UCLA Men's Hoops to Play at ASU on Thursday
LOS ANGELES – UCLA will play at Arizona State on Thursday in a nationally-televised contest (TV: ESPN). The Bruins split the regular-season series with Arizona State last year, as each team won the game on its home court. UCLA has registered an all-time record of 69-23 against Arizona State and last won a game on the Sun Devils' home court on Feb. 23, 2017 (UCLA 87, ASU 75).
Arizona State defeated the Bruins in Tempe, Ariz., last season, 84-66. Nearly three weeks later, UCLA secured a 75-72 win over Arizona State in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom, as Jaime Jaquez Jr. hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds to play in regulation.
Venue: Desert Financial Arena
Tipoff Time: 7:35 p.m. (PT) / 8:35 p.m. (MT)
TV Talent: Dave Pasch (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. 383
SIRIUSXM Internet Channel: Ch. 973
LAST WEEK'S GAMES
The Bruins won pair of home games against Utah (72-70) and Colorado (65-62) last week, improving to 7-2 overall this season. Tyger Campbell averaged 10.0 points, 8.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals in the two wins. Both games came down to the final possession. Against Colorado on Saturday night, all five starters for UCLA scored in double figures. Jaime Jaquez Jr. finished that game with a team-leading 14 points. Jules Bernard totaled 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds. UCLA shot 47 percent from the field, despite making just three of 15 attempts from 3-point distance.
The Bruins have gone 6-0 at home and have won 13 consecutive home contests. UCLA's most recent loss at home took place against Stanford on Jan. 15, 2020. The Bruins have won 10 straight home league games. That marks UCLA's best Pac-12 home winning streak since securing 12 straight from March 2014 through Jan. 2016.
70 POINTS OR FEWER
This season, UCLA has compiled a 6-0 record when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points. Last season, UCLA went 18-1 when holding 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 limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points. Over the past five seasons (2016-17 through 2020-21), his teams have gone 103-11 when holding the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through a span of 147 games).
EYE OF THE TYGER
Tyger Campbell leads all Pac-12 players in assists per game (7.2), through Jan. 3. Campbell (7.2 apg) stands two assists better than the Pac-12's second-best average (McKinley Wright IV of Colorado, 5.2 apg). He has logged 65 assists and 15 turnovers, recording an assist-turnover ratio of 4.3-to-1 (third-best mark in the Pac-12). Through games on Sunday, Jan. 3, he was one of two players in the nation with at least 6.0 assists per game and an assist-turnover ratio of at least 4.0-to-1 (also, Yuri Collins of Saint Louis). Campbell has logged a career assist-turnover ratio of 3.1-to-1 (221 assists, 71 turnovers).
- The Bruins have committed fewer fouls than their opponent in all nine games this season.
- UCLA has five players who have averaged at least 10.0 points per game (Jaime Jaquez Jr., team-best 13.3 ppg).
- Jaime Jaquez Jr. (34.7) & Tyger Campbell (34.3) rank second and fourth, respectively, in the Pac-12 in minutes per game.
- Nine players on the Bruins' 14-man roster have each scored at least 10 points in at least one career game with UCLA.
- Tyger Campbell has totaled 31 assists and eight turnovers in UCLA's past four games (assist-turnover ratio of 3.88-to-1).
- Jules Bernard has shot 55.6 percent in the Bruins' last four games, connecting on 15 of 27 shots from the field.
- UCLA's five starters each scored in double figures in the team's 65-62 win over Colorado on Saturday, Jan. 2.
- UCLA's 23 assists in the win over Cal (Dec. 6) were the most since dishing 25 against Kent State (March 17, 2017).
- Jaime Jaquez Jr. ranked No. 4 in the Pac-12 in 3-point shooting percentage (15-for-32, 46.9 percent), through Jan. 4.
- Chris Smith sustained a torn ACL (left knee) in UCLA's game against Utah (Dec. 31) and will be out for the season.
WELCOME TO WESTWOOD
Sophomore Johnny Juzang, who grew up in Tarzana, Calif., has averaged 11.0 points and has shot 40.8 percent from the field in five games. He shot 5-for-8 in UCLA's 72-70 win last Thursday against Utah and has scored in double figures in four of the UCLA's last five games. Juzang, a 6-foot-6 guard, missed UCLA's first four games this 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 year. 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. The two redshirt juniors have played in nearly every game the previous two seasons. Riley has started all nine games this year, averaging 8.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. Hill missed the Bruins' first two games (tendonitis, right knee) but has since averaged 8.4 points and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per game. Hill has shot 57.6 percent from the field (19 for 33). Now in his third collegiate season, Hill has made 70.2 percent of his career free throw attempts (160-for-228).
WHO'S BACK AT UCLA?
UCLA entered 2020-21 with eight of its 10 primary contributors back from last season's team. The Bruins returned all five starters from the second half of last season (Tyger Campbell, David Singleton, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Chris Smith and Jalen Hill). UCLA also brought back Cody Riley, Jules Bernard and Jake Kyman, as well as Kenneth Nwuba, who took a redshirt year in 2019-20. The program added sophomore Johnny Juzang (transfer from Kentucky) and freshmen Jaylen Clark, Mac Etienne and Logan Cremonesi. The roster currently includes five players who've played in at least 60 games (at UCLA).
Mac Etienne, a 6-foot-9 forward from New York, N.Y., has enrolled in UCLA's 2021 winter quarter. He spent the past two seasons at Suffield Academy (Suffield, Conn) and has signed his grant-in-aid with UCLA. Etienne, who intends to redshirt the 2020-21 season, was ranked as high as No. 31 in the Class of 2020 "top-100" by 247Sports.com. Etienne has been listed among the top 60 players in his high school class by 247Sports.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.com. He also competed for the Nike PSA Cardinals AAU program and had been the top-ranked player in the state of Connecticut. Last season, he was named the 2019-20 Gatorade Boys' Basketball Player of the Year in Connecticut.
Junior Jules Bernard, who grew up in Los Angeles, has averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in all nine contests (six starts). Bernard has shot 50.0 percent (30-for-60) from the field and 80.0 percent (24-for-30) at the free throw line. He has currently posted his best overall shooting percentage (50.0), free throw percentage (80.0) and minutes per game average (28.3) in his three-year UCLA career. Bernard had 47 assists and 84 turnovers in his first two collegiate seasons, but has registered 11 assists and eight turnovers through nine games as a junior.
THE FILE ON JAQUEZ JR.
Sophomore Jaime Jaquez Jr. has averaged a team-leading 13.3 points per game while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (43-for-86). He leads the team in most shots made (43) and most 3-pointers made (15). He has shot 15-for-32 from 3-point distance (46.9 percent) and ranks third on the team in rebounds per game (5.8). Through Sunday's games, Jaquez Jr. ranked second among all Pac-12 players in minutes per game (34.7 mpg) As a freshman in 2019-20, he averaged 8.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and ranked third on the team in minutes per game (26.7).
THE BRUINS WHEN ...
Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Bruins have gone 72-9 when leading at halftime (spanning 141 games). During that span, the UCLA has gone 18-36 when trailing at halftime (3-1 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 77-9. When trailing by 10 or more points in a game, UCLA has gone 14-37.
UCLA has made at least one 3-pointer played in its last 694 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 240 of 246 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.