The Pac-10's Top Two Teams Battle in Pullman

Feb. 28, 2007

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DATE: March 1, 2007
SITE: Beasley Coliseum (12,058)
TIP-OFF: 7:30 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 181
SERIES: UCLA leads 90-13

This is the 104th meeting between UCLA and Washington State with the Bruins leading the series 90-13, including winning the last five and 26 of the last 27 contests. The Bruins have also won the last 13 road games against WSU, including 11 in a row in Pullman, Wash. Last year, the Bruins demolished WSU on the road, winning 50-30 on Feb. 9, 2006. Jordan Farmar led the Bruins with 20 points while Arron Afflalo was the only other Bruin to reach double figures with 12 points. Aron Baynes was the only Cougar to score more than four points, leading WSU in scoring (10 points) and rebounding (eight boards). In this year's earlier meeting, won by UCLA 55-52 in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 28, 2006, the Bruins were led by Afflalo and Darren Collison, who each scored 13 points. Josh Shipp added 11 points while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had seven points and 10 rebounds for UCLA. Derrick Low scored a game-high 14 points for WSU while Nikola Koprivica was the only other Cougar to reach double-figure scoring with 12 points.

UCLA is currently ranked second 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.

UCLA ...
• Has clinched at least a share of it's second-straight Pacific-10 title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Pac-10 Tournament.
• Has completed the first true undefeated home season (16-0) since 1974-75 (32 seasons). The 1994-95 squad was 15-0 at home, but it included a forfeit win over California (after the Bruins originally lost the game 100-93).
• Has made 198 three-point field goals, which is fourth on the season list while the 520 attempts are sixth and the .381 percentage is fifth.
• UCLA averages 34.9 points and shoots .469 from the floor, .341 from three and .580 from the line in the first half of games. In the second half, it averages 39.1 points and is shooting .517 from the floor, .425 from three and .710 from the line.
• Has outrebounded seven of its last eight opponents.

Arron Afflalo ...
• Junior guard Arron Afflalo has led the team in scoring in eight of the last 11 games and in 11 of the last 17 contests.
• Has scored at least 20 points in three of his last five games and 10 times overall this year.
• In the last five games, he is averaging 19.8 points and 4.0 rebounds. In his last six games, he has made 26-of-31 free throws (.839).• His 72 three-pointers are seventh on UCLA's season list and his 182 attempts are sixth.
• His 194 career three-points rank third, three behind Tracy Murray and his 510 attempts rank No. 2.

Darren Collison ...
• Sophomore point guard Darren Collison has registered 29 assists and just five turnovers in his last four games for an assist to turnover ratio of 5.8 to one.
• His 61 steals are ninth on the season list and needs four to move to fifth place.
• Has led the team in assists in 22 of his 27 games and is averaging 8.7 assists in the last three games.
• Has 13 games of at least six assists and UCLA is 13-0 in those contests. Has scored in double figures in 23 of his 27 games.

Josh Shipp ...
• Sophomore guard/forward Josh Shipp scored 24 points at Arizona and 22 points vs. California, marking the first time in his career he has scored 20 or more points in back-to-back games.
• Shipp has shot 73.1 percent (19-for-26) from the field and 40.0 percent (2-for-5) from three-point range in the last two games while averaging 4.0 assists per game (4.0 to one assist/turnover ratio).
• Averaging 18.0 points (54) and 4.3 assists (13) per game in the last three games, shooting 22-of-34 from the floor (.647), 3-of-8 from three (.375) and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line (.700).

Lorenzo Mata ...
• Junior center Lorenzo Mata has shot an amazing 80.0 percent (12-for-15) from the free-throw line in the last six games and 90.9 percent (10-for-11) in the last three contests. Prior to the last five games, Mata was shooting just 27.4 percent (17-for-62).
• Mata has scored in double figures in three of the last four games, including a streak of three consecutive games, the longest double-figure scoring streak of his career. Prior to the streak, he had never scored in double figures in back-to-back games.
• Has made 17 of his last 22 field goal attempts (.773) in the last five games.
• In the last four games, he is averaging 10.5 points (42 points), 5.0 rebounds (20 boards) and 2.0 blocks (eight blocks).
• His .661 field goal percentage is currently 5th on UCLA's season list.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute ...
• Sophomore forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has hauled in seven or more rebounds in eight straight games. He has led UCLA in rebounding in 19 games this season and in 51 contests in his young Bruin career.
• Has led the team in rebounding in seven of the last eight games and in 19 of his 27 games this season. In two years, he has led the team in rebounding in 51 of 66 games.
• Has grabbed at least eight rebounds in 14 games and at least seven on 20 occasions this season.
• Has made nine of his last 16 field goals (.563) in the last two games.
• Has grabbed 93 rebounds in the last 11 games (8.45 rpg) and has 18 assists in the last five games (3.6 apg).

Alfred Aboya ...
• Has made 16 of his last 22 field goal attempts (.727) in the last six games.
• Is averaging 6.3 points (38) and 5.2 rebounds (31) in his last six games and has at least five rebounds in four of the six games.

Michael Roll ...
• In the last five games, he has scored 33 points (6.6), shooting 12-of-26 from the floor (.462), 7-of-17 from three-point range (.412) and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line (1.000).

Russell Westbrook ...
• Has made four of his last five field goals in the last two games (.800).

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