Stanford Cardinal (12-5, 3-2 Pac-12)
UCLA Bruins (14-4, 3-2 Pac-12)
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 • 8 p.m.
Los Angeles, Calif. • New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Series History: UCLA leads 138-91
Last Meeting: UCLA 88, Stanford 80 (Feb. 16, 2013 at Stanford, Calif.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Rory Berry)
TV: P12NET (PBP: Ted Robinson, Analyst: Don MacLean, Sideline: Yogi Roth)
The Opening Tip
Fresh off a homestand sweep of the Washington schools, Stanford (12-5, 3-2 Pac-12) is looking to match its longest winning streak of the season. Standing in the way is UCLA (14-4, 3-2 Pac-12), which serves as the first stop on the Cardinal’s SoCal road swing. Winners of three straight overall, Stanford owns a 3-1 record in true road games.
The game can be heard on KNBR 1050 AM, featuring the insightful duo of Scott Reiss (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Rory Berry (play-by-play). The contest will be televised on Pac-12 Networks, with Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst) and Yogi Roth (sideline) on the call.
UCLA (14-4, 3-2 Pac-12), which is receiving votes in both national polls after a two-month stay in the top-25, split last weekend’s road trip by salvaging a win at Colorado ... The Bruins won their first eight games of the year and finished non-conference play with an 11-2 mark, with the losses coming to Missouri and Duke ... UCLA is averaging 84.4 points while shooting 50.2 percent overall, totals that rank second in the Pac-12. The Bruins lead the conference in assists (17.6) and steals (10.7) per game, along with turnover margin (+4.4). Opponents are averaging 70.2 ppg ... Be sure to watch: Jordan Adams (17.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 82.0 percent FT, 57 steals), Kyle Anderson (15.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 6.6 apg), Zach LeVine (12.6 ppg, 45.1 percent 3FG).
Stanford All-Time vs. UCLA
UCLA owns a 138-91 edge in the series, which dates back to the 1924-25 campaign. The Bruins have won eight of the last 10, including a sweep of last year’s series with a 68-60 victory at Pauley Pavilion and an 88-80 triumph at Maples Pavilion. Stanford’s most recent victory was a 60-59 home decision on Dec. 29, 2011. The Cardinal is looking to snap a string of eight consecutive road losses, last winning at UCLA on Jan. 20, 2005.
Notable Career Totals Against UCLA
In four games, Chasson Randle is averaging 15.0 points despite shooting only 22-58 (37.9 percent). Dwight Powell is averaging 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in six career contests, including a 17-point, 13-rebound outing at Pauley Pavilion last year. Anthony Brown is averaging 9.2 points in games while John Gage is averaging 6.0 points in five games.
SoCal Slide Finally Comes To An End
Stanford’s 59-47 win at USC two years ago snapped a string of 13 consecutive regular-season losses to both UCLA and USC during the Southern California swing. But the Cardinal dropped both games of last year’s road trip and has now lost 15 of its last 16 against both schools combined in Los Angeles. Stanford has not swept the SoCal trip since 2005, defeating UCLA 75-64 before taking down USC 78-70.
Takeaways From The Washington Game
Chasson Randle matched his career high with 33 points, scoring 19 in the second half ... Chasson Randle (10-13) and Dwight Powell (11-15) cashed in at the charity stripe, as Stanford converted 24-34 compared to Washington’s 6-9 clip from the foul line. It was the third time this year the Cardinal has attempted a season-best 34 freebies ... Dwight Powell’s 15 free throws attempts were the most since Landry Fields’ 19 against Oregon on Jan. 23, 2010. His 11 free throws represented a career high ... Anthony Brown locked down Washington’s C.J. Wilcox, who came in averaging 20.3 points ... Wilcox (9 points, 4-13 FG, 1-6 3FG) was held under double-digits for the first time this year ... Josh Huestis tallied two blocks, increasing his career total to 157 and moving past Robin Lopez (156) into second on Stanford’s all-time list. Tim Young (167) holds the school record ... For the second time this year, Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell recorded double-doubles in the same game. The duo also achieved the feat in a 53-51 win at Connecticut on Dec. 18 ... The Cardinal has committed fewer than 10 turnovers in each of the last three games ... Stanford completed its first Pac-12 homestand sweep since winning back-to-back games against the Oregon schools last year ... John Gage has made eight of his last 11 attempts from beyond the arc ... Stefan Nastic has missed his last six free throw attempts following a five-game stretch in which he converted 17-20 from the charity stripe ... Prior to Saturday’s win, Stanford had lost nine of the last 10 games against Washington.
33 Puts Randle In Exclusive Company
Chasson Randle equaled his career high of 33 points (11-15 FG, 10-13 FT) on Saturday against Washington, becoming the first Stanford player with at least three 30-point games in a season since Landry Fields during the 2009-10 campaign. Randle joins a short list of six Cardinal players (Fields, Brook Lopez in 2007-08, Casey Jacobsen in 2001-02, Adam Keefe in 1991-92 and 1989-90, Todd Lichti in 1987-88) who have accomplished the feat at least three times in a season since 1983.