Unlike some people, I still want to see this Bruins team do something in the tournament. Some may call me an extreme optimist, but I call it rooting for my favorite basketball team in the world. I do realize that we need a new head coach because Howland isn't cutting it and if he's not gone then its Guerrero's problem. But I want to focus on the season the 2012-2013 team has put on.
This being said, as soon as I saw the Pac 12 Tournament bracket, I saw an immediate problem. I figured as long as we win our first game in the Pac 12 tournament, we should have a top 8 seed. That's when I saw who we might have to play, Stanford or Arizona State. I think if Stanford wins, which they might, they would not be a problem for this Bruins team. There are no major match up problems or anything of that matter.
On the other hand, If Arizona State were to win then there might be a problem. IF you saw both of the games this year, this ASU team has the worst match ups of anyone we've played this year. ASU does not have a great team this year, but I would much rather play a team like Colorado. In our first run in with this team, It was an embarrassing game for any Bruin fan. We lost by 18 which really felt like 30. In our second game against ASU, we won in overtime and were still out rebounded. I don't think UCLA will rebound this well again against ASU and that is always a huge problem.
So the obvious answer to this is to play bigs down low. Well on this UCLA team our " Bigs" are the Wear twins. What's most sad about this is we have a 6'9 275 physical rebounder sitting on the bench for 3/4 of the game. Granted we did not have Travis Wear in our second matchup, Tony Parkers playing time should be lowered that much more.
Overall the best thing to do is hope for a Stanford win. ASU is a cold team, losing its last 4 games, but still may be dangerous. This team is not physical and a team like ASU is going to be the reason why could be knocked out of the NCAA Tournament. (: