UCLA Preview

UCLA hopes to pick their 4th Pac-10 win at OSU.

The Beavers return to Oregon for a two-game homestand against UCLA and USC. A victory over the Bruins on Thursday would solidify a spot in the Pac-10 Tournament. <br><br> Tipoff is at 7:00 PM. The matchup can be seen live on FoxSports NW and taped delayed on FoxSports West 2 at 9:30 PM.

Oregon State (12-11, 5-9) at UCLA (6-17, 3-11)
Thursday, February 26 - 7:00 PM (FoxSports NW, FoxSports West 2 - tape delayed; 9:30 PM)
Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, OR
Series All-time: UCLA leads 72-31
Last meeting: UCLA 83, OSU 79



The Nitty Gritty on the Bruins

  • Home Court: Pauley Pavilion (12,800)
  • All-time Record: 1,505-655 (83 years)
  • Joined Pac-10: 1927-28

  • Current Record: 6-17, 3-11 in the Pac-10
  • Notable wins in 2002-03: Defeated Washington and Washington State.
  • Standing in Pac-10 and rankings: Eighth in the Pac-10 and currently not receiving any votes for the top 25.
    UCLA was picked to finish third in the Pac-10 by the media.
  • Head Coach: Steve Lavin is in his seventh year as head coach at UCLA.
    Career Record: 139-59; UCLA Record: 139-59; Pac-10 Record: 74-34


  • 2001-02 Record: 21-12, 11-7 in Pac-10 play
  • Notable Pac-10 wins during the 2001-02 season: defeated #16 Alabama, 79-57, defeated #20 Georgetown at home, 98-91, defeated #1 Kansas at home, 87-77, defeated #25 USC at home, 67-55, defeated #9 Arizona at home 77-76, defeated #10 Stanford in Palo Alto, 95-92, defeated #5 Cincinnati in double overtime 105-101.
  • Pac-10 Tournament: Lost in the first round 61-67 to California.
  • Postseason: Lost in the sweet sixteen to Missouri 73-82.


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)


The Players
(Full Roster | Team Stats)

Leading Scorer: Jason Kapono, 16.9 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Andre Patterson, 5.4 rpg
Leading Assist Man: Ryan Walcott, 3.8 apg
Blocked shots leader:
Andre Patterson, 1.2 bpg
Minutes played per game: Jason Kapono, 32.7 mpg
Most steals per game: Dijon Thompson, 1.5 spg

Returning starters: forward Jason Kapono and guard Cedric Bozeman.

Starting Five

PG 34 Ray Young (6-4, 210) - shooting .369 from the field, .326 from three point land, and .689 from the line...in 20.7 minutes is averaging 7.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game...played in 23 games, started in eleven...played 20 minutes in LA, scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

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...sixth in steals with a 1.5 average...shooting .498 from the field, .369 from downtown, and .714 from the line...averaging 13.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 28.3 minutes per game...has started 11 games and played in 22 this year...scored 22 points, including 3 of 5 from three point range, in 34 minutes against the Beavs in California.

J. Kapono shot 5-9 from the field, scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in Pauley.
Jason Kapono shot 5-9 from the field, scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in Pauley. (Getty Images)

F 24 Jason Kapono (6-8, 215) - great scorer with a smooth touch from the outside...three time All-Pac-10 performer...holds the school record for career, season, and single-game three-pointers...sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring with a 16.9 average...third in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage with a .872 percentage...in 32.7 minutes is averaging 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists...shooting .458 from the field and .389 from three point land...scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes at Pauley.

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 18 games, started nine...in 15.5 minutes is averaging 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and .94 blocks...shooting .596 from the field, and .476 from the line...scored three points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 9 minutes.

F 23 Andre Patterson (6-7, 205) - outstanding leaper who can score, rebound, and block shots...seventh in the Pac-10 in blocked shots with a 1.2 average...has started 15 games and played in 18...shooting a team best and conference best .642 from the field and .515 from the free throw line...in 21.9 minutes is averaging 7.7 points and at team leading 5.4 rebounds...played 16 minutes, scored two points, grabbed three boards against the Beavers on February 1.


The Bench

PG 21 Cedric Bozeman (6-6, 197) - dependable, consistent player...does not make many mistakes with the ball...earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman team last year...has started 17 games, played in 21 this season...averaging 7.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 26.0 minutes per game...shooting .408 from the field, .313 from three point range, and .514 from the free throw line...shot 4 of 12 from the field for 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes in LA.

G 10 Ryan Walcott (6-1, 180) - sixth in the Pac-10 in assists with 3.8 a game...cousin of Mike Bibby...started in nine games, played in 21...shooting .319 from the field and .361 from downtown and .676 from the charity stripe...averaging 3.9 points and 1.6 rebounds in 22.2 minutes...played 8 minutes and grabbed two boards.

C 45 Michael Fey (7-0, 257) - averaging 2.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 8.2 minutes...shooting .577 from the field and .625 from the free throw line...has played in 18 games this season, started three...scored two points, grabbed two rebounds in 11 minutes.

F 43 T.J. Cummings (6-10, 215) - dependable player who likes to score...prefers to stay on the perimeter...does not share the ball...can create his own shot...fifth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage with a .855 percentage...started 16 of 23 games this season...averaging 10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 23.2 minutes...shooting .466 from the field and .143 from downtown...in 27 minutes scored 11 points, grabbed two rebounds, and had two assists.


Numbers Don't Lie

TEAM STATISTICS                   UCLA          OPP
SCORING..................         1725         1828
  Points per game........         75.0         79.5
  Scoring margin.........         -4.5            -
FIELD GOALS-ATT..........     639-1396     634-1413
  Field goal pct.........         .458         .449
3 POINT FG-ATT...........      134-370      169-444
  3-point FG pct.........         .362         .381
  3-pt FG made per game..          5.8          7.3
FREE THROWS-ATT..........      313-450      391-554
  Free throw pct.........         .696         .706
REBOUNDS.................          835          831
  Rebounds per game......         36.3         36.1
  Rebounding margin......         +0.2            -
ASSISTS..................          343          351
  Assists per game.......         14.9         15.3
TURNOVERS................          372          315
  Turnovers per game.....         16.2         13.7
  Turnover margin........         -2.5            -
  Assist/turnover ratio..          0.9          1.1
STEALS...................          122          147
  Steals per game........          5.3          6.4
BLOCKS...................           71           55
  Blocks per game........          3.1          2.4

ATTENDANCE...............       109887       111337
  Home games-Avg/Game....      13-8453      9-10332
  Neutral site-Avg/Game..            -      1-18345

SCORE BY PERIODS:                1st  2nd   OT    Total
------------------------------  ---- ---- ----     ----
UCLA..........................   803  900   22  -  1725
Opponents.....................   839  958   31  -  1828



Team Preview

D. Thompson scored 22 points in 34 minuates against the Beavs in L.A.
Dijon Thompson scored 22 points in 34 minutes against the Beavs in L. A. (Getty Images)


  • Depth and size - Seventeen players on on the UCLA roster, including ten that are 6-6 or taller.

  • Talented freshman - As usual, UCLA has a wealth of talent on the bench. Most players on the UCLA bench would be starting at other schools.


  • Experience - Only two starters returned from a squad that made it to the Elite Eight. Kapono is the only player on the Bruins with a significant amount of game experience.

  • Defense - The Bruins are tenth in the Pac-10 in scoring defense with a 79.5 average, eighth in field goal percentage defense allowing their opponents to shoot .449 from the field, and tenth in three point field goal percentage defense with a .381 percentage.


Notes from the Los Angeles Game

  • Philip Ricci scored a team high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against UCLA. Brian Jackson added 18 points and 9 rebounds.

  • The Bruins had a 48-41 lead early in the second half before the Beavers went on a 21-4 run to take a 62-52 lead.

  • The win was the first for OSU at UCLA since the 1988 season, and the team is trying to sweep the Bruins for the first time in the same year since that ‘88 campaign.

  • The Beavers led 43-41 at halftime in L.A.

  • UCLA shot 47.5% from the field, 50% from downtown and 72.7% from the free throw line. The Beavers shot 46.9% from the field, 24.8% from downtown, and 81.8% from the free throw line.

  • Dijon Thompson scored a Bruin high 22 points. Ray Young grabbed a UCLA high 6 rebounds.

  • The Beavers had eight more assists than the Bruins, 15-7.



Last Time the Bruins Played Oregon State...

in Corvallis...
Call UCLA soft, overrated, whatever. The Bruins have probably heard it all, and worse. What impresses coach Steve Lavin is the way his team tends to jump back up after getting knocked down. Jason Kapono scored 19 points and Dan Gadzuric added 18 as No. 13 UCLA shot 62 percent to defeat Oregon State 70-48 on Saturday night. Recap | Box Score


in Los Angeles...
Philip Ricci scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a dominating inside performance and Oregon State defeated UCLA 83-79 Saturday night, sending the Bruins to their eighth consecutive loss, their worst skid since the 1940s. UCLA (4-13, 2-7 Pac-10) also extended its record for losses at Pauley Pavilion in a season to nine. The Bruins are mired in ninth place in the conference and only the top eight teams qualify for the Pac-10 tournament, which is their only chance at postseason play. Recap | Box Score



News from the Latest Bruin Game

Stanford's defense wasn't stopping UCLA's Jason Kapono and Ray Young, so the Cardinal simply shot better. Julius Barnes scored 27 points and No. 21 Stanford beat UCLA 93-84 on Saturday, its sixth consecutive victory at Pauley Pavilion, the most by any opponent. "That's not as important as winning each game each time because it's meant something in the Pac-10 race," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "We're not as wrapped up in the streak as we are in the individual game."...Stanford Slips Past UCLA | Box Score



News and Notes

  • A win Thursday over UCLA would earn Oregon State a berth into the eight-team Pac-10 Conference Tournament, March 13-15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. With a win OSU would be three games in front of the Bruins with three contests remaining to play. The Beavers would have two victories over UCLA and thus own the tiebreaker.

  • UCLA has won three in a row in Corvallis.

  • Steve Lavin has used 10 starting lineups during the 2002-03 season.

  • The Bruins have been to the Sweet Sixteen five of the past six years.

  • Steve Lavin was named Pac-10 Coach of Year in 2001.

  • The last time the Bruins did not make the NCAA tournament was during the 1987-88 season when they went 16-14.

  • UCLA has made 14 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.

  • Lavin is 11-2 versus the Beavers, including 6-1 at Pauley Pavilion.


Full Roster

1 Dijon Thompson G/F 6-7 195 So. Redondo Beach, CA
2 Janou Rubin G 6-3 192 So. Union City, CA
4 Marcedes Lewis F 6-6 240 Fr. Long Beach, CA
5 Jon Crispin G 6-0 195 Jr. Pitman, N.J.
10 Ryan Walcott G 6-1 180 So. Phoenix, AZ
13 Gene Barnes G 5-10 165 Fr. Novato, CA
15 Ryan Hollins C 6-11 215 Fr. Pasadena, CA
21 Cedric Bozeman G 6-6 197 So. Los Angeles, CA
22 Ike Williams G 6-1 170 Fr. Murrieta, CA
24 Jason Kapono F 6-8 215 Sr. Lakewood, CA
25 Matt McKinney F 6-8 205 Fr. Santa Ynez, CA
34 Ray Young G 6-4 210 Sr. Oakland, CA
43 T.J. Cummings F 6-10 215 Jr. Homewood, ILL
45 Michael Fey C 7-0 257 Fr. Olympia, WA
52 John Hoffart C 6-10 250 Jr. Davis, CA
54 Josiah Johnson F 6-8 233 So. Los Angeles, CA
55 Quinn Hawking G 6-3 170 Fr. Brea, CA


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