The UCLA basketball team find themselves entering the Pac-12 Tournament as the 7-seed after a disappointing final week of the regular season.
Now that all the smoke has cleared from this tragic 2018-19 season, UCLA basketball (16-15, 9-9) find themselves as the 7-seed in next week’s Pac-12 Tournament. Things could have been so much different for the Bruins, but once again they stood in their own way and now have to play from behind in order to try and win the tournament championship.
Entering this final week of play, the Bruins were tied for 3rd place in the standings, but after two brutal losses, UCLA has slipped four spots and out of a first-round bye.
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UCLA begins their tournament on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. PT against #10 Stanford. All games will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The Bruins and Cardinal split the season series with UCLA taking the first game, 92-70, and Stanford getting the 104-80 win just a few weeks ago.
The Bruins started Pac-12 play with the Cardinal back at the beginning of January. Since then, Stanford has made some slight improvements, but for the most part, they have had a similarly erratic season.
If UCLA can get past Stanford and avoid the defensive meltdown that occurred up at Maples Pavilion back February, then they would face #2 Arizona State in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. PT.
If the Bruins can get past that hurdle, then they would most likely face #3 Utah in the semifinals and as we saw this weekend, the Utes are more than capable of beating the Bruins as they swept the season series.
UCLA has gone 1-5 against the three teams in this potential path. On top of that, the Bruins have to win four games in a row to win the tournament championship (and get an NCAA Tournament bid) and that has not happened since the beginning of the season when they beat Purdue Fort Wayne, Long Beach State, St. Francis, and Presbyterian.