Men's Hoops Hosts UCLA Saturday; Aims For Homestand Sweep
Jan. 8, 2010
Stanford Cardinal (7-7, 1-1 Pac-10)
UCLA Bruins (7-8, 2-1 Pac-10)
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 3 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: UCLA leads 132-89
Last Meeting: UCLA 76, Stanford 71 (Feb. 26, 2009)
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: Dave Flemming, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Ben Spielberg, Analyst: Jack Blanchat)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (PBP: Ted Robinson, Analyst: Sean Farnham)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (7-7, 1-1 Pac-10) evened its Pac-10 record following a 54-53 victory over conference leader USC on Wednesday night. That win puts the Cardinal right back in the thick of what figures to be an exciting and competitive league race. Now Stanford has a chance to complete its first sweep of a two-game Pac-10 homestand since defeating the Washington schools back in 2008. Standing in the way is UCLA (7-8, 2-1 Pac-10), which has won five of its last seven since a 2-6 start.
Saturday's game can be heard live on XTRA Sports 860 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Ben Spielberg (play-by-play) and Jack Blanchat (analyst). The game will also be televised on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Sean Farnham (analyst) calling the action.
Next up for the Cardinal is a road trip to the Pacific Northwest, taking on Washington (Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m.) and Washington State (Saturday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m.).
Tabbed to finish third in this year's Pac-10 preseason media poll, UCLA checks in at 7-8 overall and 2-1 in Pac-10 play after a 76-75 overtime win at California on Wednesday. The Bruins are trying to reach the .500 mark for the first time since starting 2-2.
Michael Roll picked up a loose ball and scored from 13 feet out with 1.9 seconds left in overtime, lifting UCLA past Cal for that overtime victory. Roll finished with 19 points.
UCLA is 1-5 away from Pauley Pavilion, but has played only two true road games.
Malcolm Lee (14.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 57 assists) leads four players in double-figure scoring. Michael Roll (13.6 ppg, team-best 38 three-pointers, 56 assists) and Nikola Dragovic (11.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 76.7 percent free throws) also pace the Bruins.
UCLA averages 68.9 points and 15.7 assists per game while shooting 45.7 percent overall.
But the Bruins shoot only 34.3 percent from long range and a league-low 61.0 percent from the charity stripe.
Stanford All-Time vs. UCLA
UCLA owns a 132-89 edge in the series, which dates back to the 1924-25 campaign. Since posting a six-game winning streak that spanned from 2002-05, Stanford has dropped six in a row and eight of the last nine meetings overall. In 2009, the Bruins won handily 97-63 in Los Angeles and came away with a 76-71 win at Maples Pavilion. Stanford's last win in the series was back on Jan. 28, 2007, when the Cardinal rallied from 17 points down at Maples.
Who To Watch Against UCLA
In six career games, Landry Fields has averaged 4.1 points per game while shooting 13-38 from the floor. Jarrett Mann has scored more points (6) against UCLA than any other Pac-10 opponent while Jeremy Green was 0-4 from the field in two games last year.
Mann's Free Throw Seals 54-53 Win Over Pac-10 Leader USC
Jarrett Mann made the second of two free throw attempts with 10.6 seconds left and Stanford stopped several last-second chances on the defensive end to beat USC 54-53 and snap the Trojans' eight-game winning streak. Jeremy Green added a team-high 17 points for Stanford while Landry Fields chipped in with 14 points, eight boards and five assists, but saw his string of nine consecutive 20-point games come to an end. Dwight Lewis scored a game-high 22 points for USC, which took the court three days after learning that the university had imposed sanctions on the program for recruiting violations involving former player O.J. Mayo. Stanford looked impressive early, stretching its lead to double-figures at 23-13 following a jumper from Fields at the 6:29 mark. Tied at 53-53 after Leonard Washington banked in a three-pointer with 32.6 seconds left, Mann was fouled and missed his first free throw before making the second. Gerrity missed a shot with three seconds left and Nikola Vucevic grabbed the offensive rebound and missed the putback.
Takeaways From The USC Game
It was the first one-point victory for Stanford under head coach Johnny Dawkins and first since an 82-81 overtime win over Marquette in 2008 NCAA Tournament second round.
For the first time since Nov. 18 against Oral Roberts (a streak of 10 consecutive games), Stanford lost the opening tip.
The last time Stanford scored 55 points or less and won a game was Jan. 5, 2008, when the Cardinal edged USC at Maples Pavilion 52-46.
The halftime margin has been five points or less in nine of Stanford's 14 games this year.
Averaging 23.2 points per game coming in, Fields was held to a season-low 14 points on 5-14 shooting against a stingy USC defense. He did not record a second-half field goal.
A moment of silence was held prior to tipoff in memory of 12th-year USC radio play-by-play announcer Rory Markas, who died Monday at age 54.