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The Bruins will play the Cardinal in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament tonight.

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This evening, the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team will begin play in the first round of the 2019 Pac-12 Tournament with a game against the Stanford Cardinal at 6 pm PT at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Bruins split the season series with the Cardinal. The teams first met in the first conference game of the season which UCLA won 92-70 at Pauley Pavilion. It was Murry Bartow’s first game after Steve Alford was fired on December 30th and Bruin fans were still elated that the basketball team was finally free from Alford.

Way back then, there was actually still hope that Bartow would be able to help the team realize its potential and win the Pac-12 regular season title. That proved to be just a little bit of false hope.

Of course, if thatz wasn’t yet evident, it should have been so by the time these two teams met six weeks later. Heck, it should have been evident in the first game of the Bruins’ Northern California road trip where they needed overtime to beat the lowly UC Berkeley Golden Bears. Despite having an extra day between games, by the time UCLA got to Stanford that Saturday, the Cardinal crushed the Bruins, 104-80.

In that game, UCLA looked as if Steve Alford was still coaching the Bruin defense. It was non-existent.

A common thread has emerged that Murry Bartow has failed to see: When the Bruins hold their opponents 70 points or less against Pac-12 opponents, they win. They only team who scored 70 or less and beat UCLA was Washington, who held them to just 55 points.

But, when the Bruins allow more than 70 points, they are just 4-8.

Hmmm....it sounds like the spector of Steve Alford’s defense, or lack thereof, has continued to haunt the Bruins under Murry Bartow.

Can Bartow get his guys to play defense tonight? That will almost certainly determine whether the Bruins play tomorrow or if the season ends tonight.


Go Bruins!