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No. 3 UCLA to Play at No. 7 Arizona on Thursday

Jan 31, 2022
Peyton Watson (photo by Scott Chandler)

LOS ANGELES – The Bruins will face Arizona at the McKale Center (Tucson, Ariz.) on Thursday evening, marking the third straight season in which UCLA and Arizona have matched up at the Wildcats' home arena. UCLA defeated Arizona last week by a 75-59 margin in Pauley Pavilion (Tuesday, Jan. 25). The Bruins have won the last six games in the all-time series and have won their last four contests against the Wildcats at the McKale Center (Feb. 2017, Feb. 2018, Feb. 2020 and Jan. 2021). UCLA leads the all-time series against Arizona by a 62-44 margin. The Bruins have won eight of the last 10 meetings.
 
GAME INFORMATION
Venue: McKale Center (Tucson, Ariz.)
Game Time: 5 p.m., PT (6 p.m., MT)
Television: ESPN
TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst), Molly McGrath (sideline)
Radio Broadcast (UCLA Sports Network): AM 1150
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Ch. 133 / Ch. 197
SIRIUS Internet Channel: Ch. 959
 
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- The Bruins have gone 16-2 (and 8-1 in the Pac-12) and are ranked No. 3 in the AP poll (No. 4 in the Coaches' Poll).
- UCLA has gone 5-0 in true road games and 10-1 at home (the Bruins are 1-1 in a pair of neutral site contests).
- UCLA has won 16 of their first 18 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 margin of victory (14.1 ppg) and points per game (78.0 ppg).
- UCLA's Tyger Campbell ranks No. 3 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.68-to-1), through Sunday, Jan. 30.
- Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 57-24 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
 
LOOKING AT LAST WEEK
UCLA went 3-0 last week with a trio of home victories over Arizona (75-59), California (81-57) and Stanford (66-43). The Bruins limited their opposition to an average of 53.0 points per game. No UCLA team has held the opposition to as few as 159 total points threw three consecutive games since the non-conference portion of the 2011-12 season under then-head coach Ben Howland. In addition, UCLA had not limited the opposition to 59 or fewer points in three straight games in Pac-12 play since the 2011-12 season (from Jan. 5-15, 2012, during the season in which Pauley Pavilion was being renovated).
 
BY THE NUMBERS: Arizona entered last week's game versus UCLA having averaged 88.7 points per game. UCLA limited Arizona to a season-low 59 points. Previously, Arizona's season-low total had been 73 points in a 77-73 loss at Tennessee (Dec. 22, 2021). The Wildcats hadn't scored fewer than 60 points since Feb. 4, 2021 in a 73-58 loss at Utah.
 
UCLA AND ARIZONA: The Bruins have 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 defeated UCLA at the McKale Center on Feb. 12, 2016 (UCLA lost, 81-75).
 
WIN STREAK
The Bruins have won a season-high six straight games, including a two-game sweep two weeks ago at Utah (Jan. 20) and Colorado (Jan. 22). In UCLA's two wins against California (Jan. 27) and Stanford (Jan. 29) last week, Jake Kyman averaged 12.5 points and 4.0 rebounds off the bench. Jules Bernard averaged a team-high 14.3 points through UCLA's three home wins last week. Through UCLA's ongoing six-game win streak, the Bruins have shot 47.0 percent (overall) and has averaged 72.8 points per game (while limiting the opposition to just 57.8 points per contest).
 
SIX GAMES, OR MORE: Midway through his third season as the Bruins' head coach, Mick Cronin has guided the Bruins to as many as six consecutive wins on three separate occasions. Near the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, UCLA won seven consecutive games. Last season, the Bruins won seven straight games from early December through January.
 
ASSIST-TURNOVER STATS
Through Thursday's games, UCLA ranked No. 13 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 24 games), Campbell has totaled 108 assists and 29 turnovers (an assist-turnover ratio of 3.7-to-1). Other notable assist-turnover ratios on the Bruins' current team include senior guards Jules Bernard (37 assists, 20 turnovers, 1.9 ratio) and David Singleton (14 assists, 6 turnovers, 2.3 ratio).
 
QUITE THE TURNAROUND: Senior Jules Bernard has totaled 88 assists and 59 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 11.3 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 984 career points, standing just 16 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. 7 in the nation) in fewest turnovers committed per game (9.6, through Jan. 30).
- Myles Johnson (28 blocks, 1.6 bpg) ranks No. 4 in the Pac-12 in most blocks per game (through Sunday, Jan. 30).
- Junior Johnny Juzang has scored in double figures in 15 of 16 games (including a season-high 28 points at Utah).
- Junior Tyger Campbell (409 assists) stands just 49 assists shy from moving into the school's career top-10 assists list.
- Tyger Campbell (1.3) and Jaime Jaquez Jr. (1.2) rank No. 6 and 7, respectively, in the Pac-12 in steals per game.
- In the past three games, UCLA limited the opposition to a 34.1 shooting percentage (and 23.2% from 3-point range).
 
STINGY ON DEFENSE
In UCLA's 66-43 win over Stanford last Saturday evening, the Bruins held each of Stanford's players to fewer than nine points (Isa Silva led the visiting Cardinal with eight points). That marked UCLA's first Pac-12 game since a 71-53 win over Arizona State on Feb. 24, 2011, in which the Bruins held all of the other team's players to fewer than 10 points.
 
KEY FACILITATOR
Through Sunday, Jan. 30, Tyger Campbell ranked No. 3 nationally in assist-turnover ratio (3.7-to-1). Campbell has averaged 11.1 points and 4.5 assists in all 18 games this season. He has shot 43.8% from the field and currently ranks No. 6 in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (42.0%). Campbell has scored at least 10 points in 13 of the Bruins' 18 games. He has started all 81 games for UCLA since the start of the 2019-20 season.
 
UCLA IN PAC-12 ACTION
Since the start of the 2020-21 season, UCLA has gone 21-7 in Pac-12 play (that includes last season's 13-6 record). The Bruins have won 20 of their last 22 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 2019-20 season, the Bruins have gone 34-6 in all games played in Pauley Pavilion.
 
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 80 of the team's last 81 games (72 starts). He secured second-team All-Pac-12 honors last season. This year, he has averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game (17 contests). Last year, Jaquez Jr. was one of five players to have earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honors. Jaquez Jr. has scored in double figures in 46 career games.
 
VETERAN PRESENCE
Senior guard Jules Bernard has played in more games at UCLA (113) than any other current player. He has averaged 13.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this season. Through the Bruins' six-game winning streak, Bernard has averaged 13.7 points and 5.8 rebounds, sinking 25 of 29 free throws (86.2%). Nearly one month ago against Long Beach State (Jan. 6), he totaled 22 points and made four 3-pointers (seven attempts) in the team's 96-78 win. Bernard stands just 14 points shy of becoming the 58th UCLA player to have scored at least 1,000 career points in a Bruins' uniform.
 
ABOUT JOHNNY JUZANG
Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 18.1 points per game and ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 (in scoring). He has been named to the 20-man watch list for the John R. Wooden Award, presented each season to the nation's top player. 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.
 
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 28-3 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points (15-3 last season, 11-0 record this year). Midway through his third season at UCLA, Coach Cronin has led the Bruins to a 46-4 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 122-14 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 185 games).