How To Watch, Game Preview and Game Thread: #3 UCLA Bruins at Arizona State Sun Devils

Tyger Campbell
UCLA will need a better game from Tyger Campbell tonight in order to beat the Sun Devils. (Photo Credit: Chris Coduto/USA Today Sports via uclabruins.com)

The Bruins will continue their Desert Trip tonight when they play the Arizona State Sun Devils tonight in Tempe. The Sun Devils have lost their last four games and seven of their last eight.

So, Bobby Hurley doesn’t have his squad playing as well as he has had in the past. In fact, they have played better in their past two games against Arizona and Southern Cal

So, don’t look for tonight’s game to be a cakewalk.

The Bruins will need to come out and play the tenacious defense they played last week and they will need to shoot the ball better than they did on Thursday night.

That could be a tough task considering that ASU is holding opponents to .400 shooting (440-of-1101) from the field so far this season. That is the best defensive effort by the Sun Devils since the 1971-72 team held opponents to .399 (797-of-1997).

Let’s look at the starting five for the Sun Devils.

Starting Five

The Sun Devils are led by sophomore guard DJ Horne. The transfer from Illinois State is averaging 13.3 points per game, but he was virtually silent on Thursday against Southern Cal when he scored just four points. The Bruins will need to take away the three from Horne, who has made 38.3% of his team-leading 133 three-point attempts. That’s more than half of Horne’s shot attempts. So, his propensity is to shoot from long distance.

Forward Kimani Lawrence is second on the team in scoring with an average of 10.6 ppg. The grad student from Providence, Rhode Island also leads the team in rebounds with an average of 7.1 per game.

No other current starter is averaging in double figures for the season. Marcus Bagley, who would be starting, injured his knee and has played just three games this season.

Of the remaining three starters, sophomore guard Jay Heath has been contributing the most. Heath is averaging 9.8 ppg and he is shooting 39.6% from beyond the arc. That’s the best three-point percentage on the team.

While junior forward Jalen Graham has been averaging just 8.2 ppg, he did lead the team in points on Thursday night against the Trojans with 19.

The final starter against Southern Cal was Alonzo Gaffney. He didn’t score anything on Thursday, but is averaging 3.7 ppg.

The biggest Sun Devil threat off the bench looks to be Marreon Jackson. Jackson is a grad transfer from Toledo, where he average 14.3 ppg over the course of four seasons. So far this year, Jackson is averaging just 8.1 ppg for ASU but he leads the team in steals with 22 for the season.

Outlook

Tonight’s game looks like to will be a low scoring affair. Considering the Sun Devils are playing their best overall defense since the 71-72 season and the fact that UCLA has been playing very good defense as well, tonight’s game could be one where the first to 50 points wins.

I do expect the Bruins to come out on top and I think UCLA will play better than they did Thursday night. I’m thinking UCLA will likely win by at least five points, and they very well may win by more than 10 points.

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, but why would you want to? Yes, you guessed it! National treasure Bill Walton is working the game tonight with Dave Pasch on the ESPN2. How could you not want to listen to Big Red? But if you don’t, 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 #3 UCLA Bruins at the Arizona State Sun Devils game thread.

#3 UCLA Men’s Basketball (16-3, 8-2)

  • Opponent: Arizona State Sun Devils (6-13, 2-7)

  • Series Record: UCLA leads, 71-23

  • When: 7:00 pm PT, Saturday, February 5, 2022

  • Where: Desert Financial Arena, Tempe, AZ

  • TV: ESPN2 with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton

  • Live Stream: WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app

  • Radio: AM 570 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray

    Satellite Radio: SiriusXM Ch. 83 (UCLA Call)

  • Audio Stream:
    uclabruins.com

  • Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast

  • Game Notes:
    UCLA
    Arizona State


Go Bruins!!!


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