Men's Basketball Looks Toward Game at Oregon
LOS ANGELES – UCLA plays at Oregon this Wednesday in the only regular-season matchup between these two teams in 2020-21. After multiple postponements, the Bruins are set to take on Oregon in their second-to-final game of the regular season. Wednesday's game is set to begin at 6 p.m. (PT) and will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
UCLA split a pair of road games last week, winning at Utah on Thursday (76-61) and dropping a 70-61 contest at Oregon on Saturday. Oregon won games at Stanford and California last week and defeated Arizona (80-69) on Monday evening.
Venue: Matthew Knight Arena (Eugene, Ore)
Game Time: 6 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. 389
SIRIUSXM Internet Channel: Ch. 979
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- UCLA has gone 13-4 in Pac-12 play, including an 8-0 mark in home games and a 5-4 record away from Pauley Pavilion.
- Dating back to last season, UCLA has won 20 of its past 25 Pac-12 contests (and 28 of 37 overall games).
- Dating back to last January, the Bruins have won 18 consecutive home games (including the last 15 in Pac-12 play).
- Not including Chris Smith (injured), UCLA has five active players who have averaged at least 9.0 points per game.
- UCLA has shot 50.0 percent (135-for-270) from the field in the last five games.
- The Bruins have committed fewer fouls than the opposition in 19 of 23 total games.
- Tyger Campbell (10.9 ppg, 5.6 apg) ranks second in the Pac-12 (5.6) and third in assist-turnover ratio (2.8-to-1).
- Jaime Jaquez Jr. (33.8) ranks fifth in minutes per game among all Pac-12 players (through Sunday, Feb. 28).
- Johnny Juzang has averaged 19.2 points and has shot 48.5 percent from the field in the Bruins' last five games.
- David Singleton ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (45.5%, 30-for-66), through Sunday, Feb. 28.
Sophomore guard Johnny Juzang averaged 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in a two-game swing at Utah and Colorado last week. The resident of Tarzana, Calif., scored a team-high 25 points and had five rebounds in a 70-61 loss at Colorado on Saturday. Two days prior, Juzang finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and two assists as UCLA cruised past Utah, 76-61. Through both games, he shot 56.0% from the field (14-for-25) and 70.0% from the 3-point arc (7-for-10).
UCLA has put itself in contention to secure the Pac-12's regular-season title for the first time since 2013. The Bruins have gone 13-4 in Pac-12 play and currently lead Oregon (12-5) and USC (13-5) in the league's standings by one-half game. Last season, Oregon won the Pac-12's regular-season title as UCLA dropped a 54-52 decision at USC on March 7, 2020. A win by the Bruins in that game would have handed UCLA a split of the league's regular-season title (with Oregon).
The Bruins' squad has four players who are currently averaging at least 10.0 points per game (not including the injured Chris Smith). In fact, 10 players on the Bruins' current roster have scored at least 10 points in one game this season. Most recently, freshman Jaylen Clark totaled a season-high 10 points in the team's 70-61 loss at Colorado last Saturday. Five of UCLA's players, who could be in uniform this Wednesday, have scored at least 20 points in one game this year.
UCLA has won a league-leading 10 road games (in Pac-12 play) over the past two seasons. Oregon has compiled a 9-7 record (.563) and UCLA has gone 10-8 (.556). UCLA (10-8), Oregon (9-7) and USC (9-8) are the only Pac-12 teams that have logged winning records – the past two seasons – in Pac-12 play. The Bruins are the only Pac-12 program to have won five games (or more) in 2019-20 and 2020-21 on the road, in Pac-12 action.
Through two seasons under head coach Mick Cronin, UCLA has gone 17-4 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 10-1. 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 35-11 in such contests. Five of the Bruins' last six victories have been by five points or fewer.
70 POINTS OR FEWER
UCLA has gone 12-2 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points. Last season, UCLA went 18-1 in such situations (lone loss, 54-52, at USC in the regular season finale). Through his final three seasons as Cincinnati's head coach (2016-17 through 2018-19), Coach Cronin's teams went 79-10 when holding the opposition to 70 or fewer points. Over the past five seasons, his teams have gone 108-13 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 158 total games).
UCLA AND THE PAC-12
- UCLA opened Pac-12 play with eight straight victories, 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, 23-6 overall). The most recent UCLA team to go undefeated in league play was the 1977-78 squad (14-0 in the Pac-10).
- The Bruins are seeking their first Pac-12 regular-season title since 2012-13. 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 defeated Arizona, 75-71). The Bruins have won the conference tournament in 1987, 2006, 2008 and 2014. Last season's Pac-12 Tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Entering Wednesday's game at Colorado, the Bruins have won 13 of 17 Pac-12 contests this season and 24 of their past 31 league games (starting with last year's home victory over California on Jan. 19, 2020). Through that stretch of 31 Pac-12 games (since Jan. 19, 2020), the Bruins have gone 14-2 in contests that have been decided by five points or fewer, or ended in overtime (regardless of the game's final score margin).
UCLA VERSUS USC
UCLA dropped a 66-48 decision at USC on Saturday, Feb. 6, in the only previous meeting between the crosstown rivals this season. The Bruins has compiled a 143-112 record against USC. The Trojans have won the past three matchups, but UCLA has gone 5-5 against USC since the start of the 2016-17 season. Saturday's matchup will mark the second consecutive year in which UCLA and USC have faced off in the regular-season finale. Last season, USC secured a 54-52 win over the Bruins at the Galen Center in the final game of the season (before the Pac-12 Tournament was canceled).
Tyger Campbell has become UCLA's first point guard to start in that role for two consecutive seasons since Bryce Alford (sophomore in 2014-15, junior in 2015-16). In fact, UCLA has had eight different players serve as the primary "starting" point guard over the past 10 seasons (2011-12 through 2020-21). Campbell has averaged 10.8 points and 5.6 assists per game during his sophomore season. His assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8) ranks No. 3 among all Pac-12 players. Campbell registered a season-high 12 assists in the Bruins' Pac-12 opener against California on Dec. 6, 2020.
Utah did not attempt any free throws in the Bruins' 76-61 win last Thursday night (Feb. 25). In fact, UCLA made 3 of 4 free throws in the game and only committed seven fouls. That marked UCLA's first game since Nov. 19, 2005 in which the Bruins had limited the opposition to zero free throw attempts (UCLA defeated Delaware State, 56-37, in that game). Since the 1970-71 season, UCLA has had just two games where the opposition hasn't attempted a free throw.
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).
UCLA has won its last 18 home games, a streak that began with last year's 50-40 win over California on Jan. 19, 2020. The Bruins had dropped to 8-9 overall with a 74-59 loss to Stanford last season on Jan. 15. The Bruins' 18-game home winning streak marks the program's best such streak (at home) since securing 25 consecutive home victories from Feb. 2006 through Nov. 2007. Most recently, UCLA had a perfect home record in 2006-07, going 16-0 in Pauley Pavilion.
THE BRUINS WHEN ...
Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Bruins have gone 76-10 when leading at halftime (spanning 156 games). During that span, the UCLA has gone 23-38 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 82-9. When trailing by 10 or more points in a game, UCLA has gone 16-41.
UCLA has made at least one 3-pointer played in its last 709 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 255 of 261 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.