UCLA vs. Arizona
There havenít been many teams this season that have been able to get
the best of the UCLA Bruins, in fact there havenít been many to beat
the Bruins over the last couple of seasons, but this season the
mighty Bruins have dropped two against the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Although the Arizona Wildcats arenít what they used to be with all
the national attention and a guaranteed ranking in the top five
teams or so, they can still put up a fight against some of the best
in the Pac-10.
As of Thursday night before the Bruins took the floor in at Arizona
State, UCLA was the sixth best team in the country according to the
ESPN/USA Today poll. Before that game it would have been hard to
argue that the Bruins donít belong in the top ten teams in the
country, but after the 18th ranked Sun Devils handed the Bruins
their fifth loss of the season things might look a little different
in the Top 25 and the Pac-10 standings.
Arizona is no Arizona State, donít get me wrong, but with this big
blow to the Bruins confidence there would be no better time for the
Wildcats to take on the Bruins in Arizona.
Even though the Bruins have been knocked off their pedestal in the
Pac-10, Darren Collison and company will look rebound quickly from
their disappointing loss to the Sun Devils. Although it is
definitely easier said than done, if any team is capable of getting
back on top and learning from their mistakes it is the Bruins.
The Bruins did get the best of the Wildcats back on January 15th at
Pauley Pavilion, but as we just saw a couple days ago they have had
no luck in the state of Arizona.
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In the mid January meeting Arizona forward Jordan Hill went off
scoring a game high 22 points and ripping down eight rebounds, but
besides Hill and 12 points from Chase Budinger the rest of the
Wildcats never really got going.
As for the Bruins they had five players in double figures including
center/forward Alfred Aboya who absolutely dominated the glass with
12 boards while adding 12 points. Point guard Darren Collison also
had a great game on the defensive side of the floor with three
Needless to say the Wildcats werenít much of a challenge for the
Bruins as UCLA rolled to 23 point victory.
Although Arizona has eight losses on the year and will almost
certainly be no factor in the Pac-10 standings win or lose, they
have played pretty well as of late winning six straight, most of
which was against conference opponents like Washington and USC.
The Wildcats may be a hot team right now, but I donít think they
will be able to pull off the upset against a Bruins team looking to
come back after a disappointing loss. We'll lay the 4 points in this
one. UCLA -4