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Bruins Prepare for Ohio State on Saturday in Cleveland

Dec 16, 2020
Jules Bernard (photo by Don Liebig)

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LOS ANGELES – UCLA (5-1) will face No. 20 Ohio State (5-1) in the CBS Sports Classic this Saturday in Cleveland. The Bruins will take the court after a matchup between Kentucky and North Carolina. UCLA's game is expected to begin at approximately 1:15 p.m. (PT). The Bruins last faced Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic in December of 2018. Ohio State won that meeting, 80-66, in Chicago on Dec. 22, 2018. 
Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (Cleveland, Ohio)
Game Time: 1:15 p.m. (PT) / 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Television: CBS
TV Talent: Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network): AM 1150
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
XM Radio Channel: TBD
SIRIUSXM Internet Channel: TBD
Saturday's game will mark UCLA's seventh consecutive appearance at the CBS Sports Classic. The Bruins have gone 2-4 in the event against Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio State. UCLA's two wins took place in Dec. 2016 (against Ohio State in Las Vegas) and in Dec. 2017 (versus Kentucky in New Orleans).
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 on Friday, Dec. 11. 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 Tuesday, Dec. 15. Campbell's 7.2 assists per game were nearly 2.0-apg better than Colorado's McKinley Wright IV (second in that category, 5.3 apg). Campbell has logged 43 assists and nine turnovers, compiling an assist-turnover ratio of 4.8-to-1 in six games. Through Tuesday, Dec. 15, Campbell was one of 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 Winthrop's Chandler Vaudrin and Saint Louis' Yuri Collins).
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 against San Diego on Wednesday, Dec. 9. 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. Juzang was a three-year standout at Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.,) and reclassified at the end of his junior year (2018-19).
UCLA's two primary options at the center position – Jalen Hill and Cody Riley – have each recorded double-doubles this season. Both players are redshirt juniors and have played in nearly every game the past two seasons. Riley has started all six games this year, averaging 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. Hill missed the Bruins' first two contests (tendonitis, right knee), but has since averaged 8.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Hill has shot 50.0 percent from the field (12 for 24) and has made 70.8 percent of his career free throw attempts (150-for-212).
- Last season, UCLA went 18-1 when limiting the opposition to 73 points or fewer (the loss was at USC on March 7).
- UCLA was picked first in this year's preseason Pac-12 media poll (as announced in mid-November).
- 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.
Sophomore Jaime Jaquez Jr. has averaged 34.7 minutes per game and enters the weekend 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).
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).
Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Bruins have gone 71-9 when leading at halftime (spanning 138 games). During that span, the UCLA has gone 18-35 when trailing at halftime (2-1 when tied at the break). UCLA's largest halftime deficit overcome in that stretch has been 16 points – UCLA trailed at home against Oregon, 44-28, on Feb. 23, 2019, and outscored the Ducks in the second half (62-39) to win, 90-83. When the Bruins have built a 10-point lead (or larger) at any point in the game, UCLA has gone 76-9. When trailing by 10 or more points in a game, UCLA has gone 13-37.
UCLA has made at least one 3-pointer played in its last 692 games. That 3-point streak began after the Bruins went 0-for-14 from 3-point territory in a 78-63 loss at No. 2-ranked Stanford on Feb. 3, 2000 (Maples Pavilion). UCLA has made at least three 3-pointers in 238 of 244 games since the start of the 2013-14 season. The Bruins made a school single-game-record 19 three-pointers (on 31 attempts) at Colorado on Jan. 12, 2017. UCLA won that road game, 104-89.