Wednesday, February 1, 2017

No. 7 UCLA Preps to Play at Washington State

jan 29, 2017 | ucla men's basketball page | ARTICLE LINK
UCLA (19-3, 6-3) heads north to play at Washington State (11-10, 4-5) this week. 

LOS ANGELES – No. 8/7 UCLA returns to action at Washington State (11-10, 4-5) on Wednesday evening in Pullman, Wash. The Bruins (19-3, 6-3) are seeking their first win at Washington State's Beasley Coliseum since 2012, having dropped their last three games in Pullman. UCLA's game will be televised by Pac-12 Network with J.B. Long and Matt Muehlebach calling the action.
Venue: Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
Game Time: 6 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: J.B. Long (play-by-play), Matt Muehlebach (analyst)
Radio: AM 1150
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channel: Ch. 119/Ch. 381
SIRIUS App. Channel: Ch. 965
The Bruins have lost of their last three games at Washington State after having won their previous 19 games in Beasley Coliseum. That 19-game win streak in Washington State's home arena began with the Bruins' 81-79 victory on Jan. 13, 1994 and was snapped March 6, 2013. UCLA seeks its first victory at Washington State since its 63-60 victory on Feb. 4, 2012.
Isaac Hamilton scored a team-leading 20 points as UCLA dropped an 84-76 decision at USC on Wednesday, Jan. 25, the marking the first time all season in which the Bruins lost back-to-back games. Lonzo Ball had his sixth double-double of the year, recording 15 points and 10 rebounds. USC pushed ahead of UCLA by a 50-38 margin by halftime and extended its margin to 15 points in the second half, before UCLA twice reduced the deficit to four points.
Senior guards Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton have each reached the 30-point plateau in Pac-12 play this season. Alford scored a career-high 37 points at Colorado (Jan. 12), making 9 of 14 three-pointers. Hamilton recorded a season-high 33 points in UCLA's 102-80 win over Arizona State (Jan. 19) in Pauley Pavilion, connecting on 9 of 14 three-point shots. Both players tied the school record for most made three-pointers in a game (9), previously accomplished by Alford versus SMU in March 2015 and by Jason Kapono at Washington State in January 2003.
Nearly three weeks ago, the Bruins recorded their first Pac-12 "road sweep" since Jan. 2013, earning wins at Colorado (Jan. 12) and Utah (Jan. 19). 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. Against Utah, the Bruins overcame a nine-point deficit (51-42) with 16:13 to play in the second half. Aaron Holiday's three-pointer with 1:52 to play gave UCLA an 81-80 cushion (the Bruins never trailed after that point).
UCLA has compiled an 8-2 record in road and neutral-site games, including a 97-92 win over then No. 1-ranked Kentucky on Dec. 3. UCLA won three games in four days in Orange County (Nov. 24-27) to capture the Wooden Legacy championship, highlighted by a 74-67 title game victory over Texas A&M.
Freshmen TJ Leaf (16.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.7 apg) and Lonzo Ball (14.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 8.0 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 the Bruins' last five contests, Ball has averaged 15.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
UCLA has averaged 92.2 points per game, the fourth-highest average in school history (the 1971-72 team averaged a Pac-12-best 94.6 points per game). UCLA's 22.1 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 5.73 blocks per game is the second-highest average in program history (since 1978-79), while the Bruins' 1.83 assist-turnover ratio is the highest such mark ever recorded at UCLA (since 1978-79).
UCLA has shot 43.0 percent from three-point distance, a percentage that currently stands as the highest in school history. UCLA's 1988-89 team made 42.6 percent of its total three-point attempts. Through games played on Saturday, Jan. 28, the Bruins ranked second in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (43.0%).
Bryce Alford ranks No. 13 on UCLA's all-time scoring list (1,729 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 19 of 22 games and has registered at least 20 points in five of the Bruins' last 11 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 15.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Hamilton ranks third on the team with 52 three-pointers.
Lonzo Ball, a national player of the year candidate, ranks second in the nation in assists per game (8.0). He has shot 53.8 percent overall from the field and has averaged 14.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. His total of 176 assists is just three shy of tying UCLA's single-season freshman mark (179, Pooh Richardson).
TJ Leaf has scored at least 20 points in six games. He ranks seventh (tied) among Pac-12 players in scoring (16.3) and sixth in rebounding (8.6). He has logged nine double-doubles, including four in Pac-12 action. Through games played Saturday, Jan. 28, Leaf was one of three players in the Pac-12 to rank in the top 10 in scoring and rebounding.
Thomas Welsh (10.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.8 bpg) has made 29 of 30 free throw attempts this season (Welsh made his first 28 consecutive attempts). Most recently, Jason Kapono made his first 28 free throw attempts to open the 2000-01 campaign. Welsh has recorded 104 career blocks, the fifth-highest career total in UCLA history.
Aaron Holiday has averaged 13.1 points and 4.5 assists, appearing in all 22 games off the bench. Holiday ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in three-point percentage (44.7%, 38/85), through Saturday, Jan. 28. His 43.3 career percentage from three-point territory currently ranks fifth in 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 4.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 12.5 minutes per game off the bench. He has twice scored a season-high nine points and has twice registered a season-high four blocks (shooting 61.1 percent from the field).
- G.G. Goloman has registered 3.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, averaging 11.1 minutes off the bench for the Bruins. A 6-foot-10 forward from Körmend, Hungary, Goloman has totaled 16 blocks in 21 games (0.76 bpg). He has shot 60.8 percent from the field and scored a career-high 12 points in UCLA's win over CSUN on Nov. 13.
Through games played on Jan. 28, UCLA led the nation in assists per game (22.1), total assists (486), assist turnover ratio (1.83) and overall field goal percentage (52.9) and was second in three-point percentage (43.0). In addition, UCLA ranked second in scoring (92.2 ppg), fifth in three-pointers made per game (10.8) and sixth in defensive rebounds per game (29.7). UCLA's 102 points against Michigan (Dec. 10), 81 versus California (Jan. 5) and 104 at Colorado (Jan. 12) were the most scored by any team against those respective programs this season.
Midway through his third season as Washington State's head coach, Ernie Kent has guided the Cougars to an 11-10 overall record and a 4-5 mark in Pac-12 play. Most recently, Washington State received a 31-point, 10-rebound effort from senior Josh Hawkinson in Sunday afternoon's 91-83 win at Arizona State. Hawkinson has averaged 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game this season. Senior Ike Iroegbu had 22 points and a team-leading 10 assists in the eight-point win over the Sun Devils just three days after Washington State absorbed a 79-62 loss at No. 7 Arizona (Jan. 26).
UCLA has gone 11-1 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 69-13 in Pauley since the arena reopened Nov. 9, 2012, after an 18-month renovation.

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