Bruins Set To Take On No. 1 Arizona

Feb. 11, 2003

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THURSDAY, FEB. 13 - UCLA (5-14, 2-8/Pac-10 ninth-place) at No. 1 Arizona (18-2, 10-1/Pac-10 first place), 7:30 P.M. PT, McKale Center, Tucson, AZ. (TV - FSN/FSNW; Radio - XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean - game will be on KPOP in San Diego instead of 690 AM; Westwood One Radio will also broadcast the game nationally).

SATURDAY, FEB. 15 - UCLA at Arizona State (15-7, 7-4/Pac-10 fourth place prior to Thursday's game with USC), 12:30 P.M. PT, Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, AZ. (TV - ABC; 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 140-73 (213 games, 65.7) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (371 games, 266-105, 71.7). 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 5-8 vs. Arizona, 1-5 in Tucson. He is 10-3 vs. Arizona State, 5-1 at Wells Fargo Arena.

Last UCLA Games -
UCLA 71, at Georgetown 70 - On Feb. 8, Cedric Bozeman made two free throws with 4.9 seconds remaining and the Bruin defense thwarted Georgetown's final scoring attempt, resulting in a 71-70 victory at the MCI Center in Washington D.C. UCLA snapped a nine-game losing streak with the win over the Hoyas.

The Bruins built a nine-point lead with 8:53 remaining in the first half and still led by eight with 4:08 on a three-point play by Jason Kapono and by six (38-32) at halftime.

In the second half, UCLA led by eight (49-41) with 11:57 remaining but Georgetown tied the game at 49-49 with 9:55 left. The Hoyas built a five-point lead (61-56) with 5:40 remaining but the Bruins scored eight straight to grab a short-lived lead. UCLA led by four with 1:28 left but a three-pointer brought the Hoyas to within one. UCLA counted with a free throw but another Hoya three-pointer with 36 seconds remaining gave Georgetown a 70-69 lead.

Bozeman, who had made just two of six free throws in the game, was fouled on a drive to the basket with 4.9 seconds remaining and after a Georgetown timeout, he made both free throws for the lead. The Hoyas' final one three-pointer was off the mark and the losing streak had ended.

UCLA had four players in double figures, led by Jason Kapono's 16 points (4-9, 2-4, 6-7). Ryan Hollins scored a career-high 14 points (4-7, 6-8), including 12 in the first half, and led the Bruins with nine rebounds. He also helped get Mike Sweetney, Georgetown's leading scorer and rebounder, in foul trouble and he was not much of a factor (10 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes). Bozeman had 10 points, including the game-winning free throws, and Ryan Walcott came off the bench to score 10 points, hitting two more three-point field goals, and pass off five assists. In addition, Andre Patterson had eight points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks and T.J. Cummings had seven rebounds and six points off the bench.

UCLA shot 42.0 (21-50) from the field, 36.4 (4-11) from three-point range and 73.5 (25-34) from the foul line, with 37 rebounds, 11 assists, nine steals and 13 turnovers.

Georgetown shot 37.1 (23-62) from the field, 44.4 (8-18) from three-point range and 88.9 (16-18) from the foul line, with 37 rebounds, 14 assists and 12 turnovers. The Hoyas were led by Gerald Riley's 20 points.

At USC 86, UCLA 85 -
On Feb. 5, UCLA rallied from a 10-point second half deficit, took a three-point lead with 58 seconds remaining but couldn't hold on, dropping another heartbreaker to USC, 86-85 at the Sports Arena. USC scored the winning points on two Errick Craven free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining in the contest.

The Bruins started their ninth lineup of the year (Jason Kapono and Andre Patterson at forward, Ryan Hollins at center and Dijon Thompson and Cedric Bozeman at guard) and led by five points (36-31) with 42 seconds remaining in the first half. However, USC scored the final three points of the half to make the score 36-34 at the break.

In the second half, USC built a 10-point lead with 8:23 remaining and still led by seven (71-64) with 5:50 left in the game. Three-point baskets by Ryan Hollins and Jason Kapono brought the Bruins to within one and, following two E. Craven free throws, a layup by Dijon Thompson and Walcott's second three-pointer of the night gave UCLA a 75-73 lead with 4:12 remaining. USC led by one when Thompson, who scored UCLA's final six points, made a basket and to give UCLA the lead with 1:40 remaining. He then made two free throws with 58 seconds remaining to give the Bruins a three-point lead but USC scored the final four points of the game.

UCLA had three players in double figures, led by Thompson's career-high 25 points, six rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals. Jason Kapono added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds while Ray Young scored 12 points off the bench and added four steals.

UCLA shot 49.3 (34-69) from the field, 38.1 (8-21) from three-point range and 69.2 (9-13) from the foul line, with a game-high 34 rebounds, 16 assists and 16 turnovers.USC shot 42.0 (29-69) from the field, 40.0 (6-15) from three-point range and 75.9 (22-29) from the foul line, with 42 rebounds, 16 assists and 15 turnovers. The Trojans were led by Desmon Foster's 28 points and nine rebounds and Errick Craven's 19 points and eight rebounds.

Head Coach Lute Olson
He is in his 20th season at Arizona and owns a record of 489-145. In his 30th year overall as a head coach, he is 681-237.

The Wildcats
Last week, Arizona swept two games in the state of Washington, defeating Washington in overtime on Thursday night and Washington State on Saturday evening. They have won three straight since losing at home to Stanford.

UCLA leads it, 37-26, but Arizona has won five of the last seven meetings. Earlier this year (Jan. 18), the Wildcats defeated UCLA, 87-52, the Bruins' worst loss in the history of Pauley Pavilion (35 points).

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).

In this week's (Feb. 10) Pac-10 stats, here are the Bruin team and individual leaders.Team (Top 5) - Scoring, 5th, 75.1; FT%, 4th, 68.9; FG%, 5th, 45.3; Reb. Off., 4th, 37.4; Assists, 5th, 15.11; Def. Rebs., 4th, 25.05.
Individuals (Top 10) - Scoring -- Jason Kapono, 8th, 16.8; FG% - Andre Patterson, 1st, 64.8, Dijon Thompson, 10th, 52.3; Assists - Ryan Walcott, 7th, 4.00; FT% - T.J. Cummings, T-2nd, 87.3, Jason Kapono, 8th, 84.4; Steals - Dijon Thompson, 7th, 1.67; 3pt. FG% - Jason Kapono, 8th, 39.3; 3pt. FGs - Jason Kapono, 7th, 2.21; Blocked Shots - Andre Patterson, 4th, 1.43; Assist/TO Ratio - Ryan Walcott, 5th, 1.74.


UCLA's 84-73 loss to Duke was the Bruins' first appearance in the third-annual Wooden Tradition (2002 - Duke 84-UCLA 73, Purdue 86-Louisville 84; 2001-Purdue, Stanford, Missouri, Xavier; 2000-Purdue, Arizona, Notre Dame, Cincinnati).

In the Wooden Classic, held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, No. 20 UCLA's win over No. 16 Alabama, 79-57, on Dec. 8, 2001, was UCLA's fifth victory (in six games) at the Wooden Classic.

Steve Lavin is 3-1 in the Wooden Classic, beating Alabama (2001), New Mexico (1997) and Oklahoma State (1998) and losing to Georgia Tech (2000).

UCLA in the John R. Wooden Classic

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.

Is on the preseason lists for the Wooden and Naismith Awards, given annually to the nation's top player. Last season, Kapono was a finalist for the Naismith honor and as a sophomore, he was a finalist for the Wooden Award. He's also nominated for the second annual Senior Class (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award, presented annually to the nation's senior Div. I Player of the Year (Maryland's Juan Dixon won the award in 2002) and for the first-ever Collegiate Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year Award, presented by the Albuquerque, NM Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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