UCLA: Derrick Williams

At the half: UCLA 40, Arizona 30

February, 26, 2011
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LOS ANGELES -- It looks like "old" Pauley Pavilion might be going out in style.

UCLA leads No. 10 Arizona, 40-30, at the break behind 16 points and 10 rebounds from Reeves Nelson. The Bruins are 19-0 this season when holding a lead of at least 10 points.

The Pauley crowd has been the loudest of the season. By the look of it, UCLA didn't necessarily accomplish its "Blue Out, Sell Out" goal, but it's been rowdy and involved.

Nelson also has three assists and is 6 for 8 from the field. Joshua Smith has nine points, Tyler Honeycutt has eight. Derrick Williams has 13 points for the Pac-10 leading Wildcats.

UCLA is shooting 58.6 percent.

Video: Bruins on Arizona's Derrick Williams

January, 26, 2011
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When UCLA faces Arizona on Thursday night in Tucson, the Bruins will be facing one of the premier forwards in the nation in Derrick Williams.

Williams, a 6-8 sophomore from La Mirada, is second in the Pac-10 with 19.7 points per game and is third in the conference with 8.1 rebounds per game. He also leads the conference with a .623 shooting percentage.

Here, UCLA coach Ben Howland and some Bruins players discuss facing Williams, who has twice been named the Pac-10 player of the week:

Halftime: UCLA 39, Arizona 29

March, 4, 2010
3/04/10
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TUCSON -- UCLA has found an inside game despite not having Reeves Nelson, leading Arizona 39-29 at the half.

Sophomore guard Malcolm Lee has scored a team-high-tying 11 points by aggressively driving on the offensive end. Michael Roll also has 11 points.

The Bruins lead by 10 despite missing five of seven 3-point shots. Their rebounding, which was a weak point last weekend against Oregon, has also been a key factor. Arizona has only one second-chance point.

Arizona's Derrick Williams, who leads the Wildcats with eight points, had the top play of the first half. Actually, it was two plays rolled up into one highlight-reel sequence. On the first, Williams met UCLA freshman Brendan Lane as he went up for a one-handed dunk. Williams beat UCLA's defenders to the other end and capped it with an alley-oop dunk that brought the McKale Center to its feet.

Breaking down tonight's possible scenarios

March, 4, 2010
3/04/10
4:01
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TUCSON -- UCLA fans might get a good indication for what to expect in next weekend's Pacific 10 Conference tournament by how the Bruins play tonight against Arizona. The Bruins were thoroughly dominated by Arizona when the teams played in early January. But since then, UCLA has improved defensively -- primarily by switching to a 2-3 zone. We lay out some keys to tonight's game at the McKale Center:

UCLA likely wins if ...
  • ... freshman Reeves Nelson, coming off left-eye surgery, plays the way he is capable of. Nelson participated in full-contact practice Wednesday but might be rusty after sitting out both games last weekend. He can rebound and is an offensive force if (and it's a BIG if) the guards can get him the ball. Nelson also has to keep Arizona's Derrick Williams from having a monster game inside.
  • ... it is effective on offense. Arizona ranks last in the conference with more than 71 points given up per game, meaning UCLA has to secure high-percentage attempts and capitalize on fastbreak opportunities.
UCLA likely loses if ...
  • ... Arizona guard Nic Wise does what Oregon's Tajuan Porter did to the Bruins last weekend. Porter scored a game-high 29 points to spoil UCLA's Senior Day at Pauley Pavilion -- and Wise will look to make the most of his final weekend in front of the 'Zona Zoo.
  • ... Michael Roll does not get any support. Either Nelson, Malcolm Lee, Tyler Honeycutt or Nikola Dragovichave to follow Roll's lead offensively. If Roll is hitting from outside -- as he was last weekend -- someone will have to supplement that.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:36 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

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