No. 12 UCLA Set to Play at Oregon on Thursday Night
LOS ANGELES – No. 12-ranked UCLA has just four games remaining in the regular-season schedule. The Bruins hit the road this week for games at Oregon on Thursday (Feb. 24), Oregon State on Saturday (Feb. 26) and Washington next Monday evening (Feb. 28). UCLA has dropped its past three games against Oregon, including an 84-81 overtime loss in Pauley Pavilion earlier this season (Thursday, Jan. 13). The Bruins' game this Thursday evening at Matthew Knight Arena will be nationally televised on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. (PT).
Venue: Matthew Knight Arena (Eugene, Ore.)
Tipoff Time: 6:40 p.m. (PT)
TV Talent: Dave Pasch (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. 158 / Ch. 197
SIRIUS Internet Channel: Ch. 959
WEDNESDAY'S MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Bruins' head coach Mick Cronin spoke to reporters via Zoom on Wednesday morning, prior to practice in the Mo Ostin Basketball Center (video available here). In addition, sophomore Jaylen Clark and senior David Singleton also met with the media via Zoom on Wednesday (video available here).
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- The Bruins have gone 20-5 – and 12-4 in the Pac-12 – and are ranked No. 12 in the most recent AP top 25 poll.
- UCLA has gone 6-2 in true road games and 13-1 at home (the Bruins are 1-1 in a pair of neutral site contests).
- The Bruins have gone 12-4 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 (12.2 ppg) and points per game (76.6 ppg).
- UCLA has just four games to play in its regular-season schedule, all in Pac-12 play (three on the road, one at home).
- UCLA's Johnny Juzang ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in scoring (has averaged 17.5 points per game, through 22 games).
- UCLA's Jaylen Clark averaged 19.3 points. 8.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals in the team's three recent home wins.
- UCLA ranks in the top 15, nationally, in fewest turnovers per game (No. 5, at 9.5) and turnover margin (No. 12, at 4.2).
- Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 61-27 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
Episdoe 8 (aired Monday, Feb. 21) – watch
THE 20 WIN PLATEAU
UCLA has won at least 20 games for the second consecutive season, logging its 20th win (in 25 games) with a 66-52 win over Arizona State on Monday, Feb. 21. The Bruins' program has won at least 20 games in 53 seasons, including 45 times in the last 56 years (1967-2022). UCLA won at least 20 games in 17 consecutive seasons from 1966-67 through 1982-83. In fact, the Bruins compiled a 205-5 overall record through a seven-year stretch from 1966-67 through 1972-73. Over the past 10 seasons (since 2012-13), UCLA has won at least 20 games in six seasons and 25 games or more in three seasons.
The Bruins will play three road games in a five-day stretch, starting on Thursday, Feb. 24, at Oregon. The Bruins' game at Oregon will be televised on ESPN (6:30 p.m., PT). UCLA has gone 90-38 in the all-time series against the Ducks. Oregon won the most recent matchup, securing an 84-81 win in overtime against the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, Jan. 13. Oregon has won the last three meetings against UCLA, including an 82-74 win in Eugene, Ore., on March 3, 2021. UCLA's road trip will continue with Pac-12 contests at Oregon State on Saturday and at Washington next Monday (Feb. 28).
BRINGING THE ENERGY
Sophomore guard Jaylen Clark scored in double figures in each of UCLA's three most recent home victories (Feb. 17-21), averaging a team-high 19.3 points while also logging 8.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. Clark shot 60.5 percent from the field in the trio of victories, making 26 of 43 shots and 3 of 8 attempts from 3-point territory. He scored a career-high 25 points in UCLA's 76-50 win over Washington last Saturday, connecting on 12 of 16 shots. Two nights earlier, Clark finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a career-high four steals as the Bruins defeated Washington State, 76-56.
FIRE STARTER: Jaylen Clark has played at least 30 minutes in each of his four starts this season. Prior to the three-game homestand, Clark earned his first career start in UCLA's home victory over Oregon State on Saturday, Jan. 13. In those four starts, he has averaged 17.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.
Senior guard David Singleton has inched into the No. 3 spot on UCLA's career 3-point field goal percentage list (44.1% from 3-point range, 118 games). Singleton has averaged 5.9 points in 24 contests this season and ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage (team-high 46.5 percent this year). In the Bruins' most recent three-game homestand, Singleton made 10 of 17 attempts from long range (58.8 percent) and shot 11 for 19 overall from the field. He nailed a career-best six 3-pointers (on eight attempts) in the Bruins' 76-50 win over Washington on Saturday, Feb. 19.
The Bruins have won their last seven home games and have limited the opposition to 59 points or fewer in their last six home games (wins against Arizona, California, Stanford, Washington State, Washington and Arizona State). During that recent six-game home stretch, the Bruins have averaged 73.3 points per game and have limited the opposition to 52.8 points per game. In addition, the Bruins' opposition has shot just 34.2 percent from the field and 23.0 percent from 3-point distance. UCLA has registered 51 steals (8.5 per game) and forced 89 turnovers (14.8 per game) in that six-game stretch.
LOOKING AT THE LAST MATCHUP
Oregon overcame a 35-26 first-half deficit (and 30-25 halftime deficit) to defeat UCLA in overtime by an 87-84 margin when these two programs faced off in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, Jan. 11. Johnny Juzang scored a team-leading 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the loss to Oregon. Jaylen Clark came up with two steals in the game's final minute to help the Bruins force the five-minute overtime session (the score was tied, 73-73, at the end of regulation). Oregon's Jacob Young scored a team-high 23 points (on 11-of-18 shooting) to lead the Ducks over one month ago.
- Senior guard Jules Bernard has scored 1,047 career points ... he crossed the 1,000-point plateau on Saturday, Feb. 5.
- Junior guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. has tallied 959 career points (he stands 41 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 (9.5, through Feb. 21).
- Myles Johnson (36 blocks, 1.4 bpg) ranks No. 4 in the Pac-12 in most blocks per game (through Monday, Feb. 21).
- Johnny Juzang has shot a team-high 86.9% from the free throw stripe in his two seasons at UCLA (113-for-130).
- UCLA has averaged 9.2 turnovers per game (the last 16 games) since returning from a multi-week COVID pause.
- The Bruins have tallied more assists than turnovers in 21 of 25 games this season.
Through games played on Monday, Feb. 21, Tyger Campbell ranked No. 4 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.3-to-1). Campbell has averaged 11.7 points and 4.4 assists in 23 games this season. He has scored in double figures in 16 of 23 games played and currently ranks No. 4 in the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage (42.0%). Campbell has started 86 of the Bruins' 88 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 25-10 in Pac-12 play (that includes last season's 13-6 record). The Bruins have won 23 of their last 25 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 37-6 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 87 of the team's last 88 games (79 starts). Jaquez Jr. secured second-team All-Pac-12 honors last season. This year, he has averaged 12.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game (24 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 50 career games.
UCLA's LEADING SCORER
Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 17.5 points per game, ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in scoring and has tallied at least 10 points in 21 of 22 games played. Juzang leads the team in scoring (385 points, 17.5 ppg), most shots made (145) and most 3-pointers made (39). Juzang, who hails from nearby Tarzana, Calif., averaged a team-leading 16.0 points in 27 contests last season 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.
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 32-4 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points (17-3 last season, 15-1 record this year). Midway through his third season at UCLA, Coach Cronin has led the Bruins to a 50-5 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 126-15 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 191 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 44-2 record when UCLA has held its opposition to 65 points or fewer. UCLA has gone 14-0 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.
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.