Sunday , Feb , 26 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bruins battle Ducks in pivotal Pac-10 clash

=== Bruins battle Ducks in pivotal Pac-10 clash ===

(Sports Network) – The 19th-ranked UCLA Bruins try to remain atop the
Pac-10 Conference standings today, when they host the Oregon Ducks from
Pauley Pavilion. At 11-4 in league play, the Bruins are currently in a
tie with California for first place with just three game left in the
regular season. UCLA returned from a tough three-game road swing on
Thursday and posted a convincing 78-60 victory over visiting Oregon State.
The win snapped a two-game slide and improved the Bruins to 21-6 overall
and 13-3 at home.

As for Oregon, it has shown signs of life recently, winning two straight
games and three of four overall. Most recently, the team posted its second
straight win on the road with a 73-61 triumph at USC on Thursday. With the
victory, the Ducks improved to 13-15 overall and 7-9 in conference. Today’s
game marks the 100th all-time meeting between these two schools, with
UCLA holding a commanding 75-24 series advantage over Oregon, including a
56-49 victory in an earlier encounter this season.

Oregon shot a solid 55.8 percent from the field and knocked down 9-of-18
three-pointers, as it cruised to a 12-point victory over USC on Thursday. The
team also won the battle on the boards, 28-23, in addition to outscoring the
Trojans in the paint, 40-30, in the victory. Aaron Brooks led the way for the
Ducks with 20 points and four assists, while Malik Hairston added 18 points.

On the year, Hairston heads Oregon in scoring at 14.9 ppg and he is also
collecting 4.5 rpg and shooting 41.8 percent from long range. Brooks has done
a little of everything for the Ducks this year and is turning in 11.2 ppg and
3.6 rpg to go along with his team-highs of 4.5 apg and 33 steals. As a team,
Oregon is netting a respectable 69.4 ppg while making good on 46.0 percent of
its total shots.

UCLA has been effective at both ends of the court this season, as it is
averaging 67.8 ppg on 47.5 percent shooting from the field, while limiting
foes to just 60.3 ppg and only 42.7 percent shooting. Arron Afflalo currently
leads the team in scoring at 16.9 ppg and he is also collecting 4.6 rpg.
Jordan Farmar is a close second at 14.4 ppg and he has been the one
responsible for running the offense with a team-high 5.4 apg.

In the squad’s previous outing, Farmar poured in 21 points and dished out
four assists in leading the Bruins to an 18-point win over Oregon State.
Afflalo also turned in a noteworthy performance, as he posted 20 points on
6-of-11 shooting from the floor. UCLA, as a team, shot a solid 56.3
percent from the field, including 10-of-20 from behind the arc. The team
also dominated the boards, 32-20, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise
considering the Bruins are outrebounding their foes by 5.0 rpg on average this