UCLA: House Targaryen
Now we get to our beloved Bruins, who we’ve paired with the formerly Westerosi rulers, House Targaryen. Claimants to the greatest dynasties their worlds have ever known, both UCLA and House Targaryen are now attempting to reclaim their past glories after largely being the architects of their own downfalls.
Decades of dismissive arrogance (what’s up, Rhaegar Targaryen?), incest (hey, didn’t see you there, Steve Lavin, Karl Dorrell, and Rick Neuheisel!), and incompetent leadership (Aerys “The Mad King” Targaryen, meet Pete Dalis and Dan Guerrero) have largely knocked these two institutions off their respective perches, but there is a glimmer of hope for a restoration thanks to prodigiously talented young bloods. Daenerys Targaryen hasn’t won her national championship yet but she’s definitely won a few New Year’s Six and Final Four games in her sweep through Slaver’s Bay. Considering how far off the top their respective programs have been for a while now, we’d be pretty damn pleased with Josh Rosen and Lonzo Ball doing the same.
And hey, this is a UCLA fan blog. Hell yes, we’re claiming the dragons for ourselves!