UCLA (13-17) faces Arizona on Thursday. The Bruins have lost four of their past five games, and coach Ben Howland has a mess on his hands.
"The underachieving teams get a second chance in the conference tournaments," Kelly ["John Kelly, a sharp college basketball bettor who writes for EOG.com" - BN Ed.] said. "It's also the last chance to bet against these dead teams. UCLA is a dead team."
Note by linking to that piece I am in no way or shape encouraging participation in any kind of gambling activities. I thought the quote was a little striking and wanted to use it to make a larger point concerning our participation in the upcoming Pac-10 tournament. I can totally understand why people want to be excited around this time of the season and want to believe. However, before people do that take into consideration the following:
- UCLA is on a 3 game losing streak
- UCLA has lost 6 out of its last 8 games
- UCLA hasn't been able to put together a 2 game winning streak since end of January/first week of March (beating Oregon State (1/30) and Stanford (2/4))
Yeah, we did show some effort against Arizona and some signs of life later against Arizona State but the season has been long gone for a while. The exclamation point came against Oregon (who was playing for a fired coach) in front of Coach Wooden.
Just facts to keep in mind for those who are thinking about day dreaming this week.