From UCLA's Release:
UCLA's 2006-07 men's basketball schedule
is highlighted by nonconference contests in the Maui Invitational and Wooden
Classic, along with a trip to Morgantown to play Big East foe West Virginia.
At the 23rd annual EA Sports Maui Invitational
(Nov. 20-22/Lahaina Civic Center), the Bruins will be joined by DePaul, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma, Purdue and host Chaminade. Last season en
route to the NCAA Championship contest, the Bruins played Memphis twice - losing
88-80 on Nov. 23 in an NIT Season Tip-off semifinal game at New York City's
Madison Square Garden and winning 50-45 on March 25 in an NCAA "Elite Eight"
contest at the Oakland Arena. This will be UCLA's third appearance in Maui
In the 13th annual Wooden
Classic on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, UCLA will play Big
12 opponent Texas A & M in game one (11:30 a.m. PST/tentative) and in game
two, USC will play George Washington. This will be UCLA's fourth consecutive
Wooden Classic appearance and 10th overall (6-3 overall). Last year, the Bruins
defeated Nevada, 67-56 in the Wooden Classic.
Other nonconference highlights include – opening the regular season home
campaign in Pauley Pavilion vs. Mountain West opponent Brigham Young (Nov. 15);
hosting three local schools in Pauley (Long Beach State/Nov. 28; UC
Riverside/Dec. 3; CS Fullerton/Dec. 5); hosting Big Ten foe Michigan in Pauley
(Dec. 23) and playing at West Virginia on Feb. 10.
The UCLA/BYU game will be the schools' first meeting since 1988-89 (BYU
leads the series 11-10); it will be the fifth consecutive game vs. Michigan (the
Bruins won at Ann Arbor last season 68-61 on Dec. 17 and leads the series 9-3)
and West Virginia last year defeated UCLA at Pauley Pavilion (60-56 on Jan. 21
and leads the series 2-1).
UCLA, the defending
Pac-10 regular season and Tournament champion, opens defense of its conference
crown in late December, hosting the Washington schools in Pauley Pavilion (Dec.
28-Washington State/ Dec. 30 Washington). The 2007 Pac-10 Tournament, featuring
all 10 teams, will once again be held at the Staples Center in downtown Los
Angeles (March 7-10).
In all, there are 11 teams
on UCLA's 2006-07 schedule that last year advanced to post-season play – eight
in NCAA play (Kentucky, Memphis and Oklahoma in the Maui Invitational; Texas
A&M in the Wooden Classic; West Virginia and three teams from the Pac-10 –
Washington, Arizona and California) and three from the NIT (BYU, Stanford and
Michigan, the Wolverines lost in the NIT final to South Carolina, 76-64).
"I'm excited about our overall schedule, particularly the slate of
nonconference teams that we will face," said Bruin head coach Ben Howland,
entering his fourth season. "These tough nonconference contests will help
prepare us to defend our Pac-10 title."
2005-06, UCLA advanced to the NCAA Championship game (losing to Florida, 73-57),
finished 32-7 overall and 14-4 in the Pac-10. The Bruins set the school record
for most games played (39) and tied a school record for most wins (32, with
UCLA's 1995 NCAA Championship team that finished 32-1).
Arthroscopic Procedure on Right Knee
UCLA junior center Lorenzo Mata on Friday, at the UCLA Medical Center
outpatient surgery facility, had a 45 minute arthroscopic procedure on his right
knee, performed by UCLA team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman.
According to Finerman, a small tear of Mata's medial meniscus was
removed. Following a rehabilitation period of 3-4 weeks, Mata should be
able to resume normal workout activity. Finerman said that Mata had been having
pain in his right knee and an MRI showed an abnormal signal in his meniscus.
On Jan. 12 in Pauley Pavilion, in UCLA's 63-61
victory over Washington State, Mata suffered a nondisplaced right tibial plateau
fracture and missed 14 games. Following today's surgery, Finerman stressed that
the fracture has healed completely and there is no residual damage to the joint.
After missing 14 games, Mata did return to play
in UCLA's final nine contests. For the season, he appeared in 21 games, started
eight, and averaged 14.0 minutes, 3.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocked
shots, and shot .500 (27-54) from the field.
Tentative 2006-07 UCLA Men's
Thurs., Nov. 2
Thurs., Nov. 9 Exhibition
Wed., Nov. 15 Brigham Young
Nov. 20-22 @ Maui Invitational (Lahaina Civic
(Chaminade, DePaul, Georgia Tech,
Oklahoma, Purdue and UCLA)
Tues., Nov. 28 Long Beach State
Sun., Dec. 3
Tues., Dec. 5
Cal State Fullerton
Sat., Dec. 9 @ Wooden
Classic (Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim)
Game One –
UCLA vs. Texas A & M (11:30 a.m. PST/tentative)
Game Two – USC vs. George Washington
Sat., Dec. 16 Oakland
Tue., Dec. 19 Sam Houston State
Sat., Dec. 23 Michigan
Thurs., Dec. 28 Washington State
Sat., Dec. 30 Washington
Thurs., Jan. 4 @
Sat., Jan. 6
Sat., Jan. 13
Thurs., Jan. 18
Sat., Jan. 20
Thurs., Jan. 25
Jan. 27 @ Stanford
Thu., Feb. 1 Oregon
Sat., Feb. 3 Oregon State
Wed., Feb. 7 USC
Sat., Feb. 10 @ West Virginia
Feb. 15 @ Arizona
Sat., Feb. 17 @ Arizona State
Thurs., Feb. 22 Stanford
Sat., Feb. 24 California
Thurs., Mar. 1 @ Washington
Sat., Mar. 3
@ Washington State
Mar. 7 - Mar. 10 Pac-10 Tournament @ Staples
Center, Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 15 - Mar. 18 NCAA
First and Second Round
Mar. 22 - Mar. 25 NCAA
Mar. 31 – Apr. 2 NCAA Final Four
times Pacific/to be announced at a later date.
All games broadcast on AM 570
(KLAC) and the Bruin Network.