Walton is back: UCLA vs. UW basketball preview

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins come to Seattle to face the Huskies for the first time this season Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.


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UCLA Bruins
@ Washington Huskies

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014, 6:00 PM PST
Alaska Airlines Arena

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FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Jordan Adams 28 30.4 5.6 11.9 47.0 1.6 4.3 37.8 4.6 5.5 83.8 1.9 3.6 5.5 2.3 1.5 2.9 0.1 2.3 17.4
Kyle Anderson 28 33.3 5.1 10.4 49.0 0.8 1.6 48.9 3.9 5.2 75.2 1.4 7.3 8.6 6.8 3.2 1.8 0.8 1.6 14.9
Norman Powell 29 25.5 4.2 7.8 54.0 0.6 1.9 29.6 2.2 3.0 74.4 0.7 2.2 3.0 1.8 1.1 1.3 0.3 2.4 11.2
Zach LaVine 29 25.7 3.9 8.4 46.7 1.5 3.6 42.3 1.3 1.9 69.1 0.5 2.1 2.6 2.0 1.1 1.0 0.2 1.9 10.7
Bryce Alford 29 23.4 2.4 6.0 39.4 1.3 3.3 39.6 2.2 2.8 79.3 0.1 1.7 1.8 2.8 1.2 1.0 0.1 1.4 8.3
Tony Parker 29 17.9 3.0 4.9 60.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1 2.2 49.2 1.9 2.8 4.6 0.1 1.0 0.4 0.6 2.9 7.1
Travis Wear 26 23.0 2.8 5.7 50.0 0.3 0.6 53.3 0.9 1.0 85.2 1.1 2.2 3.3 1.2 0.5 0.7 0.7 3.0 6.9
David Wear 29 22.7 2.6 5.3 49.7 0.6 1.4 45.0 0.9 1.1 81.8 1.6 2.4 3.9 0.7 1.0 0.8 0.2 2.2 6.8
Wanaah Bail 10 5.1 0.7 1.7 41.2 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.6 50.0 0.1 0.6 0.7 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.1 1.1 1.7
Noah Allen 5 5.6 0.4 1.0 40.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.4 100.0 0.2 1.2 1.4 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.8 1.2
Kory Alford 8 1.6 0.1 0.3 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.5 75.0 0.3 0.1 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.6
David Brown 8 2.0 0.1 0.4 33.3 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5
Aubrey Williams 8 1.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.3 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
Nick Kazemi 7 1.6 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0

TV Info: ESPN 2

Radio: Sports Radio KJR 950

Series: The Bruins lead the all time series against the Huskies 94-40. Lorenzo Romar is 11-12 against the Bruins during his time with the UW.

The Coach: Steve Alford

The former University of Indiana star is in his first year with the Bruins after spending six years at New Mexico. He compiled a 155-52 record with the Lobos, including three NCAA tournament appearances. Alford played on the Hoosiers 1987 National Championship team and spent four year in the NBA after being picked 26th by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1987 draft.

Players to Watch

Zach Lavine- The freshman from nearby Bothell High School makes his return to Seattle for the first time of his career Thursday. Lavine is averaging 10.7 points in 25.7 minutes off the bench for the Bruins. Having played against and seen him multiple times in high school , I can say he has in the gym range (42% from three) and explosive athleticism (Check it out). Even though Lavine isn't the #1 option for the Bruins, he will still be a name thrown around draft boards after the season. He will most likely be a first round pick whenever he decides to go pro.

Jordan Adams- The 6'5 sophomore guard is the Bruins leading scorer at 17.4 PPG, good for sixth in the Pac-12. Adams has seen statistical improvements in almost every category this season, including rebounds, steals, assists, three point shooting, field goal percentage, and points. He has scored in double figures in all but three of UCLA's games this season.

Closing Comments

The Huskies close out the final two games of the regular season at home, where they have proven they play their best basketball. Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss has continued his dominant play, scoring double-digits in nine consecutive games. The Huskies have a chance to finish the Pac-12 schedule 10-8 with two wins this week, but would most likely need to win the Pac-12 tournament to advance to NCAA's. UCLA has been pretty inconsistent but I think they have too much talent for the Huskies to handle. Give me the Bruins 84-77.

Leave your thoughts and predictions in the comments section below, and don't forget to answer the poll question. Go Dawgs!

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