The last time No. 10/9 rated UCLA (21-3, 8-3 Pac 12) met up with No. 5/6 ranked Oregon (21-3, 10-1 Pac 12) it was a game of highs and lows with many runs. After a sea saw battle the game came to an abrupt end on a three-point buzzer beater made by Duck junior forward Dillon Brooks (6-7, 225) giving the Bruins their first loss of the season, 89-87.
The Bruins and the Ducks have a lot of similarities. Both teams are unselfish and share the basketball. UCLA has six players who average in double figures and Oregon five players that average 10 or more points.
For the season, the Bruins average scoring 92.9 points per game (ppg) while giving up an average of 76.5 ppg. The Ducks average 76.5 ppg and are one of the best defensive teams in the country, giving up only 63.5 ppg.
The six players who average in double figures for the Bruins are freshman forward, TJ Leaf (17.1), senior guard Bryce Alford (16.4), freshman point guard Lonzo Ball (15.1), senior guard Isaac Hamilton (14.7), sophomore guard Aaron Holiday (13.4) and junior center, Thomas Welsh (10.4).
The Bruins tuned up for the Ducks by having one their most balanced and explosive offensive performances of the season when four Bruins scored 20 points or more. Ball scored 22, Alford 21, Leaf and Holiday scored 20 points a piece.
The Ducks tuned up for the Bruins by shellacking Arizona 85-58. Oregon is coached by Dana Altman, who is in seventh season at the helm. Considered one of the best coaches in country, Altman has been Pac 12 Coach of the Year three times. In 2013, Altman was named the National Jim Phelan Coach of the Year.
Oregon’s five players who score in double figures are led by the man, who the deciding trey against the Bruins, Brooks. He averages 14.4 ppg. Oregon’s talented point guard, Tyler Dorsey (6-4, 195) contributes 12.6 ppg, senior forward Chris Boucher (6-10, 200) adds 12.4 ppg, senior guard Dylan Ennis (6-2, 195) chips in 11.0 ppg, and junior forward Jordan Bell (6-9, 225) provides 10.9 ppg.
The game will be played in Pauley Pavilion and has been sold out for over 24 hours, so there will be 13,800 fans, on hand to watch the contest. Tipoff time is scheduled for 7:05PM PST.
The game will be televise nationally on ESPN Dave Pasch doing the play-by-play, UCLA all-time great Bill Walton analyzing the action and Molly McGrath will be court side.
If you are on the way to the game and stuck in the infamous Los Angeles traffic, UCLA’s flagship station AM 570 will broadcast the event with Josh Lewin and another Bruin all-time great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channel: Ch. 84/Ch. 84 and SIRIUS App. Channel: Ch. 84 will broadcast the game on satellite radio.