Men's Basketball Plays At No. 19 Kansas On Saturday
Dec. 18, 2002
SATURDAY, DEC. 21 - UCLA (2-3) vs. No. 19 Kansas (5-3), 2 p.m. PT (4 p.m. CT), Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS.
TV - CBS, with Craig Bolerjack/Clark Kellogg;
Radio - Fox Sports AM 1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean).
Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his seventh season asBruin head coach with a school and career mark of 137-62(199 games, 68.8) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (357games, 263-94, 73.7). The KU contest will be Lavin's 200 thgame as the Bruin head coach.
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).
In his Bruin head coaching career, Lavin is 1-2 vs.KU. No. 11 UCLA beat KU last season (Jan. 12, 2002) inPauley, 87-77, when the Jayhawks were ranked No. 1 in theU. S. (it was Lavin's third victory over the nation's No. 1ranked team in as many years). At the 2000 Coaches vs.Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden in New YorkCity, No. 7 Kansas defeated No. 17 UCLA 99-98 in theBruins' opener. And in Lavin's third game as the Bruininterim head coach to start the 1996-97 season, No. 1 KUdefeated No. 17 96-83
UCLA's Last Game - Northern Arizona 67, at UCLA 63 - Before 5,735in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, UCLA was outscored 41-31in the second half and lost to Northern Arizona 67-63. TheBruins led 32-26 at halftime.The Bruins' last lead of the game was at the 14:16mark of the second half, 42-39, on two free throws by T. J.Cummings. But in the next 10 minutes, NAU outscoredUCLA 23-12 to take its second eight-point lead of thesecond half (62-54, 4:11 left), on a jumper by RyanMcDade. UCLA then closed to within one point (34seconds left to play, 64-63) on two baskets by T. J.Cummings. Trailing 66-63 with five second left, JasonKapono's three-point attempt was no good. McDade added afree throw for NAU with two seconds remaining, to seal theLumberjacks' 67-63 victory.The Bruins shot 49.0 (25-51) from the field, a season-low26.7 (4-15) from three-point range and 75.0 (9-12) fromthe foul line, with a season-low 25 rebounds and 16turnovers.NAU shot 53.2 (25-47) from the field, an opponentseason-high 50.0 (11-22) from three-point range and 46.2(6-13) from the foul line, with a game-high 28 rebounds and18 assists. The Lumberjacks were led by McDade's game-high22 points and 12 rebounds.
UCLA-Kansas Series - UCLA leads it 9-3. The Bruinsbeat No. 1 KU last season in Pauley. Before that game, theJayhawks had won the last three games in a row, makingthe series 8-3 (in favor of the Bruins). In UCLA's last tripto Lawrence (Dec. 2, 1995), No. 2 KU beat No. 23 UCLA85-70.
The Jayhawks - Started 2002-03 preseason ranked No. 2in the U. S. and 2-0, but lost three of their next four games,including losses to North Carolina (67-56) and Florida (83-73) in the Preseason NIT and to Oregon (84-78) in Portland.KU has won its last two games - 89-80 at Tulsa (Dec. 11)and 113-61 vs. Emporia State in Allen Fieldhouse on Dec.14.
UCLA PICKED THIRD IN CONFERENCEPOLL
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 - 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).
THE WOODEN TRADITION
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).