ARIZONA BASKETBALL

UCLA’s Johnny Juzang cleared from COVID-19 protocols, will play vs. Arizona

Feb 3, 2022, 10:11 AM
UCLA guard Johnny Juzang, right, celebrates a turnover as Arizona guard Kerr Kriisa looks toward th...

UCLA guard Johnny Juzang, right, celebrates a turnover as Arizona guard Kerr Kriisa looks toward the scoreboard during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The No. 3 UCLA Bruins will get their top scorer back in time for their matchup against the No. 7 Arizona Wildcats on Thursday night.

After missing the past two games due to COVID-19 protocols, junior guard Johnny Juzang has been cleared to return to action.

Coincidentally, Juzang last played on Jan. 25 against the Wildcats. In UCLA’s 75-59 win over Arizona, the guard scored 15 points, adding three rebounds and two assists over 32 minutes. He was 6 of 18 from the field and 3 of 5 from deep in the victory.

This season, the guard paces the Bruins in points per game with 18.1.

Juzang might not be the only UCLA player back in the mix Thursday night, either, as junior guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. is considered a game-time decision.

Jaquez, who reaggravated an ankle injury in Saturday’s win over the Stanford Cardinal, is the Bruins’ third highest scorer on the team, averaging 12.3 points per contest. He’s also grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game, a team high.

One player the Bruins won’t have back for the tilt is sophomore guard Jaylen Clark, who is listed as doubtful. Clark is expected to miss his fourth straight game due to a concussion.

Over 14 games, Clark is averaging six points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists over 17.9 minutes per contest.

Thursday’s matchup pits the top two Pac-12 teams against one another. UCLA enters play at the top of the conference standings at 8-1 (16-2 overall), while Arizona sits at 7-1 (17-2 overall).

The Wildcats and Bruins tipoff in Tucson at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

Penguin Air

Arizona Basketball

Arizona center Christian Koloko reacts at the end of overtime in a second-round NCAA college basket...
Arizona Sports

Toronto Raptors take Arizona C Christian Koloko 33rd in NBA Draft

Christian Koloko gave the Wildcats three draft picks in the first 33 selections of the NBA Draft, as the Raptors plucked him off the board.
2 days ago
Dalen Terry #4 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after hitting a a 3-pointer against the UCLA Bruins d...
Arizona Sports

Arizona basketball’s Dalen Terry drafted 18th by Bulls

Dalen Terry became the second Arizona Wildcats draftee to ship off to the midwest, heading to the Chicago Bulls.
2 days ago
Guard Bennedict Mathurin #0 of the Arizona Wildcats smiles on the sidelines during the game against...
Arizona Sports

Former Wildcat Bennedict Mathurin picked 6th by Indiana Pacers

Former Arizona Wildcat Bennedict Mathurin was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the sixth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
2 days ago
Bennedict Mathurin #0 of the Arizona Wildcats stands on the court during a game against the Wichita...
Arizona Sports

Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin cementing in top-10 of NBA mock drafts

Arizona's Bennedict Mathurin was mocked to the Pacers at No. 6 by both ESPN's Jonathan Givony and The Athletic's NBA staff Thursday morning.
2 days ago
Arizona guard Bennedict Mathurin (0) and center Christian Koloko (35) react at the end of overtime ...
Nikash Nath

Bennedict Mathurin rising in ESPN NBA mock a week out from draft

Former Arizona Wildcat Bennedict Mathurin is quietly approaching the top five of Jonathan Givony's latest NBA mock draft. 
7 days ago
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, left, talks with players during the fourth quarter of ...
Associated Press

Wildcat, former Suns GM Steve Kerr wins his 9th NBA ring

Any team that can claim to be a dynasty across the last 30 years of the NBA has some link to Golden State’s coach.
8 days ago
UCLA’s Johnny Juzang cleared from COVID-19 protocols, will play vs. Arizona