The UCLA Bruins continue their offensive-minded charge in the first year of the Steve Alford era as the Bruins won 83-60 against the Weber St. Wildcats. The contest was a good one for the Bruins…if you could see it.
The “Instant Offense” was back for the Bruins as Kyle Anderson lead the Bruins against the Wildcats, four assists shy of a triple-double, as he ended the game with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
In a surprising twist of statistics, Jordan Adams, was nowhere to be found as he could only garner 5 points after averaging 21.2 on the season. He also pulled down 6 rebounds.
Sophomore forward Tony Parker made his mark on the game, and no, it was not due to rebounds (5), but was a inside scoring threat as he netted 15 points on the night. A lot of Parker’s offense was aided by freshman point guard, Bryce Alford, who found the big guy open all night. Alford finished the game with 6 assists and 10 points.
Defense, What Defense?
The Bruins may not have been facing the talent of Duke in this game, but you would not have thought of it at first glance of UCLA’s defense. Baselines were unguarded, shooters were uncontested in the corners and once again, a lesser team (with respect) was getting key rebounds that none of the Bruin big men, sans Anderson, could get. Now if you were watching at home…
The second half of the game was…
Stanford vs. USC Football. The Cardinal brought their #4 ranking into the Coliseum against an up-and-coming Trojan team that…wait, what?
That is basically what happened. The Pac-12 Networks had “technical difficulties” during the game and the Bruin faithful were left guessing what was happening. Thank Twitter, for all the updates. So while thousands were waiting patiently for order to be restored, instead of having filler dedicated to the audience that was viewing their TV station, the Pac-12 Networks decided to show a “Football In 60” version of two teams with horrible colors. I kid, Stanford’s white is not that bad.
The Game Resumes
So with 3:40 left in the game, our signal was brought back into homes during a UCLA timeout. During the blackout of the game, Anderson had taken a hard fall whilst driving to the lane. He appeared to be uninjured as he continued playing in the game.
Oh my, we come back from our extended break to Kyle Anderson’s injury. I hate everything today. — Go Joe Bruin (@GoJoeBruinUCLA) December 23, 2013
UCLA is now 10-2 as they head into their final non-conference game against Alabama next weekend. I know I will, so next week, #FillPauley.