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UCLA Looks Ahead to Saturday's Game at Arizona

Jan 8, 2021
Jalen Hill, Johnny Juzang and Tyger Campbell

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LOS ANGELES – The Bruins are seeking their fourth consecutive victory when they take the floor at Arizona this Saturday in a nationally televised contest (ESPN, 6 p.m., PT). UCLA has won five of its last seven games against Arizona, including each of the last three matchups (two in Pauley Pavilion and one at the McKale Center). The Bruins have won four of their past six games at Arizona's McKale Center, including a 65-52 win over then-No. 20-ranked Arizona last season (Feb. 8, 2020). In fact, the Bruins have won each of their last three games at Arizona (2017, 2018 and 2020).
Venue: McKale Center (Tucson, Ariz.)
Tipoff Time: 6 p.m. (PT) / 7 p.m. (MT)
Television: ESPN
TV Talent: Roxy Bernstein (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. 385
SIRIUSXM Internet Channel: Ch. 975
UCLA has won 11 of its last 12 Pac-12 games with a 4-0 start in league play this season. In addition, the Bruins have won 13 of their past 15 Pac-12 contests, starting with last year's win over Colorado on Jan. 30, 2020. UCLA has opened Pac-12 play with a 4-0 record for the first time since 2012-13. That season, the Bruins began their Pac-12 schedule with five straight wins (and went 13-5 to win the regular-season crown).
UCLA outlasted Arizona State in overtime, 81-75, on Thursday night. Cody Riley recorded career highs in points (22) and rebounds (13). Jules Bernard (nine points, 10 rebounds) was a point shy of securing his first collegiate double-double. David Singleton made 4 of 6 shots from 3-point range and finished with 14 points. UCLA trailed at halftime, 30-28. Arizona State tied the game, 65-65, with under six seconds to play in regulation on two free throw shots by Alonzo Verge Jr., who finished with 25 points on 8-of-22 shooting (and 2-for-7 from 3-point range). UCLA outrebounded ASU, 46-42.
UCLA won a pair of home games against Utah (72-70) and Colorado (65-62) last week (improving to 6-0 at home this season). Tyger Campbell averaged 10.0 points, 8.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals in the two wins. 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. UCLA has now won its past 13 home games. The team's most recent loss at home took place against Stanford on Jan. 15, 2020. The Bruins have won 10 straight home league games.
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 148 games).
Tyger Campbell leads all Pac-12 players in assists per game (7.0), through Thursday, Jan. 7. His assist-per-game average is almost 2.0 assists better than the next highest figures (Colorado's McKinley Wright IV and Arizona's James Akinjo, each at 5.2 apg). Campbell has averaged 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Through games on Thursday, Jan. 7, he ranked No. 10 in the country in assists per game (7.0) and was eighth, nationally in total assists (70).
- The Bruins have committed fewer fouls than their opponent in all 10 games this season.
- UCLA has six players who have averaged at least 10.0 points per game (Jaime Jaquez Jr., team-best 12.8 ppg).
- Jaime Jaquez Jr. (35.5) & Tyger Campbell (35.2) rank second and third, 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.
- David Singleton has made 7 of 10 attempts from 3-point range in UCLA's four Pac-12 games (70.0 percent).
- UCLA has limited its Pac-12 opposition to a 3-point percentage of 30.9 (30-for-97) in four contests.
- 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).
- David Singleton and Jaime Jaquez ranked No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, in the Pac-12 in 3-point shooting percentage.
- Chris Smith sustained a torn ACL (left knee) in UCLA's game against Utah (Dec. 31) and will be out for the season.
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 10 games this year, averaging 10.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest. Hill missed the Bruins' first two games (tendonitis, right knee) but has since averaged 8.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Hill has shot 7-for-7 in the Bruins' last two games and is shooting 62.2 percent this season. percent from the field (23 for 37).
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).
Sophomore Johnny Juzang, who grew up in Tarzana, Calif., has averaged 10.7 points and has made 14 of 15 free throw attempts (93.3%) in six games. He shot 5-for-8 in UCLA's 72-70 win against Utah on Thursday, Dec. 31 and has scored in double figures in four of the UCLA's last seven 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.).
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 Etienne has been listed among the top 60 players in his high school class by, and 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 career highs this season with 10.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game). Bernard has shot 48.5 percent (33-for-68) from the field and 74.3 percent (26-for-35) at the free throw line. He has currently posted his best overall shooting percentage (48.5) and minutes per game average (28.5) during his three-year UCLA career. Bernard had 47 assists and 84 turnovers in his first two collegiate seasons, but has registered 14 assists and 12 turnovers through 10 games as a junior.
Sophomore Jaime Jaquez Jr. has averaged a team-leading 12.8 points per game while shooting 48.9 percent from the field (46-for-94). He leads the team in most shots made (46) and most 3-pointers made (17). He has shot 17-for-37 from 3-point distance (45.9 percent) and ranks fourth on the team in rebounds per game (5.7). Through Thursday's games, Jaquez Jr. ranked second among all Pac-12 players in minutes per game (35.5 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).
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 had 34 points in a home victory 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 of the Bruins' 2019-20 campaign (vs. Southern Utah). Smith has totaled 844 points, 401 rebounds and 126 assists in 105 career games.
Chris Smith sustained a torn ACL in his left knee during UCLA's game against Utah on Dec. 31, 2020. Smith, who led UCLA with 16 points in that game, will miss the remainder of the Bruins' 2020-21 season.