Last Year: 31-5 (15-3 conference)
Key Returners: no one good LOL
Key Loss: all of their good players LOL
Key Additions: Shareef O’Neal
Coach: Steve Alford
Key Games: vs. #10 Michigan State (Las Vegas Inv – 11/22), vs. #8 UNC/Texas (Las Vegas Inv – 11/23), vs. Notre Dame (12/8), @ Cincinnati (12/19), vs. Ohio State (CBS Sports Classic – 12/22), @ #14 Oregon (1/10), vs. Arizona (1/26), @ #25 Washington (2/2), vs. #14 Oregon (2/23)
After having a hugely disappointing year and with key upperclassmen leaving, the Bruins hope to keep their formula for success going. They lucked into Shareef O’Neal wanting to leave Zona due to them getting slapped with a nice FBI investigation…but he’s not even able to play.
The Bruins aren’t going to be good. They don’t want to be good. They have no reason to be good. The only thing that matters to them is money. As long as they sell-out the big games and sell out season tickets, they don’t care about winning. They went from having Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holiday, and Aaron Affalo on the same team, to having Lonzo Ball…and that’s it. They could care less about the team. Who else would hire a coach that starts his son all four years and keep him after said son graduates?
Don’t expect much, they are going to get slapped around and be the worst of the top teams in the PAC-12.
Prediction: UCLA will lose pretty much every big game they play. Of the key games I have listed, I think they will lose 7 of them. Honestly. I have no faith in them getting past the 2nd or 3rd round in the the PAC-12 tourney, and I think they don’t even make the NCAA tourney. This is a bad year to be a Bruin fan.