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March 2, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Scouting report: UCLA

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Scouting report: UCLA
Game info: 11 a.m. Saturday at LA Sports Arena (16,161 capacity).
TV: CBS (Kevin Harlan, Bob Wenzel and Reggie Miller.)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Record: 17-13, 10-7.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Click here.
Coach: Ben Howland is 206-96 in his ninth season with the Bruins. He is 374-194 overall in 18 seasons.
Prediction: Picked win the Pac-12 by the media.
Series: UCLA leads 91-40 in a series that began 1937. The Huskies swept the series last season and has a four-game winning streak against the Bruins. Lorenzo Romar is 11-9 against UCLA and Howland is 7-11 versus Washington.
Last meeting: Washington trailed by 10 points with 6:02 remaining and finished with a 16-4 run to claim a 71-69 comeback victory. UCLA had a 4 1/2-minute scoring drought that allowed the Huskies to climb back into the game. Terrence Ross scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the second half and 10 during the decisive 16-4 spurt over the final six minutes. Tony Wroten Jr. added 13 points and Darnell Gant (above, left) had 12.
Last outing: UCLA dominated Washington State 78-46 on Thursday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— In three games against his hometown team, former Kentwood High star Joshua Smith (above, right) usually plays well. He struggled in last season’s game at UCLA, but in Seattle he’s been dominant. In their last meeting, Smith destroyed the Huskies on the offensive end and was virtually unstoppable. He finished with a personal-best 24 points on 9-for-13 shooting and 6 for 10 at the line. He also collected nine rebounds, which is one shy of his season high. Smith is listed at 305 pounds and he’s among the heaviest players in the Pac-12. Admittedly he’s lacked discipline controlling his weight and his conditioning has suffered. He’s played fewer than 15 minutes in four of the past five games. He was named to the preseason Naismith Trophy watch list, but he’s not had the season many expected. His averages in points (10.9 to 10.2), rebounding (6.3-5.1) and minutes (21.7-17.7) are down from last season when he was named to the Pac-10’s All-freshman team. Smith was recruited by Washington. He played alongside Tony Wroten Jr. on AAU summer teams and against Austin Seferian-Jenkins in high school. Smith injured his right calf on Thursday, but is expected to play.
— Junior Lazeric Jones struggled majorly against Washington in the first meeting. He missed nine of 12 shots, while drilling three three-pointers and finishing with 11 points. Still he’s a streaky shooter who can who can score in bunches. He tallied a career-high 26 points this season against Stanford and last week dropped 20 on Arizona State. Jones connected on 8 for 10 shots and scored 18 points Thursday against Washington state. He started the season at point guard, but moved to shooting guard recently and has become more effective. Jones leads the Bruins in scoring (13.4 points per game), minutes (33.3). field goal attempts (321), three-point (42), assists (125), turnovers (76) and steals (56). Jones injured his left ankle Thursday, but is expected to play.
— The Wear twins (David and Travis) have scored in double figures in the same game 10 times this season and they have done so in eight of the last 19 contests. Additionally, they both posted double doubles in the home win over USC (Feb. 15) with David registering 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds and Travis recording 14 points and a then-career-high 11 boards. In the last 17 games, Travis has averaged 12.3 points while David is averaging 12.2 points per game. David has shot 55.9 percent from the fl oor (81-for-145) while making 64.7 percent (11-for-17) of his three-point shots and draining 35-for-45 (.778) from the freet hrow line. Travis has shot 55.3 percent (78-for-
141) from the fi eld while sinking 41-for-51 (.804) of his free throw attemtps. Combined, they are 159-for-286 (.556) from the fi eld and 76-for-96 (.792) from the charity stripe in the last 17 games.


OVERVIEW:
— Sophomore guard Tyler Lamb has played in every game and missed just one start. He leads UCLA with 111 three-point attempts.
Jerime Anderson is a pass-first point guard who has started in 28 of the 29 games. He’s scored in double figures 11 times this season and his career high his 20 points.
— 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).
STARTING LINEUP:
C – David Wear, 6-10, 225, So., 10.6 ppg., 6.1 rpg., .560 3PT%
F – Travis Wear, 6-10, 220, So., 11.4, 5.7, 1.1 bpg.
G – Tyler Lamb, 6-5, 200, So., 9.1, 3.6, 2.9 apg.
G – Jerime Anderson, 6-2, 183, Sr., 8.9, 2.0, 4.3
G – Lazeric Jones 6-1, 187, Sr., 13.2, 3.5, 4.2
KEY MATCHUP:
— Washington coach Lorenzo Romar will to decide if using 7-foot center Aziz N’Diaye is the best strategy to defend Smith. The UCLA center has struggled this season against smaller defenders. He’s been able to use his hefty girth to muscle his way to the basket against big defenders. However, teams like Arizona have been able to negate his size advantage with quickness. It’s asking a lot to expect Darnell Gant to defend Smith, but it could work for a few possessions. Also look for the Huskies to use zone every so often. Romar referred to the zone as the “substitute teacher” the other night and said the defense throws opponents off balance. The Bruins will surely devote a lot of attention to Ross, who torched them in the first game. They’ll also have their hands full with Wroten, who has a size advantage against Jones or Anderson.

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