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Bruins to Conclude Road Trip at Washington on Monday

Feb 27, 2022
UCLA faces Washington on Monday, Feb. 28 (photo by Scott Chandler)

SEATTLE – No. 12-ranked UCLA (21-6, 13-5 Pac-12) has just two regular-season games remaining and will take on Washington this Monday evening at 8 p.m. (PT). This will mark the Bruins' second game against the Huskies (14-13, 9-8 Pac-12) this season, having registered a 76-50 win in Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 19. UCLA's game at Washington's Alaska Airlines Arena will be nationally televised on ESPN2. The Bruins will conclude their regular-season schedule next Saturday (March 5) against USC in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.
 
GAME INFORMATION
Venue: Alaska Airlines Arena (Seattle, Wash.)
Tipoff Time: 8:05 p.m. (PT)
Television: ESPN2
TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Sean Farnham (analyst)
Radio Broadcast (UCLA Sports Network): AM 570
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 21-6 – and 13-5 in the Pac-12 – and were ranked No. 12 in the last week's AP top 25 poll.
- UCLA has gone 7-4 in true road games and 13-1 at home (the Bruins are 1-1 in two neutral site contests).
- The Bruins have gone 13-5 since returning from a COVID pause that took place in late December 2021.
- The Bruins rank No. 2 in the Pac-12 in margin of victory (12.6 ppg) and points per game (76.7 ppg).
- UCLA ranks among the top 25 (via KenPom.com) in adjusted offensive (No. 15) and defensive efficiency (No. 10).
- UCLA has just two games to play in its regular-season schedule, both in Pac-12 play (one on the road, one at home).
- Jaylen Clark has averaged a team-best 14.6 points in the last five games (also, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game).
- UCLA ranks in the top 10 in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (No. 4, at 9.4) and turnover margin (No. 8, at 4.5).
- Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 62-28 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
 
MOST RECENTLY
- The Bruins outscored Oregon State, 51-27, in the second half in Saturday afternoon's 94-55 win in Corvallis, Ore.
- UCLA's 39-point win marked the Bruins' largest margin of victory since Feb. 4, 2017 (W, 107-66, at Washington).
- UCLA shot 13-for-20 from 3-point range at Oregon State, as six Bruins each made at least one 3-point field goal.
- Last Thursday night, UCLA saw its three-game win streak end at Oregon with a 68-63 loss in Pac-12 play.
- Monday night's game will mark UCLA's sixth contest in a 12-day span (UCLA has gone 4-1 in the past five games).
- Six different Bruins have scored at least 20 points in a game this year (most recently, Tyger Campbell last Saturday).
- The Bruins have committed fewer than 10 turnovers in 10 of their last 12 games.
- UCLA has limited its opposition to 56.2 points per game in the past five contests (4-1 record in those games).
 
THE 20 WIN PLATEAU
UCLA has won at least 20 games for the second consecutive season, logging its 21st win on Saturday with a 94-55 win at Oregon State. 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.
 
UP NEXT FOR UCLA
UCLA will close its three-game, five-day road trip on Monday evening at Washington (8 p.m., PT). The Bruins' upcoming game at Washington will be nationally televised on ESPN2. UCLA has won its past five games against Washington, including a 76-50 win over the Huskies in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 19. Last season, UCLA swept a two-game season series against Washington, including a 64-61 victory at Alaska Airlines Arena on Feb. 13, 2021. In last season's win at Washington, Johnny Juzang scored a career-high 32 points, scoring 21 of the Bruins' 26 first-half points.
 
BRINGING THE ENERGY
Sophomore guard Jaylen Clark scored in double figures in three home wins last week (Feb. 17-21), averaging a team-high 19.3 points (also averaged 8.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals). Clark has averaged 8.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 21 games played this season. Most recently, he totaled 10 points, two rebounds and two steals in the Bruins' 39-point win at Oregon State on Saturday afternoon. In UCLA's previous meeting against Washington, Clark scored a career-best 25 points, connecting on 12 of 16 shots from the field and grabbing five rebounds in UCLA's 76-50 victory.
 
3-POINT THREAT
Senior guard David Singleton has moved up to the No. 3 spot on UCLA's career 3-point field goal percentage list (44.2% from 3-point range, 120 games). This season, Singleton has shot 46.8 percent from 3-point range (36-for-77), having averaged 5.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest (26 games played). He ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage through games played Saturday, Feb. 26. In the Bruins' last five contests, Singleton has made a team-high 13 of 23 attempts (56.5 percent). In Saturday's win at Oregon State, he was 2-for-2 from long-range for the Bruins.
 
HOME COOKIN'
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 versus 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.
 
NOTABLES
- Senior guard Jules Bernard has scored 1,071 career points ... he crossed the 1,000-point plateau on Saturday, Feb. 5.
- Junior guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. has tallied 986 career points (he stands 14 points shy of the 1,000-point mark).
- The Bruins have gone 7-4 on the road (1-1 in neutral-site contests), including a 5-4 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 (9.4, through Feb. 26).
- Myles Johnson (36 blocks, 1.3 bpg) is tied for the No. 5 spot in the Pac-12 in blocks per game (through Feb. 26).
- Johnny Juzang has shot a team-high 87.1% from the free throw stripe in his two seasons at UCLA (115-for-132).
- UCLA has averaged 9.0 turnovers per game (the last 18 games) since returning from a multi-week COVID pause.
- The Bruins have tallied more assists than turnovers in 23 of 27 games this season.
 
KEY FACILITATOR
Through games played on Saturday, Feb. 26, Tyger Campbell ranked No. 6 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.4-to-1). Campbell has averaged 12.0 points and 4.3 assists in 25 games this season. He has scored in double figures in 18 of 25 games played and currently ranks No. 4 in the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage (42.0%). Campbell has started 88 of the Bruins' 90 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 26-11 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.
 
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 89 of the team's last 90 games (81 starts). Jaquez Jr. secured second-team All-Pac-12 honors last season. This year, he has averaged 12.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game (26 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 51 career games.
 
THE BRUINS' LEADING SCORER
Johnny Juzang has averaged a team-best 17.0 points per game, ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 in scoring and has tallied at least 10 points in 21 of 23 games played. Juzang leads the team in scoring (392 points, 17.0 ppg), most shots made (147) and is second on the squad in most 3-pointers made (40). 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.