Even though the UCLA men’s basketball season began just about three weeks ago, the Bruins will begin Pac-12 play tonight when they host the Colorado Buffaloes at Pauley Pavilion.
Tad Boyle’s squad comes into Pauley tonight with an identical 6-1 record as the Bruins. Of course, the difference here is that the Buffs have played a significantly easier schedule so far than UCLA.
In fact, the toughest team that the Buffs have played prior to tonight was Stanford, whom they beat at home on Sunday, 80-76.
Colorado is led by senior forward Evan Battey. Battey is the Buffs’ biggest scoring threat. He’s averaging 14.9 points per game this season while shooting 63.1% from the field and an amazing 72.7% from behind the arc. Against the Cardinal on Sunday, he put up a career-high 22 points.
Sophomore guard Keeshawn Barthelemy is second on the team in scoring so far this year. He’s averaging 14.6 points per game, giving the Buffaloes a 1-2 punch with Battey. He didn’t see much action against the Bruins last season. He played only three minutes of Colorado’s home game against the Bruins and played just 14 minutes at Pauley, scoring six points.
Sophomore forward Jabari Walker is the third Buffalo averaging in double figures. His average of 13.9 ppg isn’t far off Battey and Barthelemey and he also is the team’s top rebounder with 9.3 boards per game.
Senior Elijah Parquet will start at the other guard spot for Colorado. Parquet was an All-Pac-12 defender last season, who averages 7.4 ppg and 2.6 rebounds per game. He leads the team in blocked shots with seven while being tied with Battey and Barthelemy for the team lead in steals with seven as well.
The final Colorado starter is Tristan da Silva. The sophomore from Munich, Germany is averaging 8.9 points per game and 3.6 rebounds. He saw limited action against UCLA last season, playing just three minutes at Pauley and nine minutes at home. He made the most of his limited minutes in Boulder by scoring seven points in those nine minutes.
Tad Boyle always has the Buffs prepared to play. If UCLA shows up like they did against UNLV, the Bruins should win, but if they brought that Vegas funk home with them, it could be a long night for UCLA.
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 wioth the small sports for a long time in order to listen to Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray call today’s game, but why would you want to? Yes, you guessed it! National treasure Bill Walton is working the game tonight with Ted Robinson on the Pac-12 Networks. How could you not want to listen to Big Red? 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 today’s game:This is your Colorado Buffaloes at #5 UCLA Bruins game thread.
Opponent: Colorado Buffaloes (6-1, 1-0)
Series Record: UCLA leads, 14-7
When: 6:30 pm PT, Saturday, December 1, 2021
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Pac-12 Networks National, Los Angeles, and Mountain with Ted Robinson and Bill Walton
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app
Radio:AM 1150 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray
Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast
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