Jan. 4, 2013
Stanford Cardinal (9-5, 0-1 Pac-12)
UCLA Bruins (11-3, 1-0 Pac-12)
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 12 p.m.
Los Angeles, CA New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Series History: UCLA leads 136-91
Last Meeting: UCLA 72, Stanford 61 (Feb. 9, 2012 at Los Angeles, CA)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Andrew Santana, Analysts: Jacob Jaffe, J.D. Haddon)
TV: P12NET (PBP: Ted Robinson, Analyst: Bill Walton)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (9-5, 0-1 Pac-12) squares off against UCLA (11-3, 1-0 Pac-12) on Saturday at New Pauley Pavilion, wrapping up its first conference road swing of the year. The Cardinal will be seeking a split of the SoCal trip following a hard-fought 71-69 loss at USC on Thursday night. Stanford returns home for its next three Pac-12 games.
Saturday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the insightful duo of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM also provides coverage. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Bill Walton (analyst).
UCLA (11-3, 1-0 Pac-12), which enters the week receiving votes in both national polls, is riding a season-high six-game winning streak ... The Bruins are coming off a 79-65 victory over California on Thursday night in the Pac-12 season opener for both teams ... UCLA navigated through a non-conference slate that included Georgetown, Georgia and San Diego State. The Bruins' best win was a 97-94 overtime upset of No. 7/9 Missouri ... The Bruins were picked second in the Pac-12 preseason media poll and have been ranked as high as No. 11 in the national polls this year ... UCLA is averaging 80.8 points, outrebounding its opponents by +3.8 and shooting 48.4 percent overall. Opponents are averaging 69.2 points and shooting 41.7 percent overall ... Look out for: Shabazz Muhammad (19.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 49.0 percent FG, 48.5 percent 3FG), Jordan Adams (16.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 48.4 percent FG) and Kyle Anderson (9.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. UCLA
UCLA owns a 136-91 edge in the series, which dates back to the 1924-25 campaign. The Bruins have won eight of the last 10 matchups overall. The teams split last year's season series, with Stanford prevailing 60-59 at Maples Pavilion on Dec. 29 before UCLA defended its home court with a 72-61 victory on Feb. 9.
Notable Career Totals Against UCLA
In two games, Chasson Randle is averaging 13.0 points despite only 9-23 shooting (39.1 percent). Aaron Bright is averaging 7.5 points but has struggled from the field, shooting 10-32 (31.2 percent) while dishing out 11 assists in four games. John Gage is averaging 6.6 points on 7-16 shooting in three contests. Meanwhile, Josh Huestis has yet to get on track against UCLA, having scored seven points on 1-7 shooting in four games with eight boards.
Stanford has now dropped 14 of its last 15 contests during the regular-season Southern California road swing. The lone victory during that stretch was a 59-47 win at USC last February to snap a string of 13 consecutive losses. Stanford's most recent sweep of the SoCal trip came in 2005, defeating UCLA 75-64 before taking down USC 78-70.
Takeaways From The USC Game
Jio Fontan scored 15 points, including a pair of tiebreaking free throws with 6.9 seconds to play, as USC escaped with a 71-69 victory over Stanford in the Pac-12 opener for both teams ... USC trailed for much of the game, rallying from a nine-point halftime deficit and scoring 10 of the game's last 14 points. Stanford came up empty after two misses on its final possession ... Stanford shot 39.0 percent overall but converted on 9-19 from beyond the arc. However, the Cardinal connected on 14-23 free throw attempts after entering the game making 73.7 percent from the charity stripe ... Stanford's 42 first-half points represented a season high total. Meanwhile, Stanford managed only 27 points during the second half, its lowest output of the year over the final 20 minutes ... Stanford shot 51.7 percent in the first half and 26.7 percent in the second half ... Returning home and playing in front of family and friends, Andy Brown matched his career high with 17 points (7-9 FG, 3-4 3FG, five rebounds) in 29 minutes off the bench ... Josh Huestis notched his second double-double of the year, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Huestis is averaging a team-high 9.1 rebounds per game ... John Gage, who added eight points and four rebounds off the bench, is now averaging 7.0 points and shooting 57.1 percent overall over the last four games ... Stanford had won two straight Pac-12 openers prior to Thursday's loss at USC. The Cardinal is now 18-17 in conference openers (13-6 home, 5-11 on the road) since the 1978-79 campaign ... The Cardinal lost for the first time this year when leading at halftime (42-33) ... Stanford has now made at least one three-pointer in 369 consecutive games, dating back to an 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.
Time For A Bounce Back
Over the last two seasons, Stanford has posted a combined 11-4 record (3-1 this year, 8-3 last year) in games following a loss. The Cardinal has suffered back-to-back losses only three times since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.