When considering UCLA's chances against Stanford, it seemed like a game that UCLA would have a very good chance to win. Many factors were pointing toward UCLA.
UCLA is 2-3 at
The 29-point loss in 2001 was the worst against
After that loss in 2001 was when there were pretty strong rumblings from Lavin's camp that he was considering resigning.
Combine that with all the factors from this season, and it doesn't look pretty.
In addition, UCLA could very well be without one of its best players and only true inside player that gets minutes, Andre Patterson. Patterson is doubtful for the game, and UCLA will miss not only his athletic contributions, but his fire and aggressiveness.
Up front, they were hurt by the loss of Hughes and Sampson. And inside play is still a weakness. 6-10 Tamir is a true foreign big man, more comfortable on the perimeter shooting than he is mixing it up inside. He has gotten bigger and stronger from last season, and is now better defending in the post. He's also developed some post moves, which makes him dangerous inside and outside. He's not overly athletic, and is a positional rebounder, averaging close to 7 a game. Tamir, though, is a scorer, being able to shoot from anywhere on the court. He's shooting 45% from three. He particularly likes to catch a pass at the top of the key for that straight-away 15-foot jumper.
One of the best and most under-heralded players in the conference is 6-5 senior wing Joe Shipp, a product of Los Angeles Fairfax High. Shipp is having a huge senior season, leading the conference in scoring at close to 21 points a game. He has become a deadly shooter, with a quick release and he doesn't need a lot of room to get off his shot. With a big, strong body, he also can create his shot fairly well, consistently creating room in mid-range pull-ups. He's shooting 53% from the field and 44% from three. Shipp, by the way, grew up a UCLA fan and would have done anything to play at UCLA.
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