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No. 7 UCLA to Host No. 3 Arizona on Tuesday Night

Jan 23, 2022
Jules Bernard (photo by Scott Chandler)

LOS ANGELES – No. 7 UCLA (13-2, 5-1 Pac-12) will take on No. 3 Arizona (16-1, 6-0 Pac-12) in Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday evening (8 p.m.) in the first meeting between these two programs this season. This will mark the highest-ranked opponent to face the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion since No. 1-ranked Kentucky took on UCLA in Los Angeles on Dec. 3, 2015 (the Bruins won, 87-77). Previously this season, UCLA had defeated No. 4-ranked Villanova in the Bruins' second game of the year (Nov. 12, 2021). Tuesday night's game will feature the highest-ranked Pac-12 opponent to face the Bruins in Pauley since then-undefeated and No. 1-ranked Arizona defeated UCLA, 79-75, on Jan. 9, 2014.
The Bruins have won their last five games against Arizona, a streak that began with a victory in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 26, 2019 (the Bruins won, 90-69). Since then, UCLA swept the regular-season series (two games) in 2019-20 and again in 2020-21. Arizona last won in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 21, 2017 (Arizona 96, UCLA 85).
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Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Tipoff Time: 8:05 p.m. (PT)
Television: ESPN
TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst), Molly McGrath (sideline)
Radio Broadcast (UCLA Sports Network): AM 570
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Ch. 81 / Ch. 81
SIRIUS Internet Channel: Ch. 81
- The Bruins have gone 13-2 this season (5-1 in the Pac-12) and are ranked No. 9 in the AP and Coaches' Polls.
- UCLA has gone 5-0 in true road games and 7-1 at home (the Bruins are 1-1 in a pair of neutral site contests).
- UCLA has won seven of its last nine meetings against Arizona and have recorded a five-game win streak in the series.
- The Bruins rank No. 1 in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (36.2%) and are No. 2 in assist-turnover ratio (1.49).
- Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 18.3 points per game (which ranks No. 2 among all Pac-12 players).
- UCLA's Tyger Campbell ranks No. 2 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.56-to-1), through Saturday, Jan. 22.
- Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 54-24 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.
• The Bruins went 5-1 in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, earning the program's 19th all-time appearance in the Final Four.
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
Episode 6 (aired Monday, Jan. 24) – watch
The Bruins have won three consecutive games, including a two-game road sweep at Utah (Jan. 20) and Colorado (Jan. 22) last week. Johnny Juzang averaged a team leading 25.5 points in those two victories (and shot 58.1% from the field, making 18 of 31 shots). Juzang has scored at least 20 points in each of UCLA's last four games, having averaged 24.5 points and 6.0 rebounds during that four-game stretch. Through those four contests, Juzang has shot 56.9% from the field, 46.7% from 3-point distance (7-for-15), and 86.2% from the free throw line (25-for-29).
Tyger Campbell entered Sunday's schedule as the No. 2 leader, nationally, in assist-turnover ratio (3.56-to-1). Campbell has averaged 11.5 points and 4.3 assists in 15 games this season, shooting 42.8% from the field and 43.5% from 3-point distance. He ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (through Saturday, Jan. 22). Campbell has scored at least 10 points in 12 of the Bruins' 15 games. He has started all 78 games for UCLA since the start of the 2019-20 season.
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 Saturday's games, UCLA had ranked No. 15 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.49). Since the start of UCLA's NCAA Tournament run last season (in total, UCLA's last 21 games), Campbell has totaled 91 assists and 25 turnovers (an assist-turnover ratio of 3.64-to-1). Other notable assist-turnover ratios on the Bruins' current team include senior guards Jules Bernard (32 assists, 16 turnovers, 2.0 ratio) and David Singleton (13 assists, 5 turnovers, 2.6 ratio).
The Bruins have gone 7-1 in eight games played away from home (includes a 5-0 road record). Earlier this season, UCLA registered non-conference road wins at UNLV (Nov. 27) and at Marquette (Dec. 11). UCLA's five-game road win streak is the program's longest since winning six consecutive road games in 2007-08. Now in his third season as UCLA's head coach, Mick Cronin has guided the Bruins to a 23-18 record in games played away from home (road and neutral site contests).
- Senior Jules Bernard has scored 941 career points, standing just 59 shy of hitting the 1,000-career-point plateau.
- The Bruins have gone 5-0 on the road (1-1 in neutral-site contests), including a 3-0 mark in Pac-12 road gaes.
- UCLA ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12 (No. 9, nationally) in fewest turnovers committed per game (9.8, as of Saturday, Jan. 22).
- Graduate student Myles Johnson (fifth-year senior) played in his 105th collegiate game on Saturday at Colorado.
- Myles Johnson (23 blocks, 1.5 bpg) ranks No. 4 in the Pac-12 in most blocks per game (through Saturday, Jan. 22).
- Junior Johnny Juzang has scored in double figures in 14 of 15 games (including a season-high 28 points at Utah).
- Junior Tyger Campbell (392 assists) stands just 66 assists shy from moving into the school's career top-10 assists list.
- In UCLA's last four games, Juzang has shot 56.9% from the field (making 33 of 58 shot attempts).
- In UCLA's last four games, Juzang has made 25 of 29 free throw attempts (86.2% at the free throw line).
- In two games last week, Jules Bernard averaged 11.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg (and was 12-for-14 at the free throw line)
Through six Pac-12 contests, UCLA has gone 5-1. Last year, UCLA went 13-6 in league play (and went 8-1 in nine Pac-12 home games). 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 team's head coach. Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Bruins have registered a Pac-12 record of 65-32.
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 15 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 18.3 points per game this season (ranks No. 2 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 TOTALS: Johnny Juzang has scored at least 20 points in each of the team's last four games. During his two seasons at UCLA, he has scored at least 20 points in 14 games (six times this season, eight games last year). In addition, Juzang has averaged 5.0 rebounds per game this season, totaling at least seven rebounds in four contests.
30-POINT CLUB: Johnny Juzang scored a career-high 32 points in UCLA's 64-61 win at Washington last season (Feb. 13, 2021). That marked the most points in one game by any UCLA player since Kris Wilkes had 34 points versus Arizona on Jan. 26, 2019 (in Pauley Pavilion).
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.
Junior guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. has been a catalyst since arriving in Westwood in the summer of 2019. He has played in 77 of the Bruins' last 78 games (over the past three seasons), making 69 starts. Jaquez Jr. secured second-team All-Pac-12 honors at the end of the 2020-21 season. This year, he has averaged 12.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game (14 contestes). As a sophomore last year, Jaquez Jr. registered 12.3 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game. He was one of five players to have earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honors. He led the Bruins with 39 steals and was tied for the team lead with 22 blocks (tied with Cody Riley). Jaquez Jr. has scored in double figures in 44 career games.
Senior guard Jules Bernard has played in more games at UCLA (110) than any other current player. The former standout at nearby Windward School has averaged 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this season. In the Bruins' two road wins last week, Bernard averaged 11.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Three weeks ago against Long Beach State, he totaled 22 points and made four 3-pointers (seven attempts) in UCLA's 96-78 win. In an overtime win over No. 4-ranked Villanova (Nov. 12, 2021), he nailed the game-tying basket with 25 seconds to play in the second half, helping to tie the game at 67-67. Bernard has registered career averages of 8.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
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.
Over the past two seasons (2020-21 and 2021-22), UCLA has gone 25-3 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points (15-3 last season, 8-0 record this year). Midway through his third season at UCLA, Coach Cronin has led the Bruins to a 43-4 record when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points. In 2019-20, UCLA went 18-1 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 119-14 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 183 games).