Tonight, the Bruins play another game which should be an easy game when they host the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners.
The Roadrunners played in the final Great Alaska Shootout last week where they defeated Alaska-Anchorage and Idaho before losing to Central Michigan. Interestingly, Bakersfield lost to the Arizona Wildcats a few weeks ago, 91-59. So, UCLA should be able to win pretty big tonight. Of course, as with most Alford UCLA teams, this team’s defense is suspect and it seems like the Bruins don’t breakthrough until the second half.
Cal State Bakersfield is led by Rod Barnes. Barnes was the 2001 Naismith Coach of the Year and the 2017 College Insider Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year. So, it seems fair to say that the Roadrunners are well-coached. In fact, Cal State Bakersfield has won at least 24 games in each of the last two seasons and the team made the NCAA Tournament in 2016. CSUB also won their first regular-season WAC title last year when they went 12-2 in conference play.
Brent Wrapp and Shon Briggs are the only two CSUB starters that return from last year, but four of this year’s starters are upperclassmen. The other upperclassmen are senior center Moataz Aly and junior guard Rickey Holden while freshman guard Jarkel Joiner is the other starter.
Look for the Roadrunners to play with a three-guard lineup with Joiner, Holden and Wrapp. Also look for CSUB’s sixth man Damiyne Durham to see a lot of time. Durham leads the team with an average of 12.3 ppg while Briggs is close behind with 12.0 ppg. Holden and Aly are also averaging in double digits.
But, that still doesn’t change the fact that the Bruins should cruise to an easy victory tonight.
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