UCLA vs. Washington: How to Watch, Game Info, Betting Odds

The Bruins will try to avoid a third-straight loss when they host the Huskies at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night.

After losing back-to-back road games, the Bruins are coming home needing a win to hold onto first place in the Pac-12. 

WHO: UCLA vs. Washington

DATE: Thursday, Feb. 2

TIME: 6 p.m. PT

LOCATION: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA

TV: FS1 – Alex Faust (play-by-play), Casey Jacobsen (analyst)

STREAMING: fuboTV (Start your free trial)

RADIO: AM 1150, Sirius Ch. 81, SXM App 81 – Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)

SPREAD: UCLA -17.5 (-110), Washington +17.5 (-118)*

MONEY LINE: UCLA -2500, Washington, +1000*

OVER/UNDER: O 136 (-110), U 136 (-118)*

UCLA came in at No. 9 in the most recent AP Poll and No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and is currently No. 5 in the NET Rankings, No. 4 in the KenPom, No. 6 in the T-Rank and No. 4 in the BPI. Washington did not appear in either the AP Poll or Coaches Poll, and is currently No. 124 in the NET, No. 113 in the KenPom, No. 115 in the T-Rank and No. 125 in the BPI.

The Bruins were the heavy favorite to win the Pac-12 this season, earning the No. 1 spot in the preseason media poll with 26 first-place votes. The Huskies, on the other hand, came in at No. 9. According to the T-Rank WinMatrix, UCLA has a 86.3% chance of winning a share of the conference title, while Washington has a 0.0% chance.

UCLA is led by coach Mick Cronin, who is in his fourth season with the program. Cronin boasts a 85-34 record since arriving in Westwood and a 450-205 record as a head coach overall, including his stints at Murray State and Cincinnati.

The Bruins are currently 17-4, including an 8-2 record in Pac-12 play. Following a winless weekend in Las Vegas in November, UCLA rattled off 14 wins in a row, including victories over USC, Arizona State, Washington State, Utah, then-No. 20 Maryland and then-No. 13 Kentucky. The streak came to an end in Tucson when then-No. 11 Arizona pulled away for a 58-52 win, then the Trojans got revenge with a 77-64 win at the Galen Center last Thursday.

UCLA is averaging 74.8 points per game while allowing 60.6 points per game, which rank No. 110 and No. 11 in the country, respectively. The Bruins have the No. 20 adjusted offense and No. 4 adjusted defense in the KenPom. Their 16.7 turnovers forced per game are top 25 in the country, and their 10.1 turnovers per game are in the top 10.

Guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. leads UCLA with 16.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Guard Jaylen Clark is averaging 13.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game, while point guard Tyger Campbell is averaging 13.8 points and 4.7 assists per game. Freshmen Amari Bailey, Dylan Andrews and Adem Bona, meanwhile, have each emerged as secondary options alongside veteran sharpshooter David Singleton, and Bailey finally returned to action last Thursday after missing the previous seven games with a foot injury.

Washington is led by coach Mike Hopkins, who is in his sixth season with the Huskies. Hopkins has only gone to one NCAA tournament, though, and he owns a career record of 102-90 including his stint as interim at Syracuse.

A home loss to Cal Baptist spoiled what could have been a 7-0 start for Washington, and losses to then-No. 15 Gonzaga and then-No. 20 Auburn knocked them down another peg at the end of nonconference play. The Huskies followed up a 1-5 start to the Pac-12 slate with a three-game winning streak, but losses at Utah and at home against then-No. 6 Arizona have them sitting at 13-10 overall and 5-7 in-conference.

Washington is averaging 69.9 points per game while allowing 70.2 points per game, which rank No. 218 and No. 213 in the country, respectively. The Huskies have the No. 156 adjusted offense and No. 93 adjusted defense in the KenPom. Washington is holding its opponents to 30.0% shooting from deep, which ranks No. 29 in the country, while their 5.9 blocker per game rank No. 4.

The Huskies’ offense runs through Kentucky transfer wing Keion Brooks, who is averaging 17.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game despite shooting 27.6% on 4.1 3-point attempts per game. The team’s next five leading scorers all average between 9.8 and 8.5 points per game, with Cole Bajema, Noah Williams and Keyon Menifield getting things done from the perimeter and Franck Kepnang and Braxton Meah combining for 13.3 rebounds per game down low.

UCLA is 105-43 against Washington all-time, including a 4-2 record since Cronin took over. The Bruins have won their last 11 home games versus the Huskies dating back to 2010.

*Odds via SI Sportsbook

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