February 1, 2007
Bruins And Ducks Battle For Pac-10 Supremacy
So this is it, or so it appears. It's a difficult thing to call as we sit here at the end of January, but Thursday night's contest between Pac-10 co-leaders UCLA and Oregon should go a long way to determining the conference's eventual champion and furthermore, the No. 1 seed in the West Region.
If the Ducks can walk into Pauley and complete the season sweep of league favorite UCLA, they will take a huge leg up in the conference standings, and establish themselves as the best team on the west coast.
While a lot can happen down the stretch in the Pac-10, one can safely assume that the winner of this league is going to be rewarded with that coveted top seeding come March, and thus this contest in front of what should be a packed house in Westwood has a significant impact on the fate of the Bruin basketball team.
UCLA (18-2, 7-2) comes in off just its second loss of the season, a game which saw them blow not only a 17 point lead but also an opportunity to take a potential stranglehold on the league. What effect will that tough defeat have on this contest? That's a tricky question.
The Bruins were going to be up for this game regardless of what happened up in Palo Alto on Sunday night. The loss in Eugene earlier this season was a tough one to swallow, more so because it was the first of the season for UCLA, but also because the team recognized it was probably its worst effort of the campaign to date.
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