Records: UCLA Bruins 23-8, 12-6; Oregon Ducks 23-8, 10-8
TV: Pac-12 Network
Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Tip-Off: 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET
Ticket Information: http://pac-12.com/2014-pac-12-mens-basketball-tournament/tickets
Previous Result: February 27th, Pauley Pavilion, Oregon 87 – UCLA 83, 2OT
Projected Starting Line-Ups:
UCLA: Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams, Norman Powell, David Wear, Travis Wear
Oregon: Jonathan Lloyd, Joseph Young, Mike Moser, Jason Calliste, Damyean Dotson
Points: Jordan Adams, 17.5
Rebounds: Kyle Anderson, 8.7
Assists: Kyle Anderson, 6.6
Blocks: Kyle Anderson, 0.7
Steals: Jordan Adams, 2.8
Points: Joseph Young, 18.2
Rebounds: Mike Moser, 8.2
Assists: Jonathan Lloyd, 4.8
Blocks: Mike Moser, 0.9
Steals: Joseph Young, 1.4
Points Per Game: 82.0
Rebounds Per Game: 35.6
Assists Per Game: 17.3
Field Goal %: .486
Points Per Game: 82.3
Rebounds Per Game: 34.8
Assists Per Game: 14.6
Field Goal %: .466
Preview: It is time Bruin fans. March Madness is here. The first round is complete and UCLA is taking on the Oregon Ducks after they defeated the Oregon State Beavers, 88-74, on the first day of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament.
This win makes it eight in a row for Oregon who desperately needs a strong showing in the conference tourney if they have any hope of making the NCAAs. Oregon might have the momentum to put up a fight and possibly take down UCLA, but this is really bad timing for the Ducks to encounter the Bruins.
There are two reasons for this:
1. The last time these two played, Oregon needed 2 overtimes to take down UCLA who were without star players, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson.
2. UCLA had an embarrassing showing last weekend in their final Pac-12 game of the season, losing to Washington State, 73-55.
It is definitely gut check time for the Bruins. Adams and Anderson are back and should have something to prove for the game they missed. Oregon looked lost in that win at Pauley and would have more than likely have been buried by the Bruins if they played.
But Oregon just recently beat conference leader, Arizona. The Wildcats were not losing anything extra in that game, so it really did not mean anything (just like the Bruin’s loss to the Cougars), but it is a warning to UCLA. That is definitely something they should be concerned with.
Ultimately, just like in Eugene, Oregon, UCLA’s height will be the determining factor of this game and lead to a Bruin victory.
Prediction: Oregon 72 – UCLA 84