No. 13 UCLA Hosts Washington on Saturday Night
LOS ANGELES – No. 13-ranked UCLA will host Washington (13-11, 8-6) in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday night. The Bruins' game will be televised on FS1. UCLA (18-5, 10-4) is currently in a five-day stretch that includes three home games. Most recently, the Bruins defeated Washington State, 76-56, in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night. UCLA has just six games remaining on its regular-season schedule – three games at home, and three games on the road. This Saturday's game will be available on the radio in the Los Angeles area on AM 570.
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Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Game Time: 7 p.m. (PT)
TV Talent: Noah Eagle (play-by-play), Steve Lavin (analyst)
Radio Broadcast (UCLA Sports Network): AM 570
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Ch. 137 / Ch. 197
SIRIUS Internet Channel: Ch. 959
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- The Bruins have gone 18-5 – and 10-4 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 11-1 at home (the Bruins are 1-1 in a pair of neutral site contests).
- The Bruins have gone 10-4 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 (11.6 ppg) and points per game (77.1 ppg).
- UCLA has just six games to play in its regular-season schedule, all in Pac-12 play (three at home, three on the road).
- UCLA's Johnny Juzang ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in scoring (has averaged 17.9 points per game, through 21 games).
- UCLA's Tyger Campbell ranks No. 7 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.26-to-1), through Thursday, Feb. 17.
- UCLA ranks in the top 13, nationally, in fewest turnovers per game (No. 5, at 9.6) and turnover margin (No. 13, at 4.2).
- Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 59-27 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 THE HUSKIES
The Bruins defeated Washington (in Los Angeles) by an 81-76 margin in the first of two meetings last season. UCLA secured a 64-61 win against the Huskies at Alaska Airlines Arena (in Seattle) in the rematch on Feb. 13, 2021. In the Bruins' home victory (Jan. 16, 2021), UCLA overcame a 39-29 halftime deficit, as Jules Bernard scored a team-leading 20 points (making 4-of-7 attempts from 3-point distance). In UCLA's win on the road, Johnny Juzang scored a career-best 32 points, connecting on 12-of-23 shots from the field (and 5-of-12 shots from 3-point territory).
ON THE HORIZON, WITH WASHINGTON
The Bruins will play at Washington on Monday, Feb. 28 (UCLA's second-to-final regular season contest). That game was rescheduled after the original contest was postponed (Dec. 5, 2021), due to COVID-19 protocols within the Huskies' program. The road game on Feb. 28 will mark UCLA's sixth game in a 12-day span.
Jaylen Clark registered career-highs in points (18), rebounds (11), minutes played (34), assists (5) and steals (4) in a 76-56 win over Washington State in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday. Clark made 7 of 11 shots, logging his first collegiate double-double. Johnny Juzang scored a team-leading 19 points in the win, making all three of his 3-point field goal attempts. The Bruins shot 50.0% (10-for-20) from 3-point territory, marking the second game this season in which UCLA made at least 50 percent of its 3-point attempts (season-high percentage was 52.9%, 9-for-17, vs. North Florida on Nov. 17, 2021).
Former UCLA standout Tracy Murray will be inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend. Murray, who competed on UCLA's teams in 1989-90, 1990-91 and 1991-92, enjoyed a 12-year career in the NBA. Among the greatest shooters in program history, Murray still ranks among the top 10 on UCLA's career scoring list (1,792 points, at No. 10). He also ranks among the top 10 at UCLA in career scoring average (fifth, 18.3 ppg), career 3-pointers made (sixth, with 197) and career 3-point percentage (10th, at 41.1%). He helped lead the Bruins to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1990 Sweet 16 and an Elite Eight appearance in 1992. Murray now serves as an analyst on the Bruins' basketball radio broadcast team (more details on the Hall of Fame announcement, click here).
LAST SATURDAY EVENING
Tyger Campbell scored a career-high 27 points as the Bruins absorbed a 67-64 loss at USC last Saturday night. 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 3-point shot after Jaylen Clark's steal (on an inbounds pass by USC) 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.
Through Thursday's games, UCLA ranked No. 15 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (1.49). This season, Tyger Campbell ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12 in assist-turnover ratio (3.3). Other notable assist-turnover ratios on the Bruins' roster include junior Jaime Jaquez Jr. (49 assists, 28 turnovers, 1.8 ratio), senior Jules Bernard (40 assists, 23 turnovers, 1.7 ratio), senior David Singleton (20 assists, six turnovers, 3.3 ratio) and sophomore Jaylen Clark (22 assists, 13 turnovers, 1.7 ratio).
QUITE THE TURNAROUND
Senior Jules Bernard has totaled 91 assists and 62 turnovers over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons (junior/senior years), an assist-turnover ratio of 1.46. 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 11.1 points during his junior and senior campaigns.
A FEW NOTES
- Senior guard Jules Bernard has scored 1,025 career points, crossing the 1,000-point threshold on Saturday, Feb. 5.
- Junior guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. has tallied 942 career points (he stands 58 points shy of the 1,000-point mark).
- 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. 5 in the nation) in fewest turnovers committed per game (9.6, through Feb. 17).
- Myles Johnson (31 blocks, 1.35 bpg) ranks No. 5 in the Pac-12 in most blocks per game (through Thursday, Feb. 17).
- Junior guard Johnny Juzang has scored in double figures in 20 of 21 games (including a season-high 28 points at Utah).
- Johnny Juzang has shot a team-high 86.5% from the free throw stripe in his two seasons at UCLA (109-for-126).
- UCLA has averaged 9.3 turnovers per game (the last 14 games) since returning from a multi-week COVID pause.
- The Bruins have tallied more assists than turnovers in 19 of 23 games this season.
Through games played on Thursday, Feb. 17, Tyger Campbell ranked No. 7 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.26-to-1). Campbell has averaged 12.0 points and 4.6 assists in 22 games this season. He has scored in double figures in 16 of 22 games played and currently ranks No. 5 in the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage (41.2%). Campbell has started 85 of the Bruins' 86 games since the start of the 2019-20 season (he 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 23-10 in Pac-12 play (that includes last season's 13-6 record). The Bruins have won 21 of their last 23 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 35-6 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 85 of the team's last 86 games (77 starts). Jaquez Jr. secured second-team All-Pac-12 honors last season. This year, he has averaged 12.4 points, 5.4 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.
UCLA's LEADING SCORER
Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 17.9 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 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 21 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.
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.
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 30-4 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points (15-3 last season, 15-1 record this year). Midway through his third season at UCLA, Coach Cronin has led the Bruins to a 48-5 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 124-15 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 189 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 42-2 record when UCLA has held its opposition to 65 points or fewer. UCLA has gone 12-0 this season (allowing 65 or fewer points), went 15-1 last season, and went 16-1 in 2019-20.
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 72-14 when leading at halftime (through 152 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 75-10. 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 42-7 when leading at halftime and 14-18 when trailing at the break (2-2 record, tied at halftime). The Bruins have gone 41-4 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.
UCLA has made at least one 3-pointer played in its last 738 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 285 of 293 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.
3-POINTERS, THIS SEASON? ... The Bruins made a season-high 14 shots (on 34 attempts) from 3-point distance in a 96-78 win over Long Beach State on Thursday, Jan. 6. That marked a team-high in 3-pointers made (14) and attempted (34). UCLA shot 41.2 percent from 3-point range in that win over Long Beach State.
3-POINT THREATS: Through games played on Thursday, Feb. 17, the Bruins ranked No. 2 among Pac-12 teams in 3-point percentage (34.9%). Three Bruins have each connected on at least 33 threes (Johnny Juzang with 39, Tyger Campbell with 35 and Jules Bernard with 33). In addition, David Singleton (25-for-59) has shot 42.4 percent from 3-point range.