Senior Jackson Emery and the Cougars face UCLA in the Wooden Classic on Saturday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. UCLA in the John R. Wooden Classic
No. 16/18 BYU basketball will take its 10-0 record to Anaheim where it will face UCLA in the John R. Wooden Classic on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2:30 p.m. PT in the Honda Center. The Cougars are coming off an 87-65 victory over Arizona at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City behind Jimmer Fredette’s season-high 33 points and a career-high nine rebounds. Fredette, the USBWA and Dick Vitale’s National Player of the Week, is averaging 23.7 points, 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals to lead the Cougars. UCLA has won two-straight games against Cal Poly and UC Davis and is 5-4 on the season. Tyler Honeycutt contributes 15.3 points per game to lead four players who average double figures. As a team the Bruins average 72.6 points per game and shoot .462 from the field and their opponents average 67.2 points and shoot .421 from the field. Saturday’s game can be heard live online at KSL.com beginning at 2:30 p.m. PT via the X-Stream and will be tape delayed on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM following coverage of the New Mexico Bowl. The game will be televised live on the Fox Sports Network and Fox Sports West.
No. 16/18 BYU will play at Weber State on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. The game will be televised live on KJZZ. A live stats link will be available on www.byucougars.com and fans can listen live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 6 p.m. MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City or via the Internet at KSL.com.
Cougar Quick Hits
— No. 16/18 BYU head coach Dave Rose is 137-40 in his six seasons at BYU and is the program’s all-time leader in winning percentage at .774.
— The Cougars were ranked in the AP Preseason Poll for the first time since the 1980-81 season and are currently ranked No. 16 in the AP Poll and No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
— Jimmer Fredette has been named to eight preseason All-America teams (AP, ESPN.com, Sporting News, SI.com/Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times, Athlon Sports, Dick Vitale and Blue Ribbon Magazine). Fredette is averaging 23.7 points, 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game this season.
— Senior guard Jackson Emery is second on the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game and adds 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a team-best 2.9 steals per game. He has posted four-plus steals five times this season. Brandon Davies is third on the team in scoring at 9.9 points per game on .581 shooting. He has scored in double figures five times this season.
BYU GAME #11 FAST FACTS
No. 16/18 BYU (10-0) vs. UCLA (5-4)
Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010
2:30 p.m. PT
BYU, Dave Rose (137-40 in sixth season at BYU; same overall)
UCLA, Ben Howland (171-76 in eighth season at UCLA; 339-175 in 17th season overall)
Series tied 11-11 with UCLA winning 82-69 at UCLA in 2006
FSN and FSW (Steve Physioc, play-by-play; Marques Johnson, game analysis; Rebecca Haarlow, sideline)
Live on KSL.com via the X-Stream and tape delayed on KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM/1160 AM) and the Cougar Sports Network (Mark Durrant, play-by-play; Russell Larson, game analysis)
Live audio and live stats links are available on the basketball schedule page at www.byucougars.com/basketball_m/
Looking at UCLA
2010-11 Record: 5-4, 0-0
Conference: Pac 10
2009-10 Record: 14-18, 8-10 (T-5th place in Pac 10)
2010 Postseason: None
- UCLA is 5-4 this season and is on a two-game winning streak including wins over Cal Poly (72-61) and UC Davis (74-67) at home. The Bruins are 5-1 at home, 0-1 on the road and 0-2 in neutral site games.
- Tyler Honeycutt leads UCLA in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg). He is shooting .455 from the field, .378 from three and .760 from the free throw line. Reeves Nelson is second in scoring (13.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg) and shoots .571 from the field.
- Lazeric Jones and Malcolm Lee also average double figures at 10.9 and 10.8 points per game, respectively.
- As a team, UCLA averages 72.6 points and shoots .462 from the field, .338 from three and .657 from the free throw line. Opponents average 67.2 points and shoot .421 from the field and .333 from three.
Coach: Ben Howland (eighth season at UCLA)
UCLA’s Last Outing — Men’s Basketball Gets Back-to-Back Win Against UC Davis
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Malcolm Lee scored 15 points and UCLA defeated UC Davis 74-67 Monday night to win its second in a row.
Reeves Nelson added 13 points. Tyler Honeycutt had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Joshua Smith had 10 rebounds for the Bruins (5-4), who had gone without consecutive wins since Nov. 15-16.
Honeycutt and Smith helped the Bruins dominate the boards, 44-29, on a night when they had 14 turnovers.
Freshman Josh Ritchart scored a season-high 23 points and Joe Harden added 16 for the Aggies (4-6). They fell to 0-2 against Pac-10 teams this season, having lost to California by 12 last week. Mark Payne had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Saturday’s game will be the 23rd meeting between BYU and UCLA. The series is tied at 11-11 with UCLA winning the last meeting 82-69 in Los Angeles. The Cougars hold a 2-1 advantage in neutral site games.