No. 19 UCLA Hosts Oregon Sunday in Pauley Pavilion

Feb. 25, 2006

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UCLA Men's Basketball/Between Game Notes
No. 19 UCLA Hosts Oregon Sunday; Final Home Game for Bruins' Four Seniors; On Thursday at Pauley Pavilion, Bruins Defeat Oregon State 78-60, UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland Gets 50th Bruin Win

No. 19 UCLA (21-6/11-4, 1st-place tie) hosts OREGON (13-15/7-9, 7th-place) - Sunday, Feb. 26/Los Angeles, CA/Pauley Pavilion/1 p.m. PT/TV-CBS with Craig Bolerjack and Bob Wenzel/Radio-1150AM, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean; Sirius Satellite 110; Westwood One, with Dave Sims and Bill Frieder

NEXT GAMES- Thursday, March 2 - UCLA at California/7:30 p.m. p.m.PT/TV-FSN/Radio-1150AM; Saturday, March 4- UCLA at Stanford/1 p.m.PT/TV-CBS/Radio-570AM.

Tentative UCLA Starters
F- 15 Ryan Hollins 7-01/2, Sr., 5.1ppg, 4.0rpg
F- 21 Cedric Bozeman 6-6, Sr., 8.1, 3.4
C- 45 Michael Fey 7-0, Sr., 2.5, 1.6
G-1 Jordan Farmar 6-2, So., 14.4, 2.8
G-10 Janou Rubin 6-3, Sr., 0.5, 0.5

Sunday's Game- No. 19 Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins (21-6 overall/Pac-10 11-4, 1st-place tie) hosts Ernie Kent's Oregon Ducks (13-15 overall /Pac-10 7-9, 7th-place) at 1 p.m. PT in Pauley Pavilion. On Wednesday, UCLA's RPI was 14. It's UCLA's final home game of the 2005-06 regular season-honoring the Bruins' four seniors - Cedric Bozeman, Ryan Hollins, Michael Fey and Janou Rubin (all four will start vs. Oregon).

Oregon - On Thursday at the Sports Arena, the Ducks defeated USC 73-61, led by three players in double figures - Aaron Brooks' 20 points, Malik Hairston's 18 and Ray Schafer's 13 points. Oregon has now won two straight games and three of its last four. Oregon's last four losses have been by a total of eight points. In the latest Pac-10 individual statistics (all games), Hairston is the league's No. 9 scorer (14.9) and Marty Leunen is No. 7 (6.6) in rebounding.

Series History - The Bruins lead it 75-24. The Bruins have won the last three games, including this season (56-49 at Eugene,1/26) and sweeping last year's series (70-62 at Eugene and 73-61 in Pauley). Oregon's last win was 60-59 in Eugene (2004). From 2002-2003, the Ducks won five consecutive games vs. the Bruins (including two wins in Pauley).

Last UCLA/UO Meeting - Jan. 26 - No. 17 UCLA 56, at Oregon 49 - before 9,087 at McArthur Court, UCLA held Oregon scoreless in the final 1:14 and connected on five of six free throws, including four by Arron Afflalo, in the final 1:26, to defeat the Ducks 56-49. It was Oregon's first conference loss at home. It was the Ducks' lowest scoring output since 1998-99 (losing at Oregon State 48-45) and Oregon's lowest home scoring total since 1992-93 (losing to Oregon State 54-48).

With 4:20 left to play, the score was tied 45-45 (UCLA outscored Oregon 11-4 in the final 4:20). A steal and layup by Jordan Farmar gave the Bruins a 47-45 lead, with 3:53 left. Another steal by Farmar and two free throws by Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, with 3:27 remaining, put UCLA ahead 49-45. The closest Oregon would get was three points, 51-48, with 1:42 left to play, but UCLA sealed the victory with its free throws.

Throughout a tight first half, the Bruins did lead 30-25 at halftime.

UCLA had three players in double figures - Mbah a Moute's season-high 15 points and game-high 10 rebounds, Farmar's 14 points, with four rebounds and assists and a season-high tying three steals and Afflalo's 12 points and five rebounds.

The Bruins (16-4, 6-2) shot .413 (19-46) from the field, .250 (4-16) from three-point range and .667 (14-21) from the foul line, with 35 rebounds, nine assists, a game-high 16 turnovers, with four blocked shots and six steals.

UO (10-10, 4-3) shot .322 (19-59) from the field, including 28.0 in the second half, .176 (3-17) from three-point range, including 0.0 (0-6) in the first half and .533 (8-15) from the foul line, with a game-high 36 rebounds, nine assists, 12 turnovers, one blocked shot and two steals. The Ducks were led by 10 points each from Brandon Lincoln and Ivan Johnson.

Feb. 23- at No. 19 UCLA 78, Oregon State 60 - Before 8,707 in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins overcame a six-point halftime deficit by scoring a season-half high of 52 points, while holding Oregon State to 28 second-half points, to defeat the Beavers 78-60. The win snapped UCLA's two-game losing streak and it was OSU's second consecutive defeat and eighth loss in the last nine games.

Oregon State led 32-26 at halftime and 45-41, with 15:40 left to play. In the next six minutes, the Bruins went on a 19-4 run to take a 60-49 lead (9:26 remaining, on Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's dunk). UCLA's biggest second half lead was 19 points (2:54, on a three-pointer by Jordan Farmar).

In the second half, the Bruins shot .750 (18-24) from the field, .692 (9-13) from three-point range and .875 (7-8) from the foul line, held OSU scoreless from 13:49-5:59 (while scoring 17 points) and UCLA was led by Farmar's 17 points, including a career-high tying 4-4 from three-point range.

Farmar led the Bruins with 21 points (he's led UCLA in scoring in the last two games-scoring 21 points in both games, and in three of the last four games) and Arron Afflalo added 20 (10th time this season scoring 20 or more points).

The Bruins (21-6, 11-4) shot .563 (27-48/the Bruins are 10-1 when shooting .500 or better) from the field, .500 (10, tied for season-high-20) from three-point range and .824 (14-17) from the foul line, with a game-high 32 rebounds (the Bruins are 17-2 when outrebounding the opponent), 15 assists, 13 turnovers and three blocked shots and steals.

OSU (11-16, 4-12) shot .464 (26-56) from the field, .412 (7-17) from three-point range and 1.000 (1-1) from the foul line, with 20 rebounds, 16 assists, 11 turnovers, four blocked shots and one steal. The Beavers were led by Nick DeWitz's 14 points.

Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA, with a school mark of 50-34 (the OSU victory was Howland's 50th as UCLA's head coach). This year, in conference play, Howland has led UCLA to first-place in the Pac-10, including conference 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 218-133 (UCLA's loss at USC on Feb. 19 was Howland's 350th game as a collegiate head coach/UCLA's 56-37 win over Delaware State on Nov. 19 in Pauley was Howland's 200th career win). Howland is 4-1 vs. Oregon.

Bruin Bits
UCLA's 1968 NCAA Championship Team in Attendance Sunday -All week in Los Angeles, Eddie Einhorn has been promoting his book 'How March Became Madness', the story of the UCLA vs. Houston game in the Astrodome on Jan. 20, 1968 (the first primetime national telecast of a college basketball game). Present at the Oregon game on Sunday will be Einhorn, Bruin head coach John Wooden, assistants Jerry Norman and Gary Cunningham and players - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), Lynn Shackelford, Michael Warren, Lucius Allen, Bill Sweek, Neville Saner and Kenny Heitz (Section 108B,Row 1, West floor bleachers).

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 561-87 (648 games, .866). The Bruins are 12-3 this season at home (UCLA's 11-game home winning streak, dating back to 2005, was snapped with the home loss to California) and 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'.

20 Wins - It's the 42nd time in school history the Bruins have won 20 games (last time, 2001-02, 21-12). UCLA has won 20 games on 34 occasions in the last 40 years (1967-2006). This is UCLA's fastest to 20 wins (the Bruins were 20-4 with their win at Washington State on Feb. 9, since the 1994-95 NCAA Championship season (20-1, went on to a 32-1 overall record, the 32 wins is a school record).

Fast Starts - In three Pac-10 games this season, the Bruins have gotten off to fast starts - in UCLA's 71-54 win over Stanford in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins led 18-1 (14:25); in UCLA's 66-45 win over USC in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins led 18-2 (13:00) and in UCLA's Thursday night 50-30 victory at Washington State, the Bruins led 18-2 (12:56).

UCLA Is - the Bruins are 21-5 when holding the opponent under 80 points; 17-1 when leading at halftime; 10-1 when shooting .500 or better from the field and 10-1 when holding the opponent to under .400; 17-2 when outshooting the opponent from the field; 13-2 when outshooting the opponent from three-point range, 17-3 with a rebound advantage and 20-1 when leading with five minutes to play (the Bruins are 4-5 when trailing at halftime).

Defense - In nine of UCLA's 16 conference games, the opponent has been held to 61 points or less. In conference games only stats, the Bruins are No. 2 in scoring defense (60.2), No. 1 in scoring margin (+6.9), No. 3 in FG% defense (.430), No. 2 in 3PTFG% defense (.324) and No. 1 in rebounding defense (28.5). Offensively, the Bruins are also first in Pac-10 only games in FG% (.465).

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).

Jordan Farmar - The Pac-10 leader in assists (5.40) is one of only four players in the nation, and the only underclassman, who is on the Midseason (Top 30) Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy lists and a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (joining senior guards-Illinois' Dee Brown, Pittsburgh's Carl Krauser and Syracuse's Gerry McNamara). He's also a first-team NABC All-Dist. 15 selection.

Arron Afflalo - A first-team NABC All-Dist. 15 selection, he's a early season All-American and was an All-Tournament choice at the NIT Preason Tip-Off.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - When the Bruins swept the Oregon schools on the road, Mbah a Moute was named the National Freshman of the Week - 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). He's also been named to Seth Davis' 'All-Glue Team' (given to players who emphasize team play over individualism.

INJURY UPDATE (every scholarship player has suffered an injury this season/ seven players have missed a total of 74 games.)

  • Lorenzo Mata (missed two games with concussion/broken right leg on Jan. 12, out 6-8 weeks, has missed 11 additional games/13 total) - 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/has missed a total of 23 games) - 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 15 games with right ankle sprain/16 total) - 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, Arizona. Fey played one minute vs. Arizona State and two minutes at Washington State. In all, he's missed 16 games this season with groin, left shoulder and right ankle injuries. Started vs. Oregon State (seven minutes, one point, two rebounds, season-high tying one blocked shot) and will start vs. Oregon.
  • 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's played in the last eight games and started the last seven/UCLA is 16-3 with Bozeman in the lineup and 15-3 as a starter).
  • 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 11 games and started seven times.
  • 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). Suffered a left hip flexor strain in practice the week of the game at USC, aggravated the injury this week before Oregon State, but played 16 minutes at USC and 13 minutes vs. OSU. He's played in the last 21 game (starting 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 18 games (originally sprained his right ankle vs. Temple and missed the Delaware State and Albany games). In the second half vs. Arizona in Pauley Pavilion, he sprained his left ankle, but came back to start vs. Washington State.
  • 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 - A first-team NABC All-Dist. 15 choice, he's one of just four players in the nation, and the only underclassman, named to the Midseason (Top 30) Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy lists and is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award. Farmar is the Pac-10 assist leader (5.40), and for the Bruins, No. 2 in scoring (14.4) and No. 2 in minutes (30.8). He's first on the team in steals (1.20) and is averaging 2.8 rebounds. Led the Bruins vs. OSU, scoring a game-high 21 points (17 in the second half, including 4 (career-high tying)-4 from three-point range), with a team-high tying four assists. He'd been playing with a sprained right ankle suffered in the second half (played only four minutes) of the Stanford game in Pauley Pavilion (originally sprained vs. Temple, has missed two games this season because of the injury). Then sprained his left ankle in the second half vs. Arizona in Pauley Pavilion. He has scored in double figures 19 times (including the last 10 games), and has seven games of 20 or more points, including the last two contests (21 at USC, vs. OSU) and three of the last four games. He has a career-high 28 vs. Memphis in the NIT Season Tipoff. Farmar has led the Bruins in scoring nine times, including the last two games and three of the last four. He led the Bruins in scoring in consecutive wins over Nevada (24) at the Wooden Classic and at Michigan (21). He's led UCLA in assists on 21 occasions, including 14 of the last 15 games (he had a career-best 12 assists vs. Washington and 10 vs. Coppin State).

    Arron Afflalo - an NABC All-Dist. 15 choice, early-season All-American and was named to the NIT Season Tipoff All-Tournament team, Afflalo is UCLA's leading scorer (16.9), tops in minutes (34.1), is averaging 4.6 rebounds and 1.85 assists, and shooting .472 from the field, .349 from three-point range and .805 from the foul line. Vs. OSU, had 20 points. UCLA's top defender - at WSU's Josh Akognon (held to four points/was averaging 11.4 points), ASU's Kevin Kruger (held to eight points, including two in the first half/is averaging 14.5 points), at OSU's Chris Stephens (held to four points, two each half/is averaging 13.6 points) and at 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 13 (of 27) games this season, including a streak of seven in a row (Wagner-Washington State). He's scored 20 or more points 10 times, including a career-high 27 vs. Arizona in Pauley Pavilion and 23 vs. Stanford and New Mexico State. He's started every game and scored in double figures 25 of 27 games.

    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - A member of Seth Davis' 'All-Glue Team', he's a starter in all 27 games at forward, Mbah a Moute is UCLA's leading rebounder (8.4/UCLA all-time freshman leader, old mark, 7.5 Don MacLean, 1989/first freshman to lead UCLA in rebounding since JaRon Rush, 7.3, 1999). He's led the Bruins in rebounding 23 of 27 games and is averaging 8.6 points. Mbah a Moute is shooting .512 from the field and averaging 1.30 assists, 1.0 steals and has a team-best 19 blocked shots. He's had leading rebounding streaks of 12 (first 12 games-the longest Bruin streak since 1977-78, David Greenwood, the last 13 regular season games), was snapped when he had three rebounds vs. Cal and seven games (stopped at Oregon State, eight). Vs. Oregon State, had nine points, four rebounds and a season-high four assists. Was named the National Freshman of the Week for his play 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 nine 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).

    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 eight games and started the last seven. UCLA is 16-3 with Bozeman in the lineup (15-3 as a starter). In 19 (18 starts), he's averaging 29.0 minutes, 8.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.21 assists and shooting .523 from the field and .421 from three-point range. Vs. Oregon State, had five points, four rebounds and no turnovers in 24 minutes. In his last four starts, is averaging 26.8 minutes, 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals and shooting .643 (9-14) 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 11 games and started seven consecutive games (did not start vs. OSU in Pauley). Overall, in 21 games (12 starts), he's averaging 5.1 points and 4.0 rebounds, and shooting .551 from the field. Vs. OSU, came off the bench to play 25 minutes, with four points, a season-high tying six defensive rebounds and one blocked shot. In his last four games, he's averaging 6.5 rebounds and shooting Since returning from the groin injury, he's had season-bests in minutes (35 at Oregon State), points (12 vs. Arizona), rebounds (9, at WSU), blocked shots (4, Oregon) and steals (2 at WSU). His 88 career blocked shots is tied for No. 7 in school history (with Charles Rochelin, 1986-89 /No. 6, 91, Tracy Murray, 1990-92).

    Off the Bench - Vs. OSU - the Bruins used nine players off the bench-

    -Ryan Hollins - 25 minutes (see above).

    Darren Collison - 15 minutes (Ben Howland said it was Collison's best game as a Bruin). Played 15 minutes total, but in the second half when the Bruins made their run, Collison played nine minutes, scoring seven of his nine points. He finished with two rebounds, three assists and one steal. In 27 games (two starts), Collison is averaging 19.2 minutes, 5.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.48 assists .

    -Michael Roll- in 14 minutes, had one assist and rebound. He's appeared in 26 games and started five times, including a season-high 17 points in the Bruins' home loss to Washington. He's averaging 16.0 minutes, 3.6 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.04 assists and shooting .833 from the foul line.

    -Alfred Aboya - in 13 minute (playing with a left hip flexor strain), he had five points and five rebounds and an assist and steal. Since missing the first six games with knee injuries, he's played in the last 21 games, and started vs. USC and West Virginia. He's averaging 13.1 minutes, 3.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and shooting a team-high .667 from the field.

    -Ryan Wright - in 6 minutes, had four points.. He's appeared in 23 games, started four times, and is averaging 11.4 minutes, 2.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and shooting .659 from the field.

    -Janou Rubin (2 minutes/season-high tying one rebound), DeAndre Robinson, Nican Robinson and Kelvin Kim (one minute each).

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