In episode 163, we have quick reaction to UCLA basketball’s early exit from the NCAA Tournament and what should happen next. We also preview UCLA Women’s basketball’s tournament hopes and chat a little bit about UCLA football spring practice.
In the latest episode, hosts Bill Shirley, Jake Merrifield and I welcome guest host Jamaal Artis as we have quick reaction to UCLA basketball and their atrocious performance against St. Bonaventure in the play-in game to the NCAA Tournament.
The Bruins lost to St. Bonaventure 65-58 in a very uninspired performance that has UCLA heading for an early vacation. The Bruins inconsistency once again showed up as they struggled to pull away from a less talented Bonnies squad.
This was the worse time for the Bruins to not show up as the Big Dance was an opportunity for them to make some noise and prove they are indeed a tournament-worthy team. They did the opposite.
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UCLA was able to beat Kentucky, Arizona and USC (twice), but could not put together 40 constant minutes of good basketball. We talk about why this is not a surprise and why this will continue if the athletic department retains Alford, which seems to be what is happening.
With that in mind, we look at what lies ahead for UCLA basketball and Alford.
In cheerier news, we take a look at the UCLA Women’s basketball team as they are a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
This weekend the Bruins take on 14-seed American University at Pauley Pavilion as they host the first two rounds of the Big Dance which should help them get to they Sweet Sixteen. We also talk about what it will take to possibly get to the Final Four.
We then talk a little bit about UCLA football and spring practice. Though there is not a lot of new information, we discuss the benefits of what the Bruins are going through in the first two weeks of practice.