No. 5 UCLA Looks Ahead to Saturday's Game at Cal
LOS ANGELES – No. 5-ranked UCLA (9-1, 1-0 Pac-12) will return to action at California (9-6, 2-2 Pac-12) in a Pac-12 contest on Saturday. Game time is 5 p.m. (PT). UCLA defeated Long Beach State (96-78) on Thursday after enduring a 25-day hiatus in the schedule due to COVID-19 protocols within the Bruins' program. This Saturday's game will mark UCLA's second Pac-12 contest of the season, having defeated Colorado (in Los Angeles) by a 73-61 margin on Dec. 1. The Bruins have won their last four games (including a pair of road wins against UNLV and Marquette).
Venue: Haas Pavilion
Tipoff Time: 5:10 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio Broadcast (UCLA Sports Network): AM 570
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Ch. 84/Ch. 84
SIRIUS Internet Channel: Ch. 84
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- The Bruins have gone 9-1 this season and are ranked No. 5 in the AP and Coaches' Polls this week.
- UCLA returns to the court on Thursday versus Long Beach State after a 25-day span without any games.
- UCLA has shot 39.3% from 3-point distance, the No. 1 3-point percentage among Pac-12 teams (through Jan. 6).
- The Bruins rank No. 1 in the Pac-12 assist-turnover ratio (1.72) and No. 4 nationally in that category (through Jan. 6).
- Guard Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 16.7 points per game (he's averaging 4.8 rebounds per contest).
- Guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. has averaged 14.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in the team's first 10 games.
- Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 50-23 at UCLA (currently in his third season as UCLA's head coach).
- UCLA went 22-10 last season, including a 13-6 mark in Pac-12 play (finishing in fourth place in the league).
- Eleven of UCLA's 15 players were either born-and-raised in Southern California or attended high school in the area.
- The Bruins went 5-1 in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, earning the program's 19th all-time appearance in the Final Four.
VERSUS CALIFORNIA: UCLA has registered an all-time record of 143-103 against the Golden Bears, including a pair of regular-season wins to sweep the season series in 2020-21. UCLA has won the last eight consecutive games against California, a streak that began with a home victory against the Golden Bears on Jan. 5, 2017.
BACK IN ACTION: The Bruins paused all team activities (due to COVID-19 protocols) in mid-December, prompting the cancellation of games scheduled against Alabama State, North Carolina and Cal Poly. In addition, consecutive home games against No. 8 Arizona (Dec. 30) and Arizona State (Jan. 1) were postponed.
THROUGH 10 GAMES
UCLA has recorded a 9-1 overall record, the program's best start through nine games since the 2016-17 season, when the Bruins began the year with 13 consecutive wins (all in non-conference action). Within the previous 10 seasons (back to 2011-12), UCLA has won at least eight of its first nine contests in two seasons (2016-17, was 9-0; 2013-14, was 8-1). The Bruins have been tabbed No. 5 in this week's AP and Coaches' Polls, the program's highest in-season top-25 rankings at this point in the season, since the 2016-17 campaign (UCLA ended that season with a 31-5 overall record).
AWAY FROM HOME
The Bruins have registered two non-conference road wins (73-51 at UNLV, and 67-56 at Marquette), improving their record to 3-1 in road and neutral site games. This marks the first season since 2004-05 in which the Bruins have played at least two non-conference road games (that year, UCLA played at Michigan State in December and at Notre Dame in late February). Now in his third season as UCLA's head coach, Mick Cronin has guided the Bruins to a 20-18 record in games played away from home (road games, neutral sites) and to a 30-5 record in home games.
Through games played on Thursday, Jan. 6, UCLA ranked No. 4 in the nation and first in the Pac-12 in assist-turnover ratio (1.72, with 168 assists and 97 turnovers). Tyger Campbell has totaled 48 assists and nine turnovers in 10 contests. Jules Bernard has registered 26 assists and 10 turnovers, while Jaime Jaquez Jr. has totaled 22 assists and 15 turnovers. Campbell's assist-turnover ratio of 5.3-to-1 ranked No. 1, nationally, through games played on Thursday, Jan. 6. Campbell has averaged 12.4 points, 4.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 10 games, shooting 45.7% from the field.
THAT'S THE FIRST TIME SINCE: Tyger Campbell became UCLA's first player since 2019, on Thursday night, to have registered at least 10 assists without any turnovers in a game. Campbell had 10 assists and no turnovers against the Beach. Jaylen Hands had 10 assists (and no turnovers) in an overtime victory at home against USC on Feb. 28, 2019.
BRUINS IN LEAGUE PLAY
Last season, UCLA went 13-6 in Pac-12 play and logged an 8-1 record at home in league action. In fact, the Bruins have won 16 of their last 17 home games in Pac-12 play (that lone loss came against USC, 64-63, on March 6, 2021). UCLA won its final seven home Pac-12 games in 2019-20, Coach Cronin's first season as the Bruins' head coach. Since the start of the 2016-17 basketball season, the Bruins have registered a Pac-12 record of 60-31.
Four of UCLA's veteran players – Johnny Juzang (16.7 ppg), Jaime Jaquez Jr. (14.1 ppg), Jules Bernard (13.9 ppg) and Tyger Campbell (12.4 ppg) – have all averaged at least 10 points per game, through 10 contests. Juzang has scored in double figures in all 10 games, netting a season-high 25 points against Villanova (Nov. 12) and Long Beach State (Nov. 15) in back-to-back outings. Jaquez Jr. registered a season-high 24 points (and grabbed 12 rebounds) in the Bruins' 67-56 win at Marquette (Dec. 11). Jaquez Jr. ranks second on the team in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and leads UCLA with 11 steals.
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 has averaged 12.4 points and a team-leading 4.8 assists in 10 games. He has made 22 of 45 attempts from 3-point range (48.9%), the top percentage among all Pac-12 players (through Jan. 6). Campbell has also made 18 of 21 free throw attempts (85.7%). Last season, he was honored as a first-team All-Pac-12 selection last year. He has 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 served as the team's "starting" point guard.
Listed as a preseason All-America selection by nearly every national media outlet, Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 16.7 points per game this season (ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12). 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, averaging 22.8 points in six 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 in the 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 14.1 points and 6.2 rebounds through 10 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 13.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in the Bruins' first 10 games. Most recently, Bernard totaled 22 points and made four 3-pointers (seven attempts) in the Bruins' 96-78 win over Long Beach State (Thursday, Jan. 6). He sank the game-tying basket with 25 seconds to play in the second half against No. 4 Villanova (Nov. 12, helping to tie the game at 67-67). He has played in a team-leading 105 career contests, including all 32 games (28 starts) last season. He has registered career averages of 8.4 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.