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UCLA Returns to Action Versus Long Beach State

Dec 13, 2020
UCLA men's basketball players (photo by Don Liebig)

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LOS ANGELES – UCLA will take on Long Beach State this Tuesday evening in a non-conference matchup in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Game time is 6 p.m. (PT). The two schools last played each other in the season opener one year ago, with the Bruins securing a 69-65 win in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA has won each of the previous six matchups against Long Beach State and has compiled a 17-1 all-time record in the series. Long Beach State has gone 1-2 this season with an 80-75 win over Seattle University on Sunday, Dec. 6.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Game Time: 6 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: J.B. Long (play-by-play), Casey Jacobsen (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. 373
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 includes an 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 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.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. tied his career high with 18 points, and Jules Bernard totaled 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench in UCLA's 69-60 victory over Marquette last Friday. The win pushed UCLA's overall record to 5-1. The Bruins led Marquette at halftime, 36-34, and used a 13-4 scoring run over the game's final seven minutes to take the 69-60 win. Friday's game marked just the third all-time matchup against Marquette, as UCLA improved to 3-0 in the all-time series. UCLA shot 41 percent overall from the field and limited Marquette to just 4-of-20 shooting from 3-point territory.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. (17 points, 4 blocks) was one of five UCLA players to score in double figures in the team's 83-56 win over San Diego on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Jaquez Jr. made 6 of 9 shots and was 3 of 4 from 3-point territory in the 27-point victory. Chris Smith and Tyger Campbell each scored 12 points, Cody Riley had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Johnny Juzang had 10 points off the bench in his first game as a Bruin. UCLA led the visiting Toreros, 33-23, at halftime, pushed the second-half advantage to 16 points at the 12:16 mark and never saw its cushion reduced to fewer than 10 points.
UCLA's 23 assists in the 76-56 win against California last Sunday were the most by any Bruins' squad since recording 25 assists 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 against California. 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. Campbell has averaged a Pac-12-leading 6.8 assists per game and has shot 44.6 percent from the field (25-for-56).
Sophomore guard Tyger Campbell has registered a Pac-12-best 7.2 assists per game, through games played on Saturday. Campbell's 7.2 assists per game were 2.5-apg better than Colorado's McKinley Wright IV (who ranked second in that category, 4.7 apg). Campbell has logged 43 assists and just nine turnovers, compiling an assist-turnover ratio of 4.8-to-1 in six games. Through Saturday's action, he was one of just three players in the nation with at least 7.0 assists per game, while registering an assist-turnover ratio of at least 4.5 (along with Saint Louis' Yuri Collins and Richmond's Jacob Gilyard).
The Bruins have committed fewer fouls than their opponent in all six games this season. In UCLA's last four games – all home victories – the Bruins' opposition has gone a combined 28 for 44 at the free throw stripe (averaging 11.0 attempts per game). Last season, UCLA's opponents averaged 18.8 free throw attempts per game (through 31 contests). In the victory over Cal, the Golden Bears were just 3-for-5 at the free throw line as UCLA recorded a 76-56 victory in Pac-12 action. In the Bruins' win over Seattle (Dec. 3), the visiting Redhawks made just 3 of 9 free throw attempts.
Sophomore Johnny Juzang, who grew up in nearby Tarzana, Calif., scored 10 points and added three rebounds in his UCLA debut last Wednesday against San Diego. Juzang, a 6-foot-6 guard, missed UCLA's first four games of the season with a stress reaction in his right foot. He transferred from Kentucky to UCLA in the summer and has averaged 9.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in two contests this season. He played in 28 games last season for Kentucky.
Senior Chris Smith has played in a team-high 103 games since the start of the 2017-18 campaign, averaging 8.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists 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' six 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 19 of the team's last 31 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.
- With Johnny Juzang's 10-point effort against San Diego, nine Bruins have scored at least 10 points in a UCLA uniform.
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.
UCLA's 107-98 win over Pepperdine (Nov. 27) 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). Against Pepperdine, Jaime Jaquez Jr. played all 55 minutes. That marked the highest single-game total by a UCLA player since the four-OT contest in February 1985, in which Reggie Miller and Nigel Miguel each played 59 minutes.
Sophomore Jaime Jaquez Jr. has averaged 34.7 minutes per game and will enter Tuesday's game having registered 14.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. The former standout at Camarillo High School (Camarillo, Calif.) has shot 57.1 percent from the field through six games. He has made 11 of 24 attempts from 3-point distance. Through Saturday's games, he ranked fourth among Pac-12 players in minutes per game (34.7). As a freshman last season, Jaquez Jr. averaged 8.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game (and was third on the team in minutes per game, 26.7).
UCLA will face Kentucky in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, Dec. 19, in the annual CBS Sports Classic. The Bruins have compiled a 7-8 all-time record against Kentucky. These two programs have faced each other five times since the start of the 2014-15 season. UCLA has gone 3-2 in those matchups with wins in three of the last four meetings. Most recently, UCLA secured an 83-75 win over Kentucky on Dec. 23, 2017, at the CBS Sports Classic in New Orleans (at Smoothie King Center). Ten of the 15 all-time meetings between UCLA and Kentucky have occurred at a neutral site (5-5 record).
The Bruins' roster includes five players who have seen action in at least 60 games at UCLA. That list starts with senior Chris Smith, who has played in all 103 games since the start of his freshman season (2017-18). Smith primarily served as a reserve guard for UCLA during his first two seasons before cracking the starting lineup and earning Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year acclaim in 2020. Juniors Jules Bernard (69 games) and David Singleton (68 games) and redshirt juniors Jalen Hill (67 games) and Cody Riley (67 games) are each in their third season on the court for UCLA.
Senior Chris Smith scored a career-high 30 points last season in a 72-68 victory against Colorado (Jan. 30, 2020). He became UCLA's first player with at least 30 points in a game since Kris Wilkes (34) in a win over Arizona on Jan. 26, 2019. That marked Smith's first career game with at least 25 points. He scored in double figures in three games as a freshman and 10 as a sophomore and didn't score at least 20 points in a game until the fourth game last season (vs. Southern Utah).