Thursday, 04 January 2018 15:36

Bruins Heading To the Farm

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Holiday A UO12316UCLA (11-3, 2-0) is heading to the bay area to take on Stanford (6-8, 0-1) at Maples Pavilion, a venue that holds 7,392 fans. The Bruins are currently on a roll that has seen them win four straight games.

The Bruins recently swept the two Washington schools last weekend at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA trailed Washington by eight points at the half but battled back to win going away, 74-53.

UCLA is improving as the season is progressing. In their victory over Washington, the Bruins held the Huskies to only 17 points in the second-half while UCLA scored 46

It was a great win where the Bruins will be able to learn and continue to improve as the season goes forward.

UCLA had three players who scored in double-figures against the Huskies, led by Kris Wilkes, who had a career-high and game-high 21 points. Wilkes has shown marked improvement at the free throw line of late.

Aaron Holiday accounted for 14 points and had a game-high five assists. Prince Ali added 12 points and Thomas Welsh came down with a game-high 12 rebounds.

This Thursday's game will be the first of two regular-season meetings between UCLA and Stanford this month — the Cardinal will face the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 27.

The Cardinal is coached by Jerod Haase, who is his second season at the helm. He guided Stanford to 14 wins his first season while playing against one of the toughest schedules in college basketball.

Stanford is coming off a very tough loss against archrival Cal after the Cardinal blew a 17-point lead, but in a positive light for Stanford, they are finally getting all their pieces back for conference play.

Freshman forward Kezie Okpala (6-8, 195) will be playing in his third game the Cardinal welcomes the Bruins. He’s an athletic big.

Also returning is senior swingman, Dorian Pickens (6-5, 215) who be playing his second game after suffering a foot injury early in the season. In minimum action, Pickens is averaging 11.3 points per game (ppg).

Okpala and Pickens will take some pressure off of junior forward, Reid Travis (6-8, 245) who leads the team in scoring averaging 20.9 ppg.

Senior forward Michael Humphrey (6-9, 245) averages 11.7 ppg and freshman guard Isaac White (6-1, 185) is averaging 9.7 ppg.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM PST and the contest will be televised by FS1 with Aaron Goldsmith doing the play-by-play and Casey Jacobsen analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game on AM 1150 Josh Lewin and UCLA great Tracy Murray performing their usual duties.

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