When Steve Alford became the head coach of the UCLA Bruins, there were many Bruins fans who weren’t too happy with the choice. However, that has to have changed at least a little as he has led this team to a second seed in the Pac-12 tournament and a spot in the 2014 NCAA tournament with a game in hand.
UCLA took on the Washington Huskies who, although in the bottom portion of the Pac-12, have the capability of stealing a win. However, the Bruins ended up winning easily behind Jordan Adams‘ 31 points and an impressive 36 points off the bench. The main worrying point in UCLA’s 91-82 win over Washington is that they let the Huskies score 82 points. The teams in the NCAA tournament are going to be a lot more capable defensively than the Huskies, and a defensive performance like the one tonight will probably result in a loss in the NCAA tournament.
However, the only thing UCLA fans should really worry about going forward is that all of their good wins came in conference play this season. Every good team that the Bruins played on the non-conference portion of their schedule was a loss. It’s hard to ignore that blatantly negative stat, but that shouldn’t take away from the talent that this team possesses.
Hopefully, the Bruins can show that they are more than just a team that’s better than average in the 2014 NCAA tournament after playing in a conference with a lot of good teams, but only one great team.