Wow. What a week it’s been for UCLA Basketball.
It started out with Steve Alford saying things like “I don’t know what you want me to say....” and “I don’t get [Thomas Welsh] shots. It’s not me getting him shots. They don’t let me come out here [on the court].” Both of which were in defense of last Saturday’s loss to Colorado at home.
Then, the Bruins went out and just got beat by the Oregon State Beavers on the road. After that loss, Alford proved that denial isn’t just a river in Egypt when he told Ben Bolch of the LA Times after being asked about any concerning trends:
I don’t think there’s a trend. We’ve had two bad shooting games in a row, but I think if you’re honest about it, the first 15 games of the season we’ve shot the ball a lot better than what I thought we’d shoot it.
I’m not sure what Alford can do to stop the bleeding at this point. This team looks to be on a downward spiral and Bruin fans are tired of it. Any and all goodwill that Alford recovered from last season was taken by Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf when they went to the NBA and fan frustration levels are quickly approaching what they were when planes calling for Alford’s termination were flying over campus in March 2016.
Can more planes be far behind, especially when it would at least appear like they achieved their goal of getting Jim Mora fired? Now, I’m not advocating that, but the facts remain that Alford has done nothing in five years to advance the UCLA Basketball program past a Sweet 16 and that, at this point, the Bruins may be lucky to win more than one game for the rest of the season.
Listen to the Game Here on BN!
This season, we are proud to, again, have today's audio feed for everyone who opts to use the Tune In player embedded below. For optimum results, start the audio feed then pause your DVR and sync them up together. There are times when I say that you shouldn’t bother with the audio feed because of the announcers.
OK, so if you listened to me the other night and turned down your TV volume, you missed Bruin hater Doug Gottlieb call Steve Alford “Steve Lavin.” But, would that have really been worth it? Well, tonight, it’s worth leaving your TV volume on as Big Red is calling tonight’s game for ESPN. If you’re going to torture yourself watching this basketball team, at least let Bill Walton entertain you with his complaints about how the team is playing!