It is the first Sunday of Christmas break and what better way to celebrate your one-to-three weeks off, than with a visit to ole Pauley Pavilion to see the UCLA Bruins (9-2) take on the Weber St. Wildcats (2-4). The Bruins look to bounce back in a big way after a tough loss to Duke in NYC at the MSG. If you have not already, go ahead and get yourself some tickets for the second to last non-conference game of the regular season.
TV: Pac-12 Network
Location: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
Tip-Off: 4:00 p.m. PT/7:00 p.m. ET
Preview: As stated before, the Bruins are coming off of a loss to Duke. The good thing about that game is that UCLA ran with the Blue Devils for the first half of the game. They held their own against a team that would eventually get the best of them.
So now, UCLA returns home where they will be able to get back to their winning ways against another non-conference cupcake. The bad thing about playing way too many lower-tiered teams is that you are not ready when you play against similarly talented teams. The good thing about it is that you can get back to your style of basketball, getting back to your game plan. Still, no one should overlook an opponent.
Enter Weber St. They currently rank 282 (out of 351 schools) according to CBSSports.com. The Wildcats average 74.7 points per game with a .482 shooting percentage. Sure those are not earth-shattering numbers, but that does not mean they don’t have ballers.
The Wildcats are lead by senior guard/forward Davion Berry and freshman guard Jeremy Senglin, who are averaging 18.7 and 12.7 points per game, respectively. Helping them on the boards is a 6’9” sophomore forward, Joel Bolomby who is grabbing, a team-high, 9.0 rebounds per game. Technically, this should be something the Bruins worry about, as they currently, do not have a rebounding presence, other than Kyle Anderson who is focusing the majority of his time on point guard duties.
Still, it is a great reason to get out and see then new and improved men’s Bruin basketball. You have heard about team leader in scoring Jordan Adams, freshman phenom, Zach LaVine and the already mentioned Anderson, who is helping the Bruins with 13.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
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