Feb. 3, 2000
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Stanford, part of a four-way logjam atop the Pac-10 Conference, tries to keep pace as it faces a UCLA team without JaRon Rush.
The second-ranked Cardinal (17-1, 6-1 Pac-10) are tied with Oregon, USC and Arizona at 6-1. The defending champs also play at USC on Saturday and have a chance to create some breathing room at the top of the standings.
"Well there's a lot more that has to shake out for sure, but I don't think there have been very many years when you have not come to Los Angeles without feeling like there was going to be a UCLA, 'SC, somebody, who's going to be competing for a championship, and this year is no exception to that," Cardinal coach Mike Montgomery said. "Now this year you have got 'SC that is playing extremely well, so it's kind of a double-edged sword. I think always UCLA, that L.A. trip, has always been a trip where you've said, 'well if we can get something done here we'll be in pretty good shape."'
Stanford suffocated Washington State in its last game on Saturday, 63-38. The Cardinal scored the first 11 points of the game and held the Cougars to 26 percent shooting. Jason Collins added 14 points and Mark Madsen became the 27th player in school history to score 1,000 points.
Freshman Casey Jacobsen leads the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game and Jarron Collins (12.2 ppg), David Moseley (11.5 ppg) and Madsen (10.6 ppg) also average in double figures. The Cardinal are holding opponents to 57.2 points per game and 33.1 percent shooting.
UCLA (12-6, 3-4) had a two-game winning streak snapped with a 73-58 loss at Oregon on Saturday. Jerome Moiso and Billy Knight scored 13 points apiece for the Bruins, who also learned they would be without starting forward Rush following an NCAA investigation into his accepting money while playing for an AAU team in high school. He was suspended for the remainder of this season and 17 games into the 2000-01 season.
Freshman forward Jason Kapono leads the team in scoring at 15.2 points per game, but has stepped up in Pac-10 play, averaging 17.4 per contest and hitting 51.3 percent (20-for-39) from 3-point range. Moiso is averaging 14.2 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Stanford recorded a 72-59 victory at UCLA last season and has swept the season series the last two years. UCLA, however, holds a 121-79 lead in the all-time series.