2008–09 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team
|2008–09 UCLA Bruins men's basketball|
NCAA Championships 2nd Round, L 89–69
|2008–09 record||26–9 (13–5 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||Ben Howland|
|Assistant coach||Donny Daniels|
|Assistant coach||Scott Duncan|
|Assistant coach||Scott Garson|
|Home arena||Pauley Pavilion|
|2008–09 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings|
|#19 Arizona State||11||–||7||.611||25||–||10||.714|
|† 2009 Pacific-10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2008–09 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team opened the season on November 3 when it took on Cal Baptist in an exhibition game in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins participated in the 2K Sports Classic, Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, and the John R. Wooden Classic in the Honda Center.
The team opened the season with the following starters: Alfred Aboya (Center), James Keefe (Power forward), Josh Shipp (Small forward), Jrue Holiday (Shooting guard) and Darren Collison (Point guard).
The team opted not to have an October 17, 2008 Midnight Madness celebration this year. Practices began on Saturday, October 18, as they prepared for the first exhibition game on Monday, November 3. The team has been picked to finish first in the Pac-10 conference again, over Arizona State, USC and Arizona.
Freshman Tyler Trapani (#4), great-grandson of former head coach John Wooden, had joined the team.
Three players from last season's team, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute were chosen to play in the NBA. Westbrook was picked by the Seattle Sonics, now Oklahoma City Thunder, as the fourth overall pick, Love was the fifth pick by the Memphis Grizzlies, and Mbah a Moute was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks, the 37th pick in the NBA draft.
The team finished the season by losing to Villanova 89–69 in the second round of the NCAA National Championship Tournament. The senior class of Alfred Aboya, Darren Collison and Josh Shipp finished their careers with the most wins in school history with 123  The distinction was relative, as John Wooden's legendary teams played shorter seasons and freshmen were ineligible.
During half-time of the January 31 game against Stanford, the Bruins' 1963–64 and 1964–65 National Championship teams were honored, along with their 98-year-old former coach John R. Wooden, who told the crowd that he can still remember those years. The game also marked the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend with both teams wore white sneakers with their suits and ties.
A week later at the Notre Dame game, Troy Aikman was honored for his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame and for having recently completed his courses for a degree in sociology during half-time. A plaque was presented to Aikman to be permanently displayed at UCLA's Hall of Fame.
- Most points in a game – 113, UCLA vs. Wyoming, December 23, 2008
- 2nd most field goals made – 41, UCLA vs. Wyoming, December 23, 2008
- Most 3-point FG made – 33 (tie), UCLA vs. Loyola Marymount, December 17, 2008
- Highest 3-pt percentage – .733 (11–15), UCLA vs. Stanford, January 29, 2009
- Most steals – 20, UCLA vs. Wyoming, December 23, 2008
- Most turnovers – 24, UCLA vs. Prairie View A&M, November 12, 2008
The 72–54 DePaul victory in the December 13, 2008 John R. Wooden Classic game was coach Ben Howland's 300th career victory.
Sidney Wicks and his 1968–69 championship team were honored during halftime of the final home game against Oregon on Saturday, March 7, 2009.
These former players are now playing on a NBA team: Jason Kapono, Arron Afflalo, Dan Gadzuric, Luc Mbah a Moute, Ryan Hollins, Baron Davis, Trevor Ariza, Jordan Farmar, Matt Barnes, Kevin Love, Earl Watson, and Russell Westbrook.
UCLA's three-year reign came to an end when Washington defeated Washington State, 67–60 to win the regular season Pac-10 title.
Darren Collison was named to the All-Pac-10 team; Josh Shipp was named to the second team; Alfred Aboya was honorable mention on the All-Pac-10 team; Jrue Holiday was named to the All-Freshman team; and Alfred Aboya and Darren Collison were named to the All-Defensive team.
Darren Collison was an honorable mention in the 2008–09 AP All-America basketball teams. Additionally, he was named the 2009 recipient of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The award goes to the "nation's outstanding senior male collegian 6'0" and under who has excelled both athletically and academically."
In the NCAA National Championship tournament, Alfred Aboya scored two free-throw points with 48 seconds remaining in the game to help UCLA get by VCU in the first round at the East Regional in Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. Top scorers in the game were Eric Maynor (21) for VCU and Josh Shipp (16) for UCLA.
In the second round, with six Wildcats scoring double-digit points, Villanova ended UCLA's hope of going to the Final Four for the fourth time in a row. Dante Cunningham had 18 points; Reggie Redding and Corey Fisher had 13; Corey Stokes put up 12; eleven points came from Scottie Reynolds and ten points were put up by Dwayne Anderson for the winning team. Josh Shipp had 18 points and Alfred Aboya had 8 rebounds for UCLA.
The team finished the season with an attendance of 392,980 in 35 games, averaging 11,228 fans per game.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Anaheim, CA||Canyon HS||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||183 lb (83 kg)||Sep 6, 2006|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 94|
|San Jose, CA||Archbishop Mitty HS||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)||230 lb (100 kg)||May 6, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 96|
|North Hollywood, CA||Campbell Hall HS||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||Jul 3, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 98|
|Moreno Valley, CA||John W. North HS||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||Nov 16, 2006|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 96|
|Dallas, TX||South Oak Cliff, HS||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)||240 lb (110 kg)||Jul 24, 2008|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 96|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 Rivals: 1 ESPN: 1|
|No.||Name||Position||Ht.||Wt.||Class||Hometown (High School)|
|0||Drew Gordon||F||6–8||235||Fr.||San Jose, CA (Archbishop Mitty HS)|
|1||Malcolm Lee||G||6–5||180||Fr.||Riverside, CA (John W. North HS)|
|2||Darren Collison***||G||6–0||160||Sr.||Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Etiwanda HS)|
|3||Josh Shipp***||G/F||6–5||220||Sr.1||Los Angeles, CA (Fairfax HS)|
|4||Tyler Trapani||G||6–0||185||FR||Simi Valley, CA (Simi Valley)|
|5||Jerime Anderson||G||6–1||165||Fr.||Anaheim, CA (Canyon HS)|
|10||Mustafa Abdul-Hamid**||G||6–2||195||Jr.||St. Louis, MO (Country Day HS)|
|11||Spencer Soo||G||5–8||160||So.||Fresno, CA (Central HS)|
|12||Alfred Aboya***||F/C||6–9||245||Sr.||Yaounde, Cameroon (Tilton (NH) School)|
|13||James Keefe||F||6–8||231||Jr.||Rancho Santa Margarita,CA (Santa Marg. Cath. HS)|
|15||Blake Arnet||G||6–0||185||FR||Laguna Niguel, CA (Mater Dei)|
|20||Michael Roll**||G/F||6–5||200||Jr.2||Aliso Viejo, CA (Aliso Niguel HS)|
|21||Jrue Holiday||G||6–3||180||Fr.||North Hollywood, CA (Campbell Hall HS)|
|22||J’mison Morgan||C||6–10||248||Fr.||Dallas, TX (South Oak Cliff HS)|
|24||Matt DeMarcus||G||6–3||190||FR||Solvang, CA (Santa Ynez Valley Union)|
|30||Kevin Schmidt||F||6–8||220||Jr.||San Jose, CA (Bellarmine Prep)|
|41||Nikola Dragović**||F||6–9||216||So.||Belgrade, Serbia (2nd Secondary School of Economics)|
|44||James Diefenbach||F/C||6–8||250||SR||Newport Beach, CA (Newport Harbor)|
(1) 2005–06 medical hardship waiver — (2) 2004–05 redshirt — (*) denotes number of varsity letters 
|Nov 3*||7:30 pm||Cal Baptist||#4||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA
|Nov 7*||7:30 pm||Biola||#4||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA
|Nov 12*||7:00 pm||Prairie View A&M||#4||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA
(2K Sports Classic First Round)
|ESPNU||W 82–58||1–0 (0–0)|
|Nov 13*||8:00 pm||Miami (Ohio)||#4||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA
(2K Sports Classic Second Round)
|ESPNU||W 64–59||2–0 (0–0)|
|Nov 20*||6:30 pm||vs. Michigan||#4||Madison Square Garden • NY, NY
(2K Sports Classic Semifinals)
|ESPN2||L 55–52||2–1 (0–0)|
|Nov 21*||2:00 pm||vs. Southern Illinois||#4||Madison Square Garden • NY, NY
(2K Sports Classic Consolation)
|ESPN2||W 77–60||3–1 (0–0)|
|Nov.29*||4:30 pm||Florida International||#11||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||FSN Prime Time||W 89–54||4–1 (0–0)|
|Dec 4*||7:00 pm||vs. #8 Texas||#9||Frank Erwin Center • Austin, TX
(Pac-10/Big 12 Series)
|ESPN||L 68–64||4–2 (0–0)|
|Dec 7*||7:30 pm||Cal State Northridge||#9||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||FSN Prime Time||W 85–67||5–2 (0–0)|
|Dec 13*||4:00 pm||vs. DePaul||#14||Honda Center • Anaheim, CA
(John R. Wooden Classic)
|KCAL-TV||W 72–54||6–2 (0–0)|
|Dec 17*||8:00 pm||Loyola Marymount||#12||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||FSN Prime Time||W 75–44||7–2 (0–0)|
|Dec 20*||7:30 pm||Mercer||#12||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||FSNW||W 76–59||8–2 (0–0)|
|Dec 23*||7:30 pm||Wyoming||#10||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||FSN Prime Time||W 113–62||9–2 (0–0)|
|Dec 28*||Noon||Louisiana Tech||#10||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||FSN Prime Time||W 78–55||10–2 (0–0)|
|Jan 2||7:30 pm||at Oregon State||#9||Gill Coliseum • Corvallis, OR||FSN/FSNPT||W 69–46||11–2 (1–0)|
|Jan 4||12:30 pm||at Oregon||#9||McArthur Court • Eugene, OR||FSN/FSNPT||W 83–74||12–2 (2–0)|
|Jan 11||7:30 pm||at USC||#7||Galen Center • Los Angeles, CA||FSN/FSNPT||W 64–60||13–2 (3–0)|
|Thu., Jan 15||8:00 pm||Arizona||#7||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||FSN/FSNPT||W 83–60||14–2 (4–0)|
|Sat., Jan 17||12:45 pm||#15 Arizona State||#7||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||CBS||L 61–58 OT||14–3 (4–1)|
|Jan 22||6:00 pm||at Washington State||#11||Friel Court • Pullman, WA||FSN/FSNPT||W 61–59||15–3 (5–1)|
|Jan 24||1:00 pm||at Washington||#11||Bank of America Arena • Seattle, WA||FSN/FSNPT||L 86–75||15–4 (5–2)|
|Thu., Jan 29||7:30 pm||California||#16||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||FSN/FSNW||W 81–66||16–4 (6–2)|
|Sat., Jan 31||12:30 pm||Stanford||#16||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||ABC||W 97–63||17–4 (7–2)|
|Wed., Feb 4||7:30 pm||USC||#12||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||FSNPT||W 76–60||18–4 (8–2)|
|Sat., Feb 7*||10:00 am||Notre Dame||#12||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||CBS||W 89–63||19–4 (8–2)|
|Feb 12||6:00 pm||at #18 Arizona State||#6||Wells Fargo Arena • Tempe, AZ||ESPN||L 74–67||19–5 (8–3)|
|Feb 14||10:00 am||at Arizona||#6||McKale Center • Tucson, AZ||CBS||L 84–72||19–6 (8–4)|
|Feb. 19||8:00 pm||#19 Washington||#15||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||FSN/FSNW||W 85–74||20–6 (9–4)|
|Feb 21||Noon||Washington State||#15||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||FSN/FSNPT||L 82–81||20–7 (9–5)|
|Feb 26||7:00 pm||at Stanford||#19||Maples Pavilion • Stanford, CA||FSNPT||W 76–71||21–7 (10–5)|
|Feb 28||6:00 pm||at California||#19||Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, CA||ESPN||W 72–68||22–7 (11–5)|
|Mar 5||7:30 pm||Oregon State||#17||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||FSNPT||W 79–54||23–7 (12–5)|
|Mar 7||12:30 p.m||Oregon||#17||Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, CA||ABC||W 94–68||24–7 (13–5)|
|Mar 12||8:30 pm (Approx.)||vs. Washington State||#14||Staples Center • Los Angeles, CA||FSNPT||W 64–53||25–7 (13–5)|
|Mar 13||8:30 pm (Approx.)||vs. USC||#14||Staples Center • Los Angeles, CA||FSNPT||L 65–55||25–8 (13–5)|
|Mar 19||6:45 pm||vs. VCU||#17||Wachovia Center • Philadelphia, PA||CBS||W 65–64||26–8 (13–5)|
|Mar 21||10:05 am||vs. Villanova||#17||Wachovia Center • Philadelphia, PA||CBS||L 89–69||26–9 (13–5)|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.|
- UCLA was swept by ASU for the first time since the 2002-03 season (and only the third time since ASU joined the Pac).
- UCLA did beat one ranked team (AP Top-25) this season: #19 Washington
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