Does UCLA Really Need a PG?

Yeah why should Bruins' "irrational fanbase" clamor for elite So. Cal. point guards to wear those letters? - Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Bumped. Great research. - BN Eds.

The BN moderators and a vast majority of the community have been asking for Coach "Alfraud" to get us a true PG. I have shared the same sentiment. I always view the PG as a coach on the floor. This year, it will be Kyle Anderson. Next year, it will be.....(Crickets)? No, Balford is not the answer. So is it a big deal if we don't have a PG? Can teams win a NC without one?

I went back to 2000 and looked at the rosters for the teams that won a NC and who their PG was and just for my own personal perspective I also included the year of the PG. Here is what I found:

  • 2000: MICHIGAN ST: Mateen Cleaves SR. I don't like Izzo and I didn't like Mateen either.
  • 2001: Duke: Jayson Williams SO. and Chris Duhon FR. Duke beat UCLA (76-63), USC and Arizona on their way to a National Championship
  • 2002:Maryland: Steve Blake JR. Blake still turns the ball over in crunch time playing for the Lakers.
  • 2003: Syracuse: Gerry McNamara FR
  • 2004:UCONN: Taliek Brown SR.
  • 2005: UNC: Raymond Felton JR
  • 2006: Florida: Lee Humphrey JR. Humphrey made 4 three pointers in that game. That should have been # 12.
  • 2007: Florida: Lee Humphrey SR. I still can't look at Noah without cursing.
  • 2008: Kansas: Brandon Rush SR. and Mario Chalmers SR split duties if I remember correctly.
  • 2009: UNC: Ty Lawson SR
  • 2010: Duke: Nolan Smith Fr.
  • 2011: UCONN: Kemba Walker JR was the primary ball handler with 4 forwards on the court. Sound familiar?
  • 2012: Kentucky: Marcus Teague FR.
  • 2013: Louisville: Peyton Siva SR.

When doing this research a few things popped into my head. First, how important it is to have an experienced backcourt in your lineup. A lot of Jr and Sr Point guards led their teams to a title. Second, where the heck is UCLA on this list?

You see all the other "powerhouse" teams on this list multiple times. CBH did a job of getting us to 3 consecutive FF's. Remember that those 3 teams had stud PG's from Southern California. Also, the last time UCLA won a NC was with Tyus and a very serviceable back up in Cameron Dollar. So, do we really need a point guard at UCLA. I think the above shows just how important it really is. Go Bruins!!

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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