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Before going to sleep last night I scribbled down some notes about last night’s game. I will try to type them up and post them later tonight.

In the LA Times today Helene Elliot has an article in which DC tries to take all the blame:

Darren Collison was more than willing to take the blame for everything that went wrong for UCLA on Sunday.

For not properly defending D.J. Augustin and allowing the splendidly quick point guard to take a jumper that Longhorns forward Damion James rebounded and jammed home for the decisive basket in Texas' 63-61 upset of the second-ranked Bruins at Pauley Pavilion.

For not getting the ball in the post enough to center Kevin Love, who took only three shots in each half.

For the Bruins' continued inability to solve the zone defense, which has long been a problem.

If he'd been asked, Collison might have taken responsibility for the chilly weather outside too.
And in the Daily News Dohn points at the obvious problem of Love not getting a lot of touches:
[L]ove is becoming less of a factor on the offensive end. He attempted three shots in each half against the Longhorns, and that followed a four-shot, 31-minute performance against George Washington five days earlier.

Love, who scored 11 points and had five rebounds against Texas, leads the Bruins in scoring at 17.3 points per game and his shooting 55.2 percent from the field.

"I'm not going to downgrade my teammates or anything, but I do wish I got the ball a little bit more, just to facilitate the offense a little more," Love said. "Not even to take shots, but to find open guys. I feel like I'm such a good passer that I can find, as far as the high post, I can catch it, look and swing it around for open shots because that's always open in the zone."

Even after the Bruins rallied from a 37-25 halftime deficit to lead late, Love was not involved in the offense. He scored to give UCLA a 53-51 lead, and made two free throws with 3:57 to play to tie it 55-55.
I think we have to think about few more issues than that. For the full game wrap up check out Bruin Basketball Report. I will post my thoughts later tonight.

GO BRUINS.