UCLA To Play Arizona In First Round Of PAC-10 Tournament

March 11, 2003

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UCLA (9-18, 6-12/Pac-10 T-sixth place) vs. No. 1 ARIZONA (25-2, 17-1/Pac-10 first place), Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament first round, 1:20 P.M., Staples Center. (TV - Fox Sports Net; Radio - XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean).

IF UCLA should advance, it would play the winner of the Arizona State/Oregon game on Friday evening at 6:15 p.m. (TV - Fox Sports Net; 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 144-77 (221 games, 65.2) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (379 games, 270-109, 71.2). 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 5-9 vs. Arizona.

UCLA will practice Wednesday from 3:00 - 3:55 p.m. at Staples Center. All practices for all teams are closed to the media and the public.

Head coach Steve Lavin will participate in a 30-minute interview session in the Chick Hearn Press Center at 4:00 p.m. UCLA players will also be available from 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Last UCLA Games -
at UCLA 83, Washington 72 - On March 8 before 8,717 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA rallied from a 14-point first half deficit to defeat the Washington Huskies, 83-72, in the final home game in the careers of Jason Kapono and Ray Young. With the win, UCLA moved into a tie for sixth in the final Pac-10 standings and earned the No. 8 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament. A loss would have dropped the Bruins out of the tournament and into ninth place.

UCLA never led in the first half and trailed by 14 points on two occasions and still trailed by 13 (30-17) with 4:39 left. A 9-0 spurt cut the deficit to four but the Huskies finished the half with two three-point baskets and a 36-26 lead.

Trailing by eight points with 15 minutes remaining, the Bruins pulled to within two on back-to-back three-pointers by Young and Kapono. After a Huskies basket, the Bruins went on a 14-0 run, taking the lead for good on Dijon Thompson's three-pointer (50-49). After two Washington free throws made the score 59-52, Kapono scored three straight baskets to build the lead to 13 (65-52). Washington twice cut the lead to three, the last with 233 remaining (73-70) but Young halted the run with a tip of a missed free throw and two free throws of his own. Thompson added a basket and a free throw sandwich around two Husky free throws and Young finished with a three-point play for the final margin.

UCLA had three players score at least 20 points. Thomspon scored a career-high 26 points, making 12 of 16 shots from the floor. He added six rebounds, tying for game-high honors, and two assists. Kapono scored 20 points, making seven of 14 shots, including four of six from three-point range, and added five assists and four rebounds. Young also scored 20 points (7-16, 1-3, 5-5) and added six rebounds, tying for game-high honors, and a career-best six assists.

The Bruins shot 57.1 (32-56) from the field, including 74.2 (23-31) in the second half, 54.5 (6-11) from three-point range and 65.0 (13-20) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds, 17 assists and 17 turnovers.

Washington shot 47.5 (28-59) from the field, but just 36.4 (12-33) in the second half, 26.1 (6-23) from three-point range and 83.3 (10-12) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds, 12 assists and 17 turnovers. The Huskies were led by Nate Robinson's 14 points. Three other Huskies (Bobby Jones, Will Conroy and Doug Wrenn) had 10 points each.

at UCLA 86, Washington State 71 -
On March 6 before 6,619 at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA seniors Ray Young and Jason Kapono led the Bruins to an 86-71 victory over Washington State in a key conference matchup. The Bruins never trailed in the game. UCLA led by just four points, 29-25 with 7:24 remaining in the first half but outscored the Cougars 11-5 the remainder of the half to lead by 10, 40-30, at halftime. WSU closed to within five points a couple of times, the last with 10:34 remaining (57-52) but an 11-2 run by the Bruins gave UCLA a 14-point lead (68-54) with 6:17 left and they led by as many as 19 points with just under three minutes remaining.

Young led the Bruins with a career-high 30 points, making nine of 14 shots from the field, including four of five from three-point range, and all eight free throw attempts. He also had six rebounds. Kapono added 22 points and six rebounds, Dijon Thompson had 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high six assists. Andre Patterson led the Bruins with 10 rebounds (eight points), T.J. Cummings grabbed eight boards (five points) and Ryan Hollins had seven rebounds and seven points.

The Bruins shot 50.0 (33-66) from the field, 54.5 (6-11) from three-point range and 82.4 (14-17) from the foul line, with a game-high 49 rebounds, 15 points and 17 turnovers.

WSU shot 39.7 (27-68) from the field, 35.3 (12-34) from three-point range and 62.5 (5-8) from the foul line, with 28 rebounds, 16 assists and 12 turnovers. The Cougars were led by Randy Green and Chris Schlatter 19 points.

Head Coach Lute Olson -
Is in his 20th season at the Arizona helm and owns a record of 496-145. In his 30years as a collegiate head coach, his record is 688-237.

UCLA-Arizona Series -
The Bruins lead it 37-27. Arizona swept the regular-season series, winning 87-52 at Pauley Pavilion and 106-70 at Tucson. The two schools split the series in both 2000-01 and 2001-02.

Kapono is a semi-finalist for the first-ever Collegiate Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year Award, given by the Albuquerque, NM Convention & Visitors Bureau and sponsored by Creamland Dairies. The award recognizes student-athletes for their athletic and academic achievement as well as community involvement.

Kapono has also earned NABC second-team All-District- 15 honors.

Kapono was 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 was 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).

On the Bruin career charts, he holds the school records for 3-pointers (313) and 3-point attempts (699), No. 2 in 3-point % (44.8, No. 1-Pooh Richardson, 46.4, 52-112, 1986-89), No. 4 in FT% (82.9, 369-446; No. 3-Reggie Miller, 83.6, 488-584, 1984-87) and No. 4 in scoring (2,064, No. 3 Reggie Miller, 2,095, 1984-87) ... Kapono is only the fourth player in school history to score at least 2,000 points ... Kapono is the 41st Bruin in history to score 1,000 or more points (2,064, No. 4) but only the third player to do it by the end of his sophomore season and just the fifth to do it in his first two seasons.

On the Pac-10 career charts (Top 10), Kapono is- Scoring (No. 10, 2,064; No. 9, Chris Welp, Washington, 2,073, 1984-87; No. 8, Ron Lee, Oregon, 2,085, 1973-76; No. 7, Reggie Miller, UCLA, 2,095, 1984-87); 3-pt. FGs (No. 2, 313; No. 3 Jason Gardner, Arizona, 310, 2000-present; No. 1, Stevin Smith, Arizona State, 323, 1991-94); 3-pt. FG % (No. 4, 44.8, 307-688; No. 3, Isaac Fontaine, Washington State, 45.7, 208-455, 1994-97; No. 2, Terry Taylor, Stanford, 46.3, 156-337, 1986-89; No. 1, Todd Lichti, Stanford, 112-235, 47.7, 1986-89).

UCLA sophomore point guard Cedric Bozeman will not play in the Bruins' remaining games this season and will have right shoulder surgery at the conclusion of Winter Quarter final exams (March 17-21), Bruin head coach Steve Lavin announced on March 3. Bozeman strained his right shoulder on Feb. 5 at USC and aggravated the injury at Arizona State on Feb. 15. Since the ASU game in Tempe, Bozeman has missed four contests. Based on symptoms, examinations and medical testing, Bozeman has been diagnosed with instability in his right shoulder.

Bozeman, a 6-6, 197-pounder who was a 2001 McDonald's All-American as a senior at Los Angeles Mater Dei HS, appeared in UCLA's first 21 games and started 17, including his last six games. He is UCLA's sixth-leading scorer (7.3) and second on the squad in assists (3.2). On Feb. 8, Bozeman's two free throws with 4.9 seconds left gave the Bruins a 71-70 win at Big East rival Georgetown, halting UCLA's nine-game losing streak.

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.

UCLA sophomore Andre Patterson on Friday, Dec. 13 was ruled academically eligible and was readmitted to UCLA. Saturday, Dec. 14 was his first day of UCLA eligibility and Patterson played in the game vs. Portland (seven minutes, three points, one rebound, two blocked shots, two steals).

Patterson, a 6-7 forward who appeared in 29 games for the Bruins as a true freshman in 2001-02, was declared academically ineligible by UCLA last September (before the start of UCLA's fall quarter). He spent the fall semester at Santa Monica City College and has met the academic conditions for readmission to UCLA. Patterson will begin winter quarter classes at UCLA on Monday, Jan. 6.

As a true freshman last season, Patterson averaged 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds and shot 50.0 (28-56) from the field, with 18 blocked shots. As a senior in 2000-01, he attended high school at Washington Prep in Los Angeles.

6-8 freshman Matt McKinney will redshirt this season in men's basketball and have four years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2003-04 campaign. McKinney, one of the nation's top prep volleyball players during his career at Santa Ynez HS, will join Al Scates' Bruin men's volleyball team at the conclusion of the 2002-03 basketball season.

Also redshirting will be 6-1 freshman walkon guard Ike Williams, from Murrieta, CA Valley HS. As a guard last season at MVHS, Williams was named to the Top 50 So Cal Hoops Class of 2002.

6-2 junior guard Brian Morrison will sit out this season after transferring to UCLA from North Carolina. As a sophomore last season for the Tar Heels, Morrison appeared in all 28 games and averaged 7.1 points, led NC with 42 three-pointers and was third on the team in assists (72). He prepped at Lake Washington HS in Redmond, WA.

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