2007–08 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

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2007–08 UCLA Bruins men's basketball
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College Basketball Experience Champions
Pacific-10 Regular Season Champions
Pacific-10 Tournament Champions
Final Four, L* 78–63 vs. Memphis
(NCAA would later vacate this Memphis win)
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #2[1]
AP #3[1]
2007–08 record 35–4 (16–2 Pac-10)
Head coach Ben Howland (5th year)
Assistant coach Donny Daniels
Assistant coach Scott Duncan
Assistant coach Scott Garson
Home arena Pauley Pavilion
Seasons
« 2006–07 2008–09 »
2007–08 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 UCLA 16 2   .889     35 4   .897
#11 Stanford 13 5   .722     28 8   .778
#21 Washington State 11 7   .611     26 9   .743
Arizona State 9 9   .500     21 13   .618
Oregon 9 9   .500     18 14   .563
Arizona 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Washington 7 11   .389     16 17   .485
California 6 12   .333     17 16   .515
Oregon State 0 18   .000     6 25   .194
USC* 0 7   .000     0 12   .000
2008 Pacific-10 Tournament winner
As of April 5, 2008; Rankings from AP Poll
*USC vacated 11 conference and 21 overall wins, due to NCAA rules violations.

The 2007–08 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team was a college sports team representing the University of California, Los Angeles in the Pacific-10 Conference for the 2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. In his fifth year as head coach, Ben Howland led the team to its third straight Final Four appearance. The Bruins also set a new record number of wins for the regular season, eclipsing the 26 wins of 2006–07. Though the team is composed of many standout players, freshman center Kevin Love garnered much of the media's and school's attention with his .565 shooting percentage, 10.7 rebounds per game, 53 blocks, and 17.6 points per game.[2][3][4][5]

The only losses the Bruins incurred during the regular season were to No. 8 Texas, and Pac-10 rivals USC and Washington, though the USC victory was later vacated upon discovery that USC player OJ Mayo received illegal benefits while playing for USC. After becoming the Pacific-10 regular season champions and winning the Pacific-10 tournament, the Bruins were seeded No. 1 in the West Regional bracket of the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. In the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Bruins held Mississippi Valley State to 29 points, the lowest total ever allowed in the first or second round of the tournament.[6] After reaching the Final Four for the third year in a row, the Bruins lost to Memphis, the South Regional Champions, though this win was also later vacated as the result of NCAA rules violations.

On August 20, 2009, Memphis' 38 wins during the 2007–2008 season and Final Four appearances were vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions for the team's using an ineligible player- Derrick Rose

On January 3, 2010, USC's 20 regular season wins during the 2007–2008 season were vacated by USC Athletics for the team's using an ineligible player.[7]

Recruiting class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kevin Love
C
Lake Oswego, OR Lake Oswego HS 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 260 lb (120 kg) Jul 25, 2006 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Chace Stanback
SF
Los Angeles, CA Fairfax HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Apr 22, 2006 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 12   Rivals: 11
  • 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:

Roster[edit]

UCLA's starting lineup of (left to right) Love, Shipp, Collison, Aboya, and Mbah a Moute.

Thirteen scholarships were available to the team, and there were sixteen players on the roster.[8] Kevin Love received permission from Walt Hazzard to wear the same jersey number while a player for UCLA.[9] Hazzard's jersey had been retired by UCLA in 1996.[10]

No. Position Year Player
0 United States PG/SG So Russell Westbrook
2 United States PG Jr Darren Collison
3 United States SG/SF Jr Josh Shipp
5 United States PG/SG Jr DeAndre Robinson
10 United States PG/SG So Mustafa Abdul-Hamid
12 Cameroon PF/C Jr Alfred Aboya
13 United States PF/C So James Keefe
14 United States PF/C Sr Lorenzo Mata-Real
No. Position Year Player
20 United States SG/SF Jr Michael Roll
21 United States F Jr David McGrath
22 United States SF/G Fr Chace Stanback
23 Cameroon SF/PF Jr Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
24 United States PG/SG Jr Joey Ellis
41 Serbia PF/SF So Nikola Dragović
42 United States C Fr Kevin Love
55 United States PG/SG Sr Matt Lee

After the season, three members of the team were picked to play in the NBA. Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook were selected as lottery picks in Draft, with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute going in the early second round:

Depth chart[edit]

Depth Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
1
Darren Collison Russell Westbrook Luc Richard Mbah a Moute Kevin Love
2
Josh Shipp Michael Roll Alfred Aboya Lorenzo Mata-Real
3
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute Nicola Dragovic Alfred Aboya
4
Russell Westbrook Mustafa Abdul-Hamid Chace Stanback Lorenzo Mata-Real James Keefe
5
Timmy Canvas DeAndre Robinson David McGrath James Keefe
7
Joey Ellis

Schedule and results[edit]

Collison at the 2008 Pac-10 Championship game
Russell Westbrook in a game against USC

The UCLA Bruins played 31 regular season games, including 18 straight Pac-10 games from January 3 to March 8.[11]

Date Opponent Rank Location Result Overall Conf.
Exhibition Games
November 2, 2007 Azusa Pacific 2 Pauley Pavilion W 111–61
0–0
0–0
November 5, 2007 Chico State 2 Pauley Pavilion W 93–55
0–0
0–0
Regular Season
November 9, 2007 Portland State 2 Pauley Pavilion W 69–48
1–0
0–0
November 12, 2007 Youngstown State 2 Pauley Pavilion1 W 83–52
2–0
0–0
November 13, 2007 Cal State San Bernardino 2 Pauley Pavilion1 W 76–41
3–0
0–0
November 19, 2007 Maryland 2 Sprint Center1 W 71–59
4–0
0–0
November 20, 2007 #11 Michigan State 2 Sprint Center1 W 68–63
5–0
0–0
November 23, 2007 Yale 2 Pauley Pavilion W 81–47
6–0
0–0
November 28, 2007 George Washington 1 Pauley Pavilion W 83–60
7–0
0–0
December 2, 2007 #8 Texas 1 Pauley Pavilion2 L 63–61
7–1
0–0
December 8, 2007 Davidson 8 Honda Center3 W 75–63
8–1
0–0
December 15, 2007 Idaho State 8 Pauley Pavilion W 89–49
9–1
0–0
December 18, 2007 Western Illinois 8 Pauley Pavilion W 77–52
10–1
0–0
December 22, 2007 Michigan 8 Crisler Arena W 69–54
11–1
0–0
December 29, 2007 UC Davis 5 Pauley Pavilion W 76–48
12–1
0–0
January 3, 2008 #20 Stanford 5 Maples Pavilion W 76–67
13–1
1–0
January 5, 2008 California 5 Haas Pavilion W 70–58
14–1
2–0
January 10, 2008 Washington 5 Pauley Pavilion W 69–55
15–1
3–0
January 12, 2008 #4 Washington State 5 Pauley Pavilion W 81–74
16–1
4–0
January 19, 2008 USC 4 Pauley Pavilion L* 72–63
16–2
4–1
January 24, 2008 Oregon 7 McArthur Court W 80–75
17–2
5–1
January 26, 2008 Oregon State 7 Gill Coliseum W 85–62
18–2
6–1
January 31, 2008 Arizona State 5 Pauley Pavilion W 84–51
19–2
7–1
February 2, 2008 Arizona 5 Pauley Pavilion W 82–60
20–2
8–1
February 7, 2008 #17 Washington State 4 Beasley Coliseum W 67–59
21–2
9–1
February 10, 2008 Washington 4 Bank of America Arena L 71–61
21–3
9–2
February 17, 2008 USC 6 Galen Center W 56–46
22–3
10–2
February 21, 2008 Oregon State 6 Pauley Pavilion W 84–49
23–3
11–2
February 23, 2008 Oregon 6 Pauley Pavilion W 75–65
24–3
12–2
February 28, 2008 Arizona State 4 Wells Fargo Arena W 79–40
25–3
13–2
March 2, 2008 Arizona 4 McKale Center W 68–66
26–3
14–2
March 6, 2008 #7 Stanford 2 Pauley Pavilion W 77–67 (OT)
27–3
15–2
March 8, 2008 California 2 Pauley Pavilion W 81–80
28–3
16–2
Pacific-10 Conference Tournament
March 13, 2008 California 2 Staples Center W 88–66
29–3
16–2
March 14, 2008 USC 2 Staples Center W 57–54
30–3
16–2
March 15, 2008 #11 Stanford 2 Staples Center W 67–64
31–3
16–2
NCAA Tournament
March 20, 2008 Miss. Valley State 2 Honda Center W 70–29
32–3
16–2
March 22, 2008 Texas A&M 2 Honda Center W 51–49
33–3
16–2
March 27, 2008 WKU 2 US Airways Center W 88–78
34–3
16–2
March 29, 2008 #12 Xavier 2 US Airways Center W 76–57
35–3
16–2
April 5, 2008 #3 Memphis 2 Alamodome V* 78–63
35–4
16–2
*Conference games in green. Opponent rankings from Coaches' Poll.

1 College Basketball Experience Classic
2 Big 12/Pac-10 Challenge
3John R. Wooden Classic
*Asterisk indicates vacated wins by USC and Memphis as a result of NCAA Rules Violations

Awards[edit]

UCLA's Kevin Love on the perimeter at Pac-10 Championship game against Stanford at Staples Center, Los Angeles, 2008. Ben Howland and the UCLA bench looks on from the sideline.

Pac-10 Player of the Year

Kevin Love[12]

Pac-10 Freshman of the Year

Kevin Love[12]

Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year

Russell Westbrook[12]

All-Pac-10 first team

Kevin Love[12]

All-Pac-10 second team

Darren Collison[12]

All-Pac-10 third team

Russell Westbrook[12]

Pac-10 All-Defensive team

Darren Collison[12]
Russell Westbrook[12]
Kevin Love (honorable mention)[12]
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (honorable mention)[12]

Pac-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player

Darren Collison[6]

Pac-10 All-Tournament Team

Kevin Love[13]
Russell Westbrook[13]

U.S. Basketball Writers Association First Team All-America

Kevin Love[14]

Oscar Robertson Trophy nominee

Kevin Love[15]

U.S. Basketball Writers Association District IX Player of the Year

Kevin Love[16]

U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District IX team

Kevin Love[16]
Darren Collison[16]

Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Kevin Love – November 19–25[17]
Kevin Love – January 7–13[18]
Kevin Love – January 21–27[19]
Darren Collison – February 12–18[20]

Notes[edit]

  • The Bruins had the most ever wins for a final record (including postseason tournaments) as well, with 35.
  • Seven of the Bruins wins were vs. ranked teams (AP Top-25) at they time they played: (#11 Michigan State, #20 Stanford, #4 Washington State, #17 Washington State, #7 Stanford, #11 Stanford and #12 Xavier)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Love leads Bruins to third straight Final Four". The Sports Network. March 30, 2008. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Memo to the NBA: Love IS All You Need". www.SportsHubLA.com. March 29, 2008. Archived from the original on April 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Love is all you need, or at least so it seems". Daily Bruin. March 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  5. ^ "UCLA 2007–08 team statistics". Archived from the original on March 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  6. ^ a b "This week in Pac-10 men's basketball". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  7. ^ USC Trojans impose postseason ban, forfeit wins on NCAA rules violations – ESPN Los Angeles
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  9. ^ "Hazzard To Give Up Number". 
  10. ^ "Retired Jerseys at UCLA". Archived from the original on April 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
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  13. ^ a b "Pac-10 News". March 17, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  14. ^ "Love Named USBWA First Team All-America". March 17, 2007. Archived from the original on March 18, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  15. ^ "Kevin Love nominated for Oscar Robertson Trophy". March 5, 2007. Archived from the original on April 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  16. ^ a b c "Love Named Sporting News All-American, USBWA Player of the Year". March 11, 2007. Archived from the original on April 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  17. ^ "Kevin Love named Pacific-10 Player of the Week". November 26, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  18. ^ "Kevin Love named Pacific-10 Player of the Week". January 14, 2008. Archived from the original on April 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  19. ^ "Kevin Love named Pacific-10 Player of the Week". January 28, 2008. Archived from the original on April 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  20. ^ "Darren Collison Named U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week". February 19, 2008. Archived from the original on March 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30.