UCLA Returns Home To Host No. 18 Cal, No. 21 Stanford

Feb. 18, 2003

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UCLA (5-16, 2-10/Pac-10 ninth-place) vs. No. 18 California (18-4, 11-2/Pac-10 second place)
7:30 P.M. PT * Pauley Pavilion
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

UCLA vs. No. 21 Stanford (19-6, 10-3/Pac-10 third place prior to Thursday's game at USC)
2:00 P.M. PT * Pauley 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 140-75 (215 games, 65.1) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (373 games, 266-107, 71.3). 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 7-7 vs. California, 4-2 at Pauley Pavilion. He is 4-9 vs. Stanford, 1-5 at Pauley Pavilion (Stanford has won the last five meetings at Pauley).

Last UCLA Games -

Arizona State 85, UCLA 69 - On Feb. 15, UCLA led early and stayed close through part of the second half before Arizona State pulled away for an 85-69 victory at the Wells Fargo Arena.

In the first half, neither team led by more than six points and Ryan Walcott's three-point field goal with three seconds left gave the Bruins a 39-35 halftime lead.

The Bruins still led for the last time with 12:54 remaining when Jason Kapono's jumper gave them a 51-50 lead. However, the Sun Devils scored the next 12 points in less than two minutes to take a 62-51 with 11:02 left and the Bruins could never get closer than seven (69-62 with 7:49 remaining).

Jason Kapono led the Bruins with 21 points (9-19, 3-7, 0-0) and added five rebounds, two assists and one steal. Ryan Hollins added nine points, three rebounds and three blocks. Dijon Thompson, Cedric Bozeman and Ryan Walcott (four assists) added seven each while Andre Patterson led the team with six rebounds and added six points.

UCLA shot 54.2 (26-48) from the field, 54.4 (6-11) from three-point range and 64.7 (11-17) from the foul line, with 24 rebounds, 13 assists and 19 turnovers.

Arizona State shot 49.2 (29-59) from the field, 50.0 (7-14) from three-point range and 90.9 (20-22) from the foul line, with 32 rebounds, 20 assists and 13 turnovers. The Sun Devils were led by Ike Diogu's 26 points and seven rebounds and Curtis Millage's 22 points.

At No. 1 Arizona 106, UCLA 70 - On Feb. 13, UCLA led early and stayed close through most of the first half before Arizona unleashed a 21-0 run en route to a 106-70 victory at McKale Center.

The Bruins trailed 5-0 early but then went on a 10-0 run to take a five-point lead in the first 4:10 of the contest. Arizona rebuilt a seven-point lead but the Bruins whittled it to three (35-32) with 2:16 remaining in the first half. The Wildcats then outscored the Bruins 10-2, including the final five points, to lead 45-34 at halftime.

Arizona opened the second half with a 16-0 run to build a 27-point lead en route to the 36-point victory.

UCLA had two players in double figures. Andre Patterson tied his career high with 12 points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds and Jason Kapono added 11 points. In addition, T.J. Cummings scored eight points off the bench and starters Ryan Hollins and Dijon Thompson and reserve Jon Crispin each added seven points.

UCLA shot 43.1 (25-58) from the field, 25.0 (3-12) from three-point range and 77.3 (17-22) from the foul line, with 33 rebounds, 15 assists and 19 turnovers.

Arizona shot 49.3 (36-73) from the field, 52.2 (12-23) from three-point range and 78.6 (22-28) from the foul line, with 41 rebounds, 20 assists and nine turnovers. The Wildcats were led by Andre Iguodala's 18 points. Salim Stoudamire and Jason Gardner had 14 points each and four Wildcats grabbed six rebounds.

Head Coach Ben Braun - He is in his seventh season at California and owns a record of 136-74. In his 26th year overall as a head coach, he is 469-309.

The Golden Bears - Last week, California swept the Washington schools at Haas Pavilion, defeating Washington State, 63-53, on Thursday night and Washington, 58-53, on Saturday afternoon.

UCLA-CALIFORNIA SERIES - UCLA leads it, 119-90. The Golden Bears have won the last three meetings, including an 80-69 victory earlier this year (Jan. 25) at Haas Pavilion and a 67-61 win in the first round of the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament.


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. 17) Pac-10 stats, here are the Bruin team and individual leaders.

Team (Top 5) - FT%, 4th, 69.2; FG%, 5th, 45.5; 3-Pt.FG%, 5th, 35.3; Assists, 5th, 15.00; Def. Rebs., 5th, 24.81.

Individuals (Top 10) - Scoring -- Jason Kapono, 8th, 16.8; FG% - Andre Patterson, 1st, 65.1; Assists - Ryan Walcott, 7th, 4.00; FT% - T.J. Cummings, 2nd, 87.7, Jason Kapono, 6th, 84.8; Steals - Dijon Thompson, 7th, 1.60; 3pt. FG% - Jason Kapono, 8th, 39.7; 3pt. FGs - Jason Kapono, 10th, 2.19; Blocked Shots - Andre Patterson, 7th, 1.25; Assist/TO Ratio - Ryan Walcott, 4th, 1.77, Cedric Bozeman, 10th, 1.42.


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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