The Bruins were sitting at 8-7 on January 4, needing a spark to push them back toward an NCAA Tournament berth. Senior guard Norman Powell has provided that spark.
On February 24 and 25, we're going to break down where each of the major conferences' player of the year race stands going into March. Here, we bring you the race for the Pac-12's award.
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?
With Steve Alford taking over as the head coach, he needs to make a concerted effort to keep the elite California players at home.
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.

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