Long gone are the days of Tyus Edney or the O’Bannon brothers in Los Angeles. They’ve been through years and years of college basketball obscurity after so many dominant years in the 1990’s and throughout history.
The UCLA Bruins are similar to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in college football. The game is better when they are good. UCLA has always bred tremendous professional basketball players, but they haven’t seen as much success in the form of wins or championships that the UCLA faithful had become accustomed to in decades past.
Well fast forward to the 2012-13 season, and UCLA is showing some signs of life. Boasting a ten-game winning streak during the current season, UCLA has looked as strong as any other Pac 12 team, save for Arizona. With impressive victories over California and Stanford to start the Pac 12 season, the Bruins have developed a chemistry with one another that makes them one of the most dangerous teams in the country.
With a number of North Carolina transfers headlining the team, the Bruins show tremendous camaraderie on the basketball floor. The Wear twins provide much needed diversity in the front court, and Larry Drew is an experienced floor general in the back court. Look for UCLA to stay hot as a basketball club and make plenty of waves as they enter the meat of the conference schedule.
Although UCLA is moving in a positive direction rather rapidly, I’m not sure that they are quite ready to situate themselves from as a dominant college basketball team. UCLA may be a year or two away from being a perennially dominant basketball program, but in the meantime they will continue to impress and build momentum.