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Game Preview and How to Watch: Seattle Redhawks at UCLA Bruins
After having Monday's game against Long Beach State postponed, tonight's game against Seattle will be the Bruins' home opener.
Twice so far this week, I’ve written a preview for a UCLA basketball. While we published the preview of the Long Beach State game which was postponed Monday, Sunday’s women’s basketball game against Pepperdine was postponed before we actually published the game preview. Hopefully, the third time is the charm and tonight’s game actually gets played.
The Seattle Redhawks have started off well so far this season. The Redhawks began the year by beating Portland, William Jessup and Air Force before losing to Cal State Northridge on Monday night, 76-65. It’s the first time Seattle has opened a season 3-0 since 2008-2009.
At first glance, it looks like the Redhawks are the kind of experienced team which has given UCLA trouble early in the season, but the team returns just four players from last season and it features 11 newcomers. Among the four players returning from last season, only junior forward Riley Grigsby is a returning starter. After four games, Grigsby is tied for the team lead in points per game with 18.3. He’s tied with sophomore guard Darrion Trammell who’s been averaging that many points off the bench. Grigsby and junior guard Rip Economou are the Redhawks’ biggest long range threats on a team filled with players who take a lot of shots behind the arc. Seattle has already taken 114 three-point attempts, almost twice what their opponents have tried.
Senior guard Aaron Nettles is tied with Grigsby and Economou with eight three-pointers made. He just hasn’t been as efficient as the other two. He’s taken 50% more shots behind the arc. So, his three-point percentage is a lot lower.
The Redhawks’ other two starters don’t pose much of a threat from long distance. Freshman guard Kobe Williamson and junior forward Emeka Udenyi are averaging 6.8 and 6.5 points per game, respectively.
Aside from Trammell, the rest of the Seattle bench has been combining for less than seven points per game.
Clearly, the keys to tonight’s game for the Bruins will be to find a way to stop the one-two punch of Grisgby and Trammell and finding a way to play better on offense than they did against San Diego State and Pepperdine.
But, the Bruins should still win tonight easily.
Here’s how to watch, listen and stream tonight’s game.
UCLA Men’s Basketball (1-1)
Seattle Redhawks (3-1)
UCLA leads, 4-0
5:00 pm PT, Thursday, December 3, 2020
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
Pac-12 Network National and Los Angeles with J.B. Long and Don MacLean
Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app
AM 570 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray
Satellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 84 & XM Ch. 197
And, of course, in The Mighty Bruin Game Thread!!!