College Hoops Player of the Day for Friday, November 29, 2013
19th-ranked UCLA remained undefeated (7-0) with a 95-79 romp over Northwestern in the final round of the Las Vegas Invitational, hitting 13 of 17 three-pointers.
Jordan Adams, Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford each scored 18 points, helping the Bruins take a share of the round-robin tournament with Missouri, winning all four games during the tourney. The Bruins beat Morehead State and Chattanooga last weekend at home in the opening rounds, then came to Vegas and overwhelmed host Nevada, 105-84, Thursday, prior to taking down the Wildcats.
Kyle Anderson dropped in 16 points, hauled in nine rebounds and dished nine assists, earning the tournament MVP award. The 6'9" sophomore had a triple double (13 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) in the Morehead State win, and double-doubles in the two subsequent games. In the final, he was 6-for-9 from the floor, making two of three three-pointers and a pair of free throws, along with four steals.
UCLA was absolutely sizzling in the final, shooting 63.6% from the field (35-for-55). The Bruins are the nation's second-best shooting team, hitting at 55.6%, fourth in assists (20.2), and are the sixth-highest scoring team, at 90.9 points per game.
NOTABLE: A number of ranked teams didn't fare so well in their holiday tournament outings on Friday. #2 Kansas lost to Villanova, 63-59, on a late three-pointer in the Battle 4 Atlantis; #6 Duke was outflanked by #4 Arizona, 72-66, at the NIT Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden, and #20 Creighton, despite 30 points by Doug McDermott, fell to San Diego State, 86-80, in the Wooden Legagy Tournament in Fullerton California.