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Center Court: Ben Ball (Stanford) Open Thread

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Well here we go. Are we going to be treated to the same old story of following up a good win with another dispiriting and listless effort? Why am I dreading of another UCLA basketball game in which we are going to settle for three point shots and matador defense on the other end of the court. While some are excited about the three point shots Dragovic and Roll made to keep us close during the second half of the Cal game, I am dreading how both of them are going to go cold from beyond the arc this afternoon at Maples.

Stanford is going to be fired up and ready to make a statement at Maples this afternoon. The tip off is scheduled for 3:07 pm PST and it will be broadcast on Prime Ticket. For us to have any shot in this game we will need our guys to play tough hard-nosed, fundamentally sound defense (mixing in zone with man-to-man), show patience on offensive end setting up high percentage shots, and get it done on the FT line. It's hard for me to get hopeful about the game when we have to anticipate Nikola Dragovic leading the way. The Bricklayer of Belgrade has emerged as the most polarizing sports figure in UCLA sports world since Karl Dorrell, as he consistently finds a way to emerge as the MVP (for the other team) while going off from the 3 point line once in a blue moon.

Anyway, I will be here to take my medicine on way or another. You can catch up on all our game notes over here. If you want to follow the game online you can do so via our official site. As always, we will be here in the game threads with our rapid fire takes and commentary. So let's get this party started. Fire away.