Tonight Steve Alford takes the Bruins into his first post-season tournament game as UCLA's head coach. Last year, UCLA made it to the finals and lost to Oregon. Tonight they will get a rematch. Will Alford repeat his performance in last years NCAA's, losing to an inferior team in he first round? Or will this Bruin team repeat and surpass last year's Pac-12 performance, making it to the championship game and/or winning it all? Arizona is hurt, so UCLA should be the easy favorite to win the championship. I recommend you take at look at DC's excellent tournament preview and gbruin's awesome preview of tonight's game in today's Bruin Bites.
UCLA should easily beat Oregon tonight with our full roster in play. We have superior talent and Oregon had to play last night it what was a close game much of the way, before pulling away from Oregon State (88-74). Only poor coaching (not having players ready for instance), should be able to stop these Bruins in this game and in this tournament. UCLA went 1-1 against the # 7 seeded Ducks this season, losing the second in a double overtime without Kyle or Jordan. You can read DC's post-game reviews of those games here and here.
Hopefully, (especially for our Bruin friends who have travelled to Las Vegas), UCLA will win the games they should, end up in the Pac-12 championship game on Saturday at 3pm on Fox Sports 1, and win it all.
The Pac-12 tournament website has the bracket and times, as well as online streaming, stats, and team and player information. Tonight's game will be aired at 6pm on the Pac-12 Network or can be seen online here. The game can also be heard on AM 570 in Los Angeles, and for you satellite radio folk, channel 157 on SIRIUS Satellite Radio and channel 190 on SIRIUS XM Radio.
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Enjoy the game and Go Bruins!