Sunday, January 15, 2012

UCLA At USC For Sunday Night Clash


The Official UCLA Men's Basketball website
Jan. 14, 2012


DATE: Jan. 15, 2012
SITE: Galen Center (10,258)
TIP-OFF: 6:06 p.m. (PT)
TV: Fox Sports Net and Prime Ticket
TALENT: Gus Johnson (play-by-play) and Steve Kerr (analyst)
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst)
SERIES: UCLA leads 129-104

This is the 234th meeting between UCLA and the USC Trojans with the Bruins leading the series 129-104. The Bruins have won three of the five meetings in Galen Center, but have lost the last two trips (64-68 in 2010 and 52-63 in 2011) after winning the first three meetings. UCLA's victories were 64-60 in 2009, 56-46 in 2008 and 65-64 in 2007. In last year's meeting at USC, the Bruins led 30-28 at halftime, but dropped a 52-63 decision. Nikola Vucevic led all scorers with 20 points. Reeves Nelson led UCLA with 14 points and eight rebounds. Jerime Anderson added 11 points while Tyler Honeycutt chipped in 10 for UCLA. Alex Stepheson had a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds. In the last meeting, the Bruins beat the Trojans 64-50 in Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 2, 2011. Joshua Smith led UCLA with 15 points while Vucevic again led USC with 18 points. The Bruins closed out the final 11:42 of the game on an 18-5 run. Head Coach Ben Howland is 10-8 all-time against USC.

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 366-188 (.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 198-89 (.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 14 games with patellar tendinitis and is out for the game against USC (Jan. 15). Sophomore center Joshua Smith sustained a concussion in practice on Jan. 4 and did not play in the win over Arizona (Jan. 5). He scored 18 points in 21 minutes in the win over Arizona State on Jan. 7 at Honda Center.

Senior point guard Lazeric Jones had his career-best eight straight games in double figures snapped in the loss at Cal last week. He has scored in double figures in nine of the last 11 games. The Bruins are 8-3 in the last 11 contests after starting the season 1-4. In the last 11 games, Jones has averaged 15.1 points, 4.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 51.8 percent (57-for-110) from the field and 46.3 percent (19-for-41) from three-point range.

The Wear twins (David and Travis) have scored in double figures in the same game four times this season and they have done so in two of the last five contests. Additionally, they posted career-highs in scoring in back-to-back outings as David scored a career-best 17 points in the loss at California (Dec. 31) while Travis had a career-high 20 points in the win over Arizona (Jan. 5). In the last three games, David is averaging 13.0 points while Travis has averaged 14.7 points per game. David has shot 65.2 percent from the floor (15-for-23) while making his only three-point shot and draining 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. Travis has shot 69.6 percent (16-for-23) from the field while sinking all 12 of his free throw attemtps. Combined, they are 31-for-46 (.674) from the field and 20-for-22 (.909) from the charity stripe.

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