UCLA basketball vs. Detroit Mercy: Preview, scouting report and how to watch
UCLA (6-1) vs. Detroit Mercy (4-3)
Tip-off: 6 p.m., Pauley Pavilion
TV/Radio: Pac-12 Networks/AM 1150
Update: Head coach Steve Alford has celebrated his young team’s gradual improvement on defense in recent weeks and now the Bruins will face a tough test in high-octane Detroit Mercy. The Titans are sixth in the country in points per game with 94. Michigan transfer Kameron Chatman leads the Titans in scoring with 19.7 points per game. He played two seasons in Ann Arbor and started 17 games before transferring prior to last season. … UCLA overcame its worst offensive night of the season with a lockdown defensive effort against Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday to win 75-66. The Bruins made just two of their 17 3-point attempts — with the only makes coming from big men Thomas Welsh and Alex Olesinski — but held the Roadrunners to 29.9 percent shooting from the field, the lowest for a UCLA opponent in two years. … The Bruins are the worst free-throw shooting team in the Pac-12 at just 65.1 percent. Freshman guard Kris Wilkes leads the team with 38 free-throw attempts but has made only 55.3 percent of them. … Detroit Mercy won the one meeting between the schools, upsetting the fifth-seeded Bruins in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament.