Exhibition Game Against Biola

UCLA beat Cal Baptist, 86-58, Monday, and now the Bruins, in their second exhibition Friday night, face Biola, a team that Cal Baptist owns in their conference. It should be even uglier than Monday, but at least you get another glimpse of the new Bruins...

We said that Cal Baptist, the NAIA school that UCLA faced Monday in its first exhibition, might be one of the best teams UCLA had played in an exhibition.

We were right. UCLA won, 86-58.

UCLA is sticking with its religious crusade when it faces Biola Friday at Pauley Pavilion, and even if the Eagles prayed it wouldn't help them much.

Biola is also an NAIA school, and also from the same conference as Cal Baptist, the Golden State Athletic Conference. While CBU is a conference power, Biola isn't.

In fact, Biola finished 17-14 last season and was bumped from the first round of the GSAC tournament – and they lost their best player and one other starter from that team.

In other words, it should be uglier than it was Monday.

Biola is led by junior point guard Marlon King (5-9, 170), who averaged 10.6 points and 3.2 assists per game last season. He's a penetrator more than a shooter, but it should be difficult for him going up against UCLA's bigs in the paint. Heck, it's going to be very difficult for him to get around the likes of Darren Collison, Jrue Holiday and Jerime Anderson before he can even see the paint.

In the paint for Biola is junior post Rocky Hampton (6-9, 240), who averaged 12 points and 8 boards last season, and is the only really proven guy inside for the Eagles.

The shooter is junior guard Danny Campbell (6-4, 195), a good spot-up guy who will be looking for the kick-out. He hit 40% of his threes last season.

Last year's sixth man was senior guard Josh Salo (6-2, 195), who will probably now be a starter. Salo is similar to Campbell, with a good stroke beyond the arc, also good for 40% from three. Another shooter, Elliot Tan (5-10, 175), a sophomore guard, will also probably come off the bench.

Probably the fifth starter will be sophomore big Andrew Shroeder (6-9, 240), who they'll be expecting to provide some strength and rebounding under the glass.

The only challenge UCLA will face from Biola, like with most exhibition teams, is trying to limit their outside shooters. It's actually good experience for the young Bruin guards defensively, and gets the veterans back in the swing.

UCLA, though, could use a challenge inside – perhaps to give Alfred Aboya another swipe at staying out of foul trouble and to give the freshman bigs, Drew Gordon and J'mison Morgan experience bodying up against college posts. But Biola probably won't present much of a challenge in the paint.

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the game is how long Aboya can go without getting his second foul (The Official BRO Over/Under Line for Aboya's Minutes Before Two Fouls is 10. Greg Hicks will be taking all wagers).

It would also be gratifying for freshman guard Malcolm Lee to get comfortable and be able to showcase his ability. As we said in the season preview, UCLA could greatly benefit from Lee later in the season if he gets game experience early.


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