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Ucla At A Glance

November 19, 1998


Tonight: Santa Clara, 7:30

Nov. 26: --USF, 3:30 p.m.*

Nov. 27: --TBA*

Nov. 28: --TBA*

Dec. 2: Delaware State, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 5: Oklahoma State*, 4:15 p.m.

Dec. 12: Nevada Las Vegas, 2 p.m.

Dec. 19: CS Northridge, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 23: American, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 29: Loyola Marymount, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 2: Arizona, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 4: Arizona State, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 7: at Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Jan. 9: at Oregon, 7 p.m.

Jan. 14: California, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 16: Stanford, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 20: at USC, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 23: at Louisville, Noon

Jan. 28: at Washington State, TBA

Jan. 30: at Washington, 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 4: Oregon, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 7: Oregon State, 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 11: at Stanford, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 13: at California, 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 17: USC, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 21: Syracuse, 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 25: Washington State, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 27: Washington, 3 p.m.

Mar. 4: at Arizona State, 5:30 p.m.

Mar. 6: at Arizona, 11:30 a.m.

* Puerto Rico Shootout

** John Wooden Classic at Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim



* No. 21, 6-2, 210, Sophomore

Toby's younger brother is known as Moose because of his squattish stature. He is a key member of the backcourt because of his ability to play both positions, though he'll be the third-string point guard when Baron Davis gets back. He sat out last season after transferring from Penn State.


MATT BARNES (Forward-Guard)

* No. 23, 6-7, 229, Freshman

The youngest Bruin, at 18, is also the most versatile. Chances are slim he will ever play the point during a close game, he did in high school, but he has practiced there, along with every other spot.



* No. 5, 6-2 1/2, 210, Sophomore

Stop wondering when he'll be back in the lineup. The only uncertainty with any consequence is what the knee will allow him to do once he gets there. It's very possible the starting point guard won't be at 100% the entire season, but Davis at anything beyond a limp will be an obvious positive.



* No. 30, 6-5 1/2, 213, Junior

Bound for another season as a practice player, after getting a combined 56 minutes the two previous campaigns. A hard-working scrapper.



* No. 50, 6-10, 245, Freshman

In a conference that includes several notable, and big, centers (7-0 Todd MacCulloch at Washington, 7-1 Tim Young at Stanford), the Bruins have their counter (and a potential future star). He grew up in Den Haag, Holland, and attended high school in Massachusetts.


RICO HINES (Guard-Forward)

* No. 22, 6-4, 213, Sophomore

He should play a major role off the bench and might even get an early start, depending on the return of Davis and Hines' strength and stamina after sitting out two weeks during the preseason because of a sprained knee. He will play some forward when the Bruins go small.


BILLY KNIGHT (Guard-Forward)

* No. 3, 6-5, 196, Sophomore

One of the two designated shooters, along with Brandon Loyd. His one start last season as a freshmen resulted in 15 points and three three-pointers in six tries.



* No. 20, 5-11, 190, Senior

The Bruins look to their lone senior to be a zone buster, but becoming a real threat from the perimeter will require another jump in percentage, after his 41.7% last season. But that was after he shot 36.8% as a sophomore, so the foundation for improvement is there.


JEROME MOISO (Forward-Center)

* No. 0, 6-10 1/2, 230, Freshman

A veteran of several international competitions while playing for France, he probably will open as the starting power forward. His impressive wingspan and smooth play, even at this early stage, have drawn comparisons to a young Sam Perkins.


TODD RAMASAR (Guard-Forward)

* No. 11, 6-5, 209, Sophomore

He made nice strides off a freshman season in which he played only 15 minutes in six appearances as a walk-on. Will they be nice enough to earn him a spot in the rotation?



* No. 13, 6-7, 237, Sophomore

Most of his time will probably come at power forward, but he could also play center depending on the matchups. The good sign for the Bruins was that his best play as a freshman came at the end of the season, signaling improvement.


JaRON RUSH (Forward)

* No. 4, 6-6, 210, Freshman

The big-time potential will get put to a test--or opposing teams will be tested--right away. One of the most sought-after high school players in the country last season will have a big role from the start.



* No. 25, 6-0, 183, Sophomore

The only Bruin to start all 33 games last season will again play both backcourt spots. This season, they will need leadership and stability from him as well as ballhandling and shooting.



* No. 34, 6-3, 195, Freshman

Arrives as part of the ballyhooed freshmen class, but also steps into a crowded area on the wing. Rated by some as the best prep shooting guard in California last season.

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