The Bruins had no trouble disposing of St. Francis Brooklyn — the No. 3 seed in the tourney — and held SFB to one-point periods for all but the second, where UCLA shut out the opposition.
And through their hard work, the squad has a legitimate shot at beating the four-time defending national champion USC Trojans, who are undefeated in 2012, including close wins over the Bruins (winning 7-6 in the first contest and 10-9 in the second).
At stake is UCLA’s 109th NCAA championship to extend their lead over the quickly-gaining Stanford Cardinal. Meanwhile, UCLA has lost three straight to the Trojans, dating back to last year’s 7-4 defeat in Berkeley, CA.
USC’s undefeated season includes a record of 28-0 and a dominating performance and convincing wins over every opponent not named UCLA or Stanford (USC swept the two powerhouses by just one point in three of the four contests, the other being a 9-6 win over Stanford).
So UCLA has essentially given USC its most competitive games in 2012, which is reason enough to believe that the two teams are as evenly-matched as they come.
The game will be Sunday, December 2, and 3:15 p.m. and will be streamed online by the NCAA.