Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Conference Stats: 8.3 PTS, 35.1% FG, 37.0% 3PFG, 1.7 REB, 1.9 AST, 1.1 STL
The expectations for Bryce Alford’s conference season were set high after he scored a season-high 20 points, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, in UCLA’s blowout conference opener against USC.
However, like LaVine, Alford hasn’t brought the boost the Bruins need off the bench so far in conference play.
After establishing himself as UCLA’s go-to three-point shooter in nonconference play, Alford’s numbers from downtown have dropped significantly, brought on by an 0-for-11 spell over five consecutive conference games.
As impressive as Alford has been commanding the team as backup point guard, he’s struggled on the road so far.
The 6’3” freshman didn’t score in his first three road games, only recently scoring nine points (all on threes, 3-for-5) in UCLA’s loss to Oregon State.
As he and LaVine continue to garner experience playing in conference, the Bruins hope they’ll be able to play more integral roles on the squad.