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No. 7 UCLA Men's Basketball Hosts Cal on Thursday

Jan 26, 2022
Myles Johnson (photo by Don Liebig)

LOS ANGELES – No. 7-ranked UCLA will host California on Thursday, Jan. 27. Game time is 6 p.m. (PT) in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The Bruins defeated California, 60-52, when the two programs faced off nearly three weeks ago (Saturday, Jan. 8) at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. The Bruins have won their last nine games against California and 12 of the past 14 games in the all-time series. In the meeting at Haas Pavilion earlier this month, UCLA led at halftime 31-25 and never saw its advantage fall to any fewer than seven points, through the final 10 minutes of the game. Tyger Campbell led UCLA with 17 points and four assists, while Jaime Jaquez Jr. tallied 14 points.

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Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Tipoff Time: 6:02 p.m. (PT)
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
- The Bruins have gone 14-2 (and 6-1 in the Pac-12) and are ranked No. 7 in the AP poll (No. 8 in the Coaches' Poll).
- UCLA has gone 5-0 in true road games and 8-1 at home (the Bruins are 1-1 in a pair of neutral site contests).
- UCLA has won its past nine contests against California, with five of those victories taking place in Pauley Pavilion.
- The Bruins rank No. 1 in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (36.7%) and are No. 2 in assist-turnover ratio (1.49).
- Johnny Juzang was named this week's Pac-12 Player of the Week (averaged 25.5 points in UCLA's two wins last week).
- UCLA's Tyger Campbell ranks No. 2 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.72-to-1), through Tuesday, Jan. 25.
- Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 55-24 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
Jules Bernard and Johnny Juzang scored a team-leading 15 points to lead No. 7 UCLA past No. 3 Arizona, 75-59, before a crowd of 11,268 in Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday. The Bruins led Arizona at halftime, 40-29, and never trailed in the second half. UCLA's 16-point margin of victory on Tuesday was the Bruins' largest over a top-five-ranked opponent since defeating No. 2 Oregon State by 26 points (93-67) on Jan. 31, 1980 (that game was played in Pauley Pavilion).
BY THE NUMBERS: Arizona entered Tuesday's game having averaged 88.7 points per game before UCLA limited the Wildcats to a season-low 59 points. Previously, Arizona's season-low point total had been 73 points in a 77-73 loss at Tennessee on Dec. 22, 2021. Arizona had not scored fewer than 60 points since Feb. 4, 2021 in a 73-58 loss at Utah.
UCLA AND ARIZONA: The Bruins have now won their last six games against Arizona, a streak that began with a victory in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 26, 2019 (UCLA 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).
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE: UCLA limited Arizona to 30.7 percent shooting from the field on Tuesday, the lowest such percentage in Pac-12 play by any of UCLA's conference opponents since Feb. 8, 2020. In the matchup in 2020, UCLA held Arizona to a 25.4 shooting percentage (15-for-59) at the McKale Center, winning the game 65-52.
The Bruins have won four consecutive games, including a two-game road sweep last week at Utah (Jan. 20) and Colorado (Jan. 22). Johnny Juzang was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday for the second time this season. He averaged a team leading 25.5 points in those two victories (shot 58.1% from the field). Juzang has scored at least 15 points in each of UCLA's last five games, having averaged 21.4 points and 5.4 rebounds during that five-game stretch. Through those five games, he has shot 52.9% from the field and 42.1% from 3-point distance (8-for-19).
Through Tuesday's games, UCLA 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 22 games), Campbell has totaled 94 assists and 25 turnovers (an assist-turnover ratio of 3.76-to-1). Other notable assist-turnover ratios on the Bruins' current team include senior guards Jules Bernard (35 assists, 16 turnovers, 2.2 ratio) and David Singleton (13 assists, 5 turnovers, 2.6 ratio).

Senior Jules Bernard has totaled 86 assists and 55 turnovers over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons (junior/senior years), an assist-turnover ratio of 1.56. 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.
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 956 career points, standing just 44 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 in the nation) in fewest turnovers committed per game (9.7, as of Tuesday, Jan. 25).
- Myles Johnson (25 blocks, 1.6 bpg) ranks No. 4 in the Pac-12 in most blocks per game (through Tuesday, Jan. 25).
- Junior Johnny Juzang has scored in double figures in 15 of 16 games (including a season-high 28 points at Utah).
- Junior Tyger Campbell (395 assists) stands just 63 assists shy from moving into the school's career top-10 assists list.
- In UCLA's last five games, Juzang has shot 52.9% from the field (making 36 of 68 shot attempts).
- In UCLA's last five games, Juzang has made 27 of 31 free throw attempts (87.1% at the free throw line).
Through Tuesday, Jan. 25, Tyger Campbell ranked No. 2 nationally in assist-turnover ratio (3.72-to-1). Campbell has averaged 11.4 points and 4.2 assists in all 16 games this season. He has shot 43.4% from the field and currently ranks No. 4 in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (43.8%). Campbell has scored at least 10 points in 12 of the Bruins' 16 games. He has started all 79 games for UCLA since the start of the 2019-20 season.
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.
Through seven Pac-12 contests, UCLA has gone 6-1. Last year, UCLA went 13-6 in league play (and went 8-1 in nine Pac-12 home games). The Bruins have won 18 of their last 20 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 66-32.
Since the start of the 2019-20 season, UCLA has gone 32-6 in all 38 home contests (Pauley Pavilion). This season, UCLA has compiled an 8-1 mark in nine home games.
Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 18.1 points per game this season and ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 (in scoring). Last season, he averaged a team-leading 16.0 points in 27 contests and was one of five players to earn All-NCAA Tournament Team acclaim (averaged 22.8 points in six NCAA Tournament games). He shot 50.9 percent in last season's NCAA Tournament. Juzang secured second-team All-Pac-12 honors as a sophomore last season.
20-POINT TOTALS: Johnny Juzang scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games earlier this month. 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 4.9 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 78 of the Bruins' last 79 games and made 70 starts. He secured second-team All-Pac-12 honors at the end of the 2020-21 season. This year, he has averaged 12.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game (15 contests). Last season, 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 45 career games.
Senior guard Jules Bernard has played in more games at UCLA (111) than any other current player. He has averaged 13.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game this season. In two road wins last week, he 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.
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 26-3 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points (15-3 last season, 9-0 record this year). Midway through his third season at UCLA, Coach Cronin has led the Bruins to a 44-4 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 120-14 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 184 games).