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UCLA Basketball: Gonzaga Game Thread -- The No. 9 Bulldogs Come to Pauley

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Cupcake time is over! The Bruins face Gonzaga, Kentucky, Alabama, Colorado and Utah in rapid fire. Will Pauley awaken? Will the UCLA players be awake from the get-go this time? Gonzaga is the 4 point favorite, but there is a way forward for the Bruins behind the rebounding of Kevon Looney.

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The 8-1 Gonzaga Bulldogs visit Pauley Pavilion to take on the 8-2 UCLA Bruins. Tip-off is set for 7:05PM PT. You can catch the game on ESPN2. Dave Pasch (he must have asked for and received a divorce from Bill Walton) and Dick Vitale (from his walker) will call the game. You can also listen on Tunein Radio or 570 AM. Follow along with live stats here.

Read the DCBruins' preview and the official guide at uclabruins.com (from which you can click to their exhaustive stats and tidbits).

The Bruins enter the murderer's row of their schedule starting with No. 9-ranked Gonzaga followed by Kentucky next Saturday in Chicago and then Alabama on the road. It doesn't stop there because the conference opens up with a road trip to Colorado/Utah (and January 2) and then a home series with Stanford and Berkeley.

The Bruins are limping into this stretch after close shaves with San Diego and Riverside. Who are they: the up-tempo team Alford wants to be, the guard-centric team of Powell, Hamilton and Alford or the team of the big men --Looney and Parker? My money in on Looney and Parker -- just hope the person running the team recognizes what's come to be our advantage, perhaps the only one. Kevon! Please hit your free throws tonight -- you will be fouled a lot.

Enjoy the game thread with your fellow BNers and Bruins.