Conference: Pac-12 Confernece
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
The UCLA Bruins got off to a rough start this season, but in reality, they only lost to one bad team in their out-of-conference schedule. The losses to Georgetown and San Diego State were against two very good opponents, who will also be in the dance.
This may not be the best Bruins team going into the NCAA Tournament, but it is a good one that is led by their freshmen. As the season has gone on, UCLA has become better and better, that’s for sure.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Shabazz Muhammad (18.2 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Kyle Anderson (8.8 rpg)
Leading Passer: Larry Drew II (7.6 apg)
Bad Losses: Cal Poly, Washington State, USC
Good Wins: Missouri, Arizona (twice)
As I said earlier, UCLA is led by its freshmen. Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams have all been great for this team and they are all freshmen. Adams however, will not play in the NCAA Tournament after breaking his foot in the Pac-12 Tournament.
Other than the good wins listed above, the Bruins have also beaten Colorado, California and Arizona State. Records and resumes go out the window once the Big Dance starts, which means UCLA’s expectations will be very high once again to start the NCAA Tournament.
Muhammad may have missed a couple of games to start the season, but he has been great all season long and will be one of the most lethal scorers in the entire tournament. However, him alone is not good enough to win withnthe dance, so the other players on this team will have to show up as well.
The UCLA Bruins are dancing!