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How to Watch and Preview: Detroit Mercy at UCLA

UCLA plays a No D Detroit Mercy Team

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Earl Watson was UCLA’s point guard in 1999 when Detroit Mercy upset UCLA in the tournament.
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UCLA plays Detroit Mercy Titans tonight. Detroit is better than some of the teams UCLA played this year(South Carolina State is one of the worst in the county) at least on offense. On defense, they are truly awful, they are ranked 335 overall (out of 351) by KenPom. They really don’t bother with defense. In some ways this is the opposite of the Cal State Bakersfield, who were a good defense team but bad on offense. (Except Bakersfield was better.)

Detroit Mercy has two good players that could give UCLA some problems on defense. The first is 6’9” Kameron Chatman. He is the kind of inside-out big (48% from three) that gives UCLA teams fits. The other, 6’3” Corey Allen, is the kind of guard that has lit UCLA up this year up from three. He is shooting 46% three and scoring over 17 points a game. Can Aaron Holiday be a stopper again tonight? Can one of the fours step up on Chatman? If so this will be an easy win and shoot it will likely be an easy win anyway but It would fun to build on the defensive success of last game.

#25 UCLA Bruins (6-1)

Opponent: Detroit Mercy Titans (4-3)

When: 6:00 pm PT, Sunday, December 29, 2017

Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA

Game Notes:

TV: Pac-12 Networks National and Los Angeles with Roxy Bernstein and Bill Walton

Stream: and the Pac-12 Now app


  • AM 1150 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray
  • Sirius Channel 132/XM Channel 197 (UCLA feed)
  • And, of course, the Bruins Nation Game Thread!

Live Stats: UCLA Stat Broadcast

Go Bruins! Avenge our 1999 Tournament First Round loss!