Projected Starters


• G Larry Drew II (6-2, senior)

• G Jordan Adams (6-5, freshman)

• F Shabazz Muhammad, (6-6, fresh.)

• F Kyle Anderson (6-9, freshman)

• C Travis Wear (6-10, junior)


• G Mark Lyons (6-1, senior)

• G Nick Johnson (6-3, sophomore)

• F Kevin Parrom (6-6, senior)

• F Solomon Hill (6-7, senior)

• C Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, freshman)


Consolation prize

Cal's Allen Crabbe may have won the Pac-12's Most Valuable Player award, but Larry Drew II received a verbal consolation prize of sorts from UA coach Sean Miller, who said it "wasn't even close" that Drew was the Pac-12's top player because of the way he led UCLA.

But Drew is OK with how it all worked out, anyway.

"I heard that he said some really nice things about me and I really appreciate that, especially coming from a coach of his stature," Drew said. "The awards don't really mean anything. … I can go scoreless but as long as we keep winning, that's what makes me happy."

Good vibes

Arizona lost its fourth game out of seven when UCLA beat the Wildcats 74-69 two weeks ago, but managed to walk out of Pauley Pavilion with their heads up.

Miller said then that he had a "different feeling" than after a home loss to Cal and a poor defensive showing against Washington State, and Grant Jerrett felt good about it, too.

"Honestly, after the UCLA game, we all felt confident in how we played," Jerrett said. "Even though we lost we felt if we added a couple of more things, we'd be fine."

The Bruins will hardly be surprised if this game is even tougher.

"It's always a close game," UCLA forward David Wear said. "They've got a lot of really good players. It's always a very heated game because it's a rivalry, so the preparation for that game is really intense."

(Red) shades of 2011

With roughly three-fourths of the MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd rooting for Arizona on Thursday, Solomon Hill compared the atmosphere to the overwhelmingly pro-UA scene the Cats enjoyed at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., for the West Region semifinals and final in 2011.

"You think about that tournament run we made playing in Anaheim and the same feeling that that gym brought," Hill said.


• How they got here: UCLA won the Pac-12 title with a 13-5 regular-season mark and defeated ninth-seeded ASU 80-75 Thursday. Arizona finished in a three-way tie for second place at 12-6 but received the No. 4 seed, then beat No. 5 Colorado 79-69 in the quarterfinals Thursday.

• What's new with the Bruins: UCLA won seven of its final nine regular-season games, and has put its early season troubles far behind it, using a tight seven-man rotation that includes forward David Wear and guard Norman Powell off the bench. Forward Kyle Anderson played well down the stretch but made only 2 of 7 field goal attempts Thursday against the Sun Devils.


Larry Drew II


Drew is not only a savvy, effective distributor with a 3.3-1 assist-turnover ratio but he can make opponents pay if they let him have open looks. He wound up with 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting against ASU on Thursday.

Grant Jerrett


If the Wildcats really need everybody to win today, Jerrett will need to be as effective as he was off the bench Thursday against Colorado, with seven points, six rebounds and four blocks in 21 minutes. He played well at UCLA two weeks ago, with 14 points and five rebounds.

Numbers game


Wins in five Pac-12 tournament games by Arizona as the lower-seeded team (but UA was never a lower seed in a game before 2004).


Points by Jordin Mayes in his last three games, after he scored just 20 over UA's first 16 Pac-12 games this season.


Assists this season by Drew, a single-season UCLA record.

No. 21 UCLA (24-8) vs. No. 18 Arizona (25-6) • 6 p.m. today • Pac-12 Arizona • 1290-AM, 107.5-FM