No. 2/3 UCLA Closes Out First Half of Pac-10 Play at Stanford

Jan. 27, 2007


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DATE: Jan. 28, 2007
SITE: Maples Pavilion (7,233)
TIP-OFF: 5:05 p.m. PST
TV: FSN Prime Ticket
TALENT: Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Marques Johnson (analyst)
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
SIRIUS RADIO: Channel 107
SERIES: UCLA leads 126-88

This is the 215th meeting between UCLA and Stanford with the Bruins leading the series 126-88, including sweeping the series last year for the first time since 1995. While the Bruins have won the last two, the Cardinal had won six in a row leading up to last year. The last six games have all been double-digit wins for the victor (four times by Stanford). Last year, the Bruins clinched the Pacific-10 Conference title outright, with a 75-54 victory at Stanford on March 4, 2006. Arron Afflalo led four Bruins in double figures with 16 points. Ryan Hollins had 13 points and eight rebounds while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 12 points and nine boards. Jordan Farmar contributed 13 points and seven assists against the Cardinal. In the earlier meeting at Pauley Pavilion, won by UCLA 71-54 on Dec. 29, 2005, the Bruins were again led by Afflalo with 23 points. Mbah a Moute had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds while Josh Shipp scored 11 points in one of his only four games of the year.

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 has scored in double figures in 18 straight games, the longest streak on the team and in the Pacific-10 Conference. Sophomore Darren Collison (12 games) saw his streak come to an end with only four points in the win at Cal (Jan. 25). Sophomore Josh Shipp also saw a 12-game streak get snapped when he 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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