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UCLA to Host San Diego on Wednesday Evening

Dec 7, 2020
Jaime Jaquez Jr. (photo by Don Liebig)

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LOS ANGELES – UCLA will host San Diego this Wednesday at 6 p.m. (PT) in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The Bruins have gone 4-1 in the all-time series against San Diego. UCLA won the most recent meeting, 88-68, in the third game of the 2016-17 season (Nov. 17, 2016 in Pauley Pavilion). This Wednesday's contest will be the season-opening game for the University of San Diego.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Tipoff Time: 6:05 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network): AM 570
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
XM Radio Channel: Ch. 373
SIRIUSXM Internet Channel: Ch. 973
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 on all connected devices to watch this new virtual game day experience.
Chris Smith scored a team-leading 21 points, while Tyger Campbell recorded his third career double-double (11 points and 12 assists) as UCLA cruised past California, 76-56, in the Bruins' first Pac-12 game of the season. UCLA led the visiting Golden Bears by a 40-22 margin at halftime and led by as many as 22 points late in the second half. Campbell had 12 assists and just one turnover, finishing both games last week with a combined 18 assists and three turnovers.
UCLA's 23 assists in the 76-56 win against California last Sunday were the most by any Bruins' squad since recording 25 in an NCAA Tournament win against Kent State on March 17, 2017 (at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento). Campbell had 12 of the Bruins' 23 assists on Sunday evening. UCLA recorded a season-high 22 assists in a non-conference loss to Hofstra last year (Nov. 21, 2019), totaling at least 20 assists in just two games that season.
Tyger Campbell scored a team-leading 17 points and had six assists to lead UCLA past Seattle, 78-52, on Thursday, Dec. 3. Campbell made a career-high free throws (8-for-8), Jalen Hill had a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds), and Jules Bernard registered 16 points. UCLA led 43-29 at halftime and pushed ahead by 20 points with just under 14 minutes to play in the second half. The Bruins shot nearly 55 percent against the Redhawks, making 28 of 51 shots.
The Bruins have committed fewer fouls than their opponent in all four games this season. In UCLA's last two games – a pair of home victories – the Bruins have seen their opposition make just three free throws. Last Thursday night, Seattle made just 3 of 9 attempts from the line. Three nights later, California was 3-for-5 at the free throw stripe. In all, the Bruins have shot 41 more free throws than the opposition (an average of 10.3 additional free throw attempts per game).
UCLA made a season-high 60 percent of its shot attempts last Sunday in the 76-56 win over California. The Bruins made 30 total shots, four shy of the team's season-high 34 attempts versus San Jose State last season (Dec. 1, 2020). In fact, UCLA made 30 or more shots in just two games last season (34 against San Jose State and 33 in an overtime victory against Washington State, on Feb. 13). Through the team's past two games, UCLA has shot 57.4 percent (58 for 101).
Junior David Singleton has made 8 of 17 attempts from 3-point range in four games (47.1%). He was a perfect 3-for-3 from long range last Sunday against California. Singleton currently ranks No. 6 on UCLA's career 3-point percentage list, having connected on 77 of 184 total 3-point attempts. He ranked second in the Pac-12 as a freshman (2018-19), making 46.7% of his 3-point attempts. Singleton has averaged 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds through four games this season.
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 back 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 Kentucky) and freshmen Jaylen Clark and Logan Cremonesi.
Senior Chris Smith has played in a team-high 101 games since the start of the 2017-18 campaign, averaging 8.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Last season, Smith earned first-team All-Pac-12 acclaim (averaged a team-best 13.1 ppg). Smith has scored at least 20 points in two of the Bruins' four games this season and has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in two contests. He scored a career-high 30 points in a home victory against Colorado last season (Jan. 30, 2020).
- Last season, UCLA went 18-1 when limiting 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 17 of the team's last 29 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.
Three UCLA players logged at least 50 minutes in the Bruins' 107-98 victory against Pepperdine in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 27. Tied at 70-70 after two halves, UCLA and Pepperdine battled an additional 15 minutes. Chris Smith finished the game with 26 points and 12 rebounds (career-high 51 minutes). Jaime Jaquez Jr. (16 points, 11 rebounds) never exited the contest. 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.
Sophomore Jaime Jaquez Jr. has averaged 37.8 minutes per game and will enter this Wednesday's game having registered 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest. The former standout at Camarillo High School (Camarillo, Calif.) has shot 54.3 percent from the field (through four gmaes). He has made 7 of 17 attempts from 3-point distance. Through games played on Sunday, Dec. 6, Jaquez led all Pac-12 players in minutes played per game (37.8).
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 has totaled at least 10 assists in three games (including in one game this season). Last year, Campbell dished a career-high 14 assists in the team's 75-72 victory at home against Arizona State (Feb. 27). In the game prior, Campbell had 11 assists (and just one turnover) in a 70-63 win at No. 18 Colorado.
Senior guard Chris Smith scored a career-high 30 points last season in a 72-68 victory at home against Colorado (Jan. 30, 2020. The 6-foot-9 guard became UCLA's first player with at least 30 points in a game since Kris Wilkes finished with 34 points in a win over Arizona on Jan. 26, 2019. That marked the first game in his career in which he had scored at least 25 points. Smith, who scored in double figures in three games as a freshman and 10 contests as a sophomore, did not score at least 20 points in a game until the fourth game last season (20 points, vs. Southern Utah on Nov. 18, 2019).