In about half an hour Bruins (11-13, 6-6) will look to snap a two game losing streak against Washington State (15-10, 5-8). Bruins have always had their ways against the Cougars as they have won 32 of the last 34 meetings, including the last 16 contests in Pullman, Wash. UCLA is 42-8 against the Cougars all-time in their gym. So the law of averages is going to be on the Cougars side tonight.
As for the Bruins, I am still sad about the news from JK (you can read the official UCLA release here). It was just two years ago when Keefe sacrificed his red-shirt season upon the request of his head coach and stepped in for Michael Roll. While everyone remember the monster game he had against Western Kentucky to put us in the Final-4, I also remember the huge role he played in two Pac-10 tournament games, when he had to step in for an injured LRMAM. JK is a consummate Ben Ball warrior, who always put the team above his individual interest and did everything in his ability to listen to his coach. It would be nice if his team-mates channeled his dedication and effort for the entire 40 minutes against Washington State.
There will be no Don MacLean tonight. Steve Physioc will be torturing is on FSN and FSW along with Miles Simon. You can read up on all of our musings leading up to this game here. If you want to follow the game online you can do so via our official site. As always, we will be here in the game threads with our rapid fire takes and commentary. So let's get this party started. Fire away.