By Brendan Patel on March 25, 2014
The UCLA Bruins will be playing the Florida Gators in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night. The Gators are the No. 1 seeded team in the whole tournament, and have knocked the Bruins out of the tournament three times in the past decade. The Bruins will need to play their best game of the season if they want to win, and will need different players to step up to the task.
Kyle Anderson is the best player on the court for the Bruins, and one of the best remaining players in the tournament. He can do it all, from scoring to rebounding to passing. This is the biggest game of his career, and he must be dominant on the offensive side of the ball if the Bruins are to have a chance.
Jordan Adams is the best pure scorer for the Bruins, and they will need him to get going against Florida. Florida has one of the best defenses in the country, and Adams will be tested throughout the game. He has a variety of ways to score, and must use them all if he is to be successful.
David and Travis Wear will draw the tough assignment of going against Patric Young. The good news is that both players have the ability to stretch the floor and should be able to keep Young away from the basket. The bad news is that Young is a matchup nightmare in the post, and is a ferocious rebounder. The twins will have to have eyes on him at all times and make sure they box out on every shot attempt.
Zach LaVine has not played well in the past four games. He has the ability to score in bunches, and any extra points they can get from him will be huge. He can also change the momentum of games with his athleticism, and several dunks could be needed to fire the Bruins up.
Tony Parker is the x-factor in Thursday night's game. He has the size and physicality to matchup with Young better than either of the Wear Twins. He plays an important bench role, and will be looked upon to gather extra rebounds and score some points in the paint. He may see more time if the Bruins are unable to handle Young early on.
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