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Texas, UCLA square off in battle of unbeatens

Dec 2, 2007 - 2:52 PM No. 8 Texas (6-0) at No. 1 UCLA (7-0) 8:00 pm EST

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) - No. 1 UCLA looks to keep rolling when it faces eighth-ranked Texas on Sunday as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

UCLA has cruised through its first seven games, winning by an average margin of 23 points. Junior guard Darren Collison, a preseason All-America selection, made his season debut in Wednesday's 83-60 rout of George Washington.

Freshman phenom Kevin Love has lived up to the hype, leading the Bruins in scoring (18.1 points per game) and rebounding (10.6 per game). Junior swingman Josh Shipp (15.4 ppg) and sophomore guard Russell Westbrook (13.3 ppg) are also averaging in double figures for UCLA.

The Bruins are limiting theopposition to under 39 percent shooting, but will be hard-pressed to match those numbers against a Texas team shooting over 55 percent from the field. The Longhorns are averaging 99.3 points in their last four games.

Texas has opened the season with six consecutive wins by margins of at least 15 points for the second time in school history and first since the 1915-16 season.

All five of the Longhorns' starters are averaging in double figures, led by junior guard D.J. Abrams (20.7 ppg).

The two teams have only met twice, with UCLA winning both games at home. The teams haven't played since the top-ranked Bruins defeated Texas, 115-65, on December 29, 1971.