Game is December 28th at 10PM EST (9PM CST) on ESPN2. From what I understand Bill Walton will be calling the game so we should expect him to call this down the middle with ZERO bias.
(Okay, got that out of the way)
First, a preview from UCLA.
Next, season stats.
UCLA comes in 10-2 with no real big wins of note (they did beat Drexel though) and losses to Duke in MSG (we played them closer) and @ Missouri. Their high powered offense drops 86.4 PPG while allowing 70.2. They are 8-0 at home this year.
Jordan Adams is leading the way @ 18.9 PPG shooting 50.7% from the field and 84.1% from the free throw line. He is also pulling in roughly 5 boards a game. Adams is a 6'5" sophomore guard who gives us some matchup problems. I assume Levi or Rodney take turns defending him.
Kyle Anderson drops 14.7 PPG to go with almost 9 boards and leads the team in assists at 6.67 a game. He is a 6'9" F that has played the guard position some this year. Again, another matchup problem as we don't have guards that can match his size and don't have big men that can keep up. This one worries me more.
They also have the Wear twins (you remember them from their cup of coffee at UNC). David starts and is 2nd on the team in FG percentage at 57.6%. Travis has started the last 3 games and has been less effective, but is the better FT shooter of the 2 (9/9 vs 13/18). Both are 6'10" and both play roughly 20 minutes a game.
Zach LaVine and Norman Powell also average double digits in scoring (12.8 and 11.0) Zach comes off the bench and is an accomplished shooter (55% FG/42.9% 3pt FG). Powell also shoots over 50% (57.5%).
Tony Parker was starting, but now comes off the bench. He's shooting almost 60% from the field. He's a 6'9" F/C. If you noticed UCLA has a lot of height.
I'm not sold on UCLA being a very good team (they did drop out of the rankings after getting dominated by Duke), but it's a road game and I see a lot of matchup issues. Unless we get hot from the perimeter (which I haven't seen yet) I see UCLA dominating us inside and winning comfortably.
I do not know if DJC made his way out there. If he did, I hope he took some time to enjoy Santa Monica and maybe walk around the UCLA campus. It will be the highlight of the trip.