UCLA men’s basketball vs. Norfolk State: What you need to know

No. 8 UCLA (2-0) vs. Norfolk State (2-1)

When: Monday, 7 p.m. (PT)

Where: Pauley Pavilion

Tv/radio: Pac-12 Network/AM 1150

UCLA’s latest result: UCLA cruised to a 93-69 win over Long Beach State Friday night, highlighted by Tyger Campbell’s 18 points, which made him the program’s 60th player to reach 1,000 career points. UCLA coach Mick Cronin — who coached his 100th game and won his 70th as the Bruins’ coach — said senior David Singleton was the “star of the game” after scoring 14 points (with four threes) and pulling down a career-high nine rebounds in 33 minutes off the bench.

No. 8 UCLA men’s basketball sails past Long Beach State

“No turnovers, (he) led us in rebounding, and led us in no bad shots,” Cronin said of Singleton.

UCLA made nine three-pointers in the win and held LBSU to just 36% shooting.

Norfolk State’s latest result: The Spartans lost 87-70 to fifth-ranked Baylor. It was a rematch of the first-round NCAA tournament clash last year in which the Spartans fell to top-seeded Baylor 85-49 after earning the No. 16 seed for winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Monday night’s game between UCLA and Norfolk State – located in Norfolk, Virginia – will mark the first time the two programs have faced each other on the basketball court.

Key matchup: Norfolk State’s top scorer is fifth-year senior Joe Bryant Jr., a 6-foot-1 point guard who scored 24 points in the loss to Baylor last week. He averaged 16.7 points per game last season and is averaging 17.3 in three games this season. UCLA point guard Tyger Cambell is also a savvy, senior point guard, averaging 16 points per game.

The matchup where UCLA will take advantage will be in the front court with 6-foot-10 freshman Adem Bona, who will likely overwhelm the front line of the Spartans, who have one player listed at 6-foot-9.

UCLA trend watch: Jaylen Clark’s defense is proving contagious.

“I tell the guys, the easiest way to score is by just taking it from the other team,” Clark said. “Once you get it, there’s nobody between you and the basket.”

No player is better at that than Clark, who has 11 steals in two games already. He has also tallied 16 deflections against Sacramento State and 14 against Long Beach. Clark is making defense fun in Westwood.

Everyone is taking notice.

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⏪⏪ Rewind it … from Friday night. #GoBruins 🏀

— UCLA Men’s Basketball (@UCLAMBB) November 12, 2022

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