Dec. 28, 2011
Stanford Cardinal (10-2, 0-0 Pac-12)
UCLA Bruins (7-5, 0-0 Pac-12)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 8 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: UCLA leads 135-90
Last Meeting: UCLA 69, Stanford 65 (Feb. 17, 2011)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Peter Trudelle, Analyst: Jack Wang)
TV: FSN (PBP: Steve Physioc, Analyst: Marques Johnson)
The Opening Tip
The final week of 2011 coincides with the start of conference play for Stanford (10-2, 0-0 Pac-12), which hosts UCLA (7-5, 0-0 Pac-12) on Thursday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Stanford is looking to bounce back from only its second loss of the year while UCLA has won five in a row following a 2-5 start.
Thursday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the insightful tandem of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). The contest will also be televised nationally on FSN, with Steve Physioc (play-by-play) and Marques Johnson (analyst) calling the action.
Stanford is receiving 10 votes in the latest edition of the Associated Press poll and 11 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.
UCLA (7-5, 0-0 Pac-12) has reeled off five consecutive wins following a 2-5 start to the season that included home losses to Loyola Marymount and Middle Tennessee State ... Picked to win the conference in the preseason media poll, UCLA will be playing its first true road game on Thursday. The Bruins are 6-3 at home this year ... UCLA defeated Richmond 71-63 on Dec. 23 in its most recent contest ... The Bruins are averaging 69.6 points and 35.7 rebounds per game while leading the Pac-12 in assist/turnover ratio (1.3). Opponents are averaging 63.0 points and 32.7 rebounds ... Watch out for: Lazeric Jones (13.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 25 steals, 45 assists), Travis Wear (10.5 ppg), Josh Smith (9.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 56.0 percent FG) and David Wear (8.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. UCLA
UCLA owns a 135-90 edge in the series, which dates back to the 1924-25 campaign. The Bruins have won three in a row and nine of the last 10 overall. UCLA swept both meetings last year, winning 68-57 at Pauley Pavilion and 69-65 at Maples Pavilion. Stanford's most recent victory in the series was a 70-59 home win back on Jan. 9, 2010.
Who To Watch Against UCLA
Josh Owens is averaging 11.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in four meetings while connecting on 18-26 tries from the floor. Jarrett Mann has averaged 5.0 points and 4.4 assists in five career games. Anthony Brown tallied 29 points and five three-pointers over two contests combined last year as a rookie.