College Basketball

more stats

Colorado (18-6) at UCLA (18-5)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 13, 9 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Pauley Pavilion (13,800) -- Los Angeles, California. Television: ESPN2. Home Record: Colorado 15-1, UCLA 13-1. Away Record: Colorado 3-3, UCLA 3-3. Neutral Record: Colorado 0-2, UCLA 2-1. Conference Record: Colorado 7-4, UCLA 7-3. Series Record: UCLA leads, 7-1.

GAME NOTES: Two teams still in the hunt in the Pac-12 Conference title race meet up at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday evening, as the UCLA Bruins play host to the Colorado Buffaloes.

Steve Alford's first season at the helm of the Bruins has gone pretty well. UCLA sits at an impressive 18-5 on the campaign, which includes a 7-3 mark in the Pac-12. The Bruins have won four of their last five games overall, including topping crosstown rival USC last weekend, 83-73.

Tad Boyle's Buffaloes have fought through some adversity of late and enter this game with a three-game win streak in tow. Colorado blasted Washington on Sunday, 91-65, to move to 7-4 in league play.

UCLA has dominated the all-time series with Colorado, winning seven of the previous eight matchups. That includes an earlier meeting in Boulder on Jan. 16 (69-56).

The Buffaloes have had to play shorthanded since mid-January, as leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie (14.7 ppg) has been shelved with a knee injury. Still, the team has somehow found a way to assuage the heavy loss, as others have stood up and taken on greater roles. Junior guard Askia Booker has certainly been one of those players, currently averaging 14.2 ppg. Sophomore forward Josh Scott is close behind with 14.1 ppg and tops the team in rebounding with 8.8 rpg. Fellow sophomore forward Xavier Johnson (11.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg) provides another option up front.

Dinwiddie's offense wasn't needed in Colorado's 91-point eruption against the Huskies. Johnson paced the team with a double-double, posting 27 points and 10 rebounds. Scott just missed one of his own, finishing with 21 points and eight boards, while Booker poured in 20 points of his own. The Buffaloes took a 15- point lead into halftime (48-33) and never let up, shooting a sizzling .609 from the floor over the final 20 minutes to earn the lopsided victory.

UCLA would like nothing better than to turn this game into a shootout. The Bruins have the necessary personnel to thrive in that kind of atmosphere, averaging a gaudy 82.9 ppg (12th nationally), on an impressive .490 shooting. UCLA has also taken great care of the basketball with just 10.9 turnovers per game, while boasting of a strong +4.5 turnover margin. The scoring pool is deep with four Bruins currently at double digits, led by sophomore guard Jordan Adams and his 16.8 ppg. Sophomore forward Kyle Anderson may be the most valuable player on the roster though, as he produces across the board, with 15.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and a conference-best 6.7 assists per game. Junior guard Norman Powell adds 11.4 ppg to the mix, while freshman guard Zach LaVine chips in with 11.1 ppg off the bench.

UCLAshot just 40 percent from the floor overall, but did hit 10-of-20 shots from behind the arc and turned 15 USC turnovers into 20 points, as the Bruins earned a 10-point win over the Trojans. Powell led the team in scoring with 21 points, followed by Adams and his 17 points. Anderson had another tremendous all-around game, finishing with 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Travis Wear netted 11.

Colorado is starting to come together after the loss of Dinwiddie, but the Buffaloes haven't exactly thrived on the road this year. Expect the Bruins to get a balanced effort again, which should lead to victory for the hometown team.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UCLA 81, Colorado 72

02/13 10:38:02 ET

Other Stories

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASCAR: Toyota Owner's 400 from Richmond

    Saturday at 7:00 pm on FOX50

  • PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NBA: Bobcats at Miami

    Today at 3:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

    Tonight at 7:05 on 99.9 The Fan

  • MiLB: Bulls at Charlotte

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
12th
NOR 1
DUR 1
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
6th
CLE 2
TOR 4
 
5th
DET 1
ANA 1
 
5th
NYM 2
ATL 3
 
6th
MIA 1
SEA 2
 
4th
PIT 0
MIL 0
 
4th
WAS 0
STL 1
 
4th
TAM 0
NYY 1
 
2nd
KAN 0
MIN 2
 
1st
CHC 0
CIN 0
 
3:05pm Today
TEX
CWS
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
4:10pm Today
LOS
ARI
4:10pm Today
COL
PHI
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
3rd
SAN 59
DAL 61
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
3rd
NYR 2
PHI 3
 
3:00pm Today
BOS
DET
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
12th
NOR 1
DUR 1