UCLA to Host Long Beach State This Monday
LOS ANGELES – UCLA will face Long Beach State this Monday evening in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Game time is 6:30 p.m. (PT). The Bruins have compiled a 17-1 all-time record against Long Beach State, most recently earning a 69-65 victory in the season opener when both schools met last November. UCLA is currently amidst a 17-day stretch that will feature seven games. Monday's game against Long Beach State will mark UCLA's seventh meeting against the Beach in the past nine season (2012-13 through 2020-21). UCLA has won the previous six contests in the series against Long Beach State.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Tipoff Time: 6:36 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: J.B. Long (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network): AM 570
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS / XM Radio Channels: TBD
SIRIUSXM Internet Channel: TBD
BRUIN GAMEDAY LIVE PREGAME SHOW
Starting 30 minutes before all home games, Bruin Gameday Live will bring fans inside Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The live simulcast of the pregame radio show will be hosted by Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray. The show will feature an exclusive interview with head coach Mick Cronin, a matchup scouting report, live shots of the team warmups as well as popular videoboard segments such as the intro video, heritage video and appearances by the UCLA Spirit Squad and the UCLA Band. Once the game starts, Bruin Gameday Live will serve to complement the TV and radio broadcasts with game stats, a social media feed, prize giveaways, and more. Bookmark BruinGamedayLive.com on all connected devices to watch this new virtual game day experience.
Three UCLA players logged at least 50 minutes in the Bruins' 107-98 victory against Pepperdine in San Diego last Friday. Tied at 70-70 through regulation, UCLA and Pepperdine battled an additional 15 minutes. Chris Smith finished the game with 26 points and 12 rebounds through a career-high 51 minutes. Jaime Jaquez Jr. (16 points, 11 rebounds) never exited the game. The sophomore from Camarillo, Calif., played all 55 minutes, the highest single-game total by a UCLA player since a four-overtime contest on Feb. 28, 1985, in which Reggie Miller and Nigel Miguel each played 59 minutes.
In last Friday's three-overtime contest against Pepperdine, the Bruins made 36 of 82 shot attempts. That marked the Bruins' highest single-game FG attempt total since taking 84 shots in a double-overtime loss (season opener) against Cal State Fullerton back on Nov. 16, 2009, in Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA's 107-98 win over Pepperdine last Friday marked the Bruins' first game that lasted at least three overtime sessions since Feb. 28, 1985 (the Bruins lost to USC in Pauley Pavilion, 80-78, in four OT). Prior that contest in 1985, the Bruins had not played a game into three overtime sessions since Jan. 2, 1982 (UCLA lost at Washington State, 57-51). UCLA had not won a game that lasted at least three OT since Feb. 24, 1979. In that contest, No. 1-ranked UCLA escaped at Washington State with an 110-102 win in 3-OT. UCLA has played one game into 4-OT and five games into 3-OT (including last Friday).
WHO'S BACK AT UCLA?
The Bruins have returned eight of their primary 10 contributors from last season's team. All five starters from the second half of last season have returned (Tyger Campbell, David Singleton, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Chris Smith and Jalen Hill). Also returning for the Bruins are Cody Riley, Jules Bernard and Jake Kyman, as well as Kenneth Nwuba, who took a redshirt year in 2019-20. UCLA has added sophomore Johnny Juzang (transfer from the University of Kentucky) and freshmen Jaylen Clark and Logan Cremonesi. In all, UCLA has returned 88.8% of its total scoring output from last season.
ABOUT CHRIS SMITH
Senior Chris Smith has entered the season as UCLA's most experienced player. He has played in all 99 games for UCLA since the start of the 2017-18 campaign, averaging 7.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Last season, Smith earned first-team All-Pac-12 acclaim, having led the Bruins in scoring (13.1 ppg). He has become the first UCLA player to secure first-team all-league honors in a season (2019-20) and return the next year, since Reeves Nelson in the fall of 2011 (Nelson was a first-team selection in 2010-11, returned in the fall of 2011 and was dismissed from the team in Dec. 2011).
Sophomore Jaime Jaquez Jr. has played in 91 of the team's 95 minutes, through two games. Jaquez Jr. will enter this Monday's game having averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in two contests. The former standout at Camarillo High School (Camarillo, Calif.) shot 47.8% from the field last week, in games against San Diego State and Pepperdine. Last season, Jaquez Jr. led the Bruins in total minutes played during Pac-12 play (556 min., 30.9 mpg).
NOTES ON THE BRUINS
- Last season, UCLA went 18-1 when limited the opposition to 73 points or fewer (the loss was at USC on March 7).
- UCLA has returned 86.2% of its total rebounding production and 91.3% of its total assists from last year.
- Jaime Jaquez Jr. has scored in double figures in 16 of the team's last 27 games (since the Chaminade game last season).
- The Bruins won 11 of their final 14 games last season, holding teams to 64.7 points per game in that span.
- Including transfer Johnny Juzang, UCLA has nine players who have scored at least 10 points in a college game.
- The Bruins lead the Pac-12 in most returning 3-point production – 87.6% of the team's 3-point shooting returns.
- Nine players on the roster have competed in at least 28 collegiate games (Chris Smith leads that group with 99 games).
GLANCING AT UCLA'S ROSTER
UCLA's roster features 13 student-athletes, including 10 players who were on the team last season. The Bruins have returned eight of 10 players who competed in the bulk of the team's games last season (plus returning redshirt sophomore Kenneth Nwuba, a 6-foot-9 forward from Lagos, Nigeria). UCLA's incoming players include sophomore Johnny Juzang (transferred from the University of Kentucky) and freshmen Jaylen Clark (Etiwanda High School) and Logan Cremonesi (Mater Dei High School). All eight of those primary contributors, back from last season, played in at least 26 games for UCLA.
Sophomore guard Tyger Campbell led all Pac-12 players in assist-turnover ratio last season (2.79-to-1) and ranked third in the league in assists per game (5.0). He tallied at least 10 assists in two games, including a season-best 14 assists (and three turnovers) in a victory against Arizona State (Feb. 27). In the game prior, Campbell had 11 assists (and just one turnover) in UCLA's 70-63 win at No. 18 Colorado. Campell's season-high 14 assists in the win over ASU marked the most single-game assists by a UCLA freshman, tied with Lonzo Ball's 14-assist effort against Washington State (March 4, 2017).