UCLA’s Road To The NCAA Tournament

Ryan Mayer

UCLA’s offense has been the talk of college basketball all season, as the team has rolled through a 29-4 year. The defense, however, has been a concern. And as the Bruins get set to play in the NCAA Tournament, it remains the biggest question mark for a team with Final Four aspirations.

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Preseason expectation: The Bruins, picked third in the Pac-12 preseason media poll behind more experienced Oregon and Arizona squads, were expected to do some good things this year. They were nationally ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll (16th) and Coaches Poll (20th). Those rankings may have seemed surprising for a program that finished 15-17 last year, but there were obvious reasons for people to believe the team would improve. Coach Steve Alford brought in the nation’s 11th-best recruiting class according to 247Sports, which included three top-50 recruits in point guard Lonzo Ball, power forward TJ…

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