The UCLA Bruins (11-9, 3-4) host the No.11 Utah Utes (16-3, 6-1) at Pauley Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM PT. You can catch the game on ESPN2. Dave Pasch (doesn't believe in evolution) and Bill Walton (does believe in evolution) will call the game. You can also listen on Tunein Radio or 570 AM. Follow along with live stats here.
Vegas has Utah as the 6.5 point favorite.
Since the team can't win outside of Los Angeles, it's great to be back inside Pauley. There was probably never a shot, but the timing isn't great with Tony Parker day-to-day and Norman Powell possibly with the flu. I have a feeling both will play, but they won't be 100%.
Realistically, the question is whether they are going to lose by less than 12 or more than 25. So what to look for? Missing either Tony or Norman jumbles things, but I'd like to see if Alford does anything new and interesting with Kevon, and though he implied Isaac Hamilton will still start, I wonder if GG will pick up more minutes and have plays called for him to shoot the open three. The point play is going to be shaky no matter what they do, so let's see if Bryce is running baseline looking to shoot behind screens instead of initiating the offense. Finally, I'd like to see Norman Powell cover Delon Wright -- fouls be damned.
Enjoy the game thread with your fellow BNers and Bruins.