No. 9 UCLA to Play at Colorado on Saturday Evening
BOULDER, Colo. – No. 9-ranked UCLA will face Colorado for the second time this season on Saturday evening (Jan. 22). Game time at the CU Events Center in Boulder is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT (7 p.m. MT).
The Bruins defeated Colorado in their Pac-12 opener (73-61) in Los Angeles, back on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Myles Johnson logged a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in that contest. The Bruins had led by a 39-23 margin at halftime in that showdown before Colorado reduced UCLA's advantage to four points (48-44) midway through the second half. UCLA has compiled an all-time record of 15-7 against Colorado, including an 11-6 mark since the Buffaloes joined the Pac-12, prior to the 2011-12 season.
Venue: CU Events Center
Arena Capacity: 11,064
Game Time: 6 p.m. PT (7 p.m. MT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (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: Ch. 84 / Ch. 84
SIRIUS Internet Channel: Ch. 84
ABOUT THE BRUINS
• The Bruins have gone 12-2 this season (4-1 in the Pac-12) and are ranked No. 9 in the AP and Coaches' Polls.
• Saturday's game at Colorado will mark the Bruins' second game in three days (during a span of five games in 10 days).
• UCLA ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12 Conference in 3-point FG percentage (35.9%) and No. 2 in assist-turnover ratio (1.54).
• Guard Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 17.9 points per game (which ranks No. 2 among all Pac-12 players).
• UCLA's Tyger Campbell ranks No. 3 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.8-to-1), through Thursday, Jan. 20.
• Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 53-24 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
LAST TIME OUT
Johnny Juzang connected on 9 of 13 shots (and made 7 of 8 free throws), finishing with a season-high 28 points in the Bruins' 63-58 win against Utah on Thursday, Jan. 20. The Bruins overcame a 32-31 halftime deficit and had trailed the Runnin' Utes, 54-51, late in the second half. Juzang scored 18 of his team-leading 28 points in the first half. Jules Bernard scored 14 points, knocking down 2 of 5 attempts from 3-point territory, to help the Bruins improve to 12-2 overall. UCLA notched its fifth consecutive win against Utah (all during the three seasons under head coach Mick Cronin).
Tyger Campbell was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week one week ago (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. UCLA's redshirt junior point guard, Campbell has averaged 12.1 points and 4.4 assists in all 14 games this season. He ranked third among all Pac-12 players in 3-point field goal percentage (44.6%) and is third in the conference in assists per game (4.4). Through games played on Thursday, Jan. 20, Campbell ranked No. 3 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.8-to-1).
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 on Thursday, Jan. 6, 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. 20, the Bruins ranked No. 11 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.54). Tyger Campbell has totaled 61 assists and 16 turnovers through 13 contests (A-T ratio of 3.8-to-1). Since the start of UCLA's NCAA Tournament run last season (in total, UCLA's last 20 games), Campbell has totaled 88 assists and 23 turnovers (an assist-turnover ratio of 3.8-to-1). Other notable assist-turnover ratios on the Bruins' current team include senior guards Jules Bernard (31 assists, 14 turnovers, 2.2 ratio) and David Singleton (13 assists, 5 turnovers, 2.6 ratio).
QUITE THE TURNAROUND: Senior Jules Bernard has totaled 82 assists and 53 turnovers over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons (junior/senior years), an assist-turnover ratio of 1.55. 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 11.2 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 5-1 in road and 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 22-18 record in games played away from home (road games, neutral sites) and to a 31-6 record in home games.
• Senior Jules Bernard has scored 932 career points, standing just 68 shy of hitting the 1,000-career-point plateau.
• Sophomore Jaylen Clark made his first collegiate start last Saturday (Jan. 15) and scored a career-best 11 points.
• UCLA ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12 (No. 9, nationally) in fewest turnovers committed per game (9.7, as of Thursday, Jan. 20).
• Graduate student Myles Johnson (fifth-year senior) played in collegiate game No. 104 on Thursday night at Utah.
• Myles Johnson (21 blocks, 1.5 bpg) ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 in most blocks per game (through Thursday, Jan. 20).
• Junior Johnny Juzang has scored in double figures in 13 of 14 games (including a season-high 28 points at Utah).
• Junior Tyger Campbell (389 assists) stands just 69 assists shy from moving into the school's career top-10 assists list.
• In UCLA's last three games, Juzang has shot 60.0% from the field (making 24 of 40 shot attempts).
• In UCLA's last three games, Juzang has made 21 of 25 free throw attempts (84.0% at the free throw line).
• In UCLA's two games last week, Johnny Juzang shot 55.6 percent from the field (15-for-27 from the field).
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 17 of their last 19 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 63-32.
UCLA AT HOME: Since the start of the 2019-20 season, UCLA has gone 31-6 in all 37 home contests (Pauley Pavilion). This season, UCLA has compiled 7-1 mark in eight home games.
VERSUS TOP-RANKED FOES: Through 14 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.
Listed as a preseason All-America selection by nearly every national media outlet, Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 17.9 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).
20-POINT PERFORMANCES: Johnny Juzang has scored at least 20 points in each of UCLA's last three games. This season, he has scored at least 20 points in five games. During his two seasons at UCLA, Juzang has scored at least 20 points in 13 games (five times this season, eight games last season). In addition to his scoring saavy, Juzang has averaged 4.9 rebounds per game this season, totaling at least seven rebounds in four contests.
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 13.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in the Bruins' first 14 games. Two weeks ago against Long Beach State (Jan. 6), he tallied 22 points and sank four 3-pointers (seven attempts) in UCLA'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 109 career contests, including all 32 games last season and all 13 games this year. He has registered career averages of 8.6 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). This season, the Bruins have posted a 2-1 record in such situations. 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 24-3 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points (15-3 last season, 8-0 record 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 118-14 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 182 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 37-2 record when UCLA has held its opposition to 65 points or fewer. UCLA has gone 7-0 this season (allowing 65 or fewer points), went 14-1 last season, and went 16-1 in 2019-20.
FORCING TURNOVERS: Midway through his third season at UCLA, Coach Cronin has guided the Bruins to a 20-2 record when UCLA has forced at least 15 turnovers by the opposition (includes a 5-0 mark in that category this season).
PAC-12, RANKED TEAMS
The Pac-12 has three teams ranked in the latest weekly top 25 polls (AP, Coaches). Through games on Thursday, Jan. 20, UCLA (12-2), USC (15-2) and Arizona (15-1) had compiled a combined record of 42-5. Arizona has moved into the No. 3 slot in the latest top-25 rankings (AP and Coaches Polls). UCLA is ranked No. 9 in both polls, while USC has been tabbed No. 15 in the Coaches Poll and No. 16 by the Associated Press. UCLA was projected as the Pac-12 preseason favorite (media poll), while USC was tabbed No. 3 in the preseason poll and Arizona (and Oregon State) was tied for the No. 4 slot.
THE BRUINS WHEN ...
Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Bruins have gone 91-14 when leading at halftime (spanning 178 games). During that span, the UCLA has gone 26-41 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 96-11. 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 37-7 when leading at halftime and 14-15 when trailing at the break (2-2 record, tied at halftime). The Bruins have gone 36-4 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.
Sophomore guard Jaylen Clark has made a significant impact, having averaged 6.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 13 games. Hailing from Riverside, Calif., Clark scored a career-high 11 points in his first UCLA start (against Oregon State) on Saturday, Jan. 15. He made each of his first five shot attempts in the game (all in the first half), finished the game having made 5 of 6 shots and tallied four rebounds and a pair of assists. Clark ranks second on the team in total offensive rebounds (26), trailing Myles Johnson's team-leading total of 38. Clark has shot 46.3% from the field during his sophomore campaign.