How To Watch, Game Preview and Game Thread: Washington State Cougars at #13 UCLA Bruins

Jules Bernard drives against WSU’s Andrej Jakimovski during last season’s game at Pauley. (Photo Credit: uclabruins.com)

Tonight, the UCLA Bruins return home from a grueling road trip which saw them lose a pair of games against the Arizona schools along with Southern Cal. If there was any saving grace, it was the fact that they managed to avoid making the trip a total loss by beating Stanford.

This weekend, the Washington schools visit Pauley and it’s the Washington State Cougars whom the Bruins will look to take some frustration out on tonight. UCLA has not been shooting the ball particularly well during this last stretch. Hopefully, some home cookin’ can fix that tonight.

Meanwhile, head coach Kyle Smith is seeing improvement from his Cougars this season. In Smith’s first season in Pullman, the Cougs went 16-16 overall and 6-12 in the Pac-12. Last season, they finished with an overall record of 14-13 and a conference record of 7-12. So far this season, Wazzou is 14-10 overall and 7-6 in the Pac-12, meaning that they have already matched Smith’s most Pac-12 wins in a season and they need to three wins down the stretch to give them their most wins under Smith.

Starting Five

Smith is accomplishing that by coaching up his young roster. He has only one redshirt senior in starting guard Michael Flowers and one true senior in Matt DeWolf.

The two couldn’t be more different. Flowers leads the team in scoring with 13.9 points per game. He also leads the Cougs in assists with 73 and is tied for the lead in steals with 24. DeWolf, on the other hand, hasn’t played more than eight minutes in a game or scored more than four points in a game all season after transferring from Brown.

The rest of the team entire team and the starting five consists of freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

There are two other players who are averaging in double figures for Washington State. The first is redshirt junior Tyrell Roberts. The guard from Sacramento is averaging 10.7 points per game and has only missed two of his 35 free throw attempts so far this season. He is not the guy Mick Cronin is going to want to put on the charity stripe with the game on the line. The third guy averaging in double figures probably won’t even start tonight. That’s junior guard Noah Williams who’s averaging 10.4 points per game primarily off the bench.

The three remaining probable starters are averaging either 7.5 ppg or 7.2 ppg. Sophomore Efe Abogidi and freshman Mouhamed Gueye are the starting forwards and they both average 7.5 points per game. Smith isn’t looking for a lot of offense from the pair. Instead, they are the team’s top two rebounders and shot blockers. Abogidi edges Gueye for most rebounds by just two rebounds the whole season and he is also the top shot blocker.

Rounding out the starting five is guard TJ Bamba. The sophomore from the Bronx is the guy who is averaging just 7.2 points per game and, frankly, he doesn’t seem to standout anywhere on the stat sheet. He seems like a guy the Bruins can leave free if Coach Cronin opts to double team someone else.

Outlook

Hey, it’s Washington State. Is it “Guaranteed Win Night”? If Ernie Kent were still coaching, maybe. But Smith is developing his young roster. And, of course, you cannot forget that Smith’s first Pac-12 win came against the Bruins in overtime.

That said, do I think the Cougs have a fighting chance in Pauley? Hell, no!

But I also didn’t think ASU would beat UCLA either.

Here’s hoping that Coach Cronin has hit the accerator for the Bruins and they won’t need overtime to beat Wazzou.

Listen to the Game With TMB!

TuneIn.com now has UCLA’s games listed as “premium” content. So, rather than using TuneIn, you can just listen through the official website like we have done with the small sports for a long time in order to listen to Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray call today’s game and you just might want to tonight. That’s because tonight’s game will air on Fox Sports 1 with Alex Faust and Steve Lavin on the call. If you don’t want to listen to them, just be sure to right-click on it so that you can open up another tab and have it going while you chat in the comments below. Listen to today’s game online.

In the meantime, here’s how to watch tonight’s game:

This is your Washington State Cougars at #13 UCLA Bruins game thread.

#13 UCLA Men’s Basketball (17-5, 9-4)

  • Opponent: Washington State Cougars (14-10, 7-6)

  • Series Record: UCLA leads, 110-19

  • When: 8:00 pm PT, Thursday, February 17, 2022

  • Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA

  • TV: Fox Sports 1 with Alex Faust and Steve Lavin

  • Live Stream: FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports app

  • Radio: AM 1150 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray

    Satellite Radio: SiriusXM Ch. 81 (UCLA Call)

  • Audio Stream:
    uclabruins.com

  • Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast

  • Game Notes:
    UCLA

    Washington State


Go Bruins!!!


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