UCLA Hosts California In Pac-10 Contest Saturday

Dec. 30, 2005

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Saturday's Game- No. 11 Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins (11-1 overall/Pac-10 1-0) host Ben Braun's California Golden Bears (7-3 overall /Pac-10 1-0) at 1 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

California- on Thursday at The Staples Center, California defeated USC 62-58, led by Leon Powe's 20 points and 14 rebounds. Powe is leading California with a 20.7 scoring and 10.2 rebound average (the 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Powe missed all of last season because of left knee surgery). The Golden Bears' win over USC snapped a two-game losing streak (prior to the two-game losing, California had won six in a row). NBA and Bruin great Jamaal Wilkes has two sons on the California squad - 6-4 sophomore starting guard Omar Wilkes and 6-11 freshman center Jordan Wilkes.Series History - UCLA leads it 122-92. The teams split last season, with California winning in Pauley (64-51) and UCLA winning at Berkeley (77-62).

Dec. 29- at No. 11 UCLA 71, Stanford 54 - before 10,984 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA's defensive intensity led the Bruins to a 71-54 win over Stanford in both teams' 2006 Pac-10 opener. The Bruin win snapped two Cardinal winning streaks over UCLA (Stanford had won the last eight games in Pauley and the last six games overall).

To start the game, Stanford missed its first 12 shots from the field and the Bruins led 18-1 (14:25), on a jumper by Ryan Wright. In the first half, UCLA limited the Cardinal to .200 (5-25) from the field and .167 (1-6) from three-point range and led 38-19 at halftime.

In the second half, UCLA's biggest lead was 24 points (58-34, 7:33, Arron Afflalo corner jump shot).

The Bruins had three players in double figures - Afflalo's game and career-high tying 23 points (eighth-time this season he's led UCLA in scoring, including last three games); Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's 12 points and 12 rebounds (fourth season double/double, second consecutive for second time this season/has led the Bruins in rebounding every game this year) and in his first game back since right hip surgery on Sept. 28, Josh Shipp played 29 minutes, with 11 points and three rebounds.

UCLA shot .509 (27-53) from the field, .438 (7-16) from three-point range and .667 (10-15) from the foul line, with a game-high 36 rebounds, 18 assists, 14 turnovers, a season-high tying eight blocked shots and six steals.

Stanford shot an opponent season-low .292 (14-48) from the field, .273 (3-11) from three-point range and .742 (23-31) from the foul line, with 31 rebounds, 10 assists, 13 turnovers, three blocked shots and five steals. The Cardinal was led by Matt Haryasz's 13 points and seven rebounds.

Ben Howland- In his third season at UCLA, with a school mark of 40-29 (.588). Last year, he led the Bruins back to the NCAA Tournament (for the first time since 2002) and became only the 28th coach in NCAA history to lead three schools to the NCAA Tournament -2005 UCLA, 2003 Pittsburgh ('Sweet 16'), 2002 Pittsburgh ('Sweet 16') and 1998 Northern Arizona. In his 12th year as a collegiate head coach (it's his 25th season in college basketball as an assistant and head coach), in 2002 Howland was the National Coach of the Year while at Pittsburgh, he is 208-128 (.619/UCLA's 56-37 win over Delaware State on Nov. 19 in Pauley was Howland's 200th career win). Howland is 5-2 vs. California.

The Last Time- UCLA's 11-1 start is its best since the 1994-95 NCAA Championship season, when the Bruins started the season 12-1 (UCLA lost the 14th game to California in Pauley, 100-93, Jan. 28/game was later forfeited by California, UCLA would not lose again, finishing with a 32 (school record for wins)-1 overall mark and the school's 11th NCAA Championship). UCLA is on an eight-game winning streak (in 2001-02, the Bruins had a nine-game winning streak early in the season). UCLA is ranked No. 11 -the highest regular season ranking since the start of 2001-02/No. 10 (preseason No. 3). UCLA is 1-0 to start the 2006 Pac-10 season, under Howland - last year, the Bruins started 1-1, lost at Oregon State/won at Oregon and in 2004, started 5-0.

Jordan Farmar- sprained his right ankle vs. Stanford in the second half (his status is agame-time decision on Saturday). Earlier this season, Farmar sprained his right ankle vs. Temple (did not play vs. Delaware State/did not play vs. Albany).

Ryan Wright- sprained his right ankle in the first half vs. Stanford, but came back to play. Wright is expected to play vs. California.

Ryan Hollins- will not play (groin strain)

Michael Fey- will not play (right ankle sprain).

Cedric Bozeman- on Tuesday, injured his left shoulder (a Wednesday MRI revealed a cartilage tear). Bozeman will rest and rehab for 3-4 weeks (and attempt to come back and play after that time period).

Defense- In the last two games (a 71-54 win over Stanford/an 86-56 win over Sacramento State), UCLA has held the opponent to 55.0 points (UCLA has averaged 78.5 points), .304 (35-115) from the field and .242 (8-33) from three-point range, outrebounded the opponent by a 39.5/28.0 average and the Bruins have averaged a season-high eight blocked shots a game.

Offense- In the last two games, the Bruins have averaged 78.5 points and shot .593 (64-108) from the field and averaged 23 assists.

Bruin Starters
Jordan Farmar - A preseason Wooden Award and Naismith candidate, Farmar is the Pac-10 assist leader (6.30) and No. 2 on the team in minutes (31.4) and points (14.9). Vs. Stanford, before spraining his right ankle in the second half (he played four minutes in the second half), Farmar had five points, a season-high tying five rebounds and four assists. He has scored in double figures seven times, has three games of 21 or more points, including a career-high 28 vs. Memphis in the NIT Season Tipoff, has led the Bruins in scoring three times, including consecutive wins over Nevada (24) at the Wooden Classic and at Michigan (21) and in assists on seven occasions.

Arron Afflalo - Named this week a Scout.com early-season All-American, Afflalo is UCLA's leading scorer (18.6), who is tops in minutes (34.6) and foul shooting (.809, 38-47) and No. 3 in rebounding (4.4). Vs. Stanford, led the Bruins with a game-high and career-high tying 23 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes. In this week's Pac-10 stats, he leads the league in three-point FGs per game (2.75), third in minutes and second in scoring. He's led the Bruins in scoring eight games this season, including the last three contests (23 Stanford/22 Sacramento State/13 Wagner). He's scored 20 or more points six times, including a career-high 23 vs. Stanford and New Mexico State. He's the only Bruin to start every game and score in double figures in every game. His career three-point field goal percentage (.414, 72-174) is No. 4 in school history.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - A starter in all 12 games at forward, Mbah a Moute vs. Stanford played 32 minutes, with 12 points, a game-high 12 rebounds, with three blocked shots and steals. He is UCLA's leading rebounder (9.2/No. 2 in the Pac-10, if his season-ending average were 9.2, it would be the highest single-season average since Trevor Wilson's 9.4 in 1988) and averaging 8.5 points. He leads the Bruins in total steals (14) and blocked shots (14/tied with Lorenzo Mata). He has led the Bruins in rebounding in all 12 games (the longest Bruin streak since 1977-78, when David Greenwood led UCLA in rebounding in the last 13 regular season games). He has four double/doubles - consecutive double/doubles vs. Stanford (12/12)/Sacramento State (season-high 13/10) and Albany (season-high13/season-high13)/Coppin State (11/10) - the last UCLA freshman to have consecutive double/doubles was JaRon Rush in 1998-99/final two games that season, 16/10 at Arizona, 10/13 vs. Detroit Mercy (NCAA).

Josh Shipp - returned to the starting lineup vs. Stanford, after missing the first 11 games following right hip surgery on Sept. 28. He responded with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal and blocked shot, in 29 minutes.

Lorenzo Mata - Has started the last two games and four of the last five games at center for the Bruins. Vs. Stanford, Mata played 15 minutes, with six points, four rebounds and three blocked shots. He's averaging 4.4 points and 4.5 rebounds and is second on the team in FG% (.636, 14-22).

Off the Bench - Vs. Wagner- the Bruins used six players off the bench
Darren Collison- in 31 minutes, contributed four points, one rebound, a season-best eight assists and one steal. Collison, who has started two games, is averaging 20.2 minutes, 5.3 points, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals and shooting .786 (11-14) from the foul line.

Ryan Wright- played 22 minutes (sprained his right ankle in the first half but came back to play), with five points, four rebounds and one blocked shot. A starter in five of 10 games, Wright is averaging 16.7 minutes, 3.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and leads the team in FG% .722 (13-18).

Michael Roll- in 16 minutes, scored two points with one rebound and two assists. He's averaging 13.4 minutes and 2.8 points.

Alfred Aboya- played 11 minutes. Aboya, who missed the first six games following (both) knee surgeries, has appeared in the last six games, averaging 9.2 minutes, 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds.

Janou Rubin- the senior came in for the final minute and connected on a three-pointer.

Kelvin Kim- the freshman walkon and crowd favorite played the final minute of the game.

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