UCLA Takes To Road For Start Of Four-Game Trip

Feb. 4, 2003

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UCLA (4-13, 2-7/Pac-10 ninth-place) at USC (8-9, 4-5/Pac-10 sixth-place tie)
7:30 P.M. PT, Sports Arena.
TV - FSNW2; Radio - XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean

UCLA at Georgetown (10-8, 2-6 in Big East)
10:00 A.M. PT, MCI Center.
TV - CBS; 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 139-72 (211 games, 65.9) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (369 games, 265-104, 71.8). 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 10-3 vs. USC, 4-1 at the Sports Arena (the other road game was at the Forum). He is 1-0 vs. Georgetown (last season, UCLA beat Georgetown 98-91 in Pauley Pavilion).

Last UCLA Games -

Oregon State 83, at UCLA 79 - On Feb. 1, UCLA again battled down the stretch but came up short, dropping an 83-79 decision at Pauley Pavilion.

The Bruins took a three-point lead (32-29) with 6:21 remaining in the first half but the Beavers countered with a 10-point run to take a seven-point lead. UCLA counted with an 11-2 run to close the half with a 43-41 lead.

UCLA opened the half with a 5-0 run but again OSU countered, outscoring the Bruins 21-4 to take a 62-52 lead with 10:34 remaining in the contest. UCLA cut the lead to three in less than two minutes but the Beavers still led by 12 (74-62) with six minutes left. Again, the Bruins rallied to within three and had the ball, but a traveling violation ended the comeback.

UCLA had five players in double figures, led by Jason Kapono's 18 points and five rebounds and Dijon Thompson's 16 points. T.J. Cummings and Ray Young (a team-high six rebounds) each tallied 11 points and Cedric Bozeman added 10 points and four rebounds.

UCLA shot 47.5 (28-59) from the field, 50.0 (7-14) from three-point range and 72.7 (16-22) from the foul line, with 31 rebounds, seven assists and 14 turnovers.

Oregon State shot 46.9 (30-64) from the field, 27.8 (5-18) from three-point range and 81.8 (18-22) from the foul line, with 39 rebounds, 15 assists and 12 turnovers. The Beavers were led by Philip Ricci's 26 points and 14 rebounds and Brian Jackson's 18 points.

No. 22 Oregon 96, at UCLA 91 (ot) - On Jan. 30, UCLA rallied from a 10-point second half deficit and took No. 22 Oregon Ducks to overtime before dropping a heartbreaker to Oregon, 96-91 at Pauley Pavilion.

The Bruins started their eighth lineup of the year (Jason Kapono and T.J. Cummings at forward, Ryan Hollins at center and Dijon Thompson and Cedric Bozeman at guard) and built an 11-point lead (22-11) with 11:56 remaining in the first half. However, the Ducks battled back, tying the game at 25. Oregon broke a 35-35 tie by scoring the final seven points of the half to take a 42-35 lead at intermission.

The Ducks grabbed a 10-point lead early in the second half but the Bruins put together a 16-4 spurt to take the lead. Neither team led by more than four points the remainder of regulation. The game was tied at 81 when UCLA forced a shot-clock violation with 4.2 seconds remaining in regulation. However, Ryan Walcott's shot at the buzzer was short, sending the game into overtime. In the extra period, UCLA led 91-89 with 1:36 remaining but a three-point play by Ian Crosswhite gave the Ducks the lead and the Bruins did not score again.

UCLA had five players in double figures, led by Jason Kapono's 21 points and six rebounds. Dijon Thompson contributed 19 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Cedric Bozeman, starting for the first time since January 11, responded with a career-high 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Ryan Hollins, making only the second start of his career, set career bests in points (11), rebounds (11) and blocked shots (seven), and Michael Fey scored a career-high 11 points off the bench.

UCLA shot 52.2 (35-67) from the field, 30.8 (4-13) from three-point range and 60.7 (17-28) from the foul line, with a game-high 41 rebounds, 17 assists and 16 turnovers.

Oregon shot 47.9 (35-73) from the field, 43.3 (13-30) from three-point range and 86.7 (13-15) from the foul line, with 37 rebounds, 21 assists and 13 turnovers. The Ducks were led by Luke Jackson's 27 points, Crosswhite's 22 points and 12 rebounds and Luke Ridnour's 10 assists and 11 points.

Head Coach Henry Bibby - He is in his seventh full season at USC and owns a record of 111-86, not including his tenure as interim coach. He is 3-11 vs. UCLA, one game as interim coach. Bibby is a former UCLA All-America guard who won three NCAA titles with the Bruins (1970-72).

The Trojans - USC split home games with the Oregon schools last week, losing to Oregon State, 83-74, on Thursday and defeating Oregon, 91-76, on Sunday. The Trojans are 6-3 at home this season.

UCLA-USC SERIES - UCLA leads it, 119-95. The Trojans won the first meeting between the two schools, 80-75, on Jan. 8 at Pauley Pavilion.



This year is the second year that UCLA and USC are competing for the Lexus Gauntlet, which will be awarded on an annual basis to the school that does the best in head-to-head competition. In each sport, points will be awarded to the winner of each contest and the school with the most points at the end of the year will receive the Lexus Gauntlet. The Southern California Lexus Dealer Association is the title sponsor of every UCLA-USC athletic event. USC won the Gauntlet last year in the final competition of 2001-2002 (baseball).

The score is currently tied 27.5 to 27.5. The Bruins have earned five points each for women's soccer, women's cross country, men's water polo, women's basketball and men's volleyball and 2.5 points for men's tennis while the Trojans own 10 points for football and women's volleyball, five points for men's basketball and 2.5 points for women's tennis.


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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