Sharma's double-double helps Stanford beat UCLA 104-80 | State National Sports

Kevin Cheung  File

Kevin Cheung File

The UCLA Bruins will look to build some steam after picking up a 75-67 overtime win over Cal in their last outing.

In a roundtable discussion published in Wednesday's paper, The Daily's sports commentators spoke on the promising upcoming victory, considering Stanford's ninth-place rank in the Pac-12 and three-game winning streak against Colorado (15-9, 6-6), Cal (5-19, 0-12) and Oregon State (15-8, 7-4), which was unfortunately interrupted by this week's devastating loss against the University of Oregon. When the two teams faced off last season, Davis caused an uproar and sent the Trojans home with a glorious buzzer-beater, half-court shot.

The Bears started well enough as they jumped out to an early 9-0 lead, but it wasn't long before the game devolved into a mess of turnovers, missed layups and uneven play all around. The Bruins turned it over 13 times against only four total assists, but the Bears still weren't able to put UCLA away. The teams last played on January 3, when the Bruins shot 51.5 percent from the field while limiting Stanford's shooters to just 37.1 percent en route to a 22-point victory.

UCLA got to 44-42 on a Michaela Onyenwere layup when Stanford scored 10 straight to put it out of reach. Kris Wilkes finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bruins in the win. Well it worked last night for @UCLAMBB. Mariya Moore (Minyon's sister) had the game of her life last month against Cal, scoring 36 points and making seven three-pointers.

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VanDerveer and UCLA coach Cori Close credited Stanford's zone defense for the Bruins having their second-worst shooting game of the season. The Bruins have just three home games remaining, including the team's regular-season home finale against crosstown rival USC on Thursday, Feb. 28. Okpala is averaging 17.7 points per game and scored 30 points in Stanford's recent win against Cal, a record-high for his career. UCLA is shooting 46.4 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Bruins knock down an average of 7.5 triples a night while draining 33.9 percent from beyond the arc. I'll lay the bucket with Stanford as I just don't have any faith in UCLA at the moment.

UCLA will play at Stanford on Saturday (7 p.m.), as the Bruins look to secure their fourth consecutive win over the Cardinal. The Cardinal have the third-highest scoring offense in the Pac-12 with 77.6 points per game, compared to an average of 69.1 points for the Trojan offense. KZ Okpala led the Cardinal with 18 points in the win. Stanford has 32 assists on 74 field goals (43.2 percent) across its past three contests while UCLA has assists on 48 of 85 field goals (56.5 percent) during its past three games. Stanford collects an average of 35.4 rebounds per contest while handing out 12.3 assists per game. Junior guard Minyon Moore, who is from Hercules, Calif., leads USC in scoring (14.9 ppg), rebounding (5.4), assists (6.2) and steals (2.6). Marcus Sheffield, Oscar da Silva, Josh Sharma, Jaiden Delaire and Bryce Wills are all looked to step up for the Cardinal on both ends of the floor.

Similar to Brown, Stanford sophomore forward KZ Okpala was named one of the finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. Nine of the 11 points came on three 3-pointers. Stanford sinks 68.5 percent from the charity stripe so there is room for improvement there.

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