UCLA Capsule

Nickname: Bruins                         Coach: Ben Howland
Location: Los Angeles
Conference: Pac-10
Overall Record: 31-3
Conference Record and Finish: 16-2, won conference tournament

Seed, Region and Bid: 1, West, Automatic
Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 42
NCAA Tournament Record: 94-34 (.734)
Final Four Appearances: 17 (1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971,
                            1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1995, 2006,
                            2007)
NCAA Tournament Championships: 11 (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970,
                                   1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1995)


Starters:
F -- Josh Shipp (6-5, 220, Jr. -- 13.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg)
F -- Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (6-8, 230, Jr. -- 8.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
C -- Kevin Love (6-10, 271, Fr. -- 17.1 ppg, 10.6 rpg)
G -- Darren Collison (6-1, 165, Jr. -- 15.2 ppg, 3.9 apg)
G -- Russell Westbrook (6-3, 189, So. -- 12.6 ppg, 4.3 apg)

Key Reserves:
C -- Lorenzo Mata-Real (6-9, 240, Sr. -- 3.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
F -- Alfred Aboya (6-8, 235, So. -- 3.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

(statistics before NCAA Tournament)

OUTLOOK: Reaching the Final Four each of the previous two
seasons, the Bruins have added to their cupboard with Love, who
is one of the top freshmen in the country.  An outstanding
player in the paint, the forward is also a deft passer,
providing some of the best outlet passes the college game has
seen in decades.  That makes UCLA a dangerous team in transition,
even after made baskets.  Collison is one of the top point guards
in the country and is not afraid to take shots when the game
is on the line.  Similar to its previous runs, UCLA will open
the tournament near home.  A top seed for the first time since
1995, when they last one a title, the Bruins could be adding
another championship to their record haul in April.

NEXT GAME: vs. No. 16 Mississippi Valley State, Thursday