New UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland Era Begins Saturday
Nov. 25, 2003
SATURDAY, NOV. 29 - VERMONT at UCLA(Pauley Pavilion, 5 p.m., TV- Fox Sports NetWest 2/Radio - XTRA Sports 690/1150, withChris Roberts and Don MacLean).
UCLA BRUINS STARTING LINEUP
*2002-03 Westchester HS
**2001-02 North Carolina
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - Beginshis first season at UCLA and his 10 th year as a head coach(Pittsburgh 2000-03/Northern Arizona 1995-99/168-99overall). In his last two seasons at Pittsburgh - in 2003, heled the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4 nationalranking, NCAA 'Sweet 16' and the Big East TournamentChampionship and in 2002, Pittsburgh was 29-6 overall(school record for wins), advanced to the NCAA 'Sweet 16'and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland wasthe consensus National Coach of the Year.
In school history, seven of UCLA's 12 head coacheswon their first game as the new Bruin head mentor (1988-89, Jim Harrick, 84-62 vs. Texas Tech in Pauley Pavilion;1984-85, Walt Hazzard, 87-58 vs. Idaho in Pauley Pavilion;1979-80, Larry Brown, 82-40 vs. Idaho State in PauleyPavilion; 1977-78, Gary Cunningham, 75-73 vs. BYU inPauley Pavilion; 1948-49, John Wooden, 43-37 vs. UCSanta Barbara in Los Angeles; 1921-22, Caddy Works, 30-12vs. Cal Tech in Los Angeles and 1919-20, Fred W.Cozens, 46-38 vs. Manual Arts HS in Los Angeles).
UCLA STAFF - Joining Howland are assistant coaches -DonnyDaniels, for the last three seasons was the headcoach at CS Fullerton; Ernie Zeigler, for the last twoyears served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and KerryKeating, for the last two seasons was at Tennessee underBuzz Peterson, along with Director of Operations ChrisCarlson, who for the last two seasons served in the samecapacity for Howland at Pittsburgh. Rounding out the staffare Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson, in his 12 thseason on the Bruin basketball staff and Basketball InternMatt Geniesse, in his third season.
THE BRUINS - From last season's team, UCLA returnsfour performers, all who started at different times in 2002-03 - 6-7 junior guard/forward Dijon Thompson (startedUCLA's two exhibition games), 6-6 junior point guardCedric Bozeman (started UCLA's two exhibition games),7-0 sophomore center Ryan Hollins, a member of lastsummer's USA Junior World team and 6-9 senior forwardT. J. Cummings (academically ineligible first quarter).UCLA returns four other lettermen who saw considerableplaying time last year - 6-1 junior point guard RyanWalcott, 6-0 senior guard Jon Crispin, 7-0 sophomorecenter Michael Fey (started both of UCLA's exhibitiongames) and 6-8 junior forward Josiah Johnson. TheBruins also return four other lettermen who had playingminutes in 2002-03, led by 6-3 junior guard JanouRubin, along with two redshirts from last season, led by6-8 freshman forward Matt McKinney (out 6-8 weekswith a fractured bone in his left foot). Newcomers to theactive Bruin roster will include - 6-2 junior guard BrianMorrison, who sat out last season after transferring toUCLA from North Carolina (he started UCLA's twoexhibition games) and 6-8 true freshman Trevor Ariza,who last season earned second-team Parade Magazine All-Americahonors and led Westchester HS to its secondconsecutive Div. I CA State title (Ariza started bothexhibition games).
UCLA'S LAST GAMES - Both exhibition contests,the Bruins defeated the Southern California All-Stars 95-59on Nov. 18 and on Nov. 12, UCLA defeated EA SportsWest, 74-67, with four Bruin alumni on the roster (RayYoung, Matt Barnes, Rico Hines and Ed O'Bannon, the1995 Wooden Award winner as the nation's top player).(please see attached box scores).
VERMONT (0-2 overall/2002-03-Overall 21-12,America East 11-5, second-place, lost in firstround of NCAA to Arizona, 80-51).
VERMONT CATAMOUNTS STARTINGLINEUP (One Game Stats)
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HEAD COACH TOM BRENNAN - in his 18 th year atVermont and 23 rd season as a head coach, he entered 2003-04 with a 217-260 school mark and a 269-235 overallrecord.
THE CATAMOUNTS - Last season, Vermont advancedto the NCAA Tournament for the first time in schoolhistory (the Catamounts won the America East Tournamentafter placing second in the regular season) and lost toArizona, 80-51. The Catamounts return most everyonefrom last season, including Taylor Coppenrath, the 2003America East Player of the Year and T. J. Sorrentine, the2002 America East Player of the Year (who missed lastseason after breaking both wrists in the preseason).LAST GAMES - On Monday, Nov. 24, the Catamountsdropped a 56-53 decision at Iona in the Coaches vs. CancerClassic at White Plains, NY. On Nov. 17 in a PreseasonNIT first round game at Nevada, Vermont lost to Nevada,69-49 in Reno.
SERIES HISTORY - It's the first meeting betweenUCLA and Vermont.
UCLA IN SEASON OPENERS - Since 1975-76(1974-75 was John Wooden's last season as the Bruinhead coach), UCLA is 20-8 (28 years) in season openers.Since 1989-90, the Bruins are 9-5 (14 years) and since1999-00, UCLA is 2-2 (four years). Since 1965-66(Pauley Pavilion's first year), when UCLA's seasonopener has been in Pauley, the Bruins are 25-3 (in thelast four season openers in Pauley, the Bruins are 2-2 -2002,lost to San Diego, 86-81OT; 1999-beat Fairfield,76-57; 1998-beat Santa Clara, 89-76;1996-lost to Tulsa,77-76OT).
PAC-10 MEDIA DAY-BRUINS SELECTEDSIXTH IN PRESEASON VOTE - Nov. 6 was Pac-10Media Day at the LAX Hilton. According to a poll of mediamembers who cover Pac-10 men's basketball, Arizona waspicked to win the 2004 conference title, the Bruins wereselected sixth. Here's the vote total -1. Arizona (26) 339, 2.Stanford (7) 321, 3. California (1) 238, 4. Oregon 215, 5.USC (1) 207, 6. UCLA 188, 7. Arizona State 185, 8.Washington 108, 9. Washington State 69, 10. Oregon State55.
T. J. CUMMINGS - Cummings, 6-9 senior forwardfrom Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) isacademically ineligible for the first quarter. He will missat least five games (two exhibition/three regular season),but will be allowed to practice. At the conclusion of FallQuarter final exams (Dec. 8-12), Cummings' academicstatus will be re-evaluated. If Cummings is ruled eligible(and depending on when that ruling is issued), he couldplay in some (or all) of UCLA's games between Fall andWinter Quarters (six games). Winter instruction beginsJan. 8.
Matt McKinney - On Nov. 4, UCLA announced thatMcKinney, 6-8 redshirt freshman forward from SantaYnez HS, would miss 6-8 weeks because of a fracturedbone in his left foot. The foof is casted and no surgery isplanned. McKinney originally injured his left foot onJune 15 during his first game in the Say-No SummerLeague at West Los Angeles College.
UCLA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE - Featuringnine NCAA Tournament teams (14 games),along with two NIT representatives. The teams from lastseason's NCAA are- 'Elite Eight' Kentucky, MichiganState and Arizona; 'Sweet 16' Notre Dame and Vermont,along with Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford andCalifornia. St. John's won the 2003 NIT title and UCSanta Barbara also played in last year's NIT.
THE WOODEN CLASSIC - On Saturday, Dec. 6,UCLA will be making its seventh appearance in theWooden Classic (10:30 a.m/CBS. vs. nationally-rankedKentucky; second game-Stanford vs. Kansas), held at theArrowhead Pond in Anaheim. This is the 10 th anniversary ofthe Wooden Classic (UCLA played in the first WoodenClassic, beating Kentucky 82-81 and went on that season towin the school's 11 th NCAA Championship). UCLA's lastappearance in the Wooden Classic was Dec. 8, 2001, whenNo. 20 UCLA defeated No. 16 Alabama, 79-57 (it wasUCLA's fifth victory (in six games) at the WoodenClassic).
NELL AND JOHN WOODEN COURT - OnSaturday, Dec. 20, when UCLA hosts nationally-rankedMichigan State (3:30 p.m./FSN), the floor of PauleyPavilion will be dedicated - 'Nell and John Wooden Court',named after the Bruins' legendary coach John Wooden andhis late wife, Nell. There is an invitation-only luncheonbefore the game and all Bruin men's basketball lettermenalumni who have not received an invitation should call 310-794-2378.
PRESEASON HONORS- Here's a list of the Bruinpreseason team and individual honors.
-Athlon - Team-postseason prediction/NIT, No. 7 inPac-10; Individual - Dijon Thompson. 2 nd teamAll-Pac-10; Trevor Ariza, No. 29 incoming freshmanin the U. S.; Coaches - Kerry Keating, Top 10assistant coach in the U. S.
-Lindy's - Team - No. 7 in the Pac-10; Individual -Dijon Thompson, No. 13 small forward in the U.S./second-team All-Pac-10.
-Sporting News - Team- No. 7 in the Pac-10;Individual - Dijon Thompson, No. 12 small forward in the U. S./2 nd team All-Pac-10; Ten OtherFormidable Front Courts-(Trevor Ariza, T. J.Cummings, Ryan Hollins, Dijon Thompson).
-Street & Smith's - Team-No. 6 in the Pac-10;Individual - Trevor Ariza, All-West IncomingFreshman (Top 100 College Freshmen).
UCLA SIGNS TOP 10 NATIONAL CLASS -ARRONAFFLALO, JORDAN FARMAR,LORENZO MATA AND JOSH SHIPP -UCLA head coach Ben Howland on Wednesday (Nov.12) announced the National Letter of Intent signings offour players, all ranked in the nation's Top 100 among U.S. high school seniors. The four prep standouts, all fromsouthern California are -6-5, 190-pound shooting guardArron Afflalo from Compton Centennial HS; 6-2,170-pound point guard Jordan Farmar from Taft HS inWoodland Hills; 6-9, 220-pound center Lorenzo Matafrom South Gate HS and 6-5, 200-pound wing JoshShipp from Los Angles Fairfax HS.
According to national recruiting expert Clark Francis(Hoop Scoop), the 2004 Bruin recruiting class is No. 9in the U. S.
Here's a biographical breakdown of UCLA's fourrecruits, all incoming UCLA freshman next fall.Arron Afflalo
As a junior last season at Compton Centennial HSunder coach Rod Palmer (who lettered at UCLA from1986-87 and concluded his collegiate career at UC Irvine),Afflalo led the Apaches to a 19-11 overall record, to theCIF SS Div. III-A title game, the Div. III regionalsemifinals and a share of the Bay League title. A prolificscorer, he averaged 26.2 points a game (he scored 30 ormore points on seven occasions and had a career-high 42points vs. Carson at the one-day Pangos DreamTournament in Pauley Pavilion last January) and alsocontributed 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists. In 2003, Afflalowas the Wooden Award Div. III Player of the Year, All-StateCal-Hi Sports, the CIF-SS Div. III-A co-Player ofthe Year and the Long Beach Press-Telegram DreamTeam Player of the Year.
Howland on Afflalo
'Arron is a classic two guard. I'm excited about histoughness and how he plays the game so hard andaggressive, yet so skillful. He's a good passer and shooterwho does a good job of putting the ball to the floor andgetting to the basket. He also has a chance to be anexcellent defender, but what I like best about Arron ishe's a very good competitor.'
As a junior last season under coach DerrickTaylor, Farmar led Taft to a 25-6 overall record and to theCIF Los Angeles City section semifinals (the first timein school history). He averaged 28.5 points, 9.0 assistsand 8.0 rebounds. At last year's Simi Valley Tournament,Farmar averaged 43 points in four games. He was the2003 Los Angeles Daily News co-Player of the Year.
Howland on Farmer
'Jordan is a true point guard. Looking at all the pointguards (coming out of high school next year) fromsummer camps, Jordan was without a doubt among thetop three in the country. He's an outstanding playmakerand shooter and I like his leadership qualities andcompetitive nature. Like all great point guards, he makeseveryone else around him a better player.'
Mata is the first South Gate HS boys basketballplayer in the school's history to receive a Div. Ischolarship. As a junior last season under coach SalSerrano, Mata had 25 double-doubles (in 26 contests) andaveraged 21.4 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots.He earned All-Los Angeles City Section and was a LongBeach Press-Telegram first-team performer. Mata's onlybeen playing basketball for four years and could be acandidate for the Mexican National Team in the future.
Howland on Mata
'I'm extremely pleased with Lorenzo's signing and whathe brings to UCLA. He's a very strong, athletic insideplayer who can block shots and rebound. He's a gooddefender who has a nice touch around the basket.'
As a junior last season at Fairfax HS under coachHarvey Kitani, Shipp helped lead Fairfax to the Cityfinals and averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0assists and earned All-State underclassman and All-Citysecond team honors. His father, Joe, was a USC footballplayer; his older brother, Joe, was a senior forward lastseason at California and in 2003 he led the Pac-10 inscoring (20.4 points) and his sister, Britteny, attendsUCLA.
Howland on Shipp
'Josh is an outstanding wing player. He is very skilled asan outside shooter and passer who comes from a greatathletic family. Josh continues to get better and bettereach and every year and he will be an outstanding playerhere at UCLA.'
WALT HAZZARD NAMED TO 2004 PAC-10HALL OF HONOR - Hazzard, who led the Bruins totheir first NCAA Championship (1964) and coached UCLAfrom 1985-88, will be UCLA's third inductee into theprestigious Pac-10 Hall of Honor (joining 2002 chartermember John Wooden and 2003 inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).A three-year starter and two-time All-American(1963-64) for the Bruins as a 6-2 guard under Wooden,Hazzard was the keystone to UCLA's first NCAAChampionship in 1964 and first unbeaten season (30-0). Asa senior co-captain in 1964, he averaged a career-high 18.6points, was named the Outstanding Player at the NCAAFinal Four and earned National Player of the Year honorsfrom the USBWA and the Helms Athletic Foundation. Atthe conclusion of his Bruin career, Hazzard's 1,401 pointswere tops in school history. In 1964 after winning theNCAA crown, Hazzard also won a gold medal representingthe U. S. team at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.A first-round draft choice of the Lakers, he played 10 yearsin the NBA, including one appearance in the NBA All-Stargame. From 1985-88, Hazzard returned to UCLA as theBruins' head men's basketball coach. In four winningseasons (his overall record was 77-47, 62.1), he led UCLAto two 20+ win campaigns, the 1987 Pac-10 regular andpostseason championships, a 1987 NCAA second roundadvancement and two NIT bids, including the 1985 NITChampionship, in his first season as the Bruins' head coach.In 1987, Hazzard was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Joining Hazzard in the 2004 class are - Khalid Reeves(Arizona), Lafayette 'Fat' Lever (Arizona State), Jason Kidd(California), Ron Lee (Oregon), Mel Counts (OregonState), Howard 'Howie' Dallmar (Stanford), Bob Boyd(USC), James Edwards (Washington) and George Raveling(Washington State).
The 2004 Pac-10 Hall of Honor banquet will take placeon Wednesday, March 10 in conjunction with the 2004Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, held at The StaplesCenter in Los Angeles (March 11-13).
JEROME 'POOH' RICHARDSON INDUCTEDINTO UCLA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME - UCLA'sstandout point guard from 1986-89, Richardsonwas inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame onOct. 3. During his four years (1986-89) as the Bruins'point guard, Richardson earned All-Pac-10 honors forthree consecutive seasons (1987-89) and ended his careeras the school's all-time leader in assists (833), steals(189, now No. 4), three-point FG% (46.4, 52-112) andgames played (122, now No. 15). Following hiscollegiate career, Richardson had a 10-year career in theNBA, last playing with the Los Angeles Clippers, and hehas endowed a UCLA athletic scholarship.
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland
Ben Howland begins his first season as UCLA'shead coach. Here's a quick year-by-year review of his Div. Icollegiate head coaching career.
2002-03 (Pittsburgh) - led the Panthers to its secondconsecutive NCAA 'Sweet 16', to the school's first everBig East Tournament title and second consecutive Big EastWest crown.
2001-02 (Pittsburgh) - Consensus National Coach ofthe Year, leading the Panthers to a school record 29victories, NCAA 'Sweet 16', Big East West title and BigEast Tournament Championship game.
2000-01 (Pittsburgh) - Pitt advanced to the secondround of the NIT and to the Big East TournamentChampionship game.
1999-00 (Pittsburgh) - first season at Pitt.
1998-99 (Northern Arizona) - first team in NCAAhistory to lead the NCAA in both FG% (52.3) and 3-PTFG% (44.5).
1997-98 (Northern Arizona) - led NAU to first-everNCAA Tournament bid and to the Big Sky regular andpostseason titles. Led nation in 3-PT FG% (43.0), secondin FG% (52.3).
1996-97 (Northern Arizona) - orchestrated the 10 thbest single-season turnaround in NCAA history. Big Skyregular season champion and led nation in 3-PT FG% (4.19)and second in FG% (51.6).
1995-96 (Northern Arizona) - second year at NAU.
1994-95 (Northern Arizona) - first year at NAU.
UCLA VS. NO. 1 - UCLA's 96-89OT victory overNo. 1 Arizona on Mar. 13, 2003, in the first round of thePac-10 Tournament, was the fourth over a top-ranked teamin as many years. On Jan. 12, 2002, UCLA defeated No. 1Kansas, 87-77, at Pauley Pavilion. On Feb. 3, 2001,UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the lastundefeated team at the time, was its second against the No.1 team in the nation in less than one year. Its victory overNo. 1 Stanford on March 4, 2000 was the school's firstover a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruinsdefeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion.The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in theseason was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in thesecond round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the titlegame against Louisville.
UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 teamon the Associated Press poll on 10 occasions,ranking first on the all-time list. Notre Damehas done it nine times, Duke has done it eighttimes and North Carolina, Georgia Tech andOhio State have recorded seven wins vs. a No. 1team.
In Bruin history, during the regular season, UCLA is7-11 vs. the No. 1 team, including last season's overtimewin over Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament. In the NCAATournament, the Bruins have a record of 3-6 vs. the nation'sNo. 1 ranked team, including UCLA's 76-63 loss to Dukein the 2001 NCAA East Region 'Sweet 16'.
PAULEY PAVILION (12,819) - Has been the homeof Bruin basketball for 38 seasons. UCLA's all-time PauleyPavilion record is 528-75 (603 games, 87.6).UCLA overtime win vs. then-No. 18 Cal on Feb. 20,2003 was UCLA's 600th game in Pauley Pavilion. Thewin over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's500th victory on its home court.
On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC,the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilion history watched thatgame (13,382; previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon,3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) in the 73-69win over Duke, UCLA set a new attendance record 13,478,breaking the old one by 96.