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Men's Basketball Prepares to Face Washington

Jan 15, 2021
Jake Kyman (photo by Jesus Ramirez)

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LOS ANGELES – The Bruins are set to close the week against Washington on Saturday, Feb. 16. Game time is 2 p.m. (PT). UCLA has recorded an all-time record of 101-43 against Washington. The Bruins swept the two-game regular-season series versus Washington last year. Jake Kyman made seven 3-pointers (12 attempts) in a 66-64 win at Washington on Jan. 2, 2020. A little over one month later (Feb. 15, 2020), the Bruins overcame a nine-point deficit early in the second half to secure a 67-57 victory. UCLA has won its last three home games against the Huskies.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Tipoff Time: 2:06 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (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.
- UCLA has won its last five games and has been ranked No. 21 in this week's top-25 Coaches' Poll.
- The Bruins have opened 6-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since opening 7-0 in 1993-94.
- Dating back to last season, UCLA has won 13 of its past 14 Pac-12 contests (and 21 of 26 overall games).
- Dating back to last January, the Bruins have won 14 consecutive home games (including the last 11 in Pac-12 play).
- UCLA has six players who have averaged at least 9.6 points per game (Jaime Jaquez Jr., team-best 13.1 ppg).
- UCLA has committed fewer fouls than the opposition in all 12 games during the 2020-21 season.
- 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 (34.5) and Jaime Jaquez Jr. (34.1) rank third and fifth, respectively, in the Pac-12 in minutes per game.
- Tyger Campbell (12.0 ppg, 6.5 apg) continues to lead the Pac-12 in assists per game (6.5) and total assists (78).
- Jaime Jaquez Jr. leads UCLA in 3-pointers made (19-for-42, 45.2%) and has made at least one 3-pointer in all 12 games.
- David Singleton ranks second in the Pac-12 in best 3-point shooting percentage (48.6%, 17-for-35).
- Johnny Juzang has shot 45.0% from 3-point range (9-for-20) in the Bruins' last five contests.
Five players scored in double figures on Thursday as UCLA cruised past Washington State, 91-61. Johnny Juzang scored a career-best 17 points, connecting on 7 of 14 shots (and 3 of 6, from 3-point distance). The Bruins opened with an 8-0 run and led at halftime, 54-38. That marked the most points scored in one half by UCLA in Mick Cronin's two seasons as the team's head coach. UCLA scored 62 points (second half, Feb. 23, 2019) in a 90-83 home victory against Oregon.
Since the 2006-07 season, UCLA has gone 12-1 at home against Washington State. The Bruins, with the win on Thursday afternoon, have won their last 10 home contests against the Cougars.
30-POINT WIN: UCLA recorded its largest margin of victory (30 points) in a Pac-12 game, against Washington State, since defeating Washington by 32 points (98-66) in Pauley Pavilion on March 1, 2017.
UCLA swept a pair of road games at Arizona State and Arizona last week, on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Tyger Campbell scored a career-high-tying 22 points in the Bruins' 81-76 victory at Arizona. The sophomore guard made 7 of 10 shots and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. UCLA and Arizona were tied, 41-41, at halftime before the Bruins had built a 62-54 advantage with 10 minutes to play in the game. UCLA never trailed the rest of the game.
In two seasons under head coach Mick Cronin, UCLA has gone 12-3 in games decided by five points or fewer (and all contests that finish in overtime, regardless of score margin). Last season, the Bruins went 7-3 in such contests. This year, UCLA has gone 5-0. Through Coach Cronin's final three seasons at Cincinnati (2016-17 through 2018-19), his teams went 18-7 in those games. From 2016-17 through this season, his teams have gone 30-10 in those narrow contests.
This season, UCLA has compiled a 7-0 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), Coach 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 104-11 when holding the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through a span of 149 games).
UCLA's 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 12 games this year, averaging 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest. Hill missed the Bruins' first two games (tendonitis, right knee) but has since averaged 7.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Hill has led UCLA with a field goal percentage of 58.1% (25-for-43).
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 70 games (at UCLA).
Sophomore Johnny Juzang, who grew up in Tarzana, Calif., has averaged 12.1 points and has made 17 of 19 free throw attempts (89.5%) in eight games. He has made at least five shots in four of the Bruins' last six games and has scored in double figures in six of eight contests. 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.).
Junior Jules Bernard, who grew up in Los Angeles and attended Windward School, has averaged career highs with 9.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season. Bernard has shot 47.4 percent (37-for-78) from the field and 75.6 percent (31-for-41) at the free throw line. He has currently posted his best overall shooting percentage (47.4) and minutes per game average (27.0) during his three-year career. Bernard had 47 assists and 84 turnovers in his first two seasons but has totaled 18 assists and 15 turnovers through 12 games as a junior.
Sophomore Jaime Jaquez Jr. has averaged a team-leading 13.1 points per game while shooting 49.1 percent from the field (54-for-110). He and Tyger Campbell are tied for the team lead in shots made (54) and he leads the Bruins in most 3-pointers made (19). Jaquez Jr. has shot 19-for-42 from 3-point range (45.2%) and ranks second on the team in steals (11). Through Thursday's Pac-12 action, Jaquez Jr. ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (45.2%) and third in minutes per game (34.1). He has scored in double figures in nine of the team's 12 games this season.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. has made 45.2 percent of his 3-point attempts (19-for-42), a noticeable improvement from his freshman season (when he shot 31.3 percent from long range, 25-of-80). Jaquez Jr. has made at least one 3-point attempt in all 12 games this season. In fact, he has connected on at least two 3-pointers (or more) in five contests and is UCLA's only player to have made a 3-point basket in every game.
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.
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.
Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Bruins have gone 73-9 when leading at halftime (spanning 144 games). During that span, the UCLA has gone 19-36 when trailing at halftime (4-1 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 78-9. 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 697 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 243 of 249 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.