Arizona State (10-15, 6-9) at 13th UCLA (19-5, 11-4)
When: 7 p.m., Monday, Pauley Pavilion
TV:FS1 Radio: 98.7 FM (KMVP-FM)
The last time they played: The teams played in Tempe on Feb. 5 with the Sun Devils beating then-No. 3 UCLA 87-84 in triple overtime. Marreon Jackson had a team-high 24 points in that game while Jalen Graham added 16 points and 10 rebounds while UCLA got 27 points and 11 rebounds from Jaime Jaquez.
About Sun Devils: ASU is coming off a 73-53 home win over Oregon State on Saturday, which extended its winning streak to three games. But the Sun Devils are now hitting the road for three road games in three different states in the space of six days. Four players have double-digit averages – DJ Horne (12.5 ppg), Kimani Lawrence (10.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg), Jackson (10 ppg) and Jay Heath (10 ppg). Lawrence, who had six double-doubles this season, can move into a tie for second on the school’s career games played list with his appearance with the Bruins again. The team’s recent success can be attributed to better ball movement as the Sun Devils have racked up 49 assists over the last three games. They did a better job of getting the product into the paint from his fronts, which opened up shooting lanes for the guards. ASU had its best showing of the season in an 81-57 win over Oregon on Thursday, posting a season-best 55.6% that included a 9-for-20 from long range,
About the Bruins: UCLA, which qualified for the NCAA Semifinals a year ago, is currently third in the conference but would enter a tie for second with USC with a win tonight. The Bruins regrouped last week with wins over Washington Schools that came after a streak in which they lost three of four games, the one against ASU as well as others at USC and arizona. They were sparked by the play of second-year guard Jaylen Clark who had a career-high 25 against Washington on Saturday. He is also considered the best defender in the team. Clark’s play helped make up for the absence of leading scorer and Conference Player of the Year nominee Johnny Juzang (17.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg) who was out after sustaining an injury when he fell of a scooter on his way to training. Three others are posting double-digit averages – Jaquez (12 ppg, 5.2 rpg), Jules Bernard (11.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and Tyger Campbell (11.7 ppg, 4.4 apg)
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