It would be hard for UCLA to top last years final four
appearance, but they certainly could do it. The UCLA Bruins will
enter Saturdayís game against Washington fresh off a thrilling two
point victory over the Washington State Cougars on Thursday night.
Propelled by forward Nikola Dragovic , who had a career high 20
points, the Bruins blew a decent lead but still managed to hang on
for the victory. If they wish to escape Washington with another win,
they canít go to sleep on the Washington Huskies in the second half.
Washington is back at home after picking up two easy wins at Oregon
and Oregon State. Their play at home has been up and down with wins
over Stanford and in state rival Washington State. On the flip side,
they have dropped games to Kansas, Florida, and a heartbreaking OT
to California while playing on their own hard wood. The Huskies need
to obtain a marquee win to keep their march madness hopes alive and
this would certainly be a huge win for them if they can manage it.
The Bruins are a seasoned and veteran team. Currently ranked #11
with a 15-3 record, they are certainly a stellar bunch. Conference
play has been hard on them so far. They are winning by small
margins, but still remain atop the PAC-10. Their leader is Darren
Collison, who is best described as agile and dangerous on the court.
He is just about as tough as a guard as you will find in the NCAA,
and he can carry this team if needed. Collison leads UCLA with 14.9
PPG and 5.4 APG. Josh Shipp and Jrue Holiday are also tough guards.
Alfred Aboya leads in RPG at 5.6, and is probably the best paint man
for this team.
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The Huskies arenít without a few good men either. Their overall
record stands at 13-4, and this game could put them atop the PAC-10.
Jon Brockman is averaging a double-double with 15.8 PPG and 10.7
RPG. The senior has put in big efforts against good teams, and will
have to continue that trend to help his team. He will find his
biggest help from Isaiah Thomas, who has been white hot lately. His
best effort 23 point, 6 rebound performance in a win against Oregon.
Quincy Pondexter is averaging 6.0, and I expect him to continue
wiping the glass against the Bruins.
Key matchups include Alfred Aboya vs Jon Brockman. I expect Brockman
to have his way and dominate down low. If he gets crazy on the
boards, it could be all but over for UCLA. It wonít come without a
fight, because Aboya has handled this type of player in the past.
Alternatively, I expect Darren Collison to get the best of Isaiah
Thomas. Collison is a big guard, and is lightning quick. I may be
wrong, but I donít think Thomas will be able to keep pace with this
future NBA guard. If Collison is having an off night, it could spell
disaster for the Bruins.
From what I have gathered the line will be somewhere around 2
points, with the Huskies going off the favorite. This one is hard to
pick a winner, but if you put a gun to my head I would side with the
home team Huskies. The Bruins havenít played well on the road and
have no real answer for Jon Brockman. If Washington gets to dance,
the selection committee will likely be weighing this game in their
decision. The Huskies are the play here at -2 or less. Anything more
than a bucket and we'd have to consider the underdog Bruins. Good
luck, and refer back to
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