No. 3 UCLA Set to Face Oregon State on Saturday
LOS ANGELES – The Bruins (10-2, 2-1) will host Oregon State (3-12, 1-4) this Saturday evening in a Pac-12 contest at 7:30 p.m. (PT). UCLA split a pair of contests against Oregon State last season. The Bruins secured a 57-52 win in Pauley Pavilion (on Jan. 30, 2021) and the Beavers responding with an 83-79 overtime win in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament (on March 11, 2021).
Over the previous four seasons, UCLA has recorded a 4-3 record against Oregon State (including a 3-0 record in Pauley Pavilion). UCLA leads the all-time series against Oregon State by a 99-40 margin (the first matchups occurred in the 1920s).
PLEASE NOTE: Fans at Saturday's game between Oregon State 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 televised on the Pac-12 Network (radio broadcast on AM 1150).
Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Game Time: 7:30 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. 84 / Ch. 84
SIRIUS Internet Channel: Ch. 84
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- The Bruins have gone 10-2 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 (37.1%) and No. 2 in assist-turnover ratio (1.57).
- UCLA's Tyger Campbell ranks No. 2 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (4.31-to-1), through Thursday, Jan. 13.
- Guard Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 16.6 points per game (he has averaged 5.0 rebounds per contest).
- Four UCLA players have averaged at least 12.0 points per game (through 12 games).
- Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 51-24 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.
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
MOST RECENTLY, VERSUS OREGON
UCLA and Oregon each had nine-point leads in Thursday's Pac-12 contest in Pauley Pavilion. Oregon won the game, 84-81, in overtime. The Bruins led 35-26 with under one minute to play before halftime. Oregon pushed ahead by a 46-37 margin with 16 minutes left in the second half before UCLA responded and took the lead (51-50) on a 3-pointer by Tyger Campbell with 11:39 left in regulation.
Tyger Campbell was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday (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 (12.6 ppg, 4.7 apg, 2.8 rpg) leads the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage (49.1%, 26-for-53) and has ranked No. 2 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (4.31), through Thursday, Jan. 13. Campbell has made 21 of 25 free throws (84.0%) and is currently shooting 46.4 percent from the field (having made 52 of 112 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.
Through games played on Thursday, Jan. 13, the Bruins ranked No. 8 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.57). Tyger Campbell has totaled 56 assists and 13 turnovers through 12 contests. Since the start of UCLA's NCAA Tournament run last season (in total, UCLA's last 18 games), Campbell has totaled 83 assists and 20 turnovers (an assist-turnover ratio of 4.15-to-1). Other notable assist-turnover ratios on the Bruins' current team include senior guards Jules Bernard (27 assists, 12 turnovers, 2.25 ratio) and David Singleton (12 assists, 5 turnovers, 2.4 ratio).
QUITE THE TURNAROUND: Senior Jules Bernard has totaled 78 assists and 51 turnovers over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons (junior/senior years), an assist-turnover ratio of 1.53. During his first two seasons at UCLA (2018-19 and 2019-20), Bernard had totaled 47 assists and 84 turnovers through 63 games. In addition, Bernard averaged 6.6 points per game during his first two seasons and has averaged 11.0 points during his junior and senior campaigns.
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.
• Senior Jules Bernard has scored 902 career points, standing just 98 shy of hitting the 1,000-career-point plateau.
• Junior Jaime Jaquez Jr. has started in each of UCLA's last 45 contests, dating back to the season finale in 2019-20.
• Graduate student Myles Johnson (fifth-year senior) played in collegiate game No. 102 on Thursday against Oregon.
• Myles Johnson (21 blocks, 1.75 bpg) ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 in most blocks per game (through Thursday, Jan. 13).
• Junior Johnny Juzang scored in double figures in each of UCLA's first 10 games (he had nine points last Saturday at Cal).
• Junior Tyger Campbell (384 assists) stands just 74 assists shy from moving into the school's career top-10 assists list.
• In UCLA's last six games, Campbell has 31 assists (eight turnovers) and shot 51.7% from 3-point range (15-for-29).
• In UCLA's two wins last week, Campbell shot 61.1 percent from the field (11-for-18 overall).
• Senior Cody Riley returned to the court last week (Thursday, Jan. 6) after missing 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 18 home games in Pac-12 play (losses to USC in March of 2021 and Oregon on Jan. 13, 2022). 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 61-32.
Listed as a preseason All-America selection by nearly every national media outlet, Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 16.6 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 last season's NCAA Tournament (54-for-106). Juzang secured second-team All-Pac-12 honors last season and finished No. 3 in the Pac-12 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 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists through 12 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 13.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in the Bruins' first 12 games. Last week against Long Beach State (Jan. 6), Bernard had 22 points and sank four 3-pointers (seven attempts) in the team's 96-78 win. In an overtime win over No. 4-ranked Villanova (Nov. 12, 2021), 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 107 career contests, including all 32 games (28 starts) last season. He has registered career averages of 8.4 points and 3.8 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 21-8 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 37-14 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.