Saturday, 16 December 2017 16:26

Bruins Ready To Host Bearcats

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Holiday A PortUCLA (7-2) welcomes No. 23 ranked Cincinnati (8-2) to Pauley Pavilion to face on Saturday, Dec. 16. It will be the first time these two schools have ever squared off against each in the hallowed arena in Westwood.

The Bruins knocked Cincinnati out of the NCAA tournament last March with a 79-67, second round victory. UCLA and Cincinnati have gone 2-2 against each other in the all-time series.

The Bearcats bring back an experienced group, seven of Cincinnati's nine players who saw action against the Bruins, in the NCAA Tournament game last season are back for the Bearcats. Junior Jacob Evans III (14.2 ppg) and senior Gary Clark (12.8 ppg) have been the team's top two scorers through the Bearcats' first 10 games. 

Cincinnati is coached by Mick Cronin, who is in his 12th season at the helm. Under Cronin’s guidance, the Bearcats have played in the NCAA Tournament the last seven years.

Last time out, the Bruins led much of the game on the road, against a good and well coached Michigan team but end up losing in overtime, 78-69.

The cause of that loss; UCLA was very sloppy with the basketball. With a season-high 20 turnovers, Michigan outscored UCLA by 10 in points off of turnovers, and that margin was the difference between winning and losing.

Aaron Holiday scored a career-high, 27 points against Michigan, while Thomas Welsh tied his career best, 22 points and had a game-high 10 boards, to record his sixth double-double of the season.

The game will be nationally televised on CBS Brad Nessler handling the play-by-play, Bill Raftery analyzing the game, and John Schriffen reporting from the sideline.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the contest on their flagship station AM 570 with Josh Lewin and UCLA all-time great, Tracy Murray performing their usual duties.

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