A Player's Program: UCLA preview - Tucson News Now

A Player's Program: UCLA preview

The Bruins have won five of the last eight games in their series with UA. (Photo courtesy: GoJoeBruin.com) The Bruins have won five of the last eight games in their series with UA. (Photo courtesy: GoJoeBruin.com)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The 17th ranked Arizona Wildcats will start a stretch of three home games in a week with the UCLA Bruins on Friday evening at 7 p.m. (MST) on ESPN. 

UA is coming off nearly a week of rest since their win at the University of Washington last weekend. The game is also the first of a stretch that will see the Wildcats play five of their final seven games of the regular season inside the McKale Center.

The Wildcats swept the Huskies and Washington State twice in the same season for just the second time since the 2002-03 season with 2012-13 being the other occurrence.

Ryan Anderson is the reigning USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the week and Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week following his monster pair of games in the state of Washington. 

Anderson finished the week averaging 26.5 points and 13.5 rebounds while shooting 57.1 percent from the field and convert 21 of his 28 free throw attempts. The senior tallied 31 points and 12 rebounds in the win over WSU becoming the first Wildcat since Derrick Williams (vs. Duke in the 2011 NCAA Tournament) to record a 30-point, 10-rebound performance.

The Wildcats return to the friendly confines of the McKale Center where they have won 50 of their last 51 games going back to conference play in the 2012-13 season. 

Gabe York is 16 points shy of becoming the 50th player in Arizona history to score 1,000 points in a career and the seventh Wildcat in the Sean Miller era of 2009 to present. 

Kaleb Tarczewski eclipsed the 1,000-point mark of his career in Arizona’s game at UCLA back on Jan. 7. Tarczewski has 1,100 career points entering Friday, which is five points shy of Gilbert Arenas in 41st place all-time in the Arizona record books.

Three of UCLA’s wins this season have come against teams ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll – No. 1 Kentucky (Dec. 3), at No. 20 Gonzaga (Dec. 12) and No. 7 Arizona (Jan. 7).

In the team’s only game last week, UCLA dropped an 80-61 decision at USC, marking the first time since 2010 in which the Bruins lost both regular-season contests to the Trojans.

UCLA is the only Pac-12 team to have at least two scorers in the conference’s top 10 (Bryce Alford ranks third with 16.7 ppg while Isaac Hamilton is seventh in the league with 16.3 ppg) ... the Bruins are the only Pac-12 program with at least two players among the league’s top 10 rebounders (Tony Parker is third with 9.3 rpg and Thomas Welsh ranks sixth with 8.8 rpg).

UCLA leads the all-time series, 54-40. The Bruins have won five of the last eight games against the Wildcats.

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