UCLA To Face Florida In NCAA Championship Game Monday

April 2, 2006

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UCLA Men's Basketball/NCAA Between Game Notes

No. 7/No. 8 UCLA (32-6/Pac-10 14-4, Regular Season and Tournament Champions/No. 2 Seed Oakland Regional) vs. No. 11/No. 10 FLORIDA (32-6/SEC 10-6, 2nd East, Tournament Champions/No. 3 Seed Minneapolis Regional) - Monday, April 3/Indianapolis, IN/RCA Dome/9:21 p.m. ET, 6:21 p.m. PT/TV-CBS, Jim Nantz and Billy Packer/Radio-570AM, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean.

Tentative UCLA Starters
F- 21 Cedric Bozeman 6-6, Sr., 7.5, 3.3
F-23 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 6-8, Fr., 9.2, 8.1
C- 15 Ryan Hollins 7-01/2, Sr., 6.9, 4.6
G-1 Jordan Farmar 6-2, So., 13.3, 2.6
G-4 Arron Afflalo 6-4, So., 16.0, 4.3

UCLA vs. Florida - The Gators advanced to the NCAA Final with a 73-58 semifinal victory over George Mason, led by four of five starters in double figures, including Corey Brewer's 19 points and six rebounds, Lee Humphrey's 19 points and Al Horford's six points and 13 rebounds. Florida has won 10 games in a row since March 1 (included in those victories was an 81-65 SEC Tournament semifinal victory over LSU).

Series History - This is the first meeting between the two schools.

April 1 - No. 7 UCLA 59, No. 19 LSU 45 - Before 43,822 in the RCA Dome at Indianapolis in an NCAA Championship semifinal game, the Bruins continued their NCAA defensive dominance and held the Tigers to a season scoring low as UCLA defeated LSU 59-45. It was UCLA's nation-leading 12th consecutive victory and the Bruin win snapped the Tigers' four-game NCAA winning streak. The crowd of 43,822 is the second-largest to ever see a UCLA game (on Jan. 20, 1968 at the Houston Astrodome, Houston defeated UCLA 71-69 before 52,693).

In the first half, the Bruins led by as many as 16 points on three occasions (final time, 39-23, :45, jumper by Darren Collison) and had a 39-24 halftime advantage. In the second-half, UCLA's biggest lead was 24 points (55-31, 10:18 remaining, three-pointer by Michael Roll).

UCLA held LSU to just .320 from the field (the third NCAA opponent to shoot .320 or less from the field), an NCAA opponent low .000 from three-point range (0-6) and the Bruins outrebounded LSU 42-33 (snapping a streak of three consecutive games getting outrebounded)

The Bruins had two players in double figures - Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's season-high tying and game-high 17 points, game-high nine rebounds and team-high tying two steals, Jordan Farmar's 12 points and Lorenzo Mata added two points, blocked shots and steals with a season-high tying eight rebounds. It's the 31st time this season that Mbah a Moute has led the Bruins in rebounding (six of the last seven games) and for the second time in the last five games in scoring.

UCLA in the NCAA -

  • This is UCLA's 13th Championship game appearance (UCLA is 11-1, losing only in 1980 to Louisville 59-54 and winning the NCAA Championship a record 11 times in 1964-65-67-68-69-70-71-72-73-75-95).
  • This is UCLA's 16th Final Four appearance, tying North Carolina for No. 1 on that list. In Final Four appearances, the Bruins are 26 (No. 1 on that list)-5.
  • UCLA is now No. 2 all-time in NCAA wins (90), behind only Kentucky's 99 and ahead of North Carolina's 89. The Bruins are also second in Tournament winning percentage (90-32, .738).
  • This is UCLA's second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament under Ben Howland.
  • The No. 2 seed is UCLA's highest since 1997, when the Bruins were No. 2 in the Midwest. That year, UCLA advanced to the Elite Eight, defeating Charleston Southern and Xavier in Auburn Hills and Iowa State in San Antonio before losing to No. 1 seed Minnesota 80-72.
  • Overall, this is UCLA's 40th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the Bruins hold the record for the longest NCAA winning streak - 38 games between 1964 and 1974.

    Ben Howland - In his third season as the Bruin head coach, he's 61-34 (.642) and in the last two seasons, he's 50-17 (.746). In his 25th season in college basketball, he's in his 12th year as a head coach (229-133, .633). Entering the 2006 NCAA Tournament, he was one of only 28 coaches to lead three different schools to the Tournament (UCLA/ Pittsburgh/Northern Arizona). The 2006 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Howland has also earned Conference Coach of the Year honors in the Big East and Big Sky Conferences. In 2006, he led the Bruins to their first regular season Pac-10 title since 1997 and their first Pac-10 Tournament crown since 1987 and in 2005, he led UCLA back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. He's 9-4 overall in the NCAA Tournament and will be making his first NCAA Championship game appearance.

    The Bruins - UCLA has played 38 games (32-6), the most in school history and Arron Afflalo, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Darren Collison have appeared in all 38 games, setting a school record for most games played in a single season . . . The Bruins' 32 wins ties the school record for most victories (in 1995, Jim Harrick directed the Bruins to a 32-1 overall record and the school's record 11th NCAA Championship) . . .UCLA's No. 7 AP ranking (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today) is the highest since the Bruins' No. 3 ranking to start the 2001-02 season . . . UCLA's 12-game winning streak is the longest since the end of the 1997 season, when the Bruins won 12 games before losing to Minnesota in the 'Elite Eight' . . .UCLA's 32 wins is the sixth time in school history the Bruins have won 30 or more games (1995, 32-1, NCAA Champs; 2006, 32-6, NCAA Championship game participant; 1973, 30-0, NCAA Champs; 1972, 30-0, NCAA Champs; 1967, 30-0, NCAA Champs and 1964, 30-0, NCAA Champs) . . . On nine occasions this year the Bruins have held the opponent to less than 50 points (9-0).

    UCLA Faithful - Among the many Bruin greats at the RCA Dome on Saturday included - former players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Warren, Reggie Miller, Ed O'Bannon, Brad Holland, Michael Holton, Ralph Jackson and Curtis Knight, along with former Bruin head coach Jim Harrick. UCLA great Bill Walton will also be in attendance on Monday. UCLA head football coach Karl Dorrell was at Saturday's game, as was UCLA football great and recent NFL Hall of Fame inductee Troy Aikman.

    How UCLA Ranks Nationally - In this week's NCAA statistics, the Bruins were - Team- Scoring Defense, 10th, 58.6; Scoring Margin, 20th, 9.6; FG%, 21st, .478; Rebound Margin, 38th, 4.4; Foul Per Game, 36th, 16.3. Individual - Assists, Jordan Farmar, 37th, 5.2.

    12-Game Winning Streak - It's a nation-leading 12 game winning streak (the last time UCLA had a longer streak was in 1995 (started the season 6-1, then won 26 straight to claim the NCAA Championship/included in that streak was a home loss to California, that was later forfeited by California). In the current streak, UCLA is averaging 69.4 points, shooting .485 from the field, .381 from three-point range and .689 from the foul line and averaging 33.3 rebounds. Bruin opponents are averaging 53.9 points (Belmont's 44 points is the lowest opponent total during the 12-game winning streak and Gonzaga's 71 is the highest) and shooting .389 from the field, .299 from three-point range and averaging 29.1 rebounds. Individually, the Bruins have three players scoring in double figures - Arron Afflalo (14.3/team-best .443 from three-point range), Jordan Farmar (11.8/team-high 4.5 assists) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (10.4, a team leading 7.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals and shooting .632 from the field). Also in the 12-game winning streak - Ryan Hollins has averaged 9.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 blocked shots and shot a team-best .729 from the field; Cedric Bozeman has averaged 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and shot .905 (19-21) from the foul line and Darren Collison is averaging 6.5 points, 1.9 assists and also shooting .842 (16-19) from the foul line.

    In The NCAA - After five games, the Bruins have four players in double figures - Arron Afflalo (11.8 points and a team-high .778 from the foul line), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (11.8, with a team-best 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals), Jordan Farmar (11.4 and a team-high 4.6 assists) and Ryan Hollins (11.8 points/5.6 rebounds/1.4 blocked shots/.846FG%). UCLA is averaging 64.4 points and 35.2 rebounds and shooting .446 from the field, .306 from three-point range and .621 from the foul line. Opponents are averaging 52.8 points, 33.6 rebounds and shooting .368 from field, .175 from three-point range and .626 from the foul line. The Bruins had held three NCAA teams to 45 or less points (44 Belmont/45 the last two games vs. LSU and Memphis). UCLA has outshot four of five NCAA opponents, but outrebounded only two of five.

    UCLA Is - 32-5 when holding the opponent under 80 points. . . 24-1 when leading at halftime . . . 17-1 when shooting .500 or better from the field . . . 16-1 when holding the opponent to under .400 from the field . . . 27-2 when outshooting the opponent. . . 24-3 when outrebounding the opponent. . . 29-1 when leading with five minutes to play . . . With Cedric Bozeman in the lineup, the Bruins are 27-3 overall and with Bozeman as a starter, UCLA is 26-3.

    UCLA Career Charts - Arron Afflalo (Three-point lists - 120 (No. 7)-321 (No. 7), .374 (No. 12), Cedric Bozeman (Assists - 383 (No. 10), Jordan Farmar (Three-point lists - 96 (No. 11)-283 (No. 11)), Ryan Hollins (Blocked Shots - 100 (No. 4).

    Single Season Charts - Arron Afflalo (81 three-pointers, No. 4/his 608 points is the highest since J. R. Henderson's 626 in 1998), Jordan Farmar (62 three-pointers, No. 9; Assists-185, No. 10), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Rebounds- 308, No. 12, first over 300 rebounds since David Greenwood's 309 in 1979).

    Honors - Here's a list of the Bruin in-season team and individual player honors. On March 6, Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo were named first-team All-Pac-10 (UCLA leads the conference with 104 first-team selections).

    Ben Howland - On March 6, was named the Pac-10 and USBWA Dist. IX Coach of the Year and on March 1, he was named a finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award. He's also been honored by CollegeInsider.com, CBS SportsLine.com and SI.com as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

    Jordan Farmar - A member of the All Pac-10 Tournament team and an Honorable Mention AP All-American, he was named to the Oakland Region All-Tournament team. On March 10, named a CollegeInsider.com All-American. On March 7, was named first-team USBWA All. Dist. IX, on March 6, he earned first-team All-Pac-10 and was named to the Wooden Award finalist list (22 players) and on March 1, was named the Pac-10 Most Valuable Player by CollegeInsider.com. On Feb. 18, Farmar was named first-team NABC All-Dist. 15. He was on the mid-season Naismith Trophy (30 players) and Wooden Award (30 players) lists. He is also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (nation's top point guard). Farmar is one of just four players, he's the only underclassman, mentioned for all three honors (joining senior guards, Illinois' Dee Brown, Pittsburgh's Carl Krauser and Syracuse's Gerry McNamara).

    Arron Afflalo - Named a Scout.com fourth-team All-American and an Honorable Mention AP All-American, he was named to the Oakland Region All-Tournament team. A member of the All-Pac-10 Tournament team, on March 7, was named a first-team USBWA All-Dist. IX and CollegeInsider.com Defensive All-American, on March 6 was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and named Pac-10 Player of the Week (for his play in the Bruins' sweep of the Bay Area), and on Feb. 18, Afflalo was named first-team NABC All-Dist. 15. He was named an early-season All-American by scout.com and named to the NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team.

    Farmar and Afflalo - were named the nation's No. 3 backcourt by SI.com (Jan. 25).

    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - on March 7 was named the CBS SportsLine.com and SI.com Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, on March 6 was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (and Honorable Mention All-Pac-10) and a Freshman All-American by CollegeInsider.com. He was named to Seth Davis' SI.com All-Glue team on Feb. 15 (given to players who emphasize team play over individualism). He was named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week (Jan. 30) for his efforts in UCLA's two victories at the Oregon schools.

    Ryan Hollins - named the Most Outstanding Player at the Oakland Regional.

    Darren Collison - on March 6 was named a Pac-10 Honorable Mention All-Freshman selection.

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