2014 Pac-12 Tournament bracket update: UCLA overwhelms Stanford
LAS VEGAS – The Arizona-UCLA rivalry will be on full display Saturday in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game matchup, set by UCLA’s 84-59 rout of Stanford Friday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Simply put, UCLA’s shots fell and Stanford’s didn’t.
The Bruins started the game on a 14-2 run, seven of those points courtesy of Norman Powell. Just six minutes in, UCLA led the Cardinal 20-5.
Stanford enjoyed wide-open looks throughout the contest, but Friday just was not the Card’s night.
Johnny Dawkins’ squad began to pick up steam in the final minutes of the first half, putting up 13 points to UCLA’s nine down the stretch, but UCLA still held a 15-point advantage at halftime. Travis Wear finished the first half a perfect 6-for-6 from the field.
UCLA coach Steve Alford started to pull his starters with 13 minutes left, when his team had nearly doubled up Stanford, 60-33. The Bruins enjoyed a 28-point margin – their largest of the night – after a David Wear layup five minutes later gave them a 62-34 lead.
Norman Powell led the charge Friday with 22 points, two assists and two steals. Kyle Anderson did a little bit of everything with 13 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Stanford’s Dwight Powell and Chasson Randle finished with 16 and 11 points, respectively.
The crowd’s attention turned to Saturday’s title matchup early on when “U of A” chants came from the stands during a quiet moment in the game. UCLA fans retorted with “We want 'Zona” later on.
One-seed Arizona and two-seed UCLA face off Saturday at 3 p.m. PT on FOX Sports 1 in UCLA’s second consecutive championship final. The Bruins fell to Oregon 78-69 in the 2013 championship game.
Alford noted after the game that reaching the final day of the tournament is a big accomplishment for a team in its first year with a new head coach.
“We’re obviously excited in the first year of our program to have a chance – an opportunity – to win a Pac-12 [tournament] championship,” Alford said. “That’s exciting in your first year.”
The Wildcats edged UCLA 79-75 in Westwood in their sole meeting this season on Jan. 9.