Sure, why not. UCLA will be losing two very good players in Shabazz Muhammad and Larry Drew II, but it will still have some of last year’s talent coming back.
Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams returning to the team is huge. Adams scored 15.3 points per game last season and Anderson averaged 9.7 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game and 3.5 assists per game. Both Travis and David Wear will be back as well.
As you can see, UCLA will have plenty of talent for the upcoming season. However, will it actually meet expectations? I would have to go with a yes. It is not like the Bruins are entering the season as a top 10 team. They are ranked No. 23. If anything, I think this team will exceed expectations, but that remains to be seen.
There are other teams that could have been ranked over UCLA, but that is okay. This team did manage to make the dance as a No. 6 seed last year and it won 25 games. The Bruins also won the Pac-12 regular season championship.
As usual, UCLA will have a couple of highly rated recruits joining the team and it should compete for a conference title. It will not be the favorite to win the Pac-12 this year, but it could surprise a lot of people if Anderson and Adams can become stars.
Whether the case, a No. 23 ranking in the Coaches Poll was pretty spot on for this team.