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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

March 24, 2007 at 10:02 PM

Meet the new boss. ….

Watching UCLA dismantle Kansas today only reinforced the feeling that the Bruins have again become THE program in the Pac-10.
When has that ever not been the case, you may ask incredulously.
A fair query given UCLA’s history.
But consider that heading into this season, the Bruins had won just two of the past 10 Pac-10 titles, and with a conference record of 112-68 in that decade were closer in standing to California and Washington (each 90-90 during that span) than the top two teams — Stanford (138-42) and Arizona (137-43).
But by winning the last two regular season championships, and now becoming the first Pac-10 team to make back-to-back Final Four trips since a different era Bruins team did it in 1975-76, UCLA has reclaimed its title as the dominant program in the conference.
And that dominance doesn’t figure to fade anytime soon with 6-foot-10 center Kevin Love — generally regarded as maybe the best recruit in the nation this season — coming to Westwood next year. There’s a decent chance that UCLA will be the preseason No. 1 next year no matter what happens from here.
Not that the Bruins will ever be able to rip through the conference the way they once did given the increased competitiveness in the Pac-10. Oregon has a chance Sunday to put two Pac-10 teams in the Final Four for the first time.
But today made clear that until further notice, the road to the Pac-10 title goes through Westwood.

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