Turn Phoenix (Bruin) Blue

Thanks again to Menelaus, Telemachus, Tydides, Ajax and everyone else for holding the fort down and keeping the focus on Thursday. I will be back early Wednesday morning as we are enjoying yet another beautiful and gorgeous day in the Emerald City (who said it rains here all the time?).

In any event I wanted to drop by and make sure we didn't forget an important point from Saturday night's game which hopefully will come into play this week. From Jim Alexander in the Press Enterprise:

[A]s the circumstances became more dire, with the Bruins falling behind and all but two players seemingly unable to score, they got louder.

"There was one point, I think we were down by 10 and just needed that little bit of push," Darren Collison said. "And the crowd got up on their feet and started cheering. It's little things like that that get us going."

The noise, and the emotion, created momentum. Those attributes didn't put the ball in the basket for the Bruins, but there wasn't much of that happening anyway.

But that emotion had its benefits at the other end of the floor. From a 36-26 deficit early in the second half, UCLA clawed back with its defense. Over the final 18 minutes of the game, Texas A& M made 5 of 22 shots from the field, committed five turnovers and made just one of four free throws.

And when Kevin Love blocked a shot, grabbed the ball, drew a foul and let loose with a primal scream right in front of some of his team's supporters ... well, it was obvious the emotion was flowing in every direction.

"I just wanted to get the crowd on our side," Love said. "I wanted to get the momentum going for us. I felt like at that time the momentum was going our way. Basketball's an emotional game, whether you like to show it or not. I was just very into it.

"I think I flexed so much, my muscles kind of hurt. And I stuck out my tongue so much that, you know, it was pretty crazy."

This very scenario is what drove UCLA's players to succeed from the moment it became apparent a No. 1 seed was possible. This is what Ben Howland laid out for his players: the opportunity to play the first weekend of the NCAA tournament before their own fans, and to play the second weekend within a six-hour drive -- or that one-hour flight.
Six hours or five hours? Doesn't matter. Just listen to Seitz (emphasis mine):
On to Phoenix. It's only five hours away, folks. If you can get out there, go make the place feel like Pauley.
Plane, (train?), automobiles ... whatever it takes ... turn Phoenix into (Bruin) blue. The crowd at the Honda Center gave our Ben Ball warriors an emotional lift. If we come out focused on Wednesday, hopefully we won't have to endure another heart attack inducing second half. But just in case our boys need it, it would be awesome to have thousands of Bruins roaring in Phoenix ready to give another lift.

So if you haven't done it yet (aren't our students on spring break) make plans to get on the road and turn Phoenix (Bruin) Blue. See you here early Wed. morning.

GO BRUINS.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bruins Nation

You must be a member of Bruins Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bruins Nation. You should read them.

Join Bruins Nation

You must be a member of Bruins Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bruins Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker