It's only a few hours until game time, and I'm confident of several things over the course of the next three games (yeah, three games).
I believe Lorenzo Mata, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Alfred Aboya will get key rebounds and be towers of strength on defense. I believe Arron Afflalo will regain his touch, make shots the way he has for three years at Pauley Pavilion and continue to show unparalleled leadership. I believe Darren Collison will continue to be the best point guard in college basketball, setting teammates up, making key shots and hounding the other team. I believe Josh Shipp will make vital and crucial baskets, and play tough defense. And I believe Michael Roll, Russell Westbrook, James Keefe, Ryan Wright and other players off the bench will make all the key shots and get the key rebounds when they're most needed.
This team is battle-tested and will contest every shot and every pass their opponents make. Kansas represents a tough test, but UCLA has the best coach and the finest tradition in college basketball, and I think they're ready. Go Bruins!