Inside the Box Score: UCLA

We have a new feature that is fittingly given berth in the wake of a momentous win in this 2006-07 Stanford Baskteball season. You have read by now about the deficit the Cardinal erased and the shooting percentage they delivered in the second half, but Ray Salloom takes a layer beneath the surface for some statistical curiosities and fun facts about Stanford's 75-68 win over the Bruins.

Welcome to this column!  After each game, I'll take a look at some of the key statistics that stood out once the dust settled.  I'll also scan recent history for parallels between what we see today and what we saw yesterday.

Stanford's amazing 70% field goals in the second half consisted of 14 makes out of 20 attempts.  The last missed field goal was Robin Lopez' missed dunk with 6:01 to go in the game.  After that point, the Cardinal were 3-of-3 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line.

-  Of Stanford's six second-half misses, three were lay-ups, one was a missed three-pointer, and the other two were jump shots by Brook Lopez.  Four of the six misses, however, resulted in offensive rebounds and a subsequent four points, including Lawrence Hill's three-pointer to give the Cardinal their first lead of the game, 54-51, at the 7:32 mark.

-  During Stanford's 15-0 surge that ran its course in just 3:53, Stanford was 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line with zero turnovers.  UCLA was 0-of-4 from the field and committed three turnovers.

Arron Afflalo went 18:15 between field goals (both lay-ups) spanning the first half and second half of the game.  Between the Bruin junior's scores, Stanford went on a 40-17 run, turning a 34-19 deficit into a 59-51 lead.

-  In last year's game at Maples Pavilion, UCLA shot 50% from the field and held a 33-24 rebounding advantage.  This year, UCLA shot 43% but was outrebounded by the Cardinal by 12, 40-28.  Coming into the game, UCLA was outboarding their opponents in conference play by a 4.5 margin, while Stanford was grabbing 5.8 more rebounds per contest than their foes.

-  In the "how about that" category, Stanford was 6-3 in the Pac-10 last year at the halfway point of the conference season.  However, they were 10-7 overall and fighting for their right to be on the NCAA Tournament bubble, as they had only two wins over Top-100 RPI teams.  This year, Stanford has six such wins.

-  In another comparison to last year through the conference midpoint, we can appreciate what the Lopez twins have done to help the Cardinal defense.  Last year, Stanford opponents shot 45.1% from the field.  Not including their 42 blocked shots, opponents would have shot 49.1%.  This season, the Cardinal have held opponents to 41.0% from the field.  Not including Stanford's 68 blocked shots, opponents would have shot 46.9%.

-  Finally, looking back to Stanford's record-setting 19 block performance against USC, four teams at the halfway point of conference play - Oregon, California, Washington, and Arizona State - have not yet reached that mark through nine league games.  In fact UW and ASU have combined for just 15 blocked shots through 18 games (735 combined minutes of play), the same amount the Lopez twins had in 55 minutes versus the Trojans.


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