UCLA guard Prince Ali, right, shoots over Stanford forward Michael Humphrey during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (Chris Carlson AP Photo)
After what Stanford did to UCLA earlier this month, beating the Bruins in double overtime, Prince Ali thought the Bruins “owed them this game.”
UCLA delivered a shot of revenge in style Saturday with an 89-73 win in Pauley Pavilion punctuated by a highlight-reel worthy between-the-legs pass from Jaylen Hands to Kris Wilkes, one of Hands’ career-high 10 assists.
Center Thomas Welsh talks about playing with Aaron Holiday and Jaylen Hands, his preference between a between-the-legs pass and windmill dunk and how the Bruins were able to learn from their previous loss to Stanford.
Head coach Steve Alford talks about his reaction to Jaylen Hands‘ between-the-legs pass, Kris Wilkes‘ windmill dunk and how the Bruins used their defense to produce the transition offense that’s been lacking lately.
UCLA guard Kris Wilkes, left, shoots as California center Kingsley Okoroh defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 70-57. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
UCLA got past the easiest part of its critical three-game home stand. And the Bruins needed to come back from an early 13-point deficit to just do that part.
Beating last-place Cal won’t do much to change UCLA’s season, but Saturday’s game might.
UCLA is trying to avoid the season sweep against Stanford on Saturday after the Cardinal beat the Bruins in double overtime in Palo Alto earlier this month. The Bruins are still trying to climb back from the three-game losing streak that knocked them from first to fifth in the Pac-12 and can’t afford any slip-ups in Pauley Pavilion, especially with USC visiting next weekend.
Saturday’s game tips off at 7:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks with the radio broadcast AM 570.
Joe Lunardi tweeted Saturday morning that he has UCLA in his “next four out” group
FIRST FOUR OUT: Maryland, SMU, Western Kentucky, Washington. NEXT FOUR OUT: South Carolina, Va Tech, UCLA, Georgia. FOUR MORE: Baylor, Bonaventure, Utah, LSU. FRINGE: BYU, Oklahoma St, NC State, Oregon, Boston College, Stanford.