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UCLA preview and game thread

Postby Rogobob77 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:00 pm

“Detroit Mercy's Jermaine Jackson hopes for sweet repeat against UCLA”

http://on.freep.com/2zHaomM

“State hoops: UDM upset of UCLA still fresh for Jackson”

http://detne.ws/2kbgfOt
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Re: Detroit News & Free Press preview articles on UCLA game

Postby Commissioner » Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:16 am

UCLA

When: Sunday, December 3, 9:00 p.m. EST
Where: Pauley Pavillion, Los Angeles
TV PAC 12 Network
Radio 910 AM Superstation

Out in Westwood, they've had December 3 circled in red marker on the calendar since the Titan game was first announced. The Bruins' players are well-aware that they have never beaten Detroit, and if Detroit once again mucks up the Bruins' quest for a final four appearance in 2018, well ... Let's just say it won't be the first time. Coach Steve Alford has told his young Bruins, "This is the best opportunity we've had to beat Detroit in 19 years." When not out shopping, UCLA's young players have focused on this game with laser-like intensity.

Well, OK, maybe not. But it is true that the Titans have never lost to the UCLA Bruins. In their single prior meeting, Detroit stopped the then 15th ranked Bruins 56-53 in the 1999 NCAA tournament. The star of that Titan squad was, of course, current Interim Head Coach Jermaine Jackson, who led the Titan upset with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Our erstwhile Head Coach Bacari Alexander contributed 6 points and 6 rebounds in that game. For those who want to relive the glory, you can watch the final seconds here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... 8f008tz5fA.

One of the more puzzling things to me about the Titans in the Alexander/Jackson coaching era is our weak defense, given that those starred on great defensive teams and were excellent defensive players themselves. Indeed, that 1999 team was second in the nation in scoring defense, and held UCLA to 13 points in the final 15:23 while rallying from 9 points down. But for whatever reason, the haven't been able to impart that kind of defensive effort to the current batch of Titans.

It's now been 23 years since UCLA last won an NCAA Title, and nearly a decade since they reached a Final Four, but the Bruins remain part of college basketball's elite, its royalty, its inner circle, its -- well, you get the idea. After a 31-5 season last year, and a stellar recruiting year, much was expected of the Bruins this year. But though only UCLA fans will complain about a 6-1 record, the season hasn't gone as hoped. I assume readers here know that three members of that stellar freshman class remain suspended after having been caught shoplifting while the Bruins were in China for their season opener against Georgia Tech. The loss of talent on the court and the focus of attention off the court have almost certainly contributed to start that just seems a bit sluggish. After beating Tech by just 3, UCLA was forced into overtime by Central Arkansas. They led winless South Carolina State by just 6 at the half before pulling away, lost to Creighton by 11, nipped Wisconsin by 2, and had another unimpressive performance against Cal-Irvine. In their last game, the Bruins trailed Bakersfield by 9 before rallying to win by the same margin. (The Creighton loss knocked the Bruins out of the Top 25, so even if the Titans pull off the upset, we won't end our 25 game losing streak against ranked teams, dating back to a win over Butler in 2002. This is far and away the longest losing streak and longest time between wins for the Titans when playing ranked competition.)

UCLA likes to run in transition, but even from their set offense they tend to shoot quickly. Indeed, nationally UCLA and Detroit rank 9th and 20th, respectively, for shortest average offensive possession, so expect a quick, fast-paced game. The difference, though, is that UCLA ranks 30th in the country in offensive efficiency, and Detroit ranks 200th. Put this together with the Titans' porous defense, the probability that the Bruins will control the boards, and the speed at which this game could be played, and this one could get real ugly real fast for the Titans. A 140 point Bruin effort is hardly out of the question.

The Bruins will have a very significant height advantage over Detroit--they are the 6th tallest team in the country, adjusting for minutes played by each player, whereas Detroit is 311th. Even when the Bruins can't run, point guard Aaron Holiday is very effective at getting the ball inside to UCLA's big men, who are very efficient at putting it in the basket. When Holiday is out of the game, UCLA's size advantage will likely become larger--it is probable that every UCLA player on the floor will be taller than any of Detroit's 3 guards, and unless Malek Eichler and Isaiah Jones are suddenly transformed, our bigs will give away 4-6 inches to the counterparts on the other side.

So that's all the bad news. The optimistic news, such as it is, is that UCLA has shown weakness on perimeter defense and one reason the scruffy collection of mid-majors on the UCLA schedule has often stayed in the game is that the Bruins don't cover the trey well. Well, the Titans have a pretty good collection of three point shooters. We won't get many second chance points, but if Allen, McFolley, and Chatman can get hot in synch, the Titans could rack up a lot of points themselves. If UCLA does fall behind, they don't have a lot of three point shooting. Guards Jaylen Hands and Prince Ali are both effective three point shooters if left open, but don't do much to create their own shots, and overall the Bruins are a subpar team from deep. If the Titans can hold a lead late, superior foul shooting may also help. The opposite applies if the Bruins hold a narrow lead late--they're a subpar team from the charity stripe, and might be caught by fouling. That's not a lot to go on, but it's not nothing, and that's why they play the games.

Probable UCLA Starters:
PG: Aaron Holiday, 6-1 Jr. (16.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.8 apg)
SG: Jaylen Hands, 6-3 Fr (11.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.3 apg, 46.7% 3PtFG)
SF: Kris Wilkes, 6-8 Fr. (13.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.1 bpg)
PF: Georgy Goloman, 6-11 Sr. (7.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 51.1% FG)
C: Thomas Welsh, 7-0 Sr. (13.1 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 1.3 bpg)

Key Reserves
G: Prince Ali, 6-3 Soph. (10.4 ppg, 47.6% 3PtFG)
SF: Chris Smith, 6-9 Fr. (5.4 ppg
PF: Alex Olesinski, 6-10 Soph. (6.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 64.0% FG)
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby ptctitan » Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:11 pm

FYI - photos of the team practicing today at the LA Clippers facility do show Tariiq Jones there and not on crutches. No photos of Bacari there.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby dennycrane » Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:37 pm

As usual, a very good report once again, Commissioner. Let's hope the Bruin players still are focused on shopping when we take the court.

I agree too that the Uclans are very much within the circle of MBB royalty. Some of us fans lived it - 10 titles in 12 years in the 60s and 70s under Coach Wooden, a true legend. Others within the all time top 5 are Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke and Kansas. U of D has played each of them but very infrequently. That I can recall, there has been only one scheduled game with the Wildcats (1983), and two each with Duke and North Carolina since 1976. Kansas and Detroit have played thrice between 1985 and 2007, in addition to an NCAA tournament game in 2012.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby 77-85Titan » Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:30 pm

From the Detroit News: "They’re getting impressive play from Jackson’s son, Jermaine Jr.". Tony Paul needs his head examined. Maybe checking the shooting stats is not part of his research. Prediction for tonight: Jr will be 2-14 and 1-9 from 3 with 7 turnovers and 1 assist. Allen will be left standing on the 3 point line all day watching his 2 5'8" point guards launch shot after shot with the tallest guys on the team watching from the bench. Chatman will get into it with Jr. for thinking 3 points first and pass second. Hogan will foul out after 6 minutes. Lavar and Jello will be nowhere in sight. Final Score: 112-72 with 80 points in the paint.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby MooseGuy1 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:16 pm

The term "impressive" is open to interpretation. Maybe Tony Paul is impressed with how bad it's been. Not saying this for myself, just offering a possible explanation.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby MooseGuy1 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:19 pm

dennycrane wrote:As usual, a very good report once again, Commissioner. Let's hope the Bruin players still are focused on shopping when we take the court.

I agree too that the Uclans are very much within the circle of MBB royalty. Some of us fans lived it - 10 titles in 12 years in the 60s and 70s under Coach Wooden, a true legend. Others within the all time top 5 are Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke and Kansas. U of D has played each of them but very infrequently. That I can recall, there has been only one scheduled game with the Wildcats (1983), and two each with Duke and North Carolina since 1976. Kansas and Detroit have played thrice between 1985 and 2007, in addition to an NCAA tournament game in 2012.


You know, whenever i see that 10 titles in 12 years, it hardly seems possible. Really amazing. I remember it and it still seems unbelievable.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby MooseGuy1 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:21 pm

Maybe we can sneak out of town with a win in our pockets. I'm thinking if we do, the US government may intervene on behalf of UCLA.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby Commissioner » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:15 pm

Well, that was good for about 7 minutes.

Let's see if Titans can rally.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby Motor City Sam » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:22 pm

MooseGuy1 wrote:Maybe we can sneak out of town with a win in our pockets. I'm thinking if we do, the US government may intervene on behalf of UCLA.


Clever, Moose.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby Motor City Sam » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:27 pm

Commissioner wrote:Well, that was good for about 7 minutes.

Let's see if Titans can rally.


Cut the lead from twenty to fourteen with a few defensive stops.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby Commissioner » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:41 pm

Motor City Sam wrote:
Commissioner wrote:Well, that was good for about 7 minutes.

Let's see if Titans can rally.


Cut the lead from twenty to fourteen with a few defensive stops.

a chance to cut it before the half and our free throw shooting let us down--0-4 from McFolley/Allen.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby 77-85Titan » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:41 pm

Playing much better than expected. Pauley Pavilion is less than 1/3 full.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby Motor City Sam » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:13 pm

Well, that escalated quickly.

72-43 five minutes into the second half.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby Big Chuck » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:27 pm

I can't watch it anymore. They are toying with us.b
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby sacredheartgreg » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:47 pm

Please- you start a FR Ballantyne over GS Prince who comes here from all the way from the West Coast to play for our university. What BS. He comes home to So Cal and he plays 11 minutes.And why isn't Eichler playing. JJ your rotations are terrible, you need to improve and firm up your rotations.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby Tacitus651 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:54 pm

It's nights like this you can't help but wonder ... what if we had Mendez ...
Make Detroit Mercy Do Great Things Again!

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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby Commissioner » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:55 pm

sacredheartgreg wrote:Please- you start a FR Ballantyne over GS Prince who comes here from all the way from the West Coast to play for our university. What BS. He comes home to So Cal and he plays 11 minutes.And why isn't Eichler playing. JJ your rotations are terrible, you need to improve and firm up your rotations.

I don't understand why Prince isn't playing more, and not just tonight. But Eichler isn't playing because he isn't very good. I can't imagine Eichler would have made a positive difference tonight--UCLA's bigs would have pushed him around and eaten him up. JJ tried to get a bit more size in the lineup with Ballantyne, and he used I. Jones well, I thought.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby R.B.J1 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:01 am

sacredheartgreg wrote:Please- you start a FR Ballantyne over GS Prince who comes here from all the way from the West Coast to play for our university. What BS. He comes home to So Cal and he plays 11 minutes.And why isn't Eichler playing. JJ your rotations are terrible, you need to improve and firm up your rotations.


I don't understand why Prince isn't playing more he's the best athlete on the team. I am also surprised he only played 11 minutes, coaches usually try to get players more time when they visit their hometowns.
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Re: UCLA preview and game thread

Postby Motor City Sam » Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:20 am

sacredheartgreg wrote:Please- you start a FR Ballantyne over GS Prince who comes here from all the way from the West Coast to play for our university. What BS. He comes home to So Cal and he plays 11 minutes.And why isn't Eichler playing. JJ your rotations are terrible, you need to improve and firm up your rotations.


The lack of playing time for Prince is puzzling to me. He hasn't set the world on fire when he's been in there, but it certainly seems as if he could contribute given more of an opportunity. As others have said, he appears to be the best athlete on the team.
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