UCLA moves up to #4 in both the AP and Coaches' Poll; After leading UCLA to wins over Washington and…
UCLA Shows How Good It Is
UCLA won a very good college basketball game Saturday, beating Washington State, 81-74. That was two Final Four caliber teams squaring off, and some of the highest quality of college basketball in the nation this season. No matter what teams you watch this year, you might never find the same level of fundamentals, defense, skill and coaching from two teams in the same game. You might find more athletes on the floor in a given game, but not better basketball. In fact, the basketball UCLA played in the first 16 minutes or so was some of the best it's played under Ben Howland. It played tough, active defense and executed a well-balanced, inside-outside offense. Washington State didn't get an actual field goal for the first eight and a half minutes. The Bruins kept the Cougars to 38% shooting in the first half. They even did it with 8 first-half turnovers. In other words, it could have even been better. The two players who led the Bruins in the first half were freshman...
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