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UCLA Men’s Water Polo Opens MPSF Tournament Against Penn State Behrand

The Bruins get to play a quick tune-up before facing Stanford tomorrow.

Alex Wolf will look to lead the Bruins to the MPSF title this weekend.
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Two weeks ago, the UCLA men’s water polo team upset then-#2 Stanford at home, 10-8, but last Saturday’s loss to Southern Cal left the Bruins in fourth place in the MPSF standings. As a result, UCLA enters this weekends MPSF Water Polo Championship as the fourth seed.

This morning, Penn State Behrand won their play-in game against Austin College, earning them the number five seed in the tournament. That matches the Lions up against the Bruins this afternoon.

Frankly, this afternoon’s game will be tantamount to a warm-up scrimmage for UCLA.

That’s because, prior to this morning’s win over Austin College, Penn State Behrand has won just 3 games all season while they have lost 17. If that’s not enough, two of those games came against Connecticut College. That’s not UConn. It’s Connecticut College. The other win was over Washington & Jefferson.

As a result, I’m expecting a big Bruin win this afternoon, probably something in the neighborhood of 16-0. UCLA might even break 20 today, depending on when head coach Adam Wright decides to pull his starters. I have little doubt that this game will be over before the end of the first quarter.

As long as the Bruins win today, UCLA’s next opponent will be Stanford tomorrow at 11 am.

This is your MPSF Water Polo Championship, Game 2 open thread.

Go Bruins!!!