CBB Summer Buzz: UCLA
The Bruins are looking to reestablish themselves among a power programs
Insider knows you're hot for hoops during the summer, so we're bringing you a closer look at a few of the big-profile schools before most freshmen have even moved into their dorms.
We continue with UCLA.
2010-11: 23-11 (NCAA tournament -- round of 32)
There was a time, not too long ago, when the wages of success for top college basketball programs were simply more success.
From 2005-08, UCLA, under Ben Howland, appeared to be an unstoppable juggernaut. The Bruins lost to Florida in the 2006 championship game and met the Gators again in the Final Four the year Billy Donovan's team repeated.
The 2008 season netted yet another Final Four appearance, with Memphis keeping UCLA from going back to the final game. Conventional wisdom said that Ben Howland was knocking on the door and would add yet another championship banner to the rafters of Pauley Pavilion sooner rather than later.
Then came a second-round exit in 2009 and a complete tourney whiff in 2010. How did the mighty fall so far, so fast?
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St. John's Red Storm
Massive turnover defines Lavin's crew
Cards have talent to fill holes
North Carolina Tar Heels
Tar Heels prep for title run
Duke Blue Devils
Blue Devils face point-ed questions
Michigan State Spartans
Another tough schedule awaits Tom Izzo's crew
Ohio State Buckeyes
Sullinger rekindles title hopes in Columbus
Postseason hopes reborn in Bloomington
Freshmen, vets form potent combo
'Dores seek NCAA tourney breakthrough
The Mike Anderson Era begins
Vols face long, tough rebuilding path
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Bulldogs need Sidney to stay on the court
Frontcourt will have to carry load for Bruins
Talented Wildcats need a new star to emerge
How does Kansas replace the Morris twins?
Perry Jones should blossom for Baylor
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Can Butler do it again?
Rice, MWC movement will aid Rebels
Tu Holloway's moment is here
George Mason Patriots
Pearson should flourish under Hewitt
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