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2009 Wooden Classic: Ben Ball (Mississippi State) Open Thread

In just about 10 mins Bruins will be making their 13th appearance in the John R. Wooden Classic. The Bruins are 9-3 (.750) all-time in Wooden Classic matchups. UCLA is 8-0 in the Wooden Classic when they are ranked and 1-3 as an unranked team. Things have been rough for 2-5 Bruins who are entering this game with a 4 game losing streak. Still there were some encouraging signs during Bruins last outing against number 1 Kansas Jayhawks, during which it seemed like they were starting over with the debut of Tyler Honeycutt and without Drew Gordon.

It is not going to get any easier this afternoon against a red hot 5-2 Bulldogs team. As we have noted in our pre-game coverage they are coming in this game as a red hot shooting team and with one of the most impressive big men in the country (defensively) dominating the middle. We will need a superhuman effort from Reeves Nelson and his team-mates to end our losing streak, giving us some desperately needed momentum during rest of the out of conference season.

So here is to our guys pulling off a huge upset. The tipoff is scheduled for 1:40 pm PST. You can watch it on FSN/PT and can track via the official site. Also, WWL boxscore here. As always if you are watching the game, share your instant thoughts/commentary here in our game thread.

Fire away.