Scouting report: UCLA
Game info: 6 p.m. Thursday at Edmundson Pavilion (10,000 capacity).
TV: ESPN (Dave Pasch and Dan Dakich.)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Record: 12-9, 5-4.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Click here.
Coach: Ben Howland is 201-92 in his ninth season with the Bruins. He is 369-190 overall in 18 seasons.
Prediction: Picked win the Pac-12 by the media.
Series: UCLA leads 91-39 in a series that began 1937. UW has won seven straight in Seattle where the series is tied 31-31. The Huskies swept the series last season and has a three-game winning streak against the Bruins. Lorenzo Romar is 10-9 against UCLA and Howland is 7-10 versus Washington.
Last meeting: C.J. Wilcox scored all 24 of his points in the second half to lead the Huskies to a 70-63 victory. Washington trailed 25-24 at halftime when Wilcox took over. He made 7 of 8 field goals, including four three-pointers. He also drained 6 of 6 free throws. Venoy Overton was the only other UW player in double-digit scoring with 10 points.
Last outing: UCLA toppled Colorado 85-69 (above) on Saturday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Former Kentwood High star Joshua Smith (right, middle) was named to the preseason Naismith Trophy watch list. In UCLA’s last game against UW, he finished with 16 rebounds and 12 points in 31 minutes. His averages in points (10.9 to 9.7), rebounding (6.3-5.0) and minutes (21.7-17.6) are down from last season when he was named to the Pac-10’s All-freshman team. Smith leads UCLA in charges taken (four), dunks (14), three-point plays made (four) and bench points (124). He’s started eight games, but has come off the bench in the last six games. He sat out Jan. 5 due to a concussion. Smith was recruited by Washington. He played alongside Tony Wroten Jr. on AAU summer teams and against Austin Seferian-Jenkins in high school.
— Junior Lazeric Jones began the season at point guard, but moved to shooting guard recently and has become more effective. He’s scored in double figures in 13 of the last 16 games. In the last 16 games, he’s averaged 14.8 points, 4.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals while shooting 50 percent from the field (85 of 170) and 43.1 percent (25 of 58) from three-point range. The Bruins are 11-5 during that span. Jones has started every game. He tallied a personal best 26 points on Dec. 29, 2011 against Stanford. Jones leads the Bruins in scoring (13.4 points per game), minutes (33.0). field goal attempts (219), three-point attempts (76), assists (96), turnovers (52) and steals (40).
— Travis Wear sat out last season after transferring from North Carolina along with his twin brother David. Travis is a better scorer who averages 12.0 points and David is a stronger rebounder at 6.2 per game. They have scored in double figures eight games, including six of the last 10 contests. There’s a theory the twins are not productive as a tandem. Travis leads Pac-12 with a 65.8 percent shooting from the field in conference games. In league play, he leads the Bruins in scoring at 13.7 points per game. Travis missed two games due to a toe infection. He replaced Smith in the starting lineup. David has started 18 games. At 225 pounds, he five pounds heavier than his brother and is playing in the post. He injured his knee Jan. 21, but has not sat out.
Photo credit: Getty Images – J. Meric
— Sophomore guard Tyler Lamb has started every game. He’s taken 76 three-pointers, which is tied with Jones for the most on the team.
— Jerime Anderson is a pass-first point guard who ranks second among the Bruins and seventh in the Pac-12 with 79 assists. He’s also UCLA best three-pointer shooter who shoots 44.2 percent behind the arc. Anderson has played in 118 career games, which is tops among the Bruins.
— UCLA has not won a game outside of California against a Division I team. The Bruins’ best wins are a 17-point victory at home against Colorado and a 65-58 win at home against Arizona.
— The Bruins are shooting a Pac-12 best 50.4 percent in conference games. They also lead the league in three-point shooting at 44.0 percent.
— UCLA dismissed junior forward Reeves Nelson on Dec. 9. He led the Bruins in scoring (13.9 ppg.) and rebounding (9.1 rpg.) last season.
— Junior guard De’End Parker (patellar tendinitis), who missed 18 games, is out for the rest of the season due to injury. He will apply for a medical hardship.
— UCLA has four McDonald’s All-Americans (Smith, the Wear twins and Larry Drew II).
— The Bruins have started the lineup (below) in the last seven games and they are 5-2.
C – David Wear, 6-10, 225, So., 10.0 ppg., 6.2 rpg., 1.0 apg.
F – Travis Wear, 6-10, 220, So., 12.0, 5.0, 1.1 bpg.
G – Tyler Lamb, 6-5, 200, So., 9.1, 3.5, 2.9 apg.
G – Jerime Anderson, 6-2, 183, Sr., 8.5, 3.0, 3.5
G – Lazeric Jones 6-1, 187, Sr., 13.4, 3.6, 4.6
— Last season it was interesting how the Huskies attacked Smith, the local product who spurned the home town team. They isolated him in pick-n-roll situations in the game at UCLA and he fouled out. In the rematch, Smith got his revenge but UW won the game. The matchup is a little watered down this season because Smith has battled weight issues and averages just 17.6 minutes. Aziz N’Diaye is the polar opposite to Smith. The UW center is tall, lean, muscular and runs like a sprinter while the UCLA big man is less mobile with soft hands and has an array of low-post moves. Lamb is often the X-factor for the Bruins and he’ll likely be paired against Terrence Ross. Still the key may be how UCLA plans to slow down Tony Wroten Jr. At 6-5 and 205 pounds, he’ll have a size advantage against Anderson and Jones and should be able to muscle his way into the lane.