No. 4 UCLA in Tucson to Take on Arizona
March 1, 2008
LOS ANGELES -
DATE: Sunday, Mar. 2, 2008
SITE: McKale Center (14,525)
TIP-OFF: 1:00 p.m. PT/2:00 p.m. MT
TALENT: Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Billy Packer (analyst)
RADIO: AM 1150
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO: Channel 107
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 44-31
STREAK: UCLA +6
BRUIN INJURY REPORT
Michael Roll reruptured his plantar fascia in his left foot on Dec. 31 and will likely redshirt the season. He has missed 22 of the Bruins' 28 games this season.
Nikola Dragovic strained his left groin in practice on Feb. 25 and was questionable for the Bruins' game at Arizona State on Feb. 28, but played the final three minutes of the 70-49 UCLA victory, grabbing one rebound.
SERIES vs. ARIZONA
This is the 76th meeting between UCLA and Arizona with the Bruins leading the series 44-31, including winning the last six games. UCLA is 13-18 all-time against Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. After losing four consecutive games to the Wildcats in 2004 and 2005, the Bruins have swept Arizona the last two years, including posting an 82-60 victory earlier this year in Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 2, 2008. The Bruins jumped out to a 42-22 lead at halftime and never looked back. UCLA was led by Kevin Love's double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Russell Westbrook added 21 points and Josh Shipp and Darren Collison added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Jerryd Bayless led Arizona with 13 points, followed closely by Nic Wise with 12 and Jawann McClellan with 10 points. The Bruins posted an 81-66 win at Arizona last year, led by Shipp's 24 points. Collison had a double-double of 17 points and 15 assists. Mustafa Shakur and Marcus Williams led the Wildcats with 17 points apiece. UCLA head coach Ben Howland sports an overall record of 6-5 against Arizona.
UCLA LEADS THE NATION IN CONSECUTIVE WEEKS IN THE TOP 10
UCLA has been ranked in the top 10 in the Associated Press poll for 37 straight weeks, which is tied with North Carolina for the longest active streak in the country. Kansas is third with 29 straight weeks, followed by Memphis with 23 consecutive weeks. Duke rounds out the top five with 14 straight weeks in the top 10. All streaks include final and preseason polls.
THREE FUTURE BRUINS NAMED TO 2008 JORDAN BRAND ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
Three future UCLA basketball players have been named to the 2008 Jordan Brand All-American Team and will play in an all-star game on April 19, 2008, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Drew Gordon (F/C, 6-8, 235, Archbishop Mitty HS, San Jose, Calif.), Jrue Holiday (G, 6-4, 195, Campbell Hall, North Hollywood, Calif.) and Malcolm Lee (G, 6-4, 165, John W. North HS, Riverside, Calif.) have all been selected play in the all-star game, which will be televised nationally on ESPN2 at 6:00 p.m. PST.
TWO FUTURE BRUINS NAMED AS McDONALD'S ALL-AMERICANS
Two of UCLA's top-rated 2008-09 recruiting class were named to the 2008 McDonald's All-American West Team today. Guards Jrue Holiday (6-4, 195, Campbell Hall, North Hollywood, Calif.) and Malcolm Lee (6-4, 165, John W. North High School, Riverside, Calif.) will join a list of 29 UCLA players to have played in the McDonald's All-American game. The guards are the fifth and sixth McDonald's All-Americans recruited by Head Coach Ben Howland and the first multiple McDonald's All-Americans at UCLA since 2004 when Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo were chosen and later led the Bruins to a Final Four appearance in 2006. The 2008 McDonald's All-American game will be played on March 26, 2008 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis. The game will be televised by ESPN and is slated for a 6:30 p.m. (PST) tip-off.
LOVE AMONG MIDSEASON TOP 30 CANDIDATES FOR JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD
UCLA freshman Kevin Love was named among the top 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, the nation's most coveted college basketball award, by The Los Angeles Athletic Club's John R. Wooden Award Committee on Jan. 26, 2008. Love is one of six freshmen on the list and one of seven Pac-10 representatives (which is the most by any conference). Players who do not make the Midseason list are still eligible for the national ballot, which will be selected in March and will consist of approximately 20 players, chosen by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board Committee.
LOVE AND SHIPP ON THE MIDSEASON TOP 30 LIST FOR NAISMITH AWARD
UCLA freshman Kevin Love and junior guard/forward Josh Shipp were named as midseason top 30 candidates for the Naismith Award, by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Jan. 29, 2008. Love is one of six freshmen on the list while Shipp is one of seven Pacific-10 Conference representatives. Again this year AT&T will give fans an unprecedented voice in selecting the winner. Fan voting, through the power and ease of text messaging, will account for 25 percent of the selection process. This program sets the standard in college athletics for integrating fans into the voting process and providing them with more input than with any other major collegiate sports award.
COLLISON NAMED AS A BOB COUSY AWARD FINALIST
UCLA junior point guard Darren Collison was selected as a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in conjunction with The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) on Feb. 1, 2008. The award is presented by The Hartford annually to the nation's top collegiate point guard. The 16 Finalists were chosen from a pool of over sixty top candidates from NCAA Division I, II and III institutions across the country. Beginning today, college basketball fans nationwide will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite candidate online by clicking here. The top vote-getter from the on-line poll will receive the 'Fan Vote', representing one vote to be cast by the Blue Ribbon committee selecting the Award winner.
WHAT'S WITH THE 'C'?
Several Bruin teams will be wearing special jerseys or patches in 2007-08 to commemorate UCLA being the First to 100 NCAA Championships. The men's basketball team will don the new jerseys that have a different-colored 'C' in UCLA. The 'C' signifies the Roman numeral for 100.