After a postponed recreation earlier within the week and one other already known as off for subsequent week, No. 23 UCLA lastly will try and bounce again from its first Pac-12 defeat when it hosts Oregon State on Saturday afternoon at Los Angeles.
The Bruins (12-3, 8-1 Pac-12) received seven straight Pac-12 video games going again to Dec. 31 and have been 8-0 in convention earlier than stumbling 73-72 in extra time towards Stanford at Santa Cruz, Calif., on Saturday.
Now they flip their consideration to Oregon State (8-6, 4-4 Pac-12), which noticed a three-game profitable streak come to an finish in a 75-62 loss at Southern California on Thursday.
UCLA unexpectedly obtained Thursday off as a result of its scheduled recreation towards Oregon was known as off due to COVID issues within the Geese program. A rescheduled recreation between the Bruins and Geese moved from Eugene, Ore., to Los Angeles for subsequent Monday additionally was known as off.
Whereas UCLA was an observer, the Beavers have been exhausting at work Thursday, battling USC till lacking 12 of their final 16 pictures to complete 22-for-62 for the sport.
Ethan Thompson (20 factors) and Jarod Lucas (18) have been a mixed 6 of 12 from 3-point vary, however their teammates went simply 2-for-12 from past the arc within the defeat.
“We would have liked any individual else to step up on the perimeter for us,” Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle stated. “We would have liked one other man or two to step up and make a few pictures, which might have helped soften issues up after which perhaps get us some extra going to the rim.”
The victory stored the Trojans on the Bruins’ heels atop the Pac-12, placing strain on UCLA to win on Saturday whereas USC will get the time without work resulting from Oregon’s COVID points.
The Bruins have had a whole week to stew after their first convention loss, though coach Mick Cronin demanded this week he by no means sees a optimistic in a loss.
“The way in which we watch movie, the best way I coach, I do not coach the outcome. I coach the sport,” he stated. “It is fixed educating. It is a recreation of errors, and you have to develop and be taught and get higher whatever the outcome.
“I simply do not consider in (wake-up calls). Not saying I am proper, however you have to play proper, you have to play good, and the outcome will care for itself.”
Six of UCLA’s earlier seven convention wins had been by six factors or fewer, resulting in the idea that they have been due for a defeat. Cronin was not shopping for it.
“Shedding isn’t acceptable,” Cronin stated. “So I take each loss exhausting. I most likely should not. It is most likely not good for my well being. I do not understand how exhausting the gamers do, however I do know I do.
“That being stated, we obtained what we deserved. We had no enterprise profitable. If we would have received, I would have informed our guys the identical factor. We fought, yeah, we did not hand over. Yeah, that is nice. However we put ourselves in a horrible place with simply unacceptable, unacceptable errors.”
UCLA and Oregon State will probably be assembly for the primary time this season. The Bruins have prevailed within the final three head-to-heads in Westwood, however the newest two have been by a complete of eight factors.
UCLA received final yr’s solely assembly 62-58 at Oregon State in January. Bruins standout Chris Smith, who suffered a season-ending ACL harm earlier this month, led UCLA with 15 factors.
–Area Stage Media