Including tonight’s game, UCLA has ten games left in the Pac-12 schedule. Half of those games are at home. Tonight kicks off a three-game home stand that starts against the UC Berkeley Golden Bears. It continues on Saturday against Stanford and concludes a week from Saturday against Southern Cal.
After that, the only remaining Bruin home games will be against the Oregon schools in mid-February.
That makes the schedule really rough over the next six weeks.
In fact, it’s such a rough schedule that it is very possible that tonight is the most winnable game on the slate and it’s also possible that UCLA could go 1-9 in those ten games. If that happens, I don’t expect Steve Alford to keep his job. In fact, if he can’t get this team winning consistently and immediately, his job may be in trouble no matter how the team finishes.
Yesterday, David Woods of Bruin Report Online reminded everyone on Twitter about Steve Alford’s postseason letter from two years ago.
From Steve Alford's letter to UCLA fans after the very bad 2015-2016 season. pic.twitter.com/U0FT0SDRL5— David Woods (@daviddavidwoods) January 24, 2018
Well, as DCBruins pointed out on Monday, this year’s defense is worse than two years ago. So much for it never happening again.
But, for the meantime, enjoy what should be an easy Bruin win tonight over Berkeley.
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.
Tonight is one of those nights. That’s because Gus Johnson is calling tonight’s game. Hands down, Johnson is one of the best sportscasters in the business right now. So, if you decide to turn off your TV volume, you will definitely be missing what may be the most entertaining part of tonight’s game. Johnson’s partner Bill Raftery is no slouch either. So, leave your sound on tonight.
But, for those who can’t watch the game for some reason, we have the audio for you right here.