Men's Basketball Hosts Arizona on Thursday Night
LOS ANGELES – The Bruins will host Arizona this Thursday and will take on Arizona State on Saturday. UCLA won a pair of road games against these two opponents in early January. The Bruins edged Arizona State in overtime, 81-75, on Thursday, Jan. 7, and secured their fourth consecutive win (81-76 at the McKale Center in Tucson) on Saturday, Jan. 9. Those consecutive wins marked the third and fourth victories during a seven-game winning streak to UCLA. Looking at the series against Arizona, UCLA has compiled an all-time record of 60-44 against the Wildcats (including last month's win in Tucson).
Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Tipoff Time: 6:05 p.m. (PT)
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)
SIRIUS / XM Radio Channel: Ch. 373
SIRIUSXM Internet Channel: Ch. 373
WESTWOOD ONE RADIO
The Bruins' game against Arizona will be broadcast on Westwood One Sports radio. Fans can listen to Spero Dedes and Austin Croshere, live in Pauley Pavilion, by visiting WestwoodOneSports.com for the radio broadcast (and a list of station affiliates). The Westwood One broadcast is also available by finding the Westwood One channel on the TuneIn app.
BRUIN GAMEDAY LIVE PREGAME SHOW
Starting 30 minutes before UCLA's 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 BruinGamedayLive.com on all connected devices to watch UCLA's virtual game day experience.
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- UCLA has gone 10-3 in Pac-12 play, including a 6-0 mark in home games and a 4-3 record on the road.
- The Bruins won nine of their first 10 league games for the first time since 2007-08 (finished 16-2 that year).
- Dating back to last season, UCLA has won 17 of its past 21 Pac-12 contests (and 25 of 33 overall games).
- Dating back to last January, the Bruins have won 16 consecutive home games (including the last 13 in Pac-12 play).
- UCLA ranks second among all Pac-12 teams (behind Colorado) in fewest turnovers per game (11.2), through Feb. 14.
- Not including Chris Smith (injured), UCLA has four active players who have averaged at least 9.9 points per game.
- UCLA has committed fewer fouls than the opposition in 17 of 19 games (the two outliers were losses in Pac-12 play).
- 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 (11.1 ppg, 5.8 apg) continues to lead all Pac-12 players in assists per game (5.8).
- Tyger Campbell (33.5) and Jaime Jaquez Jr. (33.4) rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Pac-12 in minutes per game.
- Tyger Campbell (5.8 apg) ranked No. 19 in the nation in assists per game, through Sunday, Feb. 14.
- David Singleton ranked No. 4 in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (44.3%, 27-for-61), through Sunday, Feb. 14.
THE PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Tyger Campbell scored a team-leading 22 points on his birthday when UCLA last faced Arizona (Thursday, Jan. 7). Johnny Juzang finished with 16 points and Jaime Jaquez Jr. had 13 points in the Bruins' 81-76 win. The Bruins logged their fourth straight win at the McKale Center, marking the program's best such streak at that arena since winning five in a row from 1980 through 1984. UCLA throughout the game's final 14 minutes, but Arizona got as close as 79-76 with six seconds remaining in regulation. Arizona's James Akinjo finished with a team-leading 25 points and eight assists.
UCLA'S LAST TIME OUT
Johnny Juzang scored a career-high 32 points as UCLA edged Washington, 64-61, at Alaska Airlines Arena last Saturday evening. He topped his previous career-best of 27 points (vs. Stanford on Jan. 23). Juzang scored 21 of the Bruins' 26 points in the first half at Washington and finished the game having scored 50 percent of UCLA's total points. In fact, he became UCLA's first player to have accounted for at least half of the Bruins' total points in one game since Reggie Miller in 1986. Miller scored 38 of UCLA's 73 points (52.1%) in an 81-73 loss at Washington State on Dec. 19, 1986.
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
This week, Johnny Juzang became the first UCLA player to have secured Pac-12 Player of the Week honors since Jaylen Hands on March 4, 2019. Juzang averaged 28.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in the Bruins' two road games last week. He scored 25 points in a loss at Washington State and registered a career-high 32 points in a 64-61 win at Washington. Juzang has averaged a team-leading 14.2 points per game, playing in 15 contests and making 14 starts. Last week, he shot 46.3 percent from the field (19-for-41) and was 11 for 12 at the free throw line (91.7 percent).
Through two seasons under head coach Mick Cronin, UCLA has gone 16-4 in games decided by five points or fewer (and all contests that have finished in overtime, regardless of score margin). Last season, the Bruins went 7-3 in those narrow contests. This year, UCLA has gone 9-1. Through Coach Cronin's final three seasons at Cincinnati (2016-17 through 2018-19), his teams went 18-7 in those situations. From 2016-17 through the 2020-21 season, Coach Cronin's teams have gone 34-11 in such contests. UCLA's last four victories have been by five points or fewer.
70 POINTS OR FEWER
This season, UCLA has compiled a 10-1 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 106-12 when holding the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 155 total games).
UCLA AND THE PAC-12
UCLA opened Pac-12 play with eight straight victories (now 10-3 in league play). That marked the program's best start in conference play since 1982-83 when UCLA opened its Pac-10 slate with nine consecutive wins. That UCLA team finished 15-3 in the Pac-10 (frst place, with a 23-6 overall record). The most recent UCLA team to go undefeated in league play was the 1977-78 squad (14-0 in the Pac-10, under first-year head coach Gary Cunningham).
The Bruins are seeking to win the Pac-12's regular-season title for the first time since the 2012-13 season. That year, UCLA went 13-5 in the Pac-12 and finished as the runner-up in the Pac-12 Tournament (lost to Oregon). UCLA last played in the Pac-12 Tournament's title game in 2014 (UCLA won that game against Arizona, 75-71). The Bruins have won the conference tournament in 1987, 2006, 2008 and 2014. Last season's Pac-12 Tournament was canceled (COVID-19).
Entering this Thursday's home game against Arizona, the Bruins have won 10 of 13 Pac-12 contests this season and 21 of their past 27 league games (starting with last year's home win over California on Jan. 19, 2020). Through that stretch of 27 Pac-12 games (since Jan. 19, 20200, the Bruins have gone 13-2 in contests that have been decided by five points or fewer, or ended in overtime (regardless of the game's final score margin).
Cody Riley has averaged 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds (18 games, 18 starts). He has totaled a team-high four double-doubles, including a 16-point, 10-rebound performance in a 57-52 win over Oregon State (Jan. 30). Riley has logged noticeable improvements in his shooting percentage (53.6%) and free throw percentage (63.8%). He has made 14 of 18 shots from the field in the final five minutes of all games (and made 17 of 22 free throws in those late-game situations).
Mac Etienne, a 6-foot-9 forward (New York, N.Y.), enrolled at UCLA in 2021 (winter quarter). He spent the past two seasons at Suffield Academy (Connecticut) before transferring to Brewster Academy (New Hampshire) for his senior year. Etienne was ranked as high as No. 31 in the Class of 2020 by 247Sports.com. While on the East Coast, he competed for the Nike PSA Cardinals AAU program and had been the top-ranked player in Connecticut (last season).
MORE ABOUT JAIME JAQUEZ JR.
Sophomore Jaime Jaquez Jr. has averaged 11.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in 19 games. He is tied for the team lead in steals (23) and ranks second on the team in blocked shots (12). Jaquez Jr., who spent the summer of 2019 competing with the Mexican National Team (Pan-Am Games in Peru) has recorded at least steal in 17 of 19 games. Through Sunday (Feb. 14), he ranked No. 5 in the Pac-12 in minutes per game (33.5). He has scored in double figures in 11 of the team's 19 games.
Junior Jules Bernard, who grew up in Los Angeles, has averaged career highs with 9.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He has shot 43.2 percent and 78.0 percent at the free throw line (46-for-59). Bernard has posted his highest minutes-per-game average (25.8) while at UCLA. He tallied 47 assists and 84 turnovers in his first two seasons but has logged 23 assists and 21 turnovers through UCLA's 19 games this year. Bernard has scored in double figures in eight of 18 games.
Sophomore Johnny Juzang scored a career-high 32 points in a 64-61 win at Washington (Feb. 13, 2021). He became UCLA's first player with at least 30 points in a game since Chris Smith (against Colorado, Jan. 30, 2020, in Pauley Pavilion). Juzang's 32-point effort at Washington marked the most points in a game by any UCLA player since Kris Wilkes had 34 points during his sophmore season in a home win over Arizona (Jan. 26, 2019). Aaron Holiday is UCLA's most recent player to have scored 30 points (or more) in multiple games in one season (2017-18, with four games of 30+ points).
LOOKING TOWARD NEXT WEEK
The Bruins are scheduled to play at Utah next Thursday (Feb. 25) and at Colorado next Saturday (Feb. 27). UCLA secured a 72-70 decision against Utah earlier this season (Dec. 31, 2020) in Pauley Pavilion. Chris Smith sustained a season-ending injury in that game, finishing with a team-leading 16 points (7-of-9 shooting from the field). Two days later, the Bruins recorded a 65-62 win over Colorado in Pauley Pavilion, improving to 3-0 in Pac-12 play. Against the Buffaloes on Jan. 2, five UCLA players scored in double figures. Jaime Jaquez Jr. led the way with 14 points and totaled five rebounds.