Which is the relevant game today: the first game against Stanford at Pauley when UCLA destroyed Stanford led by Tony Parker OR the last two times UCLA beat the better team (Colorado and Oregon) on the first game of a road trip only to lose next time to the lesser team (Utah and Oregon State)? Stanford Coach Dawkins is on the hot seat and may be gone after this season unless his team makes the Big Dance. On other side, Steve Alford has had his team play one complete game this season (the last one); can he make it happen twice?
Regardless #23 and second place in the PAC 12 UCLA should win this game. It would keep UCLA in the top 25 and in the hunt for the PAC 12 title. Lose and well the good feelings of the UC Berkeley game are diminished.