No. 8/7 Men’s Basketball Takes on Long Beach State on Friday


THE BONE ANGELES – The No. 8-ranked UCLA men’s basketball team returns to action against Long Beach State (1-0) on Friday night in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The Bruins’ game is scheduled for 8 pm (PT). This marks the second game of a three-game homestand to open the regular season for UCLA (1-0).

UCLA’s game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network, with JB Long and Don MacLean on the call. Fans can listen to UCLA’s game on AM 570 radio in the Los Angeles area. Veteran radio broadcasters Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray will have the call, courtside in Pauley Pavilion.

Venue: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Tipoff Time: 8:10 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Network
Talent TV: JB Long (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Broadcast Radio (UCLA Sports Network): AM 570
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS XM, SIRIUS XM App Channels: Ch.83, Ch.83

Tickets for the Bruins’ home game this Friday evening against Long Beach State start at $12. UCLA’s season ticket packages are still on sale (for $219), providing fans with access to the team’s remaining 16 regular-season home games. To reserve seats for UCLA’s home games, click here or call (310) UCLA-WIN.

– The Bruins have returned five of their main 11 contributors from last season’s squad. UCLA went 27-8 overall last year, advancing to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. Veteran players back this season include seniors Tyger Campbell, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Kenneth Nwuba and David Singleton and junior Jaylen Clark. Each of those five student-athletes played in at least 20 contests in 2021-22. All five players competed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament (advancing from the “First Four” to the Final Four). UCLA also has returned one pair of redshirt freshmen in Mac Etienne and Will McClendon, who both missed last season with knee injuries (torn ACL). Etienne joined the team in Dec. 2020 and played in 13 games in 2020-21.

– UCLA has added six freshmen to the roster this season – guards Dylan Andrews, Amari Bailey, Abramo Canka and Jack Seidler and forwards Adam Bona and Evan Manjikian. Bailey (6-foot-5 guard) and Bona (6-foot-10 forward) were both honored as McDonald’s All-America selections in the spring of 2022. Bailey was recently listed as a preseason honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference selection (along with junior Jaylen Clark). Andrews (6-foot-2 guard) spent his first three years of high school at nearby Windward School (Los Angeles) before excelling as a senior at Compass Prep in Arizona. Bona averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game last season as a senior at Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.).

Jaylen Clark scored 17 points and Tyger Campbell and Jaime Jaquez Jr. each tallied 14 points as the Bruins cruised past Sacramento State, 76-50, in the season-opening game on Monday night. UCLA led at halftime, 39-25, after having used a 20-0 first half scoring run to add some separation from the Hornets. Clark was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field, totaling a career-best seven steals and finishing the contest with eight rebounds and four assists. Three of UCLA’s freshmen (Dylan Andrews, Amari Bailey and Abramo Canka) made their official UCLA debuts in the non-conference victory. Bailey earned his first career start with the Bruins, shooting 5-for-10 from the field and totaling 10 points and a steal.

UCLA went 2-0 against Long Beach State last season, with one of those games being added to the schedule in early January after the Bruins had endured a 25-day stretch without any games due to a COVID-19 outbreak. In all, UCLA has gone 19-1 in the series against Long Beach State. The Bruins have won the last eight matchups. Long Beach State secured a 79-68 win over UCLA during the 2009-10 season at the 76 Classic in Anaheim (Nov. 29, 2009). In the two games last season, then-senior Jules Bernard averaged 22.0 points and 4.5 rebounds, shooting 8-for-12 from 3-point range.

The 2022-23 school year marks the 104th season in which UCLA has fielded a men’s basketball team (first season was 1919-20). In addition, this is the 57th season in which the Bruins have called Pauley Pavilion their home. The arena opened at the start of the 1965-66 season, and UCLA spent the next 46 seasons playing home games in Pauley Pavilion. The arena was closed for an 18-month renovation during the 2011-12 school year, re-opening in Nov. 2012. In all, the Bruins have won a nation-leading 11 NCAA Championships and have advanced to the NCAA Final Four 19 times .

UCLA is playing a 31-game regular-season schedule, with seven games against programs that are ranked in the Associated Press’ preseason top 25 poll. UCLA’s schedule includes 17 games at home, 11 games on the road, and three contests at neutral sites (two in Las Vegas, one in New York). The Bruins could play as many as eight games against teams that advanced to last season’s 68-team NCAA Tournament (includes two against Arizona, two versus USC and one game each against Baylor, Illinois, Kentucky and Norfolk State). UCLA will play 14 games before the end of the 2022 calendar year.

Seniors Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Tyger Campell were honored as preseason first-team All-Pac-12 selections (as selected by media members in October). Jaquez Jr., a 6-foot-7 guard/forward, has been named a preseason first-team All-America selection by CBS Sports and The Athletic. Both Jaquez Jr. and Campbell were named first-team All-Pac-12 selections last season, along with former teammate Johnny Juzang (all three players were in their junior seasons). Campbell, a 5-foot-11 point guard, has been recognized as a first-team All-Pac-12 selection the last two years (sophomore in 2020-21, junior in 2021-22). Campbell could become the Bruins’ first “four year” starting point guard since Darren Collison (2006-09).

Junior Jaylen Clark, a 6-foot-5 guard from Riverside, Calif., recorded the most steals in one game by any UCLA player (7) since Jordan Adams had eight steals on Nov. 18, 2013 (that game was also versus Sacramento State). UCLA’s single-game record of 11 steals was set by Tyus Edney in a home win over George Mason on Dec. 22, 1994 (the same season in which UCLA won the 1995 NCAA Championship). Darren Collison ranks second on the single-game steals list, having registered nine steals in a home victory over Long Beach State during his sophomore season (Nov. 28, 2006).

Jaylen Clark and Earl Watson (1997-2001) are the only UCLA players to have ever recorded at least seven steals and eight rebounds in one game. Clark had seven steals and eight rebounds (and 17 points) last Monday. Watson had seven steals, eight rebounds and six points against Northern Arizona on Dec. 18, 1997.

UCLA has made at least one 3-pointer played in its last 754 games. That 3-point streak began after the Bruins went 0-for-14 from 3-point territory in a 78-63 loss at No. 2-ranked Stanford on Feb. 3, 2000 (Maples Pavilion). UCLA has made at least three 3-pointers in 298 of 306 games since the start of the 2013-14 season. The Bruins made a school single-game-record 19 three-pointers, on 31 attempts, in a 104-89 win at Colorado on Jan. 12, 2017. UCLA’s previous 3-point record was set earlier that season, as the Bruins made 18 of 30 attempts in the regular-season opener against Pacific (Nov. 11, 2016). UCLA has made 17 or more 3-point field goals in four games (19 ounce, 18 ounce and 17 twice).

Last season, guard Tyger Campbell secured first-team All-Pac-12 honors for the second straight season. He became UCLA’s first player to earn first-team all-league acclaim in back-to-back years since Arron Afflalo (2006, 2007). Campbell ranked No. 6 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.3) and No. 3 in the Pac-12 in assists per game (4.2). In addition, he became the Bruins’ first player since Darren Collison (2006-09) to serve as the primary point guard for at least three straight seasons. From 2011-12 through 2018-19, UCLA had used seven different players as the team’s starting point guard.

TOP-25 POLLS (complete polls here)
The Bruins have been ranked No. 8 in the preseason Associated Press (AP) poll and No. 7 in the preseason Coaches’ Poll, as announced in October. UCLA was ranked in every top 25 poll (both the AP and Coaches’ Polls) during the 2021-22 season. The Bruins were ranked No. 2 last season in the two major preseason polls.


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