UCLA (26-3, 13-3 Pac 12) is closing the regular season on a high note. On the strength of a seven game winning streak, the Bruins are now ranked No.3 in the AP National Poll and No. 2 in the Coach’s poll.
Things couldn’t be more opposite for the Washington Huskies (9-19, 2-14 Pac 12) who have had a dismal season and haven’t logged in the winning column in over a month. The last game the Huskies won was on January 18 against Colorado. The Dawgs took down the Buffs, 85-83 in overtime and since then Washington has lost 10 straight, including 107-66 shellacking by the Bruins.
Common sense would dictate that the Bruins should win easily. The last game the whole Bruin team was hitting on all cylinders in a tough place to play, Alaska Airlines Arena.
“We shot the ball well,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said in the post game presser. “We moved it well. We got our assists up again in the 20's. I just thought we played really well. We had a lot of guys play well tonight. I liked how we attacked the zone inside-out. We didn't stand. We had good movement like we normally have against man to man and we shoot the ball so well that I thought we got the looks that we wanted.”
Four players scored 20 points or more and three players had five assists. The Bruins shot a sizzling 60.6 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from beyond the three. When the Bruins play the way they did against Washington, they are tough to beat.
Freshman point guard, Lonzo Ball led the Bruins in scoring with 22, tied for the lead in assists with five and led the Bruins with four steals.
Senior guard, Bryce Alford scored 21 points and had five assists. Freshman forward, TJ Leaf had a double-double, scoring 20 points and collecting 10 boards. Sophomore guard, Aaron Holiday, as he usually does, provided a spark off the bench, scoring 20 points and had five assists.
The Huskies are young and are led by true freshman point guard, Markelle Fultz (6-4, 195), who leads the Pac 12 in scoring averaging 23.2 ppg. Fultz is second behind Ball (7.6 apg) in assists, averaging 5.9 apg and chips in 5.7 rebounds per game.
Sophomore guard, David Crisp (6-0, 195) averages 14.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.9 apg. Sophomore forward Noah Dickerson (6-8, 245) averages 11.5 ppg and is the Huskies’ leading rebounder averaging 8.0 rpg. Sophomore guard, Matise Thybulle (6-5, 195) leads the Pac 12 in steals with 57 and that number is the most by a Husky sophomore in the program’s history. Thybulle also averages 9.9 ppg.
The contest will be played at Pauley Pavilion and tipoff is scheduled for 8:15PM PST. FOX Sports 1 will televise the game nationally with Tim Brando doing play-by-play, former UCLA Coach Steve Lavin analyzing the play and Jim Jackson will be court side.
UCLA’s backup radio station AM 1150 will broadcast the game with Josh Lewin (play-by-play), and Bruin great Tracy Murray (analyst) performing their usual roles.
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels 81/Ch. 81 and SIRIUS App. Channel 81 carry the game over satellite radio.