How To Watch, Game Preview and Game Thread: Arizona Wildcats at UCLA Bruins

Tyger Campbell led the Bruins with 22 points when UCLA faced Arizona in Tucson last month. (Photo Credit: Greg Turk/uclabruins.com)

What a difference a month makes.

When the Bruins visited Arizona last month, they were in the middle of an eight-game conference winning streak and they controlled their destiny when it came to conference tournament seeding. Now, as the Wildcats visit Pauley tonight, UCLA has lost three of their last five games and fallen out of first place and will need some help in order to get back to a first place tie before they face the Trojans at home to end the regular season.

UCLA has not looked very good, but there is some hope that UCLA can build on last Saturday’s win over Washington. That hope exists because Arizona comes into Pauley Pavilion having lost three of their last four games and four of their last six.

Coach Mick Cronin needs to find a way to beat Sean Miller. That may not be hard because Cronin has won every meeting against Miller since he arrived in Westwood. That may be the basketball equivalent of beating Southern Cal in football.

In some respects, it seems like the players have been pressing a bit too hard on offense. Sure, Johnny Juzang has been putting up a ton of points, but the Bruins need Jaime Jaquez to relax and start scoring again. On Saturday against Washington, Jaquez only shot the ball once, a three-pointer which he made. They need to get him the ball and let him do his thing.

When UCLA beat Arizona in Tucson, three Bruins scored in double digits and two more were just a bucket away. Against Washington on Saturday, Juzang and Jules Bernard were the only two players to score more than six points.

That won’t work tonight. UCLA needs to spread the offense around and play tough defense — in other words, Mick Cronin basketball. That’s how they will win tonight. If they don’t, it could be another long night for Bruin fans.

Listen to the Game Here on TMB!

The TuneIn player won’t embed here on Substack, but you can open another tab to listen. Today’s game is on ESPN2 with Dave Pasch and national treasure Bill Walton calling the game. If you would prefer to listen to Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray call today’s game instead you can listen to today’s game online.

Join your fellow Bruin fans discussing today’s game below.

This is your Arizona Wildcats at UCLA Bruins game thread.

UCLA Men’s Basketball (14-5, 10-3)

  • Opponent: Arizona Wildcats (14-7, 8-7)

  • Series Record: UCLA leads, 60-45

  • When: 6:00 pm PT, Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA

  • TV: ESPN2 with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton

  • Live Stream: WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app

  • Radio/Audio:
    AM 570 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray
    Satellite Radio: Sirius XM Ch. 373 (UCLA feed)
    And, of course, here in The Mighty Bruin Game Thread!

  • Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast

  • Game Notes:
    UCLA
    Arizona


Go Bruins!


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