Saturday, January 19, 2013
How long will UCLA's streak last?
By Luke Lapinski
As we've noted over the last few weeks, UCLA has turned things around after a fairly rough start to the 2012-13 campaign. The combination of player movement and a heavy reliance on freshmen conspired to put the Bruins in a spot where they were just 5-3 with a loss to Cal Poly on their schedule.
Since then, however, they've rattled off ten straight wins and look like a different team. Shabazz Muhammad is morphing into the highly touted prospect he was supposed to be, Kyle Anderson is finding his scoring touch and Jordan Adams continues to impress. At 15-3, they're ranked No. 24 in the nation -- with only two Pac-12 foes ahead of them in the polls -- but might very well be the best in the conference right now.
As it turns out, the next week could go a long way to proving just how good UCLA is. No. 21 Oregon comes to town today for the one and only meeting between the two clubs this season. Then Ben Howland's group hits the road to take on No. 7 Arizona on Thursday. If they can somehow manage to keep this streak going through those two contests, they'll be in an excellent shape with just 11 regular season games to go.