UCLA played Duke very tough in the first half, but then the second half happened. The Blue Devils ended up winning the game by the score of 80-63, proving that the Bruins aren’t quite there yet.
UCLA has now lost two games on the season. The other one was against the Missouri Tigers. The Bruins do not have a quality win, but they can enter Pac-12 play on a good note. Beating Alabama would help with that.
Many people thought that UCLA was the second best team in the conference, but it seems to be the fourth or even fifth best team as of right now. Oregon, Colorado, Stanford and Arizona State all have better wins than the Bruins. Then there is Arizona, who is the No. 1 team in the country.
With that in mind, UCLA may struggle to even compete in the conference. Still, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson are both very talented and are two of the best players in the Pac-12. I am sure both will help the Bruins be one of the better teams in the conference, but until that happens, it remains to be seen.
The Bruins were in the national spotlight coming into the matchup against Duke. The Blue Devils showed that they are one of the best teams in the country and UCLA showed that it is not a national title contender… at least not yet. This team really does have a lot of talent and it will be interesting to see how it responds to its most recent loss. Beating a marquee opponent would be a great start.