It’s easy to look good against Detroit Mercy in Pauley Pavilion. Now UCLA has to do it on the road against a Big Ten opponent.
After its “growth week” was cut short by wildfires that canceled Wednesday’s game against Montana, UCLA (7-1) face Michigan on Saturday at 9 a.m. PT on CBS in the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines (7-3) are 5-0 at home while the Bruins are playing their first true road game of the season.
The Bruins (7-1) are coming off their most complete effort of the year, reducing their 106-73 win over Detroit Mercy on Sunday into a high-flying dunk contest. Freshman Jaylen Hands had a career-high 23 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
But UCLA has yet to record a win against a team with a winning record. The Bruins are 2-1 against teams from power conferences, with the two victories coming by a combined five points. UCLA survived against Georgia Tech (4-4 overall record) in China then needed a last-second layup to edge out Wisconsin (4-6) in Kansas City, Mo.
Junior forward Mortiz Wagner leads Michigan with 15.4 points per game and is the only Wolverine to score in double-figures in every game this year. He also leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 per game.