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January 21, 2010 at 1:16 AM

Scouting UCLA

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Photo credit: McClatchy Newspapers – Brian Vander Brug
Scouting report: UCLA
Game info: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pauley Pavilion.
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM
UCLA
Record:
7-10, 2-3. RPI rank: 166.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Ben Howland has a 159-64 record in his seventh year with the Bruins, 327-163 in 16 years.
Last season: 26-9 overall, 13-5 Pac-10 (2nd)
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2009 (Lost 89-69 to Villanova in the second round.)
Prediction: Picked to finish third in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Series: UCLA leads 90-36 in a series that began in 1937. Washington has won five straight against the Bruins at home, but they haven’t won at Pauley Pavilion since 2006. UW has only one win on the road against UCLA since 1987.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Senior F Michael Roll (above, middle) has played in more games (132) than any other current player in the Pac-10. He led UCLA in scoring a team-high seven times. Roll is a deadly three-point shooter, who ranks third in the Pac-10 with a 55.3 shooting percentage. He’s sank 42 treys this season. Roll is a first-year starter and he’s started in all 17 games.
— Sophomore G Malcolm Lee is arguably the Bruins most talented player. He was mentioned as a NBA draft candidate early in the season, but will likely return to UCLA next season.
OVERVIEW:
— Four Bruins starters average at least 10 points per game.
— UCLA is ninth in the Pac-10 in conference games in scoring averaging 63.2 points per game.
— The Bruins are last in Pac-10 games in turnovers averaging 16.2.
— Sophomore J’mison Morgan sustained a partially torn (second degree strain) quadriceps in his right leg in practice on Jan. 12, 2010. He is slated to be out for 1-2 more weeks and will miss the Bruins’ games this week.
— Sophomore Jerime Anderson has a hip flexor and missed practice on Tuesday. He’s a game-time decision today.
— F Nikola Dragovic has a sore right knee that caused him to limp in last Saturday’s game.
— F Reeves Nelson has the flu and is questionable. He is one of the top candidates for Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
— UCLA has had at least one player selected in the NBA draft in each of the last 13 years
(since 1997). That is the longest active streak in the country. There are 14 former Bruins currently on NBA rosters.
— After six games, sophomore F Drew Gordon left the team. He was third on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game, second in rebounding (5.3 rpg) and first in blocks (2.0 bpg). Gordon’s absence pushed Nelson into the starting lineup.
STARTING LINEUP:
G – Lee, 6-4, 191, So., 13.8 ppg., 4.6 rpg.
G – Roll, 6-5, 200, Sr., 13.4., 4.4.
F – Tyler Honeycutt, 6-7, 178, So., 4.5, 5.7.
F – Dragovic, 6-9, 225, Sr., 10.5, 4.9,
F – Nelson, 6-8, 228, Fr., 10.2, 5.5.
KEY MATCHUP:
—- Lee will likely be paired against Isaiah Thomas, who shut down Cal’s Jerome Randle and Stanford’s Jeremy Green last week. Lee leads the Pac-10 with 23 turnovers in conference games and Thomas has four steals in the past two games.

Comments | Topics: top 25, UCLA

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