UCLA Makes Final Home Stand this Week, Beginning with Oregon State

March 3, 2009


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Coach Howland's Weekly Press Conference (Mar. 3) 

DATE: Thursday, Mar. 5, 2009
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
TIP-OFF: 7:34 p.m. PT
TALENT: Bill Macdonald (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 84-33

Junior guard Mustafa Abdul-Hamid is out for the remainder of the season after having surgery on Dec. 23 to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist. Junior forward James Keefe missed the Stanford game (Feb. 26) with back spasms. He injured his back in shootaround on Thursday. He played in a limited role for five minutes in the win at California on Saturday (Feb. 28).

This is the 118th meeting between UCLA and Oregon State with the Bruins leading the series 84-33 (.718). The Bruins have won the last eight meetings, including a 69-46 win earlier this year in Corvallis, Ore., in the Pac-10 opener for both teams (Jan. 2). The Bruins led 37-16 at halftime and never let OSU get closer than 15 points in the second half. UCLA was led by Michael Roll and Darren Collison's 16 points. Calvin Haynes came off the bench to lead the Beavers with 16 points. He was the only Beaver to reach double figures in scoring. Head Coach Ben Howland is 10-3 against Oregon State.

UCLA moved up two spots to No. 17 this week in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and two spots to No. 20 in the Associated Press poll, released on Mar. 2. UCLA has been ranked in the top 25 in the AP poll for 73 straight weeks (since the 2005-06 preseason) and in the Coaches Poll for 75 straight weeks (since 2004-05 final poll), which is the longest streak in the nation.

Ben Howland earned his 300th victory of his career with the 72-54 win over DePaul in the 15th Annual John R. Wooden Classic (Dec. 13, 2008). He is currently 316-151 (.677), which ranks 25th on the winningest active coaches list by percentage and 68th on the active list by victories. Howland's first career victory was his first game at Northern Arizona in 1994, a 71-69 victory over New Mexico Highlands. His 100th career victory came in his second season at Pittsburgh with the 77-65 win at home over Seton Hall (Jan. 13, 2001). His 200th win came in his third season at UCLA with the 56-37 home win over Delaware State (Nov. 19, 2005).

Seniors Alfred Aboya and Darren Collison set the UCLA record for most games played in a career with 131 (now at 136) in the loss at Arizona State (Feb. 12). The Bruin pair passed Mitchell Butler, who played in 130 games from 1990-93. Aboya and Collison are 118-24 (.831) in their four years at UCLA. Aboya leads all Bruins with 114 career victories.

Darren Collison extended his UCLA record of consecutive made free throws to 43 before missing at USC on Jan. 11, 2009. He surpassed Henry Bibby's streak of 36 straight, set in 1972.

Collison had built his consecutive free throw streak back to 18, but missed his first attempt against California (Jan. 29).

Darren Collison's free-throw percentage of 91.8 percent (89-for-97) this season currently leads the team and the Pac-10 and is second in the nation and second on UCLA's single-season charts.

Collison also leads the team, Pac-10 and ranks 33rd nationally in assist turnover ratio at 2.32. He also leads the team, is second in the Pac-10 and ranks 45th nationally in assists per game at 5.0 apg.

Nikola Dragović has made at least one three-point field goal in each of the last 16 games, the longest streak on the team. He's shooting 44.1 percent (41-for-93) from long range in Pac-10 games (9th in the league) and has shot even better since being elevated as a starter at USC (Jan. 11), draining 45.9 percent (39-for-85) from three-point range. He is making 2.6 three-pointers per game in league play, which ranks third in the Pac-10.

In the last four seasons, UCLA and Head Coach Ben Howland are 56-14 (.800) in Pacific-10 Conference play and 119-24 (.832) overall.

In the last four years in Pacific-10 Conference play, Head Coach Ben Howland is 27-9 (.750) on the road (27-5 everywhere, excluding Seattle) and 29-5 (.853) at home.

In the last four years, Head Coach Ben Howland and UCLA are 30-1 (.968) in the first game of a two-game Pac-10 weekend series and 20-11 (.645) in the second game (this doesn't include USC and non-conference weekends). The Bruins had won 32 consecutive games opening a Pac-10 weekend series until the loss at Arizona State (Feb. 12). Overall, UCLA is 40-7 (.851) in the opening game of a weekend series in the Howland era, but just 26-21 (.553) in the second game.

Josh Shipp became the 47th player in UCLA history to score 1,000 points in a career at California (Jan. 5, 2008). He now has 1,616 career points (16th place).

Darren Collison became the 48th player in UCLA history to score 1,000 points in a career with 24 points vs. #7 Stanford (Mar. 6, 2008). He now has 1,570 career points (18th place).

The Bruins' offense is averaging 76.4 points per game, which is the most since the 2000-01 squad averaged 79.5 ppg. The defense is allowing 63.7 points per game, which is the most since the 2004-05 team allowed 71.7 points per game.

Senior guard Darren Collison was named a third team All-American by the Associated Press at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season and as a first team preseason All-American in 2008-09.

Last year, Darren Collison's three-point field goal percentage of .525 (53-for-101) was the single best season mark in UCLA history. This year, junior guard Michael Roll is off to a good start, shooting a percentage of .534 (47-for-88) from downtown.

Darren Collison was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2K Sports Classic Los Angeles Regional and was later named to the All-Tournament team in New York.

UCLA saw its national-leading streak of 42 straight weeks ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll come to a halt on Nov. 24, 2008 when the Bruins slipped to No. 13 in the AP poll. That streak included final and preseason polls (streak began with final poll of the 2005-06 season, Mar. 6, 2006).

UCLA has held 10 opponents in 2008-09 to fewer than 60 points, going 9-1 in those games. Last year, the Bruins held 21 opponents to fewer than 60 points and was undefeated when doing so. The Bruins have held 76 opponents under 60 points in the Ben Howland era (6th season) and are 73-3 (.961) in those games (two of the losses were in his first year and this year to Michigan, 52-55).

UCLA's scoring defense of 63.7 in 2008-09 is the highest in the last four years. The Bruins have allowed fewer than 60 points per game in each of the previous three seasons (59.0 in 2008, 59.9 in 2007 and 58.7 in 2006).

With the loss at Arizona State, the Bruins were swept for the first time since Washington pulled off the feat in 2005-06. It also marked ASU's first sweep of UCLA since 2002-03.

UCLA leads the nation in field goal percentage at 50.1 percent (820-for-1638). The Bruins also rank 11th in the country in three-point field goal percentage at 40.2 percent (220-for-547), which ranks third on UCLA's all-time charts. The 220 three-point field goals made also rank fourth on the all-time team season records while the 547 attempts rank sixth.

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