The doubt this whole week heading adult to tonight’s diversion opposite UCLA is “how has this group altered given a dual programs faced off in December?” The excellent folks over during Bruins Nation helped us in this query for information and also answered questions about a state of a module underneath Steve Alford and gave us some predictions. Thanks to Matt, Bruinette88, and JoeBruin15 for their good thoughts! Enjoy!
Slipper Still Fits: We wrote about what has altered about UCLA given a Zags played them in Dec and resolved that their altogether descent potency was many malleable led by featuring Tony Parker some-more as good as malleable three-point sharpened from Bryce Alford. Is this a satisfactory comment or are there other things to note?
Matt Garrido: Both of those things have helped a offense, yet we would contend that a malleable play of Issac Hamilton has done an arguably a bigger difference. While Hamilton is not a good turn handler, he has turn a rather good half-court facilitator. While Alford generally still brings a turn up, Hamilton will be a one to trigger a offense. This has keyed many of a improvements for a team, including Alford’s malleable 3 indicate sharpened and Parker’s inside play.
Bruinette88: I determine that carrying Bryce Alford play some-more yet a turn has malleable his shot selection. I’d also embody a expansion of Norman Powell as an descent personality as one of a reasons we’ve been rather reduction disposed to scoring droughts.
JoeBruin15: we have to determine with Bruinette about Norman Powell. Powell and Parker make adult a lethal duo. If they are both on, whomever UCLA is personification could be in vast trouble.
Slipper Still Fits: While Parker and Alford seem to get a lot of a publicity, a male that keeps removing mentioned as someone that can expostulate this UCLA group past Gonzaga is Kevon Looney. What do we see Looney’s purpose being in this diversion and can he be that x-factor?
Matt Garrido: For UCLA to win this game, Looney is going to have to be a answer to Wiltjer. Wiltjer positively killed us final time we faced Gonzaga, clearly attack a shot anytime UCLA started to get a small momentum. While we will expected run a lot of zone, Looney is going ot have to be means to extend his invulnerability when he is guarding Wiltjer in male defense, while still being means to assistance us not get kick on a boards. On a descent end, Looney’s malleable fringe sharpened can lift Wiltjer divided from a hoop, permitting Parker room to work. His slicing ability could lift early fouls on Wiltjer, that would expected be a best box unfolding for a Bruins.
Bruinette88: we don’t see how UCLA can win this diversion yet a clever diversion from Looney, generally on a defensive end. The categorical reason we mislaid a initial diversion opposite Gonzaga is that we couldn’t delayed down a Bulldogs’ offense. The priority for Looney needs to be tough invulnerability and rebounding; he’ll minister on offense with his common collection of putbacks, slicing to a basket, and a three-pointer or two.
JoeBruin15: Looney can be a beast. If he gets in tainted difficulty early, UCLA could be in vast trouble. He needs to play plain invulnerability and take what a Gonzaga invulnerability is peaceful to give him, yet he MUST stay out of tainted trouble.
Slipper Still Fits: Over a past integrate months, it seems like UCLA has slowed a gait down extremely in sequence to implement some of a distance advantage – generally Tony Parker. With Gonzaga abounding in a delayed paced system, do we consider a Bruins will have to speed things adult a bit and get early shots and emanate second chances to lift a upset?
Matt Garrido: Gonzaga is heading a nation in effective FG% on a deteriorate (58.8%), while UCLA finds itself 124th (49.9%), scarcely 9 points worse. UCLA will face an ascending conflict in a slow-down, half justice game, so a Bruins are going to have to emanate some offense outward of a half court. Norman Powell looks to lift a turn scarcely everytime he comes adult with it on a defensive finish and there are not many in college basketball who can stop him if he has room to run. Both teams have rebounded a turn good this season, so whichever group does a malleable pursuit removing on a descent play is going to have a outrageous advantage.
Bruinette88: One of a pivotal advantages to UCLA in negligence down a gait is that a starters have been reduction foul-prone. UCLA’s starters play complicated minutes, so while it’s loyal that a Bruins have a right players to go uptempo, they don’t have a abyss to play uptempo. If we were a manager of an hostile team, I’d put a lot of vigour on a UCLA guards as they move a turn upcourt, and I’d have my players lift a turn whenever possible. we don’t consider a Bruins can win a diversion where they have to rest on their bench.
JoeBruin15: I determine that we don’t consider UCLA can win a lane meet. Playing a fast-paced diversion will wear down a starters, generally in a second half where UCLA has been famous to give adult rather vast runs while using out of gas on offense. A slow-paced diversion will unequivocally advantage a Bruins.
Slipper Still Fits: The 2006 game. I have to move it up. In a past 20 years of implausible success for Gonzaga, that diversion is a largest of black eyes. What is a UCLA viewpoint of this diversion – is it merely a blip on a radar or is it still discussed as an implausible moment?
Matt Garrido: The diversion is unequivocally still being discussed among UCLA fans. Gus Johnson’s call of a final 40 seconds of that diversion is about as good as it comes, yet we am certain that a opinion differs on a Gonzaga side. That was unequivocally a entrance out celebration for UCLA basketball underneath Howland, that was followed adult with a 3 uninterrupted Final Fours. For many Bruin fans, it is one of those games where we can remember where we were when we watched it.
Bruinette88: Matt’s right–we still speak about that game. That game–or some-more precisely, a second half of that game–epitomizes what we desired about a early Howland years. It was a fun to watch a early Howland teams, generally after pang by a finish of a Lavin era. It wasn’t usually a matter of celebrating a winning group either; we are unapproachable of a student-athletes that represented a module during those years.
JoeBruin15: It was a branch indicate for UCLA Basketball underneath Ben Howland and a members of that group are still remembered for their altogether toughness and a 2006 Gonzaga diversion is a good instance of that.
Slipper Still Fits: Focusing in a bit some-more on Bryce Alford. I will acknowledge that we was all over Bruins Nation during a employing of Steve Alford and successive ‘recruitment’ of Bryce. What is a stream opinion towards a Alford family and has their batch increasing as of late with this contest run?
Matt Garrido: In general, a opinions on Bryce have malleable as his play has malleable this season. The opinions towards Steve Alford have not altered as much. While there are extravagantly varying opinions by a Bruin fanbase, many feel a Steve Alford has been perplexing to fit a block brace into a turn hole in personification Bryce during a point. Whether by pattern or bad recruiting, Bryce was a usually choice to open adult a year during a position. Hamilton’s malleable play of late has given a group some-more options and a offense has flourished. Without even going into a past issues during Iowa, many fans are not sole on Alford’s diversion government or recruiting abilities. So distant zero in this contest has altered that opinion, yet on a other hand, behind to behind Sweet 16s in his initial 2 seasons has started to win over other fans.
Bruinette88: I consider that a lot of people mistake critique associated to Bryce Alford. For example, I’ve criticized Steve Alford for his disaster to partisan a loyal indicate ensure and his preference to underline his son in a position that doesn’t fit his skills. From my indicate of view, that’s a critique of a coach, not a player. But I’m frequently undone by Bryce Alford’s bid on a defensive end, and we consider that many coaches wouldn’t endure it. Overall, we consider that many of us would be happy to have Bryce Alford stay if Steve Alford were to leave, and many of us would like Steve Alford to find another employer. He’s not an chosen coach.
JoeBruin15: Bryce is positively starting to rise and he deserves credit for that, yet he’s not a loyal indicate ensure and that’s on his manager for unwell to partisan one and stability to play Bryce during a point. His manager who happens to be his father is honourable of a lot of criticism. Where should we start? Last weekend, we was asked if a National Championship would prove Bruin fans and we pronounced “No. Not all of them.” There is a vast apportionment of a fan bottom that believes really strongly that a elder Alford’s actions in a Pierre Pierce occurrence while he was a manager during Iowa should have unfit him from using Coach Wooden’s module on impression drift and that’s positively correct.
But, AD Dan Guerrero gave a male a swain understanding with a humongous buyout proviso if UCLA should glow him. It was a joke.
Alford hasn’t proven that he’s estimable of a trust of Bruin fans. He left this year’s group dangerously brief on a dais when 3 of his recruits had issues preventing them from personification for UCLA. Jon Octeus couldn’t get admitted. Wanaah Bail has had educational problems and Jonah Bolden had eligibility issues that have kept him from personification this year. That’s on Alford. He should have famous better. If someone else wants him, they can have him.
Slipper Still Fits: Lastly, what are a integrate keys to this diversion for UCLA to lift a dissapoint and what is your prediction?
Matt Garrido: I consider that a guards are going to have to lift a scoring bucket in this game. While we would adore to see Parker put adult vast numbers, he typically struggles opposite teams with clever interior play. Gonzaga positively has that. Powell is going to need to continue to play as aggressively as he did late in a deteriorate and possibly Alford or Hamilton will need to be knocking down outward shots. The post invulnerability will be other vast pivotal to a game. All of UCLA’s bigs are disposed to tainted trouble, so personification good invulnerability yet pier adult a fouls will be a key. With a shoal bench, early tainted difficulty would be scarcely unfit to overcome.
Predicition- Since this is a fan site, we get to be a homer. UCLA by 2 with no goaltending calls. we see it as a tighten diversion regardless of who wins.
Bruinette88: UCLA’s starters have to stay out of early tainted trouble. Parker has to measure early; he gets undone if he doesn’t get early touches. Also, UCLA has to equivocate anything that feels like a scoring drought. we don’t consider that this UCLA group has a mental toughness of a 2006 team, so we can’t means to tumble behind early. Prediction: Gonzaga will win by 10.
JoeBruin15: UCLA needs to stay out of tainted difficulty and equivocate using out of gas during a finish of a game. we don’t consider that’s probable opposite Gonzaga. Gonzaga by 6.