UCLA dropped their conference opener to Stanford, 76-65.
Stanford was just the better team tonight. Their offense went on multiple runs and their defense was able to slow down the explosive UCLA offense. While UCLA didn’t play their worst game of the season, they also didn’t play their best.
A lot of the woes UCLA went through tonight primarily consisted of offensive rebound, or, rather, a lack of thereof. When a Bruin shoot and miss, there would be two or even three Cardinal players underneath the basket waiting to grab the rebound. That is just completely unacceptable. The Bruins need players to be underneath the basket for offensive rebounds. They did not execute on that and it cost them on the scoreboard.
While the UCLA offense wasn’t completely shut down, the Stanford defense slowed them down. While the Bruins only shot 31% from the field compared to 52% for the Cardinal, UCLA took more shots overall. And, while they were also outshot from behind the 3-point arc 36% to 32%, the Bruins took more shots from behind the arc.
But, in the end, all the missed shots and lack of offensive rebounds cost UCLA the conference opener.