The UCLA Bruins had mixed expectations entering the year, but that tends to happen when a program gets a new head coach. Well, the Bruins have finished their non-conference schedule, so let’s take a look at their resume before Pac-12 play begins.
UCLA is 11-2. Its only losses on the season came against Missouri and Duke, which were also their toughest tests. It’s hard to say what the Bruins’ best win on the season has been because they really do not have any quality wins. Maybe against Northwestern? Maybe against Drexel? Still, those two victories are really nothing to be proud of when you are the UCLA Bruins.
UCLA has a bunch of talent, which includes Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson. Both players have been stars so far. Adams is averaging 18.5 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game and 3.3 steals per game, while Anderson is putting up 14.5 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game and 6.7 assists per game.
These two are easily two of the best in the Pac-12 and that will really show once conference play actually begins.
The Bruins will tip-off conference play against USC–a game they should win. It will get much tougher after that, though, as they will play Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado in back-to-back-to-back games.
This team has the talent to win every single one of those games. Doing so would probably have it ranked in the top 15 of the top 25 rankings, but that is just speculation.
Well, UCLA has a good record, but no quality wins to show for it. It was relatively successful in its non-conference schedule, but it will have to win some marquee games in the Pac-12.