San Jose State should not be a tough opponent. They have played two Pac-12 teams this year and lost by a combined 83 points. They only scored a combined 87 points in those two games. Also, they are a good matchup for the Bruins as they are terrible at UCLA’s Achilles heel so far this season: three-pointing shooting. The Spartans are only making 25% from three so far this season. They also turn the ball over a lot averaging 17 turnovers a game.
This should be an easy game with the only question being: Can UCLA hold San Jose State to under 50 points for the game? Really, this is a game that will be about UCLA. San Jose State does have some length inside. Will we see the dominent Jalen Hill of the Hofstra game again or the more passive Hill of the Maui tournament? Will Cody Riley be able to consistently impose his will inside? Will Chris Smith score more in transition as the defense will force turnovers?
There are other questions which probably won’t be answered tonight involving the rotation. The top two being: Will David Singleton play more than just a few minutes as a backup point guard? And, will Prince Ali continue to get the second most minutes or will others get a chance at the two guard?
It should be an easy win tonight, but still will be important for players fighting for minutes.