The UCLA Bruins had their toughest test of the season against the Arizona Wildcats. Unfortunately, they could not come away with the win, but they still competed against the No. 1 team in college basketball. UCLA has lost every major test, but it showed in this contest that it will still compete for a Pac-12 title.
If the Bruins can come back from a double-digit deficit against arguably the best team in the nation, they can certainly come back against any team in the country.
This team has lost to Missouri, Duke and Arizona, which are easily the most challenging opponents they have played on the season. UCLA does not have a single quality win, but it will have some opportunities to gain that victory in the Pac-12. Colorado is ranked, Oregon is ranked and Arizona is, of course, ranked.
Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams are quite the duo and they have both improved a lot since last season, especially Anderson. Adams may be leading the team in scoring with 18.7 points per game, but Anderson is putting up 15.1 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game and 6.6 assists per game.
Both players should be considered for the Pac-12 Player of the Year award for their performances so far.
The Bruins are 1-1 in a very good Pac-12 Conference, but they are one of the most talented teams. They may not have the wins to prove it, but you can bet they will soon enough.
Next up will be Arizona State. The Sun Devils have had a great season so far and will come into that matchup with a 13-3 record. A victory for UCLA would give it some momentum heading into the showdown with Colorado. Heck, it should already have some momentum since it came very close to beating the No. 1 team in college hoops.
UCLA is going to pass a major test here shortly and it all starts against Arizona State.