Friday, March 8, 2013
First look: UCLA at Washington
By Peter Yoon
What: UCLA Bruins (22-8, 12-5) at Washington Huskies (17-13, 9-8)
When: Saturday, 11 a.m. PT
Where: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle
Radio: AM 570
Scouting the Bruins: UCLA is coming off an embarrassing, yet predictable, loss to last-place Washington State, but can still clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 title with a win at Washington. The Bruins will have to play better on both sides of the ball than they did Wednesday, when they shot only 38.6 percent and allowed Washington State to shoot 49.1. UCLA had shot 47.5 percent and held its opponents to 39.3 percent over the previous four games, so they’ll be looking to get back on track. Forward Travis Wear aggravated a right foot injury Wednesday and his status is still up in the air. Jordan Adams is averaging 17.2 points on 54.9 percent shooting over the last five games. Leading scorer Shabazz Muhammad is averaging 17.8 points the past five games, but was 4-of-19 Wednesday -- his worst shooting performance of the season. UCLA has been outrebounded in 10 consecutive games and 16 of the past 18. Opponents have outrebounded the Bruins by an average of 9.4 per game over the past 10 games.
Scouting the Huskies: Washington has won three consecutive games and four of its past five, continuing an up-and-down conference season for the Huskies. Their recent run has gotten them back on track, and they are fighting to improve their seeding for the Pac-12 tournament. Senior Scott Suggs is averaging 19 points on 63.6 percent shooting over the past three games. He’s made 11-of-21 (52.3 percent) from 3-point territory during that span. C.J. Wilcox leads the team in scoring with 17.1 points per game, but is shooting only 42.5 percent for the season. He is 15-of-50 (30 percent) over the past four games, including 3-of-18 (16.6 percent) on 3-point attempts. Aziz N'Diaye, a 7-foot center who had 18 rebounds against UCLA on Feb. 7, is fourth in the conference with 9.3 rebounds per game. Washington is No. 11 in the conference in field goal percentage defense (43.2 percent), but held UCLA -- the conference leader in shooting percentage -- to 33.3 percent last time they met.
The series: UCLA leads the all-time series, 93-40, including a 59-57 victory at Pauley Pavilion last month won on a basket at the final buzzer by Larry Drew II.
Fast fact: UCLA has lost eight consecutive games against the Huskies in Seattle, including a 71-69 loss last year. That was the closest the Bruins had been to winning at Washington during the streak, as the other seven losses have come by an average margin of 11.1 points. A 70-63 loss at Washington the final week of the 2011 regular season cost the Bruins a share of the Pac-12 title. UCLA's last win in Seattle came in 2004 during coach Ben Howland's first season with the Bruins.