Bruins Host Portland On Saturday

Dec. 11, 2002

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SATURDAY, DEC. 14 - UCLA (1-2) vs Portland (3-2), 5 p.m., Pauley Pavilion.
TV -Fox Sports Net West 2, with Bill Macdonald/Dan Belluomini
Radio - Fox Sports AM 1150 - Chris Roberts/Don MacLean)

Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his seventh season asBruin head coach with a school and career mark of 136-61(197 games, 69.0) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (355games, 262-93, 73.8).

The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin and Duke'sMike Krzyzewski are the only current coaches who haveguided their teams to five NCAA 'Sweet 16s' in the lastsix seasons.

Lavin entered 2002-03 as the 15 th winningest activecoach (minimum five years as a Div. I head coach/based onpercentage-69.6, 135-59 entering this season).

UCLA's Last Game - at UCLA 81, Long Beach State 58 - On Dec. 8before 6,358 at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA broke open a tightgame in the second half to defeat Long Beach State 81-58.The 23-point margin of victory was the largest for theBruins since a 93-65 (28 points) win over Villanova on Jan.13, 2001 in Pauley. UCLA led 32-25 at halftime andoutscored Long Beach State 49-33 in the second half.The Bruins had three players in double figures andwere led by Jason Kapono's career-high tying and game-high28 points. Also in double figures were T. J. Cummings, 12points and five rebounds and Jon Crispin's 11 points,including 3-6 from three-point range.

UCLA shot a game-high 49.2 from the field (30-61), agame-high 33.3 (8-24) from three-point range and 68.4 (13-19) from the foul line, with a game-high 44 rebounds and18 turnovers.

Long Beach State shot 39.6 (19-48) from the field,13.3 (2-15) from three-point range and a game-high78.3(18-23) from the foul line, with 21 rebounds and 15turnovers. The 49ers were led by Tony Darden's 14 points.The Bruins lead the Long Beach State series 9-0.UCLA-Portland Series - UCLA leads it 2-0. TheBruins have won both games in Pauley - 93-69 in 1967-68and 122-57 in 1966-67.

Head Coach Michael Holton - A UCLA standoutguard and assistant coach, he is in his second season as thehead coach at Portland (last year, the Pilots were 6-24overall). From 1980-83, Holton was a four-year letterman,who as a freshman starting guard in 1980, was a member ofLarry Brown's Bruin squad that reached the NCAA titlegame. From 1996-2001, Holton was a Bruin assistantcoach.

The Pilots - Are 3-2. Portland started the season withthree consecutive home wins but has lost its last two games(at Oregon 96-Portland 66, Dec. 4; Oregon State 71, atPortland 64, Dec. 7). Portland's game with UCLA will beits third consecutive against a Pac-10 opponent. The Pilots'game with UCLA is their only contest this week.


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


UCLA's 84-73 loss to Duke was the Bruins'first appearance in the third-annual WoodenTradition (2002 - Duke 84-UCLA 73, Purdue86-Louisville 84; 2001-Purdue, Stanford,Missouri, Xavier; 2000-Purdue, Arizona, NotreDame, 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 76-9 (8 9 .4 ,85 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since1996-97), the Bruins are 33-7 (40 games, 82.5)and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s,the Bruins were 43-2 (45 games, 95.6).

UCLA's 86-81 (OT) loss to USD on Nov. 26,2002 (season home opener) and 85-78 loss to Pepperdine onNov. 28, 2001 (season home opener) in Pauley were justthe ninth and eighth non-conference defeats the Bruins havesuffered at home since the 1989-90 season. Other homenonleague losses were against - North Carolina, 80-70,fifth home game of 2000-01 and CS Northridge, 78-74,season home opener of 2000-01; Gonzaga, 59-43, fourthgame of 1999-2000 (the Bruins' 20-game nonconferencehome winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga);Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97 and Tulsa, 77-76 OT,first game of 1996-97; Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 andDuke, 75-65, 1991-92.

In 13 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' schedule features eight teams that were in lastseason's NCAA Tournament ('Sweet 16' Duke, Final FourKansas, 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-10Conference 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.


6-8 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.

Also redshirting will be 6-1 freshman walkon guard IkeWilliams, from Murrieta, CA Valley HS. As a guard lastseason at MVHS, Williams was named to the Top 50 SoCal Hoops Class of 2002.


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 long-rangeshooting 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.

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