The UCLA Bruins look for their fifth straight win and a season sweep of Oregon State as they host the Beavers at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins have won four straight and eight of their last nine games, and are only a game behind Arizona for the Pac-10 lead. UCLA beat Oregon State 62-57 in Corvallis on January 13.
Malcolm Lee is used to playing lockdown defense, but on Thursday against Oregon he broke out on the offensive end, scoring a season-high 25 points in the win over the Ducks. In the last meeting between these two clubs, on January 13, Reeves Nelson and Lazeric Jones had 13 points each to lead the Bruins. UCLA has defeated Oregon State 12 straight times overall.
Reserve sophomore forward Brendan Lane missed Thursday's win over Oregon after his grandmother died last weekend, but Lane is expected to be available for today's game. Lane is averaging 3.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game this season. UCLA is 13-2 at home this season, including 5-1 at Pauley Pavilion in conference play. The Beavers have lost seven straight road games, and is 0-5 on the road in Pac-10 play.
Here are today's probable starting lineups:
Oregon St (9-14, 4-8)
- Guard: Ahmad Starks
- Guard: Jared Cunningham
- Forward: Devon Collier
- Forward: Joe Burton
- Center: Angus Brandt
UCLA (17-7, 8-3)
Guard: Lazeric Jones
Guard: Malcolm Lee
Forward: Tyler Honeycutt
Forward: Reeves Nelson
Center: Anthony Stover
Today's 1 p.m. PST telecast is on Prime Ticket. Barry Tompkins, former Bruin Don MacLean, and Rebecca Haarlow will be on the call.
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