dan Gadzuric, was judged No. 1 in thenation by The Sporting News, Hoop Scoop, PrepStar andBasketball News.The frosh class of 1997, forward Travis Reed (nowat Long Beach State), guard-forward Rico Hines, guard EarlWatson, guard Baron Davis (now with Charlotte Hornets),forward Billy Knight and guard Todd Ramasar (did not returnfor his senior season of 2000-01), was voted No. 2 in thenation.During the 1998-99 season, the Bruins signedMcDonald's HS All-America Jason Kapono.UCLA has led the NCAA in field goalpercentage twice in the last seven years -1997,52.0 (932-1791) and 1996, 52.8 (897-1698).Entering the 1998 NCAA Tournament, the Bruins rankedsixth (49.8) in the NCAA. In 1999, the Bruins shot 45.4 torank third in the Pac-10. In 33 games in 1999-2000, UCLAshot 48.0 from the field to lead the Pacific-10 Conferenceand rank 16th in the NCAA.In 2000-2001, UCLA shot 46.3 (fourth in the Pac-10)from the field and opponents shot 43.7. UCLA's singlegamehigh was 57.6 at Purdue (34-59).In 2001-02, the Bruins shot 47.2 from thefield, to their opponents' 42.5.Pauley Pavilion (12,819) has been the home o fBruin basketball for 37+ seasons. UCLA's alltimePauley Pavilion record is 523-65 (588games, 88.9). Jackson State was the 500th game inPauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, 1996 and the win overWashington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th on itshomecourt.The Bruins finished the 2002 season 11-4 athome overall and 6-3 in the Pac-10. UCLA lastfinished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996(9-0).On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC,the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilion history watched thatgame (13,382; previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon,3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) i nthe 73-69 win over Duke, UCLA set a newattendance record 13,478, breaking the old oneby 96.The last time the Bruins were unbeaten athome for a regular season was in 1994-95 (15-0,California did beat UCLA at home that season but laterforfeited the game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 at Pauley15-1 (losing only to Stanford).Pauley Pavilion got a new roof during thesummer of 2000 and while working on it, theroofing company offered (and UCLA accepted) t oput the UCLA script logo on the Pauley roof(for free). It (the letters are blue with a gold outline ontop of a tan color roof) is located on the south side of thePauley roof in letters large enough to identify UCLA fromLAX.The scoreboard in Pauley Pavilion is in i t sfourth season (the previous one was 14 yearsold). The scoreboard had been in the planning for threeyears. UCLA Athletics teamed with a marketing firm topackage eight corporate sponsorship opportunities on acenter-hung scoreboard and two statistical boards in PauleyPavilion. The design of the eight-sided board includes foursides that house the speaker clusters and four sides that haveteam scoring, game time and period, possession indicator(all in LED digits) and video screen incorporated into each.Each video screen is 7' x 9' and is the best LED technologythe market offers today. The board was sized to 'fit thehouse' and gives excellent visibility to patrons in allseating locations. The board is 27' wide, 17' tall(manufactured by Daktronics Corp.). The total weight is14,000 lbs. and it's attached to a 20,000-lb. hoist that canlower and/or raise the board for maintenance. Thecenterboard, statistic board and production room cost isabout $1.4 million. The board is being paid for entirely bythe corporate sponsorship that is displayed on theadvertising panels over a 10-year financing plan.

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