Monday, March 1, 2010
By Blair Angulo
We broke down a few possible scenarios that might determine the outcome of last Saturday's UCLA-Oregon basketball game at Pauley Pavilion. Here's a refresher:
UCLA likely loses if ...
... it is unable to stop Oregon at the end of the game. The Ducks scored 12 unanswered points in the final six minutes Thursday to defeat USC at the Galen Center. Before that, Oregon had lost five straight -- its last two wins coming in late January against the Los Angeles schools. Michael Rollforced overtime at McArthur Court by sinking a three-pointer, but the Ducks went on a 10-4 run to put the Bruins in a tough spot.
The Bruins certainly didn't stop Oregon guard Tajuan Porter, a senior who stole the spotlight on UCLA's senior day. Porter nailed the game-winning three-pointer with less than a minute left to hush an electric crowd that had seen UCLA storm back from down 14.
UCLA likely wins if ...
... seniors Roll and Nikola Dragovic rise to the occasion in their final game inside Pauley. ... Roll has a chance to go out on a good note, needing only four 3-pointers to move into fourth place on UCLA's all-time list for 3-pointers made. Dragovic, meanwhile, will be playing in front of his family for the first time since he arrived at UCLA. The 6-foot-9 forward has faced adversity this season, both on and off the court. He hurt his left shoulder diving for a loose ball early in Thursday's 65-56 win against Oregon State, but quickly returned and scored 14 points in the second half.
Dragovic failed to make an impact in his final game at Pauley. Roll did his part, tying a career-high with 25 points. But Dragovic scored just seven and missed all but one of his six attempts from beyond the arc.