Thursday, February 16, 2017

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No. 6/5 UCLA to Host USC on Saturday Night

UCLA (23-3, 10-3) returns to action at home against USC (21-5, 8-5) on Saturday, Feb. 18. 

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LOS ANGELES – UCLA (23-3, 10-3) will host crosstown rival USC (21-5, 8-5) on Saturday evening in Pauley Pavilion. Game time is 7 p.m. (PT). The Bruins have won four consecutive games this month after having dropped an 84-76 decision at USC on Wednesday, Jan. 25. UCLA is seeking its 24th regular-season victory, which would mark the most regular season wins by any Bruins' squad since 2008-09.

Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tipoff Time: 7:06 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Mike Montgomery (analyst), Lewis Johnson (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

All fans in attendance at this Saturday night's game will recieve a free blue UCLA t-shirt, courtesy of Wescom, as the Bruins will stage a "blue-out" in Pauley Pavilion. Fans can purchase tickets (click here) for Saturday's game through Tickets purchased through offer fans more choices than any other platform and, as always, tickets are verified and 100% guaranteed.

- UCLA will play three of its remaining five regular-season games in Pauley Pavilion, returning to action against USC (21-5, 8-5) on Saturday at 7 p.m. (PT). The Bruins dropped an 84-76 decision at USC on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
- The Bruins have gone 4-0 through February and are the only Pac-12 program this season to have logged a perfect record this month. No UCLA team has gone undefeated in February since the 1994-95 squad went 9-0.
- UCLA has six players who have averaged at least 10.0 points per game this season. Freshman forward TJ Leaf enters this Saturday's game as UCLA's leader in points per game (16.6) and rebounds per game (8.8).
- Most recently, freshman guard Lonzo Ball, a national player of the year candidate, scored a team-leading 22 points and had nine assists in UCLA's 78-60 win over Oregon State in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 12.
- The Bruins continue to lead the nation in points per game (91.9), assists per game (21.7), total assists (563), assist-turnover ratio (1.8) and overall field goal percentage (53.3 pct), through games played Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The Bruins extended their win streak to four games with home victories over No. 5 Oregon (82-79) and Oregon State (78-60) to remain two games behind first-place Arizona in the Pac-12 standings. Lonzo Ball secured Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after having averaged 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists in both wins. UCLA overcame a 19-point first-half deficit against Oregon last Thursday and even trailed by 13 points (64-51) with 12 minutes left in regulation. Aaron Holiday's three-pointer with 4:01 to play gave UCLA the lead for good at 72-70.

UCLA 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 just four times – by UCLA in 2013 and 2017 and by Arizona in 2014 and 2015. UCLA has gone 10-2 in road and neutral site games this season, including a 97-92 win at then-No. 1 Kentucky on Dec. 3.

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).

Alford's 37 points (Jan. 12) were the most scored in a game by any UCLA player since Feb. 10, 2005, when Dijon Thompson had 39 points in UCLA's 95-76 home victory against Arizona State.

In the Bruins' win at Washington State (Feb. 1), 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. 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.

Freshman Lonzo Ball (15.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 7.6 apg) has twice secured Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this season. He enters the weekend as the nation's only player who has averaged at least 10 points, four rebounds and seven assists per game. Through 13 Pac-12 games, he leads UCLA in scoring (17.1 ppg). Ball's 198 assists this season marks the highest single-season freshman total in UCLA history, surpassing Pooh Richardson's mark of 179 assists in 1985-86. Ball currently ranks third on the Pac-12's single-season freshman assist list.

UCLA has averaged 91.9 points per game, the fifth-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' 1.83 assist-turnover ratio is the highest such mark ever recorded at UCLA (since 1978-79).

Through games played Feb. 14, UCLA led the nation in scoring (91.9 ppg), assists per game (21.7), total assists (563), assist turnover ratio (1.83) and overall field goal percentage (53.3) and was fourth in three-point percentage (41.8). In addition, UCLA ranked sixth in defensive rebounds per game (29.6) and seventh in three-pointers made per game (10.3). 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 against those respective programs this season.

Four UCLA players have been named to positional watch lists, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame (each list is comprised of 10 players). Freshman Lonzo Ball is among 10 candidates for this season's Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. Senior Bryce Alford has been named to the midseason watch list for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. Freshman TJ Leaf is among 10 players selected to the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. Senior Thomas Welsh has been named to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Center of the Year watch list.

Bryce Alford ranks No. 11 on UCLA's all-time scoring list (1,776 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 26 games and has registered at least 20 points in six of the Bruins' last 14 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 14.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Hamilton is one of three Bruins to have made over 55 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 15.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, Ball's 198 assists are the most in one season by a UCLA freshman (he surpassed Pooh Richardson's previous record of 179 assists during UCLA's victory on Feb. 1).
TJ Leaf has scored at least 20 points in eight games. He ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in scoring (16.6 ppg) and ranks fifth in rebounding (8.8 rpg), through Feb. 13. He scored a season-high 32 points and had 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 (10.4 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 13.2 points and 4.5 assists, appearing in all 26 games off the bench. Holiday ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in three-point percentage (42.9%, 42/98) through Feb. 13. His 42.4 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 4.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 12.8 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 59.7 percent from the field).
- G.G. Goloman has averaged 3.6 points and 2.6 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 25 games (0.76 bpg). Goloman, who has shot 58.5 percent from the field, scored a career-high 12 points in a win over CSUN (Nov. 13).

UCLA has gone 13-1 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 71-13 in Pauley since the arena reopened Nov. 9, 2012, after an 18-month renovation.

UCLA totaled 30 assists in its 102-80 win over Arizona State on Thursday, Jan. 19. That marked the Bruins' first game with at least 30 assists since Feb. 23, 1995, when UCLA totaled 32 assists in a 104-88 win over California. The Bruins have also recorded 29 assists in three games this season. Prior to the game against California in 1995, the Bruins also had 32 assists on Nov. 27, 1993 (against Loyola Marymount) and on Feb. 23, 1989 (versus Washington). UCLA totaled 38 assists on Dec. 2, 1990 in the team's 149-98 win over Loyola Marymount.

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