Top 10 Teams Collide in Pauley Pavilion

Jan. 30, 2007


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DATE: Feb. 1, 2007
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,800)
TIP-OFF: 7:34:30 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 76-25

#5 UCLA vs. #9 OREGON
This is the 102nd meeting between UCLA and Oregon with the Bruins leading the series 76-25. UCLA has won 45 of 50 games in Los Angeles against the Ducks, including the last three in Pauley Pavilion. Oregon's last win in Los Angeles was a 96-91 overtime victory on Jan. 30, 2003. Last year, UCLA posted a 70-53 home win on Feb. 26, 2006. The Bruins were led by Arron Afflalo's 14 points and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's double-double performance of 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Bruins are looking to avenge one of their two losses on the season as the then-16th ranked Ducks stunned No. 1 UCLA 68-66 in Eugene, Ore., on Jan. 6, 2007. Aaron Brooks led Oregon in the win with 25 points, including the game-winning jumper with 13 seconds remaining, ending the Bruins' 14-game winning streak. Only five Ducks scored in the game. Maarty Leunen had 18 points and seven rebounds for Oregon. Afflalo and Josh Shipp each scored 14 points for UCLA, which outrebounded Oregon 35-22 (15 offensive rebounds) but committed 17 turnovers (to Oregon's 14).

UCLA is currently ranked fifth in both the ESPN/USA Today and Associated Press polls. 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 19 straight games, the longest streak of his career, 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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