No. 4 UCLA Hosts the California Golden Bears

Feb. 20, 2007


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DATE: Feb. 22, 2007
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,800)
TIP-OFF: 7:33 p.m. PST
TV: FSN Prime Ticket
TALENT: Bill Macdonald (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play)
SIRIUS RADIO: Channel 123
SERIES: UCLA leads 125-93

This is the 219th meeting between UCLA and Cal with the Bruins leading the series 125-93, including winning the last three games. 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. 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. Earlier this year, UCLA posted a 62-46 win at Cal (Jan. 25), led by Afflalo's 25 points. Theo Robertson led Cal with 16 points. Cal and UCLA have split the season series in each of the last eight years. Cal has won the last two meetings in Los Angeles.

UCLA is currently ranked fourth in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today 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.

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland won his 250th game in the 70-65 home win over 19th-ranked USC on Feb. 7, 2007. Howland, now in his 13th season as a Division I head coach, is averaging 19.4 wins per season with still more games to play in 2006-07. Equally impressive is the fact that he won his 200th victory just last year on Nov. 19 in a 56-37 home win over Delaware State.

The Bruins are no strangers to early morning wake-up calls. UCLA is 4-2 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. UCLA won a morning game, 65-64 at USC, in an 11:30 a.m. tip-off at Galen Center on Jan. 13. The Bruins suffered a 70-65 setback at West Virginia on CBS (Feb. 10) in a 10:00 a.m. tip. UCLA won its last morning game, 81-66 at No. 19 Arizona game (Feb. 17) in a 10:00 a.m. tip-off. The Bruins game at Washington is the last early morning game of the regular season, slated for an 11:00 a.m. (PST) tip-off.

UCLA has won the last 18 games at home, including the last 12 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 victory over the 18th-ranked Bruins on Jan. 21, 2006.

UCLA junior Arron Afflalo has scored in double figures in 25 straight games, the longest streak of his career, on the team and in the Pacific-10 Conference. Sophomore Darren Collison saw his streak (12 games) 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).

Before the Stanford game on Feb. 24, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the Ackerman Union Bookstore, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor) will be signing copies of his new book, 'On the Shoulders of Giants-My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance.' Written with Raymond Obstfeld, it chronicles a seminal period in African-American history and how Harlem's literary, musical and sports achievements helped shape Abdul-Jabbar's own destiny. This lively history of the Harlem Renaissance underscores the unsurpassed accomplishments of an extraordinary group of African-American writers, artists, athletes and musicians in the years between 1920 and 1940 and beyond. Legendary Bruin head coach John Wooden will also be on hand.

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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