No. 19/No. 18 UCLA Opens 2005-06 Regular Season Tuesday

Nov. 14, 2005

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TUESDAY, NOV. 15 - New Mexico State at No. 19/No. 18 UCLA - Pauley Pavilion, 7 p.m. (TV-ESPN2-Mark Jones, Fran Fraschilla/Radio-XTRA Sports 570, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).

LOOKING AHEAD - The second round Preseason NIT game will be between the Tuesday winners of UCLA-NMSU and Army at Temple games. The contest will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at a site to be determined.

On Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins will host Delaware State. At the Delaware State game (Pauley Pavilion Gates 2-7-10-15), the Bruin Athletic Council, as part of its annual Food Drive (benefiting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank), will be collecting donation canned goods, packaged items, drinks (non-breakable containers) and personal hygiene products.

No. 19/No. 18 UCLA BRUINS TENTATIVE STARTING LINEUP (Overall 0-0/Pac-10 0-0; 2004-05 - Overall 18-11/Pac-10 11-7, T-3rd place)
No. Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Ppg Rpg 2004-05
21 Cedric Bozeman F 6-6 Sr. Redshirt
23 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute F 6-7 Fr. HS
15 Ryan Hollins C 7-01/2 Sr. 4.5 3.4
1 Jordan Farmar G 6-2 So. 13.2 3.5
4 Arron Afflalo G 6-5 So. 10.8 3.3

UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA and 12th year as a collegiate head coach.
2004-05 - UCLA (18-11, 29 games/.621)
2003-04 - UCLA (11-17, 28 games/.393)
UCLA Totals - 29-28, 57 games/.509
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Overall - (197-127, 324 games/.608)

In Howland's second year (2004-05) at UCLA, he joined an elite list of college coaches (28) who have led three different teams to the NCAA Tournament (Howland's overall NCAA record is 4-4) - 2005 UCLA, 2003 Pittsburgh ('Sweet 16), 2002 Pittsburgh ('Sweet 16') and 1998 Northern Arizona. In 2005, Howland led the Bruins back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002; he directed the Bruins to a win over nationally-ranked Washington; led UCLA to a third-place tie in the Pac-10 and to a Pac-10 Tournament appearance. In Howland's first year (2003-04) at UCLA, highlights included a 9-3 start (5-0 in the Pac-10), wins over NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and an appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament.In his last two seasons (2002-03) at Pittsburgh - in 2003, he led the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4 national ranking, NCAA 'Sweet 16' and the Big East Tournament Championship 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 was the consensus National Coach of the Year.

UCLA STAFF - Joining Howland are assistant coaches, all entering their third season - Donny Daniels, who was head coach at CS Fullerton for three seasons (2000-03); Ernie Zeigler, who for two years (2002-03) served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and Kerry Keating, in his 16th season in Div. I basketball who has been an assistant coach at four of the six BCS conferences, along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who two seasons (2002-03) served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh. Rounding out the staff are Head Strength and Conditioning Coach E. J. 'Doc' Kreis (third season), trainer Tony Spino (second season/fourth stint as basketball trainer/33rd year at UCLA), Video Coordinator Scott Garson (second season), Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson, entering his 14th season on the Bruin basketball staff, Administrative Assistant Leslie Dalziel (first season), Head Equipment Manager Mike McBride (tenth season), Interim Director of Academic Services Mike Casillas (eighth season) and Academic Coordinator Kenny Donaldson (second season).

Nov. 10- at UCLA 104-CS Monterey Bay 41 (Exhibition) - UCLA had seven different players score in double figures as the Bruins easily defeated CSU Monterey Bay, 104-41. Sophomore guard Jordan Farmar scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting in his first preseason appearance, while dishing out six assists in 21 minutes of play. Sophomore Arron Afflalo and freshman Darren Collison each scored 16 points apiece. Collison also tallied 10 assists. The Otters managed a 1-0 lead over the Bruins on a Richard Jenkins free throw at the 19:13 mark in the first half, but were unable to keep pace with the Bruins after that. UCLA went on a 22-4 run in the next seven minutes of the game and cruised to a commanding 57-16 lead at halftime. The Bruins shot 55.3 percent (21-38) from the field in the first half, and tallied 16 assists while out-rebounding the Otters 28-16. UCLA would start the second half on an 18-6 run, and led 75-22 with 12:51 left in the game. The Bruins went on to shoot 62.5 percent (20-32) from the field in the second half, and finished the game with 28 total assists.

Nov. 4 - at UCLA 78, Carleton (Canada) 51 (Exhibition) - UCLA sat out three starters due to injury in its preseason opener, but that mattered little. The Bruins cruised to a 78-51 win over Carleton University of Canada in an exhibition game on Friday night in Pauley Pavilion. Senior center Ryan Hollins led the Bruins with 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field, and freshman guard Darren Collison chipped in 13 points and five assists in a start. Sophomore guard Arron Afflalo added 12 points and six rebounds. Stuart Turnbull would lead Carleton with 15 points. UCLA jumped out to an early 13-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game and never looked back. The Bruins shot 48.1 percent (13-27) from the field in the first half, while holding Carleton to 8-of-25 shooting and causing 13 turnovers. An Afflalo trey at the 2:58 mark in the first half gave the Bruins their biggest lead of the game at 35-15, and would lead 37-22 at the half. The Bruins would pull away from the Ravens even more in the second half by shooting 64 percent (16-25) from the field, and would lead by as many as 31 points for much of the final seven minutes of the game. UCLA out-rebounded Carleton 40-to-32, but turned the ball over 18 times. Sophomores Jordan Farmar and Josh Shipp, and senior Michael Fey, three starters from last season, were all held out of action to nurse injuries.

NEW MEXICO STATE (Overall 0-0/Western Athletic Conference 0-0; 2004-05 - Overall 6-24/Sun Belt 1-14, 9th-place)
No. Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Ppg Rpg 2004-05
3 Shon Caston F 6-5 So. JC
41 Tyrone Nelson F 6-9 So. Redshirt
4 Trevor Lawrence C 7-0 Sr. 9.4 4.6
1 Shaun Davis G 5-11 Jr. JC
14 Ted Knauber G 6-3 Jr. JC

HEAD COACH REGGIE THEUS - The former UNLV and NBA standout is starting his first season as head coach at New Mexico State after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Louisville under Rick Pitino. Theus prepped at Inglewood HS.

THE AGGIES - NMSU won both its exhibition games, beating CS Los Angeles 89-64 on Nov. 5 and St. Mary's (TX) 72-45 on Nov. 9. Junior guard Elijah Ingram, who sat out last year after transferring from St. John's, scored 21 points, with eight rebounds, against the Bruins when St. John's defeated UCLA 71-55 on Jan. 31, 2004 in Madison Square Garden.

SERIES HISTORY - The Bruins lead it 6-1. NMSU won the first game in 1939-40 (29-28 in Los Angeles). Four of the games, all UCLA wins, took place in the NCAA Tournament, including the last contest (1992, 85-78, 'Sweet 16' at Albuquerque and 1970, 93-77, NCAA Semi-final at College Park, MD). The Bruins are 3-0 vs. the Aggies in Los Angeles and 2-0 in Pauley Pavilion (1959-60, 66-56 and, 1968-69, 53-38, NCAA Tournament game in Pauley Pavilion and 1977-78, 86-67 in Pauley Pavilion).

THE BRUINS - The Bruins in 2005-06 will return four starters from last year's squad that finished 18-11 overall, tied for third in the Pac-10 and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. UCLA's returning starters are - sophomores - 6-2 point guard Jordan Farmar, a preseason Wooden Award candidate (right groin strain, did not play vs. Carleton/started vs. CS Monterey Bay), 6-5 guard Arron Afflalo (missed five days of practice with a left quad contusion, started both exhibition games) and 6-5 forward Josh Shipp (on Sept. 28 underwent right hip surgery and is expected to miss 8-12 weeks), along with 7-0 senior Michael Fey (severe groin pull, was out 35 days, did not play in the exhibition games, resumed practice on Saturday). Joining that quartet will be - two lettermen, 7-0 ½ senior center Ryan Hollins and 6-8 sophomore center Lorenzo Mata; 6-6 redshirt senior guard/forward Cedric Bozeman, who missed all of last season with a right knee injury (that required surgery), and a freshman recruiting class featuring five players rated among the Top 100 in North America - 6-8 forward/center Alfred Aboya (Tilton, NH Prep Academy/on Oct. 12, had left knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks), 6-0 point guard Darren Collison (Etiwanda HS/Rancho Cucamonga), 6-7 forward/guard Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Montverde, FL Academy/missed about a week of practice with a sprained right shoulder, started both exhibition games), 6-5 guard/forward Michael Roll (Aliso Niguel HS/Aliso Viejo, CA) and 6-8 forward Ryan Wright (Loyola Catholic HS/Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). The Bruins will have four walkons on this year's squad - 6-2 redshirt freshman Joey Ellis (who had left knee surgery on Oct. 7, out 12 weeks), 5-10 freshman Kelvin Kim (El Toro HS/Lake Forest), 6-5 redshirt freshman DeAndre Robinson and 5-10 freshman Nican Robinson (Oakland Tech).

Sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar - suffered a right groin strain in practice on Thursday (Oct. 27) and was held out of practice for five days (Thursday-Tuesday, the Bruins did not practice on Sunday, Oct. 30). After Tuesday's (Nov. 1) examination, Farmar, who had shown significant improvement, continued to strengthen and receive treatment. He did not practice or play the rest of the week and did not play in UCLA's exhibition game vs. Carleton (Friday, Nov. 4). Farmar was cleared to resume practice on Monday (Nov. 7) and started vs. CS Monterey Bay.

Sophomore guard Arron Afflalo - suffered a left quadricep contusion on Oct. 29. He was listed as day-to- day, resumed practice on Nov. 3 and started in UCLA's exhibition game vs. Carleton on Nov. 4 and vs. CS Monterey Bay on Nov. 10.

Freshman forward Alfred Aboya - had a left knee arthroscopic procedure on Oct. 12 (on Nov.10, it was four weeks since his surgery). Aboya was re-evaluated on Nov. 2 and he will not have any basketball activity for the next two weeks.

Senior center Michael Fey - before the start of practice (Oct. 14), was diagnosed with a severe groin strain (it has been five weeks/35 days since the diagnosis). He remained out of practice, improved and continued to rehab. On Tuesday (Nov. 8), Fey was cleared for a one hour workout (once a day, starting Nov. 9). 'After his workout Wednesday morning, he had no noticeable pain,' Bruin head coach Ben Howland said. 'Hopefully, Michael can continue this pattern for the next couple of days and possibly even practice on Saturday.' Fey participated in team practice on Saturday (Nov. 12) and could play on Tuesday (Nov. 15).

Freshman guard/forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - before the start of practice (Oct. 14) was diagnosed with sprained right shoulder. He returned to full-time practice status on Oct. 22 and started both exhibition gamesSophomore forward Josh Shipp - on Sept. 28, had an arthroscopic right hip procedure. During his initial rehabilitation, he was on crutches for almost a month (came off of crutches on Oct. 26). Shipp is approximately six-seven weeks away from playing.Redshirt Freshman Walkon Joey Ellis - On Oct. 7, had a left knee arthroscopic procedure and could be out for 12 weeks.

Bruin Head Coach Ben Howland-
'Obviously the rash of injuries has been frustrating for the players involved and our team. But, as I've said before, if we had to have injuries - better now, than in mid-December when we open the conference. The fact that some players will not open the season- will give significant playing time and experience to others, which should pay off down the road. By Dec. 1, we hope that all our players, with the exception of Josh Shipp, will be participating in practice as our team moves forward to becoming full strength.'

2005 PRESEASON NIT - For the first time since 1996 and for the fourth time in school history (2005-1996-1992-1987), the Bruins will play in the Preseason NIT. The first game (Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Pauley Pavilion, 7 p.m./ESPN2), will be against Western Athletic Conference member New Mexico State, under new head coach and NBA and UNLV great Reggie Theus. If UCLA wins its first round home contest, a quarterfinal game will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 (site to be determined/vs. the winner of Army at Temple) and should the Bruins win both games - the Preseason NIT semifinals (Wednesday, Nov. 23) and championship/third-place games (Friday, Nov. 25) will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City (ESPN2).

The first-round NIT matchups are - Nov. 14 - Boston U. at Duke, Manhattan at Seton Hall, Sam Houston State at Missouri and Drexel at Princeton; Nov. 15- Miami (Ohio) at Alabama, Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Memphis, Army at Temple and New Mexico State at UCLA.

In UCLA's preseason NIT history, the Bruins - in 1996, lost in the first round to Tulsa in Pauley Pavilion (77-76, OT); in 1992, lost a semifinal game to Seton Hall 73-64 and defeated Florida State 86-83 for third-place and in 1987, lost a second round contest at New Mexico 77-66.

EXPERIMENTAL RULES - This season, all certified men's basketball games (including the Preseason NIT) that occur before Jan. 1, are required to use the 2005 experimental rules. This year's men's basketball experimental rules are - 1. moving the three-point line one foot behind the current three-point line to create a new experimental distance of 20 feet-nine inches; 2. widening the free-throw lane by one foot on each side (note the experimental lane will serve both as the three-second lane and the free throw lane) and 3. placing a restricted area arc which is to be three feet from the center of the basket ring.

Janou Rubin - In what has been a lengthy procedural process, the UCLA Athletic Department and the Janou (Ja-now)Rubin family have been dealing with the NCAA, attempting to get Rubin a sixth year of eligibility (he did not compete in 2001-02/Rubin also missed the final 19 games of last season with a left knee injury that required surgery). But as of the week of Nov. 14, Rubin's status for 2005-06 is still undecided. During a request for a five-year clock extension, while the extension is under consideration, Rubin may practice for 30 days (starting Oct. 14-Nov. 14), but cannot play against outside competition.

UCLA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE - In the recently released Preseason AP poll, the Bruins will face four teams on this year's schedule - No. 9 Arizona, No. 13 Stanford, No. 15 West Virginia and No. 25 Nevada (also, No. 1 Duke, No. 12 Memphis and No. 14 Alabama are in the Preseason NIT). UCLA's 2005-06 men's basketball schedule will feature eight teams that advanced to postseason play last season (NCAA/NIT) and the Bruins will also participate in the Preseason NIT and Wooden Classic. Teams from last year's NCAA include - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Delaware State (Saturday, Nov. 19 in Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.), Western Athletic Conference Nevada in the Wooden Classic (Saturday, Dec. 10 in Anaheim, 2:30 p.m./KCAL), Big East West Virginia (Saturday, Jan. 12 in Pauley Pavilion, 12:45 p.m., CBS/the Mountaineers in the 2005 NCAA advanced to the Albuquerque Regional final, losing to Louisville 93-85OT) and Pac-10 foes Washington, Arizona and Stanford. Also in 2005, conference opponents Oregon State and Arizona State participated in the NIT. For the fourth consecutive season, UCLA will play Big 10 Michigan (Dec. 17 in Ann Arbor, 9 a.m. PT/ESPN) -UCLA leads the series 8-3 and defeated the Wolverines last season in Pauley 81-79.

THE WOODEN CLASSIC - UCLA's appearance in the 2005 Wooden Classic will be its ninth (third consecutive, the Bruins will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak), with an overall mark of 5-3.

UCLA in the John R. Wooden Classic (5-3)
2005-06 - Dec. 10-Washington vs. New Mexico
(noon), followed by UCLA vs. Nevada
2004-05(L)-Boston College 74, UCLA 64
2003-04(L)-No. 9 Kentucky 52, UCLA 50
2001-02(W)-No. 20 UCLA 79, No. 16 Alabama 57
2000-01(L)-Georgia Tech 72, UCLA 67
1998-99(W)-No. 18 UCLA 69,No. 11 Okla. St. 66
1997-98(W)-No. 15 UCLA 69,No. 8 New Mex. 58
1995-96(W)-UCLA 73, No. 20 Maryland 63
1994-95(W)-No. 2 UCLA 82, No. 7 Kentucky 81

On Nov. 30, 2002 in Indianapolis, No. 14 UCLA's 84-73 loss to No. 4 Duke was the Bruins' only appearance in the then third-annual Wooden Tradition.

Wooden Classic Press Conference - To highlight the upcoming Wooden Classic, a press conference, featuring all four head coaches and John Wooden, will be held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim (Service Level/East End) at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. The 12th annual Wooden Classic will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Arrowhead Pond (noon-Washington vs. New Mexico/2:30 p.m.-UCLA vs. Nevada/KCAL).

This will be UCLA's ninth appearance (third consecutive) in the Wooden Classic. The Bruins have a Classic record of 5-3 (last year, UCLA was defeated by Boston College 74-64).

WALKONS - The Bruins will have four walkons, including redshirt freshmen 6-5 guard DeAndre Robinson (Riverside, CA/King HS) and 6-1 guard Joey Ellis (Hidden Hills/Crespi HS). Robinson, a two-year first-team All-League performer, as a senior led King HS to a No. 23 State ranking, averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Ellis in 2004 was Crespi's captain and team MVP and earned All-Mission League honors. As a senior, Ellis averaged 16.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.9 steals.

Along with two freshmen - 5-10 guard Kelvin Kim (El Toro HS/Lake Forest) and 5-10 guard Nican (Nye-kin) Robinson (Oakland Tech). Kim was a first-team All-CIF-SS-Div. 1A selection, averaging 14.6 points, 5.2 assists and 3.3 rebounds. Robinson, his team MPV and co-captain as a senior, comes from an athletic family (father Sam played in the NBA, uncle Paul Pressey is an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics and uncles Mike Davis, Sr. and Rod Martin played in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders.

NATIONAL PRESEASON POLLS - UCLA is preseason rated No. 19 by AP and tied for No. 18 by USA Today. It's the Bruins' first preseason rating since 2002-03. 'Our preseason rankings are based on our team at full strength and healthy,' said Bruin head coach Ben Howland. 'Obviously now, we're not. We're looking forward to being at full strength and once we are, I'm confident we can compete with anyone night in and night out. I think we have a very, very strong conference. We have three teams in the Preseason Top 25 and I'm positive that at least a couple more Pac-10 teams will be ranked at some point in the season.' In the AP Preseason, there are three Pac-10 teams - Arizona (10), Stanford (13) and UCLA (19) and in the USA Today - also three conference teams - Arizona (9), Stanford (13) and UCLA (18, tied with Wake Forest).

PAC-10 MEDIA DAY-BRUINS SELECTED THIRD IN PRESEASON VOTE - Nov. 3 was Pac-10 Media Day at the LAX Hilton. According to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball, Arizona was picked to win the 2006 conference title.

Here's the vote total -1. Arizona (23) 325, 2. Stanford (9) 294, 3. UCLA 263 (2), 4. Washington 238, 5. California 212, 6. Oregon 183, 7. Oregon State 132, 8. USC 87, 9. Washington State 86, 10. Arizona State 50.

PRESEASON HONORS- Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors.
-Athlon - Team - Postseason Prediction, NCAA 'Sweet 16'/3rd in Pac-10; No. 2 recruiting class in Pac-10. Individual -Jordan Farmar - Honorable Mention All-America/1st-team All-Pac-10; Arron Afflalo - 3rd-team All-Pac-10.

-Blue Ribbon - Team - No. 21 in the U. S./3rd in the Pac-10; No. 2 Top Backcourt in Pac-10. Individual - Jordan Farmar- All-Conference Team. - Team - No. 16 in the U. S./3rd in the Pac-10. Individual - Jordan Farmar - 1st-team All-Pac-10.

-Lindy's - Team - No. 25 in U. S./3rd in Pac-10; No. 6 backcourt in the nation; No. 18 recruiting class in the nation. Individual - Jordan Farmar - No. 11 point guard in the U. S. /second-team All-Pac-10.

-Slam Magazine - Team - No. 18 in U. S.

-Street & Smith's - Team - No. 16 in the U. S. /3rd in Pac-10; No. 3 recruiting class in Pac-10. Individual - Alfred Aboya - Top 100 college freshmen, Ryan Wright -Impact Rookie.

-The Sporting News - Team - No. 17 in U. S. /3rd in Pac-10; No. 5 backcourt in U. S.; No. 3 recruiting class in Pac-10. Individual - Jordan Farmar - No. 4 point guard in U. S. /first-team All-Pac-10; Arron Afflalo - No. 13 shooting guard in the U .S./second-team All-Pac-10; Ryan Wright - No. 5 Pac-10 recruit; Alfred Aboya - No. 8 Pac-10 recruit; Darren Collison -No. 12 Pac-10 recruit.

-Dick Vitale's Top 25 - Team - No. 20 in the U. S.

Fox Sports will feature a 30 minute Bruin highlight preview show the week of Nov. 21 - Nov. 21 - 7 p.m. (FSNW), 11 p.m. (FSNW2); Nov. 22 - 11:30 p.m. (FSNW2); Nov. 23-6:30 p.m. (FSNW); Nov. 24 - 11 p.m. (FSNW2); Nov. 25 -8:30 p.m. (FSNW2); Nov. 28 - 7 p.m. (FSNW2); Nov. 29 - 4:30 p.m. (FSNW2); Nov. 30 - 11 p.m. (FSNW2).

Beginning Nov. 14, every ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU men's college basketball telecast will include an ESPNU's 'Pride of the Program' segment, celebrating an historic moment from each of the 326 Div. 1 programs in alphabetical order (UCLA is March 10).

James Keefe, a 6-8, 220-pound forward from Santa Margarita Catholic HS (Rancho Santa Margarita) who is considered one of the nation's top-rated power forwards entering his senior high school season, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UCLA, Bruin head coach Ben Howland announced Nov. 9. Wednesday is the first day of the early signing period that extends until Nov. 16.

Under head coach Jerry DeBusk, Keefe led the Eagles in March to a second consecutive CIF Southern Section Div. III-AA Championship (28-5 overall), averaging 17.0 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots. Santa Margarita Catholic HS advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern California Regionals (Div. III) as Keefe earned State Junior Player of the Year honors and was first-team All-Serra League.

'I'm elated that James is joining our program,' said Howland. 'He's an outstanding player, a great person and an excellent student. James plays hard, is an outstanding rebounder, a good defender and plays very intelligently. His attitude and work ethic are going to help him improve and get better and better year-in and year-out'

A recent first-team Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Selection, Keefe is rated the No. 27 high school player in the nation by Bob Gibbons' All-Star Sports Top 100.

Entering 2005-06, his other preseason prep honors include - Street & Smith All-American (second team), The Sporting News' No. 36 player in the U. S., No. 37 player in the U. S. (No. 11 power forward in the U. S.) and Athlon Sports No. 38 player in the U. S.

Last summer, Keefe participated in the Gibbons' Memorial Weekend Tournament, playing for the title-winning Southern California All-Stars. He also played in the adidas All-America Camp in Suwanee, GA and with his high school team in the Reebok Las Vegas Big Time Tournament (an all-tourney choice) in July.

'Keefe puts as much energy and focus into his performance while screening for teammates and playing defense, as he does when the ball is in his possession,' said Frank Burlison, national basketball columnist for, long-time sportswriter for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and a member of the USBWA Hall of Fame. 'He'll need to make fewer adjustments, especially on defense, than almost any other player in the class to be an immediate contributor in college. Keefe has been extremely well-coached by Jerry DeBusk and should make an immediate impact with the Bruins, perhaps even as a starter at some point during his freshman season.'

ED O'BANNON, KENNY WASHINGTON INDUCTED INTO THE UCLA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME - On Friday, Sept. 30, Bruin basketball greats Kenny Washington and Ed O'Bannon were inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame (they were also introduced at halftime during UCLA's football game vs. Washington in the Rose Bowl on Oct. 1). Kenny Washington was a three-year letterman (1964-66) under Coach John Wooden and played on the Bruins' first two NCAA Championship squads (1964-65). In the 1964 NCAA Championship game vs. Duke, Washington came off the bench and scored 26 points in UCLA's 98-83 victory. In the Bruins' 91-80 victory over Michigan in the 1965 NCAA Final, Washington again came off the bench to scored 17 points. He was a senior starting guard in 1966. Ed O'Bannon in 1995 led the Bruins to their 11th NCAA title. In the Championship game vs. defending champion Arkansas, O'Bannon scored 30 points, with 17 rebounds, in UCLA's 89-78 triumph. He was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player and also went on to receive the Wooden Award, as the nation's top collegiate performer. In the 1995 NBA Draft, O'Bannon was a first round choice (No. 9 selection) by the New Jersey Nets. On Feb. 1, 1996 in a ceremony in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA retired O'Bannon's No. 31 jersey number.

DON BARKSDALE TO BE INDUCTED INTO PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR- Don Barksdale, UCLA's first African-American All-American in men's basketball (1947) and the first African-American Helms Foundation All-American, will be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor in ceremonies that will take place during the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament, March 8-11, at The Staples Center. Following in the steps of his close friend and mentor Jackie Robinson, Barksdale (Berkeley HS) broke the color barrier in the sport of basketball. He was the first African-American to win a gold medal for the U.S. in men's basketball (1948), one of the first to play in the NBA (1951-55) and the first African-American to play in an NBA All-Star game (1953). Following his playing career, he returned to the Bay Area as a well-known jazz DJ, and became chairman of 'Save High School Sports', an organization to raise money to pay for sports programs in school districts beset by financial difficulty. Barksdale was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Oakland African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. Barksdale died in 1993 at the age of 69. Joining Barksdale in the 2005 Class is - Arizona's Damon Stoudamire, Arizona State's Lionel Hollins, California's Andy Wolfe, Oregon's Jim Loscutoff, Oregon State's Ralph Miller, Stanford's Adam Keefe, USC's Dennis 'Mo' Layton, Washington's Steve Hawes and Washington State's James Donaldson. Barksdale is the fifth Bruin to be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor - 2002 John Wooden, 2003 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), 2004 Walt Hazzard and 2005 Gail Goodrich.


UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland
11-Year Head Coaching Career

2004-05 (UCLA) 18-11 (NCAA Tournament)
2003-04 (UCLA) 11-17 (T-7th place in Pac-10)
at UCLA 29-28
2002-03 (PITT) 28-5 (NCAA Sweet 16)
2001-02 (PITT) 29-6 (NCAA Sweet 16)
2000-01 (PITT) 19-14 (NIT)
1999-00 (PITT) 13-15
at PITT 89-40
1998-99 (NAU) 21-8 (led FG%/3PTFG%)
1997-98 (NAU) 21-8 (NCAA Tournament)
1996-97 (NAU) 21-7 (BigSkyReg.Sea.Chmp.)
1995-96 (NAU) 7-19
1994-95 (NAU) 9-17
at NAU 79-59
Totals 197-127 (.608, 324 games)

Howland has now led three different schools into the NCAA Tournament - Northern Arizona in 1998, Pittsburgh in 2002 and 2003 and UCLA in 2005. Following the 2005 NCAA Tournament, only 28 coaches had been to the Tournament with three different schools. Howland is 4-4 in NCAA play - 0-1 at Northern Arizona, 4-2 at Pittsburgh, reaching the 'Sweet 16' in both 2002 and 2003, and 0-1 at UCLA.Here's a quick year-by-year review of his previous Div. I collegiate head coaching career.

2004-05 (UCLA)- In Howland's second year at UCLA, highlights include an 8-3 finish in the regular season to tie for third place in the Pac-10, wins over Washington, Notre Dame and Michigan and an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

2003-04 (UCLA)- In Howland's first year at UCLA, highlights included a 9-3 start (5-0 in the Pac-10), wins over NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and an appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament.

2002-03 (Pittsburgh) - Led the Panthers to its second consecutive NCAA 'Sweet 16', to the school's first ever Big East Tournament title and second consecutive Big East West crown.

2001-02 (Pittsburgh) - Consensus National Coach of the Year, leading the Panthers to a school record 29 victories, NCAA 'Sweet 16', Big East West title and Big East Tournament Championship game.

2000-01 (Pittsburgh) - Pitt advanced to the second round of the NIT and to the Big East Tournament Championship game.1999-00 (Pittsburgh) - first season at Pitt.

1998-99 (Northern Arizona) - first team in NCAA history to lead the NCAA in both FG% (52.3) and 3-PT FG% (44.5).

1997-98 (Northern Arizona) - led NAU to first-ever NCAA Tournament bid and to the Big Sky regular and postseason titles. Led nation in 3-PT FG% (43.0), second in FG% (52.3).

1996-97 (Northern Arizona) - orchestrated the 10th best single-season turnaround in NCAA history. Big Sky regular 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.

HOWLAND PRESS CONFERENCES - held (most Tuesdays/unless noted) in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room at 1:30 p.m.(unless noted)/following Howland, Bruin players will be available in the press room at 2 p.m. (Dates-Monday Nov. 14-11a.m./Thursday Dec. 1-1:30 p.m./Dec. 6/Friday Dec. 9-11 a.m. at Arrowhead Pond/ Dec. 13/Dec. 20/Dec. 27/Jan. 3/Jan. 10/Jan. 17/Jan. 24/Jan. 31/Feb. 7/Feb. 14/Feb. 21/Feb. 28/March 7.

HOWLAND/PAC-10 WEEKLY HEAD COACHES MEDIA TELECONFERENCE CALL - Beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 27 (and every Tuesday during the regular season/last call Tuesday, March 7). It begins at 10:30 a.m. through 11:47 a.m. (Howland is 11:47-11:55 a.m.). The media telephone number is 913-312-1268(taped replay-402-222-9927).


PAULEY PAVILION (12,819) - In 2005-06, it will be UCLA's 41st season calling Pauley Pavilion home. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 549-84 (633 games, .867). The Bruins were 12-3 in Pauley in 2004-05 (it's UCLA's best record in Pauley since 2000-01/12-3), after being 9-6 in 2003-04 and 5-10 in 2002-03.

UCLA's overtime win vs. No. 18 Cal on Feb. 20, 2003 was UCLA's 600th game in Pauley Pavilion. The win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th 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 that game (13,382; previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon, 3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) in the 73-69 win over Duke, UCLA set a new attendance record 13,478, breaking the old one by 96.

The last time the Bruins were unbeaten at home for a regular season was in 1994-95 (15-0, California did beat UCLA at home that season but later forfeited the game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 at Pauley 15-1 (losing only to Stanford).On Dec. 20, 2003, the playing floor in Pauley Pavilion was dedicated 'Nell and John Wooden Court'.

UCLA HISTORY - This will be UCLA's 87th season of college basketball and the Bruins have an overall school record of 1,554-702 (2,256 games, .689).

UCLA's 11 NCAA Championships is an NCAA record (Kentucky is second with seven), UCLA has been to 14 Final Fours (Kentucky 13) and the Bruins are second in NCAA Tournament appearances (39, Kentucky is first with 45). In NCAA play, the Bruins are also second in victories (85, second to Kentucky) and winning percentage (.726, second to Duke).

On 2005-06 fall rosters, the Bruins had eight players - Trevor Ariza (New York Knicks/second season), Matt Barnes (New York Knicks/3rd season), Baron Davis (Golden State Warriors/7th season), Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks/4th season), Jason Kapono (Miami Heat/3rd season), Dijon Thompson (Phoenix Suns/lst season), Earl Watson (Denver Nuggets/5th season) and Ray Young (Golden State Warriors/waived). In the NBDL, the Bruins have three players - Brian Morrison, who was a senior last season, with Albuquerque; Ray Young, a senior in 2002-03, is with Austin and T. J. Cummings, a senior in 2003-04, is also with Albuquerque.

UCLA's seven players in the NBA is second-highest in the Pac-10 (behind Arizona's 10) and in the nation, the Bruins trail only Duke (11), Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas and Connecticut (10) and Maryland (9). Michigan State and Florida also have seven.

Since 1948, UCLA has the most NBA selections of any school (98), followed by North Carolina (92), Kentucky (90) and Duke (70).


UCLA'S PAC-10 STATS (all games/final 2004-05)
TEAM- Scoring Offense-5th, 73.7; Scoring Defense-6th, 71.7; Scoring Margin-4th, +2.1; FT %-5th, .719; FG %-4th, .452; FG % Def.-6th, .446; 3-Pt. FG %-6th, .346; 3-Pt. FGs Made-5th, 6.41; 3-Pt. FG % Def. 4th, .335; Reb. Off.-2nd, 36.8; Reb. Def.- 3rd, 32.8; Reb. Margin-2nd, +4.0; Blkd Shots-9th, 2.55; Assts-6th, 14.38; Stls-8th, 5.83; TO Margin-9th, -1.72; Asst/TO Ratio-8th, 0.90; Off. Reb.- 7th, 11.83; Def. Reb.-1st, 25.00.

UCLA INDIVIDUAL PAC-10 LEADERS (Top 10) - Scoring - Dijon Thompson, 3rd, 18.4; Rebounding - Dijon Thompson, 3rd, 7.9; FG% - Michael Fey, 5th, .546; Assists - Jordan Farmar, 2nd, 5.28; FT% - Jordan Farmar, 7th, .801; Steals - Dijon Thompson, 8th, 1.50; Jordan Farmar, 9th, 1.41; 3pt. FG% -- Arron Afflalo, 10th, .386; 3pt. FGs - ; Blocked Shots - Ryan Hollins, 10th, 0.82; Assist/TO Ratio - ; Off. Rebs. -; Def. Rebs. - Dijon Thompson, 2nd, 6.07; Min. Played - Dijon Thompson, 4th, 34.64; Jordan Farmar, 5th, 34.38.

UCLA/PAC-10 INDIVIDUAL HIGH LEADERS- Points - Dijon Thompson, T-1st, 39.

SPECIAL TEAM STATS (29 Games/final 2004-05)
HALFTIME - UCLA was 14-4 when it led at halftime and 4-7 when it trailed. UCLA Halftime High/Low (49 USC/18 Cal), OPP Halftime High/Low (52 Wash/18 at WSU). UCLA 2nd Half High/Low (53 Wash/27 BC), OPP 2nd Half High/Low (48 at OSU/26 USC/WSU).

REBOUNDING - UCLA was 14-6 when it outrebounded its opponent, 3-5 when outrebounded and 1-0 when the rebounds were tied. UCLA High/Low (49 WIU/26 LBS), OPP High/Low (43 at Wash, Cal/21 CSU).

FG % - UCLA was 13-3 when it outshot its opponent from the field and 5-8 when outshot. UCLA High/Low (.607 USC/.303 Cal), OPP High/Low (.615 Texas Tech/.362 at Cal).

3 PT FG% - UCLA was 15-2 when it outshot its opponent from three-point range, 2-8 when outshot and 1-1 when shooting was even. UCLA High/Low (.667 LBS/.143 at Stan), OPP High/Low (.625 at OSU/.059 LBS).

FT% - UCLA was 14-3 when it outshot its opponent from the foul line, 4-7 when it was outshot and 1-0 when even. UCLA High/Low (.947 at Stan /.529 CSU), OPP High/Low (.929 OSU/.385 USC).

TOs- UCLA was 7-5 when it had less TOs and 11-6 when it had more TOs than its opponent. UCLA High/Low (23 at Wash, at Ariz/6 Cal), OPP High/Low (22 BC/5 Pepp).

5 MIN. MARK - UCLA was 14-0 when leading at the 5-minute mark in regulation, 3-11 when behind and 1-0 when tied.


XTRA SPORTS 570 - The 2005-06 basketball season was UCLA's ninth with XTRA Sports and owner ClearChannel.

Chris Roberts(, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 14th season as the voice of Bruin basketball and football and in his 25th year broadcasting Div. I sports in Los Angeles. Roberts, who is a Wooden Award and Heisman Trophy voter, recently authored a book about Bruin football titled 'Stadium Stories' ( He has twice been nominated for the Southern California Broadcasters Assn. 'Play-by-Play Broadcaster of the Year' award. Roberts was nationally recognized on Oct. 27, 2003 by ESPN's Dick Vitale, when Vitale placed Roberts on his 'All-Radio Voices Team'. Vitale called it his 'All-Cawood Ledford Team', in honor of the legendary Kentucky broadcaster. Roberts joined 15 other well-known college play-by-play voices on Vitale's 'Sweet 16' broadcast team.

Don MacLean, the leading scorer (2,608, 1989-92) in UCLA and Pac-10 history, is in his fourth season as the Bruins' radio analyst. MacLean, who had a nine-year NBA career (1993-2001), will also be in his first season doing television analyst work for FSN.

ON THE INTERNET - UCLA games were also available via the internet at ( Fans could also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929).

UCLA releases and results for all sports are on the internet (

PAC-10 - Updated notes released each Monday beginning Nov. 14 and continuing through the season. Pac-10 information is available on the Pac-10 home page. Point your web browser to


12 Alfred Aboya (A-boy-a)
6-8, 233, Fr., F/C, Yaounde, Cameroon (Tilton, NH Prep Academy)
2005-06 PRESEASON HONORS - Sporting News No. 8 Pac-10 recruit; Smith & Smith's Top 100 college freshman
ABOYA'S SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - minutes vs.; points vs.; rebounds vs.; assists vs.; steals vs.; blocked shot vs..
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS -

4 Arron Afflalo (A-fla-low)
6-5, 210, So., F, Compton, CA (Centennial)
2005-06 PRESEASON HONORS - Sporting News No. 13 shooting guard in U.S., second-team All-Pac-10; Athlon third-team All-Pac-10
AFFLALO'S 2005-06 SEASON HIGHS - minutes vs.; points vs.; rebounds vs.; assists vs.; steals vs.; blocked shot vs..
AFFLALO'S CAREER HIGHS - 39 minutes vs. WSU (2/3/05); 22 points vs. USC (2/24/05); 9 rebounds vs. OSU (3/3/05), USC (2/24/05); 6 assists vs. OSU (12/31/04), LBS (11/30/04); 3 steals vs. ND (2/27/05); 1 blocked shot vs. OSU (3/10/05), ND (2/27/05), Wash (2/5/05), WSU (2/3/05), ASU, (1/13/05), Wash (1/8/05), OSU (12/31/04) .
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS -

21 Cedric Bozeman
6-6, 207, Sr., G/F, Los Angeles, CA (Mater Dei HS)
BOZEMAN'S 2005-06 SEASON HIGHS - minutes vs. ; points vs.; rebounds vs.; assists vs.; steals vs.; blocked shot vs.
BOZEMAN'S CAREER HIGHS - 40 minutes vs. Kentucky (12/6/03), Oregon (1/30/03) and USD (11/26/02); 17 points vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03), Oregon (1/30/03); 10 rebounds vs. Loyola (12/13/03); 10 assists vs. USC (1/28/04), California (1/24/04); 2 steals vs. UCSB (12/17/03), Oregon (1/30/03), California (1/25/03) and USD (11/26/02); 1 blocked shot, five times, last vs. Michigan (12/27/03).
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS -

2 Darren Collison
6-0, 155, Fr., G, Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Etiwanda)
2005-06 PRESEASON HONORS -Sporting News No. 12 Pac-10 recruit.
COLLISON'S SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - minutes vs.; points vs.; rebounds vs.; assists vs.; steals vs.; blocked shot vs..
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS -

1 Jordan Farmar (Far-mar)
6-2, 180, So., G, Los Angeles, CA (Taft)
2005-06 PRESEASON HONORS - Wooden Award candidate; Athlon Honorable mention All-America, No. 8 Top Floor Leader, first-team All-Pac-10; Blue Ribbon All-conference; first-team All-Pac-10; Lindy's No. 11 point guard in U.S., second-team All-Pac-10; Sporting News No. 4 point guard in U.S., second-team All-Pac-10.
FARMAR'S 2005-06 SEASON HIGHS - minutes vs.; points vs.; rebounds vs.; assists vs.; steals vs.; blocked shot vs..
FARMAR'S CAREER HIGHS - 46 minutes vs. WSU (1/6/05); 27 points vs. Arizona (2/12/05); 7 rebounds vs. Oregon State (3/3/05), Cal (2/17/05); 9 assists vs. Mich. (12/18/04); 4 steals vs. ASU (2/10/05), WSU (1/6/05); 1 blocked shot vs. OSU (3/10/05), Wash (2/5/05), Mich. St. (12/21/04).
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS -

45 Michael Fey (Fay), 7-0, 279, Sr., C, Olympia, WA (Capital HS)
FEY'S 2005-06 SEASON HIGHS - minutes vs.; points vs.; rebounds vs.; assists vs.; steal vs.; blocked shots vs..
FEY'S CAREER HIGHS - 33 minutes vs. UCI (11/27/04), UC Riverside (12/3/03); 23 points vs. Oregon State (12/31/04); 11 rebounds vs. ORE (3/5/05), STAN (1/20/05); 3 assists vs. ORE (3/5/05); 4 blocked shots vs. ORE (3/5/05).
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS -

15 Ryan Hollins
7-0 1/2, 230, Sr., C, Pasadena, CA (Muir HS)
HOLLINS' 2005-06 SEASON HIGHS - minutes vs.; points vs.; rebounds vs.; assists vs.; steals vs.; blocked shots vs..
HOLLINS' CAREER HIGHS - 36 minutes vs. WSU (2/3/05), ASU (2/12/04); 21 points vs. USC (1/28/04); 11 rebounds vs. Oregon (1/30/03); 4 assists vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03); 2 steals vs. California (2/19/04); 7 blocked shots vs. Oregon (1/30/03).
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS -

14 Lorenzo Mata
6-8, 235, So., C/F, Huntington Park, CA (South Gate)
MATA'S 2005-06 SEASON HIGHS - minutes vs.; points vs.; rebounds vs.; assist vs.; steal vs.; blocked shots vs..
MATA'S CAREER HIGHS - 22 minutes vs. Pepp (12/11/04); 8 points vs. USC (1/29/05); 11 rebounds vs. Pepp (12/11/04); 1 assist vs. ASU (1/13/05), UO (1/2/05); 1 steal vs. Ariz (2/12/05), OSU (12/31/04), Pepp (12/11/04); 2 blocked shots vs. USC (1/29/05), UO (1/2/05).
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS -

23 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Luc Richard umbah-a-moo-teh)
6-7, 224, Fr., F, Yaounde, Cameroon (Montverde, FL Academy)
MBAH A MOUTE'S SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - minutes vs.; points vs.; rebounds vs.; assists vs.; steals vs.; blocked shot vs..
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS -

20 Michael Roll
6-5, 205, Fr., G/F, Aliso Viejo, CA (Aliso Niguel)
ROLL'S SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - minutes vs.; points vs.; rebounds vs.; assists vs.; steals vs.; blocked shot vs..
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS -

3 Josh Shipp, 6-5, 207, So., G/F, Los Angeles, CA (Fairfax)
SHIPP'S 2005-06 SEASON HIGHS - minutes vs.; points vs.; rebounds vs. ; assists vs.; steals vs.; blocked shot vs. .
SHIPP'S CAREER HIGHS - 41 minutes vs. WSU (2/05/05); 20 points vs. Ore (3/5/05), Wash (2/5/05); 12 rebounds vs. Pepp (12/11/04); 5 assists vs. Texas Tech (3/17/05); 4 steals vs. Cal (2/17/05); 1 blocked shot vs. Ariz (2/12/05)
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS -

11 Ryan Wright
6-8, 225, Fr., F, Mississauga, ONT, CAN (Loyola Catholic)
2005-06 PRESEASON HONORS - Sporting News No. 5 Pac-10 recruit; Street & Smith's Impact Rookie
WRIGHT'S SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - minutes vs.; points vs.; rebounds vs.; assists vs.; steals vs.; blocked shot vs..
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS -

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