Saturday, 20 January 2018 15:27

UCLA Going For Split In Eugene

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Holiday A UO12316UCLA (13-6, 4-3) will need to find their missing shot. The Bruins haven’t shot over 40 percent from the field since their last victory against Utah, since then Colorado and Oregon State have played suffocating defense against the Bruins that may be the blueprint for opponents the rest of the way.

Against Oregon State, the Bruins hit only 37.9 percent of their shots from the field and 30.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Against CU it was even worse. The Buffs held the Bruins to shoot 37.1 percent from the floor and 20 percent from beyond the arc. Both teams played a lot of aggressive zone defense.

The Bruins have to find some rhythm offensively if they are going to get back into the winning column.

The Bruins only had two players score in double figures last game against Oregon State. Aaron Holiday, once again, led the Bruins in scoring with 22 points. He was an outstanding 11-12 from the free throw line.  Thomas Welsh had another double-double scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 boards. Kris Wilkes had a team-high five assists and added nine points.

UCLA heads up the road to Eugene where a hungry Oregon (12-7, 204) lays in wait. The Ducks could be a bit ornery with the Bruins arrive after letting a winnable game at home slip away, losing to USC 75-70.

This Oregon loss comes on the heels of a tough loss to Arizona five days earlier, so this contest between the Bruins and the Ducks pits two teams that desperately need a win.

The Ducks have four players that average scoring in double figures and one player who is on the cusp of scoring in double-figures.

Sophomore guard, Payton Pritchard (6-2, 195) leads the Ducks in scoring averaging 15.2 points per game (ppg). Next is senior guard, Elijah Brown (6-4, 200) with an average of 13.6 ppg, who is followed by freshman forward Troy Brown (6-7, 215) contributing 11.3 ppg and junior forward Paul White (6-9, 225) chips in 10.4 ppg. On the cusp of double figures is senior forward MiKyle McIntosh (6-7, 240) who is averaging 9.7 ppg.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:15 PM PST and will be televised nationally on ESPN with Dave Pasch doing the play-by-play and Bruin great Bill Walton analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will be broadcast the game on your local Los Angeles radio dial, AM 1150, with Josh Lewin and another Bruin great Tracy Murray performing their usual duties.

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