Thursday Showdown Pits No. 7/7 Stanford, No. 3/2 UCLA For Pac-10
March 4, 2008
No. 7/7 Stanford Cardinal (24-4, 13-3 Pac-10)
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No. 3/2 UCLA Bruins (26-3, 14-2 Pac-10)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PxP: Ben Spielberg, Analyst: Dave Lombardi)
Westwood One (PxP: Ted Robinson, Analyst: Mike Montgomery)
(PxP: Barry Tompkins, Analyst: Dan Belluomini, Sideline: Michael Eaves)
The Opening Tip
Ranked in the top-10 of both national polls for the fifth straight week, No. 7/7 Stanford (24-4, 13-3 Pac-10) battles No. 3/2 UCLA (26-3, 14-2 Pac-10) in Los Angeles with the Pac-10 title on the line. The Cardinal has won 11 of its last 12 and is looking to avenge a 76-67 defeat back on Jan. 3 in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.
Thursday's game can be heard live on KNTS 1220 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. Dave Flemming handles play-by-play duties while John Platz offers color commentary. KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Dave Lombardi (analyst). The game will also be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net, with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play), Dan Belluomini (analyst) and Michael Eaves (sideline) describing the action.
Scouting No. 3/2 UCLA
No. 3/2 UCLA (26-3, 14-2 Pac-10) has been ranked no lower than No. 8 in the nation throughout the year and remains a national title contender. The Bruins have lost just twice in the last 12 games, falling at home to USC and on the road at Washington. The only other loss for UCLA came back on Dec. 2, when Texas won 63-61 at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins average 74.1 points and 36.4 rebounds per game while shooting 48.5-percent from the field. UCLA owns a scoring margin of +16.2 over its opponents. Be sure to watch: Kevin Love (17.3 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 58.2-percent field goals, 75.2-percent free throws), Darren Collison (14.3 ppg, 89.6-percent free throws) and Josh Shipp (13.5 ppg, 58 three-pointers, 44 steals).
Stanford All-Time vs. UCLA
UCLA owns a 128-89 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1924-25 campaign. Since posting a six-game winning streak that spanned from 2002-2005, Stanford has dropped four of the last five meetings. That includes a 76-67 loss at Maples Pavilion back on Jan. 3 that featured 21 points from UCLA's Josh Shipp. The Cardinal's last victory at Pauley Pavilion occurred on Jan. 20, 2005 in the form of a 75-64 decision The two clubs split last year's series, with each winning on its home court.
Who To Watch Against UCLA
In four career games, Anthony Goods is shooting 17-30 from the field (56.6-percent) and averaging 13.5 points per game. Goods has also knocked down 10 three-pointers, his most against any other Pac-10 club. Lawrence Hill has made 16-34 (50-percent) from the field while averaging 9.2 points per game in five contests. Brook Lopez is averaging 14.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in three meetings against UCLA.
Pac-10 Title On The Line
Stanford and UCLA battle for the regular-season Pac-10 title and top seed in next week's Pac-10 Tournament on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins can clinch the championship outright with a win while a Stanford victory results in a first-place tie with one game left. After head-to-head competition, the next tiebreaker is each team's record against the team occupying the next highest position in the final regular-season standings.
Thursday's contest will mark the first time since Jan. 10, 2004, that Stanford and its scheduled opponent have both been ranked in the top-10. In that game, No. 4 Stanford escaped with an 82-72 victory against No. 3 Arizona in Tucson.
24 In The Books, Looking For More
Having already surpassed last year's win total (18), Stanford is searching for its ninth 25-win season in program history and first since a 30-2 finish in 2003-04.
Conference Streak Continues
Stanford picked up its 10th Pac-10 win of the year on Feb. 16 with a 67-66 win at Arizona. The Cardinal has now notched at least 10 conference victories for the 15th consecutive season. There are two Pac-10 games remaining in the regular season.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford established a program record for home victories in a single season (16) with a 60-53 victory over Washington State on Mar. 1. Prior to that game, the Cardinal had won 14 home contests in a single season five different times, with the 2003-04 squad most recently accomplishing the feat.
Cardinal In The Pac-10, National Statistics
Stanford is the Pac-10 leader in rebounding (39.0 rpg), field-goal percentage defense (39.0) and blocked shots (148). The Cardinal also ranks second in the following categories: scoring margin (+12.1), three-point field-goal percentage defense (32.0) and rebounding margin (+9.1). Mitch Johnson leads the conference in assists per game (4.7) while checking in third in assist/turnover ratio (2.25). Robin Lopez is second in the Pac-10 with 63 blocks. Stanford is also well-represented in the following national categories: rebounding margin (3rd), defense (10th), field-goal percentage defense (13th) and scoring margin (17th).
Home and Away
In 17 home games, Stanford is averaging 72.9 points per game while limiting its foes to a 56.2 clip. The Cardinal also owns a rebounding margin of +9.4 and is shooting 47.1-percent from the field at Maples Pavilion. In 11 road games, Stanford is scoring 68.0 points per game and holding opponents to 62.8. The Cardinal owns an +8.6 rebounding margin on the road and connects at a 42.7-percent clip from the field. Brook Lopez has actually been more effective in eight road games, averaging 22.8 points and making 52.7-percent from the field. In 11 home games, Lopez is averaging 16.8 points while making 47.2-percent from the field.
Score At The Half
How will the Cardinal fare against an opponent? Enjoy the first 20 minutes then glance at the scoreboard. Stanford is 20-0 when leading at the half and 4-4 when trailing.