UCLA vs. Washington State: Full Game Preview

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UCLA vs. Washington State: Full Game Preview
(23) UCLA
(22-7, 7-3 away)
Washington State
(11-18, 10-7 home)
Venue: Beasley Coliseum
9:30PM ET / 6:30PM PT, March 06, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
UCLA S Muhammad 18.3 K Anderson 9.0 L Drew II 7.8
Washington State B Motum 17.9 B Motum 6.2 R Woolridge 2.7

No. 23 UCLA visits Beasley Coliseum on Wednesday to take on Washington State. The game tips off at 9:30 p.m. EST and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network. The Bruins defeated the Cougars 76-62 on Feb. 9 and are 9-1 against them over the past four years.

UCLA is currently in first place in the Pac-12 and Washington State is in 12th.

In a 74-69 triumph over Arizona on Mar. 2, Shabazz Muhammad put up 18 points for the Bruins. His 18.3 points per game is the highest mark on the team. For the Cougars, Brock Motum finished with 18 points and six rebounds in the 72-68 loss to Washington on Mar. 3. He puts up a team-leading 17.9 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 0.8 blocks per game.

There is a single key statistical area where UCLA can exploit Washington State, scoring, where the Bruins have an edge over the Cougars, 76 points per game to 63.8 points per game.

Washington State StatSmack

  • UCLA is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on UCLA is 226 lbs compared to 209 lbs for Washington State.
  • The UCLA steals leader (Jordan Adams, 54 steals) has more steals than the Washington State steals leader (Royce Woolridge, 29 steals).
  • UCLA has a much better Kiplinger Out-of-State Ranking than Washington State (No. 12 vs. No. 88).
  • UCLA has been the favorite 34 out of the last 36 times.
  • UCLA has a better conference record than Washington State this season (11-4 vs. 2-13).
  • UCLA has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (22 percent vs. 76 percent).
  • The UCLA blocks leader (Travis Wear, 29 blocks) has more blocks than the Washington State blocks leader (Brock Motum, 24 blocks).
  • UCLA is better under pressure, and has defeated Washington State in 12 out of the last 13 games decided by five points or fewer.
  • The UCLA rebounding leader (Kyle Anderson, 254 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Washington State rebounding leader (Brock Motum, 173 rebounds).
  • UCLA attacks the glass, with more rebounds (37.5 per game vs. 33.2 per game) than Washington State this season.
  • That must sting. UCLA has blown out Washington State by 20 points or more on 10 occasions since 1996.
UCLA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- S. Muhammad 31 18 5 1 1 0 2
B+ Kyle Anderson 29 10 9 4 2 1 2
B+ Jordan Adams 30 15 4 2 2 0 1
B Larry Drew II 0 7 3 8 2 0 2
B Travis Wear 29 11 5 1 1 1 2
C+ David Wear 23 7 5 1 1 0 1
C Norman Powell 22 6 2 1 1 1 1
C- Tyler Lamb 14 4 3 2 2 0 1
D+ Tony Parker 7 3 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Joshua Smith 14 5 4 0 1 1 2
D+ S. Derboghosian 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D K. McCaskill 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D David Brown 3 1 0 1 0 0 1
WSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Brock Motum 35 18 6 1 1 1 2
C+ Mike Ladd 32 12 6 2 1 0 2
C DaVonte Lacy 31 11 3 2 1 0 2
C Royce Woolridge 31 10 3 3 1 0 2
C D.J. Shelton 26 6 6 2 1 0 2
D+ D. Kernich-Drew 22 6 2 1 0 0 1
D Will Dilorio 15 3 2 1 1 0 1
D Junior Longrus 11 1 2 1 0 1 0
D Bryce Leavitt 6 1 0 1 0 0 0
D Brett Boese 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
D James Hunter 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D- Keaton Hayenga 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
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