UCLA faces Stanford looking for revenge after losing to the Cardinal back in December. This time around, the Bruins welcome the Cardinal to Pauley where the Bruins make sure opponents don’t forget whose house it is.
On Friday night, the Bruins took on the Golden Bears for the second time this season. This time, though, Berkeley put on a fight. The Bruins underestimated the Golden Bears and let them fight their way back into the game.
The Bruins started off strong, had a rough middle, and had a strong finish similar to the first quarter. In the first, the Bruins shot 50% from the field and beyond the arc and they shot 100% from the charity stripe. That’s only because they went to the line just once that quarter. Meanwhile, Berkeley shot 29%, 33%, and 50% in the quarter, respectively.
In the second and third quarters, UCLA’s numbers went down. In the second, they shot just 17% from the field and didn’t convert a single three-pointer. The Golden Bears had them beat with 25% from the field. While not great numbers, Berkeley beat them in this part of the game in the second. The same thing happened in the third. The Bruins shot 25% while Berkeley was shot 31%. More importantly, the Golden Bears scored 16 points compared to UCLA’s 8.
The numbers are a reflection of the team, inconsistent. For two quarters, UCLA dominated, but, for the other two, it was UC Berkeley. If they want to defeat Stanford, they have to be consistent all game long. Stanford already beat them once and the Cardinal are looking for the sweep.
The saving grace this afternoon could prove to be the home court advantage. UCLA is a very good at home. Since the 2015-2016 season, only two teams — UConn and Oregon — have beaten the Bruins at home. Now, the Bruins need to defend their home court and keep Stanford from becoming the third school on that list.
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