GameThread for Northwestern Wildcats v. UCLA Bruins

How will Zach do against a veteran team that tries to slow it down? - Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The only question is will Northwestern be able to hold the scoring down.

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From the official ESPN preview:

UCLA is off to its best start in six years, and doing it in dominant fashion.

That doesn't seem likely to change against Northwestern.

After reaching the century mark in back-to-back games, the No. 19 Bruins look to continue their dazzling scoring display Friday night when they meet the Wildcats for the first time in almost 45 years.

UCLA (6-0) is on the brink of a season-opening seven-game winning streak for the first time since 2007-08, and the team hasn't been challenged often. The Bruins are outscoring opponents by an average of 24.2 points while sinking 54.4 percent from the floor, a marked increase from their 45.1 from last season.

The Bruinsnation preview is here. The official notes are here. The game is on ESPN 2. UCLA is averaging over 90 points for the season now. More impressively UCLA is third in the country in assists and fifth in field goal percentage.

However, the Northwestern game is likely to be a bit of a downer. They are not that good but they do try to slow the game down while only allowing their opponent to score in the 70s twice. Thus UCLA may have trouble hitting its season average of 90 but should still win easy over another turkey of an opponent.

Go Bruins.!

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