No. 13 UCLA to Host Washington State on Thursday
LOS ANGELES – No. 13-ranked UCLA will return to action against Washington State (14-10, 7-6) in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday evening. The Bruins (17-5, 9-4) have played their past four games away from home as they prepare to open a three-game homestand – versus Washington State (Thursday), Washington (Saturday) and Arizona State (on Monday, Feb. 21). UCLA has just seven games remaining on its regular-season schedule, including the upcoming three-game stretch of home games. All three home games will be nationally televised on FS1.
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Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Game Time: 8 p.m. (PT)
TV Talent: Alex Faust (play-by-play), Steve Lavin (analyst)
Radio Broadcast (UCLA Sports Network): AM 1150
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Ch. 81 / Ch. 81
SIRIUS Internet Channel: Ch. 81
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- The Bruins have gone 17-5 (and 9-4 in the Pac-12) and are ranked No. 13 in this week's AP top 25 poll.
- UCLA has gone 6-2 in true road games and 10-1 at home (the Bruins are 1-1 in a pair of neutral site contests).
- The Bruins have gone 9-4 since returning from a COVID pause that took place in late December of 2021.
- The Bruins rank No. 2 in the Pac-12 in margin of victory (11.2 ppg) and points per game (77.1 ppg).
- UCLA has just eight games to play in the regular-season schedule (four at home and four on the road).
- UCLA's Tyger Campbell ranks No. 4 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.26-to-1), through Sunday, Feb. 13.
- UCLA ranks in the top 10, nationally, in fewest turnovers per game (No. 4, at 9.3) and turnover margin (No. 8, at 4.7).
- Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 58-27 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
Episode 7 (aired Monday, Feb. 7) – watch
UCLA VERSUS WASHINGTON STATE, WASHINGTON
The Bruins have compiled an all-time record of 110-19 against Washington State, splitting the last four matchups (over the previous two seasons). With the Pac-12's 20-game league schedule, UCLA will not play at Washington State this season. The Bruins have tallied an all-time mark of 103-43 against Washington, with UCLA set to host the Huskies on Saturday evening in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA will conclude its regular-season series against Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle on Monday, Feb. 28 (a game that was rescheduled from early Dec. 2021).
LAST SATURDAY EVENING
Tyger Campbell scored a career-high 27 points as the Bruins absorbed a 67-64 loss at USC on Saturday, Feb. 12. UCLA tried to erase an eight-point deficit with 40 seconds to play, trimming USC's cushion to as few as three points (67-64) with two seconds remaining. Campbell's last-second three-point shot after Jaylen Clark's steal (on an inbounds pass) was unsuccessful. Campbell finished the game having made 6 of 13 shots and a career-high 13 free throws (on 14 attempts). UCLA trailed USC at halftime, 33-31, and led by as many as four points midway through the second half.
UCLA SWEEPS STANFORD
UCLA defeated Stanford, 79-70, at Maples Pavilion last week to sweep the regular-season series against the Cardinal (last week's game had been rescheduled from the first week of January). The Bruins' win at Stanford followed back-to-back losses in Pac-12 play at Arizona (76-66) on Thursday, Feb. 3, and in triple overtime at Arizona State (87-84) on Saturday, Feb. 5. In last week's victory at Stanford, UCLA's first win at Maples Pavilion since Feb. 2015, Johnny Juzang scored a team-leading 23 points and connected on 10 of 16 shots. Tyger Campbell scored 14 points and had seven assists.
Through Sunday's games, UCLA ranked No. 9 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.51). Since the start of UCLA's NCAA Tournament run last year (in total, the last 28 games), point guard Tyger Campbell has totaled 128 assists and 38 turnovers (an assist-turnover ratio of 3.4-to-1). Aside from Campbell, other notable assist-turnover ratios on the Bruins' roster include senior Jules Bernard (38 assists, 21 turnovers, 1.8 ratio) and senior David Singleton (19 assists, six turnovers, 3.2 ratio).
- Senior Jules Bernard has scored 1,017 career points, crossing the 1,000-point threshold on Saturday, Feb. 5.
- The Bruins have gone 6-3 on the road (1-1 in neutral-site contests), including a 4-3 record in Pac-12 road games.
- UCLA ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12 (No. 4 in the nation) in fewest turnovers committed per game (9.3, through Feb. 13).
- Myles Johnson (29 blocks, 1.3 bpg) ranks No. 5 in the Pac-12 in most blocks per game (through Sunday, Feb. 13).
- Junior Johnny Juzang has scored in double figures in 19 of 20 games (including a season-high 28 points at Utah).
- Johnny Juzang has shot a team-high 86.8% from the free throw stripe in his two seasons at UCLA (105-for-121).
- UCLA has committed nine turnovers or fewer in each of the past seven games (just six turnovers at Stanford on Feb. 8).
- The Bruins have tallied more assists than turnovers in 18 of 22 games this season.
Through games played on Sunday, Feb. 13, Tyger Campbell ranked No. 4 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.26-to-1). Campbell has averaged 12.0 points and 4.6 assists in all 22 games this season. He has scored in double figures in 16 of UCLA's 22 games and currently ranks No. 6 in the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage (41.2%). Campbell has started all 84 games for the Bruins since the start of the 2019-20 season (missed the 2018-19 season with a left knee injury).
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 as the team's starting point guard.
UCLA IN PAC-12 ACTION
Since the start of the 2020-21 season, UCLA has gone 22-10 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.
Junior guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. has been a catalyst since arriving in Westwood in the summer of 2019. He has played in 84 of the team's last 85 games (76 starts). Jaquez Jr. secured second-team All-Pac-12 honors last season. This year, he has averaged 12.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game (21 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 48 career games.
THE BRUINS' LEADING SCORER
Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 17.8 points per game 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.
20-POINT TOTALS: During his two seasons at UCLA, he has scored at least 20 points in 15 games (that includes seven games this season and eight games last year). Juzang has averaged 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 20 games played this season. He has totaled at least seven rebounds in five contests this year.
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 a Pac-12 game in Pauley Pavilion.
Under third-year head coach Mick Cronin, the Bruins have gone 21-10 in games decided by five points or fewer (includes all overtime games, regardless of score margin). This season, the Bruins have posted a 2-3 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 29-4 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points (15-3 last season, 14-1 record this year). Midway through his third season at UCLA, Coach Cronin has led the Bruins to a 47-5 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 123-15 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 188 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 41-2 record when UCLA has held its opposition to 65 points or fewer. UCLA has gone 11-0 this season (allowing 65 or fewer points), went 15-1 last season, and went 16-1 in 2019-20.
FEWEST POINTS ALLOWED: Since the start of the 2019-20 season, UCLA has limited the opposition a single-game low of 40 points, back on Jan. 19, 2020. The Bruins outlasted California, 50-40, in a Pac-12 contest in Pauley Pavilion. More recently, UCLA limited Stanford to just 43 points in the Bruins' 66-43 win over the Cardinal on Jan. 29, 2022.
FORCING TURNOVERS: Midway through his third year at UCLA, Coach Cronin has guided the Bruins to a 23-3 record when UCLA has forced at least 15 turnovers by the opposition (includes an 8-1 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.
THE BRUINS WHEN ...
Since the start of the 2017-18 season, the Bruins have gone 71-14 when leading at halftime (through 151 games). During that span, the UCLA has gone 22-39 when trailing at halftime (3-2 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 74-10. When trailing by 10 or more points in a game, UCLA has gone 17-40.
UNDER COACH CRONIN: Since the start of the 2019-20 season, UCLA has gone 41-7 when leading at halftime and 14-18 when trailing at the break (2-2 record, tied at halftime). The Bruins have gone 40-4 when building a lead of 10 points or more. UCLA has gone 8-19 when trailing by at least 10 points at any point in the game.