Oh how the mighty have fallen in the Pac-10 conference as the once
sixth ranked team in the country UCLA Bruins continue to plummet in
the Top 25 rankings and their conference standings.
It was just about a week ago at this time that Darren Collison and
his UCLA Bruins were looking like one of the best college basketball
teams in the nation as they were atop the Pac-10 conference and were
supporting the sixth rank in the Top 25.
Well, after a very disappointing road trip to Arizona the Bruins
hopes for a Pac-10 title and a good seed going into the NCAA
tournament may have all but disappeared as they have dropped all the
way down to the number 20 spot in the nationís top teams poll and
are tied for fourth with Cal in their conference standings.
The Washington Huskies on the other hand are as hot as can be as
they have taken the lead in the Pac-10 and have moved up to the
number 19 ranking in the country just above the Bruins.
There really couldnít be a better time for these two teams to go
head to head then right now. With the Bruins struggling to get grip
on their season as it quickly slips away after two straight
disappointing losses to Arizona State and Arizona, the Huskies are
in prime position to take total control of their conference with a
win against the Bruins. The boys from Westwood will be playing in
desperation mode as a loss to the Huskies would be devastating to
UCLA will be trying to regain their dominant ways on the floor after
just getting hammered by a Wildcats team that hasnít been that
impressive this season. After an embarrassing 12 point loss to the
Wildcats in Arizona the Bruins will have to stop the bleeding as
quickly as they can with a big win over the conference leader in the
Huskies from Washington.
The Huskies will come into this match up winning three straight
against conference opponents and are playing their best basketball
of the season.
Although the Arizona State Sun Devils are playing as good as anyone
in the country and arenít far behind the Huskies in the Pac-10
standings with only a one game separating the two teams, Washington
can make a huge statement by taking down the Bruins before heading
into their rematch with Arizona State on February 26th.
The Bruins will definitely put a good fight against the Huskies in
their Pac-10 showdown, but UCLA has just not played the same since
their defeat to the Sun Devils last week. Coach Ben Howland may have
whipped these boys into shape since their back to back losses, but I
really donít see them rebounding against a motivated Huskies squad
looking to prove that they can play with any team in the country.
BetJamaiaca opened this game UCLA -8
and we'll take the points here with the Huskies.
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