No. 5 UCLA to Host Colorado on Wednesday
LOS ANGELES – No. 5-ranked UCLA (6-1, 0-0 Pac-12) will open its Pac-12 schedule against Colorado (6-1, 1-0) on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (PT). The Bruins have won three of their past four games against Colorado, as the two schools split a pair of regular-season contests last season. Last week, the Bruins won two of three games played in Vegas (including a 73-51 win at UNLV on Saturday afternoon).
Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Tipoff Time: 6:36 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst)
Radio Broadcast (UCLA Sports Network): AM 1150
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Ch. 146/Ch. 197
SIRIUS Internet Channel: Ch. 959
FAN ATTENDANCE, COVID-19 POLICIES
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 are required to present an ID along with their proof of vaccination or negative test result. This policy is in effect for all UCLA men's and women's basketball, men's and women's volleyball and gymnastics home events. Verification occurs at the venue's entry points.
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- The Bruins have opened with a 6-1 record, heading into Wednesday evening's Pac-12 contest against Colorado.
- UCLA has shot 46.5% from the field, through seven games, and 38.7% from the beyond the 3-point arc.
- Guard Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 17.4 points per game (he is also averaging 4.6 rebounds per game).
- Guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. has averaged 15.6 points and a team-leading 6.7 rebounds per contest.
- The Bruins rank No. 1 in the Pac-12 in 3-point shooting percentage (38.7%) and No. 3 in assist-turnover ratio (1.59).
- UCLA 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 47-23 at UCLA (currently in his third season as UCLA's head coach).
- Eleven of UCLA's 15 players were either born and raised in Southern California or attended high school in the area.
- 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.
BRUINS TO HOST COLORADO
UCLA will open its Pac-12 schedule against Colorado on Wednesday night in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. This will be one of the Bruins' two early-season Pac-12 contests. UCLA has gone 14-7 in the all-time series against the Buffaloes, as the two programs split a pair of regular-season games last season (each school won the game on its home court). The Bruins have won three of the last four matchups versus Colorado and have gone 10-6 against the Buffaloes since they joined the Pac-12 (prior to the 2011-12 season). UCLA has gone 6-2 in the all-time series in Pauley Pavilion.
EARLY SEASON PAC-12: The Bruins will play at Washington on Sunday, Dec. 5, in the other "early-season" Pac-12 contest for UCLA. The Bruins will continue with the bulk of their Pac-12 schedule, starting on Thursday, Dec. 30, when UCLA hosts Arizona (before taking on Arizona State in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 1).
UCLA WINS AT UNLV
The Bruins improved their all-time record against UNLV to 7-0 on Saturday, securing a 73-51 victory at the Thomas & Mack Center. Jules Bernard scored a team-leading 18 points and Tyger Campbell added 15. UCLA closed the week with a 2-1 record in three games in Las Vegas. The Bruins had twice before faced UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center, winning each of those contests (Dec. 1995, Dec. 1997). UCLA limited UNLV to 30.4 percent shooting, the lowest percentage by any of the Bruins' opponents since last season's NCAA Tournament win against Abilene Christian (29.8%, on March 21, 2021).
SHOOTING PERCENTAGES: Since the start of the 2015-16 season, the Bruins have limited their opponents to just 31.0% shooting (or lower) in 12 total games (through a total span of 204 contests).
Through games played on Sunday, Nov. 28, UCLA ranked No. 18 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.59, with 113 assists and 71 turnovers). Tyger Campbell, UCLA's redshirt junior point guard, has totaled 25 points and six turnovers in the Bruins' first seven contests. Jules Bernard has registered 20 assists and five turnovers, while Jaime Jaquez Jr. has totaled 20 assists and 12 turnovers. Campbell's assist-turnover ratio of 4.7-to-1 ranked No. 20, nationally, through games played Sunday, Nov. 28. Campbell has averaged 11.4 points, 3.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds in the Bruins' seven games.
Through games played on Sunday, Nov. 28, the Bruins ranked No. 1 among all Pac-12 teams in best 3-point shooting percentage (38.7%, 60-for-155). Last season, UCLA ranked No. 3 in the Pac-12 in that category, having shot 37.2% from 3-point range in 32 contests. Heading into this Wednesday's game against Colorado, David Singleton leads the team in 3-point percentage (52.6%, 10-for-19), and Tyger Campbell has shot 46.4% from 3-point range (13-for-28). UCLA has four players (Singleton, Campbell, Jules Bernard and Johnny Juzang) who had each made at least 10 3-pointers this season.
ON THE HORIZON
UCLA will spend each of the next three weekends away from Los Angeles. The Bruins continue with their early Pac-12 games this Sunday (Dec. 5), playing at Washington. After that, UCLA's next game will take place at Marquette (Milwaukee) on Saturday, Dec. 11, as the return contest in a home-and-home series that began last season. Game time at Fiserv Forum is set for 11:30 a.m. PT (1:30 p.m. MT). After a midweek non-conference game in Pauley Pavilion against Alabama State (Dec. 15), the Bruins will return to Las Vegas in the CBS Sports Classic to face North Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 18.
Through seven games, UCLA has already played a pair of contests against top-five ranked teams. The Bruins defeated No. 4-ranked Villanova, 86-77, in overtime in Pauley Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 12. Less than two weeks later, UCLA absorbed an 83-63 loss to No. 1-ranked Gonzaga in the Good Sam Empire Classic at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In the win over Villanova, Jules Bernard scored a game-tying basket on a driving bank shot with 25 seconds to play (tying the game, 67-67). Trailing 69-67 early in overtime, the Bruins used a 7-0 scoring run to secure a 74-69 cushion.
BACK IN PAULEY
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 the home exhibition contest versus Chico State on Nov. 4, 2021). Since the start of the 2019-20 season, UCLA has compiled a 28-5 record in Pauley Pavilion.
PAC-12 PLAY, AT HOME: UCLA has won 15 of its last 16 home games in Pac-12 play. Last season, UCLA went 8-1 at home in Pac-12 action (the lone loss came against USC, 64-63, on Saturday, March 6). The Bruins won their final seven home Pac-12 contess in 2019-20, Coach Cronin's first season in Westwood.
Four of UCLA's veteran players – Johnny Juzang (17.4 ppg), Jaime Jaquez Jr. (15.6 ppg), Jules Bernard (14.6 ppg) and Tyger Campbell (11.4 ppg) – have all averaged at least 10 points per game, through seven contests. Juzang has scored in double figures in all seven games, netting a season-high 25 points against Villanova (Nov. 12) and Long Beach State (Nov. 15). Jaquez Jr. tallied season highs in points (21) and rebounds (13) in the Bruins' 86-77 overtime win against Villanova in Pauley Pavilion (Nov. 12). Jaquez has also averaged a team-leading 6.7 rebounds per game.
SHOT MAKERS: The Bruins made 40 of 78 shots against Long Beach State on Monday, Nov. 15, the team's most made field goals in one game since connecting on 40 of 74 attempts in the season opener against Purdue Fort Wayne on Nov. 6, 2018. Johnny Juzang led the Bruins in that category, sinking 11 of 21 shots versus Long Beach State.
Tyger Campbell, a redshirt junior guard, has averaged 11.4 points and a team-leading 3.6 assists in seven games. He has made 13 of 28 attempts from 3-point range (46.4%) and 15 of 17 free throw attempts (88.2%). Campbell was honored as a first-team All-Pac-12 selection last year. He become the first UCLA player since Darren Collison (2006-09) to serve as the team's primary point guard for three straight seasons. From 2011-12 through 2018-19, UCLA had seven different players who serves as the team's "starting" point guard. Campbell 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 has averaged a team-best 17.4 points per game this season. He averaged a team-leading 16.0 points in 27 contests last season. He 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).
HOME COOKIN': Johnny Juzang scored 19 points in the Bruins' season opener (Nov. 9, vs. CSU Bakersfield). He added a team-high 25 points against Villanova, and registered 25 points against Long Beach State (Nov. 15). Each of those single-game point totals were higher than any other game in Pauley Pavilion for Juzang, last season. His previous single-game high (scoring) in Pauley Pavilion was 17 points versus Washington State on Jan. 14, 2021.
Selected a second-team All-Pac-12 player in 2020-21, Jaime Jaquez Jr. (along with Tyger Campbell & Johnny Juzang) were picked as "first-team" preseason All-Pac-12 selections in Oct. 2021. Jaquez Jr., a 6-foot-7 guard/forward, has averaged 15.6 points and a team-leading 6.7 rebounds through seven contests. Last season, he averaged 12.3 points and a team-best 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.
Senior guard Jules Bernard has averaged 14.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in the Bruins' first seven games. Bernard totaled a team-leading 18 points last Saturday at UNLV. He scored 22 points and logged a career-high seven assists in UCLA's 100-79 win over Long Beach State (Nov. 15). Bernard sank the game-tying basket with 25 seconds to play in the second half against No. 4 Villanova (Nov. 12, helping tie the game at 67-67). He has played in a team-best 102 career contests, including all 32 games (28 starts) last season. He has registered career averages of 8.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
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 as a sophomore against Arizona (Jan. 26, 2019, in Pauley Pavilion). 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).
Under third-year head coach Mick Cronin, the Bruins have gone 21-7 in games decided by five points or fewer (includes all overtime games, regardless of score margin). In 2019-20, the Bruins went 7-3 in those 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 39-14 in such contests.
70 POINTS OR FEWER
Over the past two seasons (2020-21 and 2021-22), UCLA has gone 19-3 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points (15-3 last season, 4-0 record in such situations this year). In 2019-20, the Bruins logged an 18-1 record in such situations. 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. Since the start of the 2016-17 season, his teams have gone 113-14 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 177 games).
65 POINTS, OR FEWER
Through three seasons as UCLA's head coach (2019-20 through 2021-22), Coach Cronin has guided the Bruins to a 32-2 record when UCLA has held its opposition to 65 points or fewer. UCLA has gone 2-0 this season (allowing 65 or fewer points), went 14-1 last season, and was 16-1 in 2019-20.
THE BRUINS WHEN ...
Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Bruins have gone 86-13 when leading at halftime (spanning 171 games). During that span, the UCLA has gone 25-41 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 91-11. When trailing by 10 or more points in a game, UCLA has gone 18-44.
UNDER COACH CRONIN: Since the start of the 2019-20 season, UCLA has gone 32-6 when leading at halftime and 13-15 when trailing at the break (2-2 record, tied at halftime). The Bruins have gone 31-4 when building a lead of 10 points or more. UCLA has gone 8-17 when trailing by at least 10 points, at any point in the game.
David Singleton, a senior from Los Angeles, has shot a team-best 52.6% from 3-point range through UCLA's first seven games. Last season, he led the Bruins in 3-point percentage (47.6%), having made 40 of 84 shots from beyond the arc. Singleton has drained at least one 3-pointer in six of the Bruins' seven games. He was 3-for-4 from downtown in UCLA's 75-62 win over Bellarmine on Monday, Nov. 22. In 2020-21, he finished second on the team in total 3-pointers made last season (40, behind Johnny Juzang's 55). He made 6 of 10 attempts in UCLA's six NCAA Tournament games.
AGAINST TOP-RANKED FOES
UCLA's win against No. 4-ranked Villanova (on Nov. 12) marked the Bruins' third victory versus a top-five ranked team since March of 2021. The Bruins defeated No. 5-ranked Alabama in last season's Sweet 16, before taking down No. 4-ranked Michigan in the Elite Eight. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, UCLA has gone 7-5 against top-five ranked competition (as ranked by the Associated Press). Those wins have included a pair of victories against No. 1-ranked Kentucky in Dec. 2015 and Dec. 2016, as well as back-to-back wins in last season's NCAA Tournament against Alabama and Michigan.
UCLA has made at least one 3-pointer played in its last 725 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 270 of 277 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.
UCLA won five consecutive games in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since advancing to the national title game in 2006. Prior to the Bruins' 2021 run, UCLA had not won three consecutive NCAA Tournament games since 2008. UCLA has not won six consecutive games in the NCAA Tournament since winning the 1995 NCAA Championship at the Kingdome in Seattle. The Bruins have become just the second team to advance to the Final Four from the First Four (also, VCU in 2011). UCLA defeated Michigan State in overtime, by an 86-80 margin, in the 2021 NCAA First Four (at Purdue University).