Friday, February 28, 2020

JJJr4's 3 beats ASU at the buzzer! UCLA douses Sun Devils 75-72. Bruins now 18-11, 11-5 and tied for 1st place in the Pac-12 with Oregon.

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Jaime Jaquez Jr. capped off a thriller at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night, as he nailed a 3-pointer in the final two seconds of the game to lift UCLA past Arizona State, 75-72. With 0.6 seconds remaining on the clock, freshman guard Jaquez Jr. nailed the game-winning 3-point basket, giving the Bruins a 3-point win over the Sun Devils. UCLA has won six consecutive games and 10 of their last 12 contests.

Pac-12 Networks' Don MacLean spoke to UCLA's Jake Kyman after the Bruins edged Arizona State, 75-72, on Thursday night. Kyman tied his career high, scoring 21 points. He made 5 of 8 shots from 3-point territory against Arizona State.

from Jeff Siegel

Jake Kyman, Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Tyger Campbell spoke to the media on Thursday evening after UCLA edged Arizona State, 75-72. Kyman scored a team-leading 21 points in the Bruins' sixth consecutive win.

from SunDevilSource Video

Jaquez's 3 propels UCLA to win over Arizona State

from AP via (link
LOS ANGELES -- Jaime Jaquez had practiced driving down the floor and hitting the game-winning shot plenty of times in a park while growing up. On Thursday night he got to do it for real.
The UCLA freshman hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with .6 seconds remaining to give the Bruins a 75-72 victory over Arizona State and a share of the lead in the Pac-12 Conference.
"It is something you dream about a lot -- battle for first place and hitting the shot. To do it tonight was amazing and an unreal feeling," said Jaquez, who was one of five UCLA players in double figures with 18 points.
Tyger Campbell tied it at 72 with a free throw in the final minute but the Bruins were called for a lane violation on the second attempt. Arizona State's Remy Martin -- who scored a game-high 30 points -- missed a 3-pointer, which set the stage for Jaquez's game-winner.
UCLA coach Mick Cronin didn't call a time out after Martin's miss because he didn't want Arizona State to come out with a zone defense. Cronin said the original plan was for Campbell to drive into the paint and hopefully draw a foul.
"At the end you have to trust your players," said Cronin, who is in his first season with the Bruins.
The Bruins (18-11), who were 8-9 and 1/3 in the conference at one point, have won six straight and 10 of their last 12. They are tied with Oregon atop the conference at 11-5. UCLA hosts Arizona on Saturday before finishing the regular season at Southern California on March 7.
"This is a tremendous win for our team. It was a great game. We made one more play," Cronin said. "We are trying to build faith in our team and the fan base. We're still a bubble team and we have to rest up. That's the reality of our situation."
Arizona State (19-9) -- which beat UCLA by 18 in the first meeting on Feb. 6 -- had its seven-game winning streak snapped and is a half-game back at 10-5. The Sun Devils last two losses have come on last-second shots.
"We have really been on the right side of many of these games," Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said. "It was a tough contested shot. I just wish one of our guys had that opportunity."
Jake Kyman tied a career high 21 points, with 19 coming in the first half, and Jalen Hill added 13 for the Bruins.
It was Martin's second game with 30 or more points this season. Rob Edwards added 23 for the Sun Devils, including seven 3-pointers.
Arizona State jumped out to a 24-14 lead before UCLA responded with 11 straight points as part of an 18-2 run. Kyman scored 14 during the rally, including three straight 3-pointers. A 3 by Edwards pulled Arizona State within 36-35 with 1:04 remaining before the Bruins scored the final five points to go up 41-35 at halftime.
UCLA extended its lead to nine with 11:44 remaining on a dunk by Hill but the Sun Devils went on a 14-4 rally to grab a 60-58 advantage three minutes later as Edwards powered the run with eight points.
There would be five ties and seven lead changes the rest of the way.
Arizona State: Alonzo Verge Jr. was averaging 20.6 points off the bench during the Sun Devils winning streak but struggled against the Bruins. The junior guard was saddled with early foul trouble and had just 12 points in 23 minutes before fouling out.
UCLA: Campbell had a career high 14 assists, marking his second straight game with 10 or more. He had 11 in last Saturday's win at Colorado.
Arizona State: Remains in Los Angeles to face Southern California on Saturday.
UCLA: Hosts Arizona on Saturday in its last home game of the season.

LA Times
FEB. 27, 2020
10:21 PM

Jaime Jaquez Jr. ran down the court, accompanied by his coach’s voice screaming at him to set a screen.
The UCLA freshman guard was supposed to be a complementary player with the score tied against Arizona State on the final play of a taut game matching the Pac-12 Conference’s most sizzling teams. The plan was for Bruins point guard Tyger Campbell to drive and get fouled or find an open teammate.
As Campbell repeatedly dribbled the ball between his legs on the perimeter, probing for an opportunity, Jaquez circled back behind him and picked up a screen from Campbell.
Suddenly freed from defenders, Jaquez rose for a three-pointer. He fell down after the ball left his hands, following its arc from his backside.
“It felt good,” Jaquez would say later. “It felt good going off my hand, it looked good and that was it.”
That was it, and that was that.
Jaquez’s three-pointer fell through the net with six-tenths of a second left. The fans howled inside Pauley Pavilion. UCLA’s rise from January morbidity to an improbable share of first place in the Pac-12 was complete.
Jaquez allowed himself a moment of celebration even before the Bruins polished off the 75-72 victory on Thursday night, leaping to bump bodies with Campbell in the backcourt as teammate Chris Smith threw the ball toward an official so that the Sun Devils could inbound it. Jaquez intercepted the pass near the free-throw line, completing the Bruins’ sixth consecutive victory.
“Jaime’s a tough kid, man,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said after the Bruins (18-11 overall, 11-5 Pac-12) moved into a first-place tie alongside Oregon with two games left to play in the regular season. “He’s got amazing fortitude for a young player.”
There was more celebrating to come. Jaquez was mobbed by teammate after teammate before finally giving Kenneth Nwuba a piggyback ride on his way off the court.
Jaquez finished with 13 points, five rebounds and four steals for the Bruins, helping them strengthen a late-season surge that’s put them in position for an at-large NCAA tournament bid after losing three of their first four games to open Pac-12 play.
UCLA also got a boost from freshman shooting guard Jake Kyman, who scored 19 of his 21 points during a first half in which he made five three-pointers to help the Bruins overcome a 10-point deficit.
“Kyman looked like Larry Bird out there for a while,” Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said after his team’s seven-game winning streak ended in most disheartening fashion.
The Sun Devils (19-9, 10-5) had held a 72-71 lead after guard Alonzo Verge Jr. made two free throws with 1:56 left before the teams traded empty possessions. Kyman ripped down a defensive rebound with 54 seconds left and Campbell eventually drove and was fouled, making one of two free throws to tie the score with 40 seconds to play.
Arizona State’s Remy Martin, who led all scorers with 30 points, hoisted a three-pointer that went off the side of the rim and out of bounds with 16.3 seconds left. Cronin opted to let his team inbounds the ball immediately instead of taking a timeout because he feared that Hurley would use the extra time to switch defenses and throw off the Bruins. It turned out the Bruins knew exactly what to do.
“Jaime was just so open,” said Campbell, whose final pass became his career-high 14th assist, “and I knew he was going to hit it, so I passed it back and he stepped into it and it was cash. I knew it was cash when it left his hands.”
A crowd of 9,626 that included actor Henry Winkler and former Bruins standout Luc Mbah a Moute went into delirium when the ball went through the net. No one enjoyed it more than Jaquez.
“You dream about shots like that in a big college game like that, a battle for first place,” Jaquez said. “That’s something I used to do when I was a kid. I used to go to the park by myself and run up and down the court counting down from three, two, one, hitting big shots like that.
“It’s something every kid dreams about doing. Tonight, it was amazing. It was an unreal feeling.”

Jaquez Jr.'s Buzzer Beater Sinks Sun Devils, 75-72

from UCLA Men's Basketball website. 

LOS ANGELES – Freshman Jaime Jaquez Jr. knocked down a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining to give the UCLA men's basketball team a 75-72 win over Arizona State Thursday evening in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.

Freshman Jake Kyman scored 19 of his team-high 21 points in the first half to lead the Bruins (18-11, 11-5 in Pac-12 play). Jaquez Jr. and redshirt sophomore Jalen Hill registered 13 points apiece. Redshirt sophomore Cody Riley scored each of his 11 points in the second half and redshirt freshman Tyger Campbell added 10 points and a career-high 14 assists.

POSTGAME: Jake Kyman | POSTGAME: Jaime Jaquez Jr.
Remy Martin scored a game-high 30 points for the Sun Devils (19-9, 10-5), who entered the contest riding a seven-game winning streak. Rob Edwards, who made seven of nine shots from 3-point range, added 23 points. Alonzo Verge Jr. posted 12 points before fouling out in the second half.

"At the end of the day, players win games and we just happened to make one more play, guys," said Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach. "Let's just be honest. We just happened to make one more play. I didn't call timeout because, right there, I didn't want to give him a chance to come out in a zone or change defenses and get organized. I think sometimes you've got to have faith in your players. Try to get the switch I wanted, then have Tyger try to create something. Obviously, Jaime's a tough kid, man. He's got amazing fortitude for a young player."

POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCES: Coach Cronin | UCLA's Student Athletes
The Bruins converted just six of their first 19 field-goal attempts (31.6 percent), as the Sun Devils established a 24-14 lead with 8:21 remaining in the first half. On the heels of two Campbell free throws, Kyman sparked UCLA's offense by hitting three consecutive 3-point baskets. That trio of 3-pointers put UCLA ahead for the first time since the 14-minute mark.

Kyman knocked down two more from distance before halftime and piled up a game-high 19 points in the game's first 20 minutes. His first-half point total (19) marked the most points scored by any UCLA player this season before halftime. UCLA led at intermission, 41-35.

The frontcourt combination of Hill and Riley combined to score 15 of the Bruins' first 17 second-half points. UCLA led, 58-50, as the second half approached the midway point. Arizona State's Rob Edwareds scored the next eight points, however, and a Verge Jr. jump shot put the Sun Devils back into the lead with 7:54 remaining in the second half.

There were five ties and six lead changes the rest of the way, capped by the Jaquez Jr. triple off the feed from Campbell near the top of the key. Jaquez Jr. intercepted the Sun Devils' inbounds pass to seal the victory.

UCLA (11-5 in the Pac-12) is currently tied with Oregon (11-5 in the Pac-12) for first place in the Pac-12 standings.

The Bruins will play their regular-season home finale against Arizona on Saturday evening. Game time in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom is 7 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' Pac-12 showdown will be nationally televised on ESPN. 

Postgame Quotes - UCLA vs. Arizona State

UCLA 75, Arizona State 72
Feb. 27, 2020

Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men’s Head Basketball Coach
opening remarks
“I think it was a great night for college basketball and the Pac-12. People watching that game, hopefully they realize what’s going on with our conference. A lot of young teams last year, a lot of really good teams this year. Arizona State, it was a huge win. They’re playing so well. They’re so well coached, they’re so well prepared. Some of the things we had been running, they took away early in the game and caused us to get off to a slow start. Bobby (Hurley) does just a tremendous job. His guys play hard, they defend. Thought there was a stretch where we got up nine in that second half, they really played—I thought they played harder than us for a while. Forced us to turn it over. Obviously, we’re a one point guard team. He (Tyger Campbell) had 14 assists and whenever I tried to rest him, Bobby exploited it because he’s a really good coach. He knows what he’s doing. It’s a chess match the whole game against them. He’s trying to get certain mismatches and isos, I’m trying to do the same thing on the other end. But at the end of the day, players win games and we just happened to make one more play, guys. Let’s just be honest. We just happened to make one more play. I didn’t call timeout because, right there, I didn’t want to give him a chance to come out in a zone or change defenses and get organized. I think sometimes, you’ve got to have faith in your players. Try to get the switch I wanted, then have Tyger try to create something. Obviously, Jaime’s a tough kid, man. He’s got amazing fortitude for a young player.”

on how close final play was to what he wanted
“I wanted Tyger to get fouled or assist. What I was telling him was no more wild shots. He’s three-for-16. I wanted him to get fouled even more or assist even more, but I’m asking him to do so much. And then he’s got to go down to the other end and guard a guy that took 24 shots, so he’s completely exhausted. And in fairness to him, Remy’s such an offensive weapon. It’s hard. I was trying to sneak him out, but every time I tried to sneak him out for a rest, they’re pressuring us. I wanted him to try to get fouled or create an assist, eat up some space. Jaime did a great job. Something we work on every day is moving behind the line so you catch the ball in a one-two-step rhythm. You’ve still got to make it. But the way he moved in with the shot, he attacked… with his feet, something we work on all the time.”
on what it means to be tied for first place in Pac-12
“Well, obviously, you’re trying to build a program. We’re trying to build faith in a fan base. We’re trying to build faith in your locker room. So, it’s huge for us. But the truth of it is, we lose the next two, we’re going to be tied for fifth place in this conference. We’re still above the team, so, we’ve got to rest up. Got another one-game tournament Saturday night. It’s just the reality of our situation.”

on his team’s toughness
“Like I said, it was a great game. We just made one more play than them. I really think they’re (ASU) playing as well as anybody in the country. There’s a lot of parity this year. You’d be hard pressed to see anybody play college basketball that has three guys that make shots and make the plays of (Rob) Edwards, (Remy) Martin and (Alonzo) Verge. All three of those guys are extremely tough to defend. Romello (White) didn’t put up big numbers tonight because of foul trouble, but that was our game plan, try to get him in foul trouble. We wanted to try to drive it at him as much as we could and attack him because [when] he’s in there with those three, they’re almost impossible to stop, to be honest with you. They’re playing that well and Bobby’s done such a good job with them. Tremendous win for our team. It was a tremendous win for our team.”

UCLA redshirt freshman guard Tyger Campbell
on plan for final play of the game
“So pretty much what happened was I was bringing it down and we ran a play to try and get the ‘4’ on me and I was going to try go downhill, get fouled, make something happen. I saw Jaime (Jaquez) circle back and his man help in. Jaime was just so open and I knew he was going to hit it, so I passed it back and he stepped into it and it was cash. It was when it left his hands.”

on taking 16 shots and whether he planned to be more aggressive
“I think it was more of just I was taking what the defense was giving me. They were letting me get downhill a lot and I was beating my man. When I get in there, I’m not shy to shoot it and I was going to let it go.”

on how tired he was at the end of the game after his defensive effort
“I was a little winded at the end, but you have to have that mentality at the end of the game. You just have to get up and you have to play. I’m on the court, my coach believes in me, and I’m just there.”

on back-to-back 10-plus assist performances and his comfort level as a facilitator
“I always feel comfortable as a point guard. That’s my true position. I’m a true point guard. It has been good these past couple games, but like you said, I’m the only one passing it. The other guys have to hit the shots and my teammates have just been hitting [shots off my passes]. I give all my credit and all the credit to my teammates.”

on Coach Cronin’s message throughout the season
“His message has always been the same. Just believe in each other and keep practicing hard. A lot of people don’t see what we do at practice, in the locker room, and how we act toward each other. We just have to stay together and stay as a team. Just let everybody be on the outside. Just keep coming together after every game.”

UCLA freshman guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr.
on plan for final play of the game
“Coach Cronin—he was yelling at me, ‘screen, make sure he doesn’t get to go under so they don’t have to switch’. We want him to switch. I went and made sure I set it really low. My man switched; I get back. Something we work on every single day in practice [is] getting behind the guy driving—spacing. So, just practice. He drove, coming back around he passed me the ball. I shot it. It went in.”

on if he knew the final shot was going in when it left his hands
“It felt good. You know, a lot of shots I take, they all feel good. That one just went in. So yeah, it felt good coming off my hands. It looked good. That was it.”

on if he counted down and hit pretend buzzer beaters growing up
“Yeah, that’s something you dream about a lot. You dream about shots like that in a big college game like that, battling for first place—something I used to do when I was a kid. I used to go to the park just by myself and just run up and down the court, counting down from 3-2-1, hitting big shots like that. It’s something that every kid dreams about. To do it tonight, it was amazing. It was an unreal feeling.”

on how it feels to be tied for first in the Pac-12
“It feels great right now. We, as a team, we believed from the start that this could happen. We believed it from the very beginning, even when we were losing games. This is what we’ve been working for. This is what we’ve worked for—playing for first-place games, trying to get a shot into the (NCAA) Tournament, and just doing big things like this. We believed from the start, so this is what we expected."

on what Chris Smith said to him after the game winner
“To be honest, I couldn’t hear anything. It was like really, really loud. But I know one thing—shooters shoot. That’s kind of a motto we have. So, if you throw it up, shooters shoot, it’s going to go in eventually.”

on how it feels to secure this big win against Arizona State
“It feels amazing to get them back. We lost at their place and we beat them here, but we have a mission to accomplish, and that’s to win. Win our games. Win out and try to get this first place in the Pac-12.”

on expecting an even bigger crowd on Saturday against Arizona
“We hope for more. It was great. An atmosphere like that is fun. Hopefully, the crowd had fun. I know we had a lot of fun jumping around after the game, hitting shots, everybody going crazy. Come out Saturday, please.”

UCLA freshman guard/forward Jake Kyman
on his hot streak from long range in the first half
“My confidence was building after I took that floater on the baseline. Once you see a shot go in, your mentality just gets a little bigger. You take more shots. Your confidence just goes up. And Tyger (Campbell), the rest of the guys were finding me and I was open, so I was shooting them and they were just falling.”

on preparing for Saturday’s game against Arizona
“We’re just going to do the same thing we did last time. Defense is our mindset every game. We have to focus on the best players and trying to get the ball out of their hands, so other players can do what they’re not used to doing. Just go from there. Keep playing defense and then, obviously, on the offensive end getting open shots, taking good looks. That’s how we can win. That’s how we do the same formula every time.”

Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley
opening remarks
“It was a hell of a game to be a part of. You see why both teams are at an elite level. We had so many guys out there just competing. We have really been on the right side of many of these games. It was a tough contested shot. I just wish one of our guys had that opportunity.”

on their foul situation
“We’ve never had those type of foul troubles in those key situations.”

on Jake Kyman’s play
“Jake looked like Larry Bird out there. I know I’m going way back. We’ve been down big and we’ve had responses. It was just impressive to watch these teams clash. Both will have runs in the NCAA Tournament.”

on Remy Martin’s play
“He has a few lay-ups that trickled off the rim in the first half. He really did his part today. They did a great job at individual match-ups. They have great size.”

on where they go from here
“We pick up the pieces. I’m not angry at all at our team. I’m just really impressed with how they competed. I’m proud of how we shot and stayed in the game. I’m going to make sure we also recover physically.”

Arizona State junior guard Remy Martin
opening statement
“These are both great teams. Both teams made some big shots. I really had to make that one shot. That was a key for me. At the end of the day, I think I’m capable of making any shot. They’re just really a big, tough team. I just think we took too long to match their energy. They just got back in the game.”

on where they go from here
“We go back to the drawing board and watch film.”

Game gallery (link)

The Box

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Pac-12 top dawg showdown: #2 UCLA to Host #1 Arizona State tonight!!!

from UCLA Men's Basketball webpage

LOS ANGELES – UCLA takes on Arizona State on Thursday night in a pivotal Pac-12 showdown in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Game time is 8 p.m. (PT). The Bruins are in a three-way tie for second place in the Pac-12 standings (at 10-5, with Oregon and Colorado), just one half-game behind Arizona State (10-4). UCLA has three regular-season games left – at home against Arizona State (Thursday) and Arizona (Saturday) and at USC on Saturday, March 7. Arizona State has won the last four games against UCLA in the all-time series, including an 84-66 decision in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday, Feb. 6.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Venue Capacity: 13,800
Tipoff Time: 8:06 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: J.B. Long (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network): AM 570
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
XM Radio Channels: Ch. 381
SIRIUSXM Internet Channel: Ch. 971
Thursday, versus Arizona State: The first 400 UCLA students in attendance will get a free t-shirt and laptop stickers courtesy of Fat Sal's. There will also be a complimentary nacho bar outside the student entrance pregame and one lucky UCLA student will take home free Girl Scout cookies for a year. All fans can enjoy $3 nachos as well as culinary options from three food trucks – Go Beyond the Bowl, Empire Hot Dogs, and Street Kitchen along the arena's south concourse. UCLA student group, ICARUS Contemporary Dance company, will perform during halftime. Tickets for Thursday night's game start at less than $30 (by clicking here), or fans can visit the box office gameday. Prior to tipoff, fans can use their Arizona State game ticket for free admission into UCLA softball game (versus Texas) at 6 p.m. at Easton Stadium (based on availability).
Saturday, versus Arizona: UCLA is encouraging fans to arrive early on Saturday, as the first 10,000 fans will be able to pick up a "Bruins in the NBA" cheer card at any entrance. Saturday night's national anthem will be performed by 9-year-old actress and singer Madison Taylor Baez. The first 1,000 UCLA students will receive free t-shirts and pizza upon entry. During halftime, one lucky student with a 2019-20 Den Pass will win a free year of tuition (in-state equivalent, valued at $13,000; details) courtesy of Wescom. All senior UCLA students are invited to take a photo on the court immediately after the game. Fans can enjoy $3 peanuts and cracker jack as well as culinary options from three food trucks – Baby's Burgers, The Tropic Truck, and Middle Feast along the arena's south concourse. Less than 1,000 tickets are available for Saturday's game starting at less than $40 (by clicking here), or fans can visit the box office gameday.
Under fifth-year head coach Bobby Hurley, Arizona State has gone 19-8 this season with a 10-4 mark in Pac-12 action. Remy Martin has averaged a team-leading 19.1 points and 4.0 assists per game for the Sun Devils. Also averaging at least 10 points per game are Alonzo Verge Jr. (14.6 ppg), Rob Edwards (10.9 ppg) and Romello White (10.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg). Arizona State has won each of its last seven games.
Arizona State handed the Bruins an 84-66 loss at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe back on Thursday, Feb. 6. Cody Riley scored a team-leading 16 points while Jalen Hill was unavailable to play for the Bruins (with a sprained right knee). Tyger Campbell finished that game with 13 points and five assists. The Bruins trailed Arizona State at halftime by a 39-28 margin. ASU surged ahead by as many as 21 points with 6:20 to play in the second half.
Tyger Campbell was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (for the week of Feb. 17-23) after he averaged 14.0 points and 7.5 assists in the Bruins' road wins at Utah (on Thursday) and Colorado (on Saturday). The Bruins have compiled a season-best five-game winning streak and have won nine of their last 11 contests.
UCLA 69, UTAH 58
The Bruins never trailed at Utah on Thursday, Feb. 20, as Jules Bernard scored a team-leading 16 points off the bench (he had 14 points in the first half). Tyger Campbell had 13 points as the Bruins built a 33-21 advantage at halftime and pushed their margin to as many as 20 points with 15 minutes to play. UCLA swept the regular-season series against Utah after having downed the Runnin' Utes in Los Angeles (73-57) on Sunday, Feb. 2.
UCLA overcame a nine-point deficit (50-41) with 12:34 to play in the second half last Saturday at No. 18 Colorado. The Bruins tied the contest, 50-50, with 8:50 to play before Tyger Campbell nailed a 3-pointer to put the Bruins ahead for good. Campbell notched his first collegiate double-double (15 points, season-high 11 assists) and Cody Riley scored a team-leading 16 points for UCLA.
The Bruins have rallied from deficits in the second half in three of their last four games (at home against Washington State and Washington and at Colorado last Saturday afternoon). UCLA has gone 5-8 this season when trailing at halftime (and 12-2 when ahead at the intermission). UCLA trailed Washington State (on Feb. 13) by a 50-38 margin with 13:40 to play in the game before forcing overtime (and winning, 86-83, in the overtime session). Two nights later, Washington built a 34-27 halftime lead and led UCLA, 39-27, with under 18:30 to play. UCLA outscored the Huskies, 40-18, over the final 18:25.
- UCLA has gone 16-0 this season when limiting the opposition to 73 points or fewer.
- Junior Chris Smith has averaged 15.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 15 Pac-12 games.
- Through the last 11 games (9-2 record), UCLA has limited its opposition to 65.1 points per game.
- Sophomore Jalen Hill has averaged a team-leading 6.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 10th in the Pac-12.
- UCLA has had 11 players, including freshmen, establish new career highs in points scored this season.
- The Bruins ranked second the Pac-12 in rebounding margin (+5.9 rpg) and No. 29, nationally (through Feb. 23).
- UCLA has out-rebounded the opposition in 23 of 28 games this year (currently averaging 36.8 rebounds per game).
- Freshman Tyger Campbell's 2.48 assist-turnover ratio leads the Pac-12 and ranks No. 29 in the nation, through Feb. 23.
Junior guard Chris Smith leads the team in scoring (13.2 ppg) and ranks second in rebounding (5.4 rpg). He has posted career-high percentages this season in field goals (47.9%), 3-pointers (34.2%) and free throws (86.1%). Through 28 games, Smith has scored 370 points, surpassing his two-year total from his freshman and sophomore years (337 points, 66 games). He has scored in double figures in 19 of 28 games and has been UCLA's leading scorer in 12 contests.
Against Colorado on Jan. 30, Chris Smith became the sixth UCLA player in the past four seasons to have scored at least 30 points in a game. Last season, Kris Wilkes had 34 points in a victory over Arizona (Jan. 26, 2019). In 2017-18, Aaron Holiday had four games with at least 30 points. During the 2016-17 season, UCLA received at least 30 points in a game from Bryce Alford (twice that season), Isaac Hamilton (once) and TJ Leaf (once).
UCLA's roster features 14 student-athletes, including 12 players who were on the team last season. The Bruins have returned eight of 11 players who competed in the bulk of the team's games last season. That returning nucleus has included fifth-year seniors Prince Ali and Alex Olesinski, junior Chris Smith and sophomores Jalen HillCody RileyJules BernardKenneth Nwuba and David Singleton. The Bruins returned redshirt freshman Tyger Campbell and added incoming freshmen Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Camarillo, Calif.) and Jake Kyman (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), a pair of 6-foot-6 guards.
The Bruins have shot 70.8 percent from the free throw line, eighth among all Pac-12 programs. UCLA's percentage is significantly higher than last year's mark of 63.3% (a jump by nearly eight percent). The Bruins have shot at least 70.0 percent from the line in four of the previous seven seasons. Chris Smith has led the way with his 86.1% free throw percentage (through all games), but freshman Jaime Jaquez Jr. has shot 88.1 percent (37-for-42) in 15 Pac-12 games.
UCLA has registered a rebounding margin of +5.9 through 28 games, marking the Bruins' best rebounding margin since the 2007-08 season. That year, UCLA went 35-4 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four with a rebounding margin of +8.2. Over the past 30 seasons, UCLA has only had four teams post rebound margins of at least 6.0 or better. UCLA's 1995-96 squad recorded a rebounding margin of +6.0, and the Bruins' 1993-94 team had a rebounding margin of +7.7.
Sophomore David Singleton currently ranks No. 5 on UCLA's career list for highest 3-point percentage (minimum of 100 career 3-point attempts). Singleton has made 42.2% of his career 3-point attempts (shooting 68 for 161) through 59 games. UCLA's all-time leader in that category is former four-year standout Pooh Richardson (52-for-112, 46.4%). Two years ago, Aaron Holiday concluded his three-year career at the No. 5 slot on the career list (180-427, 42.2%).
Tyger Campbell missed the entire 2018-19 season, as he recovered from a torn ACL in his left knee (sustained on Oct. 7, 2018, in practice). He enters this Thursday night's game against Arizona State having registered 8.2 points and 4.6 assists per game. Campbell has totaled 129 assists and 52 turnovers, compiling the best assist-turnover ratio in the Pac-12 (2.5). Campbell has scored in double figures in 12 games. He has averaged 11.2 points and 5.8 assists in the last five games.
Freshman Jake Kyman has recorded a pair of 20-point games in Pac-12 play. He scored a season-high 21 points in a two-point win at Washington on Jan. 2, connecting on 7 of 12 shots from 3-point range. In that contest, Kyman hit the game-winning 3-point shot with under nine seconds to play in the second half. He also scored 20 points in a loss at Oregon on Sunday, Jan. 26. Kyman made 7 of 11 shots in that game, including 4 of 8 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc.
UCLA limited Arizona to a field goal percentage of 25.4 on Saturday, Feb. 8, marking UCLA's lowest opposing FG percentage by a Division I program since Dec. 3, 2014, when Cal State Fullerton shot 24.1% against UCLA (13-of-54). The Bruins had not held a Pac-12 opponent to that low of a percentage since Jan. 10, 1985, when Washington State made just 23.7% of its shots (14-of-59) in UCLA's 75-48 win. Since the start of the 1970-71 season (as far back as game-by-game field goal percentage records will reach), UCLA has never held an opponent on the road to a percentage lower than 27%.
Redshirt seniors Prince Ali (7.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg) and Alex Olesinski (1.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg) are the first players at UCLA to have spent more than four years on the team since Michael Roll was a fifth-year senior in 2009-10. Roll finished his UCLA career as the program's all-time leader in games played (147 games, 2005-06 through 2009-10). Recent fifth-year seniors who didn't spend all five seasons in Westwood have included Travis Wear (senior in 2013-14), David Wear (senior in 2013-14) and Larry Drew II (senior in 2012-13) Both Ali and Olesinski have fulfilled their undergraduate degree requirements.
- Looking at UCLA's 14-man roster, nine of the team's student-athletes either grew up in the Southern California region or attended high school in the Los Angeles area. Cody Riley (listed as Kansas City, Kan.), moved to the Los Angeles area when he was in middle school and attended Sierra Canyon High School (Chatsworth, Calif.).
- When UCLA defeated Arizona, 65-52, on Saturday, Feb. 8, the Bruins won their fourth game at Arizona in their last six contests at the McKale Center. Arizona had gone 119-12 at home over the previous eight seasons (including this season), and UCLA had handed the Wildcats four of those 12 home losses.
- UCLA has out-rebounded the opposition in 23 of 28 games. The Bruins were out-rebounded by USC on Jan. 11 (35-31), California on Jan. 19 (35-33), Washington on Feb. 15 (33-31) and Colorado on Feb. 22 (35-31) and were even at Arizona State on Feb. 6 (36-36). USC became the first team (in UCLA's 16th game of the year) to out-rebound the Bruins.
- The Bruins have two players who have scored at least 600 career points – senior Prince Ali and junior Chris Smith. Ali has scored a team-best 841 career points in 113 games (averaging 7.4 points per game). Smith has registered 707 career points through 94 games (averaging 7.5 points per contest).
- Freshman Jake Kyman set the school's single-game record for most 3-pointers by a freshman (7), as he made 7 of 12 attempts from long range in the team's 66-64 win at Washington on Thursday, Jan. 2. Kyman is UCLA's only freshman and just the ninth player in school history to have made seven or more 3-point field goals in one game.
- UCLA's 22 offensive rebounds in the win at Washington (Jan. 2) marked the team's highest single-game offensive rebound total since Jan. 1, 2016. The Bruins had 23 offensive boards in a double overtime loss (96-93) at Washington on Jan. 1, 2016, to open Pac-12 action. In that game back in 2016, the Bruins totaled 59 rebounds against the Huskies.
- The Bruins' 50 points scored in a 50-40 win over California on Sunday, Jan. 19, marked UCLA's lowest point total in a victory since winning at Washington State (50-30) on Feb. 9, 2006. UCLA had not limited the opposition to 40 points (or fewer) since a 55-40 win over USC in the Pac-12 Tournament at Staples Center on March 7, 2012.
- The largest single-game point total of any current UCLA player belongs to junior Chris Smith, who tallied a career-best 30 points in the team's win over No. 20 Colorado (Jan. 30, 2020). The largest single-game rebound total of any current Bruin belongs to sophomore Jalen Hill, who tallied 20 boards in a win against Presbyterian last season (Nov. 19, 2018).