Two teams who are very familiar with one another take to the court in pursuit of victory in the City of Angels. The Stanford Cardinal make the short trip to face the #4 UCLA Bruins on Thursday night. Stanford defeated #4 Arizona 88 to79 at home last Saturday. They won outright as a 7.5 point underdog. UCLA defeated Oregon 70-63 at home in Saturday's previous game.
With 8:13 left, the Cardinal was trailing 66-65. The Cardinal then went on a 15-3 run to put them in front with 80-69. The Wildcats never got closer than six points for the remainder of the game. Stanford shot an incredible 61.1% from the floor, including 10 out of 18 shots from three-point range. They won the rebounding contest 34-26. Michael O'Connell led the Cardinal win with 22 points.
The Cardinal averages 69.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 242 and at the bottom of scoring offenses in the nation. They average 35.2 rebounds per game and give out 14 assists every night. They are above average in defense, allowing an average of 66.6 points per contest. This ranks them as the 98 most defensive team in the country. Spencer Jones is the only player who averages in double figures, averaging 13.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.
Stanford's secondary scoring trio is Maxime Raynaud, Harrison Ingram, and Michael Jones. Coach Jerod Haase is proud to have Brandon Angel, James Keefe and Max Murrell as key role players. This season, Stanford's team shooting percentage is 44.4%. The Cardinal connects on 7.7 three-pointers per night while shooting 33.9% beyond the arc. Stanford converts 70.4% of its charity attempts this year, which is below the average.
So far this season, the Bruins have averaged 74 points per contest. They are 130th in scoring offense. UCLA's glass game is excellent, with 35.6 boards per night and 14.8 assists per match. The Bruins' defense is excellent, ranking 8th in scoring defense and allowing 59.8 per game. Jaime Jaquez Jr. is the team's leader with 16.3 points per night and eight rebounds. Jaylen Clark (13.2 points, 4.5 assists), Tyger Campbell (12.6 points, 4.9 points) and David Singleton (11 points) are solid secondary scoring options. Adem Bona (11 points), Dylan Andrews, Kenneth Nwuba and Amari Bailey (10.5) are all good offensive options for the Bruins. UCLA's team shooting percentage is 46.4% this season. The Bruins average 6.3 triples per night and drain 36.2% beyond the arc. UCLA's free throw line is average, with 71.2% of their team hitting the mark this season.
Stanford vs UCLA Head-to-Head this season.
In the all-time series between the teams, the Bruins own a considerable 120-46 advantage and have won the last three meetings. That includes an 80-66 road win in the most recent matchup on December 1, 2022.
Stanford is coming off a huge upset win at homa against Arizona. The biggest difference between this game and that one is the fact that Stanford will have to go on the road to pull off this upset. The Bruins are clearly the better team and will run away with this game.
With the over under in this game at 130.5, I look back on the previous matchup this season. The previous matchup saw 146 points scored, Stanford is a weak offensive team. The kry here is can the Cardinal get to 60 points? If they can the over of 130.5 should be able to hit. I will bet the over.
Stanford vs UCLA How to Watch 🏀
📅 Date: Thursday, February 16
🕚 Game Time: 11:00 pm
📺 How to Watch: Pac 12 TV
🏀 Where: Pauley Pavilion
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