Saturday, December 31, 2011

UCLA At California For New Year's Eve Clash

UCLA At California For New Year's Eve Clash
The Bruins lead the all-time series with California 133-97 with the last two in Berkeley going to overtime.

UCLA Men's Basketball website
Dec. 30, 2011

BERKELEY, Calif. -

DATE: Dec. 31, 2011
SITE: Haas Pavilion (11,877)
TIP-OFF: 1:06 p.m. (PT)
TV: Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports West
TALENT: Steve Physioc (play-by-play) and Marques Johnson (analyst)
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 1150
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO (California's): Channel 94
TALENT: Isaac Lowenkron (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 133-97
SERIES STREAK: California +1


This is the 231st meeting between UCLA and California with the Bruins leading the series 133-97 (.578). The Bruins lost a heartbreaker last year at Cal 76-72 in overtime on Feb. 20, 2011. It marked the second-straight game in Haas Pavilion that the two teams played an overtime game. UCLA won in 2010 in Berkeley when Michael Roll picked up a loose ball and sank a 13-foot jumper with 1.9 seconds left to give the Bruins a 76-75 victory. Jamal Boykin, who had given the Bears a 75-74 lead with a 15-foot jumper that banked in with 21 seconds left, tipped away a pass from the Bruins' Jerime Anderson. But Roll grabbed it and made his game-winning shot. In last year's win by California, Malcolm Lee got a friendly bounce from a three-point shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, tied at 60-60. Jorge Gutierrez scored nine of his game-high 34 points in overtime to lift Cal to the 76-72 victory. Lee finished with 19 points for UCLA while Tyler Honeycutt was the only other Bruin to reach double figures with 14 points. Mark Sanders-Frison was the only other Golden Bear to reach double figures in scoring with 12 for Cal. Head Coach Ben Howland is 16-7 all-time against California. He has more wins against Cal than any other team he has faced in his 18 years of coaching.


UCLA began the season ranked 17th in the AP Top 25 and 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, but has fallen out of both polls. California is unranked in both polls.


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 364-187 (.661), which ranks 35th on the winningest active coaches list by percentage and 50th 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 in 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). Howland is 19-9 (.679) in the NCAA Tournament (15-6 (.714) at UCLA).


UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is approaching 200 career victories at UCLA and currently sits at 196-88 (.690) at UCLA in his ninth season at the helm of the Bruins. With the win over Eastern Washington (Dec. 14), Howland passed Jim Harrick for second place on the all-time UCLA career victories list. Harrick posted a 192-62 record in his eight seasons (1988-89 to 1995-96) as the Bruins' mentor. Coach John R. Wooden is the all-time leader at 620-147 (.808) in his 27 seasons (1948-49 to 1974-75).


Junior guard De'End Parker has missed the last 11 games with patellar tendinitis and is out for the game against California (Dec. 31). Senior point guard Lazeric Jones and freshman guard Norman Powell both suffered left ankle sprains in practice on Dec. 27, but both were able to play in the Pac-12 opener at Stanford on Dec. 29 and will play against California on Dec. 31.


Senior point guard Lazeric Jones has scored in double figures in eight straight games, a personal-best, while leading UCLA to a 6-2 record during that stretch after the Bruins started the season at 1-4. In the last eight games, Jones has averaged 17.4 points, 3.8 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 61.0 percent (47-for-77) from the field and 58.6 percent (17-for-29) from three-point range.


Senior point guard Lazeric Jones leads all NCAA Division I guards in effective field goal percentage since Nov. 28 (or in his last eight games). Effective field goal percentage is field goals made, plus 0.5 of three-point field goals made, divided by the number of field goal attempts. In Jones' case, he is 47-of-77 from the field and has made 17 three-pointers. So when you add 47 and 8.5 (half of his 17 treys) divided by 77, you get his effective shooting percentage of 72.1 percent. He is just ahead of Buffalo senior guard Zach Filzen (.717), Cornell senior guard Drew Ferry (.694) and BYU junior guard Brock Zylstra (.690).

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