UCLA Basketball: 3 Things We Learned From the Maui Invitational

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Nov 25, 2015; Lahaina, HI, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons forward

Devin Thomas

(2) drives to the basket against UCLA Bruins center Tony Parker (23) during the Maui Jim Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

A Fire Inside?

I do not know about you, but at the end of that Wake Forest game, I saw a little bit of fire. The Bruins were in a dog fight that they were not winning, but they did not give up. There was a hint of defense and they kept the tempo, but the thing that stuck out is how mad they got.

The Bruins were emotional and it was a really good sign because it means they were not getting complacent. They seemed angry. They were about to go 1-2 in the Maui Invitational. That is not how they imagined this would go, so emotions arose and they played with a little bit more fire.

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They had fight and looked a little bit hungrier. Hopefully going forward, as this team does start to come together, they will harness that fight and play some tough, competitive basketball.

Here’s hoping. Go Bruins!