2013-14 Preview: UCLA Bruins
New coach Steve Alford inherits a better roster than many realize
2012-13: 25-10 (13-5 Pac-12) Lost to Minnesota 83-63, NCAA round of 64
In-conference offense: 1.01 points per possession (6th)
In-conference defense: 0.97 points per possession (3rd)
The same things that made the UCLA program so attractive to coaches last spring when the Bruins fired Ben Howland after a decade in Westwood also made it a dangerous job to take. The UCLA coach is the heir to John Wooden, coaching the West Coast's most storied program in a vibrant metropolis. The Bruins will always be able to recruit nationally, as evidenced by Howland landing last year's top recruit in the country, Shabazz Muhammad, even after missing the NCAA tournament the previous season.
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