UCLA Ranked No. 16, Hosts Albany (Tuesday) and Coppin State (Sunday)

Nov. 28, 2005

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29 - No. 16/17 UCLA (4-1) vs. ALBANY (1-3)- Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. (TV-FSNW2, with Bill Macdonald and Don MacLean/Radio-XTRA 690, with Chris Roberts and Gary Maloncon).

SUNDAY, DEC. 4 - UCLA vs. COPPIN STATE - Pauley Pavilion, 1 p.m. (TV-none /Radio-XTRA 570, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).

No. 16/No. 17 UCLA BRUINS TENTATIVE STARTING LINEUP (Overall 4-1/Pac-10 0-0)
No. Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Ppg Rpg
21 Cedric Bozeman F 6-6 Sr. 12.0 4.6
23 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute F 6-7 Fr. 7.0 7.8
15 Ryan Hollins C 7-01/2 Sr. 4.8 4.4
1 Jordan Farmar G 6-2 So. 14.0 3.5
4 Arron Afflalo G 6-5 So. 17.0 4.4

UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA and 12th year as a collegiate head coach.
2005-06 - UCLA (4-1, 3 games/1.000)
2004-05 - UCLA (18-11, 29 games/.621)
2003-04 - UCLA (11-17, 28 games/.393)
UCLA Totals - 33-29, 62 games/.532
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Overall - (201-128, 329 games/.611)

Howland recorded his 200th (200-127) career victory on Nov. 19, when UCLA defeated Delaware State 56-37 in Pauley Pavilion. 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.

No. Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Ppg Rpg
11 Levi Levine F 6-6 Sr. 7.5 3.8
34 Bret Wilson F 6-8 So. 12.8 4.5
12 Kirsten Zoellner C 7-1 Sr. 5.8 5.3
4 Lucious Jordan G 6-2 Sr. 4.0 2.5
31 Jamar Wilson G 6-1 Jr. 17.5 3.0

HEAD COACH WILL BROWN - Is in his fifth season at Albany with a school and career mark of 33-75.

THE GREAT DANES - in their seventh season as a Div. 1 program, are 1-3 - opened the season in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Gainesville, FL - beating Oakland (Rochester, MN) 90-73 and losing to host Florida (83-64). On Nov. 21 at Albany, the Great Danes lost to Sacred Heart 63-61 and on Nov. 26, Albany lost at San Diego State 80-53. Albany has three players averaging in double figures, led by Jamar Wilson's 17.5 points. In Blue Ribbon, Albany was selected to finish first in the America East Conference, with Wilson and Levi Levine All-Conference selections. Wilson and Lucious Jordan were second-team All-League choices last season. Last season, Albany was 13-15 overall and 9-9 in the conference (fourth-place). Albany Athletic Director Lee McElroy, in his sixth year, is a UCLA graduate (1970). As a Bruin, McElroy was a football letterman at linebacker from 1967-69 and a two-year starter.

SERIES HISTORY - This is the first meeting between the two schools.

Nov. 25 - No. 16 UCLA 57, Drexel 56 - Before 12,129 at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Jordan Farmar's free throw with 0.8 seconds left to play gave UCLA a 57-56 win as the Bruins, for the second time in school history, placed third in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Although the Bruins led at halftime 30-26, Drexel took a seven-point advantage (46-39), with 9:10 left to play. In the next seven minutes, behind three, three-pointers by Arron Afflalo, UCLA outscored the Dragons 15-10 and trailed by just two points (56-54), with 2:26 remaining (the Bruins held Drexel to without a field goal in the final 3:46).

With 6.8 seconds left, Afflalo was fouled on a three-point attempt and hit two of three free throws (good/miss/good), to tie the score at 56.

With 0.57 remaining, Drexel turned the ball over and on UCLA's next possession, Jordan Farmar was fouled. With 0.8 seconds left, Farmar hit the second of two free throws to seal UCLA's 57-56 win.

Afflalo led the Bruins with a game-high 18 points, including a career-high tying four three-pointers; Cedric Bozeman added 10 points and Lorenzo Mata tied his career-high with eight points, had a season high eight rebounds, a career-high two steals in a career-high tying 22 minutes.

The Bruins shot .422 (19-45) from the field, .438 (7-16) from three-point range and 75.0 (12-16) from the foul line, with a game-high 29 rebounds, 14 assists, one blocked shot, seven steals and a game-high 18 turnovers.

The Dragons shot .429 (24-56) from the field, .100 (1-10) from three-point range and .875 (7-8) from the foul line, with 28 rebounds, 11 assists, three blocked shots, six steals and 15 turnovers. Drexel was led by Kenell Sanchez's 14 points and six rebounds.

Nov. 23 - No. 11 Memphis 88, No. 16 UCLA 80 - Before 9,766 at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Memphis withstood a torrid UCLA second half rally and a career-high 28 points, including 23 in the second half, by Bruin sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar, to beat UCLA 88-80.

The Bruins trailed throughout the first half - Memphis' biggest lead was 48-29 (19 points), with 1:39 left in the first half - and the Tigers led 51-34 (17 points at halftime).

In the second half, Memphis opened a 20 point advantage (54-34, 18:56 remaining). Farmar's second half scoring helped spark the Bruins' rally. From the 6:14 mark to 1:20 left to play, Farmar scored all of UCLA's 13 points (two, two-pointers; two, three-pointers; 3-4 foul shots) and his three-pointer with 1:20 left to play, pulled the Bruins to within seven points (80-73).

With 42 seconds left, Arron Afflalo's three-pointer cut the Memphis advantage to just six points (82-76). In the final seconds, UCLA would again get within six points, twice - final time, on a Farmar three-pointer with six seconds left (86-80) - but Memphis' Rodney Carney sank two free throws with four seconds remaining to seal the Tigers 88-80 victory.

The Bruins shot 38.8 (26-67) from the field, 38.9 (7-18) from three-point range and 67.7 (21-31) from the foul line, with 37 rebounds (first time this season the Bruins were out-rebounded), 12 assists, 14 turnovers, season-high five blocked shots and seven steals.

Memphis shot an opponent season-high 53.4 (31-58/61.3 in the first half), opponent season-high 47.1 (8-17) from three-point range and 64.3 (18-28) from the foul line, with an opponent season and game-high 40 rebounds and opponent-best 12 assists, opponent season-high tying 19 turnovers, opponent season-best five blocked shots and opponent season-high tying six steals. The Tigers were led by Shawne Williams' 26 points.

Jordan Farmar - Already a Preseason Wooden Award candidate, Farmar last week was added to the Naismith Trophy preseason list. At the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York City, Farmar scored a career-high 28 points, including 23 in the second half and a career-high tying four, three-pointers, in the Bruins' 88-80 loss to Memphis and vs. Drexel, his free throw with 0.08 left was the winning margin (UCLA 57-Drexel 56).

Arron Afflalo - UCLA's leading scorer (17.0), he was named to the NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team. He's led the Bruins in scoring in three games this season - Memphis (18 points), New Mexico State (career-high 23) and Temple (18). Vs. Drexel and Temple, he connected on a career-high tying four, three-pointers. He leads the team in scoring, free throw percentage among starters (.900/18-20) and minutes (35.8).

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - The Bruins' leading rebounder (7.8), he was UCLA's top rebounder in the wins over New Mexico State (8), Temple (season-high 10), Delaware State (6), Memphis (7) and Drexel (8, tied with Lorenzo Mata). He scored a season-high nine points vs. Drexel.

Cedric Bozeman - Has scored in double figures every game and has played and guarded every position but center. He's the Bruins' No. 3 scorer (12.0) and No. 2 rebounder (4.6).

Lorenzo Mata - Provided the Bruins a spark off the bench vs. Drexel, playing a career-high tying 22 minutes, with a career-high tying eight points, a season-high eight rebounds and a career-high two steals.

Ryan Hollins - with four blocked shots in five games, Hollins now has 76 in his Bruin career, tied for No. 10 on the all-time list with David Greenwood (76, 1976-79/No. 9 Jerome Moiso, 81, 1999-2000).

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).

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. Farmar started the first two NIT Season Tip-Off encounters, but sprained his right ankle vs. Temple and did not play vs. Delaware State. He started vs. Memphis and Drexel.

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 has started every game.

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. It his hoped Aboya can return to practice this week.

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). Fey participated in team practice on Saturday (Nov. 12). He played 17 minutes vs. New Mexico State (seven points/two rebounds) and 15 minutes vs. Temple (0 points/two rebounds), but sprained his left shoulder. He did not play vs. Delaware State and his status was 'day-to-day'. In New York, Fey played a season-high 21 minutes vs. Memphis (season-high 13 points/four rebounds) and five minutes vs. Drexel.

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 has started every game.

Sophomore 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 looking for a return in mid-to-late December.

Redshirt Freshman Walkon Joey Ellis - On Oct. 7, had a left knee arthroscopic procedure and could be out for 12 weeks.

2005 NIT SEASON TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT - For the first time since 1996 and for the fourth time in school history (2005-1996-1992-1987), the Bruins played in the NIT Season Tip-Off and for the second time in school history, placed third.

At the NIT Season Tip-Off at New York City's Madison Square Garden, on Nov. 25 Duke defeated Memphis 70-67 for the championship and in the third-place game, the Bruins beat Drexel 57-56. In the semis on Nov. 23, Duke defeated Drexel 78-68 and Memphis beat UCLA 88-80.

The first-round NIT matchups were - Nov. 14 - Boston U. at Duke (D 64-57), Manhattan at Seton Hall (SH 66-52), Sam Houston State at Missouri (SHS 80-77) and Drexel at Princeton (D 54-41); Nov. 15- Miami (Ohio) at Alabama (A 64-58), Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Memphis (M 79-52), Army at Temple (T 69-37) and New Mexico State at UCLA (U 83-70). Second Round results - Nov. 16- at Duke 93-Seton Hall 40; Nov. 17 - at Drexel 72-Sam Houston State 61, Memphis 87-at Alabama 76 and at UCLA 54-Temple 47.

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.

Janou Rubin - In what had been a lengthy procedural process, the UCLA Athletic Department and the Janou (Ja-now) Rubin family had 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). That sixth year was granted by the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Staff on Nov. 14. Rubin, now a walkon, is eligible to play and will wear No. 10. He played six minutes vs. Delaware State and two minutes vs. New Mexico State. Here's a quick look at Janou's UCLA career.

10 Janou Rubin-G-6-3-208-Sr.-Union City, CA (Logan HS)
-2004-05 - missed the final 19 games with a left knee injury (that required surgery). Before he was hurt, Rubin appeared in five games and averaged 5.8 minutes, 1.0 points and 0.2 rebounds.
-2003-04 - appeared in a career-high 27 games, with career-high averages of 14.8 minutes, 4.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for his efforts in UCLA's conference opening home wins over Oregon State (career-high 13 points, all in the second half, including 3-3 from three-point range, one rebound, and three assists in 18 minutes) and Oregon (a career-high tying 13 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and blocked shot in 24 minutes).
-2002-03 - appeared in 10 games, averaging 5.1 minutes.
-2001-02 - did not play in a game because of recurring knee problems.
-2000-01 - walked on and made the squad, appearing in four games, including three Pac-10 contests.

UCLA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE - In the Preseason AP poll, the Bruins will face five teams on this year's schedule - No. 9 Arizona, No. 12 Memphis, No. 13 Stanford, No. 15 West Virginia and No. 25 Nevada. UCLA's 2005-06 men's basketball schedule will feature nine teams that advanced to postseason play last season (NCAA/NIT) and the Bruins will also participate in the NIT Season Tip-Off 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, as did Memphis. 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.

D. Robinson, Kim and N. Robinson all played in the final minute vs. Delaware State.

NATIONAL PRESEASON POLLS - This week, the Bruins are No. 16 (AP) and No. 17 (USA Today/ESPN). The week of the NIT Season Tip-Off Final Four, the Bruins were No. 16 in both polls (UCLA's highest ranking since the start of the 2002-03 season/No. 14). UCLA was preseason rated No. 19 by AP and tied for No. 18 by USA Today/ESPN (it was the Bruins' first preseason rating since 2002-03).

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.
-CollegeHoops.net - 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.
-Sports Illustrated - Team - No. 15 in the 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 - 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., Scout.com 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 Scout.com, 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.

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-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) - The 2005-06 is the 41st season UCLA is calling Pauley Pavilion home. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 552-84 (636 games, .868). 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 is UCLA's 87th season of college basketball and the Bruins have an overall school record of 1,558-703 (2,261 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/Albuquerque), Earl Watson (Denver Nuggets/5th season) and Ray Young (Golden State Warriors/waived). Darrick Martin (11th season) signed with the Toronto Raptors the week of Nov. 14. 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.

HALFTIME - UCLA is 4-0 when it leads at halftime and 0-1 when it trails. UCLA Halftime High/Low (41 NMS/27 DS), OPP Halftime High/Low (51 MEM/17 DS). UCLA 2nd Half High/Low (46 MEM/21 Temple), OPP 2nd Half High/Low (37 MEM/20 DS).
REBOUNDING - UCLA is 4-0 when it outrebounds its opponent, 0-1 when outrebounded and 0-0 when the rebounds are tied. UCLA High/Low (41 Temple/27 DS), OPP High/Low (40 MEM/16 DS).
FG % - UCLA was 3-0 when it outshoots its opponent from the field and 1-1 when outshot. UCLA High/Low (.571 DS/.370 Temple), OPP High/Low (.534 MEM/.315 Temple).
3 PT FG% - UCLA is 2-0 when it outshoots its opponent from three-point range and 2-1 when outshot. UCLA High/Low (.533 DS/.214 NMS), OPP High/Low (.471 MEM/.100 Drexel).
FT% - UCLA is 3-1 when it outshoots its opponent from the foul line and 1-0 when it was outshot. UCLA High/Low (.813 Temple/.667 DS), OPP High/Low (.875 Drexel/.000 (0-0) DS).
TOs- UCLA is 1-1 when it had less TOs and 3-0 when it has more TOs than its opponent. UCLA High/Low (18 Drexel/12 NMS, Temple), OPP High/Low (19 MEM, NMS/5 Temple).
5 MIN. MARK - UCLA is 3-0 when leading at the 5-minute mark in regulation, 1-1 when behind and 0-0 when tied.


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

Chris Roberts(talk@chrisrobertsonline.net), 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' (www.stadiumstories.com). 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 (www.uclabruins.com). 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 (www.uclabruins.com).

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 http://www.pac-10.org.

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