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No. 2 UCLA Hosts CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday Night

Nov 7, 2021
UCLA will open the men's basketball season on Tuesday (photo by Scott Chandler)

LOS ANGELES – UCLA's season opener against CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday, Nov. 9, will tip-off the Bruins' 103rd season of men's basketball. Game time on Tuesday is set for 8 p.m. (PT). UCLA's game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network, with Ted Robinson and Don MacLean on the call. Including the Bruins' season opener, UCLA will host four regular-season home games in a nine-day stretch (Nov. 9-17).
Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Tipoff Time: 8:06 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio Broadcast (UCLA Sports Network): AM 1150 (KEIB)
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Ch. 158/Ch. 197
SIRIUS Internet Channel: Ch. 959
Face coverings will be required for all individuals aged 2 or older, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, at all time unless actively eating or drinking (more information here). In accordance with updated health guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), regarding COVID-19, UCLA Athletic indoor events will require fans (age 2 and older) in attendance to show proof of their fully-vaccinated status or provide a pre-entry negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours of the start of the event. Additionally, and effective November 1, 2021, all fans over the age of 18 will be required to present an ID along with their proof of vaccination or negative test result. This policy will be in effect for all UCLA men's and women's basketball, men's and women's volleyball and gymnastics home events. Verification will occur at the venue entry points.
UCLA's season-opening game against CSU Bakersfield will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network, with Ted Robinson and Don MacLean calling the action live. Every Pac-12 men's basketball team in action this Tuesday will have its TV broadcast (on the Pac-12 Network) available for free to all fans through the Pac-12 Now App (more network details here). UCLA's game will begin at 8 p.m. (PT). The radio broadcast this Tuesday evening will be available on AM 1150 (KEIB), with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray on the call in Pauley Pavilion.
- UCLA returns all 10 rotation players from the 2021 NCAA Tournament trip, culminating in a Final Four appearance.
- The Bruins went 22-10 last season, including a 13-6 mark in Pac-12 play (finishing in fourth place in the league).
- Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 41-22 over the previous two seasons as UCLA's head coach.
- The Bruins' roster includes five seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen.
- Eleven of the Bruins' 15 players were either born and raised in Southern California or attended high school in the area.
- UCLA has opened the 2021-22 season ranked No. 2 in the two major national polls (AP, Coaches' Polls).
- For the second consecutive season, the Bruins were selected No. 1 in the preseason Pac-12 media poll.
- The Bruins went 5-1 in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, earning the program's 19th all-time appearance in the Final Four.
- UCLA closed last season with five wins in six games ... in 2019-20, UCLA won 11 of its final 14 games.
CSU Bakersfield's 2020-21 season came to an abrupt end at the Big West Tournament. The No. 5-seed Roadrunners dropped a quarterfinal contest to No. 4-seed UC Davis, 58-56. CSU Bakersfield concluded their season with a 15-1 overall record and posted a 9-7 mark in Big West action. The Roadrunners had exceeded outside expecations, earning the league's No. 5-seed after having been penciled in as the No. 7 squad in preseason Big West polls. CSU Bakersfield enters the 2021-22 season under the direction of head coach Rod Barnes, who has entered his 10th season leading the program.
UCLA has gone 2-0 in the all-time series against CSU Bakersfield. Aaron Holiday (16 points) helped guide the Bruins past CSU Bakersfield, 75-66, when these two programs last faced off on Nov. 29, 2017 (in Pauley Pavilion). The first-ever meeting between the two schools occurred Nov. 20, 2009 (UCLA won, 75-64).
UCLA has returned 12 letterwinners from last season's roster, including all five starters. Those five returning starters each averaged at least 10 points per game last season (Johnny Juzang, 16.0 ppg; Jaime Jaquez Jr., 12.3 ppg; Tyger Campbell, 10.4 ppg; Jules Bernard, 10.3 ppg; and Cody Riley, 10.0 ppg). Seven of UCLA's student-athletes, including graduate transfer Myles Johnson, have played in at least 60 collegiate games, while Jules Bernard leads the way in that category with 95 appearances (over three seasons). David Singleton (94) ranks second, while Cody Riley (92) ranks third.
The Bruins defeated Chico State, 100-61, in a preseason exhibition game on Thursday, Nov. 4. UCLA led the visiting Wildcats at halftime, 41-23, before outscoring Chico State by a 59-38 margin during the second half. Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 23 points, leading a group of four Bruins who scored in double figures. Johnny Juzang finished with 19 points, Jules Bernard tallied 12 points (and five rebounds), and Myles Johson recorded 10 points and a team-leading nine rebounds in just 15 minutes. Peyton Watson had eight points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in his first collegiate game.
The Bruins went 11-1 in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom last season, with no fans in the arena due to COVID-19 protocols. Dating back to UCLA's 69-64 win over Arizona on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, the Bruins had gone 613 days since playing in Pauley Pavilion in front of fans (prior to last Thursday's home exhibition game against Chico State). Six of UCLA's players had yet to experience a true home game in Pauley Pavilion with fans in the historic venue (including Johnny Juzang, Jaylen Clark, Logan Cremonesi, Myles Johnson, Will McClendon and Peyton Watson).
UCLA's upcoming matchup against Villanova (Friday, Nov. 12) will mark the first non-conference matchup between a pair of "top-five" ranked programs in Pauley Pavilion since March 1, 1992, when No. 4-ranked UCLA lost a 75-65 decision to No. 1-ranked Duke. The Bruins have compiled a 2-3 all-time record against Villanova. The most recent meeting between the two schools took place Nov. 24, 2011, at the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden in New York (Villanova won, 82-70).
Tyger Campbell enters his fourth season at UCLA, his third year on the court after missing the 2018-19 season with a knee injury. Campbell averaged 10.4 points and a team-leading 5.4 assists per game last season, securing first-team All-Pac-12 honors. He could become the first UCLA player since Darren Collison (2006-09) to serve as the team's primary point guard for three consecutive seasons. From 2011-12 through 2018-19, UCLA had seven different players who serves as the team's "starting" point guard. Campbell has played (and started) all 63 games for UCLA the past two seasons.
Listed as a preseason All-America selection by nearly every national media outlet, Johnny Juzang averaged a team-leading 16.0 points in 27 games last season. Juzang, who excelled at nearby Harvard-Westlake School, was one of five players to earn All-NCAA Tournament Team acclaim in 2021, having averaged 22.8 points in six NCAA Tournament contests. He shot 50.9 percent in the NCAA Tournament (54-for-106). Juzang secured second-team All-Pac-12 honors last season and finished the year ranked No. 3 among all Pac-12 players in free throw percentage (87.7%, 56-for-65).
Selected a second-team All-Pac-12 player one year ago, Jaime Jaquez Jr. (along with Tyger Campbell and Johnny Juzang) were picked as "first-team" preseason All-Pac-12 selections in Oct. 2021. Last season, Jaquez averaged 12.3 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds per game. He was one of five players to earn Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honors and led the Bruins with 39 steals and 22 blocks (tied, with Cody Riley). Jaquez Jr. scored in double figures in 21 of UCLA's 32 games. He logged at least one steal in 26 contests and ranked No. 3 in the Pac-12 in minutes played per game (32.9).
UCLA added three players to the roster in the summer – senior Myles Johnson (6-10, center) and freshmen Will McClendon (6-2, guard) and Peyton Watson (6-8, guard/forward). Johnson earned his degree in electrical and computer engineering from Rutgers University and has enrolled as a graduate student (engineering) at UCLA. McClendon was a standout athlete at Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas) and will be sidelined this season with a torn ACL (left knee). Watson excelled the past four years at Long Beach Poly High School (Long Beach, Calif.) and was named a McDonald's All-American.
The Bruins have opened the 2021-22 season ranked No. 2 in the two major national polls (AP, Coaches). This marks the Bruins' highest preseason ranking since being tabbed No. 2, nationally, prior to the 2007-08 season. UCLA was last ranked as high as No. 2 during in Dec. 2016 (for four consecutive weeks) after wins at Kentucky and at home versus Michigan. The Bruins have not been ranked No. 1 in either poll during the season since the team's 2006-07 campaign. Last season, UCLA opened the year ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 21 in the Coaches Poll.
Starting with Tuesday's regular-season opener against CSU Bakersfield, the Bruins will open their 2021-22 season with seven games over a 19-day stretch. That includes a pair of contests against preseason-top-5 ranked foes in No. 4 Villanova (Nov. 12) and a neutral-site contest against No. 1 Gonzaga (Nov. 23). UCLA is scheduled to host four consecutive home games against CSU Bakersfield, Villanova, Long Beach State and North Florida before traveling to Las Vegas for a two-game swing in the Good Sam Empire Classic (at T-Mobile Arena) against Bellarmine (Nov. 22) and Gonzaga (Nov. 23).
Last season, Johnny Juzang scored a career-high 32 points in a 64-61 win at Washington (Feb. 13). Juzang's 32-point effort at Washington marked the most points in a game by any UCLA player since Kris Wilkes had 34 points (sophomore season) in a home victory versus 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).
Juzang (32 points, Feb. 13, 2021, at Washington) became UCLA's first player to have accounted for at least half his team's points in a game since Reggie Miller on Dec. 19, 1986. Miller had 38 of 73 points (52.1%) in an 81-73 loss at Washington State. Juzang tallied half the Bruins' points (32 of 64) in last season's win at Washington.
Juzang scored 28 of UCLA's 51 points (54.9%) in the Bruins' 51-49 "Elite Eight" win last season against Michigan (March 30, 2021). That marked the first time any UCLA player had accounted for at least half of his team's total points in the NCAA Tournament since Bill Walton's 44-point effort in UCLA's 87-66 win against Memphis in the 1973 NCAA Championship. Walton made 21 of 22 shots from the field in that contest, totaling 44 points and 13 rebounds.
Through the past two seasons under head coach Mick Cronin, UCLA has gone 20-7 in games decided by five points or fewer (and all contests that have finished in overtime, regardless of score margin). In 2019-20, the Bruins went 7-3 in those narrow contests. In 2020-21, UCLA had a 12-4 record. 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 went 38-14 in such contests. Three of the Bruins' six NCAA Tournament games in 2020-21 took place in overtime.
Last season, the Bruins compiled a 15-3 record when limited the opposition to 70 or fewer points. In 2019-20, UCLA went 18-1 in such situations with the lone loss taking place at USC, 54-52, in the final game of the regular season. Through his final three seasons as Cincinnati's head coach (2016-17 through 2018-19), Coach Cronin's teams posted a 79-10 record when holding the opposition to 70 or fewer points. Over the past five seasons, his teams went 109-14 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 164 total games).
Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Bruins have gone 81-13 when leading at halftime (spanning 165 games). During that span, the UCLA has gone 25-40 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 86-11. When trailing by 10 or more points in a game, UCLA has gone 17-43.