UCLA Off To Bay Area For Two Conference Games

Jan. 21, 2003

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UCLA (4-9, 2-3/Pac-10 sixth-place tie) at Stanford (12-5, 3-2/Pac-10 fourth-place tie)
7:30 P.M. PT, Maples Pavilion.
(TV - FSN/FSNW; Radio - XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean - KPOP in San Diego instead of XTRA 690).

UCLA at No. 25 California (12-2, 5-0/Pac-10 second-place prior to hosting USC Thursday)
1:00 P.M. PT, Haas Pavilion
(TV - FSN/FSNW; Radio - XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean).

Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his seventh season as Bruin head coach with a school and career mark of 139-68 (207 games, 67.1) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (365 games, 265-100, 72.6). The Kansas contest was Lavin's 200th game as the Bruin head coach.

The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the only current coaches who have guided their teams to five NCAA 'Sweet 16s' in the last six seasons.

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

In his Bruin head coaching career, Lavin is 4-8 vs. Stanford, 3-3 at Maples Pavilion (Lavin and the Bruins have defeated Stanford three straight seasons at Maples Pavilion, including twice (2001-00) when the Cardinal was ranked No. 1 in the nation). Lavin is 7-6 vs. California (3-3 in the Bay Area, the Bruins have lost the last two in Haas Pavilion).

Last UCLA Games --No. 2 Arizona 87, at UCLA 52 - On Jan. 18, UCLA hung close for the first 15 minutes, trailing just 20-14 at 4:30 of the first half, but could not stay with the Wildcats in the final 25 minutes and dropped an 87-52 decision at Pauley Pavilion. It was UCLA's worst loss in the building's history and the Bruins' record seventh home loss this season.

Arizona outscored the Bruins 14-4 in the final 4:30 of the first half and 20-8 in the first six minutes of the second half to build a 28-point lead. Leading by 24 with six minutes left, Arizona went on an 11-0 run for a 35-point lead with just under four minutes left.

UCLA had two players in double figures, led by T.J. Cummings' 12 points and Dijon Thompson's 10 points and six rebounds. Andre contributed nine points and a team-high eight rebounds and Janou Rubin scored nine off the bench, hitting all three of his three-point field goal attempts.

UCLA shot a season-low 31.8 (21-66) from the field, 30.0 (3-10) from three-point range and 58.3 (7-12) from the foul line, with 33 rebounds, 10 assists and 23 turnovers.

Arizona shot 47.7 (31-65) from the field, 36.4 (8-22) from three-point range and 56.7 (17-30) from the foul line, with an opponent-high 53 rebounds, 21 assists and 18 turnovers. The Wildcats, who had five players in double figures, were led by Salim Stoudamire's 19 points. Arizona was expected to become No. 1 on the next poll following Duke's loss to Maryland.

Arizona State 75, at UCLA 64 - On Jan. 16, UCLA saw its second-half rally come up short and dropped a 75-64 decision to Arizona State at Pauley Pavilion.

The Bruins fell behind early and trailed by 18 points (40-22) at halftime. In the second half, they trailed by as many as 21 points and still trailed by 18 (60-42) with 9:33 remaining. In the next 5:20, UCLA outscored ASU 16-4, pulling to within six points (64-58) on Dijon Thompson's three-point field goal with 4:13 remaining. However, UCLA could get no closer, still trailing by six with 58 seconds remaining in the game before ASU scored the final five points of the contest.

UCLA had four players in double figures, led by Jason Kapono's 17 points. Dijon Thompson scored 11 points off the bench while Andre Patterson (team-high six rebounds) and T.J. Cummings added 10 points each.

UCLA shot 44.0 (22-50) from the field, 25.0 (2-8) from three-point range and 78.3 (18-23) from the foul line, with 27 rebounds, nine assists and 19 turnovers.

ASU shot an opponent-season high 59.6 (28-47) from the field, 16.7 (1-6) from three-point range and 52.9 (18-34) from the foul line, with 33 rebounds, 11 assists and 20 turnovers. The Sun Devils were led by Curtis Millage's 23 points. Tommy Smith (10 rebounds) and Ike Diogu added 16 points each.

Head Coach Mike Montgomery - He is in his 17th season at Stanford and owns a record of 351-161. He is in his 25th season overall and has a record of 505-237. Montgomery is 15-18 overall vs. UCLA, including a 7-9 record vs. the Bruins at Maples.

The Cardinal - Stanford, the Cardinal has won three of their last four Pac-10 games, split on its trip to Washington last week, winning at Washington State (73-68 OT) on Thursday but losing at Washington (73-68) on Saturday. The Cardinal had five players in double figures against WSU, led by Matt Lottich's 17 and Julius Barnes' 16. Josh Childress had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Against Washington, Stanford had four players in double figures, led by Childress (18 points and 10 rebounds) and Lottich (15).

UCLA-STANFORD SERIES - UCLA leads it, 124-82. The two schools split the series last year, with UCLA winning at Stanford, 95-92 (for the third consecutive season), and the Cardinal winning at Pauley Pavilion, 86-76 (for the fifth consecutive season).



The Bruins in the preseason were No. 14 (AP) and No. 12 (USA Today/ESPN). In week one, UCLA was 15th in AP; and in week two, the Bruins were No. 14 (AP/USA Today/ESPN; that was UCLA's last ranking).


In a poll of media members released Nov. 6 at Pac-10 Men's Basketball 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-place Arizona 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).


The Bruins' schedule features eight teams that were 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 NIT participant (Arizona State).

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


Entering the preseason, UCLA had 10 players on NBA rosters - Toby Bailey, New York Knicks (waived/playing in Greece); Matt Barnes, Cleveland Cavaliers (waived, drafted by Fayetteville, NC in the NBDL); Baron Davis, New Orleans Hornets; Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee Bucks; Darrick Martin, Denver Nuggets (waived); Jelani McCoy, Toronto Raptors; Jerome Moiso, New Orleans Hornets; Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray, Los Angeles Lakers and Earl Watson, Memphis Grizzlies.

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