2008-09 UCLA Bruins Men's Basketball Team
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2008%E2%80%9309 UCLA Bruins Men's Basketball Team

2008-09 UCLA Bruins men's basketball
UCLA Bruins logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Second round
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 18
APNo. 18
2008-09 record26-9 (13-5 Pac-10)
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Home arenaPauley Pavilion
Seasons
← 2007-08
2009-10 →
2008-09 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 15 Washington 14 4   .778     26 9   .743
No. 18 UCLA 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
No. 19 Arizona State 11 7   .611     25 10   .714
California 11 7   .611     22 11   .667
USC+ 9 9   .500     22 13   .629
Arizona 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Washington State 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
Oregon State 7 11   .389     18 18   .500
Stanford 6 12   .333     20 14   .588
Oregon 2 16   .111     8 23   .258
+ 2009 Pacific-10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
Darren Collison at the DePaul game
Pauley Pavilion, UCLA vs. FIU

The 2008-09 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team opened the season on November 3 when it took on Cal Baptist in an exhibition game in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins participated in the 2K Sports Classic, Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, and the John R. Wooden Classic in the Honda Center.

The team opened the season with the following starters: Alfred Aboya (Center), James Keefe (Power forward), Josh Shipp (Small forward), Jrue Holiday (Shooting guard) and Darren Collison (Point guard).

The team opted not to have an October 17, 2008 Midnight Madness celebration this year.[1] Practices began on Saturday, October 18, as they prepared for the first exhibition game on Monday, November 3. The team has been picked to finish first in the Pac-10 conference again, over Arizona State, USC and Arizona.

Freshman Tyler Trapani (#4), great-grandson of former head coach John Wooden, had joined the team.

Three players from last season's team, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love[2] and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute were chosen to play in the NBA. Westbrook was picked by the Seattle SuperSonics as the fourth overall pick, while Love was the fifth pick by the Memphis Grizzlies, and Mbah a Moute was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks, the 37th pick in the NBA draft.

The team finished the season by losing to Villanova 89-69 in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The senior class of Alfred Aboya, Darren Collison and Josh Shipp finished their careers with the most wins in school history with 123 [3][4][5] The distinction was relative, as John Wooden's legendary teams played shorter seasons and freshmen were ineligible.[4]

Highlights

During half-time of the January 31 game against Stanford, the Bruins' 1963-64 and 1964-65 National Championship teams were honored, along with their 98-year-old former coach John R. Wooden, who told the crowd that he can still remember those years. The game also marked the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend with both teams wore white sneakers with their suits and ties.

A week later at the Notre Dame game, Troy Aikman was honored for his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame and for having recently completed his courses for a degree in sociology during half-time. A plaque was presented to Aikman to be permanently displayed at UCLA's Hall of Fame.

  • Most points in a game - 113, UCLA vs. Wyoming, December 23, 2008
  • 2nd most field goals made - 41, UCLA vs. Wyoming, December 23, 2008
  • Most 3-point FG made - 33 (tie), UCLA vs. Loyola Marymount, December 17, 2008
  • Highest 3-pt percentage - .733 (11-15), UCLA vs. Stanford, January 29, 2009
  • Most steals - 20, UCLA vs. Wyoming, December 23, 2008
  • Most turnovers - 24, UCLA vs. Prairie View A&M, November 12, 2008

Seniors Alfred Aboya and Darren Collison played more games for UCLA than any other player in history, passing Mitchell Butler's 130 games from 1990-93.

The 72-54 DePaul victory in the December 13, 2008 John R. Wooden Classic game was coach Ben Howland's 300th career victory.

Sidney Wicks and his 1968-69 championship team were honored during halftime of the final home game against Oregon on Saturday, March 7, 2009.

These former players are now playing on an NBA team: Jason Kapono, Arron Afflalo, Dan Gadzuric, Luc Mbah a Moute, Ryan Hollins, Baron Davis, Trevor Ariza, Jordan Farmar, Matt Barnes, Kevin Love, Earl Watson, and Russell Westbrook.

UCLA's three-year reign came to an end when Washington defeated Washington State, 67-60 to win the regular season Pac-10 title.

Darren Collison was named to the All-Pac-10 team; Josh Shipp was named to the second team; Alfred Aboya was honorable mention on the All-Pac-10 team; Jrue Holiday was named to the All-Freshman team; and Alfred Aboya and Darren Collison were named to the All-Defensive team.

Darren Collison was an honorable mention in the 2008-09 AP All-America basketball teams.[6][7] Additionally, he was named the 2009 recipient of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The award goes to the "nation's outstanding senior male collegian 6'0" and under who has excelled both athletically and academically."[8]

In the NCAA National Championship tournament, Alfred Aboya scored two free-throw points with 48 seconds remaining in the game to help UCLA get by VCU in the first round at the East Regional in Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. Top scorers in the game were Eric Maynor (21) for VCU and Josh Shipp (16) for UCLA.

In the second round, with six Wildcats scoring double-digit points, Villanova ended UCLA's hope of going to the Final Four for the fourth time in a row. Dante Cunningham had 18 points; Reggie Redding and Corey Fisher had 13; Corey Stokes put up 12; eleven points came from Scottie Reynolds and ten points were put up by Dwayne Anderson for the winning team. Josh Shipp had 18 points and Alfred Aboya had 8 rebounds for UCLA.

On Friday, April 3, Alfred Aboya will play in the Hershey's all-star game, which is part of the kickoff celebration to Final Four weekend at Ford Field.

The team finished the season with an attendance of 392,980 in 35 games, averaging 11,228 fans per game.

Freshman guard Jrue Holiday announced on April 9 that he would make himself eligible for the NBA draft without signing with an agent.

Recruiting class

The incoming class of Jerime Anderson, Drew Gordon, Jrue Holiday, Malcolm Lee, and J'Mison Morgan was ranked No. 1 in the nation.[9]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jerime Anderson
PG
Anaheim, CA Canyon HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 183 lb (83 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 94
Drew Gordon
PF
San Jose, CA Archbishop Mitty HS 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (100 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Jrue Holiday
SG
North Hollywood, CA Campbell Hall HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 98
Malcolm Lee
SG
Moreno Valley, CA John W. North HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
J'mison Morgan
C
Dallas, TX South Oak Cliff, HS 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (110 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1   Rivals: 1  ESPN: 1
  • 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 2008". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2011.
  • "Men's Basketball Recruiting". Scout.com. Retrieved 2011.
  • "ESPN - UCLA Bruins Basketball Recruiting 2008". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2011.
  • "2008 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2011.

Roster

Schedule

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Exhibition
*

W  
 
*

W  
 
Non-Conference Season
*

W   1-0
 (7,190)
*

W   2-0
 (7,802)
*

L   2-1
 (9,440)
*

W   3-1
 (12,543)
*
W   4-1
 (8,940)
*

L   4-2
 (16,755)
*
W   5-2
 (7,687)
*

W   6-2
 (14,163)
*
W   7-2
 (6,852)
*
W   8-2
 (8,111)
*
W   9-2
 (8,795)
*
W   10-2
 (9,680)
Conference Season

W   11-2
(1-0)
 (5,629)

W   12-2
(2-0)
 (8,595)

W   13-2
(3-0)
 (10,258)

W   14-2
(4-0)
 (11,228)

L  OT 14-3
(4-1)
 (11,659)

W   15-3
(5-1)
 (8,434)

L   15-4
(5-2)
 (1,000)

W   16-4
(6-2)
 (11,556)

W   17-4
(7-2)
 (11,129)

W   18-4
(8-2)
 (12,179)
*
W   19-4
 (11,492)

L   19-5
(8-3)
 (13,368)

L   19-6
(8-4)
 (14,611)

W   20-6
(9-4)
 (11,145)

L   20-7
(9-5)
 (10,392)

W   21-7
(10-5)
 (7,156)


W   22-7
(11-5)
 (11,877)

W   23-7
(12-5)
 (10,348)

W   24-7
(13-5)
 (10,982)
Pac-10 Tournament


W   25-7
 (16,271)


L   25-8
 (18,497)
NCAA Tournament
*

W   26-8
 (17,146)
*

L   26-9
 (19,894)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final
AP 4 4 13 12 16 14 13 12 10 9 13 17 15 11 20 22 20 15 18 Not released
Coaches 4 4 11 9 14 12 10 9 7 ? 7 11 16 12 6 15 19 17 14 17 18

See also

Notes

  • UCLA was swept by ASU for the first time since the 2002-03 season (and only the third time since ASU joined the Pac).
  • UCLA did beat one ranked team (AP Top-25) this season: #19 Washington

References

  1. ^ Pucin, Diane (October 17, 2008). "No 'Midnight Madness' for UCLA, USC basketball teams". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008.
  2. ^ Plaschke, Bill (April 20, 2008). "Love can't have a legacy without joining fraternity". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 12, 2011.
  3. ^ "Pac-10 Conference". USA Today. April 6, 2009. Archived from the original on February 8, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Wharton, David (March 8, 2009). "Seniors honored after winning careers". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "No. 20 UCLA 94, Oregon 68". CBSSports.com. March 7, 2009. Archived from the original on February 8, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ 2008-09 AP All-America Basketball Teams
  7. ^ "2009 AP All-America teams". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  8. ^ "Darren Collison Receives The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award". Archived from the original on April 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  9. ^ Pucin, Diane (June 2, 2008). "Howland signs new deal with the Bruins". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 22, 2015.

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