Men's Basketball Set for Pac-12 Tournament
LOS ANGELES – The Bruins will face Oregon State this Thursday afternoon in a quarterfinal matchup of the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. UCLA notched a 57-52 win over Oregon State earlier this season in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom in the only matchup between the two Pac-12 programs. The Bruins have gone 99-39 against Oregon State in the all-time series and have won the past three meetings. These two programs last faced each other in the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles in March 2006 (and in March 2005). UCLA won the showdown in 2006 by a 79-47 margin (at Staples Center).
Venue: T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas)
Game Time: 2:30 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network): AM 1150
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS / XM Radio Channel: TBD
SIRIUSXM Internet Channel: TBD
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- UCLA compiled a 13-6 record in Pac-12 play after having opened their conference schedule with eight consecutive wins.
- Dating back to last season, UCLA has won 20 of its past 27 Pac-12 contests (and 28 of 39 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 10.0 points per game.
- UCLA ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in fewest turnovers per game (11.1) and fewest fouls committed per game (15.7).
- The Bruins have committed fewer fouls than their opponent in 20 of 25 games this season.
- Tyger Campbell (10.6 ppg, 5.6 apg) ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in assists per game and No. 5 in assist-turnover ratio (2.8).
- Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Tyger Campbell (33.8 mpg) rank No. 5 and 6, respectively, in the Pac-12 in minutes per game.
- Johnny Juzang leads all Pac-12 players in free throw percentage (93.3%, 42 of 45), headed into the Pac-12 Tournament.
- Jaime Jaquez Jr., Tyger Campbell, Jules Bernard and David Singleton are the four Bruins who have played in all 25 games.
- David Singleton ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (47.8%, 33-for-69), through Monday, March 8.
Sophomores Tyger Campbell, Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Johnny Juzang were named to the All-Pac-12 Conference teams, as announced on Tuesday (March 9). Campbell was one of 10 players named to the league's All-Pac-12 first team. Jaquez Jr. and Juzang were honored on the five-person All-Pac-12 second team. In addition, Jaquez Jr. was one of five student-athletes recognized on the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team (full news release here).
UCLA has recorded a record of 9-6 at the Pac-12 Tournament since the league relocated its annual conference tournament to Las Vegas, prior to the 2012-13 basketball season. UCLA advanced to the championship game in 2013 (lost to Oregon) and won the tournament title in 2014 (defeated Arizona). The Bruins have not reached the tournament's championship contest since 2014 (three semifinal appearances in 2015, 2017 and 2018).
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT TITLES
UCLA has won the Pac-12 Tournament title four times (in 1987, 2006, 2008 and 2014). The league hosted a conference tournament in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990 (when the conference had 10 teams). The tournament resumed on an annual basis in 2002 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Bruins have advanced to the Pac-12 Tournament's title game six times (going 4-2 in those appearances). UCLA lost in the championship game in 1990 (to Arizona) and 2013 (to Oregon).
The Bruins' roster includes 10 players who are sophomores and juniors. This season, UCLA started a freshman in just one game (against USC on March 6, Mac Etienne earned his first career start). The last time any UCLA squad went through an entire season without any freshmen making a start was 1996-97. In 2013-14, UCLA had two freshmen (Zach LaVine, Bryce Alford) who made just one start in the same game.
UCLA won 13 of 19 Pac-12 contests this season and have now won 24 of its past 33 Pac-12 games, dating back to January of 2020 (starting with last season's 50-40 home win against California on Jan. 19, 2020). Through that stretch of 33 Pac-12 contests, the Bruins have gone 14-3 in games decided by five points or fewer, or that ended in overtime (regardless of the final score margin). This season, UCLA went 8-1 in Pac-12 home games (and 5-5 away from home).
UCLA's team has five 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. Jules Bernard tallied a career-best 23 points in a loss at Oregon on Wednesday (March 3). Five of UCLA's players who could be in uniform at the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas have scored at least 20 points in one game this year.
Through two seasons under head coach Mick Cronin, UCLA has gone 17-5 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 10-2. 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 35-12 in such contests. Five of the Bruins' last six victories have been by five points or fewer.
70 POINTS OR FEWER
UCLA has gone 12-3 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 108-14 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 160 total games).
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 10.6 points and 5.6 assists per game during his sophomore season. His assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7) ranks No. 5 among all Pac-12 players. Campbell registered a season-high 12 assists in the Bruins' Pac-12 opener against California on Dec. 6, 2020.
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 sophomore 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's 18-game home winning streak ended in the regular-season finale (lost to USC, 64-63). The Bruins had won 18 consecutive home games prior to that contest. That 18-game streak began with a 50-40 win against California on Jan. 19, 2020. The Bruins' 18-game home winning streak marked 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.