UCLA Basketball: Bruins Get Jayhawk’d By Kansas In The Maui Invitational


Kansas showed the UCLA Basketball team that they still have a long way to go as the Jayhawks pulverized the Bruins 92-73 in the semi-finals of the Maui Invitational.

The UCLA Basketball team was in this game with Kansas… for about four minutes. Then the Jayhawk machine took over and scored 59 points in the first half. It did to matter what UCLA did because Kansas was the more dominant team on this game.

The Jayhawks are such a finely tuned machine that they were doing anything and everything they wanted in this game. It was very similar to that of the Kentucky debacle in the CBS Sports Classic last season, though it was not THAT bad. At least not by much.

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Without going into specifics about this game, Kansas essentially put the hurt on UCLA Basketball. The Bruins had no defense, again, which allowed the Jayhawks to hit shots from the outside (uncontested), drive the lane (uncontested) and force fast breaks (uncontested).

UCLA Bruins
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UCLA Bruins

Kansas had out-scored, out-rebounded, out-assistsed and generally out-performed UCLA. Although there were a few bright spots for UCLA, though not many.

Tony Parker, who played only a fourth of last night’s game against UNLV because of foul trouble, ended the night with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Isaac Hamilton had 19 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Aaron Holiday put up 14 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Unfortunately, the two Bruin players that were the major contributors in last night’s game barely made an impact against Kansas. Thomas Welsh could only collect 6 points and 5 rebounds while Bryce Alford had 6 points and 2 rebounds.

Needless to say, the Bruins have several things they need to shore up because even before they start Pac-12 play, they have Kentucky, Gonzaga and North Carolina on the schedule.

For now, the Bruins have to worry about the third-place game of the Maui Invitational Wednesdsay against Wake Forest.