LOS ANGELES — UCLA basketball coach Mick Cronin doesn’t think much about the team’s 12-game winning streak as the Bruins welcome Colorado to the Pauley Pavilion on Saturday.
As his father — who’s in town — would describe a January hit streak, “That and a few bucks gets you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.” And that’s a $4 coffee — not what Cronin calls a “California Calls coffee order that contains extra foam or soy.
“Look, my father is from the Midwest,” Cronin said. “He just wants a coffee.”
Cronin will likely be happy for another trophy, as the Bruins have been playing since late November. With a 13th straight win, No. 7 at UCLA is able to follow through on the program’s longest successful run since the 2016-17 season, improving to 6-0 in the Pac-12 game and 16-2 start of the last repeat year.
The Bruins claim a dominant 68-49 win over Utah on Thursday. Tyger Campbell led the scoring with 17 points and was commended for his aggression by Cronin after the game. Freshman Adem Bona continued to impress in the paint with 15 points and eight rebounds.
UCLA, the only Pac-12 team undefeated in conference play, has alternated overwhelming wins and narrow nail biters in its last four games. The Bruins beat crosstown rivals USC by two last week. Last weekend in Washington State, UCLA won by a point before beating Washington.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. said the team knew their formula for winning no matter how they hammered out the win: Share the ball and play as hard as you can.
“If you do that every single game, it’s really just the mental part,” Jaquez said. “We just have to bring that with us every single day as you play your game. Once you do that, good things happen.”
Starting guard Amari Bailey has missed the past four games with an ankle injury, with David Singleton starting in his place.
Colorado lost to USC on Thursday, 68-61, but has won seven of its last nine games. West Hill’s KJ Simpson, a Chaminade High grad and the Pac-12’s second-best scorer at 17.8 points per game, led the Buffaloes in the loss with 17 points.
UCLA has won five of their last six matchups against Colorado and swept home and home last season.
Colorado has won both games against ranked teams this season, beating both No. 11 Tennessee and No. 24 Texas A&M by double digits in November. The Buffaloes have also not had a winless road trip since the 2019-20 season.
Saturday’s game will be UCLA’s last at Pauley Pavilion for the month of January, with the Bruins playing their next three games away with tough testing at Arizona State, Arizona and USC.
Campbell, like Cronin, doesn’t play into the winning streak hype too much.
“We’re just taking it one game at a time,” he said.
Colorado (11-7, 3-4) ranked 7th at UCLA (15-2, 6-0)
When: Saturday, 5 p.m
Where from: Pauley Pavilion
TV/Radio: Fox (chap. 11)/570 AM
https://www.ocregister.com/2023/01/13/no-7-ucla-mens-basketball-unfazed-by-winning-streak/ UCLA men’s basketball No. 7 unfazed by winning streak – Orange County Register