We have clinched at least a tie for the Pac-10 regular season title but obviously that is not good enough for the leaders of this team:
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Coach Howland (an obvious candidate for NCOY honor), Jordan et al. are not interested in any kind of tie. They have the perspective down on what they need to get done today at Maples. Here is Dohn on Bruins not wanting to settle for a tie:
By beating Stanford, UCLA would sweep a Bay Area trip for the first time since 2000, ruin Senior Day for the Cardinal trio of Matt Haryasz, Chris Hernandez and Dan Grunfeld and likely deal a lethal blow to Stanford's longshot NCAA Tournament hopes.
Not to mention being crowned the lone Pac-10 champion.
"We don't want to share anything with anybody," Farmar said. "We worked so hard. We feel that we worked hard enough that we earned it and deserve it. We have to go out and take it. Nobody is going to give it to us."
Meanwhile, the Bruins, like a fighter who has hung on the ropes and let his opponent punch himself out, seem re-energized as the second half ensues.
"It's a matter of life or death then," Afflalo said. "We've got no choice."
Farmar wants to change the UCLA pattern today, regardless of the emotional atmosphere the Bruins encounter in Maples.
"We can't worry about what motives they have," he said. "No matter how intense teams come out, we should be able to handle it."