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Stanford Cardinal at UCLA Bruins Game Thread

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The Bruins kick off Pac-12 play and the start of Murry Bartow’s tenure as interim head coach with a game against the Cardinal at Pauley Pavilion.

NCAA Basketball: Liberty at UCLA
Murry Bartow takes over as UCLA’s interim head coach tonight.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

In the event that you’ve been living under a rock all week, the Steve Alford era at UCLA is over. Alford coached his last game last Saturday when the Bruins lost to the Liberty Flames.

Now, Murry Bartow gets to pick up the pieces while trying to win the Pac-12 Conference as the conference play portion of the schedule begins.

Will UCLA basketball become watchable again knowing that Alford is gone? Will attendance improve? At this point, there are more questions than answers but, with Alford gone, it would seem that UCLA fans can begin supporting the program again while the search committee of Josh Rebholz, Chris Carlson and Bob Myers goes about its business.

On Saturday night, in my article discussing Steve Alford’s postgame press conference, I posted a poll asking if he would be coaching tonight’s game. Amazingly, 58% of our readers thought he would and only 42% thought he would be fired.

So, that has me curious to know what everyone thinks about the rest of the season.

Poll

How will the firing of Steve Alford affect how much UCLA basketball you will watch for the rest of the season?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    I’m glad Alford’s gone. I can finally watch Bruin basketball again!
    (64 votes)
  • 21%
    Good riddance, but I would have watched them all anyway.
    (33 votes)
  • 23%
    I’ll probably watch the same amount because it’s about supporting the players, not the coach.
    (37 votes)
  • 1%
    Firing him now indicates the towel has been thrown in on this season. See you next season!
    (3 votes)
  • 12%
    I’m waiting to see who UCLA hires to fix the program.
    (20 votes)
157 votes total Vote Now

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 TuneIn player embedded below. For optimum results, start the audio feed then pause your DVR and sync them up together. Today’s game is on ESPN with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton. While it will be really interesting to see what Big Red has to say about Steve Alford’s firing, if you’d rather listen to Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray call today’s game, you can do that right here.

Join your fellow fans discussing today’s game below.

This is your Stanford Cardinal at UCLA Bruins game thread.


Go Bruins!!!