No. 4 UCLA to Play at Marquette on Saturday Night
LOS ANGELES – No. 4-ranked UCLA (7-1) will take on Marquette (8-2) in Milwaukee on Saturday, Dec. 11, at Fiserv Forum. The Bruins' game will be nationally televised on FS2. This will mark the fourth all-time meeting between these two programs (UCLA has gone 3-0 overall). Last season, the Bruins earned a 69-60 victory over Marquette in Pauley Pavilion (Dec. 11, 2020). The two previous meetings between UCLA and Marquette took place during the 1949-50 and 1964-65 seasons (both of those games were played in Milwaukee).
Venue: Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Tipoff Time: 6:30 p.m. (PT) / 8:30 p.m. (CT)
TV Talent: Aaron Goldsmith (play-by-play), Jim Jackson (analyst)
Radio Broadcast (UCLA Sports Network): AM 570 or AM 1150
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Ch. 138/Ch. 197
SIRIUS Internet Channel: Ch. 959
HOW TO WATCH, LISTEN
UCLA's game at Marquette shifted to a 6:30 pm (PT) start time after the Bruins' encountered travel delays en route to Milwaukee (an issue with the Bruins' aircraft). The game on Saturday evening will be televised on FS2. Following the completion of the Cincinnati-Xavier contest (on FS1), UCLA's game will be joined in progress on FS1. The Bruins' contest at Marquette will likely slide from FS2 to FS1 for the second half (Cincinnati-Xavier tips at 5:30 pm, PT on FS1). UCLA's radio broadcast on Saturday night will air on AM 570 (KLAC). The UCLA-Marquette game will also be streamed live through the "FOX SPORTS" app or by clicking here.
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- The Bruins have gone 7-1 and are ranked No. 4, nationally, heading into this Saturday's game against Marquette.
- UCLA has shot 46.5% from the field, through eight games, and 39.2% from the beyond the 3-point arc.
- Guard Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 17.1 points per game (he's averaging 4.9 rebounds per contest).
- Guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. has averaged 13.6 points and a 5.9 rebounds in the team's first eight games.
- The Bruins rank No. 1 in the Pac-12 in 3-point shooting percentage (39.2%) and No. 3 in assist-turnover ratio (1.60).
- 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 48-23 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 Conference 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 defeated Colorado, 73-61, in the Bruins' first Pac-12 game of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Tyger Campbell scored a team-leading 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and have five assists in the win. UCLA registered its sixth win in seven games. The Bruins' road game, scheduled for Sunday (Dec. 5), at Washington was declared a forfeit (and a UCLA victory), due to COVID-19 protocols within the Huskies' program. UCLA's forfeit win at Washington will not count in the Bruins' overall won-loss record, but will be reflected in the Bruins' Pac-12 record (and the Pac-12 standings).
UCLA WINS AT UNLV
The Bruins notched a 73-51 win at UNLV on Saturday, Nov. 27, improving their all-time record to 7-0 against the Runnin' Rebels. Jules Bernard scored a team-leading 18 points and Tyger Campbell added 15 points. 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).
Through games played on Sunday, Dec. 5, UCLA ranked No. 17 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.6, with 128 assists and 80 turnovers). Tyger Campbell, UCLA's junior point guard, has totaled 30 assists and seven turnovers in eight contests. Jules Bernard has registered 21 assists and seven turnovers, while Jaime Jaquez Jr. has totaled 20 assists and 12 turnovers. Campbell's assist-turnover ratio of 4.3-to-1 ranked No. 12, nationally, through games played Sunday, Dec. 5. Campbell has averaged 12.6 points, 3.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in eight games, shooting 46.6% from the field.
Through games played on Sunday, Dec. 5, the Bruins ranked No. 1 among all Pac-12 teams in best 3-point shooting percentage (39.2%, 67-for-171). 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 weekend's game at Marquette, Tyger Campbell leads the team in 3-point percentage (48.6%, 17-for-35), and David Singleton has shot 47.6% from 3-point range (10-for-21). UCLA has four players (Singleton, Campbell, Jules Bernard and Johnny Juzang) who had each made at least 10 3-pointers this season.
Through eight games, UCLA has 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 (Monday, Nov. 23). 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 against Villanova.
BACK IN PAULEY
The Bruins went 11-1 in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom last season, with no fans in the arena due to season-long 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 a home exhibition game against Chico State on Nov. 4, 2021). Since the start of the 2019-20 season, UCLA has compiled a 29-5 record in Pauley Pavilion.
Four of UCLA's veteran players – Johnny Juzang (17.1 ppg), Jules Bernard (14.0 ppg), Jaime Jaquez Jr. (13.6 ppg) and Tyger Campbell (12.6 ppg) – have all averaged at least 10 points per game, through eight contests. Juzang has scored in double figures in all eight games, netting a season-high 25 points against Villanova (Nov. 12) and Long Beach State (Nov. 15) in back-to-back outings. Jaquez Jr. tallied season highs in points (21) and rebounds (13) in an 86-77 overtime win against Villanova in Pauley Pavilion (Nov. 12). Jaquez ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.9 rpg, 47 rebounds).
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 12.6 points and a team-leading 3.8 assists in eight games. He has made 17 of 35 attempts from 3-point range (48.6%) and 16 of 19 free throw attempts (84.2%). 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 17.1 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) was picked as a "first-team" preseason All-Pac-12 selection in Oct. 2021. Jaquez Jr., a 6-foot-7 guard/forward, has averaged 13.6 points and 5.9 rebounds through eight 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). Last season, Jaquez Jr. scored in double figures in 21 of UCLA's 32 games.
Senior guard Jules Bernard has averaged 14.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in the Bruins' first eight games. Bernard totaled a team-leading 18 points at UNLV on Saturday, Nov. 27. 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-leading 103 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).
50 PERCENT: Johnny 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.
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 20-3 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points (15-3 last season, 5-0 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 114-14 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 178 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 33-2 record when UCLA has held its opposition to 65 points or fewer. UCLA has gone 3-0 this season (allowing 65 or fewer points), went 14-1 last season, and was 16-1 in 2019-20.
PAC-12, RANKED TEAMS
The Pac-12 Conference has three teams ranked in the latest weekly "top 25" polls (AP, Coaches Polls). UCLA leads the group as the No. 4-ranked program, while Arizona (7-0) is ranked No. 11 in the AP poll and USC (8-0) checks in as the No. 16 team in the AP poll. Those three ranked teams (UCLA, Arizona, USC) have combined to go 22-1 through the season's first four weeks. UCLA was projected as the conference's preseason favorite (Pac-12 media poll), while USC was tabbed No. 3 in the preseason poll and Arizona (along with Oregon State) tied for the No. 4 slot.
THE BRUINS WHEN ...
Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Bruins have gone 87-13 when leading at halftime (spanning 172 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 92-11. 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 33-6 when leading at halftime and 13-15 when trailing at the break (2-2 record, tied at halftime). The Bruins have gone 32-4 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 47.6% from 3-point range through UCLA's first eight games (10-for-19 from 3-point range). Last season, Singleton led the team in 3-point percentage, having made 40 of 84 shots from downtown (47.6%). Singleton has drained at least one 3-pointer in six of the Bruins' eight games. He was 3-for-4 from long range in UCLA's 75-62 win over Bellarmine (Nov. 22, 2021). 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.