Breakdown: Fresno State at UCLA

Jerry Brown

Fresno State looks to shake its recent funk in Los Angeles on Saturday as the Bulldogs take on UCLA. Check inside for the breakdown…

Fresno State (5-6) at UCLA (8-3)

PG: Allen Huddleston (6-2, 185, Jr.) vs. Larry Drew II (6-2, 180, Sr.)

UCLA's lone senior, Larry Drew II, has been a leader for the young Bruin team. Drew is averaging 8.4 assists per game, and holds one of the nation's best assist-to-turnover ratios at 5.1. Allen Huddleston's assist-to-turnover ratio of .74 is one reason why there could be a shakeup at point guard for the Bulldogs.

Advantage: UCLA

SG: Kevin Olekaibe (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Jordan Adams (6-5, 220, Fr.)

Freshman Jordan Adams has already proven to be an explosive scorer for UCLA. Adams has dropped over 20 points six times this season. He's the team's first option from the perimeter, but is also a threat on the drive. Olekaibe is one of several players struggling to make shots, as the Bulldogs are shooting just 38% from the field as a team on the season.

Advantage: UCLA

SF: Tyler Johnson (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Shabazz Muhammad (6-6, 225, Fr.)

The nation's top recruit Shabazz Muhammad has lived up to expectations this year. After missing the Bruins' first three games, Muhammad has averaged 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. He has been effective at the wing for UCLA, with his lowest scoring game being at 13 points. Tyler Johnson comes off a 1-of-9 shooting night in the Bulldog's loss to UC Irvine.

Advantage: UCLA

PF: Jerry Brown (6-10, 224, Fr.) vs. Kyle Anderson (6-9, 235, Fr.)

6-foot-9 freshman Kyle Anderson can create match-up problems for opponents. He has the athleticism of a guard, but has also accounted for 7.9 rebounds per game. Anderson has played well in the last five games, scoring 11.2 points per game and getting one double-double. Jerry Brown's high energy style of play has put him back in the starting lineup.

Advantage: UCLA

C: Robert Upshaw (7-0, 250, Fr.) vs. Travis Wear (6-10, 230, Jr.)

With former UCLA center Joshua Smith no longer on the team, UCLA has turned to Travis Wear to anchor the Bruins' post play. Freshman Robert Upshaw has been solid through three starts, averaging 7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Advantage: Fresno State

Benches:

UCLA will stick to a seven-man rotation. The Bruins' two bench players can certainly make an impact however. Guard Norman Powell averages 9.3 points per game, while 6-foot-10 forward David Wear averages 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds. Fresno State hopes to get a boost from Kansas transfer Braeden Anderson, who could play as soon as Saturday.

Advantage: UCLA

Coaches: Rodney Terry vs. Ben Howland

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland is 369-194 as a head coach, including stops at Northern Arizona and Pittsburgh. Howland is in his 10th season at UCLA. He has led the Bruins to a national championship runner-up and two final-four appearances.

Advantage: UCLA

Intangibles:

An opportunity to play at UCLA marks as one of Fresno State's biggest non-conference matchups. The Bulldogs have had a week off improve their offense. UCLA comes off a big 19 point win Tuesday over Long Beach State, but could overlook the Bulldogs.

Advantage: Fresno State

Final Analysis/Prediction:

Fresno State's strong defense could get to the young UCLA team. With the Bruins' veteran point guard and talented freshmen on offense, the Bulldogs will not be able to keep up unless they have a drastically improved shooting night.

PREDICTION: UCLA 66, Fresno State 52



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