5 players UCLA doesn’t want to see in the Pac-12 Tournament

On Thursday night, Washington and Keion Brooks took care of business against UCLA in Seattle. Now, with the Pac-12 looking like a two-bid league, the Bruins will need to break out of a losing streak and win the conference tournament to punch their ticket to March Madness.
Washington Huskies forward Keion Brooks Jr. (1)
Washington Huskies forward Keion Brooks Jr. (1) / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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On Thursday night, the Pac-12’s leading scorer had all of his talents on display in Seattle. The 6-foot-7 former Kentucky Wildcat went 8-14 from the field, 6-7 from three, and 10-13 from the free throw line to finish with a game-high 32 points. For the season, he’s averaging 21.3 on 49.9% shooting. 

UCLA can’t run a great shooter like Brooks off the three-point line, especially with his ability to shoot over smaller defenders, and the Bruins certainly have no retort to his offensive outbursts on the other end. 

In the first matchup, a UCLA win at home, Brooks was not assertive, only taking nine shots and hitting three to finish with 12 points. However, in his 12 games since that dud, Brooks has only scored under 20 points twice and is averaging 23.1 points on 64.1% shooting. He’s a matchup nightmare and is red hot as the calendar finally turns to March.