Which teams will join Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida and Dayton in the Elite Eight?
Will a demanding UCLA fan base be happy with the progress of the Bruins program under Steve Alford. Only if these questions are answered in a positive manner:
After firing Ben Howland, UCLA will turn to Steve Alford to bring the glory back to Westwood. Can he do it?
Steve Alford has only gone to one Sweet 16 in nearly 20 years. But he has never had a job like UCLA, where there's talent everywhere he'll turn. The former New Mexico coach needs players -- and he already has a pair of huge fans in two guys with major influence in the state.
With Steve Alford taking over as the head coach, he needs to make a concerted effort to keep the elite California players at home.
Ben Howland had a group of guys that didn't fit his style and system. However, UCLA's head coach has made changes and also instilled toughness in this group -- and now the Bruins remain two wins away from a Pac-12 sweep.
UCLA enters Wednesday's game at Washington State ranked 23rd with a 12-4 record in the Pac-12 that has the Bruins tied atop the league standings. So things are going well for this team that starts three freshmen. But there's still a vibe of uncertainty surrounding the program because nobody has said for sure, because nobody can say for sure that Ben Howland will return for his 11th season.
Four players have injury updates for the weekend, with two of them out, one returning and one up in the air.
Let's get inside how Oregon got past UCLA on Saturday. UCLA led by as many as six points, yet Oregon won on a 14-6 run, and here is how the Ducks pulled if off.
It's never to soon to see which teams are a threat.

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