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No. 17 UCLA to Host No. 16 USC on Saturday Evening

Mar 2, 2022
Myles Johnson (photo by Scott Chandler)

LOS ANGELES – No. 17-ranked UCLA (22-6, 14-5) closes its regular-season schedule against No. 16-ranked USC (25-5, 14-5) this Saturday evening. Game time is 7 p.m. (PT). The Trojans have won the last five games in the crosstown showdown, including a 67-64 win at USC's Galen Center back on Saturday, Feb. 12. USC has won its last two games against UCLA in Pauley Pavilion, with the Bruins' most recent win in the series taking place on Feb. 28, 2019 (UCLA won in overtime, 93-88). The Bruins have won five of their last six games, having gone 2-1 on a three-game and five-day road trip (Feb. 24-28). UCLA has won 22 games for the second consecutive season.
 
GAME INFORMATION
Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Tipoff Time: 7:05 p.m. (PT)
Television: ESPN
TV Talent: Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst), Molly McGrath (sideline)
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

BLUE OUT, IN PAULEY
The UCLA men's basketball program encourages all Bruin fans to wear blue on Saturday evening (7:05 p.m. tip-off), in what has been billed as a "Blue Out" in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Free blue t-shirts will be available for fans attending the game this Saturday, as the Bruins renew their longtime rivalry with USC. Fans are encouraged to arrive early, as the Bruins' program will honor several seniors in a special "Senior Night" ceremony prior to the national anthem and starting lineup introductions. Doors to Pauley Pavilion will open by 5:30 p.m. for ticket-holders.
 
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- Saturday's game will mark the final regular-season contest for both UCLA (22-6) and USC (25-5).
- Both UCLA and USC have secured first-round byes in next week's Pac-12 Tournament (the league's top four teams).
- UCLA has gone 22-6 – and 14-5 in the Pac-12 – and will finish within the top three team in the Pac-12 this season.
- UCLA has gone 8-4 in true road games and 13-1 at home (the Bruins are 1-1 in two neutral site contests).
- The Bruins rank No. 2 in the Pac-12 in margin of victory (12.5 ppg) and points per game (76.8 ppg).
- UCLA ranks among the top 25 (via KenPom.com) in adjusted defensive (No. 12) and offensive efficiency (No. 15).
- The Bruins have secured one of four first-round byes in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas (March 9-12).
- Jaime Jaquez Jr. has averaged a team-leading 14.8 points (and 5.8 rebounds per game) in the Bruins' last five contests.
- UCLA ranks in the top 15 in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (No. 4, at 9.4) and turnover margin (No. 13, at 4.3).
- Head coach Mick Cronin has gone 63-28 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
• UCLA went 2-1 in a three-game road trip, finishing with a 77-66 win at Washington on Monday, Feb. 28.
• The Bruins outscored Oregon State, 51-27, in the second half last Saturday in a 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).
• Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored a career-high 30 points at Washington on Feb. 28 (UCLA's first 30-point scorer of the year).
• UCLA has limited its opposition to 58.2 points per game in the past five contests (4-1 record in those games).
• UCLA has seen six different Bruins score at least 20 points in one game this season.
• The Bruins have committed fewer than 10 turnovers in 10 of their last 13 games.
 
THE 20-WIN PLATEAU
UCLA has won at least 20 games for the second consecutive season, logging its 22nd win on Monday night with a 77-66 victory at Washington. 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.

50-YEAR REUNION
The Bruins' program will honor the anniversary of the 1972 NCAA Championship team at halftime on Saturday evening. UCLA's 1971-72 squad registered a perfect 30-0 record, en route to winning the eighth NCAA men's basketball championship in school history. For more details on the Bruins' 1972 team, click here.
 
THE LATEST
Junior guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored a career-high 30 points in the Bruins' 77-66 win at Washington on Monday night (helping UCLA record its ninth win in its last 10 games against the Huskies). Jules Bernard scored 12 points, connecting on 2-of-5 shots from 3-point range. UCLA used a 20-4 scoring run to open the second half, erasing a 29-25 halftime deficit. Earlier in the road trip, the Bruins recorded a 94-55 win at Oregon State, two days after having absorbed a 68-63 loss at Oregon. Through those three games, Jaquez Jr. averaged a team-best 19.0 points per game.
 
3-POINT THREAT
Senior guard David Singleton has moved into the No. 3 spot on UCLA's career 3-point field goal percentage list (44.2%, 121 games). This season, Singleton has shot 46.8 percent from 3-point range (37-for-79), having averaged 5.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest (27 games played). He ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage through games played on Wednesday, March 2. In the Bruins' last five contests, Singleton has made a team-high 12 of 20 attempts (60.0 percent). In Monday's win at Washington, his 3-pointer with 6:23 to play in the game put the Bruins ahead, 60-46.
 
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.
 
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT
UCLA will compete in the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena next week (March 9-12). The Bruins have secured one of four first-round byes (the league's top four teams advance straight to the quarterfinal round on March 10). UCLA last won the Pac-12 Tournament in 2014. Prior to that season, the Bruins won the tournament title in 1987 (the first season of the tournament), 2006 and 2008. The Pac-12 Tournament moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 2013. UCLA has not reached the title contest since defeating Arizona in the championship game in 2014.
 
NOTABLES
- Senior Jules Bernard has scored 1,083 career points, crossing the 1,000-point plateau on Saturday, Feb. 5.
- Junior Jaime Jaquez Jr. has tallied 1,016 career points, reaching the 1,000-point mark on Monday, Feb. 28.
- The Bruins have gone 8-4 on the road (1-1 in neutral-site contests), including a 6-4 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 March 1).
- Myles Johnson (37 blocks, 1.3 bpg) is tied for the No. 5 spot in the Pac-12 in blocks per game (through March 1).
- 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 8.8 turnovers per game over the past five contests (70 assists, 44 turnovers, in five games).
- The Bruins have tallied more assists than turnovers in 23 of 28 games this season.
 
KEY FACILITATOR
Through games played on Tuesday, March 1, Tyger Campbell ranked No. 6 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.4-to-1). Campbell has averaged 11.8 points and 4.3 assists in 26 games this season. He has scored in double figures in 18 of 26 games played and currently ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage (41.6%). Campbell has started 89 of the Bruins' 91 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 90 of the team's last 91 games (82 starts). Jaquez Jr. secured second-team All-Pac-12 honors last season. This year, he has averaged 12.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game (27 contests). Jaquez Jr. has scored in double figures in 52 career games, most recently having scored a career-best 30 points in the team's win at Washington (Feb. 28).
 
UCLA's 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.
 
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.
 
CLOSING TIME
Under third-year head coach Mick Cronin, the Bruins have gone 21-11 in games decided by five points or fewer (includes all overtime games, regardless of score margin). This season, the Bruins have posted a 2-4 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 34-4 when limiting the opposition to 70 or fewer points (17-3 last season, 17-1 record this year). Midway through his third season at UCLA, Coach Cronin has led the Bruins to a 52-5 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 128-15 when limiting the opponent to 70 or fewer points (through 194 games).