No. 1 Seed UCLA Plays No. 4 Seed Arizona Friday in Pac-10 Tournament Semifinal Game at the Staples Center
March 9, 2006
UCLA vs. Arizona - The Wildcats advanced with a 73-68 Thursday quarterfinal victory over Stanford. Four of five Arizona starters scored in double figures, led by Ivan Radenovic's game-high 21 points and game-high tying seven rebounds and Mustafa Shakur's 18 points, game-high tying seven rebounds and game-high six assists.
Series History - The Bruins lead it 40-31. This will be the third time in the history of the series the schools will have met three times in a regular season - 2003, in Steve Lavin's last year as the Bruin head coach, Arizona won both regular season games, but the Bruins upset No. 1 Arizona 96-86 (OT) at Staples Center in a Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinal game; 1990 - Jim Harrick's Bruins in the regular season beat Arizona in Pauley Pavilion 73-67, lost at Tucson 83-74 and lost to the Wildcats in the Pac-10 Tournament final, 94-78 in Tempe. In the series' first meeting (1923), UCLA and UA faced four times, each team winning twice.
Last UCLA/UA GAMES - Feb. 4 - at No. 14 UCLA 84, Arizona 73 - before 8,718 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA used a season-high 50 first half points and a career-high 27 points from Arron Afflalo to propel the Bruins to an 84-73 win over Arizona. It's the first time since the 1997 Pac-10 season that UCLA has swept the Arizona schools in the home and away series.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. UCLA was led by Arron Afflalo's game-high 22 points.
UCLA'S LAST GAME
March 9 - No. 13 UCLA 79, Oregon State 47 - in a Pac-10 tournament quarterfinal game at the Staples Center, Ryan Hollins' season and team-high 17 points and game-high eight rebounds led the Bruins to a 79-47 victory over Oregon State. The 32-point victory margin was UCLA's largest this season and the highest in Pac-10 Tournament history. UCLA swept Oregon State 3-0 in 2006, the Bruins' first 3-0 sweep in the series history (in 1953, UCLA had a 4-0 sweep over the Beavers). UCLA's .625 (10, tied season-high-16) from three-point range was a season-best. It was UCLA's fifth consecutive victory.
The Bruins - Have scored 38 points in the first halves at Stanford and vs. Oregon State; have scored 70 or more points four of the last five games; have held their last five opponents to 60 or less points (54.4 average); have shot over .500 from the field in four of the last five games; have held two of it's last three opponents to below .400 from the field (.321 Oregon State/ .388 at California) and have outrebounded their last nine opponents (7-2/the +14 vs. Oregon State was UCLA's largest Pac-10 rebound advantage). UCLA's 25 wins is its highest since UCLA's 1995 NCAA Championship season (32-1, the 32 wins is a school record).
Ryan Hollins - in his last two games, he has set single-season scoring bests - 13 points at Stanford and 17 points vs. Oregon State (first time all season he's led the Bruins in scoring). In his last two games, he's averaged 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and shot .733 (11-15) from the field.
Cedric Bozeman - In the first half (in 10 minutes, he was 2-2 from three-point range) vs. Oregon State, Bozeman sprained his left ankle (x-rays taken at the Staples Center were negative), was placed in a walking boot and did not play the second half. His status will be a game-day decision on Friday. The Bruins are 20-3 with him in the lineup (19-3 with Bozeman as a starter).
Lorenzo Mata - Since missing the last 14 games with a broken right leg (suffered in the Washington State game on Jan. 12 in Pauley Pavilion), Mata played five minutes vs. Oregon State, scoring two points with two blocked shots.
Michael Roll - in his last two games, every shot from the field has been a three-point attempt, and he's 6-7 (.857) from three-point range (3-4 at Stanford, 3-3 vs. Oregon State).
Recent Honors - Gregg Doyel's CBS SportsLine Pac-10 Coach of the Year (Ben Howland) and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (Luc Richard Mbah a Moute); CollegeInsider.com Defensive All-America Team (Arron Afflalo); Seth Davis' SI.com Pac-10 Coach of the Year (Ben Howland), Pac-10 All-Conference (Jordan Farmar) and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (Luc Richard Mbah a Moute).
Pac-10 Honors - this week, Ben Howland was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (and Honorable Mention All-Pac-10), Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo were first-team All-Pac-10 and Darren Collison was Honorable Mention All-Freshman team.