There were times in its win over Southern Illinois (77-60) that UCLA flashed what it could be…
Hoops: Time for Reinvention
As transition years go, the 2009 UCLA basketball season wasn't so bad. Neither, though, was it great. And I have to say it never felt super compelling to me, when compared to the previous three seasons. The whole thing seemed a bit jerry-rigged, actually, with the team rarely looking entirely sure of itself, though the Bruins displayed just enough glimpses of potential to keep things interesting, mostly. And as the season progressed, and the reality checks kept hitting -- freshmen weren't interchangeable with veterans, it turned out; complementary players couldn't become stars just because they tried really hard; and the NBA draft really had gutted the squad -- a few things became increasingly clear. First, the idea of earning another Final Four berth was essentially magical thinking. There was no way Coach Ben Howland could MacGyver this squad into an elite team, though you can't blame your average Bruin fan for hoping he could, especially during that mid-season mirage of...
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- You know what also grinds my gears about yesterday's game
- Willis' helmet did not come off
- Why don't we rush the punter anymore?
- I think all the time Redmond & Quessenberry missed showed.
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