Saturday, 09 December 2017 15:15

Bruins On the Road To Play Michgan

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Ali UCIUCLA (7-1) finally will get back on the court after a cancellation of a mid-week game with Montana due to the firestorms in the Southern California area. The No. 23 rated Bruins will take their act back on the road and are headed to Ann Arbor, where Michigan (7-3), awaits.

The Bruins are coming off perhaps their best game of the season when they annihilated Detroit Mercy, 106-73. UCLA hit 52 percent from the floor, 44 percent on their three-point shots and 79 percent from the foul line.

UCLA was getting good shots because they were sharing the basketball which led to the Bruins dishing out 20 assists against, only eight turnovers. Gyorgy Golomon led the Bruins with five assists, with Prince Ali and Jaylen Hands tied with four each. Ali scored 20 points to with his four assists and Hands had a career-high 23 points off the bench for the Bruins, playing perhaps his best game of his young career.

Five Bruins will enter the game averaging in double figures with junior Aaron Holiday leading the way averaging 16.6 points per game. He also leads in assists, averaging 5.5 per game.

Senior Thomas Welsh is UCLA’s leading rebounder averting 10.9 boards a game. He also chips in 12.5 points per game and averages 1.4 blocks a game. Welsh has five double-double game this season.

True freshman Kris Wilkes averages 13.1 ppg, true freshman Jaylen Hands averages 12.9 ppg and sophomore guard Prince Ali averages 11.6 ppg to round the five UCLA players who average in double figures.

This will not be the first rodeo for these two teams. The Bruins and the Wolverines have played each other 17 times with the Bruins winning 12 of the contests, including last season when the Bruins beat the Michigan, 102-84 on December 10, 2016, in Pauley Pavilion.

Michigan is coached by one of the best in college basketball in John Beiline. He is now in his 11th year at the helm and he has guided the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament seven out of the last 10 seasons.

The game will be played in Crisler Center, a venue that holds 12,707 fans. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:08 AM PST the contest will be televised nationally on CBS with Carter Blackburn doing the play-by-play, Bill Raftery analyzing the action, and John Schriffen working the sideline.

If you have to be out and about UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game on AM 1150 Josh Lewin and UCLA great Tracy Murray performing their usual duties.

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