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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

February 19, 2010 at 11:58 PM

Scouting UCLA

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Photo credit: McClatchy Newspapers – Luis Sinco
Scouting report: UCLA
Game info:
6 p.m. Saturday at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/Radio: ESPN/KJR-950 AM
Record: 12-13 (7-6 Pac-10, t-5th). RPI rank: 134th.
Stats/schedule:
Click here.
Coach: Ben Howland 164-67 in his seventh year with the Bruins,332-166 overall in his 16th season.
Last season: 26-9,13-5 (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 91-36 in a series that began in 1937. Washington has won five straight against the Bruins at home.
Last meeting: UCLA won this year’s earlier matchup in Los Angeles 62-61 on Jan. 21. Reserve guard Mustafa Abdul-Hamid hit the game winning 18-foot jumper from the top of the key as time expired. Before Abdul-Hamid’s game-winner, junior guard Venoy Overton raced the full length of the court and sank a layup with 3.2 seconds left. Quincy Pondexter scored a game-high 23 points and freshman Reeves Nelson came off the bench and led UCLA with 16.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Senior guard Michael Roll leads the Pac-10 in league play in three-point field goal
percentage at 47.9 percent (35-for-73) and ranks fourth in three-pointers made per game (2.7). In overall games, he ranks first with a .451 percentage (64-for-142) and third in treys per game (2.6). On the UCLA career charts, Roll sits at No. 5 in three-pointers made (193) and needs five to pass Tracy Murray for fourth. Roll has also played more games (140) than any other active Pac-10 player.
— Nelson hit his head on the floor when he lost his balance in traffic after a one-handed dunk on a fast break in Thursday’s game at Washington State. He received 15 stitches to close the two-inch gash above his right eye and missed the entire second half. He’s been medically cleared and is expected to start.
— Coach Lorenzo Romar called Tyler Honeycutt an “excellent shot blocker.” He has 19 blocks, which ties him with Nelson for team-high honors. At 6-7, with a long wingspan, Honeycutt plays similar to UW’s Justin Holiday.
Nikola Dragovic (above) is a versatile player who can shoot three-pointers and rebound.
OVERVIEW:
— UCLA switched to a zone defense midway through the season and the results have been spotty. The Bruins are fifth in the conference in Pac-10 play allowing 68.2 points per game. They’re seventh in field goal percentage (.450) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.363).
— There are 14 former Bruins currently on NBA rosters, including Jrue Holiday and Darren Collison were both selected in the first round of the 2009 draft. Bruins has had at least one player drafted in the NBA Draft in each of the last 13 years (since 1997). That is the longest active streak in the country.
— Senior James Keefe injured his left shoulder in practice on Feb. 12, 2010. He will have season-ending surgery next week when the Bruins return to Los Angeles.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Nelson, 6-8, 228, Fr., 11.5 ppg., 5.5 rpg.
F – Tyler Honeycutt, 6-7, 178, So., 4.5, 5.7.
F – Dragovic, 6-9, 225, Sr., 13.5, 3.9,
G – Lee, 6-4, 191, So., 10.1, 4.1.
G – Roll, 6-5, 200, Sr., 14.6., 2.9.
KEY MATCHUP:
— Romar decided to play Matthew Bryan-Amaning a season-low four minutes in the first game at UCLA and the junior forward had the worst outing of his career. He failed to register a statistic in any category. Expect Bryan-Amaning, who has scored in double figures in each of the past four games, to see plenty of action tonight against Nelson. He had six rebounds in the first game. Nelson also went to the free throw line seven times, converting four.

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