Technically this is a battle for second place in the PAC 12. A Colorado win and they tie UCLA for second place. In reality, because of injuries (Colorado to Dinwiddie), coming apart (Oregon), and inconsistency (UC Berkley), UCLA should have a lock on second place. But UCLA needs to ensure no more losses to lesser teams such as Oregon State or Utah.
The good news is UCLA has not had a "bad loss" at home this season. Colorado has some talent and may very well play UCLA tough for a bit. But Colorado has no depth and should wear down for a comfortable UCLA win. So will Steve Alford exploit the talent advantage and play the most talented players the most minutes tonight? Zach LaVine played a season low 17 minutes last Saturday as did Bryce Alford who was hurting. Will Lavine's minutes stay down? Will Powell's stay up? Will Bryce take minutes from either or both?
The official game notes are here. The game is at 6:05 on ESPN2 with Bill Walton providing the colorful commentary.