UCLA Scouting Report II

With Pac-10 Tournament seedings on the line the Bruins head north for their annual Oregon road trip. UCLA will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak while the Beavers will be trying to sneak into the conference tournament with a win. <br><br> Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. The contest can be seen live over FoxSports Net.

Oregon State (11-15, 5-11) vs UCLA (11-14, 7-9)
Thursday, March 4 - 7:30 PM (Fox Sports Net)
Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, OR
Series All-time: UCLA leads 73-30
Last meeting: UCLA 77, OSU 66

 Notes from the L.A. Contest | Series Records | The Players | Numbers Don't Lie | Strengths/Concerns | Last Time... | News and Notes | Prediction | Roster

 

The Nitty Gritty on the Bruins

  • Home Court: Pauley Pavilion (12,800)
  • All-time Record: 1,525-674 (84 years)
  • Joined Pac-10: 1927-28

  • Current Record: 11-14, 7-9 in the Pac-10
  • Standing in Pac-10 and rankings:  Tied for fifth in the Pac-10 and not receiving any votes for the Top 25.
    Note:
    UCLA was picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10 by the media.
  • Head Coach: Ben Howland is in his first year as head coach at UCLA.
    Career Record: 168-99; UCLA Record: 11-14; Pac-10 Record:  7-9
  • 2001-02 Record: 10-19, 6-12 in Pac-10 play
  • Pac-10 Tournament: Lost in the second round 74-75 to Oregon.
  • Postseason: Did not make the postseason.

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Notes from the Los Angeles Contest

  • Oregon State led by 10 at halftime.
  • UCLA shot only one free throw in the first half and only 11 for the entire game.  OSU had only 15 attempts from the charity stripe.
  • Chris Stephens led the Beavers in points with 16 while David Lucas chipped in 13.  Kyle Jeffers grabbed a team high seven rebounds.
  • Oregon State shot 50% from the field in the first half while UCLA shot 37.9%.  The roles were reversed in the second half as the Beavers shot 37.9% and UCLA shot 67.6%.
  • Trevor Ariza led all scorers with 24 points while Janou Rubin chipped in 13 points.  Ariza also grabbed a game high nine rebounds.
  • UCLA tripled the number of assists the Beavers had. (24-8).

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Tournament News
from osubeavers.com

Oregon State enters the week needing at least one victory to have an opportunity to extend its season -- at next week’s Pacific Life Pac-10 Conference Tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (top-8 qualify).

Washington State remains one game in front of the Beavers in eighth place, however OSU would win the tiebreaker with the Cougars in the event the two teams end in a tie in the standings by virtue of the Beavers winning both games this season in head-to-head competition.

WSU hosts No. 1 Stanford Thursday and California Saturday. Meanwhile, UCLA enters the week looking to snap a three-game losing streak and in the process solidify a seeding for the tournament. According to the Pac-10 Tournament handbook, the first tiebreaker is head-to-head, with the second being each team’s record vs. the
highest placed team or when arriving at another group of tied teams while com-paring records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group’s own tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.

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Series Records

Most points (OSU): 97, Jan. 24, ‘91 (@ OSU)
Most points (UCLA): 104, Jan. 8, ‘94 (@ UCLA)

Longest OSU streak: 4 wins (twice)
Longest UCLA streak: 22 wins (1959-75)

Margin of victory (OSU): 19 (83-64), Mar. 5, ‘55 (@ OSU)
Margin of victory (UCLA): 44 (79-35), Jan. 7, ‘66 (@ LA)

Overtime games: 4 (UCLA 3-1)

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The Players
(Full Roster | Team Stats)

Leading Scorer: Dijon Thompson,14.1 ppg
Leading Rebounder: T.J. Cummings, 6.6 rpg
Leading Assist Man: Cedric Bozeman, 5.5 apg
Blocked shots leader: Ryan Hollins, .98 bpg
Minutes played per game: Cedric Bozeman, 34.1 mpg
Most steals per game: Trevor Ariza, 1.6 spg


Returning starters: guard Cedric Bozeman, forward T.J. Cummings, center Ryan Hollins, and forward Dijon Thompson

 

Starting Five

PG 21 Cedric Bozeman (6-6, 197) - dependable, consistent player...does not make many mistakes with the ball...excellent passer...earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman team in 2001...the only UCLA player to have started all 25 games this season...averaging 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and a team high 5.5 assists in a team high 34.1 minutes per game...shooting .409 from the field, .250 from three point range, and .549 from the free throw line...shot 1 of 3 from the field while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists in 25 minutes in California.

G 1 Dijon Thompson (6-7, 195) - versatile player who can play the two guard or on the box...has the ability to create his own shot...good three point shooter...shooting .422 from the field, .360 from downtown, and .776 from the line...averaging at team high 14.1 points (tenth in the conference) and 4.4 rebounds in 33.4 minutes per game...has started 24 games and played in all 25...scored six points, grabbed two rebounds, and dished out six assists in 37 minutes at UCLA.

F 43 T.J. Cummings (6-10, 215) - prefers to stay on the perimeter...does not share the ball...can create his own shot...averaging 12.9 points and a team high 6.6 rebounds (tenth in the conference) in 29.4 minutes...shooting .562 from the field (sixth in the conference), .389 from downtown, and a team best .837 from the line...in 21 minutes versus OSU in L.A. scored two points and grabbed five rebounds.

C 15 Ryan Hollins (6-11, 215) - lanky big man...runs the floor well...good shot blocker...also participates on the UCLA track and field team...has played in 25 games, started 14...in 25.3 minutes is averaging 6.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and a team leading .98 blocks (eighth in the conference)...shooting .539 from the field and .583 from the line...scored 11 points while grabbed four rebounds in 15 minutes in California versus OSU.

F 4 Trevor Ariza (6-8, 200) -
a do everything player...likes to score...very athletic and mobile...has started 20 games, played in 22...averaging 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals (fifth in the conference) and 2.0 assists per game...shooting .425 from the field, .239 from three point range, and a team worst .495 from the free throw line...led UCLA with 24 points on 11 of 13 shooting versus OSU...added a game high nine rebounds in 32 minutes as well.

The Bench

G 2 Janou Rubin (6-3, 192) - one of the first players off the bench..named Pac-10 Player of the Week after his efforts against the Oregon schools in January...played in 24 contests...shooting .486 from the field, .433 from three point range, and .563 from the free throw line...in 16.9 minutes is averaging 5.9 points and 1.8 rebounds...shot 5 of 9 from the field, including 3 of 3 from downtown for 13 points in 18 minutes off the bench versus the Beavers in Los Angeles.

C 45 Michael Fey (7-0, 257) - averaging 6.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 15.5 minutes...shooting a team best .570 from the field and .740 from the free throw line...has played in all 25 contests, started 18...scored 11 points on 5 of 9 shooting while adding four rebounds in 25 minutes in Pauley Pavilion.

G 10 Ryan Walcott (6-1, 180) - cousin of Mike Bibby...played in 22 games...shooting 250 from the field and .062 from downtown and .857 from the charity stripe...averaging 1.0 point and .8 rebounds in 8.1 minutes...in 15 minutes versus OSU scored two points, grabbed two rebounds, and handed off four assists.

G/F 3 Brian Morrison (6-2, 184) - has played in 10 games, started five...in 24.7 minutes is averaging 8.5 points and 2.4 rebounds...shooting .400 from the field, a team best .412 from three point range, and .727 from the charity stripe...did not play against OSU in L.A.

F 54 Josiah Johnson (6-8, 233) - son of Marques Johnson...good student...started one game, played in 20...shooting .455 from the field and .615 from the free throw line...in 8.8 minutes is averaging 1.4 points and 2.3 rebounds...scored two points in three minutes in Pauley Pavilion.

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Numbers Don't Lie

TEAM STATISTICS                        UCLA          OPP
--------------------------------------------------------
SCORING.......................         1665         1744
  Points per game.............         66.6         69.8
  Scoring margin..............         -3.2            -
FIELD GOALS-ATT...............     625-1359     627-1451
  Field goal pct..............         .460         .432
3 POINT FG-ATT................      110-343      164-469
  3-point FG pct..............         .321         .350
  3-pt FG made per game.......          4.4          6.6
FREE THROWS-ATT...............      305-478      326-459
  Free throw pct..............         .638         .710
REBOUNDS......................          870          835
  Rebounds per game...........         34.8         33.4
  Rebounding margin...........         +1.4            -
ASSISTS.......................          366          329
  Assists per game............         14.6         13.2
TURNOVERS.....................          389          310
  Turnovers per game..........         15.6         12.4
  Turnover margin.............         -3.2            -
  Assist/turnover ratio.......          0.9          1.1
STEALS........................          110          149
  Steals per game.............          4.4          6.0
BLOCKS........................           66           58
  Blocks per game.............          2.6          2.3
WINNING STREAK................            0            -
  Home win streak.............            0            -
ATTENDANCE....................       139973        84733
  Home games-Avg/Game.........      15-9332       9-9415
  Neutral site-Avg/Game.......            -          1-0

BY PERIOD     1st  2nd  OT     Total
------------ ---- ---- ----     ----
Team........  733  898   34  -  1665
Opponents...  828  874   42  -  1744

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Strengths/Concerns

Strengths

  • Defense - Hold their opponents to just 69.8 points per game (fourth in the conference).  Also keep their opponents shooting .432 from the field, good for second in the conference.  Third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense, .350.

 

Concerns

  • Scoring - UCLA is a young team that has trouble scoring some games.  They are ninth in the conference in scoring offense with a 66.6 mark, ninth in the conference in scoring margin with a -3.2 mark,

  • Free-throws - The Bruins throw up plenty of bricks from the free throw line shooting just .638 as a team.  Just five of 15 players on the roster make 7 out of 10 free throws.

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Last Time the Bruins Played Oregon State...

in Corvallis...
Jason Kapono had 20 points and 13 rebounds as UCLA beat Oregon State 69-66 Thursday night.  Oregon State (12-12, 5-10) missed a chance to clinch a spot in the Pac-10 tournament. The Beavers, fifth in the conference, face sixth-place Southern California on Saturday. The top eight teams advance to the tournament March 13-15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  Recap | Box Score

 

in Los Angeles...
Freshman Trevor Ariza scored 20 of his career-high 24 points in the second half and UCLA rallied to beat Oregon State 77-66 Friday night in both teams' Pac-10 opener.

The Bruins (5-3) appeared listless and trailed by 10 points to start the second half when Ariza sparked them. He scored their first six points of the half, followed Janou Rubin's 3-pointer with a dunk, then hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Bruins a 47-42 lead...Bruins Comeback to Defeat Oregon State

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News from the Latest Bruin Game

Chris Thomas, Tom Timmermans and Chris Quinn scored at least 20 points each and Notre Dame defeated UCLA 75-60 Saturday, sending the Bruins closer to completing their first back-to-back losing seasons in nearly 62 years.

Thomas had 21 points and Timmermans and Quinn added 20 each as the Fighting Irish (14-11) stopped a two-game losing skid and won at Pauley Pavilion for the first time since Jan. 14, 1989. They improved to 7-15 in the arena...Bruins Fall to Notre Dame 75-60

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News and Notes

  • UCLA currently holds a four game winning streak over OSU in Gill.  Their last loss to OSU in Corvallis was in 1999 (65-63).
  • UCLA is allowing opponents to shoot just .432 from the floor. Only five opponents (Stanford, .561;
    Arizona, .544; at Arizona, .535; UCSB, .522; USC, .509) have shot over .500 and six have been held under .400.
  • The Bruins have been to the Sweet Sixteen five of the past seven years.
  • Last year was the first time since the 1987-88 season that the Bruins did not make the tournament.
  • UCLA has made NCAA tournament appearances in 14 of the past 15 seasons.

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Norz's Humble Prediction

With their backs to the wall the men in black of the hardwood will crush UCLA by 10-plus points as the engergized Beavers give the hometown crowd a show.

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Full Roster

No.
Name
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
Hometown
1 Dijon Thompson G/F 6-7 195 Jr Redondo Beach, CA
2 Janou Rubin G 6-3 192 RS Jr Union City, CA
3 Brian Morrison G 6-2 184 Jr Redmond, WA
4 Trevor Ariza F 6-8 200 Fr Los Angeles, CA
5 Jon Crispin G 6-0 195 Sr Pitman, N.J.
10 Ryan Walcott G 6-1 180 RS Jr Phoenix, AZ
13 Gene Barnes G 5-10 165 RS So Novato, CA
15 Ryan Hollins C 6-11 215 So Pasadena, CA
21 Cedric Bozeman G 6-6 197 Jr Los Angeles, CA
22 Ike Williams G 6-1 170 RS Fr Murrieta, CA
25 Matt McKinney F 6-8 205 RS Fr Santa Ynez, CA
43 T.J. Cummings F 6-9 215 Sr Homewood, ILL
45 Michael Fey C 7-0 257 So Olympia, WA
52 John Hoffart C 6-10 250 Sr Davis, CA
54 Josiah Johnson F 6-8 233 RS Jr Los Angeles, CA
55 Quinn Hawking G 6-3 170 RS So Brea, CA

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