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Men's Basketball to Host Oregon This Thursday

Jan 25, 2021
Jaime Jaquez Jr. (photo by Don Liebig)

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LOS ANGELES – UCLA will play three games in six days, starting this Thursday night against Oregon. The Bruins' game on Thursday will begin at 6 p.m. (TV: ESPN). The Bruins lead the all-time series against Oregon by a 90-37 margin. After UCLA faces Oregon State on Saturday, Jan. 30, the Bruins will face Oregon against next Monday (this game had been scheduled for Dec. 23, at Oregon). Since the start of the 2016-17 season, UCLA has gone 4-3 against the Ducks. Oregon won the only meeting last season, 96-75, against UCLA in Eugene, Ore.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Tipoff Time: 6:01 p.m. (PT)
Television: ESPN
TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network): AM 1150
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS / XM Radio Channels: Ch. 138 / Ch. 197
SIRIUSXM Internet Channel: Ch. 959
Starting 30 minutes before all home games, Bruin Gameday Live brings fans inside Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The live simulcast of the pregame radio show is 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 complements the TV and radio broadcasts with game stats, a social media feed, prize giveaways, and more. Bookmark on all connected devices to watch this virtual game day experience.
- UCLA has won seven of its last eight games. The Bruins are ranked No. 21 in the Coaches' Poll (No. 23 in the AP Poll).
- The Bruins have won eight of their first nine league games for the first time since 2007-08 (finished 16-2 that year).
- Dating back to last season, UCLA has won 15 of its past 17 Pac-12 contests (and 23 of 29 overall games).
- Dating back to last January, the Bruins have won 15 consecutive home games (including the last 12 in Pac-12 play).
- Not including Chris Smith (injured), UCLA has five active players who have averaged at least 9.9 points per game.
- Through the past six games, UCLA has had four players who have averaged at least 12.0 points per game.
- UCLA has committed fewer fouls than the opposition in 14 of 15 games (the lone game was at Stanford on Jan. 23).
- Nine players on the Bruins' 14-man roster have each scored at least 10 points in at least one career game with UCLA.
- Jaime Jaquez Jr. (34.7) and Tyger Campbell (33.9) rank second and fifth, respectively, in the Pac-12 in minutes per game.
- Tyger Campbell (11.7 ppg, 6.2 apg) continues to lead the Pac-12 in assists per game (6.2) and total assists (93).
- Tyger Campbell (6.2 apg) ranked No. 17 in the nation, through Sunday, Jan. 24, in assists per game.
- David Singleton ranked No. 3 in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (48.8%, 21-for-43), through Sunday, Jan. 24.
- Jaime Jaquez Jr. has made at least one 3-pointer in 13 of the Bruins' 15 games this season.
UCLA split a pair of road games last week, winning at California (61-57) on Thursday evening before losing in overtime to Stanford (73-72) on Saturday in Santa Cruz, Calif. Stanford's win snapped a seven-game winning streak by UCLA. Both games came down to the final three minutes. Jules Bernard nailed a critical 3-point basket with 2:08 to play at California last Thursday, helping UCLA extend a 56-55 lead to a four-point cushion (59-55). In overtime on Saturday, the Bruins trailed 68-62 with 1:30 to play and took a 72-71 lead before Stanford hit a game-winning basket with under one second to play.
Johnny Juzang scored a career-high 27 points in an overtime loss to Stanford on Jan. 23. He scored 18 points in the first half, including the team's final 16 points before halftime. He made a career-best 11 shots (19 attempts) and was 5-for-8 from 3-point range (the most 3-pointers in his career and the most made by any UCLA player this season). Juzang has scored in double figures in seven of 11 games. He missed UCLA's first four games with an injury (stress reaction, right foot).
In two seasons under head coach Mick Cronin, UCLA has gone 14-4 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 7-1. 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 32-11 in those narrow contests.
This season, UCLA has compiled an 8-0 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 105-11 when holding the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 152 total games).
Since last season's 74-59 loss to Stanford (Jan. 15, 2020), the Bruins have won 15 of their past 17 Pac-12 games. Those two losses occurred the buzzer – USC's Jonah Mathews hit a game-winning 3-pointer (USC won, 54-52, on March 7), and Stanford's Oscar da Silva made a last-second basket last Saturday (Stanford won in overtime, 73-72, on Jan. 23). Through those 15 Pac-12 victories by UCLA, the Bruins have had seven different players lead the team in scoring.
The Bruins opened Pac-12 play with eight straight wins (now 8-1, Pac-12), marking the program's best start in conference play since 1982-83 (opened their Pac-10 slate with nine straight wins). That UCLA team went 15-3 in the Pac-10 (first-place finish, 23-6 overall record). The 1981-82 UCLA team opened Pac-10 play with an 0-3 record before winning 11 consecutive games (14-4 Pac-10 finish, second place). The most recent UCLA team with an undefeated league record was the 1977-78 Bruins under first-year head coach Gary Cunningham (UCLA went 14-0 in the Pac-10 and 25-3 overall).
UCLA's Jalen Hill (6-foot-10) and Cody Riley (6-foot-9) 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 15 games this year, averaging 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest. He has shot 55.2 percent from the field and a career-best 69.8 percent at the free throw line. Hill, who hails from Corona, Calif., has averaged 7.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, through 13 contests. He entered the week having led the Bruins in overall field goal percentage (56.6%, 30-for-53).
Cody Riley has shot 64.6 percent (31-of-48) in the second half this season. He has made 12 of 13 shots (92.3%) in the final five minutes of the game and 15 of 18 free throws (83.3%) in that same stretch.
Mac Etienne, a 6-foot-9 forward (New York, N.Y.), enrolled at UCLA at the start of the 2021 winter quarter. He spent the past two seasons at Suffield Academy (Connecticut) and intends to redshirt the 2020-21 season. He was ranked as high as No. 31 in the Class of 2020 by While on the East Coast, Etienne competed for the Nike PSA Cardinals AAU program and had been the top-ranked player in Connecticut (last season).
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 have played in at least 75 games (at UCLA).
Junior Jules Bernard, who grew up in Los Angeles and attended Windward School, has averaged career highs with 10.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season. Bernard has shot 47.4 percent (46-for-97) from the field and 79.6 percent (39-for-49) at the free throw line. He has currently posted his best overall shooting percentage (47.4) and minutes per game average (27.6) during his three-year career. Bernard had 47 assists and 84 turnovers in his first two seasons but has totaled 20 assists and 17 turnovers through 14 games as a junior. He has scored in double figures in seven of 14 games.
Sophomore Jaime Jaquez Jr. has averaged a team-leading 12.0 points per game while shooting 47.6 percent (69-for-145). He leads the team in shots made (69). He's tied for the team lead in 3-pointers made (21, with David Singleton) and in most steals (17, with Tyger Campbell). Through Sunday's Pac-12 games, he ranked No. 8 in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (42.0%) and second in minutes per game (34.8). He has scored in double figures in 11 of the team's 15 games.
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 148 games). During that span, the UCLA has gone 21-36 when trailing at halftime (4-2 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 15-38.
UCLA has made at least one 3-pointer played in its last 701 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 247 of 253 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.