Saturday, February 4, 2017

No. 8 UCLA to Play at Washington on Saturday

Markelle Fultz (CAREER HIGH) vs Colorado // 1.18.17 // 37 Pts, 8 Ast, 5 Reb from Frankie Vision

The Bruins (20-3, 7-3) face Washington on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. (PT).

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SEATTLE – No. 11/8 UCLA returns to action at Washington (9-13, 2-8) on Saturday evening. Game time at Alaska Airlines Arena is 7:30 p.m. (PT). The Bruins (20-3, 7-3) are looking to secure their 21st win of the season, which would come at the earliest point in the calendar for any previous UCLA team. The Bruins have compiled a 95-42 all-time record against the Huskies and have won two of their last three games against Washington in Alaska Airlines Arena.

Venue: Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000)
Tipoff Time: 7:36 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: J.B. Long (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst), Jill Savage (sideline)
Radio: AM 570
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channel: Ch. 81/Ch. 81
SIRIUS App. Channel: Ch. 81

TJ Leaf scored 32 points and collected 14 rebounds, marking his 10th double-double of the year, in UCLA's 95-79 win at Washington State on Wednesday evening. Leaf's 32 points, on 14-of-18 shooting, were the second most by any UCLA freshman in school history (Don MacLean had 41 against North Texas on Dec. 30, 1988). Lonzo Ball had 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Thomas Welsh tallied 17 points and six rebounds.

TJ Leaf became UCLA's first freshman to score at least 30 points in a game since Feb. 27, 2014, when Bryce Alford had 31 points in a double-overtime loss to Oregon in Pauley Pavilion. His 14 field goals were the most by any UCLA player since Jan. 4, 2003, when Jason Kapono also made 14 shots in a win at Washington State.

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).

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. 14). 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 a 9-2 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 (17.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.7 apg) and Lonzo Ball (14.8 ppg, 5.8 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 (63.7%). 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 10 Pac-12 games, Ball leads the team in scoring (16.3 ppg) and has averaged 5.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game.

UCLA has averaged 92.3 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 22.0 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 5.57 blocks per game is the second-highest average in program history (since 1978-79), while the Bruins' 1.86 assist-turnover ratio is the highest such mark ever recorded at UCLA (since 1978-79).

Bryce Alford ranks No. 12 on UCLA's all-time scoring list (1,736 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 23 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 14.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 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 (8.0). Now averaging 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, Ball's 183 assists is the largest single-season freshman total at UCLA (he surpassed Pooh Richardon's previous record of 176 assists in Wednesday's win at Washington State).
TJ Leaf has scored at least 20 points in seven games. He ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring (17.0 ppg) and is fifth in rebounding (8.9 rpg), through Feb. 2. 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 compiled a team-leading 10 double-doubles.
Thomas Welsh (10.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.7 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 13.1 points and 4.5 assists, appearing in all 23 games off the bench. Holiday ranks third in the Pac-12 in three-point percentage (44.9%, 39/87) through Feb. 2. 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 4.4 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 2.7 rebounds per game, averaging 11.2 minutes off the bench for the Bruins. A 6-foot-10 forward from Körmend, Hungary, Goloman has totaled 16 blocks in 22 games (0.73 bpg). Goloman, who has shot 58.9 percent from the field, scored a career-high 12 points in a win over CSUN (Nov. 13).

Through games played Feb. 2, UCLA led the nation in assists per game (22.0), total assists (507), assist turnover ratio (1.86) and overall field goal percentage (53.1) and was fifth in three-point percentage (42.3). In addition, UCLA ranked second in scoring (92.3 ppg) and sixth in defensive rebounds per game (29.5) and three-pointers made per game (10.5). 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 15th season as Washington's head coach, Lorenzo Romar has guided the Huskies to a 9-13 record this season, including a 2-8 mark in Pac-12 play. Most recently, the Huskies absorbed an 82-74 loss at home to USC on Wednesday evening. Freshman Markelle Fultz leads all Pac-12 players in scoring (23.1 ppg) and is second to UCLA's Lonzo Ball in assists per game (6.0 apg). Sophomore David Crisp ranks second on the team in scoring (13.9 ppg), while sophomore Matisse Thybulle leads the Huskies in rebounding (8.2 rpg) and is their third-leading scorer (10.8 ppg).

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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