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UCLA returns to the spotlight with AZ upset

Posted on: February 26, 2011 6:41 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2011 6:41 pm
Reeves Nelson does it all for the Bruins

Posted by Eric Angevine

Well, hello, Reeves Nelson. We didn't see you over there. We were too busy looking at Derrick Williams, way up there at No. 10 in the nation with his Arizona Wildcats.

By the way, is that an 8 on your arm, or infinity? Guess it's all in the angle. Right now, most of us are looking up at your arms raised in victory, so i guess it's a numeral for now.

The Pac-10 continues to be an unpredictable, streaky conference, and it's working to the advantage of the blue-blood Bruins this time around. First Washington flamed out from their priveleged position atop the league, and now Arizona has suffered two unexpected losses, allowing UCLA to move into a tie for first place.

Nelson had 27 points and 16 rebounds to lead UCLA to a stunning 71-49 drilling of the Wildcats in Pauley Pavilion. If you think that's the end of things, imagine how the Pac-10 tournament could change this picture.

The Bruins must go on the road to finish the season, traveling to Washington and Washington State. Arizona gets to stay home and welcome Oregon and Oregon State.

Regardless of which team comes out on top over that time period, it's become more than obvious now that we can't take anything for granted in the Pac-10. Last season, Cal and Washington came out of the scrum with tourney bids. This year, it's the traditional powers taking the inside track once again.

The UCLA victory over St. John's looms larger, as the Red Storm moved into fourth place in the Big East after a big road victory today. If you like your hoops to bear a certain old school patina, you must be in heaven right now. Can't wait to see what this final week of the season brings, but an NCAA bid for Ben Howland's boys seems like a pretty strong bet right now.

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Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:33 pm

UCLA returns to the spotlight with AZ upset

If the Bruins can take care of the ball like they have against ASU and UofA, they can do some damage. Unforced errors and turnovers have hurt them in the past.As Coach used to say "Be quick but don't hurry". They are jelling together as a team and they will need the consistency of play from Smith, Reeves, Honeycutt, Lee, and Jones.Stover needs to keep playing defense and Anderson has to have a good game off the bench. It'll be a close game against WSU and I see the UW game as a toss up. A sweep depends on which Bruin team shows up against both Washington schools.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 5:20 pm

UCLA returns to the spotlight with AZ upset

Good Point.  BH has finally started the roll back to top tier.  Worried he wouldn't make it, but he has a core group of kids that re now working really well, and none are early draftees.  

Frankly with BYU, ST Johns and Az wins they look better and better every day.  Neatr as I can tell, the St Johns win makesthem look better than 85% of the Big East.   

I don't tink they can go beyond Sweet 16, but they have alot of enrgy and if they shoot the ball well, noone can play with them.   They don't do that often so..... 

Great watching them do well in this "Year of John Wooden."

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 5:27 am

UCLA returns to the spotlight with AZ upset

UCLA has done more in the NCAA tournament with Howland then Pitt has with Dixon. While Dixon is a great coach so is Howland. Not many coaches can say they have made a final four much less 3 straight. The Bruins have taken a huge hit in talent leaving early for the NBA with Love, Westbrook, Mbah A Moute, and Holiday. Those are some serious holes to try and fill he is doing a good job building back up.

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:36 pm

UCLA returns to the spotlight with AZ upset

WHAT in the heck happened to Ben Howland and UCiU??  SINCE he left Pittsburgh, his replacement there - JAMIE DIXON - will set the all time record for WINS in a coach's first eight years., tomorrow with a win AT Louisville!  I do NOT even hear of UClU anymore!!!  WHO are they???

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 8:10 pm

UCLA returns to the spotlight with AZ upset

just wait until next year

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