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Morehead State (4-1) at (22) UCLA (3-0)



Friday, November 22, 11 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Phil Neuffer, Associate College Basketball Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: Pauley Pavilion (12,289) -- Los Angeles, California. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Morehead State 2-0, UCLA 3-0. Away Record: Morehead State 2-1, UCLA 0-0. Neutral Record: Morehead State 0-0, UCLA 0-0. Conference Record: Morehead State 0-0, UCLA 0-0. Series Record: First- ever meeting.

GAMES NOTES: As part of regional round action of the Las Vegas Invitational, the No. 22 UCLA Bruins will square off with the Morehead State Eagles at Pauley Pavilion on Friday night.

The Eagles have gotten off to a fast start on the year as they will invade Pauley Pavilion with a record of 4-1. The Eagles won consecutive games for the second time this year as they took down Marshall in overtime (102-94) before defeating Northern Kentucky (74-61) last time out. In the next part of the Classic the Eagles will visit Nevada in Reno.

The Bruins have yet to take a loss in their first three games with wins over Drexel (72-67), Oakland (91-60) and Sacramento State (86-50). Five players scored in double figures and David Wear had a double-double in the Bruins' most recent victory over Sacramento State, their seventh-straight at home dating back to last season. UCLA will have hosting duties yet again in the next leg of the Classic as Chattanooga comes to town on Sunday.

Friday's contest will be the first ever between these programs.

On the road against Northern Kentucky, the Eagles pulled away in the second half to capture the 13-point victory. After shooting at just a 40-percent clip in the first 20 minutes the Eagles improved to 47.1 percent in the second frame, while also holding the Norse to just eight second-half field goals.

Despite shooting just 42 percent from the floor, the Eagles have been scoring at an impressive rate this year, netting 82 points per game. They have also done solid work on the glass, ranking among the top 50 teams in the country in rebounds (42.6 pg). Angelo Warner (17.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg) makes his biggest impact on the offensive end as the team's leading scorer. Warner had one of his best games of the year against NKU as he tied a season-high with 25 points, while collecting nine rebounds. Chad Posthumus (9.8 ppg, 11.8 rpg) is nearly averaging a double-double after pulling down 16 rebounds to go with six points against NKU. Bakari Turner (13.5 ppg) is a valuable scorer off the bench, while Brent Arrington (12.2 ppg) also adds scoring depth.

Jordan Adams scored 21 points for UCLA in its win over Sacramento State. The Bruins shot 54.5 percent from the field, including a 61.3 percent showing in the second half. The Bruins also outscored the Hornets by large margins both in the paint (42-20) and off turnovers (22-7).

The display of dominance against Sacramento State has been the norm for the Bruins, who are scoring 83 points per game, while knocking down more than 50 percent of their shots from the field. UCLA compounds the offensive efficiency with strong play on defense as it allows just 59 points per game on 34.2 percent shooting. Adams (19.7 ppg) is at the head of the scorers table, which features five players in double figures. Norman Powell (13.3 ppg), Tony Parker (12.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg), David Wear (11.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Zach LaVine (10.0 ppg) fill out that list. Meanwhile, Kyle Anderson (9.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 7.0 apg) has used his size in the backcourt to stuff the stat sheet across the board.

The depth for UCLA has been impressive so far and it will be the key yet again against the Eagles in this contest.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UCLA 87, Morehead State 70

11/22 10:36:01 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 10
NOS 28
Final
ORL 98
WAS 105
Final
MIN 97
DET 91
Final
CLE 90
NYK 95
Final
DAL 120
UTA 102
Final
LAC 93
OKC 90
7:00pm Tonight
IND
MEM
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
CLE
 
8:30pm Tonight
MIL
PHI
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
POR
 
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PHO
SAN
 
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LAL
LAC
 
Final
LOU 31
FSU 42
Final
GASO 42
TROY 10
8:00pm Tonight
TULA
CIN
8:02pm Tonight
MEM
TULSA
Final
BUF 2
BOS 3
Final
PIT 3
LOS 0
Final
NJD 2
WIN 1
Final
FLA 2
ARI 1
Final
OTT 4
CHI 5
Final
TAM 4
PHI 3
Final
STL 2
ANA 0
Final
MIN 4
SJS 3
Final
COL 5
NYI 0
Final
VAN 3
MON 2
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CLB
TOR
 
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DET
LOS
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
NAS
 
Final
CAR 10
NOS 28