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.
UCLA was a train wreck back in November. The Bruins looked out of shape, couldn't guard anyone -- and had lost to yet another Big West program. We're about seven weeks removed from the loss to Cal Poly -- and Ben Howland's team has turned itself back into a Pac-12 contender.