|Arizona||M Lyons 14.8||K Tarczewski 5.8||N Johnson 3.1|
|UCLA||S Muhammad 18.2||K Anderson 8.8||L Drew II 7.6|
No. 21 UCLA meets No. 18 Arizona on Friday. Tipoff occurs at 9:06 p.m. EST and you can see it on Pac-12 Network. The Bruins defeated the Wildcats 74-69 on Mar. 2 and are 6-6 against them over the past four years.
UCLA is in first place in the conference and needs to hold off second-place Arizona.
The 20 points by Larry Drew II helped the Bruins to an 80-75 victory over Arizona State on Mar. 14. He is averaging 7.7 points per game while also contributing a team-high 7.6 assists per game. For the Wildcats, Nick Johnson put up 18 points in the 79-69 win over Colorado on Mar. 14. With 3.1 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. A key area of strength for Arizona is defensive rebounding percentage at 72.9, which ranks first in their conference (and 29th nationally).
- That must sting. UCLA has blown out Arizona by 20 points or more on three occasions since 2007.
- The UCLA basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Arizona (70 percent vs. 20 percent).
- UCLA is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on UCLA is 226 lbs compared to 220 lbs for Arizona.
- UCLA has an average margin of victory of 9 over Arizona in 37 wins since 1980.
- The UCLA rebounding leader (Kyle Anderson, 282 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Arizona rebounding leader (Kaleb Tarczewski, 181 rebounds).
- Diaper Dandies love UCLA. UCLA has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Arizona (32 vs. 17).
- Larry Drew II is ranked 3rd nationally in assists and 7th in the Pac-12 in steals.
- Shabazz Muhammad is ranked 6th in the Pac-12 in points.
- UCLA is better under pressure, and has defeated Arizona in six out of the last 10 games decided by five points or fewer.
- Kyle Anderson is ranked 36th nationally in rebounds, 6th in the Pac-12 in assists, and 5th in the Pac-12 in steals.
|B||Larry Drew II||0||8||3||8||1||0||2|