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Someone needs to explain to me why UCLA is being overlooked this year. By "overlooked" I mean right...

Someone needs to explain to me why UCLA is being overlooked this year. By "overlooked" I mean right now I'm seeing them projected as a five-seed (!) in the NCAA tournament. (Imagine being the lucky four-seed that has to face the "underdog" Bruins in the second round. Good luck.) Why is this happening? Yes, Ben Howland's team lost by three at home to Arizona State but, hey, last year they lost by nine at home to USC and no one freaked out. Mark me down as utterly baffled: this team is outscoring Pac-10 opponents by 0.17 points per trip. Last year's team? The one that received a one-seed? You'll probably find they outscored conference foes by, yes, 0.17 points per possession. UCLA 2009 has a PR problem.

John Gasaway on Basketball Prospectus
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