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Oregon State Basketball: Opponent Preview - UCLA Bruins (Game 15)

Can the Beavs pull off the upset?

NCAA Basketball: Washington at UCLA Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA Bruins (12-3, 8-1)

  • Head Coach: Mick Cronin (8th Season, Overall: 144-105)
  • Points For: 76.3 (89th)
  • Points Against: 68.1 (125th)
  • Last Game/Streak: Loss 73-72 OT at Stanford (1L)

The Skinny

  • Jaime Jaquez Jr. (12.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG)
  • Chris Smith (12.6 PPG, 6.4 RPG)
  • Johnny Juzang (12.4 PPG, 6.2 APG)
  • Tyger Campbell (11.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG)
  • Cody Riley (10.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG)
  • Jules Bernard (9.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG)
  • Jalen Hill (7.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG)
  • David Singleton (4.7 PPG, 1.4 RPG)
  • Jake Kyman (3.6 PPG, 1.2 RPG)
  • Jaylen Clark (1.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG)

UCLA has been very good this season. Arguably the top team in the Pac-12 with an 8-1 record and Mick Cronin might just win Pac-12 coach of the year. Everyone came back for the Bruins this season. Five guys average double figures and a sixth averages 9.9 PPG. The balanced scoring, talented players and continuity puts the Bruins ahead of pretty much everyone in the conference. Mick Cronin has done quite the job in beginning to stabilize the Bruins program, after years of an irrational fan base seemingly being discontent with any level of success. UCLA is back atop the Pac-12 and all is well in Westwood.

While UCLA suffered a set back last game against Stanford they will look to return to their winning ways. The Beavers will need to contain penetration from Tyger Campbell and future NBA’er Chris Smith. They will also need to limit sharp shooter Johnny Juzang and keep Jalen Hill off the boards from cleaning up any misses. The Beavers will be heavy underdogs on Saturday, but they have been known to thrive in that role.

Game Info

  • Date: Saturday, January 30th
  • Time: 4:00 PM PT
  • Location: Pauley Pavilion (Los Angeles, California)
  • Coverage: Pac-12 Network