Johnny Juzang lead to UCLA reach the 2021 Finals by doing one of the great individual score runs in modern NCAA Tournament History. He scored 23 points in his first Four win the state of Michigan, 27 points in the first round win BYU, 28 points in victory over Elite Eight Michiganand then 29 points in that classic instant loss for Gonzaga in the quarterfinals in Indianapolis.
He was wonderful.
Now he’s doing it again.
The 6-foot-7 guard took 13 shots on Thursday night, took nine of them and finished with 28 points in the Bruins’ 63-58 win at Utah. Juzang is currently averaging 25.0 points in UCLA’s past three games, which is actually better than the 22.8 average he achieved in the NCAA tournament last season.
“He knows he can score so we’re trying to give him as much space as we can,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin told reporters afterward. “I should probably have [him] some more chances. “
That’s rarely a bad strategy.
Juzang’s on-field scoring rate (46.3), 3 points (37.8), average points per game (17.9), average bounces per game (4.9) and average per game matches (1.8) are better than last season. He’s been a bit absent lately because the Bruins haven’t played a currently ranked team for nearly two months and because they haven’t played for nearly four weeks after COVID temporarily halted the show. But Juzang was the main reason UCLA got off to a 12-2 start. He’s on his way to a season in which it seems likely to be nationally recognized, if not more likely.
UCLA ranks 10th in CBS Sports’ daily updated top 25 and 1st college basketball rankings. The Bruins is scheduled to play at Colorado on Saturday. Then there was Tuesday’s match against Arizona, was 15-1 and ranked sixth in the Top 25 and 1.
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https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/college-basketball-rankings-uclas-johnny-juzang-is-heating-up-and-thats-good-news-for-the-bruins/ College basketball rankings: UCLA’s Johnny Juzang is heating up and it’s good news for the Bruins