No. 14 UCLA Hosts Arizona Saturday in Pauley Pavilion

Feb. 3, 2006

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Saturday's Game- No. 14 Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins (18-4 overall/Pac-10 8-2, 1st-place) host Lute Olson's Arizona Wildcats (13-8 overall /Pac-10 6-4, 4th-place tie) at 1 p.m. PT at Pauley Pavilion. On Wednesday, UCLA's RPI was 12 and Arizona's was 16.

Arizona - On Thursday, the Wildcats lost to USC in the Sports Arena, 77-70. Marcus Williams led UA with 17 points and nine rebounds, followed by Hassan Adams' 16 points, four rebounds and five assists. It was Arizona's second consecutive defeat (on Jan. 28, the Wildcats lost at North Carolina, 86-69 in a nonconference game). In Pac-10 stats (all games) after Thursday's games, Adams is the No. 2 scorer (19.0) and first in steals (2.71). Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson is in his 23rd year at Arizona, he's led the Wildcats to 21 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1997 NCAA Championship, and in his 33rd season as a Div. I head coach. He's 28-20 vs. UCLA.

Series History - UCLA leads it 39-31 and won the last meeting on Jan. 5 in Tucson, No. 17 UCLA 85, at No. 21 Arizona 79. Arizona has won the last three years in a row in Pauley Pavilion (UCLA's last win at home, 2002, 77-76). Arizona had swept the series the last two years (and four of the last eight) - UCLA's last season sweep of the Wildcats was in 1997.

Last UCLA/UA Meeting - Jan. 5 - No. 17 UCLA 85, at No. 21 Arizona 79 - before 14,591 at McKale Center, UCLA connected on eight consecutive free throws in the final 1:23, sealing its 85-79 win at Arizona. The Bruin victory snapped Arizona's eight-year winning streak vs. UCLA in Tucson.

Leading 39-35 at halftime, the Bruins never trailed in the second half. UCLA opened the second half with a 5-0 run, to lead 44-35 (18:33, the Bruins' biggest lead of the game, nine points) on a dunk by Lorenzo Mata. In the next 10 minutes, UCLA would lead by eight points on seven occasions (last time, 63-55, 8:53, dunk by Luc Richard Mbah a Moute).

With 6:29 left to play, Arizona cut UCLA's lead to three points (66-63), on a dunk by Hassan Adams. The Bruins would again increase their lead to eight points, twice (final time, 73-65, 4:30 left, on two free throws by Mbah a Moute).

With 3:18 left, Arron Afflalo would give the Bruins two, seven point leads on two layups (75-68, 3:18; 77-70, 2:08).

In the final :34 seconds, Arizona would cut the Bruin lead to two points, twice (final time, 81-79, :21, jumper by Marcus Williams). But UCLA would seal the win, hitting eight straight free throws in the final 1:23, including four consecutive foul shots by Jordan Farmar, playing with a sprained right ankle, in a 19 second span.

The Bruins had three players in double figures - led by Afflalo's game-high 22 points (9(ties career-high)-12 from the field, including 3-6 from three-point range/he's led the Bruins in scoring the last five games) and Josh Shipp's season-best 14 points and six rebounds. Mata played well in the post for the Bruins, in 19 minutes getting nine points (3-4 from the field, 3-4 from the foul line) and seven rebounds. Mbah a Moute had a game-high nine rebounds (with eight points).

UCLA (12-2, 2-1) shot .608 from the field (31-51, including .680 in the first half), .429 (6-14) from three-point range and .708 (17-24) from the foul line, with a game-high 29 rebounds (the Bruins are 10-0 when outshooting and outrebounding the opponent), 14 assists, a game and season-high 23 turnovers and one blocked shot, with six steals.

Arizona (9-4, 2-1) shot .525 (31-59) from the field, .222 (2-9) from the three-point range and .833 (15-18) from the foul line, with 26 rebounds, an opponent season-high 20 assists, 18 turnovers, one blocked shot and an opponent season-high 10 steals. The Wildcats were led by Hassan Adams' 21 points.

Feb. 2 - at No. 14 UCLA 69, Arizona State 60 - UCLA won its third consecutive game and held its fifth consecutive opponent to 60 points or less as the Bruins defeated Arizona State 69-60. It was Arizona State's fourth straight defeat. The Bruins are 11-3 at home this year, losing only to nationally-ranked Washington and West Virginia, and also to California.

In the second half, with 8:15 left to play, the Bruins held a three-point lead 47-44 (ASU's Serge Angounou's two free throws). But in the next four minutes, the Bruins would outscore the Sun Devils 10-4, to take a 57-48 lead with 4:42 left to play (two free throws by Arron Afflalo). Although the Sun Devils would close the gap to five points (57-52, 3:51 remaining), Afflalo would score 10 of his 17 points in the final 4:42 to give the Bruins the win.

In a tight first half, UCLA led 29-22 with 3:43 left, but ASU would outscore the Bruins 8-2 in the final minutes of the first half. UCLA only led by two points, 32-30 at halftime. The Bruins in the first half were led by Jordan Farmar's 15 points.

Farmar led UCLA with a game-high 18 points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals, followed by Affalo's 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals and Cedric Bozeman's 10 points, four assists and two steals. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute again led the Bruins in rebounding (he's led UCLA in rebounding in 20 of 22 games) with a game-high tying nine (and eight points).

UCLA (18-4, 8-2) shot .489 (23-47, including .611 in the second half) from the field, .400 (8-20) from three-point range and .600 (15-25) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds, 14 assists and turnovers, four blocked shots and nine steals.

ASU (7-12, 1-9) shot .458 (22-48) from the field, .286 (4-14, including .250 in the second half) from three-point range and .706 (12-17) from the foul line, with a game-high 31 rebounds, nine assists, a game-high 18 turnovers, two blocked shots and two steals.

Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA, with a school mark of 47-32. This year, in conference play, Howland has led UCLA to first-place, including two Pac-10 road sweeps (at Arizona schools, first time since 1997/at Oregon schools, first time since 2000-01), for the first time since 1997 (sweeping at the Arizona and Washington schools/1997 was the last time UCLA won the Pac-10 title). 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 215-131 (UCLA's 56-37 win over Delaware State on Nov. 19 in Pauley was Howland's 200th career win). Howland is 1-5 vs. Arizona.

Jordan Farmar - The Pac-10 leader in assists (5.85), this week was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 30 list and a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top collegiate point guard.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - this week was named the National Freshman of the Week for his play last week in UCLA's sweep at the Oregon schools - leading the Bruins in scoring in both games (at Oregon-season and game-high 15 points/game-high 10 rebounds; at Oregon State-team-high 14 points/eight rebounds).

Best Backcourt - on Jan. 25 named UCLA's backcourt of Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo the third-best in the U. S. - behind Villanova (Randy Foye and Allan Ray) and Michigan State (Maurice Ager and Shannon Brown).

Defense - In the last five games, after the 69-65 home loss to Washington, the Bruins are 4-1 (including 2-0 on the road) and have held opponents to an average of 53.6 points and shooting percentages of .375 (93-248) from the field and .297 (22-74) from three-point range. The Bruins have also forced 14.4 turnovers and averaged almost 6.0 steals a game. In Pac-10 stats for conference games only, UCLA leads the league in scoring defense (59.9), scoring margin (+6.1) and rebounding defense (30.2). UCLA is second in conference game stats in three-point field goal percentage defense (.333), fourth in field goal percentage defense (.419) and first in field goal percentage (.466).

NCAA Statistics - Going into this week (before ASU), the Bruins were - Team - Scoring Defense - No. 28 (60.2); FG% - No. 36 (.477); Rebound Margin - No. 49 (4.7); Personal Fouls per Game - No. 37T (16.2). Individual - Rebounds per Game - No. 43 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (9.0, the nation's second-leading freshman rebounder); Assists Per Game - No. 21 Jordan Farmar (5.9/Pac-10 leader).

Best Start Since - UCLA's 18-4 start (UCLA's eight-game winning streak was snapped by the home loss to California) compares to:
-2001-02 under Steve Lavin - the Bruins started 15-6, split the next two games.
-2000-01 under Lavin - 13-6, won next seven games.
-1998-99 under Lavin - 16-5, won next game
-1997-98 under Lavin - 17-4, won next game
-1994-95 under Jim Harrick - UCLA's 11th NCAA title team, started 12-1 (losing at Oregon on Jan. 5), then lost 14th game (12-2) to California in Pauley (Jan. 28, 100-93, game was later forfeited by California) - UCLA would not lose another game, winning the NCAA Championship and finishing with a 32 (school record for wins)-1 overall mark.
-1993-94, under Harrick - UCLA started 14-0 (and ranked No. 1 in the nation) before losing game No. 15 to California in Oakland (85-70). The Bruins won the next game vs. USC in Pauley (15-1), then lost game No. 17 at Notre Dame (79-63,15-2). After 20 games, the Bruins were 18-2 and lost game No. 21 at Arizona (18-3).

INJURY UPDATE (every scholarship player has suffered an injury this season)-Lorenzo Mata (missed two games with concussion/broken right leg on Jan. 12, out 6-8 weeks, has missed six additional games) - Injured his right knee late in the game vs. Washington State (an MRI revealed a nondisplaced right tibial plateau fracture-he will be out six-to-eight weeks, but once the fracture is healed, Mata is expected to resume full activity). Including Washington State, he had started the previous six games at center. For the season, in 12 games (eight starts), he averaged 18.2 minutes, 4.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, led the team in blocked shots (17) and shot .513 from the field.
-Josh Shipp (missed first 11 games/started first four Pac-10 games/out for rest of year) - had right hip surgery on Sept. 28 and missed the Bruins' first 11 games. Came back to play in UCLA's first four Pac-10 contests (11.3ppg/4.8rpg), but on Jan. 10 announced that because of continued and increasing pain and discomfort in the right hip, he would not play for the rest of the season. Once the 2005-06 season is completed, UCLA will petition the NCAA for a medical hardship waiver, hoping to get Shipp another year of eligibility.
-Michael Fey (missed three weeks of practice with groin strain/missed one game with sprained left shoulder/missed 12 games with right ankle sprain) - On Dec. 1, suffered a right ankle sprain in practice - he did not play in UCLA's first five Pac-10 contests, played one minute vs. Washington and did not play vs. USC, WVU and at Oregon/Oregon State. Fey played one minute vs. Arizona State In all, he's missed 13 games this season with groin, left shoulder and right ankle injuries.
-Cedric Bozeman (missed 8 games with left shoulder (cartilage) - on Dec. 27 (before the Stanford game), injured his left shoulder (an MRI revealed a cartilage tear) and was going to rest and rehab for three-four weeks. He was cleared (Jan. 16) to begin shooting and dribbling (noncontact drills) and was then cleared to play at the Oregon schools (he started at Oregon State and vs. Arizona State).
-Ryan Hollins (missed six games with groin strain) - Strained his groin in warm-ups for the Sacramento State game and missed the next six games. He has played in the last six games and started the last three.
-Alfred Aboya (missed six games with left knee (arthroscopic surgery/cartilage) - Has had two arthroscopic procedures (cartilage) on his knees (Oct. 11, left/July 11, right). He missed the first six games, but has played in the last 16, and started vs. USC and West Virginia. Vs. Washington, he suffered a right knee injury, but an MRI revealed no new articular cartilage damage (and he started the next two games vs. USC and West Virginia).
-Jordan Farmar (missed two games with right ankle sprain) - resprained his right ankle vs. Stanford in the second half (played only four minutes), then came back to start and play 36 minutes vs. California. He's started the last 14 games (originally sprained his right ankle vs. Temple and missed the Delaware State and Albany games).
-Michael Roll - jammed his right thumb in practice on Tuesday (before ASU) and Wednesday X-rays revealed a sprain. He played 15 minutes vs. Arizona State, scoring six points (2, three-pointers).
-Darren Collison - sprained his left ankle (X-rays were negative) vs. West Virginia, did not practice on Monday/Tuesday of that week, but came back to play 17 minutes at Oregon.
-Ryan Wright - sprained his right ankle in the first half vs. Stanford, but came back to play (22 minutes) and has appeared in every Pac-10 game.
-Arron Afflalo - missed nearly a week of practice (Oct. 29-Nov. 3) with a left quad bruise. At Arizona State, fell heavily to the floor at the end of the game, suffering a left hip pointer and right backside bruised soft tissue. He came back to start vs. the Washington schools in Pauley Pavilion.
-Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - Missed the first week of practice with a sprained right shoulder.

Bruin Starters
Jordan Farmar - This week, Farmar was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 30 list and was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top collegiate point guard. He was also a preseason Wooden Award and Naismith candidate. Farmar is the Pac-10 assist leader (5.85), and for the Bruins, No. 2 in scoring (13.6) and No. 2 in minutes (30.9). He's first on the team in steals (1.4) and is averaging 3.0 rebounds. Vs. Arizona State, Farmar had a game-high 18 points, including 15 in the first half, with two rebounds, four assists and two steals in 31 minutes. He's been playing with a sprained right ankle suffered in the second half (played only four minutes) of the Stanford game (originally sprained vs. Temple, has missed two games this season because of the injury). He has scored in double figures 14 times, including the last five games (averaging 16.4 points) and has four games of 21 or more points, including a career-high 28 vs. Memphis in the NIT Season Tipoff. Farmar has led the Bruins in scoring six times, including three of the last five games, and including consecutive wins over Nevada (24) at the Wooden Classic and at Michigan (21). He's led UCLA in assists on 17 occasions, including the last 10 games (averaging 5.4 assists/he had a career-best 12 assists vs. Washington and 10 vs. Coppin State).

Arron Afflalo - a early-season All-American and named to the NIT Season Tipoff All-Tournament team, Afflalo is UCLA's leading scorer (17.0/No. 6 in the Pac-10), tops in minutes (34.4/No. 3 in the Pac-10), is averaging 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists, and shooting .481 from the field, .343 from three-point range and .819 (No. 4 in the Pac-10) from the foul line. Vs. ASU, Afflalo scored 17 points, including 10 in the final 4:42, with six rebounds, two assists and a season-high tying two steals in 33 minutes. UCLA's top defender - vs. ASU's Kevin Kruger (held to eight points, including two in the first half/is averaging 14.5 points), vs. OSU's Chris Stephens (held to four points, two each half/is averaging 13.6 points) and vs. UO's Malik Hairston (held to six points, 0 in the second half/is averaging 14.8 points). At Oregon State, had his first career double/double (11 points/career-high 10 rebounds). He's led the Bruins in scoring 12 (of 22) games this season, including a streak of seven in a row (Wagner-Washington State). He's scored 20 or more points eight times, including a career-high 23 vs. Stanford and New Mexico State. He's started every game and scored in double figures 21 of 22 games.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - A starter in all 22 games at forward, Mbah a Moute is UCLA's leading rebounder (9.0/second-leading freshman rebounder in the U. S./No. 3 in the Pac-10/if his season-ending average is 9.0, it will be UCLA's highest since 1990, Trevor Wilson, 9.1 and a freshman season record). He's led the Bruins in rebounding in 20 of 22 games, and averaging 8.6 points. Mbah a Moute is shooting .503 (No. 6 in the Pac-10) from the field, and averaging 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals and has a team-high 19 blocked shots. He's had leading rebounding streaks of 12 (first 12 games - the longest Bruin streak since 1977-78, when David Greenwood led UCLA in rebounding in the last 13 regular season games) was snapped when he had three rebounds vs. Cal and seven games (stopped at Oregon State, eight). Vs. Arizona State, had a game-high tying nine rebounds, with eight points in 32 minutes. Was named the National Freshman of the Week for his play last week at the Oregon schools (at Oregon-season and game-high 15 points/game-high 10 rebounds; at Oregon State-team-high 14 points/eight rebounds). He has six season double/doubles (tied with Jelani McCoy, 1996, for the most in UCLA freshman starting history) and eight double digit rebounding games - including consecutive double/doubles vs. Stanford (12/12)/Sacramento State (13/10) and Albany (13/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). In his last six games, Mbah a Moute has scored in double figures four times, has double digit rebounding three times and has two double-doubles.

Cedric Bozeman - Started UCLA's first 11 games, then missed eight games with a left shoulder injury (cartilage). He's returned to play in the last three games and started the last two. UCLA is 13-1 with Bozeman in the lineup (12-1 as a starter). In 14 games, he's averaging 29.5 minutes, 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steals and shooting .544 from the field and .444 from three-point range. Vs. Arizona State, played 27 minutes, with 10 points, four assists and two steals. In his two starts at Oregon State and vs. ASU, he's averaging 26.0 minutes, 7.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals and shooting .600 (6-10) from the field.

Ryan Hollins - Started UCLA's first five games, then on Dec. 23 vs. Sacramento State, suffered a severe groin strain in warmups and missed six contests. He's returned to play the last six games and started the last three. Overall, in 16 games, he averaging 19.5 minutes, 5.2 points and 3.5 rebounds and shooting .596 from the field. Vs. Arizona State, played 24 minutes, with six points, four rebounds and one blocked shot. As a starter the last three games, he's averaging 25.7 minutes, 7.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots and shooting .800 (8-10) from the field. Since returning he's had season-bests in minutes (35 at Oregon State), points (11 at OSU/WVU), rebounds (8, WVU) and blocked shots (4, Oregon). His 87 career blocked shots is tied for No. 8 in school history (with Keith Owens, 87,1988-91/No. 7, 88 Charles Rochelin, 1986-89 /No. 6, 91, Tracy Murray, 1990-92).

Off the Bench - Vs. Arizona State - the Bruins used five players off the bench-
-Michael Roll- in 15 minutes, playing with a sprained right thumb suffered Tuesday in practice, scored six points (on two, three-pointers/his three-pointer with 7:43 left to play gave the Bruins a 50-44 lead) and a season-high tying one blocked shot. He's appeared in 21 games and started five times, including a season-high 17 points in the Bruins' home loss to Washington. He's averaging 16.2 minutes, 3.9 points, 1.1 assists and shooting .833 from the foul line.
-Darren Collison - in 13 minutes, had two rebounds and one steal. He's appeared in 22 games (started twice when Jordan Farmar was out with his right ankle sprain) and averaging 20.0 minutes, 5.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steals and shooting .808 from the foul line.
-Ryan Wright - in 12 minutes, had two points and one rebound, blocked shot and steal. He's appeared in 18 games, started four times, and is averaging 12.7 minutes, 3.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and shooting a team-high .697 from the field.
-Alfred Aboya - in 12 minutes (was in foul trouble/fouled out with 8:15 left to play) had one rebound, assist, blocked shot and steal. Since missing the first six games with knee injuries, he's played in the last 16 games, and started vs. USC and West Virginia. He's averaging 11.2 minutes, 2.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and shooting .583 from the field.
-Michael Fey - played one minute, with two points and two rebounds. He's battled groin, shoulder and ankle problems all season and has appeared in only nine games, averaging 8.7 minutes, 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds.

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