Thursday, November 8, 2012
Quick look: UCLA vs. Indiana State
By Peter Yoon
What: Indiana State Sycamores (18-14 last season) at UCLA Bruins (19-14)
When: Friday, November 9, 8 p.m. PT
Where: Pauley Pavilion
TV: Fox Sports Net
Radio: AM 570
Scouting the Bruins: UCLA returns three starters from a team that went 19-14 last season and did not play in the postseason. A recruiting class ranked No. 1 in the nation has given the Bruins hopes of a turnaround and they are ranked No. 13 in the preseason Associated Press Poll. UCLA will likely be without Shabazz Muhammad, the top recruit in the freshman class, as Muhammad continues to await the results of an NCAA amateurism review. Twins Travis and David Wear, 6-10 forwards, are the team's top returning scorers and rebounders. They averaged a combined 21.7 points and 12.2 rebounds last season.
Scouting the Sycamores: Indiana State was 18-14 last season and lost to Robert Morris in the first round of the CIT. Guard Jake Odum,a 6-4 junior, is the only returning starter from that team and one of only two remaining players who played significant minutes on the team that made the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Odum averaged 10.8 points and 4.8 assists last season. The Sycamores add Gonzaga transfer Manny Arop, a 6-6 forward, this season. Third-year coach Greg Lansing has a young roster with no seniors and five freshmen. Indiana State was picked to finish seventh in the preseason Midwest Valley conference poll.
The series: This is only the second meeting between the schools and the first since a 112-76 UCLA victory at Indiana State on Dec. 5, 1964.
Fast fact: This will be the first game in Pauley Pavilion since Feb., 2011 as the building has undergone a $136 million renovation. The opponent was hand picked as a tribute to iconic coach John Wooden, whose only coaching job other than UCLA was at Indiana State. He coached the Sycamores for two seasons for 1946-48 and compiled a 44-15 record before beginning his 27-year run at UCLA. Like the court at Pauley Pavilion, Indiana State's home court is named after Wooden and his wife, Nellie.