Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop Online

UCLA 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule

UCLA Bruins - Pac-10 (26-5, 13-3)

Seed: #2 - West Region

Big Wins: 11/21 vs Kentucky (73-68), 12/9 Texas A&M (65-62), at Arizona (81-66)

Bad Losses: 1/28 at Stanford (68-75), 3/3 at Washington (51-61), vs California (69-76)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2006, National Runners-up

Coach: Ben Howland (9-5 in 5 NCAA appearances)



Probable UCLA Starters:

  • Darren Collinson, Sophomore, Guard, 12.6 ppg, 6.0 apg, 2.3 spg

  • Arron Afflalo, Junior, Guard, 16.7 ppg, 1.9 apg

  • Josh Shipp, Sophomore, Guard, 13.5 ppg, 2.5 apg, 3.7 rpg

  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Sophomore, Forward, 8.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg

  • Lorenzo Mata, Junior, Center, 6.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 bpg

 

Key Roleplayers for UCLA:

  • Russell Westbrook, Freshman, Guard, 3.5 ppg, 0.7 apg

  • Michael Roll, Sophomore, Guard, 5.0 ppg, 1.1 apg

  • Alfred Aboya, Sophomore, Forward, 4.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg

 

Did your Ben Howland make the best college basketball coaches list? Find out now!

 

Why They Can Surprise:
Few teams can compete with the dynamic backcourt of UCLA. Arron Afflalo, Josh Shipp and Darren Collison combine to average nearly 43 points per game. Afflalo is the go-to-guy and is the player UCLA fans want to take the big shot. Shipp is a superb athlete on the wing that will slash to the basket.

Collison took over for Jordan Farmar this season and has done a quality job. The shifty 6-1 point guard averages 6.0 assistsper game. He is no slouch in the scoring department either. Collison will use his speed to get to the basket and has a nice stop and start move that leaves defenders guessing. He does not take a lot of three’s, but he knocks down nearly half of whathe does take.

 

Why UCLA Can Disappoint:
With the perimeter orientated team, UCLA tends to settle for jump shots instead of using their speed to get to the basket. Young players like Collison and Shipp need to remember where their strengths are, although Coach Ben Howland will be quick to remind them. By the numbers, free-throw shooting is the sore spot of the UCLA offense. If you want to see how not to shoot a free-throw, watch Lorenzo Mata and his 37.9% shooting from the charity stripe. In case you are wondering, release the ball with one finger instead of three and watch the basket, not the ball, after the release and the free-throw shooting will improve. As bad as Mata is, and it will affect UCLA’s line-up down the stretch, the three guards get to the line more often than anybody else on the team and each shoots just under 80%.

Find UCLA Bruins merchandise & UCLA Fatheads online through College Sports Fans!

Who To Watch:
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has developed into more than just a contributor on both ends of the floor. The 6-8 forward can explode and put up major points under the basket. His best attribute may be his ability to hit the mid-range jumper. When the opposition is running a zone, Mbah a Moute will find the soft spot around the free-throw line and knock down that shot all day. On the defensive end his long arms account for a couple steals a game and he is a monster on the glass.

 

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 72.5 (106th in nation, 4th in conference)

Scoring Defense: 60.6 (24, 2)

Field-Goal Percentage: 48.4 (22, 1)

Field-Goal Defense: 43.4 (134, 4)

Free-Throw Percentage: 64.7 (285, 9)

Rebound Margin: 2.9 (82, 5)

Assists Per Game: 14.7 (85, 4)

Turnovers Per Game: 12.2 (30, 3)

 

Joel’s Bracket Says: Sweet Sixteen loss to Pitt

 

> Check out the 2008 UCLA Bruins NCAA Tournament preview from College Sports Fans.

> Find more coverage of the 2007 NCAA Tournament online from College Sports Fans.

 

NCAA Tournament Home & Historical Results

2008 NCAA Tournament | 2008 NIT Tournament | 2008 CBI Tournament | 2008 Women's NCAA Tournament

2009 NCAA Tournament Sites | 2010 NCAA Tournament Sites | 2011 NCAA Tournament Sites

 

 


Dash Fans Network Home | About the DFN | Sports Writing Positions | College Sports Fan Sites | College Sports Articles

Big 12 Sports Fans | Big Ten Sports Fans | Conference USA Sports Fans | MAC Sports Fans

 

 

Directory of College Sports Message Boards & Forums

 

College apparel including sports clothing, hats, jerseys, golf bags, gear, tickets, Fathead sports murals and other sports merchandise has arrived!

 

Copyright 2005-2008, CollegeSports-fans.com and the Dash Fans Network of Independent College Sports Fan Sites