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UCLAbruins.com: LOS ANGELES – The No. 23 UCLA men’s basketball team (8-1) returns to action against Prairie View A&M (2-7) on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m. (PT). The Bruins have compiled an all-time 2-0 record against the Panthers, who are set to face BYU on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Most recently, UCLA’s season-opening eight game winning streak was snapped with an 80-71 loss at Missouri on Dec. 7.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-off Time: 5:06 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Jim Watson, Don MacLean
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
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Sophomore guard Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 21.6 points per game, having scored at least 20 points in seven of the Bruins’ nine contests. Adams has led UCLA in scoring in all nine games (twice tied with at least one other teammate), having scored a career-high 30 points against Morehead State on Nov. 22 in Pauley Pavilion. Adams logged his first collegiate double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds) in UCLA’s 80-71 loss at Missouri on Dec. 7.
No player in the country is averaging as close to a triple-double as is UCLA’s Kyle Anderson (13.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 7.1 apg). Through games played Sunday, Dec. 8, Anderson was the nation’s only player to be averaging at least 10.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 7.0 apg. Eastern Washington’s Drew Brandon (11.6/7.3/4.9), Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier (15.3/7.0/5.9) and BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth (12.1/8.4/5.4) all trail Anderson in that vaunted category.
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UCLAbruins.com: LOS ANGELES – The No. 18/17 UCLA basketball team (8-0) looks for its ninth consecutive victory this Saturday when playing at Missouri. UCLA has gone 6-1 all-time against the Tigers (7-0), who will host West Virginia on Thursday evening. The Bruins most recently earned their eighth straight win, an 89-76 victory against UC Santa Barbara, on Tuesday evening in Pauley Pavilion.
Venue: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Tip-off Time: 9:37 a.m. (PT)
TV Talent: Kevin Harlan, Greg Anthony
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
UCLA has opened the season 8-0 for the first time since 2006-07, when the Bruins began that year 14-0. UCLA has averaged a Pac-12-leading 90.6 points per game, scoring an average of 98.8 points per game in the last four contests. Jordan Adams leads UCLA with 21.5 points per game, having scored at least 16 points in all eight games. Kyle Anderson has recorded four double-doubles (including one triple-double) in eight games. Anderson leads all Pac-12 players in assists (7.8), ranks fifth in rebounds (9.3) and is third in steals (1.9).
In his 23rd year as a collegiate head coach, Steve Alford has become UCLA’s first head coach to open his coaching career in Westwood with an 8-0 record. John Wooden won his first six games as the Bruins’ head coach in 1948-49. Since Coach Wooden retired following the 1974-75 NCAA Championship season, UCLA has opened its season with at least eight consecutive victories five previous times. The Bruins opened the 2006-07, 1993-94 and 1991-92 seasons with 14-0 records. The Bruins’ 1990-91 team began its regular season with an 8-0 mark. As head coach at New Mexico last season, Steve Alford guided the Lobos to a 12-0 start. Last year’s New Mexico squad did not suffer its first defeat until Dec. 22, 2012 against South Dakota State.
BRUINS VERSUS TIGERS
After playing two neutral-site contests in Las Vegas last week, UCLA returns to the road to face Missouri on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. (PT). The Bruins have gone 6-1 in the all-time series against the Tigers, most recently securing a 97-94 overtime victory against Missouri in Pauley Pavilion last season (Dec. 28, 2012). Prior to last year’s game, UCLA and Missouri’s previous two meetings came in the 2002 and 1995 NCAA Tournaments. The 1995 contest, a second-round NCAA Tournament game, is best remembered for Tyus Edney’s 4.8-second game-winning layup at the buzzer.
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Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Anderson scored 21 points to go with six rebounds and nine assists to lead 18th-ranked UCLA to an 89-76 win over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday.
Jordan Adams added 22 points, Zach LaVine netted 15 and Norman Powell finished with 13 for the Bruins (8-0), who will visit Missouri on Saturday.
Alan Williams scored 23 points and Kyle Boswell chipped in with 18 on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range for the Gauchos (3-3), losers in three of their last four.
Michael Bryson added 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the setback.
After Bryce Alford nailed a jumper to give UCLA a 28-24 lead with just under nine minutes remaining in the first half, Taran Brown, Zalmico Harmon and Bryson each drained consecutive treys to ignite a 14-4 Santa Barbara burst.
The Bruins managed to chip away at the lead and Powell's 3-pointer tied the game at 40-40 with 2:22 remaining. Both teams managed to make just one basket the rest of the way to go into the break knotted up at 42-42.
The Gauchos, who went 13-of-26 from 3-point range, were 9-for-11 from beyond the arc over the first 20 minutes.
The second half remained close with neither side taking a lead larger than three points until Anderson stripped Eric Childress and found Tony Parker for a breakway slam to put the Bruins up 70-65 with 7:15 left.
Powell then knocked down a pair of free throws 45 seconds later for a 72-65 edge and the Gauchos couldn't get closer than five the rest of the way.
Game Notes: UCLA forced 17 Santa Barbara turnovers, but gave it away just seven times ... Williams has reached at least 21 points in each game he appeared in this season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA agreed to a six-year extension with football coach Jim Mora on Tuesday night, putting him under contract through 2019.
The Bruins moved swiftly to fend off any potential advances from Washington, where Mora was a walk-on defensive back and a graduate assistant more than 30 years ago. The Huskies have a coaching vacancy after Steve Sarkisian left Monday for USC.
''This is an exciting time for UCLA football, and the continued commitment our administration has provided gives us every chance to reach our goals,'' Mora said in a statement issued by the university. ''This staff came here with a commitment to win a national championship. That commitment stands.''
Mora has been an immediate hit in Westwood in his first significant college football job after 25 years in the NFL. UCLA is 18-8 in his two seasons, returning to national prominence heading into the Bruins' second straight trip to a bowl game.
No. 17 UCLA (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) routed rival Southern California 35-14 at the Coliseum on Saturday for Mora's second straight win over the Trojans. The Bruins won the Pac-12 South last season and finished second this year, one game behind Arizona State.
''Jim Mora has established himself as one of the pre-eminent coaches in all of college football,'' UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. ''We are excited about the commitment Jim has made to our student-athletes and this university, and feel this extension further demonstrates UCLA's commitment to building a championship-caliber football program.''
Mora seemed to be a tantalizing candidate for Washington, which has been rebuilt into a perennial bowl team by Sarkisian.
Mora played at Washington under famed coach Don James and once described the Huskies' top position as his dream job. He and his wife, a former Huskies cheerleader, stayed in the Seattle area in 2010 after the NFL's Seahawks fired him after one season.
But Mora's family and charitable foundation are becoming increasingly entrenched in Los Angeles. The Moras' son, Cole, is a soccer player at Claremont McKenna, a short drive east of downtown.
The school didn't announce terms of Mora's contract extension, which must be approved by the University of California Regents. Mora got a five-year contract worth more than $11 million when he arrived at UCLA, and he received a one-year extension worth $2.5 million last year.
UCLA is planning a $50 million football training complex for its Westwood campus to bring the Bruins' facilities up to the lofty standard of most Pac-12 programs. Mora also has spoken of wanting more money to pay assistant coaches to live on UCLA's pricey Westside.
Mora should have a powerful team returning next season after giving extensive playing time to young players this season. UCLA also might get another year from quarterback Brett Hundley, who said Mora's future would impact his decision on entering the NFL draft.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of Golden State squads step on the floor for the first time in December when the No. 18 UCLA Bruins play host to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Pauley Pavilion.
After the first month of the season the Gauchos are in possession of an middling, 3-2 record. The Gauchos erased a two-game slide on Friday with an 83-64 triumph over South Dakota State. Alan Williams was incredible in the win, nearly posting a triple-double with 39 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks.
Seven teams have tried to beat UCLA and all seven have failed. The most recent victim of the Bruins' wrath was Northwestern, which got run over, 95-79, during the Las Vegas Invitational. UCLA is getting back to Pauley Pavilion after opening the season with five straight wins on its home court.
When these teams last met UCSB earned its first win ever against UCLA, taking a 61-60 final at Pauley Pavilion. The win ended an 18-game win streak for the Bruins against the Gauchos.
Williams carried the Gauchos to victory against South Dakota State in one of the more impressive individual efforts of the season by any player. The 6- foot-7 junior took 25 shots in the game, making 16, while accounting for nearly half of the Gauchos' point total. The rest of the roster fell in line behind Williams, as UCSB hit 55.2 percent of their field-goal attempts and assisted on 24 field goals.
Friday wasn't the first and certainly won't be the last time that Williams does the heavy lifting. On the year he is averaging a double-double (29 ppg, 11.7 rpg), though he missed two games. UCSB lost both of those contests. Williams does have players aiding him though. Taran Brown (10.6 ppg, 6.6 apg) works as a complementary scorer but is more important for his ability to find others on the court. Michael Bryson (12.2 ppg) adds depth with his 42.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Kyle Boswell (9.6 ppg, 4.2 apg) fits in nicely with Bryson and Brown in the backcourt.
UCLA put on a shooting clinic against Northwestern, especially from 3-point range. The Bruins netted 63.6 percent of their field-goal attempts, including an incredible 13-of-17 showing from beyond the arc. UCLA also helped itself to 14 Northwestern turnovers to put up 20 points.
In his first season as head coach, Steve Alford has the Bruins, who were potent offensively a year ago, playing on another level. UCLA is among the top 10 teams in the country in points (90.9 ppg), assists (20.1 pg) and field-goal percentage (.556). In fact, only Gonzaga is shooting a better percentage from the floor among Division I teams. Potent scoring guard Jordan Adams (21.4 ppg) has excelled as the top option now that he does not need to share the go-to spot with Shabazz Muhammad. Zach LaVine (14.3 ppg) is scoring well off the bench, especially from beyond the arc. Then there is Kyle Anderson (13 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 7.6 apg), who may have no equal in the country in terms of versatility.