UCLA to Play at Oregon This Wednesday
LOS ANGELES – The Bruins (5-2, 1-0 Pac-12) are back in action at Oregon (6-1, 1-0 Pac-12) this Wednesday. Game time at Matthew Knight Arena is set for 12 p.m. (PT). Oregon defeated UCLA in the lone matchup last season, securing a 96-75 victory in Eugene, Ore., on Jan. 26, 2020. Prior to last season's game, the Bruins had won three consecutive games against Oregon. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, UCLA has gone 7-7 against Oregon. The Bruins lead the all-time series, 90-37.
Venue: Matthew Knight Arena (Eugene, Ore.)
Game Time: 12 p.m. (PT)
TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network): AM 570
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
XM Radio Channel: Ch. 383
SIRIUSXM Internet Channel: Ch. 973
PAC-12 ROAD GAMES
Last season, the Bruins went 5-4 on the road in Pac-12 action (recording more wins in league play than any other Pac-12 program). This Wednesday's contest in Eugene, Ore., will mark the earliest point in the calendar in which UCLA has played a league road contest since Dec. 20, 2001 (UCLA won at Washington, 85-79).
THE LAST TIME OUT
Cody Riley scored 15 points, Johnny Juzang added 13, and Jalen Hill finished with 10 in the Bruins' 77-70 loss to No. 20 Ohio State last Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic (played in Cleveland). In a game that featured eight ties and eight lead changes, Ohio State used an 11-5 scoring run to close the game and win by seven points. Saturday's game marked the Bruins' first contest of the season outside of the state of California. Ohio State led at halftime, 39-38, and the Bruins had built a cushion of as many as six points (51-45) midway through the second half.
70 POINTS OR FEWER
Last season, UCLA went 18-1 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points (the lone loss was a 54-52 setback at USC in the final game of the regular season). Through his final three seasons as the head coach at Cincinnati (2016-17 through 2018-19), Mick Cronin's teams went 79-10 when holding the opposition to 70 or fewer points. Over the past five seasons (2016-17 through 2020-21), his teams have gone 101-11 when holding the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through a span of 145 games) This season, UCLA has compiled a 4-0 record when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points.
EYE OF THE TYGER
Tyger Campbell has registered a Pac-12-best 6.9 assists per game, through games played Saturday, Dec. 19. His 6.9 assists per game were over 1.0-apg better than Colorado's McKinley Wright IV (second in that category, 5.7 apg). Campbell has logged 48 assists and nine turnovers, compiling an assist-turnover ratio of 5.3-to-1 in seven games. Through games on Saturday (Dec. 19), Campbell was one of three players in the nation with at least 6.0 assists per game and an assist-turnover ratio of at least 5.0-to-1 (along with Akron's Loren Christian Jackson and Missouri State's Gaige Prim).
- The Bruins have committed fewer fouls than their opponent in all seven games this season.
- Nine players on the Bruins' 13-man roster have each scored at least 10 points in at least one career game with UCLA.
- Tyger Campbell has committed just three turnovers in the last four games (31 assists, three turnovers, 126 minutes).
- UCLA's 23 assists in the win over Cal (Dec. 3) were the most since dishing 25 against Kent State (March 17, 2017).
- Johnny Juzang tied his career high with 13 points in the Bruins' loss against Ohio State last Saturday.
- Cody Riley shot 7-for-9 from the field against Ohio State and has tallied a 57.8 field goal percentage.
- Jaime Jaquez (12-for-26 from 3-point range) ranks No. 7 in the Pac-12 in 3-pointers made (12), through Dec. 19.
- David Singleton (11-for-24 from 3-point range) ranks No. 8 in the Pac-12 in 3-pointers made (11), through Dec. 19.
- Chris Smith is tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in most free throws made (27-for-34), through games on Dec. 19.
- Jaime Jaquez Jr. (34.3 mpg) and Tyger Campbell (34.1 mpg) are first and second in the Pac-12 in minutes per game.
WELCOME TO WESTWOOD
Sophomore Johnny Juzang, who grew up in Tarzana, Calif., has averaged 10.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in three games with the Bruins. He made 5 of 13 shots in the Bruins' loss to Ohio State on Saturday in Cleveland and has scored in double figures in two of the team's last three games. 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 after having played in 28 games for the Wildcats as a true freshman last season. Juzang attended nearby Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.).
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 seven games this year, averaging 9.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. Hill missed the Bruins' first two contests (tendonitis, right knee) but has since averaged 9.0 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per game. Hill has shot 53.3 percent from the field (16 for 30) and has made 70.0 percent of his career free throw attempts (152-for-217).
The Bruins have manufactured three remarkable comeback victories over Oregon through the previous four seasons.
UCLA wins at home, 82-79 (on Feb. 9, 2017): Trailing 48-39 at halftime, the Bruins (with a 21-3 record) had trailed by as many as 19 points midway through the first half. Oregon led UCLA, 37-18, after Chris Boucher hit a 3-pointer with 6:37 to play. In the second half, Oregon led 64-49 with 14:16 to play. The Bruins used a 21-3 scoring run from the 12:00-minute mark until 2:30 to lead, 75-70. Lonzo Ball's deep 3-point basket with 32 seconds remaining pushed UCLA ahead, 80-75.
UCLA wins on the road in OT, 87-84 (on Jan. 10, 2019): UCLA trailed at Oregon by 17 points (65-48) with 6:53 to play. The Bruins reduced Oregon's cushion to seven points (72-65) after a 3-pointer by Chris Smith with 1:38 to play. The Bruins were down by nine (74-65) with 58 seconds left and received 3-pointers in the final minute from Jules Bernard (0:50), Jaylen Hands (0:39) and Prince Ali (0:05) to cut the deficit to 78-77. A made free throw by Jaylen Hands, followed by a missed free throw (trailing 80-78), was followed by a Bruins' rebound and putback by Smith, tying the game at 80-80. Smith missed the ensuing free throw, sending the game into overtime. Oregon scored the first four overtime points, before UCLA closed the final 2:50 of overtime with a 7-0 scoring run, winning the game by an 87-84 margin.
UCLA wins at home, 90-83 (on Feb. 23, 2019): Oregon claimed a 44-28 halftime lead, pushing its cushion to 19 points (47-28) with 19 minutes to play in the game. The Ducks led UCLA by 15 points (53-38) after a pair of free throws by Will Richardson. From the 15-minute mark, the Bruins used a 17-0 scoring run to lead 55-53 with 10:36 to go. Jaylen Hands' layup with 10:36 left gave UCLA a two-point lead. After a jump shot by Oregon's Kenny Wooten, Hands connected on a 3-pointer (10:01) to put UCLA ahead, 58-55. Tied at 62-62 with 7:45, a jump shot by Jules Bernard held UCLA claim a 64-62 cushion – the Bruins never trailed from that point. Hands finished with 27 points (he'd been scoreless in the first half). He was 0-for-2 from 3-point range in the first half but connected on 7 of 8 attempts from long range in the second half.
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 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. In all, the Bruins' roster includes five players who have seen action in at least 60 games at UCLA.
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 entered this week having registered 13.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. The former standout at Camarillo High School (Camarillo, Calif.) has shot 52.3 percent from the field through seven games. He has made 12 of 26 attempts from 3-point distance (UCLA's highest 3-point percentage). Through Saturday's games, he ranked first among Pac-12 players in minutes per game (34.3). 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).
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).