A deeper analysis into the numbers show how the game was lost for the Blue Demons.
It comes to no surprise that UCLA would dominate the stat sheet versus DePaul. The Bruins' aggressive man-to-man defense, a trademark of Howland-coached teams, stifled the Blue Demons' offense. DePaul, however, was unable to prevent UCLA from being extremely efficient on offense. Those two broad factors explain why the Blue Demons lost.
UCLA's offense, as mentioned, was extremely efficient from the field. The main reason for this is due to how well the Bruins shot as a team (55%). UCLA was able to get a plethora of lay-ups and dunks, which is why the field-goal percentage was so high. DePaul, on the other hand, struggled offensively and lacked efficiency, mostly due to the Bruins aggressive defense. Because of UCLA's intense defensive pressure, the Blue Demons would, many times, settle for contested jumpers instead of attacking the basket more often. It's no surprise that DePaul's shooting percentage would be so low due to that fact (41%).
The effective field-goal percentage was high for UCLA. As previously mentioned, the Bruins were able to shoot the ball so well because of the high amount of easy baskets the team had. For the game, UCLA scored 38 points on either a lay-up or a dunk. To compare, DePaul scored only 22 points in that manner. The only thing the Blue Demons did better than the Bruins on offense was shoot the three-pointer, although both teams shot poor percentages (5-19, 26% for DePaul, 3-17, 17% for UCLA).
The Bruins dominated the battle on the boards, achieving a much higher offensive rebounding percentage for DePaul. The reason why the disparity is so large is due to two factors. First, UCLA out-rebounded the Blue Demons 31-21. Second, the Bruins hauled in 11 offensive rebounds, compared to 5 for DePaul. It's interesting to note that no UCLA player grabbed more than five rebounds for the game (Holliday). Yet apart from the freshman, six Bruins' players hauled in three or four rebounds each - a good example of rebounding as a team.
The free-throw percentage was in the Blue Demons favor, but as has been the case all season, DePaul was unable to capitalize from the charity stripe (the team shot 11-19, 57%). UCLA went to the line sparingly, shooting just 5-10 (50%).
DePaul's next game comes against the Liberty Flames on Wednesday, December 17th at Allstate Arena. This will be the first meeting between these two schools.