The UCLA Bruins got the team’s first statement win of the season with a victory over the Colorado Buffaloes. After narrowly losing to the top ranked team in the nation last week, the Bruins delivered a win to add to the resume come tourney time.
UCLA atoned for the loss to move to 3-1 in conference play, and will now look to make some serious headway down the stretch where the Bruins will only have to play one team ranked in the current top-25. The Bruins remain one of the top teams in the country in offensive production, but can UCLA garner the same respect on the defensive side?
The Bruins pulled away from Colorado late and beat the Buffaloes 69-56 in Colorado’s first game without leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie. The Buffaloes relied on Josh Scott and Askia Booker to carry the load, and the duo combined for 40 points and 13 rebounds. However, that was not enough to seize the victory.
Jordan Adams continued his campaign for Player of the Year honors by recording 14 points and 13 rebounds. The Bruins held a steady lead for most of the game and pulled away late to push the team’s record to 14-3.
The Bruins are one of the best offensive teams in the country, and the numbers illustrate just how dominant the team really is. The Bruins rank sixth in points per game, fourth in assists per game and third in field goal percentage. The Bruins have one of the best players in college basketball and the schedule the rest of the way is not difficult, so look for them to continue rising in the rankings.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.