UCLA Finally Playing Like a Ranked Team

By Trevor Lowry
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The UCLA Bruins came into the 2012-13 college basketball season with very high expectations, but a rough start killed that pretty fast. The Bruins are currently not even ranked, but they have been playing great basketball as of late and there is no one that is going to want to face this team come midseason.

UCLA got its biggest win of the season when it beat the No. 7 Missouri Tigers by the score of 97-94 in overtime. Shabazz Muhammad led all scorers with 27 points in the game. With that said, Muhammad is proving to be one of the best freshman this season, averaging 19.6 points per game, which is, of course, leading UCLA.

However, fellow freshman Jordan Adams is not too far behind, putting up 17.7 points per game.

The Bruins have won five games in a row, which includes victories over Long Beach State, Texas and Missouri. It is the win over the Tigers that is going to propel UCLA into conference play though, which takes place on Jan. 3 for the Bruins.

UCLA has a very high-scoring offense, averaging 80.9 points per game. Sure, this team does have three losses on the season, including a game that the Bruins had no business losing against the Cal Poly Mustangs, but things are finally starting to click for UCLA.

Arizona will definitely be the favorites to win the Pac-12, since they are undefeated on the season and ranked No. 3 in the nation, but don’t count out UCLA just yet. A win over a top 10 team in overtime and a five game winning streak shows that UCLA is going to finally start playing like its talent suggests.


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