UCLA and Stanford just destroyed their opponents in their respective quarterfinal games, the one difference is that Stanford did it twice, winning their second Pac-12 tournament game in a row. The Cardinal beat #3 Arizona State, 79-58, while UCLA defeated #7 Oregon, 82-63.
Records: #2 UCLA Bruins 24-8, 12-6; #6 Stanford Cardinal 21-11, 10-8
TV: Fox Sports 1
Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Tip-Off: 8:30 p.m. PT/11:30 p.m. ET
Ticket Information: http://pac-12.com/2014-pac-12-mens-basketball-tournament/tickets
Previous Result: February 12th, Maples Pavilion, UCLA 74-Stanford 83
Projected Starting Line-Ups:
UCLA: Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams, Norman Powell, David Wear, Travis Wear
Stanford: Chasson Randle, Dwight Powell, Anthony Brown, Josh Huestis, Stefan Nastic
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: Chasson Randle, 18.9
Rebounds: Josh Huestis, 8.5
Assists: Dwight Powell, 3.4
Blocks: Josh Huestis, 1.9
Steals: Dwight Powell, 1.2
Points Per Game: 82.0
Rebounds Per Game: 35.6
Assists Per Game: 17.3
Field Goal %: .486
Points Per Game: 73.8
Rebounds Per Game: 35.3
Assists Per Game: 11.8
Field Goal %: .464
Preview: The two teams split their season series, with each winning their respective games at home. But this is a neutral site in a post-season tournament, nothing that has happened before matters. It is now, solely, about the 40 minutes in the Pac-12 Semi-Final game.
This is gut-check time for Stanford and UCLA. Winner goes to the championship for a shot at the NCAA automatic bid. The Cardinal are riding a wave of success in this tournament, which is often hard to do when starting without a bye. On Wednesday, they beat Washington State, 74-63, the team that just embarrassed UCLA on their last conference game of the year.
But none of that matters now. This is March and the Madness has set in.
UCLA had a two-point lead over Oregon at halftime in their quarterfinal game. The Bruins ended up winning by 19 points. Stanford was up by three points against ASU at halftime and wrecked them in the second half to win by 21. Crazy things happen and if you are not ready, the tournament will break you and sending you packing.
For Friday’s game, expect both teams to be ready for battle. This will be close.
Prediction: Stanford 67 – UCLA 68