At the same time, the Bears must be happy to be catching the Bruins after their total collapse against the Utah Utes on Saturday. After all, Bears’ head coach Wyking Jones has to think that his team might just end their 19-game Pac-12 losing streak at home tonight.
Jones has to hope that he can pick up some wins here late in the season because it seems that Golden Bear fans want him gone. You can’t really blame them given how bad the Bears have been. And, the bad news for Jones is that he was given the dreaded vote of confidence by his athletic director recently. In all likelihood, however, it will come down to a financial decision, but UC Berkeley AD Jim Knowlton will need to consider how few fans will conitnue showing up if Jones remains coach.
Of course, when the Golden Bears visited Pauley Pavilion at the beginning of January, UCLA topped them by 15 points. Since that game, the Bears have lost each of their last nine games and their games against Stanford and Oregon State were lost by fewer than ten points.
In short, tonight’s game should be an indicator of just how much fight the Bruins have left in them. If the Bruins can’t beat the Bears by at least ten points tonight, look for UCLA’s final six regular season games to be unbearable.
But, if the Bruins go into Haas Pavilion tonight and win by at least ten, it may mean that the rest of the season will continue to be a roller coaster ride for UCLA and their fans.