UCLA Heads to Bay Area to Face Cal

Jan. 23, 2007


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DATE: Jan. 25, 2007
SITE: Haas Pavilion (11,877)
TIP-OFF: 6:00 p.m. PST
TV: FSN Prime Ticket
TALENT: Barry Tompkins (play-by-play), Dan Belloumini (analyst)
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
SIRIUS RADIO: Channel 143
WEB: www.uclaBruins.com
SERIES: UCLA leads 124-93

#2/3 UCLA vs. CAL
This is the 218th meeting between UCLA and Cal with the Bruins leading the series 124-93, including winning two of three games a year ago. Last year, the Bruins clinched a share of the Pac-10 title with a 67-58 overtime victory at Cal (March 2, 2006). Arron Afflalo scored 21 of his 25 points after halftime against the Golden Bears. Leon Powe led Cal with 20 points. The Bruins went on to earn the title outright with a 75-54 victory at Stanford two days later. The Bruins also defeated Cal in the Pacific-10 Tournament final 71-52 in Staples Center on March 11. Jordan Farmar led four Bruins in double figures with 19 points while Ayinde Ubaka led Cal with 18 points. Cal earned the split of the regular season series with a 68-61 win in Pauley Pavilion (Dec. 31, 2005) on the strength of 18 points from Ubaka. Arron Afflalo led all scorers with 19 points while Josh Shipp was the only other Bruin to reach double figures with 10 points. Cal and UCLA have split the season series in each of the last eight years. The Bruins have won the last two meetings at Cal.

UCLA is currently ranked second in the ESPN/USA Today poll (six first-place votes) and third in the Associated Press poll (six first-place votes). Earlier this year, UCLA spent six weeks (Nov. 27-Jan. 1) ranked first in the AP poll and five weeks (Dec. 4-Jan. 1) atop the Coaches poll. UCLA has spent more time (134 weeks) at number one in the history of the AP poll than any other program.

The Bruins are no strangers to early morning wake-up calls. UCLA is 3-1 this season in games that tip-off prior to noon. The Bruins handed then sixth-ranked Texas A&M a 65-62 loss in an 11:30 a.m. tip-off at Honda Center in the John R. Wooden Classic on Dec. 9. UCLA later crushed Michigan 92-55 with an 11:00 a.m. tip in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 23. Then the Bruins lost an 11:00 a.m. game 68-66 at 16th-ranked Oregon on Jan. 6. But the Bruins won their last morning game, a 65-64 win at USC in an 11:30 a.m. tip-off at Galen Center on Jan. 13. UCLA still has two more early morning games. The Bruins will tip at 10:00 a.m. (PST) at West Virginia on CBS (Feb. 10) and again at 10:00 a.m. (PST) at Arizona on CBS (Feb. 17).

UCLA has won the last 15 games at home, including the last nine Pacific-10 Conference games. The last Pac-10 team to beat the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion was 13th-ranked Washington, which defeated the 11th-ranked Bruins 69-65 on Jan. 14, 2005. The last team to beat UCLA at home was 12th-ranked West Virginia, which posted a 60-56 over the 18th-ranked Bruins on Jan. 21, 2006.

UCLA junior Arron Afflalo (17 games) and sophomore Darren Collison (12 games) are first and second, respectively, with the longest double-digit scoring streaks in the Pacific-10 Conference. Sophomore Josh Shipp was second with 12 games, but scored nine points in the win over Arizona (Jan. 20).

UCLA will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its 1967 NCAA Championship team on Saturday, Feb. 24, when the Bruins host Stanford. The team will have a pregame reception and be honored at halftime. Led by legendary Bruin head coach John Wooden, the '67 National Champions were 30-0 overall (the second time in school history UCLA recorded a perfect 30-0 record, matching the Bruins' first NCAA title team in 1964) and it was the Bruins' third NCAA title under Wooden (1964-65-67) in four years. UCLA was led by sophomore center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), who earned All-American honors. He averaged 29.0 points a game, set an NCAA record by shooting .667 from the field and set the school single-game scoring record with 61 points in a 100-78 victory over Washington State on Feb. 25, 1967 in Pauley Pavilion. He also recorded UCLA's second-best (56) and third-best (45) single-game scoring marks that season. Joining Abdul-Jabbar in the starting lineup were - at guards, junior captain Michael Warren (12.7 ppg) and sophomore All-Conference Lucius Allen (15.5 ppg), and at the forwards, sophomores, Ken Heitz (6.1 ppg) and Lynn Shackelford (11.4 ppg). Also on the coaching staff were varsity assistant Jerry Norman, head freshman coach Gary Cunningham and the trainer was Bruin Hall of Famer Ducky Drake. Like this year's Bruin squad, there was not a senior on the 1966-67 roster.

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