No Johnny Juzang, no problem.
That’s the result of UCLA’s Pac-12 Conference 81-57 win over Cal on Thursday night after the pre-season Americans were sidelined due to COVID-19 protocol.
Later that night, crosstown rivals USC lost to Stanford for the second time this season. As if Cardinal (12-6, 5-3 Pac-12) wasn’t confident enough, they’ll head to Pauley Pavilion Saturday night with a Los Angeles comeback within reach with a short-sleeve 7 UCLA (15- 2 , 7-1) at 6:30 pm
“He’s on protocol,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said of Juzang’s condition to return. “Not soon. Definitely not Saturday.”
This time around, no Juzang can be a problem. Jaylen Clark also missed Thursday night’s game, his second in a row, due to concussion-like symptoms from a hard blow to the head during Monday’s game.
However, if a win over Cal is any indication that the Bruins will fill the void, the answer is: David Singleton and Jake Kyman.
Singleton got his first game of the season (in place of Juzang), played his best 30 minutes of the season, scored 5 points, won 4 rebounds and had 2 steals. Kyman, who has scored minutes in just 10 games this season, sets a season record for minutes (20), points (10), attempts to score (7) and make (4), and steals ( 3).
“I am incredibly happy for those people,” Cronin said of Singleton and Kyman.
Kyman is one of only five players with dual metrics. Jaime Jaquez Jr has 15, Cody Riley has 14, Jules Bernard has 12 and freshman Peyton Watson adds 12.
“We shoot well, share the ball and execute, we have people who can score goals,” said Cronin. “We should shoot 50% every game. Because we can score in five positions”.
Russell Stong was a crowd favorite and even picked up three points in the final minutes of Thursday’s game.
NOTE ON STANFORD
Stanford is an all-around team led by a 6-foot-7 freshman, Harrison Ingram (11.6 points per game). 9-meter tall striker Jaiden Delaire and 6-foot 7-year-old junior Spencer Jones have an average of 11.2 and 10.0 points, respectively. Three of the team’s five convention wins have come against USC (twice) and Oregon, which shows they’re not lacking in confidence despite being the underdog in all three of those wins.
Cardinal is the best 3-pointer team in the Pac-12 with 37.9% and fourth in overall goal percentage on the field with 45.2%.
Stanford has won six of its last eight games.
Stanford (12-6, 5-3 Pac-12) at 7th UCLA (15-2, 7-1)
Where: Los Angeles, Pauley Pavilion
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
TV/radio: Network Pac-12 / AM 570
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