Friday, February 17, 2012

UCLA meets up with Slavin and the Red Storm

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Joshua Smith had a career-high 19 points in last year's win over St. John's in Pauley Pavilion.

Joshua Smith had a career-high 19 points in last year's win over St. John's in Pauley Pavilion.

Feb. 17, 2012


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DATE: Feb. 18, 2012
SITE: Madison Square Garden (19,763)
TIP-OFF: 1:00 p.m. (ET)/10:00 a.m. (PT)
TALENT: Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analyst)
RADIO (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO (St. John's): Channel 113
SIRIUS XM SATELLITE RADIO (St. John's): Channel 194
TALENT: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SERIES RECORD: St. John's leads 6-3
SERIES RECORD AT ST. JOHN'S: St. John's leads 3-2

This is just the 10th meeting between UCLA and St. John's with the Red Storm leading the series 6-3. UCLA is 2-3 all-time at St. John's with the two road wins coming in the first two games of the series in 1955 (93-86) and 1968 (74-56). The Bruins have lost the last three meetings at St. John's, including in 1984 (69-88), 1986 (63-70) and in 2004 (55-71). UCLA won last year's meeting in Pauley Pavilion, 66-59, on Feb. 5, 2011. The game marked the return of former Bruin Head Coach Steve Lavin to UCLA. Joshua Smith led the Bruins with a then-career-high 19 points and added eight rebounds. Reeves Nelson had a double-double of 12 points and a career-best 17 boards. St. John's was led by Dwight Hardy's 32 points. He was the only member of the Red Storm to reach double figures in scoring. UCLA used a 40-28 rebounding edge and a 27-5 made free throw advantage to seal the victory. Head Coach Ben Howland is 2-2 all-time against St. John's.

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 372-192 (.660), 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).

Head Coach Ben Howland attained his 200th career victory at UCLA with the win over Utah (Jan. 26, 2012) and currently sits at 204-94 (.685) 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).

Sophomore center Anthony Stover missed practice on Feb. 10 and the California game (Feb. 11) with tendonitis in his left foot. He was able to practice for an hour on Monday (Feb. 13) and complete a full practice on Tuesday. He didn't play against USC (Feb. 15) due to a coaches decision and is listed as probable for the Bruins' game on Feb. 18 at St. John's. Sophomore guard Tyler Lamb strained his hamstring in practice prior to the USC game (Feb. 15), but played 34 minutes against the Trojans and will start this Saturday (Feb. 18) in Madison Square Garden when the Bruins fact the St. John's Red Storm.

Senior point guard Lazeric Jones had his career-best eight straight games in double figures snapped in the loss at Cal (Dec. 31). He has scored in double figures in 15 of the last 19 games. The Bruins are 13-6 in the last 19 contests after starting the season 2-5. In the last 19 games, Jones has averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals while shooting 47.1 percent (97-for-206) from the field and 40.6 percent (28-for-69) from three-point range.

The Wear twins (David and Travis) have scored in double figures in the same game nine times this season and they have done so in seven of the last 15 contests. Additionally, they both posted double-doubles in the home win over USC (Feb. 15) with David registering 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds and Travis recording 14 points and a career-high 11 boards. In the last 13 games, Travis has averaged 13.1 points while David is averaging 12.4 points per game. David has shot 55.4 percent from the floor (62-for-112) while making 72.7 percent (8-for-11) of his three-point shots and draining 29-for-36 (.806) from the free-throw line. Travis has shot 55.8 percent (63-for-113) from the field while sinking 31-for-37 (.838) of his free throw attemtps. Combined, they are 125-for-225 (.556) from the field and 60-for-73 (.822) from the charity stripe.

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