3rd UCLA Basketball Team Hosts Oregon Without Fans Thursday – San Bernardino Sun

The postponement is rivaling the normal for college basketball this season due to COVID-19. That’s why the UCLA men’s basketball team has only played one game at a time (usually two a week) so far.

UCLA (10-1, 2-0 Pac-12 final) will take on Oregon (9-6, 2-2) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. The match will be televised nationally on ESPN. UCLA will welcome the State of Oregon on Saturday.

Looks like rescheduling would make things different, too. UCLA will be playing three conference games in a week in late January after the Pac-12 rescheduled its game against Arizona on Tuesday, January 25, against Bruins hosts Cal and Stanford on 27 and 29. January.

UCLA point guard Tyger Campbell is helping the Bruins keep up the pace. The redshirt junior was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after averaging 14.0 points and 7.0 assists in the Bruins’ two wins last week. He scores 12.8 points per game while shooting an impressive 50% (24 of 48) from the 3-point line, double that of last year (18 of 72).

“All the coaches played a big role in my development. I credit them all,” Campbell said of his improved shooting. “And the managers (team) too, they recover for hours.”

He also averages 5.4 assists per game, making him third nationally in assist rate and first in the Pac-12 in that category. Campbell registered a 4.3 to 1 ratio with 52 assists and 12 transfers in 11 games.

According to UCLA coach Mick Cronin, his play – if it continues – could have him vying for the title of player of the year, a perfectly achievable goal.

“Consistency is what all these people are trying to achieve. I want (Tyger) to pursue that,” Cronin said of the annual award. “My talks with him during the season have gone from good to great. He is working and he is reaping the benefits of his season work. It has made us a much better team in many different ways. “

Campbell, who scored his first double of the season with 11 points and 10 assists (without a leg) against Long Beach State on Thursday, was modest about the award.

“I’m not celebrating or anything. I’m very grateful for this award, but we have two games this week, we have to win. I’m just grateful that we got the win last week,” Campbell said.

Oregon has a different look, including transfers of De’Vion Harmon from Oklahoma, Jacob Young from Rutgers and Quincy Guerrier from Syracuse, all of whom are averaging more than 24 minutes per game and have scored double digits to start the season. this.

“Early on, they had to try to score. They have a lot of new parts, trying to plug in isn’t always seamless. Last year, they actually had a comeback lineup. They are a well-oiled machine,” Cronin said of the Ducks. “This year, they took a while. But in the last five games, they averaged 78 (points) a game. ”

Oregon has won 4 of its last 5 games, including the Pac-12 wins over Utah and Oregon State.

Cronin added: “Typical Dana Altman, we all know it’s only a matter of time before he gets them to play as a lubricated unit.”

https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/12/no-3-ucla-mens-basketball-hosts-oregon-without-fans-thursday/ 3rd UCLA Basketball Team Hosts Oregon Without Fans Thursday – San Bernardino Sun

John Verrall

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