Saturday , Feb , 24 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Bruins host Cardinal in pivotal Pac-10 clash

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – The Stanford Cardinal will attempt to upset
the fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins on the road today in Pac-10 Conference action.

Stanford is a solid 17-9 overall, including 9-6 in league play, but the club
is coning off a 69-65 loss to USC on the road on Thursday. The Cardinal
would help their chances of earning an NCAA Tournament bid tremendously if
they are able to win today, as they are currently one of many teams “on the
bubble” so to speak.

UCLA is obviously in the field, and it now has its sight set on a number one
seed. The Bruins have won their last three games, including an 85-75
decision over California on Thursday that enabled them to move to 15-0 at
home. UCLA owns a two-game lead over Washington State in the league
standings with just three games to play.

Stanford won the first meeting of the season with UCLA in a 75-68 final
back on January 28th, overshadowing a 126-89 all-time series lead for the

There are a number of solid players on the Stanford roster, and leading scorer
Lawrence Hill continues to put up strong numbers (16.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg) despite
little recognition. Anthony Goods is contributing 13.0 ppg, but his 36.7
percent shooting from the field needs to be improved. Goods missed the last
outing with an ankle injury and is questionable for today’s clash. Two more
players who need to be mentioned are freshmen seven-footers Brook and Robin
Lopez. Early on, it was Robin who seemed to make the better transition to the
college game. Lately, however, Brook has emerged as a formidable force in the
paint. Brook is averaging 12.2 ppg and 5.7 rpg, while Robin checks in with 8.3
ppg, 6.1 rpg and 63 blocked shots. After scoring 26 points against Oregon last
Saturday, Brook Lopez led Stanford with 23 points in the loss to USC on

UCLA’s 10-point victory over California on Thursday marked the 19th consecutive
home win for the squad dating back to last season. The Bruins shot 61.1 percent
from the floor and finished with 17 assists against nine turnovers,
overshadowing a poor defensive effort that saw them surrender 60.5 percent
overall shooting to Cal. Josh Shipp led the way in the win with 22 points on 9-
of-12 efficiency from the field, and Lorenzo Mata tallied 14 points from his
center position. Arron Afflalo had 13 points for the Bruins, and Darren
Collison had five assists with no turnovers. Afflalo continues to pace the club
with 17.4 ppg, and Shipp adds 13.5 ppg. Collison has dished out 154 assists
against 74 turnovers and he is averaging 13.0 ppg. He also leads the team with
56 steals.