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What’s Bruin: Does UCLA Basketball Look Like a National Title Contender?

News and notes from around the UCLA-iverse.

NCAA Basketball: UCLA at Kentucky
Bruin freshman TJ Leaf had a double-double against Kentucky in Rupp on Saturday.
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

According to ESPN’s Myron Medcalf, the answer is yes.

Is UCLA back? Is UCLA a national title contender now? Ask the No. 1-ranked team the Bruins rumbled through Saturday afternoon.

Matt Norlander at CBSSports agrees, and he’s got five reasons for everyone to jump on the UCLA bandwagon if they haven’t already.

Perhaps lost among the plethora of "UCLA is Back!" articles, Ben Bolch of the L.A. Times has a piece on "other freshman" T.J. Leaf, whose 17-point, 13-rebound, five-block morning in Lexington, KY had John Calipari saying, "He killed us."

In other sports, the UCLA men’s water polo team ended their season with a loss to Cal in the NCAA semifinals over the weekend, but the class of seniors who will be graduating won two natties and left behind a legacy at UCLA.

The UCLA women’s volleyball team won their second round NCAA tournament game against Baylor, and will face North Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday in Minneapolis.