When: Thursday, 8 p.m. PT
Where: Pauley Pavilion
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Radio: AM 570
Scouting the Bruins: The Bruins looked sluggish and were luck to escape with an 80-79 overtime victory Tuesday against UC Irvine and will be looking to find a rhythm in this final tune up before facing Georgetown on Monday in New York. Freshman Jordan Adams has been the offensive savior so far, scoring 21 and 26 points in the first two games.
Scouting the Dukes: The Dukes are playing their season opener against UCLA. they have three returning starters and eight lettermen returning from a team that went 12-20 last season and finished eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association. Guard A.J. Davis, a 6-foot-6 senior, returns after averaging 15.9 points and 4.7 rebounds last season. Andrey Semenov, a 6-7 forward who averaged 10.2 points in 2011-12, is the leading returning scorer from last season. Rayshawn Goins returns after missing last season with an injury. The 6-6, 265-pound senior forward averaged 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds two seasons ago.
The series: This is the first meeting between UCLA and James Madison.
Fast fact: The game is part of the Legends Classic tournament, though UCLA is guaranteed a spot in the semifinals against Georgetown on Monday in New York whether it wins or loses this regional-round game.
Quick Quote: "They are a pressing team. They pressure defensively. They push the ball hard -- on missed shots, especially. They rebound hard and it's going to be a very difficult game." -- UCLA coach Ben Howland