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No. 3 UCLA to Host Oregon on Thursday Evening

Jan 11, 2022
Johnny Juzang (photo by Scott Chandler)

LOS ANGELES – The No. 3-ranked Bruins return to the court this week against Oregon (Thursday, Jan. 13) and Oregon State (Saturday, Jan. 15) in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. UCLA has compiled an all-time record of 90-37 against Oregon. Over the past three seasons, UCLA has gone 3-3 against the Ducks (with two of those games advancing into overtime). Thursday's matchup will mark the first UCLA-Oregon contest in Pauley Pavilion since Feb. 23, 2019 (the Bruins won that game, 90-83, after having trailed by 19 points with 19 minutes to play in the second half). Last season, Oregon won the lone matchup in Eugene, Ore., by an 82-74 margin (March 3, 2021).
 
PLEASE NOTE: Fans at Thursday's game between Oregon and UCLA will be limited to families of team members, due to additional COVID-19 safety precautions. Guests should not come to Pauley Pavilion for the game. UCLA's game will be nationally televised on ESPN. The Bruins' radio broadcast this Thursday will be available on AM 1150 in the greater Los Angeles area.
 
GAME INFORMATION
Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. (PT)
Television: ESPN
TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst)
Radio Broadcast (UCLA Sports Network): AM 570
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: TBD / Ch. 197
SIRIUS Internet Channel: Ch. 959
 
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- The Bruins have gone 10-1 this season and are ranked No. 3 in the AP and Coaches' Polls this week.
- UCLA ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12 Conference in 3-point FG percentage (38.1%) and assist-turnover ratio (1.63).
- Tyger Campbell ranks No. 3 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (4.33-to-1), through Tuesday, Jan. 11.
- Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 16.0 points per game (he has averaged 4.6 rebounds per contest).
- Four UCLA players have averaged at least 12.0 points per game (through 11 games).
- Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 51-23 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.

WESTWOOD, UCLA'S DOCUSERIES
The Bruins' season-long docuseries – titled "Westwood" – airs on the UCLA Athletics YouTube channel and the UCLA men's basketball program's social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook). Episodes run just under 10 minutes in length and are broadcast on social media approximately every two weeks. Fans can follows the Bruins on Twitter by clicking here (@UCLAMBB).
 
Episode 1 (aired Monday, Nov. 8) – watch
Episode 2 (aired Monday, Nov. 22) – watch
Episode 3 (aired Monday, Dec. 6) – watch
Episode 4 (aired Monday, Dec. 20) – watch
Episode 5 (aired Monday, Jan. 10) – watch
 
KEY FACILITATOR
Tyger Campbell was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday, for the first time in his career, after having averaged 14.0 points and 7.0 assists in a pair of wins over Long Beach State and California. Campbell (12.8 ppg, 4.7 apg, 2.6 rpg) leads the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage (50.0%, 24-for-48) and has ranked No. 3 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (4.33), through Tuesday, Jan. 11. Campbell has made 19 of 23 free throws (82.6%) and is currently shooting 48.0 percent from the field (having made 49 of 102 total shot attempts).
 
RETURNING POINT GUARD: Tyger Campbell has become UCLA's first 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, the Bruins used seven different players who serve as the team's starting point guard.
 
THAT'S THE FIRST TIME SINCE: Tyger Campbell, with 10 assists and no turnovers last week against Long Beach State, became UCLA's first player since 2019 to have registered at least 10 assists without any turnovers in a game. Jaylen Hands tallied 10 assists (and no turnovers) in an overtime victory at home against USC on Feb. 28, 2019.
 
ASSIST-TURNOVER STATS
Through games played on Tuesday, Jan. 11, the Bruins ranked No. 6 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.63). Tyger Campbell has totaled 52 assists and 12 turnovers through 11 contests. Since the start of UCLA's NCAA Tournament run last season (in total, UCLA's last 17 games), Campbell has totaled 79 assists and 19 turnovers (an assist-turnover ratio of 4.16-to-1). Other notable assist-turnover ratios on the Bruins' current team include senior guards Jules Bernard (26 assists, 11 turnovers, 2.36 ratio) and David Singleton (12 assists, 5 turnovers, 2.4 ratio).
 
THROUGH 11 GAMES
UCLA has recorded a 10-1 overall record, the program's best start through 11 games since the 2016-17 season, when the Bruins began the year with 13 straight wins (all in non-conference action). Within the previous 10 seasons (back to 2011-12), UCLA has won at least 10 of its first 11 contests in just one season (2016-17, the Bruins had been 11-0). The Bruins have been tabbed No. 3 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).
 
BALANCED SCORING: The Bruins have four players who have averaged at least 12 points per game this season (Johnny Juzang, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Jules Bernard and Tyger Campbell). Looking back through the team's first 11 games, UCLA has had five different players lead the squad in scoring (the four aforementioned individuals and Peyton Watson).
 
AWAY FROM HOME
The Bruins have registered two non-conference road wins (73-51 at UNLV, and 67-56 at Marquette) and have gone 4-1 in road & neutral site games. This marked the first season since 2004-05 in which the Bruins had 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 21-18 record in games played away from home (road games, neutral sites) and to a 30-5 record in home games.
 
NOTABLES
- Senior Jules Bernard has scored 889 career points, standing just 111 shy of hitting the 1,000-career-point plateau.
- Junior Jaime Jaquez Jr. has started in each of UCLA's last 44 contests, dating back to the season finale in 2019-20.
- Graduate student Myles Johnson (fifth-year senior) played in collegiate game No. 101 on Saturday at Cal.
- Myles Johnson (19 blocks, 1.7 bpg) ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 in most blocks per game (through Tuesday, Jan. 11).
- Junior Johnny Juzang scored in double figures in each of UCLA's first 10 games (he had nine points on Saturday at Cal).
- Junior Tyger Campbell (380 assists) stands just 78 assists shy from moving into the school's career top-10 assists list.
- Through the last five games, Tyger Campbell has tallied 27 assists (seven turnovers) and shot 54.2% from 3-point range.
- In UCLA's two wins last week, Tyger Campbell shot 61.1 percent from the field (11-for-18 overall).
- Senior Cody Riley returned to the court last Thursday (Jan. 6) after having missed eight games with a left knee injury.
 
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, during 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 61-31.
UCLA AT HOME: Since the start of the 2019-20 season, UCLA has gone 30-5 in 35 home contests (Pauley Pavilion). This season, UCLA has compiled a perfect 6-0 record at home.
 
VERSUS TOP-RANKED FOES: Through 11 games this season, the Bruins have played a pair of top-five ranked teams in No. 4 Villanova (Nov. 12, 2021) and No. 1 Gonzaga (Nov. 23, 2021). UCLA outlasted Villanova in overtime, 86-77, in the second game of the season. The Bruins absorbed an 83-63 loss to top-ranked Gonzaga in Las Vegas.
 
HERE'S JOHNNY
Listed as a preseason All-America selection by nearly every national media outlet, Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 16.0 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.
 
GO-TO PLAYER
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 5.7 rebounds through 11 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.
 
VETERAN PRESENCE
Senior guard Jules Bernard has averaged 13.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in the Bruins' first 11 games. Last Thursday (Jan. 6), he totaled 22 points and made four 3-pointers (seven attempts) in the team's 96-78 win over Long Beach State (Thursday, Jan. 6). In an overtime win over No. 4-ranked Villanova (Nov. 12), Bernard nailed the game-tying basket with 25 seconds to play in the second half, helping to tie the game at 67-67. He has played in a team-leading 106 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.
 
30-POINT CLUB
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.
 
CLOSING TIME
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 22-3 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points (15-3 last season, 6-0 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 116-14 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 180 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 35-2 record when UCLA has held its opposition to 65 points or fewer. UCLA has gone 5-0 this season (allowing 65 or fewer points), went 14-1 last season, and was 16-1 in 2019-20.