UCLA, Stanford Look to Sort Out Pac-10 Standings
Feb 22, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - With the Pac-10 regular season nearing an end, the conference race doesn'tseem to be getting any clearer. Tenth-ranked Stanford and No. 25 UCLA will tryto straighten it out a bit when they meet at Maples Pavilion on Saturday.
Five teams are within one game of each other for the conference lead.Stanford (17-7, 10-5) is one game behind league-leading Oregon and SouthernCalifornia, while UCLA (17-9, 9-6) sits two games back.
Playing for a share of first place on Thursday, Stanford suffered its worstloss at Maples Pavilion since the 1992-93 season, falling to Southern Cal77-58. The loss ended the Cardinal's four-game winning streak.
'We just didn't compete,' Stanford forward Teyo Johnson said. 'The ballwas bouncing their way, but we were just stagnant. It was obvious to everybodyin the arena.'
While All-American swingman Casey Jacobsen scored 23 points, and centerCurtis Borchardt added 10, the Cardinal were held to their second-lowest pointtotal of the season. Stanford has scored fewer than 70 points just three timesthis season.
'There wasn't any mystery to that one,' Stanford coach Mike Montgomerysaid after the USC loss. 'The team that wanted this more won, and deserved towin.'
With just three regular-season games remaining, the Cardinal will be lookingto build up some momentum before beginning postseason play.
UCLA will also be trying to re-establish some momentum. The Bruins have lostthree of their last four, including a 69-51 defeat to California on Thursday.
Senior center Dan Gadzuric had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bruins, butUCLA shot just 3-of-18 from 3-point range and committed 21 turnovers.
To make matters worse, the Bruins lost senior forward Matt Barnes, who wasejected after committing a flagrant foul on Cal guard Shantay Legans. Barnes,who is averaging 13.4 points, will serve a one-game suspension.
While the Bruins will miss Barnes' contributions on Saturday, Gadzuric hasprovided an offensive spark of late. Now with six double-doubles this season,Gadzuric on Thursday joined leading-scorer Jason Kapono as the only two playersto lead the Bruins in scoring in three straight games since the 1998-99 season.
UCLA leads the all-time series with Stanford 123-82, but the Cardinal beatthe Bruins 86-76 on Jan. 24.
By RICK HAGGERTY