No. 8 UCLA Prepares to Face No. 5 Baylor on Sunday
LAS VEGAS – No. 8-ranked UCLA (3-1) will take on No. 5-ranked Baylor (3-1) on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (PT) in the consolation game of the Continental Tire Main Event at T-Mobile Arena. No. 16-ranked Virginia will face No. 19-ranked Virginia in the championship contest at 12 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game at 2:30 p.m. will be nationally televised on ESPN, with John Schriffen and Fran Fraschilla calling the action.
CONTINENTAL TIRE MAIN EVENT
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Venue: T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas)
Game Time: 2:30 p.m. (PT)
TV Talent: John Schriffen (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (analyst)
Radio Broadcast (UCLA Sports Network): AM 570
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS XM, SIRIUS XM App Channels: Ch. 201 (SiriusXM), and Ch. 964 (SXM App)
KEY NOTES ABOUT UCLA
– UCLA and upcoming opponent Baylor have both opened the season 3-1. The Bruins won three non-conference home games to open the season before dropping a 79-70 decision to No. 19-ranked Illinois at T-Mobile Arena on Friday night (Friday's game recap). UCLA has four players who have averaged at least 10 points per game, through four contests. Tyger Campbell has averaged 16.3 points and 4.3 assists per game, while Jaylen Clark has registered 14.8 points and 3.5 steals per game (UCLA's updated stats).
–The Bruins have averaged 81.3 points per game in four contests this month, having shot 47.9 percent from the field (and 42.7 percent from 3-point territory). UCLA will enter this Sunday's game against Baylor having tallied 66 assists and 46 turnovers in four games this season, compiling an assist-turnover ratio of 1.43-to-1. The Bruins' opposition has recorded 48 assists and 72 turnovers (averaging 18.0 turnovers per contest).
–UCLA's program has returned five of the main 11 contributors from last year. UCLA went 27-8 overall last season, advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. Key players back include seniors Tyger Campbell, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Kenneth Nwuba and David Singleton and junior Jaylen Clark. Each of those student-athletes played in at least 20 games in 2021-22. All five competed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament (the "First Four" to the Final Four). UCLA also has returned one pair of redshirt freshmen in Mac Etienne and Will McClendon, who both missed last season with knee injuries (torn ACL).
–The Bruins absorbed their first loss of the season on Friday night, falling to No. 19-ranked Illinois, 79-70. UCLA led the game at halftime, 37-28, and added to their margin early in the second half (leading Illinois, 44-29, with just over 17 minutes to play). Illinois outscored UCLA by a 50-26 margin over the game's final 17-plus minutes to secure a 10-point win in the opening round of the 2022 Continental Tire Main Event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
CONTINENTAL TIRE MAIN EVENT
This week's Continental Tire Main Event features four top-25 ranked programs in No. 5 Baylor, No. 8 UCLA, No. 16 Virginia and No. 19 Illinois. Virginia won the first of the two opening-round matchups on Friday, taking down Baylor 86-79. Four Virginia players scored in double figures, led by Armaan Franklin's 26 points (on 7-of-12 shooting). Illinois outlasted UCLA in the nightcap on Friday, outscoring the Bruins by a 51-33 margin in the second half. Terrence Shannon Jr. scored a game-high 29 points for the Fighting Illini, connecting on 8 of 9 shots from 3-point range and totaling 10 rebounds.
FACING OFF AGAINST BAYLOR
In four previous matchups, UCLA has recorded a 3-1 record against Baylor. In the most recent meeting bewteen these two schools (Dec. 23, 1975), Marques Johnson tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds and Richard Washington had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Bruins won, 96-75, in Pauley Pavilion. That marked the seventh game of the season under head coach Gene Bartow, his first year as the Bruins' head coach after John Wooden had retired. More recently, UCLA (vs. Gonzaga) and Baylor (vs. Houston) played in opposing semifinal contests at the 2021 Final Four in Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium).
MORE ABOUT THE BEARS
Under the direction of 20th-year head coach Scott Drew, Baylor has compiled an overall record of 101-27 over the previous four seasons (2018-19 through 2021-22). Baylor posted a 28-2 overall mark in 2020-21, winning the NCAA Championship in Indianapolis by defeating previously-unbeaten Gonzaga in the title contest, 86-70.
UCLA'S HISTORY & TRADITION
The 2022-23 school year marks the 104th season in which UCLA has fielded a men's basketball team (first season was 1919-20). In addition, this is the 57th season in which the Bruins have called Pauley Pavilion their home. The arena opened at the start of the 1965-66 season, and UCLA spent the next 46 seasons playing home games in Pauley Pavilion. The arena was closed for an 18-month renovation during the 2011-12 school year, re-opening in Nov. 2012. In all, the Bruins have won a nation-leading 11 NCAA Championships and have advanced to the NCAA Final Four 19 times.
CLARK CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Junior Jaylen Clark has totaled a team-high 30 rebounds (7.5 rpg) and 14 steals through the Bruins' first four games. He tallied seven steals in the team's season-opening win against Sacramento State, marking the most single-game steals total for any UCLA player since Jordan Adams had eight in a win against Sacramento State during his sophomore season (game played in Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 18, 2013). UCLA's single-game record of 11 steals was set by Tyus Edney in a home win over George Mason on Dec. 22, 1994 (the same season in which UCLA won the 1995 NCAA Championship).
1,000 POINT CLUB
Tyger Campbell became the 60th UCLA player to have scored at least 1,000 career points (in a Bruins' uniform) in the first half of UCLA's win over Long Beach State on Friday, Nov. 11. He currently ranks No. 56 (tie) on the school's all-time scoring list (1,025 points). Campbell entered the contest against Long Beach State having scored 996 career points. He crossed the 1,000 point threshold on a 3-point basket in the first six minutes of the first half. Campbell and Jaquez Jr. (1,181 career points) are the only current UCLA players to have reached that 1,000-career-point milestone. Looking at UCLA's veteran student-athletes, David Singleton ranks third (among current players) with 638 career points through 130 career games.
WELCOME TO WESTWOOD
UCLA has added six freshmen to the roster this season – guards Dylan Andrews, Amari Bailey, Abramo Canka and Jack Seidler and forwards Adem Bona and Evan Manjikian. Bailey (6-foot-5 guard) and Bona (6-foot-10 forward) were both honored as McDonald's All-America selections in the spring of 2022. Bailey was recently listed as a preseason honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference selection (along with junior Jaylen Clark). Andrews (6-foot-2 guard) spent his first three years of high school at nearby Windward School (Los Angeles) before excelling as a senior at Compass Prep in Arizona. Bona averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game last season as a senior at Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.).
UCLA has compiled a 7-2 NCAA Tournament record over the past two seasons. The Bruins went 5-1 in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, advancing from the First Four to the Final Four. There was no NCAA Tournament in March of 2020 (COVID-19 pandemic). UCLA stands as one of six teams in the nation to have advanced to the Sweet 16, or farther, in 2021 and 2022 (other five schools are Arkansas, Gonzaga, Houston, Michigan and Villanova). No school advanced to the Final Four in both 2021 and 2022. Only Arkansas and Houston moved on to the Elite Eight in 2021 and 2022. Gonzaga, Houston and Michigan are the only programs to have advanced to the Sweet 16 (or farther) in 2019, 2021 and 2022.
UCLA has made at least one 3-pointer played in its last 757 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 301 of 309 games since the start of the 2013-14 season. The Bruins made a school single-game-record 19 three-pointers, on 31 attempts, in a 104-89 win at Colorado on Jan. 12, 2017. UCLA's previous 3-point record was set earlier that season, as the Bruins made 18 of 30 attempts in the regular-season opener against Pacific (Nov. 11, 2016). UCLA has made 17 or more 3-point field goals in four games (19 once, 18 once and 17 twice).
MOVING UP THE RECORD LISTS
Fifth-year senior David Singleton ranks No. 2 on UCLA's all-time list for 3-point shooting percentage and No. 5 on the Pac-12 Conference's career list in the same category. Singleton has shot 44.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, sinking 159 of 355 career 3-point attempts. He has made 13 of 22 attempts this season.