UCLA earns top position in Pac-12 after beating Stanford 66-43
January 31, 2022
The UCLA Bruins managed to secure first in the Pac-12 Conference standing, seventh on the AP Top 25 rankings and going strong with its six straight wins following triumph against the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, Jan. 29.
Bruins missing two other players
The victory was a hard fight for The Bruins with fewer members at hands missing leading scorer Johnny Juzang due to COVID-19 protocols, top defender Jaylen Clark with his three streak of missing the game with concussion protocols, and junior guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. with limited seven minutes play when he reinjured his right ankle in the first half. Still, the Bruins brushed it off like it was nothing.
“Our pressure dictated the game,” Mick Cronin, the Bruins head coach said. “The effort under the circumstances really was unbelievable.” He added after the Bruins victory.
Bruins' defense, offensive
Bruins had the game mostly on defense with a relatively balanced tap on the offensive. Particularly on the defense, Bruins played with active hands and switches throughout the entire game. The Cardinal had rough times having the ball to pass half-court and ended up with their shooters blocked by the Bruins.
On the other hand, the Bruins offense was led by guard Jules Bernard scoring 16 points, zero assists and nine rebounds, including a three-point pivotal play after the team was briefly threatened by the Cardinal. The Bruins returned the favor through guard Jake Kyman with his 15 points season-high, one assist and five rebounds.
The Cardinal tried to test their luck with guard Isa Silva adding eight points, two assists, and one rebound. Although, it is apparent that the Cardinal was struggling to balance the Bruins’ play from the start of the game.
Bruins, Cardinal match proportion
The Bruins had the Cardinal on the corner with 37-18 on the first, 29-25 second and 66-43 for the final game. The Bruins had dominated field goals percentage against the Cardinal with 37.3%-27.1%.
The Cardinal, however, could pull the win to them if the Bruins failed in keeping shooting consistency. The Bruins had struggled with their shooting, only making four out of 29 three-pointers or 13.8%, though not due to their nimble ball movements. The Cardinal had the upper-hand percentage-wise with 15.0% three-pointers.
In addition, the game is a risky one for the Bruins and could have ended sideways. The Cardinal had won over the Bruins by more than half of turnovers with 22-9. Although, the Bruins had secured the highest steals 11-3 and an absolute in blocks 5-0. The game is competitive in its own proportion.
While the Bruins had to return home with winning big games. The Cardinal had to take all in, prepare for their next encounter with the Bruins again in 10 days, and an overall less-prep time for the upcoming schedule of eight games within 17 days.
“We have eight games in 17 days. We don’t have a lot of time to wallow in self-pity or celebrate,” Jerod Haase, the Cardinal’s head coach said. “We have to learn from film. There’s not going to be a lot of practice time.
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