Hoops Schedule; Mata Scoped

UCLA releases its tentative basketball schedule for the 2006-2007 season, highlighted by nonconference contests in the Maui Invitational and Wooden Classic; Junior-to-be center Lorenzo Mata undergoes athroscopic surgery...

From UCLA's Release:

2006-07 Schedule
        UCLA's 2006-07 men's basketball schedule is highlighted by nonconference contests in the Maui Invitational and Wooden Classic, along with a trip to Morgantown to play Big East foe West Virginia.
        At the 23rd annual EA Sports Maui Invitational (Nov. 20-22/Lahaina Civic Center), the Bruins will be joined by DePaul, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma, Purdue and host Chaminade. Last season en route to the NCAA Championship contest, the Bruins played Memphis twice - losing 88-80 on Nov. 23 in an NIT Season Tip-off semifinal game at New York City's Madison Square Garden and winning 50-45 on March 25 in an NCAA "Elite Eight" contest at the Oakland Arena. This will be UCLA's third appearance in Maui (2001/1995).  
        In the 13th annual Wooden Classic on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, UCLA will play Big 12 opponent Texas A & M in game one (11:30 a.m. PST/tentative) and in game two, USC will play George Washington. This will be UCLA's fourth consecutive Wooden Classic appearance and 10th overall (6-3 overall). Last year, the Bruins defeated Nevada, 67-56 in the Wooden Classic.
        Other nonconference highlights include – opening the regular season home campaign in Pauley Pavilion vs. Mountain West opponent Brigham Young (Nov. 15); hosting three local schools in Pauley (Long Beach State/Nov. 28; UC Riverside/Dec. 3; CS Fullerton/Dec. 5); hosting Big Ten foe Michigan in Pauley (Dec. 23) and playing at West Virginia on Feb. 10.
        The UCLA/BYU game will be the schools' first meeting since 1988-89 (BYU leads the series 11-10); it will be the fifth consecutive game vs. Michigan (the Bruins won at Ann Arbor last season 68-61 on Dec. 17 and leads the series 9-3) and West Virginia last year defeated UCLA at Pauley Pavilion (60-56 on Jan. 21 and leads the series 2-1).
        UCLA, the defending Pac-10 regular season and Tournament champion, opens defense of its conference crown in late December, hosting the Washington schools in Pauley Pavilion (Dec. 28-Washington State/ Dec. 30 Washington). The 2007 Pac-10 Tournament, featuring all 10 teams, will once again be held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles (March 7-10).
        In all, there are 11 teams on UCLA's 2006-07 schedule that last year advanced to post-season play – eight in NCAA play (Kentucky, Memphis and Oklahoma in the Maui Invitational; Texas A&M in the Wooden Classic; West Virginia and three teams from the Pac-10 – Washington, Arizona and California) and three from the NIT (BYU, Stanford and Michigan, the Wolverines lost in the NIT final to South Carolina, 76-64).
"I'm excited about our overall schedule, particularly the slate of nonconference teams that we will face," said Bruin head coach Ben Howland, entering his fourth season.  "These tough nonconference contests will help prepare us to defend our Pac-10 title."
        In 2005-06, UCLA advanced to the NCAA Championship game (losing to Florida, 73-57), finished 32-7 overall and 14-4 in the Pac-10. The Bruins set the school record for most games played (39) and tied a school record for most wins (32, with UCLA's 1995 NCAA Championship team that finished 32-1).

Mata Has Arthroscopic Procedure on Right Knee
        UCLA junior center Lorenzo Mata on Friday, at the UCLA Medical Center outpatient surgery facility, had a 45 minute arthroscopic procedure on his right knee, performed by UCLA team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman.
        According to Finerman, a small tear of Mata's medial meniscus was removed.  Following a rehabilitation period of 3-4 weeks, Mata should be able to resume normal workout activity. Finerman said that Mata had been having pain in his right knee and an MRI showed an abnormal signal in his meniscus.
        On Jan. 12 in Pauley Pavilion, in UCLA's 63-61 victory over Washington State, Mata suffered a nondisplaced right tibial plateau fracture and missed 14 games. Following today's surgery, Finerman stressed that the fracture has healed completely and there is no residual damage to the joint.
        After missing 14 games, Mata did return to play in UCLA's final nine contests. For the season, he appeared in 21 games, started eight, and averaged 14.0 minutes, 3.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots, and shot .500 (27-54) from the field.  

Tentative 2006-07 UCLA Men's Basketball Schedule

DATE                        OPPONENT                                TV                        TIME
Thurs., Nov. 2        Exhibition
Thurs., Nov. 9        Exhibition
Wed., Nov. 15        Brigham Young
Nov. 20-22        @ Maui Invitational (Lahaina Civic Center)
        (Chaminade, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Memphis,
        Oklahoma, Purdue and UCLA)
Tues., Nov. 28        Long Beach State
Sun., Dec. 3         UC Riverside
Tues., Dec. 5        Cal State Fullerton
Sat., Dec. 9        @ Wooden Classic (Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim)
        Game One – UCLA vs. Texas A & M (11:30 a.m. PST/tentative)
        Game Two – USC vs. George Washington
Dec. 11-15        Final Exams
Sat., Dec. 16        Oakland University (MI)
Tue., Dec. 19        Sam Houston State
Sat., Dec. 23        Michigan        
Thurs., Dec. 28        Washington State        
Sat., Dec. 30        Washington        
Thurs., Jan. 4        @ Oregon State        
Sat., Jan. 6        @ Oregon        
Sat., Jan. 13        @ USC        
Thurs., Jan. 18        Arizona State        
Sat., Jan. 20        Arizona        
Thurs., Jan. 25        @ California        
Sat., Jan. 27        @ Stanford        
Thu., Feb. 1        Oregon        
Sat., Feb. 3        Oregon State        
Wed., Feb. 7        USC        
Sat., Feb. 10        @ West Virginia
Thurs., Feb. 15        @ Arizona        
Sat., Feb. 17        @ Arizona State        
Thurs., Feb. 22        Stanford        
Sat., Feb. 24        California
Thurs., Mar. 1        @ Washington
Sat., Mar. 3        @ Washington State        
Mar. 7 - Mar. 10        Pac-10 Tournament @ Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 15 - Mar. 18        NCAA First and Second Round
Mar. 22 - Mar. 25        NCAA Regional
Mar. 31 – Apr. 2        NCAA Final Four
All times Pacific/to be announced at a later date.
All games broadcast on AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin Network.

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