Isaac Hamilton is in a slump. After scoring only two points in the Bruins’ first and so far only loss of the season, the senior guard went oh-for in Corvallis.
From Ben Bolch in the LA Times:
Hamilton’s recent off nights were part of a deepening slump that has become the worst stretch of his three college seasons. He has averaged 8.6 points per game while making only two of 20 three-pointers (10%) over his last five games. It’s unusual territory for the top returning scorer in the Pac-12 Conference, who scored in single digits only three times all of last season and never went scoreless.
Hamilton has been taking extra practice shots, but UCLA head coach Steve Alford thinks he needs to just loosen up a little bit:
"He just kind of needs to let that towel unfold a little bit and throw it to the ground and just let it go," Steve Alford said, "but he’s such a neat, organized guy that sometimes mentally that can mess with you. We’re just trying to relax him because we know how important Isaac is to our team."
Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com ranked the conferences after non-league play, with the Pac-12 ranking 5th out of the 9 leagues Norlander thinks could have multiple teams in the tournament.
Of the Conference of Champions, he says:
There's a top four, and then there's a moat separating the rest of the league from that top four right now.
The ACC tops his list at #1.
The #2 UCLA men’s volleyball team opened the 2017 season with a straight-sets win over #11 Loyola-Chicago last night.
And the UCLA women’s basketball team climbed to #7 in the rankings yesterday:
The Bruins moved up three spots in this week's USA Today Coaches Poll, the highest since 1999!#GoBruins #BruinGrit #PartyLikeIts1999 pic.twitter.com/93HPgqA6gZ— UCLA W. Basketball (@UCLAWBB) January 3, 2017