Saturday, February 11, 2017

No. 10/9 UCLA Faces Oregon State on Sunday

Riding a three-game win streak, UCLA hosts Oregon State in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday.

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LOS ANGELES – UCLA (22-3, 9-3) returns to action against Oregon State (4-21, 0-12) in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game against Oregon State will be nationally televised on FOX Sports 1, with Kevin Burkhardt and Steve Lavin calling the action. Most recently, UCLA defeated No. 5/6 Oregon, 82-79, before a sellout crowd of 13,659 in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, Feb. 9.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tipoff Time: 2:01 p.m. (PT)
Television: FOX Sports 1
TV Talent: Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play), Steve Lavin (analyst)
Radio: AM 570
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channel: Ch. 84/Ch. 84
SIRIUS App. Channel: Ch. 84
UCLA will play four of its final six regular-season games at home, including Sunday's contest in Pauley Pavilion against Oregon State. Game time is 2 p.m. (PT). The Bruins outlasted Oregon State on the road, 76-63, on Dec. 30, 2016, after having lost their first game the season (89-87, at No. 21 Oregon, on Dec. 28). UCLA has compiled a 94-37 all-time record against Oregon State after having dropped a pair of regular-season games to the Beavers last season.
UCLA overcame a 19-point first-half deficit against Oregon on Thursday, using an 18-3 second-half scoring run to secure an 82-79 victory in Pauley Pavilion. Lonzo Ball nailed a deep three-pointer with 32 seconds to play, giving the Bruins an 80-75 advantage, and Aaron Holiday made a pair of late free throws to help UCLA hold off the Ducks in the final moments. Ball (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Aaron Holiday each finished with 15 points in the win.
Last Saturday at Washington, four Bruins scored at least 20 points in the same game for the first time since Dec. 22, 1994, when Tyus Edney had a team-high 28 points in a 137-100 win over George Mason … UCLA's 107 points last Saturday were the most scored by a road team in a Pac-12 regulation contest (no overtime) since Jan. 10, 1998, when Arizona won at Washington by a 110-91 margin … One week ago at Washington State, TJ Leaf became UCLA's first freshman to score at least 30 points since Feb. 27, 2014, when Bryce Alford had 31 in a double-overtime loss to Oregon in Pauley Pavilion … TJ Leaf's 32 points at Washington State were the second-most points scored by a freshman in school history. Don MacLean registered 41 points in a win over North Texas on Dec. 30, 1988.
Bryce AlfordIsaac Hamilton and TJ Leaf have each scored at least 32 points this season. UCLA is one of two schools (with Jacksonville) to have at least three players each score 32 points or more this year. All three performances have taken place in Pac-12 play. Alford had a career-high 37 points at Colorado (Jan. 12), Hamilton recorded a season-high 33 points versus Arizona State (Jan. 19) and Leaf's 32-point game took place at Washington State (Feb. 1).
UCLA's has picked up Pac-12 "road sweeps" at Colorado and Utah (Jan. 12-14) and at Washington State and Washington (Feb. 1-4). In six seasons that the Pac-12 has included Colorado and Utah, the Rocky Mountain road sweep has been accomplished four times – by UCLA in 2013 and 2017 and by Arizona in 2014 and 2015. Last weekend, the Bruins secured their first sweep of the Washington schools since 2004. TJ Leaf averaged 26.0 points and 12.0 rebounds while shooting 74.2 percent from the field in UCLA's wins at Washington State and Washington.
Freshmen TJ Leaf (16.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.7 apg) and Lonzo Ball (15.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 7.6 apg) rank among the top 10 in multiple categories in the Pac-12. Leaf, who was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Dec. 5 and Dec. 19, ranks second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (62.6%). Ball, named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Nov. 28, is the nation's only player averaging at least 10 points, four rebounds and seven assists per game. Through UCLA's 12 Pac-12 games, Ball leads the team in scoring (16.7 ppg) and has averaged 6.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game.
Lonzo Ball's total of 189 assists is the highest of any freshman in UCLA history, surpassing Pooh Richardson's mark of 179 assists in 1985-86. Ball currently ranks fourth on the Pac-12's single-season freshman assist list. His 7.6 assist-per-game average is the best single-season average in UCLA basketball history.
UCLA has averaged 92.5 points per game, the third-highest average in school history (the 1971-72 team averaged a Pac-12-best 94.6 points per game). UCLA's 21.7 assists per game is the second-highest mark in school history behind the 1973-74 team (22.4 apg), since the assist was regularly recorded by UCLA at the start of the 1973-74 season. UCLA's 5.46 blocks per game is the third-highest average in program history (since 1978-79), while the Bruins' 1.82 assist-turnover ratio is the highest such mark ever recorded at UCLA (since 1978-79).
Through games played Feb. 9, UCLA led the nation in scoring (92.5 ppg), assists per game (21.7), total assists (542), assist turnover ratio (1.82) and overall field goal percentage (53.4) and was fourth in three-point percentage (42.2). In addition, UCLA ranked fifth in defensive rebounds per game (29.6) and three-pointers made per game (10.4). UCLA's 102 points against Michigan (Dec. 10), 87 at Oregon (Dec. 28), 104 at Colorado (Jan. 12) and 107 at Washington (Feb. 4) have been the most scored by any team against those respective programs this season.
Bryce Alford ranks No. 11 on UCLA's all-time scoring list (1,769 career points). He scored a career-high 37 points, connecting on nine three-pointers, in UCLA's win at Colorado (Jan. 12). The senior guard has scored in double figures in 21 of 25 games and has registered at least 20 points in six of the Bruins' last 13 contests.
Isaac Hamilton scored a season-high 33 points, connecting on 9 of 14 three-pointers, in UCLA's 102-80 win over Arizona State (Jan. 19). Hamilton had 25 points in the first half in that victory. He has averaged 14.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Hamilton is one of three Bruins to have made over 50 three-pointers this year.
Lonzo Ball, a national player of the year candidate, ranks second in the nation in assists per game (7.6). Now averaging 15.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, Ball's 189 assists are the most in one season by a UCLA freshman (he surpassed Pooh Richardson's previous record of 179 assists in UCLA's victory on Feb. 1).
TJ Leaf has scored at least 20 points in eight games. He is tied for the fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring (16.7 ppg) and ranks fifth in rebounding (8.8 rpg), through Feb. 9. He scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win at Washington State (Feb. 1), connecting on 14 of 18 shots. Leaf has totaled a team-leading 11 double-doubles.
Thomas Welsh (10.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.6 bpg) has made 30 of 32 free throw attempts. He made his first 28 free throw attempts after having ended the 2015-16 campaign with 16 consecutive made free throws. That established a new school record (44 straight), eclipsing Darren Collison's streak of 43 consecutive free throws in 2008-09.
Aaron Holiday has averaged 13.5 points and 4.5 assists, appearing in all 25 games off the bench. Holiday ranks third in the Pac-12 in three-point percentage (44.7%, 42/94) through Feb. 9. His 43.3 career percentage from three-point territory currently ranks fifth on UCLA's all-time list (minimum of 100 three-point attempts).
Ike Anigbogu, (pronounced EE-kay ahn-ee-BOH-goo) a 6-foot-10 forward/center from Corona, Calif., has averaged 4.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 12.5 minutes per game off the bench. He has scored a season-high nine points in three games and has twice registered a season-high four blocks (shooting 60.6 percent from the field).
- G.G. Goloman has averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, averaging 11.0 minutes off the bench for the Bruins. A 6-foot-10 forward from Körmend, Hungary, Goloman has totaled 19 blocks in 24 games (0.8 bpg). Goloman, who has shot 57.4 percent from the field, scored a career-high 12 points in a win over CSUN (Nov. 13).
Oregon State has gone 4-21 this season, having most recently absorbed a 92-66 loss at USC on Thursday, Feb. 9. With Tres Tinkle injured (having only played in six games), Stephen Thompson Jr. has led the Beavers in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game. Drew Eubanks ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in rebounding (8.4 rpg). The Beavers are seeking their first victory over a top-10 ranked team since taking down No. 7 Arizona, 58-56, on Jan. 11, 2015. The Beavers' last true road win over a top-25 ranked opponent came on Jan. 5, 1985, as OSU took down No. 15 Washington, 52-45.
UCLA has gone 12-1 in Pauley Pavilion this season. The Bruins' 11-game home win streak was snapped with a 96-85 loss to No. 14 Arizona. That had been the Bruins' longest home win streak since securing 15 straight wins in 2013-14, Steve Alford's first season in Westwood. UCLA last had an undefeated home record in 2006-07, going 16-0 in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins have gone 70-13 in Pauley since the arena reopened Nov. 9, 2012, after an 18-month renovation.

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