UCLA faces toughest task of year at Michigan

UCLA guard Jaylen Hands, right, dribbles past South Carolina guard Tyvoris Solomon during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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.

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  • Sandy Underpants

    Easy. We are gonna win a sweet 16 championship ring this year. I can’t wait to hang the banner. We get a banner for that right?

  • Early in the game, Alford was telling his players to stop dribbling and pass the ball. They didn’t. Especially Holiday, who cannot protect it.

    • 88 Straight

      Holiday is a selfish player. Pass the ball to Welsh. It’s simple and they refuse to recognize where the ball should go.

      • It was like watching Kobe trying to win 1-on-5.

        Welsh is automatic.

      • j metaphor

        I think the team turnovers were what beat us tonight.

        • 88 Straight

          Holiday had 7 of them. Ali had 4 and Hands 3. Most of them were from driving into traffic rather than running the offense and passing the ball. Way too much dribbling. Feed the post.

  • Sandy Underpants

    That’s another one for the good guys.

    • 88 Straight

      Well, Crotchless Underpants, how are things going with Andy Enfield and the FBI gang?