2007-08 UCLA Bruins Men's Basketball Team
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2007%E2%80%9308 UCLA Bruins Men's Basketball Team

2007-08 UCLA Bruins men's basketball
UCLA Bruins logo.svg
Pac-10 regular season & Tournament champions
College Basketball Experience Champions
NCAA Tournament, Final Four
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4[1]
APNo. 3[1]
2007-08 record35-4 (16-2 Pac-10)
Head coachBen Howland (5th year)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaPauley Pavilion
Seasons
← 2006-07
2008-09 →
2007-08 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 2 UCLA+ 16 2   .889     35 4   .897
No. 11 Stanford 13 5   .722     28 8   .778
No. 21 Washington State 11 7   .611     26 9   .743
Arizona State 9 9   .500     21 13   .618
Oregon 9 9   .500     18 14   .563
Arizona 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Washington 7 11   .389     16 17   .485
California 6 12   .333     17 16   .515
Oregon State 0 18   .000     6 25   .194
USC* 0 7   .000     0 12   .000
+ 2008 Pacific-10 Tournament winner
As of April 5, 2008; Rankings from AP Poll
*USC vacated 11 conference and 21 overall wins, due to NCAA rules violations.

The 2007-08 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team was a college sports team representing the University of California, Los Angeles in the Pacific-10 Conference for the 2007-08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. In his fifth year as head coach, Ben Howland led the team to its third straight Final Four appearance. The Bruins also set a new record number of wins for the regular season, eclipsing the 26 wins of 2006-07. Though the team is composed of many standout players, freshman center Kevin Love garnered much of the media's and school's attention with his .565 shooting percentage, 10.7 rebounds per game, 5.3 blocks, and 17.6 points per game.[2][3][4][5]

The only losses the Bruins incurred during the regular season were to No. 8 Texas, and Pac-10 rivals USC and Washington, though the USC victory was later vacated upon discovery that USC player O. J. Mayo received illegal benefits while playing for USC. After becoming the Pacific-10 regular season champions and winning the Pacific-10 tournament, the Bruins were seeded No. 1 in the West Regional bracket of the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. In the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Bruins held Mississippi Valley State to 29 points, the lowest total ever allowed in the first or second round of the tournament.[6] After reaching the Final Four for the third year in a row, the Bruins lost to Memphis, the South Regional Champions, though this win was also later vacated as the result of NCAA rules violations.

On August 20, 2009, Memphis' 38 wins during the 2007-2008 season and Final Four appearances were vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions for the team's using an ineligible player- Derrick Rose

Recruiting class

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kevin Love
C
Lake Oswego, OR Lake Oswego HS 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 260 lb (120 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Chace Stanback
SF
Los Angeles, CA Fairfax HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 12   Rivals: 11
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "UCLA Commit List for 2007". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2011.
  • "Men's Basketball Recruiting". Scout.com. Retrieved 2011.
  • "ESPN - UCLA Bruins Basketball Recruiting 2007". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2011.
  • "2007 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2011.

Roster

UCLA's starting lineup of (left to right) Love, Shipp, Collison, Aboya, and Mbah a Moute.

Thirteen scholarships were available to the team, and there were sixteen players on the roster.[7]Kevin Love received permission from Walt Hazzard to wear the No. 42 he wore as player for UCLA.[8] Hazzard's jersey had been retired by UCLA in 1996.[9]

Schedule

Collison at the 2008 Pac-10 Championship game
Russell Westbrook in a game against USC
Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Non-Conference Season

W   0-0
 

W   0-0
 
Non-Conference Season
*
W   1-0
 (9,854)
*

W   2-0
 (7,695)
*

W   3-0
 (7,293)
*

W   4-0
 (18,022)
*

W   5-0
 (16,737)
*
W   6-0
 (10,420)

W   7-0
 (9,691)
*

L   7-1
 (12,048)
*

W   8-1
 (17,440)
*
W   9-1
 (9,733)
*
W   10-1
 (8,189)
*
W   11-1
 (13,069)
*
W   12-1
 (10,242)
Conference Season

W   13-1
(1-0)
 (7,329)

W   14-1
(2-0)
 (11,877)

W   15-1
(3-0)
 (11,421)

W   16-1
(4-0)
 (12,590)

L   16-2
(4-1)
 (12,714)

W   17-2
(5-1)
 (9,087)

W   18-2
(6-1)
 (8,235)

W   19-2
(7-1)
 (11,070)


W   20-2
(8-1)
 (12,111)

W   21-2
(9-1)
 (9,547)

L   21-3
(9-2)
 (10,000)

W   22-3
(10-2)
 (10,258)

W   23-3
(11-2)
 (9,727)

W   24-3
(12-2)
 (11,355)

W   25-3
(12-2)
 (11,419)

W   26-3
(14-2)
 (14,624)

W  OT 27-3
(15-2)
 (12,671)

W   28-3
(16-2)
 (11,614)
Pac-10 Tournament


W   29-3
 (17,194)


W   30-3
 (18,997)


W   31-3
 (17,534)
NCAA Tournament
*

W   32-3
 (17,600)
*

W   33-3
 (17,600)
*

W   34-3
 (18,103)
*

W   35-3
 (18,103)


L   35-4
 (43,718)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

Source:[10][11][12][13]

Notes

  1. ^ USC vacated 21 wins from the 2007-08
  2. ^ Memphis vacated 38 wins from the 2007-08

Awards

UCLA's Kevin Love on the perimeter at Pac-10 Championship game against Stanford at Staples Center, Los Angeles, 2008. Ben Howland and the UCLA bench looks on from the sideline.

Pac-10 Player of the Year

Kevin Love[14]

Pac-10 Freshman of the Year

Kevin Love[14]

Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year

Russell Westbrook[14]

All-Pac-10 first team

Kevin Love[14]

All-Pac-10 second team

Darren Collison[14]

All-Pac-10 third team

Russell Westbrook[14]

Pac-10 All-Defensive team

Darren Collison[14]
Russell Westbrook[14]
Kevin Love (honorable mention)[14]
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (honorable mention)[14]

Pac-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player

Darren Collison[6]

Pac-10 All-Tournament Team

Kevin Love[15]
Russell Westbrook[15]

U.S. Basketball Writers Association First Team All-America

Kevin Love[16]

Oscar Robertson Trophy nominee

Kevin Love[17]

U.S. Basketball Writers Association District IX Player of the Year

Kevin Love[18]

U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District IX team

Kevin Love[18]
Darren Collison[18]

Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Kevin Love - November 19-25[19]
Kevin Love - January 7-13[20]
Kevin Love - January 21-27[21]
Darren Collison - February 12-18[22]

See also

Notes

  • The Bruins had the most ever wins for a final record (including postseason tournaments) as well, with 35.
  • Seven of the Bruins wins were vs. ranked teams (AP Top-25) at the time they played: (#11 Michigan State, #20 Stanford, #4 Washington State, #17 Washington State, #7 Stanford, #11 Stanford and #12 Xavier)

References

  1. ^ a b "ESPN.com - 2007-08 rankings". Archived from the original on January 31, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  2. ^ "Love leads Bruins to third straight Final Four". The Sports Network. March 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Memo to the NBA: Love IS All You Need". www.SportsHubLA.com. March 29, 2008. Archived from the original on April 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  4. ^ "Love is all you need, or at least so it seems". Daily Bruin. March 3, 2008. Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  5. ^ "UCLA 2007-08 team statistics". Archived from the original on March 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  6. ^ a b "This week in Pac-10 men's basketball". Retrieved 2008.[dead link]
  7. ^ "2007-08 UCLA Bruins roster". Archived from the original on December 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  8. ^ "Hazzard To Give Up Number". Archived from the original on August 25, 2012.
  9. ^ "Retired Jerseys at UCLA". Archived from the original on April 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  10. ^ "2007-08 Review" (PDF). uclabruins.com. UCLA Athletics.
  11. ^ "Season by Season Records" (PDF). UCLA Athletics.
  12. ^ "UCLA Bruins Schedule- 2007-08". espn.com. ESPN.
  13. ^ "UCLA Bruins 2007-08 schedule". Archived from the original on November 20, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "UCLA Dominates Pac-10 Player of the Year Honors". March 10, 2007. Archived from the original on March 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  15. ^ a b "Pac-10 News" (PDF). March 17, 2007. Retrieved 2008.
  16. ^ "Love Named USBWA First Team All-America". March 17, 2007. Archived from the original on March 18, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  17. ^ "Kevin Love nominated for Oscar Robertson Trophy". March 5, 2007. Archived from the original on April 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  18. ^ a b c "Love Named Sporting News All-American, USBWA Player of the Year". March 11, 2007. Archived from the original on April 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  19. ^ "Kevin Love named Pacific-10 Player of the Week". November 26, 2007. Archived from the original on March 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  20. ^ "Kevin Love named Pacific-10 Player of the Week". January 14, 2008. Archived from the original on April 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  21. ^ "Kevin Love named Pacific-10 Player of the Week". January 28, 2008. Archived from the original on April 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  22. ^ "Darren Collison Named U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week". February 19, 2008. Archived from the original on March 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008.

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