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Bruin Bites: UCLA at UC Berkeley Edition

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UCLA plays at UC Berkeley tonight with a chance to win the PAC 12 if they keep winning

Jordan Adams is closing in on a UCLA record
Jordan Adams is closing in on a UCLA record
Jeff Gross

A UCLA player is looking like a lock to set an all-time single season UCLA record, can you guess which one?  Hint the record was set in 1997 by Cameron Dollar.  Answer at the bottom.

Kyle Anderson was named the UCLA athlete of the week.  The scary thing is it was kind of an average week for Kyle.  He is also making many other top ten lists, some behind firewalls.

As far as the game tonight at 7:30 on the PAC 12 Network, the official notes are here.  The official AP preview of the game at UC Berkeley mentions howUCLA has used a strong three weeks to put itself in position to defend its regular-season Pac-12 title. An impressive road trip up to the Bay Area might be necessary for those hopes to survive the week."

I would say part of that is UCLA has taken advantage of the PAC 12 coming apart.  But in any case the #23 Bruins need to win this week to keep hopes of PAC 12 title, staying ranked and a protected seed in the NCAA Tournament alive.

Zach Lavine's slump is hurting his draft stock as is his relative lack of minutes.  One service says he should come back next year and will be a lottery pick if he does.

I throw this out there as "news."  Steve Alford made a top 100 list in college basketball.  Of course it is not for coaching but rather top 100 sexiest people .  I can't make this up.

Back to basketball, as Jack Wang points out, the Bay Area trip will feature UCLA's last "tough" games of the season.  "For what it's worth, kenpom.com projects UCLA's most worrisome matchups as Cal (53 percent chance of victory) and Stanford (48 percent). The Bruins have at least a 75 percent chance at their four other games."

The answer to the question at the top?  Jordan Adams 73 steals this season are just 9 short of the season record held by Cameron Dollar.  Barring injury, it seems a virtually certainty Adams will set the record.

Go Bruins!