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No. 7 UCLA to Face Stanford on Saturday Night

Jan 28, 2022
Jules Bernard (photo by Scott Chandler)

LOS ANGELES – No. 7-ranked UCLA will host Stanford on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (PT) in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. This will mark Stanford's first appearance in Pauley Pavilion since Jan. 15, 2020, when the Cardinal secured a 74-59 win over UCLA. After that loss to Stanford, the Bruins won 11 of 14 games to close the 2019-20 season. Last season, Stanford defeated UCLA, 73-72, in overtime, scoring a basket on an out-of-bounds play at the buzzer. The Cardinal has won three of the last four matchups against UCLA. Since the start of the 2012-13 season, the Bruins have gone 11-6 versus Stanford
 
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GAME INFORMATION
Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Tipoff Time: 6:05 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio Broadcast (UCLA Sports Network): AM 570
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Ch. 135 / Ch. 197
SIRIUS Internet Channel: Ch. 959
 
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- The Bruins have gone 15-2 (and 7-1 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 9-1 at home (the Bruins are 1-1 in a pair of neutral site contests).
- UCLA has won 15 of their first 17 games for the first time since 2016-17 (when they opened 19-1, through 20 games).
- The Bruins rank No. 1 in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (37.1%) and are No. 2 in assist-turnover ratio (1.48).
- 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 (3.79-to-1), through Thursday, Jan. 27.
- Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 56-24 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.
 
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
Episode 6 (aired Monday, Jan. 24) – watch
 
THE WEEK, SO FAR
The Bruins have won games this week against Arizona (75-59, on Tuesday) and California (81-57, on Thursday), improving their Pac-12 record to 7-1. Jules Bernard and Johnny Juzang scored a team-leading 15 points in the win over Arizona on Tuesday evening. The Bruins led by a 40-29 margin at halftime 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 contest having averaged 88.7 points per game. 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).
 
VERSUS CALIFORNIA: UCLA totaled a season-best 14 steals against California on Thursday, the program's highest single-game total since recording 15 steals in a home victory against Long Beach State on Nov. 23, 2014. The Bruins shot nearly 53 percent from the field against the Golden Bears and were 8-for-18 from 3-point range (44.4%).
 
WIN STREAK
The Bruins have won five straight games, including a two-game 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, having averaged 25.5 points in the victories at Utah and Colorado. Through the five-game streak, UCLA has shot 49.1 percent from the field and has averaged 74.2 points per game (while limiting the opposition to 60.8 points per game). This marks the Bruins' third five-game winning streak of the season (UCLA has not won six consecutive games since a seven-game win streak last year).
 
ASSIST-TURNOVER STATS
Through Thursday's games, UCLA ranked No. 15 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.48). Since the start of UCLA's NCAA Tournament run last season (in total, UCLA's last 23 games), Campbell has totaled 99 assists and 26 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 (37 assists, 19 turnovers, 1.95 ratio) and David Singleton (13 assists, 5 turnovers, 2.6 ratio).
 
QUITE THE TURNAROUND: Senior Jules Bernard has totaled 88 assists and 58 turnovers over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons (junior/senior years), an assist-turnover ratio of 1.5. 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 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).
 
NOTABLES
• Senior Jules Bernard has scored 968 career points, standing just 32 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 games.
• UCLA ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12 (No. 10 in the nation) in fewest turnovers committed per game (9.8, through Jan. 27).
• Myles Johnson (26 blocks, 1.5 bpg) ranks No. 4 in the Pac-12 in most blocks per game (through Thursday, Jan. 27).
• Junior Johnny Juzang has scored in double figures in 15 of 16 games (including a season-high 28 points at Utah).
• Junior Tyger Campbell (400 assists) stands just 58 assists shy from moving into the school's career top-10 assists list.
• In the last five games, Jules Bernard has averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 rebounds (making 20 of 23 free throws).
• In the Bruins' past two games, UCLA has shot 51.2 percent from the field and 45.7 percent from 3-point range.
 
KEY FACILITATOR
Through Thursday, Jan. 27, Tyger Campbell ranked No. 2 nationally in assist-turnover ratio (3.79-to-1). Campbell has averaged 11.2 points and 4.2 assists in all 17 games this season. He has shot 43.4% from the field and currently ranks No. 4 in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (43.3%). Campbell has scored at least 10 points in 12 of the Bruins' 17 games. He has started all 80 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.
 
BRUINS IN LEAGUE PLAY
Through eight Pac-12 contests, UCLA has gone 7-1. Last year, UCLA went 13-6 in league play (and went 8-1 in nine Pac-12 home games). The Bruins have won 19 of their last 21 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 67-32.
 
UCLA AT HOME: Since the start of the 2019-20 season, UCLA has gone 33-6 in all 39 home contests (Pauley Pavilion). This season, UCLA has compiled a 9-1 mark in 10 home games.
 
GO-TO PLAYER
Junior guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. has been a catalyst since arriving in Westwood in the summer of 2019. He has played in 79 of the Bruins' last 80 games and made 71 starts. He 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 (16 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 46 career games.
 
VETERAN PRESENCE
Senior guard Jules Bernard has played in more games at UCLA (112) 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.
 
TOP SCORER
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.
 
CLOSING TIME
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 27-3 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points (15-3 last season, 10-0 record this year). Midway through his third season at UCLA, Coach Cronin has led the Bruins to a 45-4 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 121-14 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 184 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 40-2 record when UCLA has held its opposition to 65 points or fewer. UCLA has gone 10-0 this season (allowing 65 or fewer points), went 15-1 last season, and went 16-1 in 2019-20.
 
FORCING TURNOVERS: Midway through his third year at UCLA, Coach Cronin has guided the Bruins to a 22-2 record when UCLA has forced at least 15 turnovers by the opposition (includes a 7-0 mark in that category this season).
 
AGAINST TOP-RANKED FOES
Since March of 2021, UCLA has registered four wins over top-five-ranked opponents. That includes wins in last season's NCAA Tournament against No. 5 Alabama (Sweet 16) and No. 4 Michigan (Elite Eight). This season, the Bruins have defeated No. 4 Villanova (Nov. 12, 2021) and No. 3 Arizona (Jan. 25, 2022). Since the start of the 2015-16 season, UCLA has gone 8-5 against top-five ranked teams (ranked by the AP). That has included a pair of victories against No. 1 Kentucky in Dec. 2015 and Dec. 2016, as well as back-to-back wins in last season's NCAA Tournament against Alabama and Michigan.
 
PAC-12, RANKED TEAMS
The Pac-12 has three teams ranked in this week's top-25 polls. Through games on Thursday, Jan. 27, UCLA (15-2), USC (17-3) and Arizona (16-2) had compiled a record of 48-7. Earlier this week, Arizona was ranked No. 3 in the latest top-25 AP poll, while UCLA was ranked No. 7 and USC was tabbed No. 15. 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 94-14 when leading at halftime (through 181 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 99-11. 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 39-7 when leading at halftime and 14-15 when trailing at the break (2-2 record, tied at halftime). The Bruins have gone 38-4 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.
 
STREAKING
UCLA has made at least one 3-pointer played in its last 735 games. That 3-point streak began after the Bruins went 0-for-14 from 3-point territory in a 78-63 loss at No. 2-ranked Stanford on Feb. 3, 2000 (Maples Pavilion). UCLA has made at least three 3-pointers in 279 of 287 games since the start of the 2013-14 season. The Bruins made a school single-game-record 19 three-pointers (on 31 attempts) at Colorado on Jan. 12, 2017. UCLA won that road game, 104-89.