Just went up on tWWL:
UCLA (2) and North Carolina (3) both stand a fair chance of finishing the year with losing records. Last time that happened in the same season? 1939.
The Bruins at 12-14, with a two-game Arizona road trip still to come? It's enough to make John Wooden smack Ben Howland (4) with a rolled-up program. UCLA has had all of two losing seasons since 1948. [...]
And it's not just that the records are bad -- the teams actually are worse than their records indicate. UCLA is in the middle of the worst Pac-10 in memory and has lost to Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and Portland (by 27 points). North Carolina is 3-9 in an underwhelming ACC, and six of those nine defeats are by double digits. Average their rankings from RPI, Ken Pomeroy and Jeff Sagarin, and the Bruins check in at No. 116 and the Tar Heels at No. 71.
Yeah, there have been multiple injuries at both places. And both programs were staggered by early entries into the NBA draft. But are winning records too much to ask when you're UCLA and North Carolina?
I still don't believe the comparison to Carolina works (as explained a while ago these two programs are not in the same boat at this snap shot of time).Carolina is in much better shape in terms of available talent on its roster and the recruits coming in next season. Roy Williams has a proven record of winning national titles and building programs with long term track record of success.
That said Forde nails the main point which is a losing season should never be acceptable at a school like UCLA (and UNC).