"I mean, I saw some guys that really fought and some others that were not all there. No team can win like that."
[Jay] Bilas pointed to senior guard Jerime Anderson leaving the Lahaina Civic Center court in tears after UCLA's 79-63 loss to Michigan on Wednesday as a sign of the type of character the Bruins (1-4) needed to reverse their worst start in 24 years.
But Bilas questioned the conditioning efforts of center Joshua Smith and said Reeves Nelson's suspensions that sidelined the forward for 11/2 games have hurt a frontcourt that has failed to measure up to lofty preseason expectations.
"I expected that Smith was going to come back more prepared than last year; he's less prepared," Bilas said of the 6-foot-10, 315-pound [Smith mostly likely weighs somewhere around 370-380lbs. - Ed.] sophomore, who had 12 points but six turnovers against the Wolverines. "He was a net loss with the turnovers, the buckets he was giving up because he really couldn't keep up defensively. It negated every point that he scored."