2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: Pac-12 Conference Champion UCLA Bruins

By Trevor Lowry
UCLA basketball
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Record: 26-8

RPI: 16

BPI: 18

Conference: Pac-12 Conference

How They Qualified: Pac-12 Conference Tournament Champions

Region: No. 4 seed in the South


UCLA has quietly had a pretty good season. Is this one of the best Bruins teams of all time? Not even close. It is still a team that has some talented players and can win some games in the NCAA tournament.

Surprisingly enough, the Bruins have only beaten two teams in the top 25 this year (at the time). That is okay because they did beat other good teams in the Pac-12. Arizona was without a doubt the best team in the conference, but UCLA was arguably No. 2 in that department. Silver isn’t bad, especially with how dominant the Wildcats were during the regular season.

UCLA stole the gold in the Pac-12 tournament by winning the championship.


What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Jordan Adams (17.2 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Kyle Anderson (8.7 rpg)

Leading Passer: Kyle Anderson (6.6 apg)

Bad Losses: Oregon State, Washington State

Good Wins: Arizona


Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson are two of the most talented players in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Adams is capable of putting up some big numbers in the scoring department no matter who the Bruins face and Anderson’s stat line is ridiculous. He is averaging 14.8 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game and 6.6 assists per game.

It seems like every good team in the country has a talented freshman and that is certainly the case with UCLA. It has Zach LaVine. He is putting up 10.2 points per game and shooting 40.3 percent from behind the arc (48 made threes).

UCLA and underrated really don’t go together, but that is the case with this team. That could work out in its favor if opposing teams overlook it.

The UCLA Bruins are dancing!


Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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