Saturday, 27 January 2018 16:09

UCLA Welcomes Stanford

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Welsh T USC030917UCLA (14-7, 5-4) stopped their three-game skid last time out against Cal and now welcome Stanford (11-10, 5-3), a team that ended a four-game Bruin winning streak earlier in the month. The Cardinal toppled the Bruins in double overtime, 107-99. UCLA, at the time, felt they let one get away.

To get back into the winning column last Thursday the Bruins used an 18-0 run in the first-half against Cal to take control of the game. The thing that was impressive about that run, the Bruins were able to do so without the services Bruin senior center Thomas Welsh.

The first game against Stanford, the Bruins shot very poorly from the foul line. They were only 6-16 in the second-half, UCLA only needed to make one more foul-shot during regulation and they would have won the game.

Also during the first game between the Bruins and the Cardinal was when Welsh broke his nose playing the second-half with the now familiar protective mask.

The first game also marked the return of senior guard, Dorian Pickens (6-5, 215) and Cardinal are a much better team with Pickens in the lineup. The Bruins learned that first-hand during the first encounter with the Cardinal.

It was Pickens’ second game since his return from a foot injury. The Bruins had no answer for him. He registered a double-double, scoring a team-high 26 points and came down with 10 rebounds, but it was his clutch 6-11 from beyond the arc that was particularly deadly to the Bruins.

Stanford comes into Pauley riding on a two-game losing streak dropping their last two games to USC and Arizona. The Cardinal desperately need a victory as do the Bruins.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:36 PM PST. The contest will be televised game by the Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein doing the play-by-play, UCLA great Bill Walton analyzing the action, and Jill Savage reporting from the sideline.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game in the Los Angeles area on AM 570 Josh Lewin and another Bruin great, Tracy Murray, performing their usual roles.

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