Tag:Reeves Nelson
Posted on: February 26, 2011 6:41 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2011 6:41 pm

UCLA returns to the spotlight with AZ upset

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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Posted on: February 5, 2011 3:57 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 4:45 pm

UCLA finds balanced effort in win over St. John's

Reeves Nelson led UCLA's upset of St. John's

Posted by Eric Angevine

There were a couple of great performances in this homecoming game for Steve Lavin. Dwight Hardy had 32 points after flying across the country, but none of his teammates so much as reached double figures. Nonetheless St. John's had a chance to win this game, just a jump-shot away from a tie ballgame with 1:04 left, trailing 59-62 in Pauley Pavilion.

Then UCLA's Josh Smith blocked a St. John's shot, Tyler Honeycutt grabbed the rebound, and Reeves Nelson -- sporting a faux-hawk -- drained a daring three-point shot to give his team an insurmountable lead. His was the final bucket in a 66-59 UCLA win.

All three big men played their roles to perfection in that series, which put the capper on a dominant performance by Nelson. The sophomore forward scored 12 points and hauled down 17 boards to pace the home team, which needed a signature win to enhance hopes for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

The Bruins are lurking one game behind Arizona in the Pac-10 race, alongside formerly dominant Washington at 7-3. The Wildcats are 8-2, and no lead has been safe in the Pac-10 so far this season. Nelson's (primarily interior) scoring, with supporting performances from Smith, Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee make them a dangerous team.

The Johnnies are 5-5 in the Big East, and may be a year away from an NCAA bid in spite of a huge win over Duke at Madison Square Garden last week. As today's outcome shows, standing around and watching Hardy do his thing will still give your team a puncher's chance at some big wins, but it's also a recipe for resume-killing inconsistency.

Here's a CBS postgame interview with Big Josh Smith:

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