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.
Talk about bittersweet. Moments after knocking off Arizona for the third time this season and advancing to the Pac-12 tournament title game, UCLA freshman Jordan Adams learned he was done for the rest of the season with a broken foot suffered on the final play of the game.
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.