Just nine days ago, UCLA pummeled Arizona 75-59 in Los Angeles. On Thursday, the Pac-12 powerhouses are set for a rematch with the Wildcats holding the home court advantage and looking for revenge. The 8 p.m. ET showdown between the No. 3 Bruins and No. 7 Arizona has national significance and major implications for the Pac-12 and offers a chance for redemption for the Wildcats, who played their worst offensive game of the season. season at the first meeting.
Arizona (17-2, 7-1 Pac-12) hit a season-low 30.7% from the floor the first time around, while UCLA shot 50% and didn’t returned the ball only eight times. Due to the Bruins’ 16-point win and blowout wins over Cal and Stanford, they traded places with the Wildcats in this week’s AP Top 25.
The Wildcats, meanwhile, had to rally to beat lowly Arizona State at home on Saturday as their offense continued with unusual struggles. Part of the problem for Arizona is the limited mobility of second-leading scorer Azuolas Tubelis, who is recovering from an ankle injury. The 6-foot-11 sophomore played just 15 minutes in Game 1 against UCLA and recorded just 21 against the Sun Devils.
But UCLA also has a key personnel question as leading scorer Johnny Juzang has missed the last two games due to COVID-19 protocols. Juzang is expected to play against Arizona, but it will be interesting to see how effective he is in what will be his first game since those teams first met.
How to watch UCLA vs. Arizona live
Dated: Thursday February 3 | Time: 8 p.m. ET
Site: McKale Center– Tucson, Arizona
TV: ESP | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)
Prediction UCLA vs. Arizona, picks
UCLA is playing some of its best basketball this season and Arizona is playing some of its worst. The Wildcats have home-court advantage this time around, though, and that should make a significant difference. Look for Kerr Kriisa to come out of his slump after Arizona’s key goaltender went 0 for 12 in the first meeting. If he lands a few key shots, Arizona should be in a position to pull off a narrow victory. Prediction: Arizona 74, UCLA 72
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