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December 8, 2007

2007-08 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

The 2007-08 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team is a division I sports team representing the University of California, Los Angeles in the Pacific-10 Conference. 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.

The only losses the Bruins incurred during the regular season were to #8 Texas, and Pac-10 rivals USC and Washington. After becoming the Pacific-10 regular season champions and winning the Pacific-10 tournament, the Bruins were seeded #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. After reaching the Final Four, the Bruins lost to Memphis, the South Regional Champions.

Roster

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

Depth Chart

Depth Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
1
Darren Collison Russell Westbrook Josh Shipp Luc Richard Mbah a Moute Kevin Love
2
Russell Westbrook Josh Shipp Michael Roll Alfred Aboya Lorenzo Mata-Real
3
Josh Shipp Michael Roll Luc Richard Mbah a Moute Nicola Dragovic Alfred Aboya
4
Michael Roll Mustafa Abdul-Hamid Chace Stanback Lorenzo Mata-Real James Keefe
5
Mustafa Abdul-Hamid DeAndre Robinson
James Keefe
6
Matt Lee
7
Joey Ellis

Schedule and results

The UCLA Bruins played 31 regular season games, including 18 straight Pac-10 games from January 3 to March 8.
Date Opponent Location Result Overall Conf.
Exhibition Games
November 2, 2007 Pauley Pavilion W 111-61
0-0
0-0
November 5, 2007 Pauley Pavilion W 93-55
0-0
0-0
Regular Season
November 9, 2007 Pauley Pavilion W 69-48
1-0
0-0
November 12, 2007 Pauley Pavilion1 W 83-52
2-0
0-0
November 13, 2007 Pauley Pavilion1 W 76-41
3-0
0-0
November 19, 2007 Maryland Sprint Center1 W 71-59
4-0
0-0
November 20, 2007 #11 Michigan State Sprint Center1 W 68-63
5-0
0-0
November 23 2007 Pauley Pavilion W 81-47
6-0
0-0
November 28, 2007 Pauley Pavilion W 83-60
7-0
0-0
December 2, 2007 #8 Pauley Pavilion2 L 63-61
7-1
0-0
December 8, 2007 Honda Center3 W 75-63
8-1
0-0
December 15, 2007 Pauley Pavilion W 89-49
9-1
0-0
December 18, 2007 Pauley Pavilion W 77-52
10-1
0-0
December 22, 2007 Crisler Arena W 69-54
11-1
0-0
December 29, 2007 Pauley Pavilion W 76-48
12-1
0-0
January 3, 2008 #20 Maples Pavilion W 76-67
13-1
1-0
January 5, 2008 Haas Pavilion W 70-58
14-1
2-0
January 10, 2008 Pauley Pavilion W 69-55
15-1
3-0
January 12, 2008 #4 Washington State Pauley Pavilion W 81-74
16-1
4-0
January 19, 2008 Pauley Pavilion L 72-63
16-2
4-1
January 24, 2008 Oregon McArthur Court W 80-75
17-2
5-1
January 26, 2008 Gill Coliseum W 85-62
18-2
6-1
January 31, 2008 Pauley Pavilion W 84-51
19-2
7-1
February 2, 2008 Pauley Pavilion W 82-60
20-2
8-1
February 7, 2008 #17 Washington State Beasley Coliseum W 67-59
21-2
9-1
February 10, 2008 Washington Bank of America Arena L 71-61
21-3
9-2
February 17, 2008 USC Galen Center W 56-46
22-3
10-2
February 21, 2008 Oregon State Pauley Pavilion W 84-49
23-3
11-2
February 23, 2008 Oregon Pauley Pavilion W 75-65
24-3
12-2
February 28, 2008 Arizona State Wells Fargo Arena W 79-40
25-3
13-2
March 2, 2008 Arizona McKale Center W 68-66
26-3
14-2
March 6, 2008 #7 Stanford Pauley Pavilion W 77-67 (OT)
27-3
15-2
March 8, 2008 California Pauley Pavilion W 81-80
28-3
16-2
Pacific-10 Conference Tournament
March 13, 2008 California Staples Center W 88-66
29-3
16-2
March 14, 2008 USC Staples Center W 57-54
30-3
16-2
March 15, 2008 #11 Stanford Staples Center W 67-64
31-3
16-2
NCAA Tournament
March 20, 2008 Honda Center W 70-29
32-3
16-2
March 22, 2008 Texas A&M Honda Center W 51-49
33-3
16-2
March 27, 2008 US Airways Center W 88-78
34-3
16-2
March 29, 2008 #12 US Airways Center W 76-57
35-3
16-2
April 5, 2008 #3 Alamodome L 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

Awards

Pac-10 Player of the Year

Kevin Love
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
Kevin Love
Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year
Russell Westbrook
All-Pac-10 first team
Kevin Love
All-Pac-10 second team
Darren Collison
All-Pac-10 third team
Russell Westbrook
Pac-10 All-Defensive team
Darren Collison
Russell Westbrook
Kevin Love (honorable mention)
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (honorable mention)
Pac-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Darren Collison
Pac-10 All-Tournament Team
Kevin Love
Russell Westbrook
U.S. Basketball Writers Association First Team All-America
Kevin Love
Oscar Robertson Trophy nominee
Kevin Love
U.S. Basketball Writers Association District IX Player of the Year
Kevin Love
U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District IX team
Kevin Love
Darren Collison
Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Kevin Love — November 19-25
Kevin Love — January 7-13
Kevin Love — January 21-27
Darren Collison — February 12-18

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