Tonight's game against Just SC's basketball program is huge in terms of implications on the race for regular season Pac-10 title. We got a huge unexpected gift last night from the Sun Devils of ASU beating up on the Bears up in Berkeley. Washington won handily. So at this point UCLA (10-3) is a half game up on Cal (10-4), 1 up on Stanford (9-4), and 1.5 on Washington (10-5). So if we can pull out this win tonight at our last game at Sports Arena, we can open up a little breathing room going into final two weeks of the regular season. To check out the expanded Pac-10 standings as of this morning, click here.
BBR has the preview for tonight's game. Ced and Arron are going to draw the key defensive assignments for the night:
Bruin senior forward, Cedric Bozeman will most likely get the assignment against the 6'6 Young. Bozeman's combination of size and speed is a good defensive match-up against Young. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute should also see time against Young as well.
Young has struggled against the Bruins. In his last two games against UCLA, he is shooting 4-20 for a total of only 8 points. "I've just got to go out there and have fun this week and look at it like I'm playing against Jordan [Farmar] or Arron Afflalo at the park."
Junior forward Lodrick Stewart is the third leading scorer for the Trojans, behind Young and Pruitt; he is averaging 12.3 points per game and shoots 41.1% from beyond the three-point arc.
"Neither one is close to 100%," Farmar said. "Right now, the right one [sprained and then re-sprained three times this season] is the stronger of the two. It's tough moving around, tough starting and stopping."
Anways - moving on - Dohn has a great article on Ced Bozeman this morning. Ced of course has been one of my favorites for a long time. And Dohn as usual is on point writing about how Ced has made the best out of his difficult circumstances in Westwood, thriving under the role given by his new coach, after almost having his career be destroyed by his former poser coach:
He couldn't make the open shot. He couldn't run a half-court offense, or find the open guy all the time. As the program crumbled after his freshman season, he was a central figure in the blame game.
But it might have been the program wronged Bozeman. As his UCLA career winds down and the Bruins are again on the national radar, Bozeman is being praised for being the non-statistical glue holding the team together during this injury-riddled, yet promising, season.
Furthermore, Bozeman is doing it while shedding another label - that of being soft - by playing with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. That comes after he missed last season because of reconstructive right knee surgery.
Again a huge game tonight. Lets hope we come out in sync, on fire, burying the Trojans right out of the gate. GO BRUINS.