Final Four: UCLA vs. LSU Game Notes
Final Four: UCLA vs. LSU Game Notes
UCLA used a 15-4 run over 6:29 early in the game to take a 12-point lead with 11:22 to
go in the first half. LSU was only able to cut the deficit to nine points on two occasions
(the last being with 8:28 remaining in the first half) following that run.
LSU's only lead of the game was 2-0 just one minute into the game.
This season is UCLA's 90th NCAA Tournament win. The Bruins now stand alone in
second on the all-time tournament victory list, trailing Kentucky, which has 99 NCAA
Tournament victories. Prior to this game, UCLA was tied with North Carolina with 89
UCLA improved its Final Four record to 26-5 in the Final Four, which is an 83.9 percent
Monday night will mark the 13th appearance in the National Championship game for
UCLA. The Bruins are 11-1 all-time in National Championship games, with their lone
loss to Louisville (59-54) in 1980 in Indianapolis at Market Square Arena.
UCLA's 32nd victory tied the most in school history. The last time the Bruins won 32
games was in the 1994-95 season when they won their last national championship. The
38 games played are also the most in school history.
This was UCLA's first win in three tries at the RCA Dome. The Bruins lost to Princeton
43-41 in the first round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament and fell to Detroit 56-53 in the
first round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
The 43,822 in attendance tonight is the second most for a UCLA game. The largest
crowd UCLA has ever played before is 52,693 at the Houston Astrodome on January 20,
1968 (UCLA lost 71-69 to Houston).
In three of their five tournament games, the Bruins have held their opponents to 45 points
or less. This is the ninth time this season they have held an opponent to less than 50
UCLA outrebounded LSU 42-33. The Bruins are now 24-3 when they outrebound their
LSU shot 32 percent on the game. UCLA is 16-1 this season when they hold their
opponents to less than 40 percent from the field.
UCLA has won 12 straight games, and the Bruins are holding opponents to 53.9 points
per game during that winning streak. Gonzaga is the only team that has scored more than
60 points among the 12 victories.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's 17 points tied a career high for the freshman. It was his 17th
time in double-figures this season.
The Bruins' leading scorer this season, Arron Afflalo (16.2 ppg) scored just nine points
tonight. It was only the fifth time all season he had not scored in double figures.
Ryan Hollins, who was the Most Outstanding Player of the Oakland Regional, was
limited to just six points and three rebounds in 17 minutes of play after getting into foul
trouble. But sophomore Lorenzo Mata came off the bench to provide eight rebounds, two
blocked shots and two steals in 17 minutes of action. Mata's eight rebounds tied a season-
The 14 point margin of defeat was the second largest margin for the Tigers all season.
The largest margin was an 81-65 loss to Florida on March 11, 2006.
The 45 points scored by the Tigers was their lowest output of the season. Their previous
low was 50 points in a 54-50 loss to Northern Iowa on December 19, 2005.
This was LSU's fourth appearance in the Final Four, and the Tigers have yet to win a
semifinal game. Ironically, all three previous teams that have beaten LSU in the semis
have gone on to win the National Championship.
LSU falls to 0-8 vs. UCLA all-time.
LSU's 32 percent field goal shooting was its lowest field goal percentage of the season.
This was LSU's first loss in nine games when shooting below 40 percent.
The 16 field goals made by LSU matched a season low. They also made 16 vs.
Mississippi on March 4, 2006.
LSU was 0-6 from three-point range. It was the Tigers first game without a three-point
field goal since its 0-of-8 performance at Arkansas on January 11, 2006. It was only the
second time all season they had not connected from long range.
The 0 percent three-point shooting set a new Final Four low. The previous low was 9.1
percent (1-11) set by Duke vs. UNLV (1990) and Michigan vs. Duke (1992). The
minimum to qualify is five attempts per game.
LSU's zero three-point field goals ties for the fewest in a Final Four game. Michigan
made zero (in four attempts) vs. Kentucky in 1993.
LSU's four assists was a new season low. It also matched the RCA Dome Final Four
record for fewest assists (tied with Michigan State vs. Wisconsin on April 1, 2000).
Sophomore Glen Davis scored 14 points to lead the Tigers. It was his 40th straight game
scoring in double figures, which includes all 36 of the Tigers' games this season.